It’s a Mystery! The Mystery Blogger Award!

My thanks to Moyatori over at The Moyatorium for nominating me for this award. They run a really interesting blog so make sure to check them out!

First let’s take a look at the rules.


  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer 5 questions from the nominee.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best post.

Three Things About Me

  1. I turned 30 yesterday, which still hasn’t sunk in properly. I don’t feel 30, I’m not sure if I ever will. In my head I’m still in my late teens/early twenties and I’m kinda okay with that.
  2. At college I had the nickname ‘The Blue Screen of Death’, because I had a habit of always wearing one of two blue coats and every time I walked into the classroom you could guarantee at least one of the computers would be suffering from the blue screen of death, so naturally I got the blame.
  3. When I was young one of my favourite drinks was called a ‘Blue Lagoon’, basically it was lemonade with blue drinks colouring. I used to drink it all the time when my family went on holiday to Spain. It’s been nearly two decades since I’ve had one and now I’m suddenly feeling nostalgic, excuse me…

Moyatori’s Questions

  1. What colour of clothing do you wear the most?

Either red or blue for my shirt and black for my trousers. I’m a primary colours kind of guy, but which I mean I’m lazy and don’t care too much about what I look like so I stick to simple stuff.

2. What’s your opinion on dessert pizza?

Wait, there’s such a thing as a dessert pizza? As in a dessert…and a pizza? Together? In one? Sounds great! Where can I get one?

3. What’s your favourite mountain (even if you never thought about it, try choosing one! I like mountains these days…)?

Great Orme. It’s a mountain in Llandudno, Wales, and the only mountain I think I’ve been up. It’s really beautiful and has some great views.

4. Are you good at navigating to places, or are you a little directionally challenged?

Once I’ve wandered round a place a bit and gotten my bearings I’m fairly comfortable navigating around, I like a good walk anyway and sometimes I’ll go for a wander just for the fun of it. That being said I do get a little nervous when I’m visiting somewhere I haven’t been before.

5. You’re in great debt to the mafia and they’re chopping off one of your fingers on each hand (the same finger on each). Which finger would you rather lose?

Whatever the finger next to my pinkie finger is called. It seems to be there mostly to keep the middle finger company and I think I could get by with all my other fingers just fine.

My Questions

  1. You’re given a blank check by a Hollywood executive to make a movie adaptation of whatever you want, as long as it’s never been adapted before (this Hollywood Exec is clearly some sort of alien in disguise, but never mind that). What are you adapting and why?
  2. The world’s greatest chefs from across time and space have come together to make you a meal, what’s on the menu?
  3. A quiet corner where you won’t ever be disturbed, or a roaring party with all your best friends. You can only have one, which will it be?
  4. Do you blame it on the sunshine? The moonlight? The good times? Or the boogie?
  5. How are you today?









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Finally, for my best post, I kind of don’t know how to qualify that. Do I go for one that got the best reaction, or one that I’m proudest of? If it’s the latter than that changes all the time, in fact my current proudest review hasn’t even be released yet, and it won’t be until November. There’s plenty of my recent reviews that I think are good and managed to get across what I wanted, but for this I think I’ll go back to last year with my Promised Neverland review. Enjoy!

Chris Joynson, aka the Infallible Fish, is a writer, blogger and lover of animation living in Sheffield. The blog updates every Friday or you can follow me on Twitter @ChrisGJoynson.

Blog Recognition Award 2020!


Another week another tag post! I have to thank animegoodreads this time for nominating me for such recognition, really thank you I kinda needed the boost at the time. I’ve only just started following their blog myself, but the content I’ve read has been smart and fun so make sure to go check them out!

On to the rules, what must I do?

  • Thank the person who nominated you and feature a link to their blog in your award post.
  • Post the award banner somewhere on your blog.
  • Share the reason why you started your blog.
  • Share two pieces of advice that could benefit new bloggers.
  • Nominate a maximum of fifteen other bloggers.
  • Tell your nominees about your award post so they can participate!

Why I Started Never Argue With a Fish

Now I’ve talked about why I started this blog a couple of times before, but since my 6th anniversary is closing in let’s go over it again for anyone that hasn’t heard it before. It’s not all that original a story, but part of the reason I started this blog was to become a better writer, to be more confident in my authorial voice and just generally improve. In this I can say my blog has been a runaway success, my writing is so much better than it used to be and a good chunk of that I put down to me working on this blog for all these years.

The other reason I started this blog is, well, because I wanted some place to talk about all my favourite animated films and series. I have a few friends that are into anime and Disney and just animation in general, but none of them are really as hardcore about it as I am. I love animation, as a medium the only thing that can match my adoration is my love of the written word itself. I just needed somewhere to gush and vent and generally indulge myself and I am so thankful to the wonderful members of this community that let me do just that.

Of course every fire needs a spark, and the one that started this blog was Frozen. Those who know me know I had a particular reaction to the Disney film, not so much disappointment as confusion, it took me a long time to come terms with my feelings for that film. Part of that process was writing my very first blog post (HERE), but I’ll come back to that when it’s time for my anniversary.

Advice for New Bloggers

I think I’ve said this on another one of these posts in the past, but I’ll say it again because it’s really important, but get involved in the community. Whether you’re out to build an audience through your blog, or if it’s just for fun, interact with your fellow bloggers, it will be more rewarding than you can imagine. Like other people’s posts, comment if you feel confident enough, all the bloggers I’ve interacted with in this community are great and supportive, so come talk to us. We won’t bite, I swear.

Second, don’t be afraid to experiment. I know my blog posts have a certain formula, title, title card, opening joke, story overview, review, verdict, but it took me a while to work out that that was my style. When I started writing posts I was hiding behind my characters, and that helped to start with, but I soon realised I’m much more comfortable writing as myself. I still keep the ‘Infallible Fish’around for my title cards, ‘cause he’s always fun to draw, but the ‘Writer’ hasn’t been seen for a very long time. Try out different styles, find what suits you and don’t feel beholden to something just because you started with it, or because it’s how someone else does it. Find your own voice.

I’ll nominate 10 bloggers, but there are many more great bloggers out there so make sure to check them all out!







Lynn Sheridan


The Impossible Blog


The Vincent Ehindero Award Is Mine!


A couple of weeks ago the ever great nominated me for the Vincent Ehindero blogger award. Not seen this award before, but Curtis always has some fun questions to offer so thank you again for nominating me! Remember to check out both of his blogs, Ospreyshire’s Realm and Iridium Eye Reviews,  they’re both worth following. So, what are the rules?

Here are the rules:

-Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

-Post the award logo.

-Post the rules.

-Nominate up to 20-30 other bloggers and notify them.

-Notify Vincent of your nomination, via comment.

-After notifying Vincent, he’ll check out your blog, follow and give you your unique award for the good work on your blog.

-I’m not sure if we are supposed to have some questions for the nominees, but I’ll make some for them.

I’m going to skip nominating bloggers as 20-30 is really excessive and, honestly, that’s how these things get out of hand so take this as an open invitation. If you’re interested then feel free to join in! On to the questions:

1. If you could get one singer, band, or composer to score a movie based on your life, who would it be?

This is a tough one because, well, honestly I don’t think I’ve done anything in my life worthy of being made into a film, so far at least. At the minute I guess I’d pick a band like Madness, purely for the nostalgia. They were one of the first bands I properly got into, alongside the likes of Queen, so I count them as part of the soundtrack of my formative years.

2. Which three countries would you like to visit that you have never been to before?

I’ve always said that I’d like to visit both Japan and the USA at some point, I am constantly consuming anime and american tv shows and I want to see their countries of origin for myself at least once. I want to soak in that culture directly, rather through a screen, I’ll just wait while the world’s calmed down a bit before I do that.

As for the third country, I’d probably pick India, that one I’ll put down to the Aru Shah books I’ve been reading and enjoying so much.

3. What is one thing you wish you could do right now if COVID-19 didn’t happen?

Honestly, get a haircut. Some local barbers are starting to reopen, but I still don’t quite feel safe getting close to people outside my bubble. At some point I’ll break, my hair is getting quite long now and that usually sends me crawling up the walls (I really dislike having long hair), but I can hold out a little longer.

4. Describe how you feel at the moment when you post this award post in a haiku form.

Brain is Fail.

I So Struggle with Haikus.

Suck At This I Do.

5. Which fictional character would you want to hang out with for an entire day? What things would you do? What conversations would you have?

This may have something to do with the fact that I’ve been bingeing through classic episodes of Doctor Who and my audio drama collection, but I’m going to pick my favourite Time Lord, the Doctor! (Not that any of this has anything to do with a certain plan I have for my blog come December, oh no). We’d traverse the time vortex, toppling dictators and lending a helping hand where we can, all the while visiting all the strange and beautiful places of the universe. We’d talk about their life and the people they’ve met, the people they’ve been and then be back in time for tea, after a few more detours. Sounds like a perfect day to me.

My questions:

  1.  You are given a device that can erase specific parts of your memory, mostly tv series, films and books that you’ve watched/read. What do you want to experience again for the first time?
  2. Quick, aliens are invading but they have a singular specific weakness, music! What song are you going to blast through the speakers to save the world?
  3. The universe is your oyster, there’s no pandemic, no restrictions on money or methods of travel. Where do you want to go, how do you want to get there and why?
  4. The world is ending (not hard to imagine at the minute I know), what do you want for your last meal and who do you want to share it with?
  5. How are you today?

Chris Joynson, aka the Infallible Fish, is a writer, blogger and lover of animation living in Sheffield. The blog updates every Friday or you can follow me on Twitter @ChrisGJoynson.


Bring Me Sunshine Again! The Sunshine Blogger Award is Back!

Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award is still making the rounds in the blogosphere and I am more than honoured to be nominated not once more, but twice! You can check out my first go at this award HERE, but this time I’ve been nominated by Yomu over at Umai Yomu Anime Blog and Curtis aka Ospreyshire over at Iridium Eye Reviews and my humble gratitude to both. They both run great blogs and you should definitely check them out.

Before we get started properly, let’s set out the rules:


  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog so that other people can visit them.
  2. Answer the 11 questions put to you by the nominator
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers of your choosing and provide them with a new set of 11 questions to answer
  4. Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts
  5. List the rules and display The Sunshine Blogger Award logo within your post or on your blog site.

As I’ve already done this award once before I’m going to skip nominating people this time around, just take this as an open invitation to take part if you want to. I’m also going to keep my questions the same as last time, I’ll drop them down at the bottom as a reminder, but first!

Yomu’s Questions

If you had the ability to hear the voices of inanimate objects, which one would you find the most annoying to converse with?

My keyboards. I don’t think I could take the tiny screams as I tap, tap, tap away at them while I work.

Would you rather have heat or cold resistance?

I already have cold resistance, winter is my favourite season of the year. Summer, however, is my least favourite and for one reason only, the heat! (Shakes fist dramatically). Still, I prefer being comfortable in Winter rather than Summer.

Do you prefer cookies or doughnuts?

Cookies! Where are the cookies? WHERE ARE THE COOKIES?!

What is the best time of year for tourists to visit in your home country?

There’s probably about two weeks in July were you’ll get some sunny weather. I kid, Britain has a reputation for always raining and that’s not true, it’s more accurate to say that it might always rain. Our weather is unpredictable to say the least, we’re a country on the Grand Line for all the One Piece fans out there.

What was your first job?

Outside of work experience at schoole, my first proper job was a sales assistant in a garage (sorry, petrol station, showing my Yorkshire there). I worked the night shift by myself, cleaning the shelves, watching people filling up on the forecourt and fetching what people wanted from the shop. Honestly it was an okay job, I’ve had worse, and I’ve always enjoyed a job that let’s me work at my own pace and in my own way.

What’s the next anime on your watch list?

Well, Fate/Grand Order recently ended and I’m in need of some epic action so I’m thinking a rewatch of Fate/Apocrypha is in order. Then again, my DVD of Attack on Titan season 3 should be arriving any day now and I’m likely to start that as soon as it drops through my letterbox.

What anime high school is your favourite?

I don’t know. U.A. from My Hero Academia? I guessed that would be my top pick, mainly because I’ve always loved superheroes in a school setting. Outside of that…I don’t know, I like plenty of series set in high schools, but I’ve never been all that interested in the schools themselves.

If I gave you 5 dollars, and you had to spend it, what would you spend it on?

Well, first I’d have to look at the exchange rate and see how much 5 dollars was actually worth, but I guess a comic is about that price. Sounds like a fair deal to me, when can I expect the money?

What anime superpower / magic / ability is your favourite?

The ability to be hit by something that should really break every bone in your body and yet still get up to carry on fighting. I’m thinking of a lot of shonen series with this one and, while it is ridiculous, it has led to some pretty amazing fights that I can’t help but adore.

What’s your preferred anime length?

Probably between 12 – 24 episodes. That’s a reasonable length to me, it gives creators enough time to flesh out their world, have a few more involved story arcs and space for a bit of filler to let things breath. Let’s not underestimate the effect that good filler can have on a series.

About that zombie apocalypse, it’s still coming. Which anime character do you think would make for a good zombie?

I’m not sure there is such a thing as a good zombie, but how about a Snorlax from Pokemon. I’m a big guy and I need something I can outrun if it’s the zombie apocalypse. Then again gods help me if Snorlax manages to catch up, I’d be gone in one bite.

And Now, Ospreyshire’s Questions!

Which actor or actress do you think is overlooked by the public and what role would you like to see them in?

Nicholas Briggs. In the Doctor Who community he’s a legend, but more people need to know about the man’s talent. To most he’s the voice of the Daleks (since the show came back in 2005), but he’s so much more than that, writer, director, producer and the voice to hundreds of monsters and characters. Even just going back to the Dalek voices shows the man’s talents. He’s voiced millions of Daleks over the years and still manages to find new voices and fill each one with depth and personality. Personally I’d love it if he got an onscreen role so more of the general public could see his talent, maybe he could play a human Dalek, as that would be fascinating to see.

If you could have a crossover between an anime and something involving Western animation, what would they be and what would the plot look like?

Can someone say DC X My Hero Academia. I love superheroes, and when I say that I mean I really love superheroes, so the chance to see two of my favourite sets of heroes teaming up and fighting side by side would be fantastic. Come on DC, there’s already a Justice League manga so just cross them over already! As for the plot? It’d probably be a typical team up, some sort of dimensional tears appear due to the machinations or villains, or maybe someone develops a quirk that lets them cross parallel realities, the heroes meet, there’s an initial scuffle and then everyone gets to know one another and they team up to take down the villains, who have also teamed up. Deku could meet inspirational heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman, swap plans with Batman, all the while Shigaraki could be taking villain lessons from the likes of Lex Luthor and the Joker.

What is your favorite thing about international cinema?

Godzilla movies. There’s lots of reasons to love international cinema, but the main one for me boils down to just the wealth of new ideas and perspective they bring. That being said, I do love me some Godzilla movies, I grew up on them as much as anime and all the new ideas in the world can’t beat the awe of seeing a giant reptile stomping his way around.

If you could switch a theme song from a movie or TV series with a different song, what would it be and why?

It took a while to come up with this answer, mostly because I only really remember the good theme songs, but then the answer finally came to me! Sabrina the Teenage Witch, I loved the show growing, and still do in all its goofy cheesy glory, but the one thing that always annoyed me about that show was the opening. A theme is meant to get you pumped for what you’re about to watch and what does Sabrina get lumbered with? A boring, uninspired guitar riff that is as generic as possible. If beige could be a sound, it would be this opening. I’d replace it with anything, even the animated series’ song, but since I can chose, I’d probably go with something like ‘Season of the Witch’ by Donovan.

What book would you like to see adapted onto the screen? This could be a novel or comic book, by the way.

It won’t happen, but Runemarks by Joanne Harris. It’s my favourite book, honestly, it feels like it was written just for me. Spunky young heroine, magic, norse mythology, order vs chaos, I love it and I knew I would the moment I read the first line, ‘500 years after the End of the World, and goblins had been at the cellar again’. It’d be perfect for a Netflix series.

What band would you like to see compose an entire soundtrack? What kind of movie would they score?

That’s a tough one, I guess it comes down to what the soundtrack is for. If it were something set in the 1920s I’d want some Electro Swing, so somebody like the Swingrowers would be perfect. If it’s something a bit more offbeat or possibly folky, then I’d pick Katzenjammer as they usually have a good variety of styles on their albums. Something a bit more mainstream? Then I’d go My Chemical Romance, Panic! At the Disco or Against The Current. Have I mentioned my music tastes are eclectic.

What is the least favorite thing from a creator you really like?

I love Scott Snyder’s run on Batman, it’s one of my favourite runs with the character in modern comics (closely followed by James Tynion’s Detective Comics run). It has it’s flaws sure, but on the whole it was fantastic. His Justice League run however… now admittedly I bailed early on into the run, but it was pretty clear that it wasn’t for me. Don’t get me wrong, there was a wealth of terrific ideas and just insane plot elements (sometimes too many, which could put some people off), but the nail in the coffin for me was the dialogue boxes. Now I have nothing against dialogue boxes, as long as they’re used properly, which to me is when they let us peer into the internal thoughts of a character, or to quickly establish a scene or time. When dialogue boxes are filled with purple prose describing what I’m looking at it makes me think the writer doesn’t trust the artist (even more so when this was never a thing in his Batman run). Comics are a visual medium, use it! You want to write a prose novel? Go write a novel! Wow, I got way angrier there than I actually feel.

Who would you like to see voicing over a documentary that has never done so before? What would the documentary be about?

Peter Capaldi, if his time on Doctor Who proved nothing else (outside of how great an actor the man is) it’s that the man knows how to talk. Seriously I could listen to his speeches in Doctor Who on a loop for all eternity, so, yeah, I could listen to him talking about anything I reckon. What would documentary be about? Probably a nature one, those are the only documentaries that I really watch.

Which actor would sound ridiculous if they tried an accent outside of their own?

I’ll abstain from this one because I honestly can’t think of one, that and I know I’m terrible at accents myself (unless I’ve been listening to a native speaker for a few hours, then I can probably imitate them). There are plenty of bad attempts at accents out there, as a Brit I always find it incredibly hilarious whenever any american tries to do an English accent (seriously, americans always go for either a posh accent or a cockney one, you do realise that’s actually a relatively small proportion of all the accents we have, right?).

Who do you think is the most overrated film or animation director?

I’m always hesitant to call a film, or anything, overrated, mostly because I do my best to avoid what other people think of something until I’ve seen it for myself (I learnt a long time ago that hype can kill a story for me). Occasionally people’s opinions might filter through to me, but I never know whether that’s how everyone feels, or if it’s just one small, loud corner of the internet. I just can’t say if something is overrated with any confidence and by the time I’ve watched it, if I didn’t enjoy it as much as everyone else seemed to then I just shrug my shoulders and say it wasn’t for me.

What is your greatest wish for cinema and/or animation? This could be realistic or a pipe dream.

This probably is a pipe dream, but I’d really love for the idea that animation is just for kids removed from public consciousness. We’ve made great strides in this arena and there are more and more people who appreciate animation as the art form it is each generation, but that stigma still clings to it here in the West and I want it gone. Whenever I hear someone comment about how ‘cartoons are for kids’ or anything like that, I have to genuinely control myself because I feel my blood boiling. Whether it’s just someone asking an innocent question, a snide comment or just one of my friends trying to wind me up, I’d like it to stop thank you very much. Surely we’ve got enough proof to dismiss the idea by now.

And now my questions! Mwahahahahahahaha!

My Questions: 

  1. What one silly, inconsequential thing makes you happy every single time you come across it (for example cat videos or that moment you get to pop some bubble wrap)?
  2. What’s your favourite fandom to be apart of?
  3. Do you prefer Summer or Winter? Why?
  4. What’s one language you’d like to master more than any other?
  5. What’s your party trick?
  6. This question is mostly filler, what score would you give it out of 10?
  7. What’s the one piece of technology you couldn’t live without?
  8. Your house is about to be sucked into a black hole, what’s the one thing you grab before you try to escape?
  9. You get to travel to one fictional world, where are you headed?
  10. Your life is now a musical, what’s the opening number called?
  11. How much anime is too much anime?

Feel free to answer them if you want and I hope you have as much fun with my questions as I did with Yomu’s and Ospreyshire’s. See you next week!

Chris Joynson, aka the Infallible Fish, is a writer, blogger and lover of animation living in Sheffield. The blog updates every Friday.

Here Comes the Sun! The Sunshine Blogger Award!

And once more with feeling! My thanks to fellow author Lynn over at for nominating me, again these nominations keep surprising me and, once the panic has faded, I do enjoy writing them. Make sure to check out Lynn’s site and with the preamble out of the way, let’s get to this. What are the rules?

Sunshine Blogger Award


  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog so that other people can visit them
  2. Answer the 11 questions put to you by the nominator
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers of your choosing and provide them with a new set of 11 questions to answer
  4. Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts
  5. List the rules and display The Sunshine Blogger Award logo within your post or on your blog site

Lynn’s Questions:

  1. If you could see one anime again for the first time, what would it be and why?   It would have to be Madoka Magica. While Fullmetal Alchemist will always be my favourite anime, Madoka Magica has the distinction of being the anime that reduced me to a weeping puddle on the floor. It’s my own fault, I binged watched the whole series late one night and just broke down once it was all over. I’ve never had a reaction to a series like it before or since, despite my best efforts to find something similar.
  2. If you had to teach a class on one thing, what would you teach?   I don’t know if I’d feel qualified to teach a class on anything, jack of all trades, master of none, that’s me. I guess it would have to be either a beginner’s guide to writing or a beginner’s guide to animating. I feel I know more about writing, but there’s still so much more that I have to learn.
  3. If you could be any supernatural creature, what would you be and why?   Let’s go off the beaten track, I’d be a merman, as long as I could breath on land as well as in the water. The two mythical creatures I’m most obsessed with are dragons and mermaids and while being a dragon would be awesome I also think it’d be kind of a hassle. Not only do you get accused of kidnapping all these innocent young maidens, but you’ve constantly got all these jumped up warriors in tin cans barging into your place. Mermaids and mermen on the other hand, you get to swim about all day, you have a terrific singing voice and get to loot all the ships you wreck.
  4. If you had a time machine, would go back in time or into the future?   I’d definitely go into the future. I could binge read One Piece all the way to its end without having to wait week after week. Just imagine all the other series I could read or watch without having to wait either! Oh and I guess it would be cool to know how the world works out in the end.
  5. If you could add a word to the dictionary what would you add and what would it mean?   Doomfaffer. Now a faffer is someone who faffs around, basically procrastinating and getting nothing done. A doomfaffer is that to the next level, someone who will faff around until doomsday itself. They’ll find any excuse, give in any distraction and never ever get his bloody book written! Sorry, I didn’t realise how annoyed I was with myself there.
  6. If you could pick up a new skill in an instant what would it be?   How to play a guitar well. I’ve always been fascinated with music and songs, but I have all the musical talent of a wet flannel. I once actually found a guitar in the garage when I moved house a while back, no idea where it is now, but I was momentarily caught by the urge to learn how to play. I brought up Youtube and, once my ears had stopped bleeding, I soon gave that idea up. Still, I’d love to be able to play some instrument.
  7. If extraterrestrials landed on earth and offered to take you with them, would you go?   I know I’d probably chicken out and say no, but my brain would be screaming YEEEEEESSSS!!! A chance to explore the universe, to see new worlds and immerse myself in alien civilisations, who would want to turn that down? Of course it would probably be terrifying and overwhelming and there’d no doubt be a lot of running (points to people who get the reference), but there’d be no other experience like it.
  8. If you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose and why?   I’d probably pick somewhere around 21. I’m nearly 30, but in my head I’m still about 16 with a perpetual refusal to grow up. Still being 16 again probably wouldn’t be all that fun, being a teenager once was enough, so something like 21 sounds about right to me.
  9. What would the title of your autobiography be?   The Solitary Man. As much as I enjoy being around other people, I do have to admit that there are plenty of times when I just want to be by myself. I enjoy my own company, I can be as weird and offbeat as I like without worrying about how I’m coming across to other people. That and I can spend as much time as I want in my own little world without interruption. The only part that worries me is that I start talking to myself more and more.
  10. What’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given?   The one that sticks in my head most is actually a piece of writing advice. ‘There’s nothing wrong with the word said’. Now ‘said’ is a perfectly fine word, sure it’s not very impressive or showy, but then that’s the point. Said is an invisible word, it’s there just to indicate who’s talking and then you move on. At some point I’d gotten it into my head that using ‘said’ was a bad idea, so every character exclaimed or shouted or responded, which really got too much. I realised I’d gone too far when one of my fellow members of my writers group threatened to staple the word to my forehead if I didn’t start using ‘said’ more. As they say, everything in moderation.
  11. The zombie apocalypse is coming, who are the three anime characters you want on your team?   I think I’d be best going for a team of Luffy, Franky and Zoro from One Piece. As the below image proves, they certainly know how to handle a zombie horde.                    600 Million Berry Jackpot

And I hereby nominate (apologises if people have already been nominated):





Jon Spencer







My Questions: 

  1. What one silly, inconsequential thing makes you happy every single time you come across it (for example cat videos or that moment you get to pop some bubble wrap)?
  2. What’s your favourite fandom to be apart of?
  3. Do you prefer Summer or Winter? Why?
  4. What’s one language you’d like to master more than any other?
  5. What’s your party trick?
  6. This question is mostly filler, what score would you give it out of 10?
  7. What’s the one piece of technology you couldn’t live without?
  8. Your house is about to be sucked into a black hole, what’s the one thing you grab before you try to escape?
  9. You get to travel to one fictional world, where are you headed?
  10. Your life is now a musical, what’s the opening number called?
  11. How much anime is too much anime?

That’s it for me, hopefully you’ll have as much fun with my questions as I had writing this post. Also anyone else who wants to join in, you’re more than welcome. See you tomorrow for an actual review!

Chris Joynson, aka the Infallible Fish, is a writer, blogger and lover of animation living in Sheffield. The blog updates every Friday.

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Oh So Mysterious! The Mystery Blogger Award!


Well Curtis, aka ospreyshire, nominated me for this oh so mysterious award and all I can say is thank you! Check out his post HERE. Honestly it surprises me every time I get tagged into one of these, which is quickly followed by blind panic as I realise I don’t have the structure of a review to hide behind! But wait, there are rules! Yes! Structure! So, what do I have to do?

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog

2. List the rules

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog

4. Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award and provide a link as well

5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people

7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)

9. Share a link to your best post(s)

First, ospreyshire‘s questions for me:

1. Where would you like to visit that you’ve never been to before?

Honestly I’m not much of a traveller, but I’ve had it on my mind for a while that at some point I would like to go…outside. Okay joking, aside there are plenty of countries I’d like to visit, but I suppose my top pick would be Japan. The only things really holding me back are, one, I’d have to sit down and actually learn Japanese rather than picking up random phrases from anime and, two, I’d need to find someone to go with me. I hate going places by myself, it’s just not as fun. I realise these are only excuses covering up my own laziness, but that’s why I’m not much of a traveller. One day I’ll do it, one day.

2. What is one movie, TV show, and/or book that you can’t stand, but everyone else likes?

You’re going to make me say it? Fine, the Harry Potter books. Saying I can’t stand them is a bit much, but I definitely have a grudge against the series that stopped me from getting into it. See I was a massive Pokemon fanatic when I was younger, and I mean colossal, yet every fandom has its day and the next big thing to come along was Harry Potter. Everyone kept going on about how good it was, but I wasn’t ready to let Pokemon go and the Potter books never really grabbed me. I know that sounds really petty and it is, I did force myself to watch all the films and they were okay. The third film is probably the closest I came to enjoying myself. At some point I’ll try reading the books again and see if I can get into them now.

3. If you could invent a language, what would you call it and how would you teach it to the world?

What I would call it would depend on what the language is. Is it a composite of other languages, is it something completely alien, is it spoken or delivered in some other manner? How I would teach it would probably be the same way I’d come up with it, I’d include it in a book. I do love language and how it’s used and while I have yet to invent an entire language for a story I’ve come up with plenty of different ways for people to communicate. For example in one short story I introduced a gelatinous species that communicated by twisting their bodies into different shapes, or in sci-fi stories I try to come up with slang or naming conventions that I think could take root in the future.

4. What is one interest or hobby that you never thought you would get into?

This is a recent hobby I’ve picked up, but I’ve recently gotten into role-playing. I’ve always wanted to join a group and give it a try, but I guess I’ve never been in the right place at the right time to find people to play with. That changed a few months back and while it’s still early in the campaign and I have no idea what I’m doing, I’m having a lot of fun.

5. How do you want to improve as a person?

I want to conquer my more self-conscious and worrywart nature, more than I already have. I’m a lot more confident and open than I used to be, but I still retreat into my comfort zone too readily. I want to take a few more risks, challenge myself a bit, maybe travel someplace. I’m getting there, slowly, but I’m getting there.

3 things about myself:

  1. Born and raised in Sheffield, United Kingdom. As the saying goes, Yorkshire born, Yorkshire bred, Strong in the arm, Thick in the…. ahem, finish that one for yourselves.
  2. I’m a member of the Sheffield Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Group, I’ve had several short stories published in their anthologies, most notably the ‘Ages of Escafeld’ anthologies which you can find on Amazon.
  3. At the minute I’m working on a mecha sci-fi dystopia novel, where my cynical heroine, Rosette, must enter a highly dangerous competition where pilots battle it out in fully armoured mechs for fame and fortune. Rosette’s only goal is to survive and provide for her family, something increasingly difficult in a world on the edge of war.


I hereby nominate (apologises if anyone has already been picked):







The AniMessenger

magicconan14 (Aria)



My Questions:

  1. What one show do you absolutely love, but nobody else ever talks about it or has even heard of it?
  2. If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?
  3. If you could visit any place, in any time period, what would it be?
  4. Which would you choose, worldwide fame and fortune, or relative obscurity and a small but dedicated fanbase?
  5. What is the question? (This is the weird question or is it?)

My Best Posts:

I’m really bad at appreciating my own stuff, I have a tendency to just pick out all the flaws, but these are the ones I’m most proud of at the moment,

The Promised Neverland – I was surprised by the response this one got, I worked hard to keep it as spoiler-free as possible and somehow managed it.

Put a Tune to it: Western Songs for Anime – This was a lot of fun to do, the songs came to me pretty quickly and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island – I’m a huge One Piece fan and I haven’t really had enough of a chance to talk about the series on here and it was great to talk about one of my favourite films.

That’s it for this post, I’ll be back in a few days with another one.

Chris Joynson, aka the Infallible Fish, is a writer, blogger and lover of animation living in Sheffield. The blog updates every Friday.