Failure to Launch!

Festive greetings! I hope everyone’s had a merry Christmas so far and are all set for the New Year ahead. For me it’s been fairly quiet, which has given me a chance to do some work on the blog and I’ve been writing reviews pretty much every day this week, with a few more still in the pipeline. Hopefully you’ll all enjoy those when I release them in 2022.

On to today’s business, it feels like forever since I’ve done a tag post so thanks to Yomu for including me in this fun little game. Games need rules though so let’s check those out first:


  1. Put the logo and rules in your post. – Done
  2. Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post. – Done
  3. Link back to the original post. – Done
  4. List some brief excerpts where stories (anime, book, movie – anything is fine) failed to launch due to a missing call to action. As many as you want. Readers can then try and guess the story in the comments!
  5. Nominate 3 other blogs to continue the tag!

Below are my story excerpts. Have a guess in the comments at what you think they are, I’ll tell you now that half of them are anime series and half aren’t just to keep things interesting. I’ll include who I’m tagging at the bottom of the post. Have fun everyone!

Story 1:

A hard-working and handy student decides cleaning the dojo can wait until tomorrow and decides to go home for the evening. His life remains uneventful and his dreams of being a hero go unfulfilled.

Story 2:

After leaving the theatre early, a doctor, his wife and son decide to call their butler to pick them up rather than wander down a dark alley. They make it home safely and their son grows up to be a happy and well-adjusted young man, even though the city is only getting worse and worse.

Story 3:

A schoolgirl comes across a mysterious book in her dad’s basement library and doesn’t open it. She goes on to have a perfect and adorable life, but is yet to meet her one true love.

Story 4:

Astronauts discover a strange capsule on the moon. Showing a remarkable amount of genre-savvy they decide to leave well enough alone and don’t open it.

Story 5:

After a stressful day of work an office worker decides to have a few drinks before heading home on the train. Luckily she has enough self-control to stop herself getting too drunk and doesn’t miss her stop on the way home. She continues her lonely life.

Story 6: 

Two school teachers decide the odd behaviour of their new student is none of their business and don’t follow her home one night. A few weeks later the girl mysteriously disappears never to be seen again.


That’s it, hope you all have fun and bonus points to anyone that gets number 6.


I’ll be tagging:

alsmangablog – Also I promise I’ll get to your magical girl tag at some point, I’ve been having a bit of trouble getting the designs right.



See you all on Friday for the final post of Kaijucember! 


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.



Taste the Rainbow! The Colourful Stories Tag

So the ever-brilliant Ospreyshire nominated me for this fun tag a couple of weeks ago and, while it’s taken me a bit of thinking to settle on all of my choices, I’m finally ready to do this. Without further ado let’s get this show on the road, first what’re the rules of this tag?


#1 Share your favourite stories—movies/books/anime/manga/drama/songs—by classifying them on these seven colours’ traits:

  • red: passionate, exciting, invigorating
  • blue: peaceful, calming
  • pink: romantic, caring
  • orange: warm, motivating
  • black: mysterious, thrilling
  • green: fresh, unexpected
  • white: random

#2 Send this challenge invitation to at least one of your friends. Let them fear your superiority, as you—decide their fate.

#3 Link back to the original post here! And, enjoy!

Red – Haikyu!!

How can you get more passionate, exciting and invigorating than watching a group of people taking part in an activity they all clearly love and giving it their all? I only started watching this series last year and it genuinely blew me away. There are many, many great things about this series, but what I think takes it to another level is that it makes you understand the driving factors of each and every character. Any other sports anime just has you rooting for the underdog team, but Haikyuu goes the step further and makes you care and root for both sides of the conflict. After all the other teams are just as eager to win as our protagonists. This series always leaves me feeling pumped and eager for the next episode.

Blue – Laid-Back Camp

After exerting ourselves with some high octane sporting activities, what could be better than settling down by a camp fire with some beautiful scenery and good company? You can’t get be more peaceful and calming than a show that literally has ‘laid-back’ in the title and while this is a very idyllic look at camping, it also puts the chill in chill out anime. The characters are endlessly endearing, the scenery on display is often breath-taking and the atmosphere is so warm and cosy I can practically feel the fire whenever I watch this show. After a stressful day there’s no better prescription than settling down with this show for half an hour or so.

Pink – Given

I’ve stated several times on this blog that I’m not much of a romance person, and yet with shows like this and Horimiya I feel that may be changing. Given is a show that gives me the warm fuzzies just thinking about it, I love each of the principle characters (though watching the movie has taught me that I’m very much a Mafuyu and Uenoyama shipper) and I would happily spend all day just hanging out with them. Watching each of their relationships develop over the course of the first season and the movie has been a privilege and I’m really hoping we’ll get another season soon.

Orange – Witch Hat Atelier

This one took some thinking. There are plenty of series that I’d describe as warm, I just talked about two of them, but one that also leaves me feeling motivated? It took a perusal of my bookshelves to come up with the only answer for me. Witch Hat Atelier is a series that I discovered a couple of years ago and I adore it with every fibre of my being. Not only is the world beautifully drawn and endlessly fascinating, the characters are just so sweet and charming without ever venturing into saccharine. What motivates me with this series though is the clear parallels to what it’s like to learn to draw or enter any kind of creative profession. As any regular readers will know, I like to draw and this series always leaves me eager to break out my pens and pencils.

Black – The Promised Neverland (Season 1)

This feels like a bitter sweet choice because I’m currently in the middle of season 2 and to say I have issues with it is a massive understatement. Let’s go back to happier times though and the astounding season 1. It’s a perfect little puzzle box of a series, the question being less about what’s going on and more about how our heroes are going to get out of the terrible situation they’ve found themselves in. Every setback and twist just ratcheted up the tension higher and higher until that exhilarating conclusion when everything came together. I know you can’t see me so I’ll just let you know I’m doing one of those chef’s kisses right now.

Green – Princess Connect! Re:Dive

This is here more for the unexpected qualifier, rather than being fresh. I did not have high hopes for this show before I started watching it, all the promo art and the fact that it was based on a mobile game just lead me to believe this was going to be the typical harem nonsense that just isn’t my thing. I was bored though, so I watched an episode and was blown away by how different it was to my expectations. The characters are all loveable, the action and comedy are top notch and it even manages to introduce a plethora of new characters each episode without feeling likes its overburdening the series with too many pointless cameos. Bring on season 2!

White – Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai

I know this series hasn’t finished airing yet, but I feel the need to talk about this little gem of a show because not enough people are giving it the attention it deserves. I don’t really know that much about the Dragon Quest franchise, other than the fact that it exists, but this series has blown me away with just some good old fashioned fantasy adventure. The characters are often stock archetypes and the plot is best described as predictable, but there’s so much passion and love put into this series that is all feels fresh and new. Also this series looks amazing. Someone is having a great time bringing this classic to life and I’m having a great time experiencing it.

That’s it for my choices, for my nominees I think I’ll pick,

Lynn Sheridan


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Hope you have as much fun as I did with this list, see everyone back here on Friday for a regular review. It’s March so why don’t we start the month off with some mecha?

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.

Under Pressure! The Peer Pressure Tag!

Guys it’s so unfair, Yomu and Alsmangablog have pressured me into doing this extra blog post! I’m joking of course, this does seem like a pretty fun tag and it’s not one I’ve come across before so let’s do it! First, what’s the rules?


-Link back to the creator, which is Random Thoughts of My Fandoms.

-Provide a link to the person who tagged you.

-Answer all questions honestly

-Come up with 5 questions of your own. (4 have to be about peer pressure; 1 can be   random and about whatever)

-Tag at least 10 people and provide links to their blogs. Please no “you!”

-Recommend at least 5 books or songs you see everywhere/are very popular that   you’ve read or listened to.

-Use the hashtag #peer pressure tag for easier visibility

Yomu’s Questions

Has an animal ever pressured you into doing something (good or bad)?

The only thing I can think of is back when my family owned a cat (or rather she owned us as she was very much in charge). She had a deep love for chicken and the moment she smelt it cooking she’d be in the kitchen meowing her head off. Eventually either me or my mum would cave and throw her a piece, despite the fact that we’d already put down her own food for her. As I said, she was very much in charge.

Have you ever pressured someone into watching a certain anime?

All the time, what do you think this blog is for? When I fall in love with a series or film I fall hard and all I want to do is share that passion with someone else, if only to give me someone to talk to about it with. I’m always recommending stuff to my friends, despite the fact that they always react nonplussed. The last one I can remember is that I made my mum watch ‘A Silent Voice’ with me when I finally got a copy of it on DVD.

Have you ever been pressured into watching a certain anime?

I don’t know if I’d call it pressured per se, but generally if I hear or read someone enthusiastically talking about a series I’ll always mark it down as something to check out later. That’s probably the reason why the list of anime I want to watch is near-neverending by this point, but it’s lead me to a lot of shows that I’ve greatly enjoyed over the years so I can’t complain too much.

Have you ever pressured an animal into watching a certain anime?

No. I mean pressuring animals makes it sound like you can actually control what they do and, speaking as a former-cat owner, they very much just do what they want, don’t they?

(Random question) Do you like cats?

Yes I do. They’re self-sufficient, independent and generally as daft as a brush, the perfect pet! I’ll be honest I’m not much of a pet person, though my family owned a variety while I was growing up, from dogs to rabbits, hamsters and fish. The cat was always my favourite though, she’d generally look after herself and sometimes just do silly stuff that made me laugh. That’s what I want in a pet.

Alsmangablog’s Questions

What aspect of blogging do you feel the most pressure about?

My greatest fear is probably that someone will misinterpret what I’m trying to say or not even know what I’m going on about. The English language is vast and wonderful, but it’s also open to so much interpretation and I always feel like my greatest struggle is making my point clear, without losing the quality of my writing.

Has the amount of pressure you feel related to your blog changed since you first started out?

I’m not sure if the amount has changed, but the quality of the pressure certainly has. When I first started blogging I had no idea what I was doing, I was often unsure of myself, but that felt okay because no one hardly ever read what I was putting up. Nowadays I’m aware that more people know of my existence in the blogosphere, but I’m also more confident in what I’m writing and saying. I’m more able to weather those moments of uncertainty partly because of the wonderful community that we have here.

Have you ever wrote about something on your blog simply because everyone else seemed to be doing it? If so, what was the topic.

In a way, yes. I mean ever since I started watching anime seasonally it’s had the knock on effect that the series that I’m writing reviews about also happen to be series that everyone else has recently been watching and posting reviews of. I am slower to put up reviews as well so it can sometimes feel like I’m chasing a wave. Then again there are times when I’ve read a particularly enthusiastic review and it’s made me want to write a review about that same subject (case in point there is a Patlabor movie review somewhere in this blog’s future).

Have you ever regretted a post because of the negative response it received, either from other bloggers or from regular readers?

Honestly I haven’t had that many negative responses to this blog, I can only think of one or two comments over the years, but that’s all. My only real regrets are with regards to my earlier writing and just how much better I could do it now, but even then that’s just a testament to how much my writing has improved over the years, so I won’t complain too much.

Who, in your opinion, is the best Star Trek captain and why? (If you haven’t watched any Star Trek, feel free to make up a joke answer).

I’m not much a Star Trek fan, sad to say. Star Wars and Stargate are more my bag. I’ve watched bits and pieces of the various series, though TOS is probably the one I’ve seen the most of and Wrath of Khan is one of my favourite Sci-Fi movies. So you’d probably expect to say Kirk is my favourite, but actually I’m a big Sisko fan. Deep Space 9 is one of those series that I’ve been meaning to check out for a long time and one day I’ll watch the whole run. To me, Sisko just comes across as the most human and if I found myself in the Federation he’s the one I’d want in charge.

So Here’s my questions for all you lovely folks,

– What was the last thing someone tried to pressure you into watching/reading?

– Did you watch/read it? If so how’d it turn out? New favourite or are you questioning that person’s personal taste?

– What was the last thing you tried to pressure someone into watching/reading?

– Did they watch/read it? If so how’d it turn out? New favourite or are they now questioning your personal taste?

– When was the last time you listened to Queen’s ‘Under Pressure’? Marks out of 5?

And I’ll be tagging all these wonderful folks! (Apologies if people have already been tagged).






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– Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama – If you haven’t already checked out this manga series then you’re doing yourself a disservice. It’s a sweet, heart-warming series about a girl learning to be a witch in a fascinating Studio Ghibli-esque world. I love the magic system, I love the characters, but most of all I love the parallels to what it’s like to learn to draw and create in a professional setting. I can’t recommend this enough.

– One Piece by Eiichiro Oda – I mean come on, I can’t do a recommendation list of popular stuff without mentioning one of the best selling manga of all time. I’ve been a fan of this series for a long time and don’t think I haven’t noticed all these new people jumping aboard now that we’re nearing in on the finish line. Not that I mind, you’re all welcome, this is a fantastic series, a master class in world building, character development and just sheer awesome. It’s a daunting series, I know, but give it a go until the Arlong Park arc and you might just find yourself a new favourite.

– Kaiju No. 8 by Naoya Matsumoto – I don’t know how popular this series is, it’s still relatively new, but it’s so much fun. Do you want a series where the lead protagonist isn’t a teenager or twenty-something? How about one filled with tonnes of gruesome kaiju laying waste to Japan while super-powered soldiers fight back against them? The action is fantastic, the comedy always makes me laugh and all the characters are loveable in their own way, it’s just so much fun and worth checking out.

– The Bone Ships by R.J. Barker – First non-manga recommendation! Maybe I’m seeing this all over the place because it’s sequel just recently came out, either way it’s a really great book. It’s another fascinating world with these huge ships made out of bones and the society that has sprung out of that. If you want more details I actually did a review over on my writer’s group blog which you can check out HERE. Mr. Barker has such a lyrical way of writing and I thoroughly recommend this.

– House of X/Powers of X by Jonathan Hickman – And we’ll end on a comic recommendation. This is the starting point for the current era of X-men that is still ongoing in the comics, it’s also the point where I started to get really excited about the X-Men again (after stepping away from the franchise for a few years). If you want to get on board then you really need to start at the beginning and, trust me, there’s some crazy stuff in here. Alternate time lines, dark futures, a look at our relationship with machines and where that could take us, oh, and pretty much every X-character you can think to mention (plus a fair few I bet you’ve forgotten) it’s all here and so much more. I’m still in the process of catching up, but it’s been a wild ride so far and I’m really enjoying it.

That’s it for this post, hope you’ve all had as much fun as I have writing it. Come back on Friday for one of my regular reviews. See you then!

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.

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


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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.

All images belong to their respective owners. 




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.

It’s a Really Neat Blog Award!

I got another award! I mean…just wow, all this positive recognition is doing wonders for my low self-esteem so thank you Ospreyshire over at IridiumEyeReviews, this means a lot. Curtis runs a really great blog looking at movies, documentaries and anime that the majority of the time I’ve never heard of before, but that’s what makes it so great. His reviews are packed full of detail and trivia so make sure to check out his blog. Now he’s given me some tough questions to answer with this post, but before we get to those, let’s do the housekeeping. Here’re the rules!

The Rules

1. Display the logo.

2. Thank the bloggers for the award.

3. Answer the questions from the one who nominated you.

4. Nominate 7 to 10 bloggers.

5. Ask them 7 questions.

Already done 1 and 2, so let’s get on to the questions!

  1. What is one obscure movie or anime that you know of that you wish was more popular?

At least we’re starting with an easy one (I’ve looked at the rest of the questions and I don’t hold out much hope for myself). Song of the Sea is my pick. An irish animated film from Cartoon Saloon it is an utterly outstanding film, hauntingly beautiful and sweet. It’s based on the selkie myth and features a young brother and sister who learn that the sister can turn into a seal when she puts on her coat, but when they’re shipped off to their grandmother’s house inland, they realise they need to get back home before the sister perishes. It’s a story about grief and family bonds and I think everyone should see it at least once. I don’t have words for how beautiful the animation is, just google it and you’ll see.

  1. As some people may know, I am very vocal about film plagiarism issues (Examples: Inception stealing major concepts from Paprika or The Lion King blatantly plagiarizing several characters, scenes, and plot points from Kimba the White Lion). If some movie did some cinematic thievery, what is one original film, TV series, or anime would you not want to see ripped off at all costs?

Does it count as a rip-off if it’s your own property that your copying wholesale? If so then I’d like to fence off what’s left of Disney’s animated catalogue before they get turned into ‘live action’ copies like so many already have. Look, if you enjoy Disney’s crop of live action films then power to you, I’m glad someone is getting some enjoyment out of them, but they’re really not for me. I’m biased towards animation, I know, you can just do so much with it, the breadth of imagination and scope it can bring to life is amazing. Next to the written word it’s my favourite medium.

The live action films are trying so hard to be the animated versions of themselves that I just don’t get it. I mean if they wanted to do their own thing with the stories, take things in a new direction or put a twist on things I’d be all for it (if you’re going to copy something the least you can do is put your spin on it), but that’s not what these films are trying to do. They’re so obviously trying to appeal to the nostalgia centres of people’s brains, when people can just easily go and watch the animated ones. I don’t see the point of that, but they make money so I think they’ll be around for a while yet (Sorry, I’ve gone a bit ranty here).

  1. Who is the most underrated composer in your opinion?

Ah, this is probably going to be the most difficult question for me to answer. I always feel guilty admitting this, but I always feel nervous learning about the people behind the series I love. I suppose I’m just scared that I’ll find out they’re a complete -insert swear word here- and I’ll never be able to enjoy their work again (a recent example, I can never watch an episode of Smallville again after finding out about that whole Allison Mack thing). I like to keep artists up on their pedestal where I’m free to just bask in their work and not worry about anything but how their work makes me feel. In fact the only times I really learn creator’s names is either if they come up in conversation a lot or I see their names come up time after time.

Because of this most of the names I know are all fairly well recognised, which makes me feel bad because then I think about all those who I’m not appreciating. I don’t feel confident calling anyone underrated, but at the same time I feel like I need to name someone at the very least so how about Kenichiro Suehiro? I have no idea if he’s underrated or not, but I’ve recently started to notice him. He’s done the music for Fire Force, Granbelm, Goblin Slayer and Re:Zero to name a few and while some of these series have problems the music certainly isn’t one of them.

  1. Which country would you like to see some cinema from that’s not your homeland?

India. I read the first two books in the Pandava Quartet last year (think of them like Percy Jackson, but with Hindu mythology instead of Greek) and they really piqued my interest. I’ve always been interested in other cultures and mythology, but I’ve never really looked into India before so it feels like the time to start (now I just have to find the time to actually do it!). Also I really want to see the two Baahubali films, they look amazing.

  1. What are your biggest issues with the current Hollywood scene?

Oh, where do I even start with this one? The endless need to make a franchise out of anything and everything? Trading on nostalgia so much that there’s barely a chance for anything without a pre-existing fanbase to get a chance to live? (Don’t get me wrong, I love going back to watch old favourites or to see familiar characters again, but I also like to see completely new stuff every now and again). The lack of diversity both behind and in front of the camera?

All of the above and more, Hollywood is an old creaky system that I don’t know how to fix. It’s making progress, but like all progress it moves at a glacial place, while we all just sit here and wait for it to catch up. Movies are big business and a lot of people’s blood, sweat and tears go into making them. I take my hat off to anyone who works in the industry, but there are times when I want to kick said system up the backside and get it pick up the pace a little.

  1. Finish this idea: (Name of protagonist here) would be the most interesting hero ever if…?

Ezra Bridger would be the most interesting hero ever if he fully turned to the Dark Side, even if only once. I’m slightly worried about bringing up Star Wars considering how divided the fanbase has become, but screw it I’ve started so I’ll finish. I like Star Wars Rebels, and I mean I really like it, sure it has its problems, but whenever it was dealing with the Force or Thrawn it was exactly the kind of Star Wars I love. I also really like Ezra’s arc across the series, but if there’s one area where it falters it’s in the resolution to Ezra’s flirtation with the Dark Side, in that there isn’t really one.

All through season 2 we’ve got Ezra slowly giving in to his anger, his desperation to protect his friends making him crave the power he needs to save them. His scenes with Maul were some of the best in the series, and this trend continues into the next season, with Ezra still being so very angry, but then it kind of just stops and he goes back to being a Jedi without consequence. I feel like if Ezra had just fully crossed that line, just once, to properly snap him back to his senses it would have given this phase of his character arc more resolution.

  1. Who is one non-actor that should try voice acting? What kind of role(s) would they have?

Sir David Attenborough. I’ll admit it took me a while to think of a non-actor whose voice I think would fit really well into the profession of voice acting, then a repeat of ‘Blue Planet’ came up on the TV and it was a figurative light bulb. Yes, the man, the legend, the national treasure, David Attenborough. I’m not sure how well known he is outside of the UK, but he used to be THE voice for nature documentaries (nowadays he’s getting on a bit and leaves it to the upstart youths like David Tennant). I could seriously listen to him talk or narrate for hours on end and have a couple of times in the past. I can see him in a Miyazaki film, playing the grandfatherly mentor with an environmental message.

Whew. I had to think hard about some of those answers and I’m surprised by how little were about anime, but I made it through to the other side so now it’s my turn!

Here are my nominations:

The Otaku Author

Umai Yomu Anime Blog

100 Word Anime

I drink and watch anime



Anyone else who wants to join is also welcome to jump in, now here are the questions!

  1. What was your first ever anime (did you even know it was an anime at the time)?
  2. When you’re watching an anime, do you read the manga as well or are you anime only? Why?
  3. What series or film (anime or not) do you think deserves more attention?
  4. What one thing is guaranteed to make you watch a series no matter what?
  5. What genre of anime would you like to see more of?
  6. If you could visit any world (be it from anime or a book or someplace else) where would you like to go?
  7. What character (again from any anime, book or something else) would you most like to spend an evening with, be that going out for a drink or just chilling on the sofa with them?

Hope of all of you have as mush fun as I did and thanks again Ospreyshire!

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