I have been featured as the 42th (ooo, lucky number!) “Overseas Otaku” in the April issue of Windows 100%, a Japanese IT magazine that also features otaku and internet pop culture related articles. Every month, the magazine asks 100 questions to a foreign otaku. Tsubaki (who is currently incommunicado in the world of Granada Espada) was previously featured in the March issue.

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They only printed a selected few of the questions while the full set of hundred is included on a CD-ROM that comes with the magazine.

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Continue reading for the printed questions and translations.

1. お名前と、もしあるならば別の呼び名。そしてその由来を教えてください。

Please tell us your nickname and its origin.
Hi, my nickname is DarkMirage. I made it up for an online game back in primary school. It’s just a combination of two words and has no special meaning.

2. 年齢を教えてください。

What is your age?
18 years old.

3. どこにお住まいですか?

Where do you live?

4. 職業について教えてください。

What’s your occupation?
High school student.

5. 身長は?

Your height?
181cm. (I realized that I overestimated it by 2cm.)

6. 好きな食べ物を教えてください。

What’s your favourite food?

7. 嫌いな食べ物はなんですか?

What food do you hate?
Carrots and broccoli.

8. なにか特技があれば教えてください。

Do you possess any special talents?
I can wriggle my ears and also juggle.

9. 自分を動物にたとえるなら、なんですか。

What animal would you compare yourself to?
Probably a cat. I’m quiet and lazy.

10. 自分をオタクだと思いますか?

Are you an otaku?
Yes, I am.

11. あなたにとってのヒーローまたはヒロインは誰ですか。

Who is your hero/heroine?
The physicist Stephen Hawking.

12. 尊敬している人は?

Who do you respect?
Former American presidential candidate Al Gore.

15. 座右の銘は?
“God’s in his heaven, All’s right with the world.”

What’s your personal motto?
“God’s in his heaven, All’s right with the world.”

21. 理想のガールフレンドってどんな人ですか?(実在の彼女は別にして)
ToHeart2のタマ姉みたいのがいいwww 冗談は別として、趣味が合うのは一番大切だと思います。明るくて大人っぽいのもプラスです……ってやっぱりタマ姉かな。(笑)

Describe your ideal girlfriend. (Not your current girlfriend.)
I want someone like ToHeart2’s Tama-nee! Jokes aside, I guess having someone with compatible interests is quite important. Cheerful and mature would be huge pluses too…… Wait I guess that is Tama-nee after all. LOL.

30. 好きなアニメ作品について教えてください。

What anime titles do you like?
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Evangelion, Nadesico, Banner of the Stars and Kimagure Orange Road.

54. 知っている、または好きな日本の単語を教えてください。

Please tell us your favourite Japanese word.

59. Ramblings of DarkMirageを簡単に紹介してください。

Please introduce us to “Ramblings of DarkMirage”.
It started off as a random blog about my daily life but slowly transformed into an anime related site two years ago. Most visitors come from America, followed by Singapore and Japan.

66. いま、注目に値するアニメ作品を挙げてください。

What series should people look out for now?
“Code Geass”……but I guess everyone’s already watching that. “Kyoushirou to Towa no Sora” then.

69. アニメで、いちばん好きなシーンについて教えてください。
「涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱」の第12話で、ハルヒが「God knows…」を歌ってるところが大好きです。

What’s your favourite anime scene?
The scene in episode 12 of “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” where Haruhi sang “God knows…”.

79. 「アニメオタク」と「アニメファン」の違いとは、どういったことだと思いますか。

What do you think is the difference between an anime otaku and an anime fan?
Upon reaching a certain level, anime fan evolves into anime otaku. Just like in Pokemon.

80. サイトへのクレームなどもあります?

Do you get complaints about your site?
Yes, I was quite bothered by them at first, but now I ignore them. (Speaking of which, Doremi just sent me an e-mail a few days ago…)

85. 尊敬している、字幕職人っていますか。

Do you respect any fansubbers?
DeathWolf from Anime-Keep.

88. オススメのYouTube動画ってあります?
「Ask A Ninja」というシリーズ。まぁ、英語ですけどね。

Do you have any YouTube videos to recommend?
The “Ask A Ninja” series, but it’s in English.

92. 一番人気があるアニメサイトといえば?

What’s the most popular anime site (in English)?
darkmirage.com… Just kidding. Uh, animenewsnetwork.com I guess.

93. マジコンって知ってます? 使ったことあります?

Do you know what’s a Magicom? Have you used one before?
I know what it is, but I do not own a DS. I do use homebrew software on my PSP, though.

97. ひとことでいうと、アニメはあなたにとってナニ?

How would you describe anime in one phrase?
It’s a way of life.

100. 日本の読者にメッセージお願いします。

Please end off with a message for the Japanese readers.
May we meet in Akiba someday!

You can view the rest of the questions that came with the CD-ROM here.

Alternatively, you can purchase the magazine itself from Amazon JP. The CD-ROM contains a few pictures of me which I shall not post here. :P

P.S. I have been without Internet access for the past few days due to a series of incidents. So yeah, I’m still alive.

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