Anime word association. I had the idea to take a random word generator, generate a random word, and state the first anime that comes to mind. Then I will try to explain why. Simple enough right?
So that’s what I’ll do!
Might not make for the most entertaining post, but you never know. Even I don’t know what words I’ll get. I’ll be using RandomWordGenerator.com for this – not sure if it really matters but for some transparency, there you have it. Hopefully we get some exciting words to work with.
Here we go.
Word 1: Price
There are probably a lot of really cool answers I could have given here. Instead Working!! came to mind. I think my mind went to “cash register”, and the restaurant they work at came to mind for that. I was hoping I would come up with an anime with some really abstract answer, and ended up with that instead.
Only now did I realize Classroom of the Elite would have been a really nice pick. If only I’d thought of it first! But it’d be cheating to go back on it, and we try to be honest here on the Umai Yomu Anime Blog.
So instead we got a simple thought process of: Price > Cash Register > Working!!. And that’s really all there was to this one.
Word 2: Egg White
Aha! The word generator thought it could throw me for a loop, but eggs happen to be something that I looked at recently in anime! Tsukihi Araragi wears an egg hairpin, which I saw plenty of when I wrote my opening analysis post of Platinum Disco from Nisemonogatari on EAT Monogatari, a Monogatari blog I contribute to. So the thought process this time was Egg White > Egg Hairpin on Tsukihi’s Head > Nisemonogatari.
While we are on the topic of egg whites, I have heard that egg whites have an enzyme that helps you digest the egg yolk. Is it true? I have no idea. I’ve never known for sure because the source was someone I know who tells a lot of old wive’s tales. So enjoy that questionable tidbit about egg whites.
It’s also kind of weird that “egg white” is considered one word. I even fact checked the word generator, and online dictionaries also have it together like that as a word. Technically it’s still two words though right? How does this work? I could understand if there was no space, like “eggwhite”, but it’s “egg white”. I guess it’s just another one of those unsolved mysteries surrounding egg whites, like those enzymes that may or may not help with egg yolk digestion.
And now I’m listening to Platinum Disco while I write the remainder of this post! Maybe the word generator was doing me a favour here.
Maybe I’ll be doing you a favour here too:
Word 3: Hurt
Anime: Darling in the FranXX
I was hoping the word generator wouldn’t throw something related to the anime I’m currently watching at me, but it did. When I saw the word “hurt”, I thought of a scraped knee. And Zero-Two had a scraped knee in Darling in the FranXX. So the thought process this time was: Hurt > Scraped Knee > Zero-Two’s Bloody Knee > Darling in the FranXX.
Speaking of which, I was pulling a cart earlier today and it hit the back of my left foot, because for some reason while I was walking I took too long to move my left foot. The cart was very low to the ground and just went right in there and jammed against the back of my left foot.
Word 4: Glow
Anime: The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
So when I saw “glow”, I thought of a glowing person. You know how anime likes to use that effect here and there on a character when they are glowing after being praised or whatever. But then I thought of Teruhashi, who just permanently glows. Naturally this made me think of Saiki K. Thought process: Glow > Glowing Character > Teruhashi > The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
Unfortunately it doesn’t make me think of anything else really. I don’t really have any stories or interesting things to say about “glow”. I’ve never seen a firefly in real life, do they actually glow as much as they do in anime? I have my doubts personally.
Word 5: Mushroom
Anime: The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (Season 2).
Wow. The word generator caught me using the same anime twice. So I don’t want to spoil too much, but one of the characters in Saiki K. is an impoverished girl who works a ton of jobs and eats EVERYTHING that is edible. So there are some episodes in season 2 of Saiki K. where she is gorging herself on mushrooms. Thought process: Mushroom > Character Eating Mushrooms > That Girl From Saiki K. > The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (Season 2).
To be fair, even now I’m having trouble thinking of other anime that would come to mind. I think there’s an episode of Gintama where they climb a mountain looking for a creature and end up getting infected with mushrooms or something like that. And that just reminded me of Made in Abyss where there are those bear creatures that get infected with mushrooms too. So I guess there are mushrooms here and there in anime.
Outside of anime, I was watching the Food Network last night (Beat Bobby Flay, it’s a good show) and one of the chefs deep fried thinly sliced shitaki mushrooms for a crunchy element to go on top of his beef tartare. Beef tartare is not something I’d be keen on trying, but crunchy shitaki mushrooms sound great.
Bonus Word: Circumstance
Word generator threw me a hard ball on the bonus word. I actually had to pause Platinum Disco for a moment to think this one through. What an odd word to try and associate with an anime!
So basically I saw “circumstance” and thought “circumstantial evidence”. But I couldn’t think of a lawsuit or any court case like anime. At the time I wasn’t thinking police either, more the legal side.
After a few minutes of pondering, the first anime related thought I had was that scene from Hyouka where Oreki and Chitanda (Yeah I looked up those names, no way I was going to remember them on my own) were sitting in the clubroom and Chitanda wanted a glimpse into Oreki’s thought process. So they went through a little thought experiment where they tried to figure out exactly had happened in regards to a single announcement that was made asking a student to go to the faculty office on the PA system. It was actually a pretty fun scene that I enjoyed.
So the bonus word thought process ended up being: Circumstance > Circumstantial Evidence > That Scene From Hyouka > Hyouka. I know there isn’t really any circumstantial evidence in that scene, but it’s what came to mind anyways. The way they were trying to derive a conclusion from a single announcement with no evidence to back up their thought process was sort of what I thought I guess.
There is also a great song by Rush called Circumstances. Which was actually my very first thought when I saw the word. Unfortunately, that’s not anime related. Good song though, brings me back to my highschool days when I used to listen to a lot of Rush while walking to and from school, as well as my part time job at the time.
And that’s all for anime word association (1st edition)! I ended up rambling a lot with the words I got, but I had fun writing like this. Something about getting a word and being forced to run with it is actually really neat. I think I’ll do this again sometime.
While I’m not going to make this a tag post, I would love to see how this word game goes for other bloggers; so please try it out if you’re interested! You just never know what words you will end up with, and where they will lead you. At the very least, it’s a fun writing exercise.
I’ve been listening to Platinum Disco for one hour and eight minutes, has it really been that long? Amazing.
Until next time!
Thanks for reading.