Pressure’s on! It’s the Peer Pressure Tag!!

It has been way too long since I’ve done a tag post on Iridium Eye. I have to thank Chris from Never Argue With a Fish for tagging me for this new tag making the rounds in WordPress. Thanks, Chris! Check out his blog for some fun reviews involving anime and Western animation projects.


-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

Alright, I’m going to answer his questions.

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

Despite having real-life issues of peer pressure or pressure in general that I won’t go into given my past of being bullied, I really haven’t been pressured that much into watching or reading anything. I’ve gotten recommendations (some stronger than others), but I never felt like I was pressured into watching anything. Maybe the closest thing was every aniblogger and their cousin talking about Your Name a few years ago on WordPress, but it was mainly because of the ubiquity.

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

Yes, I did. If you’re curious about my thoughts on that movie, I reviewed it on this blog. I liked it, but I wouldn’t call it a favorite movie of mine. Is it the best anime movie ever or Makoto Shinkai’s best work? Heck no.

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

To be fair, I don’t think I’ve really pressured people to watch or read something. I’ve recommended various movies and series to people. Hopefully, I never came off as pushy to anyone whenever I made recommendations to anyone. The closest I may have come to pressuring someone was after watching The Lion’s Share. If anyone knows me, you know EXACTLY why I would hype up this music/history documentary and the timing of its release in 2019 (wink wink wink) really doesn’t help.

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

Some of my friends and another blogger watched it and they liked that documentary. Their eyes were opened so much about that piece of music plagiarism and cultural appropriation besides the obvious reason why I would promote the crap out of that film. :3

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

Just last night while typing this post. Before that, I haven’t listened to that song in who knows how long. I do remember playing that song on one of the Rock Band games a very long time ago with some college friends.

Recommendations (of questionable notoriety because it’s Iridium Eye):

Here’s some good Northern Soul music!
This was a very good cover of his father Oliver’s song. RIP, king. You and your father are singing together in the great beyond.

Hikaru no Go by Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata: The anime is wonderful, but I would still strongly recommend the manga to anyone. I certainly binge-read all 23 volumes during the earlier parts of lockdown last year and it still holds up. It’s been confirmed that it’s one of my favorite anime/manga series and easily one of the most unique series I’ve seen. I would recommend this to anyone regardless if they like shonen stuff or not.

Captain Ken by Osamu Tezuka: This was an intriguing space western by the Walt Disney of Japan. There were some parallels between the mistreatment of the Native American community with the humans attacking the aliens. It’s a two-volume series, so it’s not much of a binge reading session.

From the Depths of Darkness by Khaya Ronkainen: Poetry books can be great reads and this one is no exception. I strongly recommend the work of Khaya Ronkainen. While you’re at it, you should check out her blog/website. She’s very awesome with her poems and other content.

EDIT: I’m such an idiot! I forgot to add the questions for my nominees. Sorry about that.

-Have you ever been pressured into watching/reading something and told to like it?

-Have you ever been pressured into hating something that you normally like?

-How do you deal with peer pressure when it happens to you?

-What crosses the line between recommendations and peer pressure for you?

-What is one interest or hobby that you got into that you never thought you would like?

I hereby nominate the following for this tag…


18 Cinema Lane


Scoop’s Animation Corner


Ashley Capes






  1. Great answers! You know I still haven’t seen Your Name even after everyone was talking about it when it came out. A Silent Voice was the more appealing film to me and I adore that film.

    Thank you for including some Northern Soul as well, that was good to listen to.

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    • Thanks! I wasn’t sure if you saw that movie or not. A Silent Voice is another one that was really hyped, but I never got a chance to see it.

      No problem! I had a brief phase of listening to some Northern Soul music when I did research for the documentary Road Back to Malice since the main subject Flash Morgan Webster is a fan of that music and it’s not just because of his mod gimmick/persona. It was fascinating learning about Northern Soul with these obscure 60s and 70s American R&B and soul records becoming huge hits in the UK. I read the comments on some musical choices on YouTube and I swear half the comments had the words “Keep the faith!” while mentioning where they were from (Wigan, Middlesbrough, Blackpool, etc.) Any Northern Soul artists that you enjoy?

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      • Okay. I was just wondering. I don’t know too many names besides the example I put up, Little Ann, The Elgins, and The Artistics. That’s relatable. My mom would play Motown, jazz, and some classic R&B on some car trips when she would drive me somewhere during my childhood. Was Northern Soul a big thing in the Yorkshire area as well back then?

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      • I don’t know if it was a particularly big thing where I grew up, but then I’ve never been the most aware of music or music scenes so I’m probably not the best person to ask. I didn’t even know it was called Northern Soul until later on, that, Motown and R&B where just lumped together as ‘the music my mum listens to’ in my head.

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      • Gotcha. I do know Sheffield has The Human League and Arctic Monkeys as far as bands are concerned, but that’s all I can think of. Interesting correlation with those genres since some obscure albums from Motown Records could be considered Northern Soul to the best of my knowledge. That’s cool how your mom and you listened to that kind of music though. I’ve been listening to jazz and R&B a lot more often over the past year.

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    • You’re welcome. I’m so glad you saw that documentary. While I did have obvious ulterior motives for watching it, The Lion’s Share was so eye-opening for me and some of my friends felt the same way. It’s great you learned a lot. Thanks for liking my answers.

      I also just added my questions for you and the other nominees a few minutes ago after neglecting to do so last night.

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      • I hadn’t realised that Northern Soul was such a big movement, and one also distinct from Motown, cool.

        I’ve been listening to a fair bit of Marvin Gaye most recently – ‘What’s Going On’ is such a classic of course but I was comparing it to ‘Here, My Dear’ and wow, quite the contrast lyrically.

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      • Yeah, I was surprised as well. I just saw a documentary earlier this week about that music scene which was really fascinating with how these obscure R&B and soul records from America became massive hits in the UK. There’s a lot more that I want to check out. One of the most famous songs associated was “Tainted Love” by Gloria Jones, but became way more famous when Soft Cell covered it in the 80s.

        Great choice! Those are very good songs from him. Nothing wrong with some Marvin Gaye. Of course, Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor just HAD to ruin his name when they did that lamesauce song together a few years ago. [shudders]

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      • Wow, I hadn’t realised that ‘Tainted Love’ was a cover, what an awesome original 🙂

        And oh, I just heard some of that song by Puth and Trainor and… it was not for me, I must say.

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      • I know, right? I didn’t know that until fairly recently. It was really cool hearing the original.

        Yeah…that song is just a big sack of no. It doesn’t even sound like a Marvin Gaye song, but some early 60s doo-wop revival stuff that Trainor started out with in her career. The references to his music were so shallow and nonsensical and…okay I need to stop ranting here. Glad you didn’t like the song, either.

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