Read 24 manga volumes, 8 novels and 2 manga one shots.
The longest novel I read was the fourth volume of 怪盗レッド (274 pages) while the shortest one was 少年探偵団 (157 pages).
The longest manga I read was one of Togashi’s (creator of HunterxHunter and YuYuHakusho) early works てんで性悪キューピッド (354 pages). The shortest one was 名探偵コナン 警察学校編 Wild Police Story 上 (144 pages).
Bought the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 Remix this year on Play-Asia. I only played Kingdom Hearts, Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts II so far. Played them on my JP account, so I’ll be speed-running the games again on my main account.
Going into the first game was a lot easier because I went through majority of the dialogue and taught a little Japanese here and there. If you are interested you can find that on Substack.
Cleared all routes on Tokyo School Life. The game had furigana and the girls were mostly fun to get to know. Plus, there’s quite a few places you get to go to and learn about. Like Osaka, Kyoto, and Akihabara. The game comes with a dual text feature meaning you can read the text in Japanese and English on the same screen. My honest opinion on the routes: Aoi > Sakura > Karen. IYKYK.
Still playing Pokemon Scarlet. There are so many Pokemon to catch and things to do so I’ve been getting caught up. Only have a few more things to do before the Elite Four, so I should be able to finish it in January. Furigana helps out but there are some things that I can’t comprehend at my current level.
ANIME & DRAMA／アニメとドラマ
I wish they had the second season but having the original that started it all isn’t too bad of a start.
Watched some of my favorite anime like 僕は友達が少ない and ３月のライオン to see if they still hold up. ３月のライオン was the hardest one to watch but I was amazed at how much I could understand. I put Yu-Gi-Oh and Naruto on hold but, I should be able to finish those up next year.
Finished the first season of いたずらなキス: Love in Tokyo on Crunchyroll. Currently on the second season and I’m looking forward to how it ends.
This year I took a break for the first time. Going forward I’d like to take it a bit easier and not push myself too hard. There’s so many things I want to do, but I have to find a balance. Luckily I finished up the N3 series so that’s a bit off my plate. I’ll be taking a N2 course next year, so I’m not sure if I’ll continue this verb and grammar series.
Key points for the blog this year:
- Started another bilingual Nuzlocke journal with Kyuusei’s Journey
- Separated タイトルを見る aka What’s in a Title from the main blog
- Started book reviews
- Finished the translation/teaching Japanese project with Kingdom Hearts
- 132,441 words written (183,740 words written last year)
- More views this year and from so many countries. Thank you for following this journey with Japanese with me.
I don’t have any goals for next year but I would like to continue what I’m doing. In conclusion, I hope that this series is helpful with your journey to learning Japanese and/or taking an interest in the country’s culture. Until then… また来年！良いお年を！