With my 2019 reflections, and my big announcement out of the way, let’s talk 2020 and the Umai Yomu Anime Blog, and make this upcoming year another great one!
Relevant post theme:
I mentioned that this song is relevant to this post, but despite what you may be thinking, I don’t plan on stealing a telescope from a classroom and then getting a girl’s hopes up about us getting together only for her to find out I was dating someone else, breaking her heart, and ending with her throwing the popsicle stick I gave her into the ocean.
Really I just used the official video so that the YouTube embed won’t randomly die sometime in the next year.
Instead, it’s relevant because…
Monogatari Series Is Back Baby!
I’m going to be covering the entire Monogatari Series in 2020!
That’s right, all those views I got on my Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai posts made me want to tackle another anime with some real meat to it, something that contains a ton of internal information to analyze.
I’m not a fan of external analysis, for example, taking an anime and then arguing how the story is an allegory for puberty, or communism, or whatever. That sort of thing feels too subjective to me, and it’s not something I find interesting.
What I do like though is looking at all the internal clues, details, foreshadowing… and piecing together the anime’s world with them. Rascal was a great anime for this, as I was able to predict a great deal of the movie sequel solely by using details from the anime, 7 months before the movie had come out.
Now there probably won’t be any crazy revelations or predictions with the Monogatari Series, as this is a cult classic that a lot of people have already picked apart, but I still want to to it for myself. One episode at a time. This was a no-brainer for me, because not only did I want to make blogging more fun for myself, but I also wanted to write more in the style I did for Rascal. Monogatari Series will fulfill both of these.
That’s 4 movies and 8 seasons to get through!
And yeah, I’ve already started and am almost done with Bakemonogatari!
It’s been great.
That’s right, I’ve decided upon a new challenge. It’s great to see so many people taking up the Anime A to Z challenge for 2020, considering I first began that in late 2018! I think it’s awesome, and I too had wanted to undertake some sort of anime challenge.
The A to Z was great for me because it accomplished several things: it forced me to write a post for each anime I watched, and it also introduced me into several situations where I was forced to pick and watch something that I probably wouldn’t have watched otherwise. And I ended up watching some real gems thanks to that.
This next challenge though, it’s much, much more ambitious than the A to Z.
And that’s all I’ll say for now, because I’ll be officially announcing the challenge sometime soon, once I’ve wrapped up a couple more anime that I’ve got on my plate.
Reviewing all of Akatsuki Records’ official YouTube songs, which if you have checked out any of my post’s you’d know, are all covers of Touhou songs. Now, Touhou is an entire can of worms in itself, with a crazy fandom that has spawned tons of artwork, music, stories, games, et cetera. And all I know about the Touhou universe is a couple of girls and some songs.
So I’m planning on playing through all of the games and writing about them. There are 17 games in total, I think, so this would be something that I could do on and off throughout the year. I think it’d be fun to shed some light on Touhou and what it’s about here, because I for one know nothing about the game and whatnot, so maybe someone else may be interested too.
My laptop should be able to run the games too, so it’ll give me something to play here and there when I have free time in Japan.
While I can’t promise too much on this front, I would absolutely like to write about my life in Japan next year. What exactly I don’t know, but I’m sure there will be some funny or interesting experiences I have that I can write about. Perhaps I can debunk some anime tropes, or reinforce them with real world stories. There’s definitely going to be things I learn in Japan that I simply had no clue about too.
That’s it for the blog announcements.
I do plan on sticking with 3 or so posts per week, so this blog is going to be dominated by Monogatari posts for the most part. While I’ve mentioned Touhou, I don’t know how long it’ll take me to get through, so for the most part 2020 will be the year of Monogatari, Japan, and challenge “X”!
And so, once again, here’s to another great year!
Until next time,
Thanks for reading, and Happy New Year!