Happy New Year, everybody! Here’s to a wonderful 2016 for all of us. I sincerely hope you’re all resting well and taking good care of yourselves.
As always, January 1st is the best day to make a bunch of half-baked resolutions and never follow through on any of them. In lieu of that, here is my list of New Year’s Resolutions!
- Don’t watch Idolm@ster
- Get better taste
- Become a magical girl without having to sign a contract
- Pick up a girl in a dungeon
- Destroy Twitter
I’m kidding, of course (…or am I?!) But seriously, I do have some cool things in store for this blog in 2016, so let me tell you all about it.
The first change is that I’m going to start posting during the day instead of at night. Most of my readers are from the United States, so I’m just adjusting my posting schedule to your sleeping schedule.
The second change is simply a continuation of the direction my blog has been headed for the last year or so. There will be less posts about anime specifically and more posts about other aspects of the industry and fan culture. Expect more focus on the following:
- Light novels, manga, games and visual novel reviews.
- Academic book reviews. (See, for instance, my reviews of Beautiful Fighting Girl and The Soul of Anime.)
- Translations of interviews and industry-related stuff.
- Further continuation of my “Translation theory for anime fans” series.
I’ll still watch and comment about anime, particularly the notable titles and anime-original projects, but these days I’m more interested in writing about anime in its sociocultural context. I’d like to explore aspects of the subculture that tend to go ignored by English-speaking anime fans.
I also realise that I simply don’t have the time to keep up with a bunch of anime titles and be an academic and translator at the same time. Besides, there are plenty of great critics who specialise in anime; just check out my blogroll if you want some names. Since I’d like this blog to offer some fresh perspectives to anime fans, I’m going to be more selective about what I write about.
I have good news if you write a blog, though! One of my other resolutions is to comment more on the blogs that I follow. So by all means, please keep up your excellent work, my fellow anime bloggers! And if your New Year’s Resolution was to start a blog yourself, do let me know and I wish you all the best.
My third New’s Year Resolution has to do with my translation work and personal life. First of all, I’ve decided that this year I will take the JLPT N1 test, which is the highest level of Japan’s standardised language-proficiency test. I’m also considering starting up a translation commission service this year. Expect more details about that over the next few days. So yes, there’s plenty to be excited about this year.
Once again, Happy New Year, everybody! Let’s make 2016 a great year!