Recently been watching the anime Horimiya. It’s one of those “two seemingly unlikely people meet and find out they like each other” series. It’s a good show for anyone that wants a romance where they show two people in a relationship instead of dancing around the issue. It’s also good for those that like there being some drama with the side characters relationships. Fairly comfy, but I’ve only seen up to episode 8 so far.

I’ve been addicted to listening to the opening.

There’s a few other things I’ve been watching. Making steady progress into Mirai Sentai Timeranger (tokusatsu super sentai show) and started dipping my toes into finally watching Slayers. Nothing to say on those quite yet.

I haven’t been able to get into anything game-wise since Elden Ring. Which is probably a good thing. I don’t necessarily need another game consuming my life like that one did (for as good as it was, I did not need to beat it 6 times) I did buy both Triangle Strategy and the Chrono Cross remaster, but considering I haven’t touched Triangle Strategy, I don’t expect Chrono Cross to fair much better unless the nostalgia flares up sometime soon.

Most of the rest of my free time has been devoted to reading Japanese. I’ve put my progress on Snow on temporary hold while I play one route of Kanojo * Step If you know me, you can guess which route it is (If not, lurk more and you’ll find out quickly) Might play the other routes sometime, but I don’t know for sure yet. Depends on how guilty I feel about stalling Snow I guess

Why did I stall Snow? That’s a good question. I think it was mostly the release of Elden Ring and then wanting to read something new when I finally escaped its clutches. I do want to get back to Snow sometime, but I’m also worried that by the time I do there’s likely to be a fan translation for it (something I didn’t know was in the works when I started) If that comes out, I may lose all my motivation to read it in Japanese (It’s not as easy to motivate yourself to read a foreign language when you have alternatives like that)

Speaking of Japanese, I’ve cut back on using Anki (flashcard application) I feel like I’m at the point where reading native Japanese is a more effective use of time. Not to mention that after a while, Anki feels less like you’re learning anything new and more like a chore that makes you not want to touch Japanese. Hopefully it works out well (otherwise it’s a bitch to go back to)

Japan has recently opened back up again. I had entertained the idea of possibly applying for one of the language schools there and doing some kind of stay over there. My thinking being that it might finally give me the push I need with Japanese and maybe I could meet some people there (either other students or native Japanese people) It would also scratch that “I need to visit Japan at least once in my life” itch that my interests have instilled in me.

Two major concerns I have about doing it are whether I’d be able to handle being on my own there, and whether I can find a course that fits my unique level of Japanese skill (Some areas I’m pretty advanced whereas others I feel like I need the basics) There’s also some concern about what my end goal is with this (Do I want to translate or what?) and whether the reasons I’m doing it are really the best for me. I don’t know, it’s hard

I can’t really see a clear path forward for me. I know I need to do something, but nothing is giving me a clear answer to what I want. Hell, what I want is probably the biggest question mark too.

Like, all I can really think is I’d like to meet someone special I can share my special interests with, and I would like to just be able to keep living. Which, while I’m sure many can relate, are also way too vague. I should probably have some dreams or ideals pushing me to make efforts, but I’m fresh out right now. And it’s been hard coming up with anything new

Each day I keep hoping something will come along to spur some kind of idea. Not seriously, but it is sometimes all I feel I can do right now.

That’s enough for this post. I’m going to try to post a bit more often, I promise.

Oh yeah here’s a new picture of me