I bought this game from MangaGamer the day it came out. The reason was simple: I had heard JP readers (at the time I still wasn’t very proficient with JP) praising the author Maruto Fumiaki all over, and I wanted to experience something that he wrote. Damekoi was the first of his works to ever get an English translation (later White Album 2 would be fan translated) Thus, I jumped on it rather quickly.
That was May of 2019. The reason I haven’t finished it by now is because I stalled it once I started getting serious about reading things in Japanese. At the time, I was subscribed to the idea of AJATT (all Japanese all the time) which constantly preached abandoning doing things in English in favor of Japanese. Something I stuck with for several months to half a year at best.
While using Japanese all the time is effective, it’s unfortunately very tiring. It’s fine early on when you’re starting to learn a lot and are mostly focused on simple things like saying おはようございます！ or お元気ですか？However when you reach the cusp of intermediacy, it starts to feel frustrating because you want to engage with actual native material but all you can really do is beat your head against it. Things start to feel less enjoyable which has a negative effect on your ability to retain stuff. Ultimately leading to burning out and then losing a lot of that progress.
This was my own experience with it, at least. The concept of doing something Japanese every day is a good one, and will help foster good language learning habits. You just can’t expect yourself to be a machine.
Somewhere along the way, I gave up on AJATT and just focused on being consistent with my studies while allowing myself to enjoy things in English from time to time. Unfortunately, Damekoi, at that time, rested on a different computer and every time I thought of playing it, I felt like it would be a hassle to recover the save/get back to where I was.
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