It’s time to sum up everything that happened and not happened in year 2018!
So… The biggest achievement of the year is certainly our trip to Japan. I’d been dreaming about it for years and years and finally we did it! Not for the last time I hope, because we could’ve easily spent another week in Tokyo, not mentioning other cities. I’m still planning on writing up how it was. One day.
Submitted our permanent residency application (and still waiting), a short trip to the US might also be worth mentioning, as well as our weekends spent in a couple of cities in Ontario (is it fair to say that we “travelled a lot” this year?) Our cat is getting fatter and bigger (and dumber) but this is not exactly something new. The last but not least — we had a chance to attend concerts of great bands such as Judas Priest, Slayer and Anthrax accompanied by other great bands — Saxon, Testament, Havok.
At work I spent a significant chunk of my time fixing various stuff and implemented just a couple of new features. But hey, after all, our work is to make artists and designers’ life more comfortable, not aimlessly making new shiny bells and whistles. And no, of course I’m consoling myself =(
Music. Looking now through the list of albums I listened to and the year appears to be pretty average. So I don’t have any other choice but to nominate Judas Priest’s Firepower to the album of the year! I’d say that it’s their best album in years and if google music hadn’t screwed up the how-many-times-you-listened-to-this-song counter at some point, it’d be a huge number now. Other than Firepower we had next goodies: “Sacrament of Sin” by Powerwolf, “The Face of Fear” by Artillery, “Speed Between The Lines” by Gama Bomb and surprisingly adequate Dee Snider’s solo album “For The Love of Metal”.
Books. Year 2018 was a year of Stephen Donaldson for me, thanks to my co-worker Rob. I read the first two books of the Gap Cycle (The Real Story is much better and Forbidden Knowledge), finished off the first book about Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever and one of the Donaldson’s books with short stories. If I had to pick one book it’d be The Real Story.
Games. Comparing to the music land this year for games was amazing. I completed Detroit, GoW, H:DZ, Persona 5, Ni No Kuni 2, Nier: Automata as well as some smaller games. Judging by the amount of time wasted on a game the trophy should go to Ni No Kuni 2 but considering all pluses and minuses I’d say that new God of War is the The One.
And, of course, anime ^_^ Years when new Monogatari didn’t come out are tough years, so I’ll be short.
The best story — none. It’d probably be the remake of Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu if it was finished.
The best comedy — Asobi Asobase. The best comedy about naked men — Grand Blue.
The best love story — Bloom Into You. Special prize, the best love story about otaku — Wotakoi (was a very cute show in general).
The best visual — Asobi Asobase, Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara, Violet Evergarden, Fate Extra: Last Encore, Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu.
My favorite characters — Takagi-san, Hitomi (Hinamatsuri), Sakurajima Mai and Yuu from Bloom Into You.
The best anime that wasn’t made in 2018 but I watched it only this year — The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl.
The best opening — Bloom Into You. The best ending — Fate Extra: Last Encore. Nastya would probably add the ending of Hisone To Maso-tan =)
And, the best show of 2018 is Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Die Neue These – Kaikou — I really look forward to the rest of the story.
2019 plans. Travel to Japan again. Learn Japanese at some basic level. Move in a house. Finally get that damn Canadian driver licence =) Doesn’t sound overwhelming but at he same time it’ll occupy me for a while.