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I honestly don't see how 2014 is going to be able to come close to topping 2013 in being just flat-out amazing.
Of course 2013 was big because it had stuff like a new generation of games. I currently have 150+ hours in my copy of Y and I'll probably get close to double that by the time I fill out my Pokemon Zukan so I'm pretty sure I'll be playing that one for a while. But for me, personally, 2013 was a year where a lot of really amazing shit happened. First of all, I MET THE ROCKET-DAN. I TALKED TO THEM AND THEY TALKED TO ME AND IT'S BEEN ALMOST A YEAR SINCE THAT HAPPENED BUT I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE HOW AWESOME THAT WAS. That right there guarantees that 2014 will absolutely suck in comparison, but 2013 was also the year when the Rocket trio stopped being so freaking awful and went back to being fun again.
The year also marked the end of Generation V, which is important to me because it marked the first full generation for which I was in Japan the whole way through. I was here for everything: the lead-up during the last year or so of Diamond & Pearl, the games' release, the sequels' release, and the lead-up to Generation VI. And it's all been pretty awesome. Being in the country where these games come from and seeing how they hype things compared to how it's done back home has been quite interesting and I loved having a front row seat to everything. I've been living in Tokyo for the majority of the Generation as well and so I've had regular access to the major real world events that have been going on the last few years.
Will I still be in Japan when Generation VII rolls around? Maybe!
A few years ago I decided that I really needed to take more advantage of the fact that I live in Japan and have access to all this cool stuff that other English fansites do not. And not to toot my own horn or anything, but I think I've been doing a pretty decent job of doing that. In 2013, I did a write-up on the aforementioned Rocket-Dan Secret Live event, I wrote about Nakagawa Shouko's book, I profiled various Japan-only manga series, and translated interviews from these pamphlets that you could only get at theaters showing The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Myuutwo. I strive to create content that you can't find on any other site and I while I do wish I could have done more I think I did a pretty decent job of that this year.
This was also the year I did the "Myuutwo Mondays" thing, a two-ish month long event where I would post some Myuutwo-related update every Monday. I'm actually surprised I got all those updates done on time, to be honest; there were some weeks where I really, really cut it close. But I'm glad I gave myself those deadlines and actually stuck to them. A lot of the updates I made were things I had been planning for years but just never got around to doing so finally getting those over and done with gave me a huge sense of accomplishment. I like having a version of the first movie comparison that I'm no longer ashamed of! And being able to say "Kanzenban" and having people actually know what I'm talking about is something I've been looking forward to for years. There are still a few more Myuutwo Strikes Back-related things I want to do (a comparison of the Kanzenban version of the Birth of Myuutwo short, information from some of the guide books, a look through Shudou Takeshi's blog posts on the movie, a profile on Ichimura Masachika since English language information on the man is ridiculously difficult to find, etc.) but I got pretty much the bulk of everything I wanted to do with that done.
(And maybe I'll do something similar with the other movies? There's not as much to cover with, say, the Lugia movie as there was with the first one, but there's still quite a lot out there for me to dive into. Would you like to see "Lugia Lundis" become a thing?).
We're in a new year now, so, like every year, I want to make some predictions of what I think will happen in 2014:
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