Almost exactly a year ago, I had an idea for a blog post that came from this tweet of Hag’s; it would’ve been an entire post talking about my favorite Japanese word. This piece would’ve been my first blog post of the year had it gone out and I sometimes wonder if publishing it would have motivated me to more regularly post on this blog of mine in 2018.
Now in the year 2019, with this being the final chapter in my tremendously belated 12 days posts, it almost seems appropriate to bring it all back to that first idea in 2018 – especially in relation to my goals for this coming year. So, my favorite Japanese word. What is it?
Well, it’s “deai” (出会い) – to mean to encounter or meet. It’s a phrase that I’ve seen used in almost all the shows I’ve watched last year after internalizing its definition last January. This word for “meeting” was often used in a context with some sort of importance – either some destined encounter or life-changing happenstance. Although this context certainly isn’t loaded within the characters of the word, as I would learn from the ever-patient Twitter friends that I pestered (thanks to Ink & Leap for their help!)
There’s just something about the idea of fateful meetings in the shows I watch that I can never be tired of. Buying into the sometimes dramatized and often ridiculous first meetings of couples-to-be, partners in crime, or life-long friends is one of the biggest things that make most anime – and I suppose most fiction – work for me. From romances to sports anime and from idols to pilots, these encounters between people and their significant others pull us into the bloom and the fireworks that inhabit these meetings. Through their eyes, we’re given a chance to feel the significance of their first meeting with that special something. It’s a beautiful thing and a troupe that I’ve come to personally enjoy a lot.
So maybe because of this and the position I’ve found myself in, solidly wedged in my circle of rarely-changing interpersonal relationships, I’ve been thinking a lot about the encounters that I’ve been lucky enough to have this last year.
I got to meet fellow ani-twitterers Zubat and Taira again this year at the Hakodate DV and Anime North, respectively, and I got to meet Dylan and fellow English Light Novels contributed Justus at AN as well. Over the summer, I met Frog-kun and Canipa in Japan – some of the coolest people that I thought that I’d never get the chance to meet.
It’s been a relatively good year for connecting with people in this community for me, considering my schedule, and I’d love to do better both off and online this year.
With school hopefully clearing off my plate later this year, there’s a lot of things that I want to do in 2019 to be more of an adult, more of an ani-blogger, and more of a person-that-exists for the friends that I’ve made here. So on the long list of people that I’d like to connect with in this coming year, the person that I’d like to be in 2019 is certainly at the very top of that list.
As always, thanks for reading. I’m forever grateful to the readers that keep on coming back. Hopefully, this year will be a good one.
This is the last of twelve posts that I’ll be publishing as part of the 12 days of Anime event. Be sure to check out all other amazing writers that are participating in this year’s event here.