我輩はブリートである。

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In preparation for the coming storm

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As I’m sure most of you know all too well (and in the unlikely scenario that you don’t, I heartily recommend cruising over to the ReadMOD blog and checking it out), the second Tadoku event is almost upon us, with only a week and a handful of days to go. By the look of things, it’s gonna be bigger, beefier and badder than ever before, with an impressive pool of participants registered as we speak, and more trickling in as the event approaches. The excitement is building, and if all goes well, all participants will end up walking away with the grand prize: the enormous benefit of gettin’ your read on.

As I recently mentioned, the vast bulk of my studying for the past some months has consisted of reading, with SRSing serving only as a very basic (and sporadic…) supplement mostly for kanji recognition and writing, and a small handful of grammar, expressions and vocabulary bits. Vast amounts of reading have made much of my old study habits redundant, not to mention boring in comparison, so I’m pleased to have made the transition. The more I read, the easier it gets; the more naturally phrases flow, the more vocabulary I pick up, the faster my reading gets and the more my overall comprehension improves. In turn, I gain access to more difficult material that was too difficult only a few months prior, and the process snowballs. The benefits of large amounts of reading in your L2 are vast, and the extensive reading approach is immediately accessible and simple, and thus the philosophy behind the sometimes usually occasionally always friendly competition that is Tadoku.

I’ve been slowly amassing a small pool of material I plan to read during the month of January. If possible, I plan to stick with one item to completion before moving on to another, though knowing me, I’ll likely end up jumping between two or three, especially given the fact that I deliberately chose one or two items from different formats for diversity’s sake. But unlike last Tadoku, I’ll be focused and honed to a razor-sharpness, and barring any more real-life family medical emergencies that require my full attention (did I mention that August was an awful month?), I’m aiming for some very high marks this time around indeed.

Tentatively, here’s a list of what I’m planning to indulge in:

Manga

  • ベルセルク (volumes 15 and up, hoping to at least finish the Lost Children arc)
  • ヒストリエ (just peeked at the first few pages the other day, already in love with it, I’m a weak weak man)
  • プラネテス (been meaning to read for ages)
  • ヴィンランド・サガ (totally badass from the few chapters I’ve already read)
  • 聖☆おにいさん (about Jesus and Buddha as roommates in modern day Japan, by the mangaka of 荒川アンダーザブリッジ, so you know it’s gonna be hilarious, and it is.)

Video Games

  • ドラゴンクエスト9 (where most of my reading came from last Tadoku, such as it was; haven’t made much progress in the game since)
  • Final Fantasy 7 (about 12 hours in currently, things are starting to heat up and 神々 knows I can’t play through this game enough times)

Visual Novels

  • うみねこのなく頃に (I may or may not be done with episode 1 by the time Tadoku comes – we’ll see, but I’d love to make some major progress in this mutha, despite its brutal difficulty)

Books, Light Novels

  • ハリーポッターと賢者の石 (a few dozen pages in so far, seems to be just around my level, and I’ve never read the books in English so hey, what the heck?)
  • スレイヤーズ! (seems like a good light novel to start with, and I loves me some Slayers)

And that should last me well into January and beyond, I believe. Come February, I should be able to function quite well in any variety of fantasy settings and/or Japanese Renaissance Fairs. This list doesn’t include miscellaneous tidbits I’ll almost certainly be reading, such as web articles, and chances are I’ll manage to add something to the list in the next week or two. We’ll see!

On a minor note, I’ve still yet to get manga set up satisfactorily on my nook, so chances are I’ll simply stick to ComicRack and dead-tree formats rather than having to squint to make out words in Berserk (and forget about furigana). A little disappointing, but not entirely unexpected. I’ve discovered that some manga are far easier to read on an ebook screen than others, so perhaps I’ll find a compromise somewhere down the line. I will, however, give this thing a workout with the various books I’m gonna read, combined with BDH’s A.B.A.P. (As Baller As Possible) scripts for maximum awesome.

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Written by ritobito

December 24, 2010 at 2:23 pm

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