2020 Challenges: January Recap

January has been a super busy month for me. I started a new job, I moved house, and subsequently since, I’ve been on decorating duty. As a result, I haven’t really made any decent headway with the challenges (I only just made a new graphic for it), and clearly things still haven’t settled down hence me only just getting to write this post.

Having said that, I did finish three anime series in January; Oresuki, Food Wars! The Fourth Plate, and Gakuen Heaven (reviews pending!), so that’s not a completely terrible start to the year. That is where my progress begings and ends, sadly, but February is already looking much better in terms of progress!

2020 Challenges: The Beginning

Here we are at the start of a new year, and a new decade, which means it’s time for me to set myself some challenges I’ll inevitably forget about and end up panicking over come mid-July.

I’ve learnt nothing from 2018 or 2019’s attempts, so here are my rather lofty goals for next year:

  • Watch 40 anime
  • Watch 40 movies in the cinema
  • Platinum 20 games
  • Read 15 books
  • Finish ‘100 best movies’ (currently I’m sitting at 2 completed…)
  • Finish Naruto

As always, you can follow my progress on Twitter, where I’ll be using this year’s hashtag – #cs2020challenges.

If you think there’s a challenge I should be doing, feel free to suggest some!

2019 Challenges: Year in Recap

As we sit on the precipice of a new year and a new decade, let’s take a look back at 2019 and see how terribly I did on my challenges.

Watch 50 anime series

Perhaps 50 was a lofty goal, and therefore I have got nowhere near this. I managed to hit 20 series, which is pretty poor – not even one every two weeks.

Platinum 25 games

This year was the year I got really into Trails of Cold Steel, and as such spent 300 hours on the series. This meant I did not have a lot of time for platinum trophies. I did manage to platinum the first Trails of Cold Steel game, back in July, which was the last platinum trophy I got this year, bringing my total to a paltry 7 platinum trophies.

Read 12 books

I got started on this challenge fairly late on in the year, so considering that, I’m actually pretty pleased with my progress. I made it to 7 books, so just over halfway. I’m definitely in the habit of reading more now, so I’ll be setting myself another reading-based challenge for 2020.

Watch 100 films

If you’ll recall, this was to watch 100 “must see movies” as dictated by a poster that was bought for me. This is my worst challenge yet; I managed two.

Watch 25 films in the cinema

Finally, something I’ve done. I managed 31 films in the cinema this year, helped massively by Scotland Loves Anime, a film festival I attended. Anyway, hooray me!

Finish Naruto

Hahahahahahahaha. I did not do this.

2019 Challenges: The beginning

I’m not deterred by my terrible attempt at challenges in 2018, and will be continuing the tradition with a new list for 2019. With the help of some friends, I’ve set some challenges, so here they are:

  • Watch 50 anime series
  • Platinum 25 games
  • Read 12 books
  • Watch 100 films (my parents bought me a scratch out ‘100 must see movies’ poster for Christmas so I’ll make a new post with the films on the list)
  • Watch 25 films in the cinema
  • Finish Naruto

I’ve moved some things relating to cosplay, photography and clearing my gaming backlog  (and actually updating this blog) into my ‘personal challenges’ list, as they aren’t really measurable which is what I want for this purpose.

As always, I’ll be tracking progress on Twitter using the slightly amended hashtag of #cs2019challenges. If you have a game, anime series, book or film to recommend, please let me know!

2018 Challenges: Year in recap

It’s time for that tradition where I look back on my challenges and make excuses for how poorly I’ve done! Let’s go!

Watch 30 ‘First Watch’ films

1 film out of 30 is absolutely abysmal, and really sets the tone for the rest of the list, but here we are! Yes, I only watched one film from my list this year, and that was The Pianist. The plan was to also write reviews for each film I watched, but you got it, I didn’t do that either.

Watch all of Naruto

I’m especially mad at myself for this challenge, because I was really enjoying Naruto (well… both episodes I watched anyway), and then I just sort of… gave up. It’s kind of daunting knowing there are so many episodes, but you know… I will do it. I will.

Watch 30 anime series

When I look at this challenge, I’m a bit confused. All I seem to do with my life is watch anime, yet I only managed to watch 18 series. I need to up my game for next year!

Platinum 12 games

A challenge I actually managed! I really got back into the swing of trophy hunting by the end of the year, after a slow start. I ended on 14 platinums for the year, and I’m going to do better next year!

Make 3 cosplays from scratch

I didn’t manage to achieve this aim this year, as I only made one costume (Evan from Ni No Kuni 2). I’m not going to be deterred by this as I really loved it, and I learnt a lot during it. I’m not going to set a cosplay goal for next year as I want to focus on making sure I’m happy with everything I make and continuing to learn new skills.

Watch 50 films in the cinema (and write a review for each one)

This was an absolutely laughable challenge. I used to go to the cinema so much, and it wasn’t uncommon for me to see three or four films a day at weekends. This year, I’ve only managed 26 movies in the cinema. And also, totally gave up on writing reviews for them. Whoops!

2018 Challenges: August Recap

I’ve not updated on the 2018 Challenges since March, so you’d think I’d have a lot to update you on, right? Think again…

Watch 30 ‘First Watch’ Films

Rather pitifully, I’m still sitting at 1 on this, and I’ve not even written the review on it. One review shouldn’t be too hard for me to do (you’d think…) so I’m still going to try and get back on track and get this challenge done.

Watch all of Naruto

Oh, Naruto. I had the best of intentions to watch all of you, but uh… I’ve still only watched the 2 episodes. Realistically, am I going to get the other 218 watched by the end of the year? That’s 16 weeks, so 13ish episodes a week, which actually doesn’t sound too bad. I’m fairly optimistic about this, perhaps stupidly so, but we’ll see!

Watch 30 anime series

Now the summer season shows are wrapping up, I’m hoping to add a few more to this number, but so far I’ve watched 13 different series. I was really burning through anime when I was commuting to work by train, but now I carpool so that’s put the kibosh on any commute-anime-watching. Still, a quarter(ish) of the year to go so another doable one I think.

Platinum 12 games

I’ve never been as confident about something as I am that this challenge will be met. I’m currently sitting at 10 platinum trophies for the year (and 69 overall). I’m currently working on two games; Detroit: Become Human on the PS4 and Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds on the Vita, which will bring me up to my total.

Whilst this was originally a bit of a struggle for me, especially last year, I’ve found in the last couple of months or so that I’ve started to enjoy trophy hunting again.

I’m hoping to get platinum reviews up for the games I’ve done so far, so stay tuned!

Make 3 cosplays from scratch

Cosplay is one of the things that has sort of fallen by the wayside. I haven’t made anything since February, and I’ve not even done any costests, which should be a simple thing to do. I really want to get into cosplay properly again and continue improving the basic skills I’d learnt, but I’m not sure 3 cosplays from scratch is viable by the end of the year.

I am working on one cosplay from scratch for MCM London in October, but even that’s looking a bit dicey!

Watch 50 films in the cinema (and write a review for each film)

Now, I’m not being defeatist, but there is absolutely no way this is happening. My cinema-going habits have changed drastically, and while there is a cinema about half an hour away from my house, I’ve got no one to go with (get out your tiny violins). I don’t actually mind going to the cinema on my own, you can’t talk there anyway so it doesn’t matter to me, but it’s one of those things I never seem to be able to make time for unless someone else is accompanying me.

I’ve seen 22 films in the cinema this year, and I’ve written reviews on THREE of those. Can you see why it’s not happening? I had every intention of going back and writing reviews, but honestly, I don’t feel like I remember the early films enough in order for me to write a decent review.

So, to save me feeling defeated at the end of the year, I think it’s best to scratch this one off now.

2018 Challenges: March Recap

So, I bailed on doing one of these for February. It’s not that I hadn’t achieved a lot, it’s just that I got really busy with a lot of stuff and didn’t really have time, and then before I knew it, we were well into March. So before we get too far into April, let’s have a look at where I was at the end of last month!

Watch 30 ‘First Watch’ films

I was off to a flying start on this one at the beginning of the year, but I’ve stalled somewhat since then. I will get back on track – I’m still only at 1 film watched, The Pianist, and I still haven’t written my review for it yet.

Watch all of Naruto

Oh man. I had the best of intentions when I put this challenge down. I really want to watch Naruto still, but just… it’s so time consuming. My progress with Naruto has become a bit of a running joke between me and my friends, who will just randomly ask, “How’s Naruto going?” to shut down a conversation. I’ve still only watched the two episodes, so I’m about 65-70 episodes where I need to be for this time of year. The spring anime season is so busy for me as well, so I don’t foresee this actually happening, but I might surprise myself and everyone else.

Watch 30 anime series

As of the end of March, I’d completed 2 anime series this year. This has now actually increased in the last few weeks, and I’ve made a lot of progress very quickly. I’m pretty confident on this one.

Platinum 12 games

I sprang out of the blocks on this one at the beginning of the year, and I’ve just sort of… stayed there since. I’ve been focussing on clearing my backlog (or trying to) instead of platinum hunting, so this is still at 1 platinum trophy. I’m confident I can claw this back.

Make 3 cosplays from scratch

I’m having a debate with myself about what constitutes ‘from scratch’, and how much of a costume I’ve made before it counts for this. I made a lot of my recent Sasha Braus cosplay, but not everything. I’ve not made anything else this year, apart from a skirt for Violet Evergarden. The sad thing is none of my cosplans involve me making everything for the costume, but plans change so we’ll see if this happens!

Watch 50 films in the cinema (and write a review for each film)

By the end of March I’d seen 15 films in the cinema, but only reviewed 3 of them. I’m still planning on getting at least a small review out for all of them, so stay tuned! This is pretty encouraging progress on at least the film-watching aspect of this challenge, so that’s something!