I know this post is a little late but here we go!
It would be an understatement at this point to say that 2020 was a shit year for a lot of people. From the year starting with half my home country on fire to Covid-19 basically shutting down the world it has not been an easy year. This was also my first year without my father which has brought it’s own emotional challenges, but I want to start 2021 right by talking about some of my favourite things from 2020, so that I can remember the good.
Anime wise I found 2020 to be a very meh year over all. The series I was looking forward to the most was delayed, that being the previously announced for 2020 anime release of Ten Count and the other I had been looking forward to The Titan’s Bride was a huge disappointment in more ways than one. Not to say I did not watch some awesome anime this year. Dorohedoro over on Netflix is a series I have rewatched countless times throughout the year and has given me a good laugh, especially any scene with the hilarious Ebisu, and though delayed upon premiering Balance: Unlimited once it started releasing episodes again was also a very enjoyable watch for me. The stand out anime of the year for me comes down to two titles.
The first which will not come as any surprise to any fellow boys love fans out there and is probably my favourite movie of the year. I am of course talking about Twittering Birds Never Fly The Clouds Gather. This is a movie that brings together every single trope within the boys love and yaoi genre that I love. One sided love, mutual pining, a gangster story with men in suits, and an older man as a power bottom! I loved this movie so so so much. My only disappointment was there was no legal way for me to watch this year and that makes me sad because I really want to support all those who made this amazing film.
My other favourite of the year is a series that has become a true hidden gem of anime because so few people still seem to be talking about it. I can understand why with it’s slow pace it might appeal more to the slice of life anime lovers but with it’s overarching melodrama of the story that might make the series less appealing to those kind of viewers, but trust me when I say sitting down and watching The Case Files of Jeweler Richard is well worth the time investment. It is a slow pace almost calming mystery series that is a mix of mystery of the week type stories but also holds a fascinating over arching mystery that slowly unfolds. It’s the kind of anime that makes you just want to sit back, relax and enjoy the quieter moments of life.
I did a lot of reading in 2020 mainly on two websites that I joined last year. After seeing them as sponsors in many of the anituber videos I have been watching I finally decided to join Bookwalker this year and found some amazing titles to read. Standouts for me include the fantasy yaoi titles Zhenniao and Monster and the Beast. The beautiful and heartbreaking story of gender identity that is Love me for Who I Am and an amazing story of friendship between generations that is BL Metamorphosis. The other site where I have been doing a lot of reading this year has been Futekiya and I have read some absolutely amazing titles there. Lover by Hana, Lust -Fantasy; by Makuno and my favourite read of the year It’s Fine Even if it’s Just A Dream by the amazing Aya Yamane who this year has become one of my favourite writers and artists within the BL genre.
One of the biggest highlights of last year for me and many others was Fujocon which was my first ever virtual convention and I am so excited of the announcement that there will be second Fujocon later this year! I had so much fun talking and laughing with fellow yaoi fans within the discord, bought some gorgeous artwork in the vendors rooms, got to watch panels in the comfort of my own bedroom that were both educational and entertaining and of course got to have so much fun playing games with everyone and I look forward to having more fun later this year once again!
Like many others through 2020 I did a lot of gaming. From playing visual novels like Naked Butlers and Sweet Pool to enjoying a few more mainstream games as well. I have been having a blast playing Animal Crossing New Horizon and of course I ship the bug and fish loving cuties Flick and C.J. as well as losing hours playing through Final Fantasy 7 Remake a game I had waited so long for and I must confess I still have not finished but am loving every time I get a chance to sit down and play.
I know 2020 was a piece of shit year it really was and sadly 2021 hasn’t started off much better, but the only thing I can see myself doing is to just keep moving forward, to keep enjoying the things I love and to keep sharing a little bit of fun with everyone so maybe our days can be just a little bit better than yesterday. A late happy new year to all my friends, fans and followers. Stay safe, don’t do anything too stupid and remember to love what you love!