In thanks for your comments and quiz entries all last month, I’m offering a few prizes. Read more to see if you were one of the lucky winners.
How many of you remembered that Your Theme in April was an event that you could participate in and win stuff?
Those of you who were around for last year’s event might remember, but for newcomers I don’t know that the message got across fully. Regardless of whether or not you knew, I was glad to see a number of you taking part because more than anything else that’s what I wanted to get out of this last month. I love Your lie in April and I think I always will, but like most every form of entertainment in the world it’s better when you have friends to share it with.
I had planned to do an event again this year partly because I was so impressed with how the one last year went. I had high hopes that we could replicate and possibly even surpass the success of my “Re-watch under the Full-Bloom of Spring” in terms of content, engagement, and overall excitement. I was going to write the best posts of my life and people were going to love it.
A lot of things kind of worked against me though. I didn’t have as much time for blogging this April as I did last year, and my theme-centric posts took a lot more work than the episode recaps and OST highlights I did before. On top of that, I wasn’t as good about planning or getting the word out so the turnout wasn’t as high this time. It all dampened my enthusiasm, and when that started to wane, so did my drive. I really wished I could have done more, but as per usual my end product fell short of my expectations.
I would be lying if I said doing this didn’t become kind of stressful, or that I never got to a point where I questioned if it should be seen through to the end. I did complete it, in part thanks to some very loyal readers, but I would have to be unusually inspired to try this again next year. The increasing pressure outside of my ‘otaku’ life makes regular engagement difficult enough, and I can’t see pulling month long events like this off by myself getting any easier. Also, I’m honestly not sure what I could do. I have a few more ideas for YLIA themed posts, but another one of these 22-part series probably isn’t in the cards.
Despite my troubles, I did get something invaluable out of this experience: a few readers’ vocal appreciation for sharing my thoughts and providing them with interesting things to think about as we explored this anime’s themes together. Whether or not everyone who read them let me know what they thought, I hope everyone who gave me their time found that it was well spent. I sincerely enjoyed your company and was grateful for how you enriched this past month for me.
So wait, you mentioned prizes?
Yes! As my first post on this event explained, I had planned to offer some small prizes in return for your participation. Everyone who joined in the event has my heartfelt thanks, but a lucky few will also be getting something a bit more tangible.
I had three prize slots to give away by random draw, weighted by your comments and quiz scores. If you see your name below, reach out to me for details on your prize and how I can get it to you.
Here are all the correct answers for the daily quizzes in case you’re curious about how you did. I actually goofed up day 17 by not changing one of the answers to a lie, so everyone who participated in that one got full credit.
Day 1: Kaori was playing a violin the first time she met Kousei
Day 2: Kaori made it to round 2 after winning judge’s favorite
Day 3: It was Tsubaki’s idea for Kousei to be Kaori’s accompanist
Day 4: Kousei and Kaori are unable to finish their performance
Day 5: Kaori had never fainted before her performance that day
Day 6: Kousei resents Kaori for pushing him to play
Day 7: Watari wins his final game of the season
Day 8: Takeshi doesn’t care what Kousei thinks of him
Day 9: Kaori deliberately selected an easy piece for Kousei’s performance
Day 10: Kaori is disappointed in how Kousei’s performance turns out
Day 11: Kousei’s mother always wanted him to be pianist
Day 12: Miike lets Kousei switch spots with him in the performing order
Day 13: Saki didn’t believe she mistreated Kousei
Day 14: Tsubaki is sure she likes Saito
Day 15: Kousei gave Kaori his phone number
Day 16: Kaori thinks training a student is good for Kousei
Tsubaki thinks seeing Kaori will cheer Kousei up
Day 18: Kousei knew Nagi was Takeshi’s sister
Day 19: Tsubaki’s mock exam scores are not improving
Day 20: Kousei skips the hospital visit because of the rain
Day 21: Emi and Takeshi push Kousei to to play at the competition
Day 22: Kaori liked Watari
Once more, thank you all for your readership and participation!