Your Theme in April: Event Wrap-up

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.

Image of the four friends laying in a field from the show's opening
Kind of like laying around in a field

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.

An image of Kousei telling Nagi that admiring Kaori from a distance is the best he can do

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.

Karandi

Rose

Crystal


Quiz Answers

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
Day 17: 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!

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13 thoughts on “Your Theme in April: Event Wrap-up

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  1. Sorry the month ended up so stressful, but I think you should be really proud of the posts. There is so much thought and effort put into each and every one and it was fantastic to follow along this year. I really appreciated the time you must have put into this series of posts and I’m glad I was along for the ride.

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    1. I think this post ended up sounding more negative than I intended. Yes, I did need to push myself to watch episodes, sometimes a couple times over to pick them apart for meaningful themes, and then put down about 1000 words that properly conveyed it, rinse & repeat 22 times, but doing all that was really fun too.

      I’m just not sure I can do it on the same scale again, and I don’t enjoy the thought of putting out a watered down product for the sake of appearances. But like I said to you in another reply, next April is a while off and there’s time for me to change my mind I guess.

      Anyway, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I definitely feel like it was worthwhile, regardless of stress, thanks to feedback like this.

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  2. I think I may have mentionned this but I truly appreciated this event. I thought it was beautiful, the effort and hard work are obvious though, so I imagine that it was indeed stressful.
    Although I would consider it my loss if you chose not to do this again, I’m still grateful i got to enjoy it this year so for what it’s worth, your writing meant something to someone…

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    1. It’s worth a lot, Irina. It’s a very rewarding feeling to read some of the things you’ve said about these posts, and it was really kind of you to tell other people.

      The stress was much more from the offline side of things. If I didn’t that I would do a hundred events like this because they really are fun for me to. I was just mentioning it in case one of you came to me next year asking “when’s YLIA?”

      I’m not sure if we’ve ever interacted much outside of this (my fault, entirely) but I’m glad to have gotten to know you a little better as a result of this event.

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  3. It was nice to be along for the ride, and I really saw the effort you put into the themes. I really enjoyed this event, so thank you for putting it on! Perhaps to lighten the load next year, you could have a few people posting as a collab of sorts? Like you said April is a long way off, so just a thought – figured I’d throw it out there! Was tons of fun talking about this show with everyone, and I do hope you do it next year even if it’s just a watching the show with basic posts sort of deal. It’s just fun to talk about it haha.

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    1. A collab event sounds like a great idea! It’s tough to get something like that organized though. I’ll keep it in mind for next year and see if there’s community interest.

      I’m glad you had fun talking about this because I had a lot of fun too and I love seeing people get in the spirit of it like you did.

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  4. I can only admire how much thought you put into this year’s YLiA posts. We understand if you do end up not continuing this next year due to various factors, but it would be a damned shame.

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    1. Gee Remy, when you put it that way I feel like I have some responsibility to live up to!

      Mostly kidding 🙂 I don’t want to let anyone down by doing a mediocre job either, so we’ll have to see how it goes. I really appreciate your sentiments all the same.

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      1. Yeah, that’s right, so you better not let us down!

        Real talk, though, I totally understand what you mean. Seems like everyone else agrees, though. And aww, I’m just telling it like it is!

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  5. Wow, I actually won!! I’m very happy about that! Thank you WeekendOtaku. I’m sorry to hear that your motivation fell short this time around, but you truly did a fantastic job with the posts. Everyone can see how much you love the anime. Just like what Remy said above, I admire that you put so much thought into it! Blogging that much in a month is truly impressive. It is certainly an accomplishment and something to be proud of!!

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    1. Congratulations!

      Thanks for the kind words. I’m not sure how impressive this was because a lot of people blog a lot more, but I did my best! Regardless of my feelings, I’m thankful my efforts translated to enjoyment. That’s the best result any of us can ask for.

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