It is once again that time when the Selective Hearing staff go over all the stuff that has happened in 2018. I being the supreme leader of the site get to go last as is customary. As usual, these types of posts go kind of long so get comfortable, have a pee break and then come back to reading this.

Selective Hearing in 2018

Looking back at our 12th year of existence I say that there have been a few changes in regards to what we offer from our small corner of the Internet. Japanese and Korean idol music and pop culture is still a thing here but over the course of the year many of the staff have also decided to expand their horizons a bit further past those tried and true subjects.

You may have noticed several have started writing about video games and movies rather than idols. Which is perfectly fine given that idol culture can cause one to burn out quickly with its overwhelming amount of content and the pure amount of bullshit that comes with it all. And really, I’m not going to stop anyone from writing about what they want. As long as there is a positive contribution to the site I’m good with whatever the others here want to post.

I believe that this trend will continue into 2019 as the interests of staff continue to evolve and they find other things to write about in addition to our standard content that we have been providing for the countless moons that we have been around.

Events

Much like last year 2018 started with in Tokyo with the Tokyo Project x @JAM New Year Premium Party idol festival in Odaiba. As I mentioned in my mid-year recap I managed to get out of the festival on my own two feet rather than in an ambulance. I only attended the first day but I got enough of the acts that I like to be satisfied.

The next event was Wrestle Kingdom in the Tokyo Dome to watch the much hyped return of Chris Jericho to New Japan Pro Wrestling. For those who do not follow professional wrestling this was a big deal as Jericho for most of his career has been seen as a WWE guy and seeing a star of his magnitude wrestle for another promotion was surreal. Add the fact that he was facing off against one of the best wrestlers on the planet today in Kenny Omega and it made for a must see match up regardless of your loyalties to any particular wrestling company.

The next night was New Year Dash which is the New Japan equivalent to the Raw after Wrestlemania. There were not a lot of new feuds started at the event but it did confirm that Chris Jericho was committed to New Japan for a bit longer when he came out to attack Tetsuya Naito.

If you ever have the chance to watch pro wrestling at Korakuen Hall definitely do it. There is not a bad view anywhere in the building.

In April I went to the Calgary Expo after skipping out on the past couple of years. Unlike the last time I went I did not have a regular pass to get into events for registered attendees. I just had my media pass.

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June marked my return to Japan for some more 2-shots with the remaining 48 family members I can still name and care about in Osaka. I found it difficult to really find new members to take pics with given that the current roster of 48’s was fairly “meh” for me at the time I bought my bundle of useless CD’s from Chara Ani. I mostly stuck to the members I have been following since I got into the whole 48 fandom along with a few new names who have been catching my attention on AKBINGO.

After the 2-shots it was more New Japan Pro Wrestling at Osaka-jo Hall for their Summmerslam equivalent called Dominion. I made it to the venue mid-way through the show since the train ride from Intex Osaka was close to an hour long.

The rest of my scheduled time in Osaka was spent doing touristy things and I was expecting to leave on June 11th. However due to technical issues and weather conditions my flight home to Canada was delayed and I got a bonus day in Osaka. That was a pleasant surprise. When I left on June 12th all I got for an apology from Air Canada was a $10 food voucher to use in the airport. I guess I should just be thankful they re-booked my flight and got me home.