Posting this one makes me feel a little bummed out, for a couple of reasons. Three years ago on my birthday, I was vacationing in Tokyo and had a review copy of The World Ends With You in hand, making for a pretty satisfying experience: in the game, I could battle my way through the same locales I’d been exploring by day. On the other hand, this year for my birthday, I’ve been reading about how people in Tokyo and areas northward are struggling to keep it together and simply stay alive. Not a happy contrast.
And there’s another reason for melancholy: that birthday was also the day that my fiancée’s (or girlfriend’s, at that point) recent job loss caught up with her and I had to start digging into my savings and pulling extra work to keep us afloat, kicking off what continues to be the most exhausting and demanding period of my life. I miss having things like free time and money and leisure. Still, as I post this article, three years later, I can at least take comfort in knowing that it is a very good piece of writing that you will enjoy. So do it. Enjoy.