Thanks for that Parksey, appreciate the lengthy post.
I'm really just learning it because I find it interesting, and partly for the challenge as well. I've no real interest in anime either - I find it quite annoying TBH
- but it would be good to be able to read at a decent level and follow a film etc should that need arise. My preference would be to be able to speak and listen well, and then reading as a secondary thing, but I'd wager it's probably best to do both at roughly the same time.
I quite like the textbook approach, and do intend on getting Genki 1, but I'll also check out Yes Japan/Japanese From Zero as another option. I have Tae Kim's Grammar Guide, which is where I've started to look at the Kana.
I spend a lot of time in the car and so podcasts and such would be ideal, and from my days of learning French, I think I'm reasonably good at memorising vocabuary and such. I downloaded a sample of Japanese Pod 101 and have that a listen this morning, and it seemed pretty good. If they're all like this one from today, you get maybe 5 words or so a day and the context (example scenario) in which to use them. I've also downloaded some Yes Japan podcasts, and will try those too. I like the idea of watching TV and/or listening to music, but I'd imagine they may speak/sing too fast to be able to pick up..? I've heard good things about italki.com, so will keep that in mind for a bit further down the line perhaps. I did play a demo of a game the other day and recognised the odd word (spoken) but don't imagine too much conversational Japanese will come up in videogames.
I have Anki on my PC, but am yet to give it a proper go, and I have a couple of apps on my iPad (along with Tae Kim) that I'm yet to really look at; imiwa? and one simply called 'Japanese'.
Would be great to be able to practise the writing and be able to do that, but I'm not sure how practical that is compared to the listening/speaking side.
One thing I've heard - and I like the idea of - is as you say, doing a bit every day, and 'immersing' yourself in the language. Guess I just need to find the best way of doing that for me, be it podcasts, TV, music, films, manga, anime, etc.