Congrats. Nice to see how picking up a language has paid dividends and some for you.
I'm well aware of the challenge. I've spent quite a few years (years I wish I could have spent on Japanese) learning Spanish, and I'm living in the UAE for the next year and a half. I understand what goes into learning a language and the culture behind it, I am definitely not insinuating it's a light task.
When I realized I can get by during my time here without having to pick up any Arabic, it finally hit me - I've been a fan of all things Japan my entire life and for the first time in a while I have sufficient free time and flexibility to dedicate myself to the language. I'm actually very excited, I'm looking forward to pouring several hours a day into this.
After 764 ( and counting) eps of Detective Conan, hundreds of games, movies, and other anime I was super intrigued, but not yet compelled. An expansion of one of my favorite RPG's ever - one of which I'm currently playing a custom Leo Edition Eviltype version of - was the final straw. I'm going to eventually play that hack!
So yes, I'm learning Japanese to play Final Fantasy VI : T-Edition. The rest of the culture is merely a (huge) bonus.
Now if you have any recommendations for me before I start my journey Seihen, I'm actually going shopping for materials today. Would love to hear what a seasoned veteran like yourself has to say. I'm quite lucky to have drawn responses from two of the very best people I could ask my questions to.
Edit - Regarding taking on something simpler - I exhaled, I have "an excuse" to focus solely on learning the language and not on having to orchestrate / lead a long-term project.... All project aspirations shelved for now.