I have a general idea of what you want but I need your feedback to make it into what you would like it to be.
Was thinking of having a few core categories like Japan, Gundam ,Figures, Anime etc where you could go in and start threads. I plan on having the Japan category a place where you can go in to discuss/ask where to go to/stay/buy etc when in Japan - a place where you can find out more info to help your trip/stay in Japan.
I wont be using any third party software and am going to be using a format close to what you see in the news section - the threading will be close to that including pagination.
Each section will have its own RSS feed and be mobile compatible.
What forums do you regularly visit and what do you specifically want from forums at dannychoo.com ?
Are there any particular pains you have about current forum platforms - technical or otherwise?
Your previous feedback given on the design of Nav2.0 was important to make it what it is now and your feedback will be used to shape the future forums here.
BTW, I haven't forgotten about Figure.fm and will relaunch it by the end of year.