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29th-May-2016 11:34 am - Visiting the fam
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I figure we should probably check in before we disappear. We're going to be visiting family for a few days, so we'll probably be running around too much to post anything.

In the meantime, yesterday was extra busy, because Athena had to prepare a talk to give in church today. And we decided to go watch a movie, which always takes way longer than we expect it to take, even when we realize that going to the movies takes forever. We decided we did want to see Captain America: Civil War after all, and we were a little excited about it until soon after we started on our way to the movie theater. That's when we remembered that we don't really like movies much these days, but we wanted to go anyway, and we told ourselves it would be educational. When we got to the theater, the guy who sold us the tickets asked if we'd seen it yet, and I said no, so he said he was very excited for us. That gave us a little bit of hope.

But then we went into the theater, and the girl who took our tickets had the movie title "Pirates of the Caribbean" on her nametag, and my best guess as to what this meant is that it was her favorite movie, or at least the one she liked enough to have printed on her nametag. The significance of this is that the guy who sold us our tickets had "Armageddon" on his nametag, and we hated that movie. So now we were even more worried about how we were going to like Civil War.

And the verdict is...Collapse )

Today I'm thankful for getting to see Civil War, not being in desperate need of fudge afterward, buying fudge anyway (just 'cause you don't need it doesn't mean it's not delicious), getting to see our dear nephew, and the girl from my Sunbeams class being kind enough to rescue me at the potluck on Friday night. The few kids that were there were playing a game and if you went out into the foyer, you died. I went there anyway because I was on my way to the chapel, but since they were watching my plan was to stagger as if dying until I could get through the door to the chapel, but the door was farther away than I realized so instead I ended up collapsing very dramatically on the floor. Then the little girl from my class rushed into the foyer and started pulling me back into the cultural hall, and it was very cute.
27th-May-2016 10:00 pm - Phoxy Photo Phriday
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We did not intend to update LiveJournal so late, but we got distracted because we decided to play Kingdom Hearts first, and then Page was on my lap so of course we couldn't leave the living room. And since the PS3 was already hooked up, we figured it was the best time to pull out the DVDs from the CD singles we bought while we were in Japan. So for those of you who can't be bothered to remember minute details from someone else's four-month-old vacation, I will remind you that we found some CD singles featuring our beloved favorite voice actor Yuki Kaji. The singles came with DVDs that had music videos followed by mini making of featurettes. So we watched them!

And that's when we got really distracted, because the music video for Sense of Wonder is super adorable and mostly just features Kaji-kun walking his fingers across various miniature sets, and we just couldn't help smiling through the whole thing, but here's the most interesting (to perhaps nobody but us) part! In the last scene, his fingers walk across a row of books. Athena says, "My eyes are drawn to text. Occupational hazard, I guess." (It's her job to make sure we don't miss any text when translating manga. Sometimes the text is so small she decides she'd rather not strain her eyes enough to figure out what it says. "So if you've noticed something that we've missed," she says, "it's not that I missed it, but that I don't hate myself enough to figure it out.")

Anyway, that being the case, she looked at the spines of those books and thought, "Hey, those are in English! I wonder if he can read those." And then he got closer to the end of the row, where there was a book with a blue cover and a very familiar, sort of calligraphic font. All she could read was the top of the title, which said, "The". Well that could be anything. But as his fingers got to the end of the row of books, they slid down, and the camera panned down with them, and then you could see that it said, "The Book of Mormon". And we were like, "!!!!!" Our beloved favorite voice actor's music video has a Book of Mormon in it! What! WHAT! WHAT!!?

And then we're like, "Yeah, probably somebody else was in charge of props." But it's exciting anyway.

And then we went to our ward potluck, so we were gone for a couple hours, which is why we're updating so late.

But you guys are probably more interested in the fact that it's Photo Phriday! And you should be, because this week's installment features the Fox Village!!! Yay!! So without further ado, here's the link! We hope you enjoy them!

Today I'm thankful for oh my goodness our beloved favorite voice actor's music video has a Book of Mormon in it!, a few members of our ward being sympathetic to our excitement despite having absolutely no interest, Page setting off her tweeting cat toy whenever she jumps off the desk, getting to watch those music videos, and people bringing pizza to the potluck.
26th-May-2016 03:08 pm - Kingdom Hearts Day
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Taking the advice of lyschan, we emailed our editor about the non-urgent project and he was indeed kind enough to give us an extension. So then we had to decide which other book to work on, because the one was due on the seventh, and the other was due on the sixth if possible, but on the tenth if not. Ultimately, we decided on the former, and that means that today has become a Kingdom Hearts day! Tadah!

So generally we're feeling much better about life, but Kingdom Hearts days do not come without their risks. First of all, the obvious problem is that it makes us want to blow off everything and just play Kingdom Hearts all the time. Second, and perhaps a little sillier, but still more problematic, is that it's the very last volume of Kingdom Hearts manga, and so now we want the circumstances to be absolutely perfect when we finish it up. Of course this is an impossible thing to guarantee, and so we're pretty nervous about the whole thing. Most of all, I'm just sad to think that we won't get to see any more of Shiro Amano-sensei's interpretation of the games, because he's just so good at this! And it would have been so nice to see a version of Birth by Sleep that had everything in chronological order and could switch perspectives between the three heroes instead of just playing through each point of view all at once (which is a really cool way to do it, but sometimes I really just want to know how exactly that timeline works).

On the bright side, this volume was a pretty quick translation, and there's a good chance we can finish the whole thing today. This is fantastic, because it means we'll have that much more time to work on the other two books. But it's also sad, because then the Kingdom Hearts will be over. And tomorrow we'll get back to our other work and forget all about how much we wanted to start playing Kingdom Hearts again, and we'll be distracted by otome games until Kingdom Hearts II.8 comes out in...whenever it comes out. ...Oh wait, it won't be otome games the whole time. Athena reminds me that Ace Attorney 6 comes out next month. We have things to order from CD Japan...

Anyway, now our plan is to have an early dinner so as not to interrupt our Kingdom Hearts edit with Gilmore Girls (which we always watch while eating dinner), and then to hopefully finish the tenth and final volume of Kingdom Hearts II. It will be bittersweet, but fortunately, we can always reread it.

Today I'm thankful for having a lovely Kingdom Hearts day, said Kingdom Hearts day reminding us that we can play Unchained Chi multiple times throughout the day if we have a few minutes to spare, the hope of playing Kingdom Hearts again someday, the hope of our schedule not crushing us after all, and finding out that it would be just as practical to see Captain America: Civil War on Saturday as today (part of our "perfect Kingdom Hearts day" dilemma was that we had tentative plans to see Civil War today).
25th-May-2016 04:45 pm - Noragami volume 14
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We got hit with a scheduling problem and we don't know what to do about it, so we're stalling by updating LiveJournal. See, we're working on one book that's allegedly due on June 3, which is not a problem in and of itself. We have another book due on June 7, which is also not a problem, especially since under normal circumstances, we'd have the first book done several days before June 3, thus giving us even more time on the second one. The first wrench in the works came in the form of a trip to visit family, which is something we really don't want to pass up on, but is looking like it might take more days than we can spare. We could still do it with a little elbow grease, though, if not for...the second wrench! Dun dun DUN!

We got an email today about a series that seems to be flying low under everyone's radar, because suddenly we all realized that the next volume needs to be translated, and fast. Ideally it will be finished by June 6, but it can potentially wait until June 10, and it may have to. We would probably just start working harder and say what will be will be, but it's a little hard, because we're pretty darn sure the first book won't actually be needed for another month or two, but the last time we tried to ask for an extension from that publisher, all we got was, "How about you turn it in before the next workday, instead of at the end of that Friday?" So not only is the sooner deadline one we think can be put off, but it's for a publisher we don't like as much and we suspect they won't even look at it until days after we turn it in (which is understandable; everybody's busy). But we don't </i>know</i> how urgent it is, which is why we tend to prioritize based on deadline generally. So we're trying to decide if we want to put it off in favor of titles that we're pretty sure are more urgent, and we're kind of at a loss.

But in the meantime, it's Review Rednesday! And a volume of Noragami came out last week! I'm pretty sure we have a backlog of non-Noragami reviews to post, but since Noragami is still on a monthly release schedule, I think we'll go ahead and post the review now. Spoiler level: pretty high.

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Whew, that was a fun review. What a nice pick-me-up before we dive into the scheduling madness.

Today I'm thankful for managing to finish that chapter of My Dear Cramer (it was so hard! it took so long!), making a little bit of progress on another book (which we may or may not set aside), having plans to see the fam, getting to be amused at The Godfathers now that there's some distance between us, and it still being cool enough for Page to burrow under blankets.
24th-May-2016 05:31 pm - Anime Expo prep
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We started watching One Punch Man again. It's very slow going because we don't like it. Well then why are you watching it, sillies? Because Anime Expo announced that they're going to have a One Punch Man panel "event" thing, and it's going to feature the director, the main character's voice actor, "and more". The "and more" is the part that really gets us, because when we went to Japan, our Japan buddy, who is a big fan of One Punch Man, informed us that our beloved favorite voice actor is in it. So then the question was is he a big enough character that he might possibly be included in "and more". The answer: ...we're still not sure.

For anybody who doesn't know, One Punch Man is about an average guy who one day decided to be a hero, and through his training became so powerful that he can defeat his very powerful opponents in just one punch. It's meant to be a comedy, and I can definitely see where it's joking around, but it's not our kind of humor. And the first few episodes seem to have an air of looking down on the hero anime that it's parodying, which is an attitude we don't much care for. That goes away after a little while, but so far it's still just not that interesting. It got kind of a little interesting when the ninja showed up, but it's hard to tell if that's because it was actually more interesting, or if it was because that episode featured our beloved favorite voice actor.

It's just a little bit frustrating, too, because there are situations that I can see as being funny concepts...and yet the execution is just not our cup of tea, I guess. We still haven't decided whether or not we're going to keep trying. I think we watched episode five last night.

And speaking of watching anime to prepare for Anime Expo, we're in a bit of a pickle. See, the creator of Your Lie in April is going to be a guest of honor, but we haven't actually finished the series. Our deadline for the second to last volume of the manga isn't until after the convention! We thought maybe we could find some time to do quick rough drafts of the last two volumes so we would know how it ended, and then we could (ideally) binge watch the anime so we'd be familiar with both versions. But the way our schedule has been, it's looking a little iffy. We seem to keep getting to a point where we go, "Okay, we just need to finish this and this...and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this, and then we'll have time for extracurriculars!" I guess we'll just have to see what happens. If worse comes to worst, we'll just read those last two volumes without translating them.

Finally, Gaston was talking about Captain America: Civil War when he was over last week, and we thought we were just done with superhero movies, but now we kind of want to see it. Not because we trust Gaston's taste in movies, but because we're interested in how they handle the theme of security versus freedom. (Also because we don't always know when to give up on something, and we really did like the first Avengers movie.) So we almost went to see it today, but then we had dentist stuff and chores, so we decided we'd rather stay home and relax. But we're planning to see it on Thursday! Assuming work doesn't turn out to be doomful.

Today I'm thankful for finishing our Corpse Party translation really fast, the kittens not running away when we stepped out onto our patio to go to the dentist, still having plenty of Gilmore Girls to watch, being done with the dentist for more than two weeks, and being done with our chores.
23rd-May-2016 03:57 pm - Rambling
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It's weird, I think I'm out of backlogged things I needed to write about. We haven't played Labyrinth of Andersen since we got the Ice Princess's good ending, so I don't have any more of that to write about. We just ordered some yarn so Athena can do more weaving projects. She finished weaving the scarf, but the instructions that came with the loom weren't exactly clear on how to remove a project from the loom. She could just make up her own way to do that, but we also ordered a book on weaving, and she's been making her way through that when she's had a minute or two, so I think the plan is to see if that book has better instructions on how to do that before we do anything rash. I'm pretty sure the worst that could happen is that the scarf unravels a little bit, but still, it would be nice to do things the proper way.

In the meantime, work proceeds as usual. We had to translate the first chapter of all our new Kodansha titles, so we have a little bit of an idea of what each of them is like, and I'm enjoying them all so far. I think I already discussed a desire to watch samurai movies and other things to get a feel for how to make the cats talk in Nekogahara. We were relieved to realize that the hero of that one doesn't talk full samurai, though. It's fun to do dialects, but we don't have the time or energy these days to do it properly. Speaking of which, I'm really glad our editor told us it's okay to turn in rough translations on these things, because my brain capacity was really low and I feel like we could do better on the two we turned in last.

And speaking of those, oh man, In/Spectre. I have a feeling it's going to be a lot like Noragami as far as research is concerned. There have only been three characters so far, but I like two of them, so that's promising. The story is intriguing, too. I'm kind of sad we had to stop working on it, but it will be nice to work on it when I have more brain power. For today, we worked on Corpse Party, and this is the first time we've translated a volume of Corpse Party and it wasn't a rainy day. I'm a little sad about that, because even though Corpse Party is scary enough without the pathetic fallacy, we could really use some rain here in California. Corpse Party is pretty easy to translate, but sometimes the gore makes it extra tiring, and I think that happened today. Either that or the fatigue from last week is finally catching up to me...but I was more wiped out on Friday, so.

Anyway, I think I'm done rambling for now. Today I'm thankful for finishing our first draft today, the delicious chocolate mint cupcakes we had for a snack, getting to order more yarn, remembering to post our pictures of Farley at Tokyo Disneyland on Farley the Fiddler's Facebook page, and having lots of fun new manga to translate...eventually.
22nd-May-2016 05:16 pm - Sindbad videos
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Today we're eager to get to relaxing, so we're going to have a very short post, but! it's going to have videos from Sindbad's Storybook Voyage! Tadah! I know people have different preferences about embedded video, but my own personal preference is to have it not shoving itself into people's faces, so if you're the type to hate extra clicks, I apologize, because these videos are going behind cuts.

The first one is of Sindbad welcoming everyone who's joining him on his journey. He says, "Life's greatest adventure is about to begin. Isn't that right, Chandu?" I didn't get any of the music, though, because at that point I just wanted to show people how much movement there was in the animatronics.

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The second one has him talking to the mermaids, and a little bit of him singing. He thanks the mermaids for saving him, and sings, "Tides may turn you and toss you, and storms may arise. Harm may stand in the path where your destiny lies!"

Followed by a brief shot of the mermaids.Collapse )

And there you have it!

Today I'm thankful for amazing animatronics, the wise decision to buy some peanut butter chocolate fudge at Downtown Disney yesterday, scoring some mint chocolate cupcakes at Bread Day, today's choir performance going well, and finishing our extra work yesterday so we don't have to do it tomorrow.
21st-May-2016 04:55 pm - Sad endings
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Well I think it's about time we get back to telling the Ice Princess's story from Labyrinth of Andersen. When last we saw our heroes...Collapse )

Today I'm thankful for getting to go out to Downtown Disney today, having fudge to eat later, being caught up on our Labyrinth of Andersen reporting, having leftover pizza that we got to snack on, and not having to carry a bunch of groceries home from the store today.
20th-May-2016 08:52 pm - Phavorite Photo Phriday so Phar
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We kind of disappeared yesterday, but for a good(?) reason. We were at Disneyland. (Not again!) No, it was pretty fun mostly. We got to go on the Indiana Jones ride, because Athena insisted, because a kid in her Primary class has been coming every (other) week and telling her that they added a new special effect, so of course we had to check it out. Turns out...they didn't. They did spruce up a few things, though, so maybe he just noticed something he hadn't noticed before. We also compared the number of skeletons in the queue area to the ones in the DisneySea Indiana Jones queue area and there were waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay fewer.

We also saw the revived version of the Royal Theatre Beauty and the Beast show, which is actually different than the original! Instead of having a Lumiere puppet, they had Mr. Jones switch hats to play Lumiere, Cogsworth, and Mrs. Potts. That part was pretty funny, but the sad part is that, thanks to the Frozen version of the show, the actors seem to have forgotten that audience participation is supposed to be a big thing, so they would keep barging through the lines when we were trying to shout huzzah and fie. We were a little bummed out about that.

On a happier note, we ran into Farley and started talking about Tokyo Disneyland again, so we spent some more time huddled over my camera looking at pictures. And that, my friends, is my segue into it being Photo Phriday! And oh my goodness, you guys, this is an exciting one! Can you feel it? I'm SO excited. Why? Because this Photo Phriday features our pictures from the A Table Is Waiting show, and much much much more importantly, it has pictures from Sindbad's Storybook Voyage! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!!! (Don't feel obligated to fall deeply in love with them. I know a photograph can never truly do justice to the full experience.)

But anyway, without further ado, here is the link! I hope you enjoy them!

Today I'm thankful for having a lovely time at Disneyland yesterday, making it to Joe's Italian Ice before it closed even though we somehow managed to be stuck in the parking lot at Disneyland for like half an hour (which is weird, because the parking lot is designed to never have traffic jams, and in the fifteen plus years we've used it, it never had before (to our knowledge)), getting to share more pictures with Farley and all our friends, happy memories of our very favorite ride, and getting to order pizza for dinner today.
18th-May-2016 05:50 pm - Say I Love You volume 13
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Today was really tough. The plan was to finish a chapter of Nekogahara, do a rough draft of The Prince in His Dark Days, and then see if we could finish a chapter-like segment of In/Spectre. But Nekogahara took soooooooooo long! I don't even know why! Okay, maybe I sort of know why. Oh yeah, I do know why. Philosophy. Man, philosophy is hard, especially when it involves Japanese semantics and wordplay. On the bright side, we learned that a group of cats if called a clowder or a glaring. Also, Nekogahara is awesome.

But today is Review Rednesday, and we've had a request to post our review of Say I Love You 13, so here it is! Spoiler level: uh...I feel like it's moderate, but like nothing is really a surprise, so I'm really just confused.

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That review was kind of short. Sorry about that (unless you like short reviews, in which case, you're welcome)!

Today I'm thankful for managing to finish that chapter of Nekogahara, also managing to get a rough draft of The Prince in His Dark Days chapter done, finding out that there is in fact a third kitten, it being almost time to watch Gilmore Girls, and getting to see the finale of Castle. I can't believe it's over...which is kind of weird, because I would have believed it was over after last season.
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