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22nd-Feb-2017 04:02 pm - That Wolf-Boy Is Mine! volume 3
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As if our schedule weren't busy enough, we're about to sabotage ourselves again. Sort of. See, the new "limited time" Beauty and the Beast experiences at Disneyland officially start on Friday, and we definitely want to check them out! So it looks like we'll be taking Friday morning off of work. Fortunately, we're making not terrible progress on our current project, so we might not be totally doomed.

But now is the moment you've(?) all(?) been waiting(?) for! It's Review Rednesday! And this week we have the shojo favorite(?), That Wolf-Boy Is Mine!, volume three! Spoiler level: moderate?

That Wolf-Boy Is Mine! volume 3Collapse )

Aww, Wolf-Boy. What a nice series. And by the way, did you notice that volume three had the under-the-slipcover art from the Japanese volume? That's right, your wishes have been granted! You can thank the editor for that.

As for this weeks releases, you can all check out Corpse Party Omnibus 4, because I know that's totally your thing!</facetiousness> And tune in next week, for our review of First Love Monster 6!

Today I'm thankful for making decent enough progress on My Monster Secret today, having plans to check out some cool(?) Beauty and the Beast stuff at Disneyland soon, getting to reminisce about That Wolf-Boy Is Mine!, getting a head start on one of our March assignments, and getting a new NMNL box.
21st-Feb-2017 05:34 pm - Dating Didi
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We just added another book to our March schedule today. We are going to be soooooo busy. We also got the next Noragami chapter, which had me totally freaking out because we should get that done ASAP but we're kind of in the middle of (the usually very time-consuming) My Monster Secret. Then Athena reminded me that we'd already planned for that this week, so it didn't really change anything...and somehow that didn't really help me feel better. On the bright side, we're sort of maybe a little ahead of schedule on this volume of My Monster Secret, so hopefully we can work on that Noragami chapter at a nice leisurely pace, without too much stress.

But anyway, we have now gotten 100% of Dionysus's story, so let's write a post about it before my brain gets so overcrowded I forget everything.Collapse )

And now we get to decide...well, first we get to have dinner, and then we get to decide if we want to go date Thor, or if we should maybe do some translating first. Ha, ha, ha.

Today I'm thankful for being well provided for, having all the Didi endings, Didi turning out to be a pretty decent guy after all, having two bags of Reese's Minis hearts, and having a lot (and I mean a lot) of manga to look forward to.
20th-Feb-2017 10:10 pm - Quick update
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Our day was eaten by busyness today. ...Okay, so technically I did have time to update about Dionysus, but we figured we might as well get his second romantic ending first, because the day before that was so busy that I hardly remembered anything about KamiAso. We went from editing a rather intense chapter of Noragami to translating My Monster Secret, too, so there's been an awful lot of gear-shifting. Normally(?), we would probably have put an afternoon between the two manga serieseseses, but I think I mentioned last week that our schedule is basically of the "you may be doomed" variety. So we worked.

And now we're up past our bedtime, so that's it for today. Today I'm thankful for making pretty good progress on work today, being just about ready to start courting Thor tomorrow (after posting here about Dionysus), getting our National Geographic History magazine, getting to work on Noragami, and getting to see the latest My Little Pony season finale.
19th-Feb-2017 05:23 pm - More pictures!!
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It's that time again! Time for pictures from our more-than-a-year-old trip to Japan! This time, we bring you pictures from Adventureland, Fantasyland, and a teeeeeeeny tiny bit of Tomorrowland. Also featuring the delicious desserts from Captain Hook's Galley, which I guess they change seasonally because they were different when we went in September. Anyway, here they are!

Today I'm thankful for more fond memories from Tokyo Disneyland, Primary going reasonably well today, the delicious Hershey's cookie thingies we got at the store a few days ago, having documented our trip to Tokyo Disneyland so we can remind ourselves what all happened in that show, and milles crepes.
18th-Feb-2017 01:54 pm - Facing the book
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Today is a day of escapism. ...Okay, so not entirely, but it's what we wanted to do. We did our grocery shopping on Thursday, so we thought, since we don't have to go shopping, it would be a great day to just watch some anime and play some video games. But there's still the little matter of household chores. They tend to not get done during the week, because hello, we just spent the whole day working. And then they tend to not get done on the weekend because hello, we just spent the whole week working. Also, we have to go grocery shopping, and we're like, "That counts as chores, right?" Of course it does, but it's not like it takes all day.

Anyway, the point is, we thought maybe we shouldn't neglect all our chores all the time, so we did a little bit of chores, and now we're ready to just play video games. But I figured I ought to update first. We started a thing today where we're trying to speak up more on Facebook. It seems like kind of a silly goal, because my current opinion of Facebook is that it's a thin veneer of real relationships designed to help people pretend they're actually connected to others when all they really want to do is watch Netflix and play video games all the time. "Well, isn't that what you want to do?" Okay, you got me there. But the other thing we want to do is talk to people about the stuff that we like, and since we're too scared to link our LJ posts, we're starting small. If you're friends with us on Facebook, you can see what we did!

I guess I could explain my opinion about Facebook a little more. Basically, the idea is you go to Facebook to see what's going on with your friends and family, right? At least, that's what I want to do on Facebook. And maybe watch some funny videos. But if all it is is people sharing videos and memes and articles, it gets to be more than a little impersonal. And so for us it turns out to be boring. But when we're really starved for human interaction, we'll end up scrolling through our feed a lot longer, in the hopes that there will be something truly interesting. Then we find nothing and fall back on the Noragami festival video again. Or Every Second Counts, if we're thinking about it.

And so! we're taking the advice to be the change you want to see in the world! ...But we're still afraid to be too personal, so it might come across as mostly advertising our business. Heh, heh, heh. We're working on it.

Today I'm thankful for getting to watch The Seven Deadly Sins last night (I'm actually not that surprised that the stories didn't really focus that much on Meliodas, which is kind of a bummer, but the other characters are all great, too, so it was still fun), having time to play video games today, getting a little bit of chores done, Page showing interest in her No Bowl feeders again, and Studio C's most annoying people on your Facebook feed video.
17th-Feb-2017 07:48 pm - Bam!
tadah
*pounds fists on the desk!* We were supposed to finish our time travel book today! We were going to do it, too! But then a simulpub chapter had to come along and take two hours!

...Okay, that's not fair. We actually wouldn't have finished the time travel book today, because we're still waiting for one more chapter on it, and then not only will we have to translate it, we'll have to edit it, and editing for time travel titles tends to go at a snail's pace. It's kind of interesting how it worked out that both of our toughest titles turned into time travel ones. Maybe it just means that the effort we put into the edit is reflected in the titles' popularity.

Anyway, I'm really not that passionate about not "finishing" the time travel book today; I just wanted to be dramatic. It's raining and I have a lot of pent up energy. As it is, we decided that the chapter we would be editing right now is too important to work on when we're already worn out, so we're going to save it until Monday and leave the worn-out work for a series that has an adapter. Hopefully that won't throw our schedule off too badly.

So instead of working over-overtime, we're going to binge(?) watch the new season of The Seven Deadly Sins! (It's actually an OVA or something that only has four episodes, so I'm not sure if it's really a binge, but on the other hand, I kind of feel like I'm binging on TV if I watch more than two episodes of anything, so there you go.) And this after all my whining yesterday about not having time for KamiAso. Well, as it turns out, we ended up with a little time for it last night, but still no information about the stupidness (<--not the same thing as "stupidity"). But more importantly, we really like The Seven Deadly Sins, and we have to make sure we've seen it before the next time Gaston comes down in case he's already watched it, too. (He is busier these days, though, so he may be less likely to be watching Netflix.) And besides, this way we're guaranteed to get a lot of our beloved favorite voice actor.

Today I'm thankful for making enough progress on our edit even with another chapter thrown in the mix, finishing the Persona Q manga (it was a fun jaunt), new episodes of Seven Deadly Sins, the yummy pizza we had for dinner, and it being time to curl up under blankets and watch TV.
16th-Feb-2017 06:25 pm - The creative process
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We decided to put a few things on our calendar that hadn't been added yet, and we discovered that we are doomed. Okay, not really doomed; it's pretty typical really, and it's a good thing, too, because more work means more money with which to pay our bills. Nevertheless, it also means that we may be left wondering what in the world happened with Dionysus for quite some time before we get to find out the truth. But more on that later.

First, we've been working on one of our time travel series, and we translated this one chapter so long ago that, now that we're editing it, we're reading our rough draft and being amused at it. This is the kind of thing that should not be published. But it's funny, too, so we thought we should share an example. This particular one might not be the funniest, but it's pretty typical of the kind of writing we do when we want to dash off a quick draft but also want to make sure to include all the nuance that we might forget if, for example, we don't get to edit it until several months later.

It goes something like this:

Character: I won't let anyone
Character: for his entertainment/amusement
Character: be killed anymore!!

You can see that the placement of the phrases is completely unnatural for English (but is perfectly legitimate for Japanese). You can also see that we left a couple of options there in the middle phrase, because it helps us triangulate the nuance that we want. In this case, entertainment and amusement are fairly similar, but sometimes, if we leave just one word, there's a chance it could be taken in a different direction, so I like to stick another word in there to remind myself what we were going for. Of course, we usually check the Japanese before finalization, but there are times where we only look at the English, and since I can't always predict when those times will be, I have to play it safe. In this case, we almost certainly would have looked at the Japanese (and we did), because look at that wording (and because of which series it is).

So hopefully this has provided an interesting glimpse into our translation process. Tadah!

Now, as for Dionysus. That stupid stupid jerkface. I really want to punch him where the sun don't shine. I just...

Okay, so as regular readers will know, we got the non-romantic ending with Didi, and then we got the other non-romantic ending, which is pretty much the same, only you get a touching scene where neither of you states outright that you love the other, and then you say goodbye forever, but you'll always remember each other, except that Yui won't because Zeus always wipes her memories. But there was a cute still with Didi kissing her on the forehead.

But then we went back to follow his romantic path, and all the cuteness was wiped away by that stupid stupid jerkface. Of course, he might not be </i>so</i> stupid, but...

Okay, so rewind to the end of the harvest festival. Didi went up to the roof to be by himself because he can't deal with people and angst at the same time, so Yui goes up to the roof to hang out with him. They talk for a while, and then they notice that the after party is ending, but Didi asks Yui if she minds hanging out with him a little longer. Before, we said no, and Yui went to bed and we followed the non-romantic path and there were no problems except that we still don't know the real identity of the grapevine.

If you say yes, then Yui notices the pot Didi has boiling on the portable stove he brought to the roof. He says, "oh yeah, this is my special hot wine. I can't let you have any (because she's a minor, and I guess he respected that, or pretended to), but I can at least let you smell it." And then he's surprised to find out that people really can get drunk off just the smell of liquor. How? Because Yui is having a hard time standing up straight. So he carries her back to her room, and she konks out on the way there. Totes unconscious.

As I read this scene, I was thinking wow, she's lucky she can trust this guy. And hmm, I still wonder why this game is rated D when most otome games are rated B... (B is for ages 12 and up, D is for 17.)

The next thing Yui knows, she's waking up in her room...next to Dionysus. This freaks her out mildly. Then she realizes her shirt is unbuttoned. This freaks her out a lot. We were incredulous. Yui's roommate would never have let anything happen to her! So it was probably just a misunderstanding. He stayed to nurse her back to health or something. He wakes up and she asks him what happens, and he's like, "Oh, you don't remember? Oh well, I'll just make it my own special memory," and refuses to tell her anything.

But Melissa (Yui's roommate) would never have let anything happen! Surely he knows something, right? RIGHT!? So stupid Didi leaves, and Yui goes to ask Melissa what's up. But Melissa is gone. WHY IS MELISSA GONE!? He shows up pretty soon, and is not happy that he had to spend the night in the cafeteria. What. Apparently, he was out when Yui got home, and someone locked the door. He assumed it was Yui not realizing he was gone, she was totally unconscious, and now Dionysus is gone so nobody can ask him. And we're starting to be very concerned about what happened to Yui that night. Was it all a set up? Was the hot wine drugged? This relationship is chock full of problems, and not the cute funny kind.

Well, life goes on, and now it's time to take down all the festival stuff. Thoth, always helpful in moving the plot along, has designated Apollo and Hades to take down the Egyptian gods' booth, so now Yui and Dionysus get to work together on the Greek gods' booth...alone. Yui's none too happy about this, and excuses herself to go take down the posters they had put up to advertise their booth. When she gets back, she starts to confront him about what happened! ...I think. Either that, or he was like, "Dude, why are you so jumpy?" Anyway, they started to talk about it, but they didn't get anywhere before Yui noticed how beautiful the posters were (they had watercolor paintings of the fruit offered at the booth). She finds out that Didi drew them, and she was impressed, and she noticed how he had taken down the booth all by himself, and she falls and hurts her leg and he impresses her again by tending to it, and she forgets all about what happened the night before. Or maybe she doesn't, but she doesn't talk to him about it anymore, and then the scene changed, and it was our bedtime, so we stopped playing. And now we don't know what happened!!

My current theory is that either we will find out that nothing happened and Didi is not a date rapist, or, because he's the god of fertility, she'll find out what happened when she realizes she's pregnant. While I admit that would make for some compelling drama, it is so very wrong. So very very wrong! Especially because it's supposed to be the romantic ending, which means they're going to end up romantically involved. It actually kind of reminds me of all that Harlequin manga we translated, which seemed to tell its readers, "Don't worry, ladies. He'll only get you pregnant if he's The One." And we're like, "That's not how biology works." But since it is supposed to be romantic, if Didi did orchestrate the whole mess, it'll probably end up that he needed to do it to break a curse or something. But even if that is true, why couldn't it have been consensual?

So we're hoping that it will be revealed that nothing happened, but we don't have time for games anymore, so it may be a while before we find out.


Today I'm thankful for getting to work on a series we love, progress on that series not being completely stationary, discount Valentine's Reese's, characters who are fun and easy to translate, and it being time for dinner.
15th-Feb-2017 04:46 pm - My Monster Secret volume 5
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We'd probably get a lot more work done if we would stop sabotaging our own schedule. But! it's our friend's birthday today, and we're actually going to see her because there's a Relief Society activity that we're going to (and she's driving us), so naturally we had to go buy her a present. The only place we can think to do that is Disneyland (I mean, I guess we could go to Target...), so off we went. We also went to Village Haus, because they officially announced that Village Haus is going to be transformed into Red Rose Taverne, which is something we have very mixed feelings about because yay! Beauty and the Beast! But we were just commenting, the last time we ate at Village Haus, that the decor was so lovely and so detailed, and it was so obvious that this place belonged to Gepetto, and it was just so nice. So I took my iPad and we took pictures of everything for posterity. Or something like that.

(Although, looking at the announcement again, it says the Beauty and the Beast stuff is going to be for a limited time, and Red Rose Taverne will be "draped with inviting curtains," so it's possible that they really aren't going to permanently change Village Haus. Nevertheless, it's not a bad idea to have pictures, because we won't know how they really do it until we see it.) (Also, they have something called "the Grey Stuff" in Florida, which we're told is some sort of a dessert item, thus making it not like the actual grey stuff from the real movie, because that was on an hors d'oeuvre, which means it was probably something savory like, I don't know, mustard? I think it was around then that the Grey Poupon commercials were so popular. Anyway, Disneyland is going to have "our own version" of the Grey Stuff, so we'll see how that goes.)

And while we were at the park, we took in a show at the Royal Theatre, because it was only ten minutes to showtime when we walked by and we figured why not. And then Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones seemed happy to see us shouting huzzah in the back. We discovered today that they changed the instructions on when to shout huzzah and fie. It used to be that when you see something or someone you like, you shout huzzah, and when you see something or someone you don't like, you shout fie. Now the instructions are when we see someone on stage doing it, you do it, too. That makes us sad on many levels, but we understand why it had to be done. Ah well.

Anyway, it's Review Rednesday! This week we have My Monster Secret volume 5! Is anybody reading along? Spoiler level: moderate.

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As for this week's releases, we have just the one: Nekogahara 2! I will always shake my head at that volume. *shakes head*

Join us next week, for our review of That Wolf-Boy Is Mine! volume 3!

Today I'm thankful for finding a nice gift for our friend, Village Haus still being open and not closed for its transformation (oh no, what if they stop serving pizza!?), getting to enjoy a show at the Royal Theatre (as they were taking their bows, Mr. Jones said, "Thank you, ladies!" and we're pretty sure he was referring to us, although we have been pretty tired today, so it's possible there was an, "and gentlemen!" that we didn't catch), getting to buy some discount Valentine's chocolate for ourselves, and

ETA: ...and apparently I got distracted before I finished this. So...and I'm thankful for the lovely time we had at the Relief Society activity tonight.
14th-Feb-2017 05:54 pm - A story of grape jello (not really)
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Today was one of those days where we just didn't want to work, so it's a good thing we were on a series that we like a lot. We got to the part with Dionysus's song, which may or may not be why all we wanted to do today was play KamiAso...but it probably wasn't, because we've been wanting to ditch work for weeks. But! it did reminds us how much we like KamiAso songs, so we've been listening to them most of the day. The Takeru song they released for the anime doesn't really sound very Takeru-ish, but it is really pretty. He's played by the same guy as Yuri in Yuri on Ice, too.

Anyway, it reminds us of when we first started working on Noragami, and we didn't know what would be appropriate, and we didn't have the anime soundtrack yet, so we pretty much just listened to KamiAso nonstop. It worked, because it involves mythology, and it has the voices of Yato, Yukine, and Daikoku.

So today I was finally going to talk about Dionysus's story.Collapse )

Today I'm thankful for getting to hear Dionysus's song (he's played by the new Tuxedo Mask's brother!), a mythology monologue featuring Anubis, getting to listen to KamiAso songs half the day, finishing our second draft of Missions of Love, and grape jello.
13th-Feb-2017 04:30 pm - Politics again
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Originally I was planning to talk about Dionysus today, but then we were watching internet videos last night, and I have another topic. If it turns out to be short enough, maybe I'll post about both. But see, a while ago, somebody shared the Netherlands video message to Trump on Facebook, and we loved it. Then an uncle of ours shared Switzerland's video, and then Denmark's, and we were like, "Hey, what's up with all of this?" One of the latter videos mentioned Germany doing a video, so later we Googled that and the German talk show host kind of explained the whole thing. Apparently the Netherlands started it, and then a couple of other countries, including Germany, jumped on the bandwagon, and now he was inviting all of Europe and Australia and any other interested countries to come along. (I also appreciated that the German talk show host said it was also funny that none of the copycat countries had been able to top the Netherlands. We agreed, but the Germany video was pretty funny, too.)

So last night, we were on track to get to bed early, and something reminded me of these videos, so I figured why not watch a couple more? And we went to Every Second Counts (awesome name, by the way) to see what other countries had contributed videos. We watched two (which also failed to live up to the Netherlands, but the Australian talk show host's introduction was funny), and then I just wanted to check real quick what other countries there were before we went to bed. It's organized by continent/region, and I was especially intrigued that the Middle East was included. Then we saw that one of the two countries that had a video was Iran, and we were like, "Wait, but..." So we watched it, and oh my goodness, it was probably the funniest one yet. I think it even beat the Netherlands. But it's also funny in a kind of, "Should I really be laughing at this...?" sort of way. I'd definitely recommend checking it out, though.

But I feel like now that the subject has been brought up, I should talk about the travel ban. I will argue that if it were a Muslim ban, there would have been a lot more than seven countries on the list, but other than that, I'm not going to defend it, because I'm against it anyway. We're 100% for helping refugees in any way possible, and if that means letting them come live in the United States, I'm okay with that. (I will confess that we wouldn't want to let them live with us in our apartment, but that's probably true of at least 99.99% of the population of the world, so. (We're not excited about roommates is what we're saying.))

People keep being afraid that the refugees will come into our country and wreak havoc or something, and it's kind of mind-boggling. It's like, "You guys know these people are leaving their countries because they don't like bombings, right?" Well what if they're just pretending to be a refugee? ...I can't really answer that, but I think it's okay to take the risk.

Let's talk about the Good Samaritan. There's a key element to this story that I think a lot of people are forgetting. Samaritans were hated by Jews. Like, super hated. Jews would walk all the way around Samaria to get to the other side of it rather than go through it, and it's a long narrow country. What I'm saying is, the Samaritan in the story could very reasonably have thought, "But if I help this guy, he might wake up and try to kill me." But he helped the guy anyway.

I have another example, this time from a video game. In Final Fantasy Type-0, there's a side quest where you have to identify a spy. When you finally identify the spy, it turns out she grew up in Rubrum (the country she's working against) and now works for Milites (Rubrum's (and pretty much everybody's) sworn enemy). When confronted about it, she explained that when her home was destroyed in the war (there's constant war in the Type-0 world), it wasn't the Rubrans who took her in, gave her a blanket when she was cold and fed her when she was starving. It was Milites, and so now she's working for Milites. So what I'm saying is, when these refugees are cold and hungry and homeless, if they ask for help and we don't give it to them, why should we expect them to not hate us? On the other hand, if they thought they hate us, but we show them compassion when they need it, I like to think that most of them would forever think kindly of us.

Anyway, I'm sure anyone who's against letting refugees in has a bunch of other arguments that I haven't touched on, but basically what it boils down to is people need help and I think we should give it to them. We've read some of their stories on Humans of New York; these people have been through enough. And as a Christian, I think the Christlike thing is to help, and if they turn around and betray us, I believe the Lord will help us through that, too.

...And it seems kind of inappropriate to talk about Dionysus after that, so I'll have to save that for tomorrow.

Today I'm thankful for work going quickly today, getting to see Iran's video message, getting to watch Sleeping Beauty last night, getting to bed a little tiny bit early last night, and having a relatively safe home to live in.
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