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My Monster Secret volume 5 
15th-Feb-2017 04:46 pm
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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.


My Monster Secret. We'd done a pretty good job of making sure to review stuff right after we finish it, but we finished this one at a time when we were already stressed and tired and feeling overworked from a busy week, so we blew it off for a weekend and a rough draft of Missions of Love. On top of that, this volume was translated in spurts, too, so my memories of it are all over the place. We started it a long time ago, and then we had a rush job come up, so we had it moved back such that we had three other books to translate before we got back to it. So later in the volume when they start talking about the Resistance again, I would not have known that we didn't even learn about the Resistance until this very same volume if we hadn't started editing our work...which is really a good idea on so many levels. Seriously, always edit your work.

Anyway...this volume features the Resistance. I think Rin is a fun character, and I like how she keeps treating Asahi like he's fifty years older. ("I still have teeth!" ...I don't remember how we translated that exactly. Not that it matters; it probably got changed either way. I think our first draft was, "These are my real teeth." Not sure, though.) I also like that she fights for modesty, and I love that her special attack involves buttoning up shirts. (Not that I think women should be forced to button up their shirts; I just think it's funny because it's unexpected. (Women should also not be forced to go around with their blouses unbuttoned.))

I have to admit, I think this series is really funny, but sometimes it's hard to appreciate the humor when we're working on it. It's really text heavy already, and the format makes it extra time-consuming, and somehow we always end up working on it when we're rushed and/or stressed out. So when Mikan was like, "There's no such thing as magic..." and Akane looks her in the eyes and blows something up with magic, on an intellectual level I thought that was probably hilarious, but at the time we first got to it, I was too stressed out to appreciate it.

Speaking of Mikan, though. Man, the Mikan stuff in this volume! This series seems to be so episodic, but when the characters make progress, it's always fun to see. As for Mikan being Rin's grandmother, there are so many possibilities. Yes, she could have married Asahi, but she could have also married somebody completely different, maybe someone who's last name is Kiryuin. Most of us do have at least two grandmothers, after all. On the other hand, Future Mikan's warning to Asahi about confessing his love to Youko seems maybe a little ominous. Of course there's speculation that Youko dies, maybe because we've been immersing ourselves in a certain series with a certain tragic heroine, but on the other hand, considering the horrible future Rin is trying to save, it's probably nothing that serious.

Akari and Touko's alliance to defeat Akane at the athletic meet was great, as were the results of the battle for MVP. I'm having a hard time coming up with specific things to say about this volume. I think Rin's appearance has given the series a chance to really move in an interesting direction (also, it's hilarious how she keeps telling people about the future; she really is Asahi's granddaughter). I also really appreciate that somebody noticed Youko's fangs. She really is not that careful about hiding them. Anyway, it was a fun volume and I'm interested in seeing what happens next.

As an interesting note, we stole a couple of translation notes from past translation notes. There was a bread-eating contest in First Love Monster, and I think we took the one about day duty from...I think it was from Your Lie in April, but maybe I'm only thinking that because I remember that term showing up on the blackboard about a bazillion times toward the end. Anyway, we tweaked them so they fit this series, but the stuff that wasn't series-specific is the same, word for word [assuming those notes were left in the volume and also not adapted].


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.
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16th-Feb-2017 03:14 am (UTC)
"getting to buy some discount Valentine's chocolate for ourselves, and"
...and???! Or maybe you just got sidetracked there before you thought of anything else.

I didn't read most of this review because I'm way behind on reading manga (like, not even just certain series anymore but everything that I'm not working on myself—but this is a series I enjoy and want to read more of, so that's why I'm holding off on the review to avoid much spoiling) but I caught the bit about translation notes at the end and it surprised me because I don't remember My Monster Secret having those? Is it just a now and then thing? Or is my memory terrible? (or do you provide the notes in case they use them, but they don't always...?)

Happy your friend's birthday!!!
16th-Feb-2017 05:54 am (UTC)
!!! Yeah, I guess we did get sidetracked. We've had a pretty hectic day. So hectic that I don't even remember why I got sidetracked...oh, it probably had to do with looking stuff up about the Beauty and the Beast experiences. Hmmm. I'll just have to go add something.

We have written notes for every single volume of My Monster Secret, and even had to resend them once or twice. That's what they told us to do--send translation notes, to be used by the rewriter and maybe in the volume. Now I'm curious to know whether any of our notes have been used, and if the lack of them has been a detriment to the enrichment of the reader... This knowledge about lack of notes could prove dangerous.

Thanks on her behalf!
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