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Oh the pessimism 
29th-Aug-2018 09:32 pm
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Today we had an experience that I think really exemplified why I think I would have a difficult time summoning a patronus. This is not to say that I think my life is miserable by any means. In fact, I think it's pretty alright. But I am tired, and I am jaded and cynical. Anyway, let me just tell the story.

We got another delivery. We haven't ordered anything online recently, and we hadn't heard anything from any editors, so we had no idea what it is. We saw it was from a publisher and assumed it was comp copies, because those are always surprising us. But then we opened it and the books inside were still in Japanese! It was Fire Force! And! AND!!! AND!!!! Noragami! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!

Noragami went on hiatus for about a year after volume eighteen came out, and it was the worst stopping place ever (although I wouldn't put it past Adachitoka to come up with a worse one; they're always surprising us, but it was the worst one yet). So at first, we were excited. But the excitement evaporated almost immediately when I thought about how much work we have to do before we get to it, and how much work we're going to have to do once we've finished our first draft and have to make it pretty. I mean, I still love Noragami. I worry that when I make posts like this, it makes it sound like I don't like Noragami anymore, but that is so far from the truth. I love it to bits. But I am tired.

I mean, I do love the challenge, that's one of the things that makes Noragami fun. And I love that we find out so much cool stuff when we set in and start doing all the research. But that's not the point.

The point is pirates. Because our next thought, after thinking about all the work we were going to have to do, was, "And nobody cares anyway, because they've already read the scanslations." All our hard work, for nothing. Vanity, vanity, all is vanity.

Well, the moral of Ecclesiastes (one of the books in the Bible where it keeps saying "all is vanity") is that the best you can do is enjoy what you do. So at least we have that going for us. But we have been finding that morale improves if we have someone to share it with...

That's why we write reviews! I was thinking about this the other day, because we were talking to someone we know in real life, who says he reads our LiveJournal (hello, there!), and he had to make it a point to say that he doesn't read the reviews. It made me wonder why people always feel the need to point out to others that they don't like something, so I thought about myself. I point out to people (only I don't anymore, because I realized it's not the best thing to do) that I don't like Frozen because I'm hoping that if I put it out there enough, maybe Disney will stop making movies like that one and start making movies I like again. So is this person trying to get us to stop posting reviews? But we have to post reviews, because we don't have anyone to talk to about manga in real life, and as Don Hahn would say (and I'm pretty sure he was quoting someone else, too), "Impression without expression equals depression." So we'll keep writing reviews, and this person can just keep skipping them, and we'll all be happy, I guess.

Anyway, tonight we spent our evening catching up on Noragami by reading volume seventeen. Man, what a good series.

Today I'm thankful for oh my goodness there's actually more Noragami, kitten rasslin', finishing our first draft of Land of the Lustrous, getting some work done on the anime episode we agreed to translate, and getting to reread Noragami.
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30th-Aug-2018 09:45 pm (UTC)
I read your reviews. Well, at least I do when I remember to come into LJ, which isn't all that often, but I miss reading your posts, and I miss you, so that's why I'll go long periods of time and then suddenly pop up again. And this has been kind of a rough year, health-wise, so I don't even check Dreamwidth that much; I tend to be lazier and just check Facebook, where I can just hit the "like" button if I don't feel like responding properly.

I totally understand your feeling about the patronus. I think I would have a difficult time, too, but I try to overcome that, and it's not overly successful.

And FWIW, I have read scanlations in the past, and generally buy the manga afterwards, because 1) I have several friends who work in the business and I want to support them, 2) I want the book in my hands, 3) sometimes scanlations are good, sometimes not-so-good, and sometimes downright awful, so I prefer to buy the legal version if I can. And that's not to say I'm a goody-two-shoes. I freely admit to reading scanlations and then not buying the manga at times (and it's been years since I've read either, actually), but that's usually because I don't like the particular manga once I've tried it.

Re Ecclesiastes: I always think of the quote, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:, etc." which is also part of the lyrics of the song, "Turn, Turn, Turn", which I'm sure you know. It's all very sage and wise (are those the same things?), and generally good advice. Which leads into another rather boring and rambling story, wherein my teenage self tried to tell another girl (a friend, I guess) that "Turn, Turn, Turn" had lyrics that came from the Bible, and she refused to believe me, and when I showed her, she nitpicked and said that every word didn't match the lyrics of the song, so I was totally wrong, etc., because she was totally against anything having to do with religion, and she was really upset that I would say such a thing about one of her favorite songs. *le sigh* It's actually funny that I can remember clearly the details of a conversation that took place 50 years ago, but not one I had last week.

And I guess that's enough for now. *babble, ramble, babble* :D

31st-Aug-2018 04:25 am (UTC)
Yay, thank you! I think our reviews are a lot of fun, so I like to think other people can enjoy them, too, but on the other hand, I am obviously biased.

I'm pretty sure there is a way to be happier, but I haven't had the time to figure it out. I do know of a very wise man who said that when you're really down, it helps to either help someone or make something. If only we didn't think we were so tired all the time, we could get on that...

No worries about sounding like a goody-two-shoes here!

And no worries about ramblings--we love your stories! In fact, the song came up in Sunday school last Sunday when we were learning Ecclesiastes (I've given myself away; I'm only remembering Ecclesiastes because I read it so recently, but Athena and I do tend to remember the "all is vanity" a lot...), but no one could seem to remember who sang the song. (And after reading your comment, I pulled up that chapter, because we were hoping one of the couplets would be along the lines of "a time to work and a time to put down the work and relax for goodness sakes"; we've been dealing with some stress lately (but I think we've got it under control now).)
31st-Aug-2018 02:10 am (UTC)
I'm buying my brother a subscription to Shonen Jump for Christmas to shame him. He came to visit this summer and we got talking about manga series we read. I read Shonen Jump stuff because I can afford a subscription, and that's it really. Big Bro absolutely can afford a subscription (it's $25 for an entire year, and sometimes they have a sale so it's only $20), and he already reads at least two of the titles. But he said, "Yeah, but I like getting things for free."

UGH. UUUUGGGGGGHHHH. I know my brother, my words would not have shamed him enough. Me, the poorest of the siblings, buying this for him? That will shame him the most. ...Aw man! Crap, I should have done it for his birthday a few days ago! Except I don't have the money right now. I will by Christmas, though.
31st-Aug-2018 04:19 am (UTC)
That is awesome.

Also: "I lIkE gEtTinG StUfF fOr FreE" *flips table*

Recently, we have been lamenting the fact that we didn't say to certain artists spreading links to pirated works, "Well, at least I'm sure the people who made the show appreciate the exposure." (We've kind of been waiting for it to come up again now, but it would be better if it doesn't because they stopped pirating.)
31st-Aug-2018 04:35 am (UTC)
I fully agree on the table flip. And the exposure comment is perfect.
31st-Aug-2018 04:19 pm (UTC)
You are welcome to use it if you get the chance! I think it needs to be used with discretion, though, because exposure used to be one of the excuses pirates used: "the series needs exposure so the American companies will know to license it!" That was true in the past, but they're licensing series before they even start these days, so.
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