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A.I.C.O. Incarnation volume 2

You guys! ...I was going to start a thing, but then I said "you guys," and it reminded me about an article we read earlier today suggesting we phase out "you guys" in favor of "y'all," and I get where they're coming from, but since I listen to the words in my head when I read them, I really feel like "y'all" does not have the same tone as "you guys," and sometimes I need the "you guys" tone. If I had started out this post by shouting, "Y'all!" or even, "Hey, y'all!" it really just wouldn't be the same. I am in favor of not erasing femininity by lumping women in with men, but...I don't know. I guess I'm open to suggestions, but I don't think "y'all" is the right fit.

Aaaanyway. You guys. It's Review Rednesday, and the next thing on the list is A.I.C.O. Incarnation volume two! And the thing is...we haven't written one! So we're thinking we'll write one right now! But thanks to some online chatting, we're up late, so it might be short. It was probably going to be short anyway, just because we're always eager to move on to bedtime, but...anyway, we'll just see how this goes. Spoilers ahead!

We never posted a review for volume one, I'm remembering, because when we translated it, we weren't sure if it was going to be a simulpub or what. When we translate something by chapters, we kind of lose track of it. Then the volume was released, and we were like, "Oh hey, there it is." The reviews were not kind, which may have something to do with the fact that we didn't hear about further volumes until like a year later.

When we were first assigned the series, it was riiiight about exactly the time the anime hit Netflix, and I seem to remember we just barely had time to watch the whole thing before we finished the fourth chapter. The editor was able to watch it right away, and we think that's why there seemed to be such a long list of changes. It hit on a Sunday, so we didn't argue any of it, but I do wonder if we should have said something about the refusal to use "artificial creatures" to refer to the artificial lifeforms. The editor wanted to match the subtitles, which is fair, but the subtitles were wrong. I mean, it's probably a good idea to use "lifeforms" sometimes, but you HAVE to use "creatures" sometimes, too, because that's what the Control Agency for Artificial Creatures is named for. And you can't change that, because it's in the artwork (in the manga and the anime).

Anyway. By the time we started volume two, it had been about a million years since we'd seen the anime, so we decided to watch it again! ...But we were too tired to rewatch a series we weren't obsessed with like Miraculous, so it put us to sleep! We're sorry, series! We really liked watching you the first time!

Anyway. This volume was mostly just the team making their way through the Area, and Aiko got her little Gummi creature, which, if you think about it, she kind of stole from...oh wait, that's not until volume three. I'm sorry, I really don't remember much. This series tends to immediately become a blur. I mostly just remember the main plot points, and you don't really get those until the next volume.

There's the thing about the Guillotine Shutter, which is kind of cool, I guess. And how Aiko is being very brave so she can save her family, and how Kazuki is a spoiled little rich boy and Kaede has no family. And Yuya is Yuya. I don't even know with that guy. I remember liking him pretty well the first time through. He was good-looking and had a nice voice...but really it was just that he was the leading male. The second time through, I think he's just a typical smart guy.

So...yeah. I don't think we have a whole lot to say about this book. It was nice and easy to translate sometimes when it got really actiony, and really hard sometimes when it got all sciencey. But it usually balanced out to not take up too much time, which was helpful, because we were crunched as usual. And there you have it.

Tadah! Sorry about this review. This is why we need to write them soon after translating. Also, we were distracted while we wrote it, so that didn't help.

But anyway, we have two releases this week! The first is the one you just read a review of, A.I.C.O. Incarnation volume 2! And the second is In/Spectre volume 10! Woohoo! Two series with non-alphanumeric characters in the titles!

So tune in next week, for our review of In/Spectre 10!

Today I'm thankful for my arm not still hurting from Ring Fit Adventure (I'm a little worried that I might damage it...), getting to have more chocolate pie, getting to translate a cute little series like AICO, getting to watch the Heroes' Day episodes of Miraculous again, Page being concerned about our health (we're up way too late), and it being almost time to go to sleep.
Tags: aico, reviews

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