March 6th, 2014

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Contrast

We made today a half day for work, mostly because we wanted to. We have a Relief Society activity tonight at six, so we wanted more time for video games. Fortunately our schedule is a little light right now, so we can afford to do that.

We've been working on Say I Love You., and it's still driving us a little crazy with all the promiscuity. I know a lot of people think that saving yourself for marriage is an old-fashioned thing to do, but I don't like having that concept shoved in my face. (To be fair, at least Mei wants to wait until she and Yamato have made enough progress in their relationship.)

But when the series is about other activities, we tend to really like it. The main thing that amuses me is that the theme song for the anime is a Ritsuko Okazaki song called "Friendship," which has led to two things that amuse the two of us, and possibly will not really amuse anyone else, but I'm going to talk about them anyway.

First, when we watched the anime, we recognized the song right away, because we listened to it while we were working on Love Hina. I'm not sure if Okazaki-san wrote the song for Love Hina, or it just got used in Love Hina with a bunch of other songs she wrote, but considering the contrasting reactions to Love Hina and Say I Love You from the same types of people...we smirk that the same song was used for both series.

Second, because Say I Love You's theme song was written by Ritsuko Okazaki, we thought it would be a good idea to listen to more of her music while translating the series (because we only have one Say I Love You CD). So we were listening to our Fruits Basket CD, and we got to this scene where they were telling the moral of the chapter, which is you need to learn to love yourself. That message plus music from Fruits Basket (the series that scoffs at the trite advice of "you have to love yourself before others can love you") provided an amusing contrast.

Still, I don't think the message in Say I Love You was necessarily contradicting the one in Fruits Basket. In Fruits Basket, they're pointing out that sometimes there's more to the problem than whether or not you love yourself. In Say I Love You, the characters tend to actively shut themselves off from other people, without as much provocation as what Kisa went through. Both are important--you have to be able to look at yourself and acknowledge your good qualities, but it's also true that a basic human need is love from outside sources. The tricky thing is that it's pretty much impossible to get one without the other.

Today I'm thankful for being able to stop work early for the day, the edit on the lexiconny thing not taking nearly as much time as the translation, excuses to listen to Ritsuko Okazaki, our package making it to the right address, and getting to go to an activity tonight.