August 29th, 2015


Stray Stories

Those of you who are following the news out of Waku Waku NYC (a convention we didn't even know existed until Kodansha USA mentioned it on Facebook yesterday) may have figured out that the Edit of Doom that had us so scared last week was Noragami Stray Stories. Tadah! We weren't really that scared; we just happen to know that Noragami edits are usually much harder than translating it the first time. So many things to look up...

But anyway, we're super excited that they announced it, because it was super fun to work on! We complain about all the research, but only because it's time-consuming, and time isn't exactly something we have in abundance lately. But we learn a lot of really cool stuff! Just the cover is jam-packed with fascinating cultural elements...and now I'm afraid to talk about it because I don't know if it's Orientalist.

But I'm going to anyway! But not much, because I don't want to give it all away, for goodness' sake. It was just extra neat, because we did a bunch of research on the stuff that shows up on the cover to Noragami Stray Stories, and then we were able to take that knowledge and apply it to some stuff in Your Lie in April, because they went to a festival, so we could look at things that we didn't know before (and never looked up because they weren't integral to the story) and say to ourselves, "I know what that is now!" And this is more an overall Noragami thing than a Stray Stories thing, but we were also able to identify the shrine as one dedicated to Tenjin. Learning stuff is so much fun!

Anyway, back to Stray Stories. When they reported the announcement on Tumblr, they said it was full of "more light-hearted stories", as if to say that the series itself was so very serious. ...Only it actually kinda is, and when we stopped to think about it, we were like, "Yeah, the main story can get pretty dark." The truly amusing part of that description is not how it compares to the main series, but the fact that "more light-hearted" is a huge understatement. The stories in Stray Stories are completely ridiculous. It's know the four-panel comics at the end? Imagine those in short story format. But I can't tell you any more than that, because I want you to read it, and I want it to be a surprise! ...Oh, but now I'm thinking about it and I can't stop smiling. It's so great.

Today I'm thankful for having a good time at the ward party last night, the super delicious orange cake somebody brought, Kodansha announcing Stray Stories (we didn't decide on the title translation, but it fits perfectly, in a happy translation coincidence kind of way, so it makes us happy), getting to work on Stray Stories, and getting to learn new things.