December 22nd, 2015



Well, we finally got to the next chapter of Fruits Basket Another, but it's hard to be motivated for two reasons. ...Okay, three reasons. The first is we're too tired to deal with anything. The second is kind of a motivator and anti-motivator at the same time, and that's that it has been brought to our attention that there are scanslations out there, so on the one hand, it's like, "Okay, we better beat them to it!" but then we're too tired to deal with anything (and very busy) so we can't get to it until a few days later, so we figure the scanslators already have it out and we figure what's the point of anything anymore.

The third is that we weren't assigned to translate the re-release, which doesn't really affect our motivation to translate so much as it affects how much we care about quality. It's just a bunch of, "Whatever, who even cares anymore? It's not like it's our job." But we enjoy the series and we want to share it, so we'll keep doing our thing. And for clarification, we're really not upset about that anymore, but as stated above, it does affect our motivation, especially when we've been so busy and tired.

Anyway, we will be posting our translation shortly after posting this. Tadah! (<--premature)

In other news, we did get to try the hazelnut (chilled) cocoa last night and the verdict is! ...a little disappointing. It tasted kind of weak, is what I'm saying. We suspect they used cocoa mix with water, or skim milk at best, and then managed to trick most people into thinking it was made with real milk by adding that creamer. It tasted buttery, but weak. Next time we have it, we'll be adding more of our own cocoa mix.

And in other mildly interesting topics, our friend Kyoya was thinking about what kind of things we could do when we go to Japan, I guess, because he asked if we'd be okay going to a hot spring. This kind of took us off guard, because even though we'd seen hot springs all over the place in anime, and even though I'm pretty sure we've seen beautiful pictures of the kind of scenery you can get at a hot spring via Kyoya's own Facebook, we'd never really thought of them as real things that people do. Ultimately, we decided the hurdle was too high.

We did have a classmate in college who had done an internship with a Japanese company, and they went to hot springs on company trips regularly, I guess, and he said he got used to it. And so I think about the cultural differences involved, and I think, "That's interesting," enough to bring it up here, and that's the end of my thoughts on the matter. Oh well.

Today I'm thankful for finishing work early today, getting to read the latest installment of Fruits Basket Another, the thought of onsen monkeys in a hot spring surrounded by snow, getting to snack on cheddar 'n' caramel popcorn, and having some fancy pasta to try tonight.