December 31st, 2015


Year in review: 2015

Wow, it's like New Year's Eve. How did that happen? Here I was, minding my own business, and bam! New year tomorrow. Athena says she remembers it being the middle of February and she was thinking, "Wow, look at all the work we've done this year! We're so busy!" (we went and found the post we wrote about it! Check it out!), and now suddenly it's December 31st! Whoa!

And since we've maintained that level of busyness for the whole rest of the year (except for a couple of blessed times when we were able to take some time off), we thought we'd do a count of how much work we've done! Tadah! We translated approximately sixty-five volumes of manga over the course of the year!

I actually thought it might be more, because I keep wanting to not factor Disneyland time because I feel like people will be all, "Please, you weren't working! You had plenty of time to decompress!" And then I say, "Going to Disneyland does not equal decompressing." And I leave it at that because I seriously need to just let it go, and then I pad the impressiveness of all the work we got done by reminding everyone that we also worked on a video game that didn't get released (isn't it so convenient that I can just "make up" video games that we worked on and then say they just got put on hiatus and that's why I have nothing to show for it? well, I will remind everyone that Type-0 did eventually get a US release (does it have our names in the credits to prove we worked on it? no idea)), and a much shorter game that really did get released (Deception IV), a fact which continues to astound us to this very day. And we did a bunch of little contract translations here and there.

But now it's time for the obligatory "year in review meme". Longtime readers will remember that the one we always do is the one where you copy and paste the first sentence of the first post from each month of the year. Only I'm going to do the first paragraph or two, because I have an ego and like to read our old posts (the paragraphs are mostly short, if that helps). Collapse )

We're kind of astounded at how similar all the posts are. Hopefully there was enough variation in them to prevent people who were reading over the year from being like, "Oh man, not this again!" But it's definitely an accurate recap of the year: work work work Disneyland work Japan...?

But despite all the work and less-than-restful trips to Disneyland, I think it's been a pretty good year. We started work on a bunch of new series, we got plenty of shiny nail wraps to decorate our fingernails for the first time since, like, elementary school (speaking of which, our Jamberry consultant is having a Facebook party for her "Jam-iversary" for the next few days, so if anybody wants to take part in it (you could win a door prize, which I imagine is a free set of nail wraps), let us know and we'll invite you!), and wow! we won a translation contest! That's pretty big news. And best of all, we finally got the motivation we needed to go to Japan again.

So while it feels like this year was a lot of the same old stuff happening over and over again, I definitely feel like we've been making progress, and I really look forward to what 2016 has in store!

This year I'm thankful for earning enough money that we can go to Japan and buy souvenirs, getting to meet and talk to lots of people at Anime Expo, discovering the joy of pretty fingernails, getting to work on a lot of great manga as usual, and managing to find some time off when we really needed it.