Changing the subject entirely, it's time to go on with our commemorative multi-part series!
As I mentioned in the Elemental Gelade entry, Nosatsu Junkie seemed like kind of a peace offering so that we wouldn't be too annoyed about doing Elemental Gelade. It's kind of ironic, too, because, as Athena puts it, if we had to decide which series is cuter, we might have to go with Elemental Gelade, because eventually it would just come down to art style. And how much the main guy doesn't beat up on the main girl. But Nosatsu Junkie does have more "aww!" moments.
We actually didn't research Nosatsu Junkie at all before taking it on, which is a little surprising. Maybe we just couldn't find anything so we decided to trust Hana to Yume. And Hana to Yume came through, as always! Nosatsu Junkie is hilarious and adorable, even if the art style is a little more stylized than Elemental Gelade. But we can't show it to people like Steve, because he'd take it far too seriously and be appalled and horrified. There's a lot of slapstick/cartoon humor, which is hilarious, but is most often the main guy being a demon to the main girl. Now I'm afraid I'm scaring people off. But it's really not that bad--you'll just have to check it out for yourselves. You know, if you happen to be somewhere that sells it.
I actually sort of get the feeling that Nosatsu Junkie is TokyoPop's consolation for not getting Host Club, because I kind of get the feeling the two were licensed around the same time. But considering the fact that like a million more English volumes of Host Club have been printed than Nosatsu Junkie, I could be way off on that. Still, Nosatsu Junkie isn't a bad consolation. It's one of our favorites!
We so wanted the main guy to be played by Akira Ishida, because we know he could have pulled it off, and very very well. But alas, in the CD drama he's played by Junko Minagawa. She kind of got on our nerves for a while because everytime there was a cute boy, he ended up being played by her and we're like, "Aw, man, a girl?" We're like Hikaru and Kaoru in that respect. But Ishida-san played the evil photographer, who's like the main guy only older (and, you know, the villain), and has the same birthday and bloodtype as Hakkai, so it was destiny. Actually, the guy who used to be our awesome home teacher is an evil photographer. But he's more the pranskter type than the evil mastermind type. And now I'm rambling.
How can I choose a favorite character in this series!? They're all so awesome! I even like the girls. Though of course I like the boys better. I'm biased like that. For good guys, I think Chihiro is the best. He started out being evil, but for some reason he's not anymore. I guess it just depends on who else is around. We were a little surprised when Ryoko Fukuyama (the artist) said he was the sensible one, but then it turned out he really is, and it was pretty weird. He looks really sexy with his hair tied back.
Of course Ikue gets a lot of credit, because he's a villain played by Ishida-san. But we liked him before that. He's obsessed with strawberries, which is just highly amusing for some reason. And he's at least as bad as Legato in that he's constantly munching on something.
One of the many highlights of Nosatsu Junkie is the Afro Festival at the end of each volume. Fukuyama-sensei will choose a scene and redo it with everyone in afros. Then there are testimonials like, "It cured my acne!" But the best extra is when she does "What if the three main guys were brothers?" Sadly, that doesn't start until volume 4, and volume 3 doesn't even come out until August.
On the translation difficulty scale, I'd give it an eight. The first volume was especially hard because it is super packed with text. That's the problem with Hana to Yume comics. It seems it takes Hakusensha authors some time before they stop cramming as much text as possible into every page. I wonder if that's because they don't know how long the series will be allowed to go on. Also, since the series is about modeling, there's a lot of lingo that we kept getting stuck on because we weren't used to it. That's why we decided we need to watch America's Next Top Model. I'm not sure if it really helped, though, because once we started watching it, they seemed more into character relationships than modeling. Alas.
Well, that's all for Nosatsu Junkie. It might seem a little confusing. Eheh.
Today I'm thankful for kitties posing for adorable pictures, getting to buy groceries yesterday, getting to have a Saiyuki Reload marathon, getting to translate Nosatsu Junkie, and mildly evil strawberry-obsessed photographers.