Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.
What do we have to say about Japanese? We first got interested in learning Japanese when Sailor Moon got to the end of its first American run. This is way back before Cartoon Network got it, like in '95. They did crazy things with that run. After they defeated Queen Beryl, they skipped right to the Negamoon (as it was called in the dub) arc, but in the middle of that, right before they had officially defeated Rubeus, they went back to the Doom Tree arc, and then right into reruns! It was like, "Bwah!?" We had to know what was going on! And we found out that the best way to do that would be to watch the episodes in Japanese. But we didn't really get serious about learning Japanese until Fushigi Yuugi came along and we got serious about reading the manga and the novels, which actually aren't all that great, but they went a long way as far as helping us get used to the language.
It's kind of funny thinking back on it, because in elementary school, we never ever would have dreamed that we would be so obsessed with Japan, of all places (even though, unbeknownst to us, we were already into anime through Mysterious Cities of Gold and other things on Nick, Jr.). But once we got to college, it was the main thing we really felt we were any good at, and it was fascinating fitting all the words together in one language and the other, like putting together a puzzle. We had ideas of maybe being voice actresses in Japan. There's a Japanese voice actor (Takeshi Kusao: Kougaiji in Saiyuki, Trunks in DBZ, Saionji in Utena) who said that he didn't know what he wanted to do as a career, and then he found out about voice acting, which is basically just talking, and he was like, "Well, heck, even I can just talk." When we read that, it kind of encouraged us, because as long as we learned Japanese, we could just talk in Japanese, too. We didn't realize how scary actually going to Japan would be for us; we're still working on that.
Pink! It always reminds us of the anime series "I'm Gonna Be an Angel!" because the main girl suggests that the main guy (whom she has decided to be her husband) come to her room to cheer up, because it's big and comfy and pink, and then she sings a little about how it's pink.
Athena says she thinks her affinity for the color pink started when she was wearing a big pink sweatshirt and one of her teachers told her she looks good in pink. Then she wanted a pink GameBoy Advance, partially because it really was the best color available at the time, and partially because it was fun to see how chibidrunksanzo reacted at the suggestion of girly video game colors. (We also enjoyed taunting her with stories of how Athena had a ninja in Final Fantasy Tactics and turned him into a bard. (Because ninjas are cool and bards are the opposite.)) My affinity for pink started way back when we were tiny and color-coded. Athena was blue and I was pink. I think that kids, especially little kids, really do like it when their parents give them stuff, and pink was the color they gave me. So whenever I had a favorite anything, it was because it was pink. My favorite animals were pigs and flamingos, and my favorite Muppet was Miss Piggy. And wow, that goes back a long time, because I seem to remember tigers being my favorite animal by age four.
Then we made our LJ pink, because it was nice and friendly and cheerful. We made it green for a while because we wanted a change, but then we wanted a change again, and pink made us happy. It's been pink for a looooooong time now, and we've thought about changing it, but there's so much deciding involved, and we have other things to do.
Awww! I kind of feel awkward talking about this, because I don't feel like we have the right to talk about our own good qualities. We learned generosity from both of our parents, we think, but mostly Dad. And also, of course, from chapter 4 of Mosiah, which talks about how nothing you "own" is really yours and you shouldn't hesitate to give it away to help people. We do tend to be a little (or a lot) selfish sometimes, though. We're very possessive of things and don't like to lend them out. But we wouldn't have any trouble buying someone the same thing. That way they could enjoy it, and we wouldn't have to share.
The main reason I think we tend to be generous is that we really love certain things, and we want other people to have the opportunity to love them, too. That's why we're always happy to buy manga for people or even pay people's admission to Disneyland if we feel like we can afford it. Unfortunately, we're not made of money, so we can't do it all the time, but if somebody takes us to the movies and we get to the counter first, they usually won't get to pay for their own ticket. But it's just money, you know? Athena says, and I agree, that she feels like giving people things is the least we can do to serve others.
I Hate You More Than Anyone
Yay! Despite the weird title, this is an awesome thing to be associated with! It's the first series we translated for CMX, and thus it is how we became acquainted with their knack for choosing really good manga. It's also the first series we read by Banri Hidaka, who is now one of our favorite manga artists. And since we started translating it at a time when we really needed more work, you could also say it saved our lives!
But actually, the first time we heard about it was when we were translating Fruits Basket. In one of the side column thingies, Natsuki Takaya mentioned meeting Banri Hidaka, and was bragging and stuff and even commented to herself that someone was going to hit her. At the time, we were smart enough to Google the kanji so we'd know what the right name was, but unfortunately, when we came across it again in a later volume, we got it wrong. But when we realized it was the same person later, we were like, "Whoa, it's like destiny!"
But anyway. It's a great story with great characters and cute romance that's not sickeningly sweet. And Banri Hidaka has just the kind of silliness in her gags that we really love. I just wish I could express my love for this series better, alas. But it does seem to sneak its way into our Manga Life columns a lot lately...
Disneyland! I think it would be difficult for anyone not to associate us with Disneyland. Any day with... well almost any weather, really, except for snow, because it never snowed when we were at Disneyland... So whenever the weather reminded us of Disneyland (which was frequent), we would say, "You know what today's a good day for? Disneyland." I think it exasperated a lot of people. But that's just how much we love it. We love going on the rides, of course, but more than anything, we just like being there. The only problem is that it costs so much to get there that if we're not doing anything while we're there, we start freaking out and worrying if we're wasting money or time. That's why we think it would be a good idea to move to Orange County; we'd be close enough that we could just spend an afternoon or morning there when we have free time, and we'd have annual passes, so it wouldn't cost anything extra. And then we could have people visit our house when they wanted to go to Disneyland so they wouldn't have to pay for a hotel. It would be fun to work there, too (and then we could get six people in free, if we both worked there), but we like our translating job too much. If we could figure out how to start translating for Disney, though, then we'd be in business. We have some plots in the works.
Today I'm thankful for being associated with things that are nice, Kieli proofreading going smoothly, those very yummy Cheez-its we had for snack time (some days, they are yummier than others), getting to watch Castle last night, and getting this weeks column done.