Alethea & Athena (double_dear) wrote,
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We encountered a very strange phenomenon today. See, we're working on Happy Cafe, right? The series that just about every American manga reviewer has called a "cookie-cutter shoujo..." something. You know, like the pure crystallization of everything shojo manga. So we're working on volume nine (an awesome volume right from the start), and we're translating the chat column thingie, and Matsuzuki-sensei is all excited because she's starting to get letters from her male fans. And then! then! she says she keeps getting told that Happy Cafe is not like regular shōjo manga. Clearly the Japanese expect different things of syouzyo manga than Americans do. We shall need to do some investigating.

In other news... there's not really a lot of other news, except for some speculation about work that probably doesn't belong on LJ. So instead, I'm going to talk about Twitter! First of all, Disney Animation just started a trivia thing where you get points for right answers, and then you can check their Facebook page to see where you rank! We're such suckers for Disney trivia.

Second of all, following multiple manga artists on Twitter can be really fun. Last night, Natsuki Takaya and Ryoco Fukuyama had a funny conversation. (I think it's okay to retell it here, since Twitter isn't exactly private...) There was an earthquake around lunchtime yesterday (or I guess it was today, considering time zones, but it was lunchtime in Japan), and all the Japanese people we're following tweeted about it (including a couple of people who said "I didn't notice it; I was on the train."), and Fukuyama-sensei tweeted, "Am I the only one craving pancakes right now?"

After that the craving grew and grew, probably because she had a bunch of fans tweeting, "I want pancakes, too!" and some other people tweeting, "I wanted some, too, so I made some and ate them." So she got kind of whiny about it, and even tweeted in English "NO HOTCAKE NO LIFE."

It was about at that point that Natsuki Takaya tweeted at her, "If you're so obsessed with pancakes, you should just marry them! Just marry them!" And Fukuyama-sensei was like, "Oh! Good idea!" Then she was like, "If I took his name, then I would be Hotcake Ryoco. That's kind of long (ホットケーキリョウコ." And Takaya-sensei was like, "Yeah, but it's kind of cool..."

And we were like, XD

Today I'm thankful for getting to follow funny people on Twitter, the very tasty bag of pita chips we just ate, Disney trivia hosted by Disney, intriguing mysteries about shôjo manga, and fun with romanizations.
Tags: happy cafe, manga, pancakes, twitter

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