In the meantime, it's time to reminisce about manga some more!
I don't know why I insist on leaving the title in all caps for +ANIMA when there are so many other things that I don't. Maybe I want it to get people's attention because I like it so much.
Anyway, almost two years ago now we got an e-mail from our boss at TokyoPop saying that she would be leaving the company. This made us very sad because we liked our first boss at TokyoPop, but we respected her decision. It's not like we could have done anything to change it, anyway. She would be staying long enough to train her replacement. And so while she was training her replacement, we got an e-mail from said replacement (for this entry we'll call her "new boss") offering us the series +ANIMA to work on. We kind of got the feeling it may have been new boss's first e-mail offering a new series to a translator, but we have absolutely no proof on that. It would have been neat if it was, though.
We'd never heard of +ANIMA before, but from the description it sounded pretty neat, and, after a tiny bit of research said we'd love to do it. I think that's how we got our reputation of liking cutesy titles, but since +ANIMA is our new favorite series, I guess it's hard to deny it. The problem is, now that it seems to be an established fact that we do like cutesy serieses, it's hard to convince people that the titles we like have substance, and +ANIMA is no exception. The characters are young (and therefore adorable), but they're awesome, and they have pretty dark pasts for being so little. Poor kids. (Or so we assume in Husky and Cooro's case, since we haven't gotten to their backstories yet. But based on how things work in the series, they kind of have to have dark pasts, we think.)
And so we got off to a good start with new boss, even though the idea that we like cute serieses seems to have stuck pretty fast, to the point that we're concerned that new new boss may be holding some stuff back from us because it's not cute. But we did get the Shiny New Thing, so we can't really complain. And we like new new boss, too.
Back to +ANIMA! In case I haven't made it abundantly clear already (by which I meant "in previous posts where we talked about +ANIMA"), our favorite character is very much Husky. Just the way he deals with everything. And of course, being a merman (we tend to refer to him as "fish boy") helps. I remember being worried that he was a girl, because we saw him on the covers of volumes 1 and 2, and we weren't sure if he was a boy or a girl, but he looked more like a boy (we hoped), and that would have been so cute, but for some reason it wouldn't have been if he was a girl. I'm not sure if that's because we're sexist or what.
(Husky is also why we broke our rule to never listen to Disney music while working. There was a story arc that was just so much like The Little Mermaid that we couldn't not listen to it. Athena reminds me that we may or may not have considered getting the Brother Bear soundtrack for Senri.)
Senri is our next favorite, and, incidentally, the one who gets the most comments of, "Oh, he's so cute!" from us. (With Husky, it's more of an, "Yeeee hee hee!" type reaction, which doesn't quite seem to come across in type.) Cooro and Nana are tied for third, and though we don't like them as much as Husky and Senri, we just love them to bits. I love how Cooro seems so much smarter than he acts. He's a lot like Zidane in that respect.
On the translation difficulty scale, +ANIMA gets a... 2.5. Or a 3. Sometimes it's super easy, but last time it wasn't so much with the super. I think it's that darn exposition. Blah blah slave laws blah blah blah.
Oh my goodness, +ANIMA. I want to go back and read it again! It's exactly the kind of thing we love--a little fantasy, a lot of heart. The characters are all really great, and they play off of each other really well. I kind of wish we could retranslate it, too, because I feel like +ANIMA was kind of right before we started getting really good as translators. On the other hand, there's not really any proof that we're that much better now, so.
Of course by now we've gone all the way through to the end, and Husky's backstory did not disappoint us. We really wanted to cosplay the series, too, but we never managed to find the material we wanted. It's just as well, because probably very few people would have recognized the costumes. I'm not sure I have a whole lot of coherent thoughts on this series, but oh man, it's so great. I really like to see characters who manage to stay upbeat despite their hardships.
Oh right, summary! It's about kids with animal powers. Tadah! But the sad twist is that they get the animal powers from the spirits of the animals who are around them when their lives are in danger. So you can probably guess that Husky got his powers when he almost drowned. Nana got her bat powers when she was chased into the woods by her abusive stepfather and his ax. So you can see it has some pretty serious elements, but the characters still manage to be lighthearted and care about each other and others.
Ah, that's a happy series to remember. And I almost forgot to mention the cute little filler pictures with their not-quite-correct English captions. I don't know if those got fixed for the final English version, but man they were adorable. The one we remember best was of Husky's mother, and the caption was, "She is an ice queen?" But I seem to remember that some of the ones with Cooro were the cutest.
Today I'm thankful for getting to remember +ANIMA, having our shiny new video game, managing to get some work done, getting a bunch of shiny assist cards in Kingdom Hearts [chi], and probably having time to play our shiny new video game (despite distracting ourselves with Kingdom Hearts browser games).