St. Lunatic High School
Our first encounter went something like this:
"Oh! Here's a package from UPS (or was it FedEx? we're pretty sure it was UPS)! The Hiyokoya books are finally here!" We start taking books out of the package. "Here's Hiyokoya 1, 2, 3... this isn't Hiyokoya..."
We were afraid it had been sent to us by mistake, but it looked awful cute, and we were struggling so bad for work that we really hoped it wasn't. Later we got a work order for it, so it was all good. Athena also remembers that apparently we have the Asuka magazine that has the first chapter of it, and says she thinks she even pulled it out and looked at it, but I have no memory of those events. Doesn't mean they didn't happen, of course.
This series was scary in that it was eerily close to home. The main character is a girl who's so poor she and her brother were constantly running away from apartments in the night because they couldn't afford rent. Other than that there weren't a whole lot of similarities, though, but it's still really cute. Except for, you know, all the monsters running around. They're more Halloween special type monsters than horror movie monsters, but I do think Majico! did a great job giving the main guy wings that would make him scary instead of adding to his prettiness. (Incidentally, Majico! also did the manga for Code Geass.)
It was kind of hard to deal with at first, because it was just the main character by herself, and we need character interaction to make translating easy. I think it was the chairman of the school that came and fixed that for us. So I think on the translation difficulty scale, this one gets maybe a seven? I don't remember; it's only two books. But it was a lot harder to get into the swing of it than something like +ANIMA, or even Hiyokoya (Pick of the Litter).
Favorite characters... hmm... The chairman, of course is pretty fun but he's the kind of irresponsible that makes me want to beat him up, so Eden wins by a landslide! Woohoo! And of course, we always like the main guy, so Ren gets points, too. Athena just pointed out that we translate at least three titles with characters named Ren. And here we thought Kyo and Kaoru were common names. Then again, Lagoon Engine has three Kyos, so with Fruits Basket that makes four, so I guess Kyo wins. Lagoon Engine also has a Kaoru, so now we're wondering if there's a Ren, too. Volume six comes out... soon if it hasn't already. Hm.
St. Lunatic High School is interesting to me in that I barely remember it happening at all. That whole story at the beginning of this entry might as well be about somebody else. In fact, the summary of the series that I posted here has more about it than I remember about it. We each remembered one other thing about it, making two things total. Athena remembers the chikuwa, which we were only able to understand vaguely at the time--after reading the Host Club manga, we have a much better idea of what it is. Unless I'm wrong. It's like a sausage made with fish, right?
The thing I remember was that the main girl (whose name I don't remember) had a side job making fake flowers. I also seem to have vague memories of a bunny suit...? I might be thinking of something else. As for this Eden person who was supposedly our favorite character, I have no clue. I do remember Ren and his wings, though.
In an interesting coincidence, St. Lunatic High School came up as one of the random retro reviews that Anime News Network will occasionally feature. I don't quite understand why they do that, because I thought reviews were to help people decide whether or not to buy something, and I don't think many people will be able to buy this manga anymore. The review was pretty common Anime News Network in that is was negative, and even though we barely remember a single thing from the series, we disagreed with the reviewer's assessment of it. Something about how all the jokes center on the main girl being super poor and it getting tiresome. Maybe it did get tiresome, but I would think it's not because of the class gap so much as the "ew monsters are scary" theme that may or may not have been repeated tediously. On the other hand, we don't know how the adaptation writer dealt with it, so maybe the jokes were changed to be more about differing social classes.
...The more I think about it, the more faint shadows of memory come into my mind. I seem to remember a human rich girl...
Did I forget to mention in that summary from before that her brother finally manages to land a steady job as a teacher at a super rich high school? The twist of course is that he teaches the night class, which is where all the monsters attend. And since this is her only chance to attend high school, the main girl has to go to the night class, too, and she's constantly freaked out by all the monsters around her. Ren is the one other person in her class who looks human, but he has wings that are pretty creepy looking. I may or may not remember them having the same type of relationship as Naka and Umi in Nosatsu Junkie.
Today I'm thankful for having new ice cream to try, finally getting to try maple Life cereal, having a chronological list of all the titles we worked on since the end of this current list, having plans to hang out with Sarah tonight, and the super hilarious witnesses in the case we're currently playing in Ace Attorney.