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17th-Oct-2014 05:44 pm
For the first time this week, we had a normal workday! Woohoo! ...And tomorrow is the weekend. Oh well.

Anyway, we're going to finish up translating those sketches from Banri Hidaka, but first, we want to say that our personal preference for abbreviating the title Tenshi 1/2 Houteishiki is "Tenshi 1/2 (pronounced "Tenshi One-Half")." We know of a few too many things that start with Tenshi, and Tenshi 1/2 just has a nicer rhythm to it.

Moving on, there are only two bonus manga blog entries left, unless Hidaka-sensei draws up some more, but for now, we have the tale of the Honjo school lunches. Part one.
Senko: So, Toru. Kazuha's started making character lunches for her kids. (Wanna see a picture?)
Honjo: If you had a character lunch, Michiru, what would you want?
Senko: Hey, I'm not done talking.
Michiru: Jojo.
Hidaka: I like Part 4.

Honjos: Jo...?

And on to part two.
Senko: Toru, Toru. Which one was Michiru's favorite character?
Toru: It might be "Stands."
Senko: She prefers Stands!?
Books: Jojo
Hidaka: Once they started reading, they couldn't stop.

Michiru: I love Rohan Kishibe-sensei. The way he paints black areas in his manga is the best.
Book: Jojo

And thus concludes the manga that can only barely be understood if you're not familiar with another manga. Ah, ha, ha.

Today I'm thankful for having plans to sleep in tomorrow, making good progress on work today, plans to have pizza for dinner tonight, Page rediscovering her cat bed, and getting to listen to Bamboo Scramble today.
17th-Oct-2014 10:43 pm (UTC)
I've taken note of your Tenshi 1/2 abbreviation preference. It's true that just "tenshi" isn't very specific...

Hahaha. I have a very little familiarity with the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series(es), but enough to get the gist of the humour here anyway. Thanks again for translating all these for the benefit of the local Akiyoshi Family fanclub!!

And I read Tenshi 1/2 last night! (I was up 4:30am.) Now I (think I) understand the title's meaning! (...did she explain it before? if so I missed it.) You were right, I did enjoy the volume very much, even though it took till the very very end of the book to get to what I was waiting for (it's good that you said something, or else I might have just given up and finished it later). But at least it only took 5 volumes and not like 8 or 9. Now I'm sure everything will just be happy sunshine and rainbows forever, right?!
18th-Oct-2014 07:09 pm (UTC)
Our familiarity with Jojo is limited to the two episodes of the anime we watched. We were going through a "must watch more anime!" phase, and we remembered Ken Akamatsu saying it was one of the only things he's watching these days, and then we thought, "There's no telling which of our favorite voice actors are in it!" So we watched it...and none of our favorites were in the first two episodes and it was pretty violent, so we let ourselves get distracted with other things. But the voice of Jojo was (I think) Nobunaga's attendant guy in Nobunaga Concerto.

Yay, Tenshi 1/2! It's much better now that it's not all Yuiko being all insecure about everything. I mean, I understand being insecure, but it does get trying when that's the only thing going on. I think the title was explained in volume one, but that was a long time ago, so I couldn't say for sure. It might have been two. Anyway, we're glad you liked it! But of course if it's just sunshine and rainbows forever, that won't make for a very interesting story.
18th-Oct-2014 07:24 pm (UTC)
Ahaha, you know I'm a fan of sunshine-and-rainbow storytelling :) But I don't necessarily expect to get that from this series (there are others filling that niche for me, so it's okay)! Just as long as the dramatic conflicts don't get too drawn out. Also, I was thinking I really liked the artwork in this volume. I haven't sat down to compare it to earlier ones so I can't say what changed or if it was just my imagination, but around the end of VBR there was something that kind of put me off... maybe it was related to her reasons for moving to a less-frequent serialization these days. Maybe it's just that Mana is so sparkly and beautiful :D
19th-Oct-2014 06:49 pm (UTC)
We don't mind long drawn-out dramatic conflicts, just as long as they're still interesting and not caused by characters constantly making bad decisions and/or being wishy-washy. I think Skip Beat! is a good example--dramatic stuff goes on fooooorever, but it's all still very entertaining.

We think all manga artists go through a phase in their art where all their fans go, "Why?" Okay, maybe not all their fans, but us at least. I know Hidaka-sensei's reason for a slower serialization is that she was so overworked she had an ulcer, but I don't know if that would affect her art style for a prolonged amount of time. Our theory is that she decided to tweak things, and then it took a while for her to grow into her new style.
19th-Oct-2014 10:55 pm (UTC)
Yessssss, Skip Beat! is one of the very best examples of extremely drawn-out drama that is nevertheless totally addictive and not exasperating. I'm continually mystified how she does it. (it helps that Kyoko has so many issues she legitimately needs to work through, and it's so satisfying to see her grow as an actress and a person.)

My thought was that overworked+not feeling well meant less time/energy for Hidaka-sensei to spend on perfecting every single drawing/panel (I thought there was more recycling the same artwork for extended reactions, less detail in the drawings/bg, etc). It did seem like there was an intentional shift in style during VBR's run too though, so your theory about it taking time for the new style to settle in makes sense as well.
20th-Oct-2014 01:20 am (UTC)
I think the secret is in how much all the characters care about each other. There's a lot of love going around, and I think the reader can't help but feel that love, too. I haven't really sat down to analyze it, but I'm starting to think that the stuff I find really boring is the stuff where there's not much indication of the characters caring about anybody but themselves. On the other hand, there was a lot of caring about each other going on in The African Queen, and that movie wasn't really interesting, either. Maybe that's because there were only two characters and a lot of stunning visuals. And it was a suspension-bridge romance, so who can really say how long it would last.

...But coming back from our little ramble, we've experienced two other artists whose art style took a kind of "meh" turn, so by the time it happened with Banri Hidaka, we figured it was just a thing.
17th-Oct-2014 11:04 pm (UTC)
"Tenshi 1/2"
Sounds good.
Ha, the Honjo family. Michiru is cute :) little Senko. Since when does Honjo wear glasses?
18th-Oct-2014 10:39 am (UTC)
I think he wore them once or twice in I Hate You♥, while lazing around the house and such? :) (or maybe it was only in Oki ni mesu mama?. I know it's happened before.)
18th-Oct-2014 07:14 pm (UTC)
We're pretty sure the theory about him wearing glasses since I Hate You♥ is correct, but unless we had some idea of which scenes he wore them in and where those scenes are in the series, it would be very difficult to find them.
18th-Oct-2014 07:35 pm (UTC)
For the good of the world (right), I spent today rereading/browsing through the latter half of I Hate You♥ and now Oki ni mesu mama?... and I just now finally found glasses-Honjo, on p148 (and following) of Okini. So it looks like a later decision. Maybe they're reading glasses because his eyes were getting bad. Awww...
19th-Oct-2014 06:50 pm (UTC)
Huh. I was sure there was something in I Hate You♥. Oh well. Thanks for checking it out!
20th-Oct-2014 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for looking it up :)
18th-Oct-2014 03:53 am (UTC)
Wow, only the best parents read all of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure for their kids. :D
18th-Oct-2014 07:11 pm (UTC)
Well, they were probably the ones who introduced it to her to begin with.
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