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Alethea & Athena
21st-Oct-2014 03:01 pm
Oh man, our schedule was totally shot today. The original plan was take care of a few odds and ends on the short job we did yesterday, then get back to our Say I Love You edit, which ideally would be finished a little early, workday-wise.

Unfortunately, the odds and ends turned out to not only take longer than we thought, but will potentially need to be fixed again tomorrow, after we hear back from people. Well, that's okay, we'll probably just finish the workday at our usual time and everything will be back to normal.

...Or not. We got an email from another one of our bosses about another quick project that needed doing ASAP. So we familiarized ourselves with the project, and then we emailed our boss back. By then it was almost lunchtime, and we were like, "Whatever, we're not going to work on Say I Love You for only half an hour, only to be interrupted by lunch and another project."

So we watched Akatsuki no Yona instead. I have to say, we're not really in love with the series, so we're really interested in hearing what makes it so appealing to other people. All part of my ongoing research about what people like in stories. To be fair, we did like this episode better than the first two.

Then we had lunch and eventually were able to get the files to work on this translation. It went super fast, so we're done with it already, and if we want to be really responsible, we could work on Say I Love You after all. But we're going to go grocery shopping instead, because that's responsible, too. And we need food.

But we're going to have to really get cracking tomorrow, because! one of our editors at Kodansha just sent us a nice, long schedule with lots of deadlines. They'd all be completely doable with no problems whatsoever, if we hadn't had weird productivity issues lately. Hopefully we'll get over those, because otherwise, we'll only have two weeks to translate Noragami over the holidays in December. And we still have Halloween costume stuff to deal with, and maybe a manga contest! ...We'll work it out. Probably.

Today I'm thankful for getting a shiny new work schedule, getting one thing taken care of today anyway, getting a new title to work on, the exciting prospect of having food, and getting to watch Sailor Moon R last night.
21st-Oct-2014 09:44 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the new title!! And I hope you're able to get back to a normal or at least under-control schedule soon!

Since you asked, I guess I'll talk about Akatsuki no Yona some more :) The reasons I love it are the art (naturally), Hak (kidding. but seriously.), Yona herself as the spoiled princess (I do find spoiled princesses rather adorable :) ) and later the capable young woman... I guess what I find special about it is that the story and setting feel well established, and almost epic in scale? Maybe that sounds hyperbolic, but I get the impression that Kusanagi-sensei began writing her story with the whole picture in view, and it feels substantial. I appreciate how all the characters are written (not limited to just the core cast), how they're believably unlikable or unattractive at times, but not painted as simply good/evil. And there's something about fantasy or historical settings like this that make all the character relationships feel a bit deeper or more meaningful to me. I'm not sure if it's the constant threat of danger, or the circumstances of the journey and sense of isolation/transience of encounters with others (compared to the modern day with cellphones, air travel, etc), or something else?

I think/hope as the story picks up in the next few episodes, more of those elements will come through. As of ep3, it's just covered volume 1 of 15+. I first read v1-2 of the series together, so maybe that gave me a fuller impression than just 1 would have? I also already loved the author's previous series (NG Life), so I was confident that she'd do good things with the story this time too.

Edited at 2014-10-22 01:45 am (UTC)
22nd-Oct-2014 02:04 am (UTC)
It's true, despite all the major drama that happened in the first two episodes, it really doesn't feel like much happened. We're planning to keep watching, so hopefully we'll get more into it as we learn more about the characters.
21st-Oct-2014 10:47 pm (UTC)
I second what Lys said. I own all her TP series in English and really like her art. I'm excited about this series and have been followed the manga since book 1. I'm curious what the author's plan for Yona and her gang is and Soo-won's true motive.
22nd-Oct-2014 02:06 am (UTC)
Thanks for your input. We'll see if we get more into it as the story goes on.
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