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Bitter and jaded 
17th-Jan-2015 02:01 pm
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There's a thing we occasionally see on Facebook that says, "Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is that you're stupid and make bad decisions." That's kind of what we were feeling yesterday, and why we didn't update LiveJournal. Not that we made a super terrible decisions. In fact, it's not even that great a story. Mostly what it boils down to is that if we ever want to have time to not be working, we have to stop accepting more work. But we want the work! But we also don't want to be working.

So what happened was this: We checked our email in the morning and we had one from one of our bosses saying basically, "Hey, we've got this new simulpub we want you to do! And sorry for the rush, but we need the first chapter tomorrow morning." We thought, "One chapter? No problem! Let us just finish this other thing and we'll have it for you in a snap!" Can't be more than like, thirty or forty pages, right? Wrong. It's a first chapter. First chapter tend to be more than sixty. And there was an extra amount of research, AND puns. Sigh.

Anyway, it should be starting around the 26th, so more on that then.

We also had to finish our translation of My Little Monster, so we ended up working a lot later than we originally planned. And then we were like, "Let us leave this place of fatigue and braindeadness and go play Kingdom Hearts." So we did! And now we're feeling better...

...except that we watched that new magical boy anime, and that and discussions of Galavant on Facebook have us wondering if we ever really like anything. Not that we think either of those shows is bad, just that they're not as hilarious as they seem to be trying to be. It's like the creators of both think that certain situations are inherently funny...and that's true. For example, a polar bear--and not an anthropomorphic polar bear, but a realistically drawn polar bear--running a cafe is a pretty funny situation in and of itself. But it can't carry the comedy all by itself! Polar Bear Cafe works because it has more jokes than, "Oh hey, a polar bear running a cafe. That's funny."

We did like the second episode of the magical boy anime better, maybe because it had more of the student council. That's right, we did watch more than one episode, for two reasons. First, the student council, and second, the monsters of the day seem to all be played by super famous voice actors that we really like. So part of the fun is hearing who plays the new monster of the day! ...It's really the most fun part, but that might be because we're bitter and jaded. (Gaston is always commenting about how we're so negative and hate everything.)

Oh right! Athena just reminded me that we watched the first episode of the new Durarara!! anime...and even that has us wondering if we really do hate everything. It wasn't bad! It really wasn't bad. We've just fallen prey to the inevitable snootiness that comes from having read the book first. We were like, "But Yuhei wouldn't talk like that!" and "That is SO not how I imagined Hollywood to move." Also, we were impatient to hear Aoba talk and then he wasn't even in that episode! He was, but he didn't say anything. On the bright side, Yumasaki was in it, of course, AND! we understood at least half of the light novel references! So we felt special. We can't remember if Kadota said he really liked A Certain...whichever Certain thing they mentioned, or The Irregular at Magic High School, but if it was the latter, that would be really funny, because Kadota's voice actor is the main guy in that anime. Of course, we haven't seen any of the Certain animes, so we don't know if Nakamura-san is in whichever one they mentioned.

Also, it's a little bittersweet, because there's still a possibility that Durarara!!2 is the anime we didn't get to translate because we didn't know the going rate for anime translations. Le sigh. But that's probably fine, because there was so much talking, and maybe it wouldn't have been worth the going translation rates.

And the Durarara!! rambling is brought to you in part by the LJ Writer's Block prompt about TV binges. Why? Because of the three things we remember binge watching, Durarara!! is one of them! We finished the whole first anime in a week...which might be kind of a long time as far as binge watching is concerned, but we imagine we have these things called "responsibilities." The other two shows are The Elephant Princess (first season; the second season we watched more slowly, partly because it wasn't nearly as fun after it started taking itself sooooo seriously) and Saiyuki. But the Saiyuki binge was more a matter of expedience than "I can't pull myself away!", because at the time the only way to watch it was via bootleg DVDs owned by a friend of a friend who lived in Virginia. We visited for a weekend to go to Otakon, and then we had just one day left to watch almost the whole second half (twenty-two episodes). So that was fun.

We also might have kind of binge watched Soul Eater, but I think we took that one more slowly, too, because we had to watch it on the computer and by the end of the day, we need to get away from the computer.

Okay, I'm done rambling now. Today I'm thankful for remembering that we do like some things, having a shiny new series to work on, being done working on it until the next chapter (it's in a monthly magazine; that was a relief to discover, let me tell you), remembering that we still have some Pirouette cookies, and getting to play Kingdom Hearts last night.
17th-Jan-2015 10:52 pm (UTC)
I've enjoyed the first two episodes of the magical boy anime so far (and I also prefer to call it that over its extra-long english name that doesn't tell you as much about what it is as simply "magical boy anime"). But I also just started watching Meganebu! from a while back, and it's making me laugh a LOT, so as far as stupid-funny shows about a bunch of boys go, that one might be my new favourite.

I watched the first DRRR!! x2 episode too but I probably won't watch ahead because I'm still not through Yellow Scarves (in manga form), and the bits it showed of Masaomi were spoilery enough. Can I take this moment to lament again that the manga artist for the first three arcs is no longer doing the series and they hired some new person to do whatever's currently running in GFantasy? Sigh. I guess that's the danger of getting too attached to an adapted form of a thing over the original. (I think it was Index that Kadota said he liked...)

Congrats on the 'nother new series, too!!! Woohoo! How many unrevealed titles are you up to now? I can't keep track... I hope you find success in balancing the workload with having some free time to enjoy!
18th-Jan-2015 01:23 am (UTC)
We call it the magical boy anime because, in all honesty, we do not remember the real title--in English or Japanese. We watched the first episode of Meganebu! back when it started up, but we had a hard time with it. Does it get better after the first episode, or is it just not our kind of humor?

Yeah, if they mention anything about Masaomi, it'll probably be spoilery for Yellow Scarves. That is sad about the manga artist, but maybe the new one will be just as good. I want to lament that they had Yuhei saying bad things about his brother in a public forum (in the anime), because Yuhei would never do that. I don't think he'd even say it in private. I mean, I understand that, since it was the narrator who told us in the book, they had to fit it in the dialogue somehow or it wouldn't be explained, but they could have worded it more positively, grrr.

Anyway. Maybe we'll watch it again sometime and find out for sure what Kadota said.

Thanks for the congratulations! I think we might be down to three that we haven't revealed yet, but you already know about one of them. The other one is one that we're told was announced, but we haven't seen any further evidence of it, so we're not talking about it. And we have some other things in the works, but none of them are really happening yet, so there's no telling if they actually will.
18th-Jan-2015 09:27 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure whether Meganebu! gets better or if its particular flavour of absurdity just clicked with me. Not having to wait between episodes likely helps, since the hilarity can build up more. I also enjoy the visuals a lot, with the colours and patterns and stuff (like, one episode had this halftone-pattern in the shading and these panel-effects that made it look retro/comic-book-ish). And I think watching beyond the first episode led me to build up an attachment to the characters. I hadn't been particularly sold on the characters when I first watched some of the promo videos: they seemed so strictly defined by their Types, and it actually put me off watching the show when it ran, despite initially being interested in the premise. So in my case at least, giving it a second chance worked out happily :)
19th-Jan-2015 11:28 pm (UTC)
As longtime fans of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, we were never too worried about strict adherence to Types--done well, it can be a beautiful, hilarious thing. We might give it another chance, if we find ourselves with an abundance of free time (ha, ha, ha...).
19th-Jan-2015 12:53 am (UTC) - Unfortunately...
It will take a while for that magical boy anime to get funnier. That just seems to be Shinji Takamatsu's style. (He's the director). But when it hits that point, you'll be wishing you found other people to talk about the episode and how hilarious it is.

Also unfortunate is now you have me finding out about an unannounced simulpub title (CR is the only one that even uses that term). MWAHAHAHAHAHA...

Well, not like I know what title you'll be translating. But still, mwahahahaha--I'll keep my eyes on what you'll be up to next week!
19th-Jan-2015 11:30 pm (UTC) - Re: Unfortunately...
That's good to know, actually. We were going to keep watching it for the guest stars anyway, and hope of it getting funnier will make that easier.

Why is you finding out about an unannounced simulpub title unfortunate? I imagine there are unannounced simulpub titles all the time, so I don't see how your knowledge of one is going to affect much.

Besides, if we didn't want people to know it existed, we wouldn't have said anything.
20th-Jan-2015 12:10 am (UTC) - Re: Unfortunately...
If I'm laughing like a maniac that needs to see a doctor, I'm 99.9% sure I'm kidding around. plz don't take me seriously!

But nah, it just means I'll be expecting an interesting title that's gonna be simulpubbed next week, basically.
20th-Jan-2015 04:10 am (UTC) - Re: Unfortunately...
Aww, don't you know how to own a joke? You should have come up with a really corny reason or something. But you're right; we do have a nasty habit of taking things too seriously.

Anyway, we hope you enjoy the series, whatever it is!
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