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7th-Apr-2015 05:28 pm
Today would have been a nice laid-back day if not for...wait, I take that back. We were editing a Kingdom Hearts translation, and it didn't take very long, but the process isn't exactly "laid-back." There was a lot of getting up and moving to the living room so we could pull up the game for comparison. I think I went over this long ago when talking about the Kingdom Hearts manga translation process, but in case I didn't, and because I like to talk, I'm going to go over it again.

The manga matches the overall story of the game, so there are a lot of lines that are taken straight out of the game. But the story is tweaked from the game, so it's not always safe to import lines straight from the game. So when we're editing the manga script, and we come across a scene where the lines are starting to sound familiar, we'll check them against a game script kindly provided by the internet. I'm not sure how legal that is, but it's sure a big help. (Besides, you can't possibly get the full impact without playing the game yourself.)

But then there are times where the game translation gets a little extra creative, and we can't be sure, based on what was said, if the line was really in the game or if it's original to the manga. And when that happens, we have to pull out our Japanese copy of the game and open up theater mode so we can compare the Japanese lines in the game with the Japanese lines in the manga. If they match, we go back to the script of questionable legality and make sure everything matches. And that is an important part of the Kingdom Hearts manga translation process. #themoreyouknow

So work wasn't exactly laid-back, but it did end early. Well, early compared to how late we've been working. A little late compared to how we used to work. But we can't breathe easy yet, because there may be impending doom...I mean busyness. We got another job offer today, and we do so hate to say no. And yet currently all we really want is a day or seven to play video games. That's okay, though. I'm sure we'll figure it all out.

Today I'm thankful for being in high demand (that means people like our work, right?), getting to finish another great volume of Kingdom Hearts manga, getting to eat Famous Amos cookies for snack time today, having double chocolate Milanos to look forward to at some point, and having time to read manga again today.
8th-Apr-2015 01:17 am (UTC)
I'm suuuuper jealous of your Kinokuniya manga. I placed an order in late March and another at the beginning of April (divided up so ideally I'd get my must-have-now March books sooner, but still have enough books to get free shipping when my must-have-now April book (Akagami no Shirayukihime) was available). But some of the books in the first order were for my brother's friend, and one of them they couldn't get in stock for weeks, and so after all my careful planning, both orders only shipped today. But at least they DID ship today, so I can count down to a definite date of arrival, rather than a nebulous "they'll get here some time after they ship, whenever that is..."

Anyway, I hope you're thrilling over the latest shiny volumes of things, and I will happily join you in doing so once my own books arrive!! :D

Also, thanks for this reminder about your KH manga translation process. I feel like my lettering work is so straight-forward now!! Hahaha.

Good luck as always with work, and making the right decision on the latest job offer! (if it's something I will want to read (/letter) you better accept it!! Haha, just kidding. I'm in a "whyyyy did I accept all these projects?!" week/month/??? right now, so I think it's totally reasonable to turn things down if you need time to have a life. but still the allure of new projects... You don't have to answer me, but this is how I would approach the decision myself: is the particular project one that you'd really like to work on? Or is it appealing mainly/only because it's new, and you don't have any special attachment (or regret if you turned it down)? (then again, I just lettered a volume 1 recently for a series I knew nothing about going in, and I ended up loving it (AND it ended up being a fairly quick book to letter, to my great relief), so you can't always tell what may strike your fancy...)) Well, anyway, I hope all that nonsense was more help than hindrance :) Enjoy your free time and cookies and manga!
8th-Apr-2015 09:26 pm (UTC)
Oh no, that's hard! We always hesitate to order stuff that's going to take extra time, because we've had it backfire and our whole order canceled...or maybe not that bad, but it seemed really bad at the time and now I don't remember any details. It couldn't have been i>that</i> bad, but anyway, if we want something that will take time, we have been scared into making sure there's nothing else in the order that we must have. We're glad you'll be getting your manga soon!

Haha, yeah, even I forget how complicated our job can be sometimes. But then again, we were on a first draft today, and first drafts are the land of, "Whatever, we'll look it up later!"

Thanks for the well wishes! Unfortunately, the nature of this particular project means we don't get to know exactly what it is until after we accept it! But we love to learn about new stuff, too, so we usually only turn something down if our research indicates inappropriateness (we were offered Maria the Virgin Witch, for example, and after much deliberation ultimately decided to turn it down) or if we're too busy. Our schedule was just winding down, so we figured... And now our schedule is picking up again, ha, ha, ha...

But anyway! those are good questions to ask about new job offers. We will keep them in mind (although these days, we're so busy, we hardly have time to know about anything unless we're already translating it, to ho ho...).
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