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Alethea & Athena
My Little Monster volume 9 
29th-Jul-2015 04:34 pm
Good thing it's Wednesday, or we'd probably type up a rant about how we hate the world right now. Yesterday was a little rougher than expected. But it is Wednesday, so now we have a review! And we decided to go with My Little Monster 9, because that one has a better chance of cheering us up as we reread it to check for typos.

Spoiler threat level: pretty high

Now that Yamaken has confessed his love to Shizuku, the one love confession we're waiting for is Sasayan's. So when we read the table of contents and saw a chapter called "Sasayan-kun and Natsume-san," we were all, "OOOOOOHHHHHHH!!!" Like back when you were a kid and your parents would kiss in front of you, and you'd be all, "OOOOOOHHHH!!!" We were pretty excited.

But first they had to finish the summer vacation stuff, where Yuzan continued to torture us nonstop by constantly eating yummy-looking sweets! And we were tired and stressed when we worked on this volume, so his flaunting of desserts when we were in desperate need of sugar only made us more angry. We were frequently declaring our hatred for Yuzan, even though we like him pretty well as a character.

Just a little thing, but when it showed the stamp rally map up close and it had the thing about fabulous prizes, we were endlessly amused by the part that said, "It's jam!!" We don't even like jam, but it was heart-warming.

And the fountain! Iyo and Asako and Sasayan were all at the fountain, and in the middle of their conversation, we had to translate a sound effect, "dobooon." It was just like a background sound effect--nobody commented on anything that might have caused it, it was like ambient noise and nothing else. But it usually translates to "sploosh." So I translated it that way, and Athena was like, "But there's no splash there, and they're not commenting on anyone falling in the fountain or anything, and everybody's dry in the next panel and the next two pages.

So we changed the sound effect, and then on the third page after the sound effect, Haru and Yamaken jumped out of the fountain! And we were like, "Oh. I guess it was a sploosh after all."

And now we're back to talking about Sasayan and Asako, and what the heck Sasayan, why are you all denying it and stuff? You totally like her! There have been way too many flags for you not to like her. We still had hope, though, because he never actually denied it.

Then finally, he admits it, but it was so smooth, like almost in passing. Well, that's Sasayan for you. It was funny how he was like, "Yeah, just whatever. We can be friends for now." It was especially funny for us, because it was about that point that all the characters started looking tired all the time, and WE were tired all the time, too! So it was like...we were the same. Or something.

And then we have Haru and Shizuku talking about their post-high school plans. They're so them. It's like they're perfect for each other. I do feel bad for Yamaken, though.

Aww, I kind of wish that review was longer. But it was fun anyway. I think I feel a little tiny bit better.

Today I'm thankful for finishing the draft that we're working on, having plans to watch Noragami today, having plenty of Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches left to watch, having Tokyo DisneySea CD Albums to cheer ourselves up with, and Mamoru Miyano posting an adorable picture of Yuuki Kaji on his blog today.
30th-Jul-2015 06:01 am (UTC)
Given everyone who has ever confessed to Asako has been rejected, and Sasayan thinks she's nowhere near ready to accept a genuine confession, I can see why he's being cagey.
30th-Jul-2015 09:27 pm (UTC)
He's definitely the best at reading people.
30th-Jul-2015 06:05 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry about your rough day!! I hope that yesterday and today turned out better and brought back some cheer.

I finally got v9!! (and they hadn't even gotten in a new un-smooshed copy for me yet so I just took the one they had but wouldn't give me last week...) I stayed up way late last night reading it, because it's so jam-(ha!)-packed with happenings. A wonderful thing (speaking as a reader and not-translator-or-letterer)...

I could sense a little bitterness from Haru when he talked about Yuzan eating up all the sugar: now I'm imagining that line mingled with your own jealousy :)

It really struck me while reading it, how much I love every character, how individual they are and how fascinating to read about (oh yeah, it was last volume that we talked about everyone's different facial expression when Yamaken confessed). But like, Oshima and Yu-chan show up and Haru misinterprets the conversation about Yu-chan's bf and it's hilarious. And Yuzan and delusional Iyo hahahaha. And Takaya worrying about fancy hair. And, like, everybody. I think at the moment Ando is my least-liked, because he's such a creep (and not charming about it like Yato...) but even then he never really gets anything out of his creepish efforts, which makes him a little oddly lovable.

I liked how the goldfish were slipped into the story and there wasn't a big fuss over it but it was a step forward and a happy thing.

Sasayan... I love that kid.

Also the translation notes were fun :) Especially the one about household altars (because sheesh, Haru...).
30th-Jul-2015 09:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks! We're trying to get over it, but there's bad timing. More on that in a different post.

Yay, volume nine!!

Ha ha, it's possible a little of our bitterness crossed over into Haru's line...

It's so true--all the characters are so well done! We agree that Ando is a total creeper and gross. But, as you say, he's not entirely without good qualities, and I think that's an important thing to remember. So that's another great thing about all the characters; even if they're not all likeable, they help you remember that very few people are actually purely evil.

We had to go back and look up our notes about the altars, but yeah. At least he's resourceful...?
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