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No Review Rednesday 
16th-Sep-2015 05:42 pm
Well, Noragami fans, today we had to admit defeat. What this means for you is just that you won't get a note that we wanted to write, explaining something for which we feel certain there must be an explanation. What it meant for us is like three hours of trying all kinds of internet searches in the hopes of somebody somewhere having posted the relevant information. We think! we might! have found out where the relevant information is written...in a local history that was translated into English maybe once and can't be obtained via Amazon. We can get the Japanese version, and we're interested in doing that because all of this stuff is fascinating, but we don't have time to read Japanese histories. This script is due on Friday!

So we explained what we could in a way that might not even tell you which note we had such a hard time with! We can have a guessing game when the book is released! But the enormous downside to this is that we made almost no progress in our edit today, and we're feeling rather defeated.

In happier news, we got to work on UQ Holder! today, and we just have one thing to say about what happens in it: "You guys." And that's all we can say, because of spoilers. I'm not even sure which guys I'm talking to, because I'm pretty sure most of the Ken Akamatsu fans who read our blog don't read our blog anymore.

But I do have a funny story that will be funny regardless of whether or not you're a UQ Holder! fan! See, in the whole UQ Holder/Negima universe, there's magic and there's ki or chi or qi or whatever you want to call it. By the time we took over Negima, there was very little consistency in how it was translated, which is what I'm going to claim is the reason I can never remember which one we ultimately decided to use. It doesn't come up in every chapter, either, or you'd think I'd have remembered by now. And every time it comes up, I have to check our handy-dandy Negima! style guide to find out what we're using. So it came up this week, and sure enough, I had to pull out the style guide.

And the first thing I saw, right there on the new UQ Holder! sheet we made, was a cell that said, "it's CHI. Remember that! CHI!"

Tadah! Maybe now I'll finally remember it.

Oh right, today is supposed to be Review Rednesday. Unfortunately, we don't have any new releases to review, so you got to read me whining instead. I was going to post a link to one of our old love sim reviews instead, but we can't decide which one! They're all so much fun. If you have any requests, let us know!

Today I'm thankful for finding something (if not everything) about that thing we wanted to explain, helpful reminders to myself, finishing at least one of our goals for today (UQ Holder, check!), getting to read some of our old love sim reviews (they're so much fun!), and very interesting UQ Holder! developments.
16th-Sep-2015 10:58 pm (UTC)
I'm reading UQ Holder! I just started reading it this summer, but I've now read all five volumes that I could get my hands on and am waiting for Right Stuf to send me volume six. I'm not sure whether it hasn't officially been released yet or they're waiting until they have more accumulated stuff to send me in the same package.

Speaking of which, is there some Japanese myth or legend about beings whose gender isn't determined until they reach adulthood, or something to that effect? Or do you think Ken Akamatsu and the author of the 1980's(?) science fiction shoujo manga/anime film "A, A' ", which also features a major character of this type, just came up with this idea separately on their own? (Although I suppose Akamatsu could have been inspired by "A, A.' " I don't really know how widely popular "A, A' " was when it was originally released in Japan, or whether it was the sort of thing that mostly only shoujo fans would be familiar with.)
17th-Sep-2015 02:16 am (UTC)
Oh, of course! Thanks for the reminder! It looks like volume six isn't scheduled to come out until November, wow.

We haven't come across any myth or legend along those lines, but that doesn't mean there isn't one. Knights of Sidonia has a thing about people choosing genders, too, as does Lagoon Engine Einsatz.
18th-Sep-2015 12:29 am (UTC)
Sorry and thank you for your trouble. One day we'll look back on these delirious days of Noragami-every-month (and then some) with fond and wistful gazes... Until then, hang in there!! I know you're doing great!
18th-Sep-2015 02:18 am (UTC)
Thanks! On the bright side, we did find out some pretty fascinating things. We just wish we had time to read all the Japanese reference material. ...But then again, if we did, we'd probably spend it playing video games. But at least we'd be enjoying ourselves.

I'm not sure if this is the sad part of the happy part, but I think having Noragami every month is the main thing that makes the ultra-busyness bearable...but it's probably also the main thing that makes the busyness ultra. Still, the thought of finishing Noragami tomorrow (one way or another!) and moving on to something else is a little sad.
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