I finished the video game work from Company ATL.
It was mostly fixing the translations done by another country,
but it was easier to just translate from scratch.
It happens. :D
I've been working on an otome game.
There's a servant in it, and I was sort of forced to use the term "butler" even though he really wasn't.
I wanted to keep it in because of the moe factor.
I hope it's okay with the otome...
Please don't come after me regarding technicalities.
Tonight was the Bandai Entertainment party.
I saw a lot of old friends, and it was a lot of fun.
Thanks, Bandai Entertainment!
I finished Love Hina 8.
This will be my last volume with Love Hina...
It's sad that I won't see Keitaro and Naru attend Todai together,
but unfortunately scheduling conflicts are too much to continue.
Please continue to check out Love Hina Omnibus, though!
I finished Love Hina 7.
This will be in Love Hina Omnibus 3.
Please check it out!
Especially the extras at the end, because they take the most time...
For Love Hina 7, the extras were postcards/illustrations from the readers.
This was my last meal(?) in Japan.
Milky Roll Milky Soft Parfait.
And my meal on the plane.
Bibimba! One of the reasons I choose Korean Air.
I watched three movies. I should have been sleeping...but oh well.
I'm staying at an old friend's house for my last few days in Japan.
Their house is in Chiba, near one of the Self-Defense Force bases.
Today they had their annual training demonstration, so we went to check it out.
My first glimpse at military otakus! Yes!!
And this is how close the helicopters and planes passed by.
It was awesome.
It was a pretty cool experience.
I spent the day reading manga at a manga cafe.
I couldn't buy anymore manga because it wouldn't fit,
so my only option was to read everything I wanted before I left.
At the manga cafe, I got an email from a new client asking me if I would be interested in translating something for them.
I love working on video games, so of course I said yes. I hope it works out!
At night, I went to dinner with a bunch of industry people.
Sato-san, who I always see at Anime Expo, was there.
He's in charge of the noitaminA stuff...I think.
I'm not really sure.
Konno-san, former Bandai Visual USA president, was there too.
I haven't seen him since BV USA left, so it was nice to see him again.
Tezukacchi from Bushiroad was there.
I just saw him a few weeks ago.
He said that because his president Kidani-san met with me,
he was gung-ho about taking Vanguard to the United States now.
So you'll probably see them at a convention or two this year? Maybe?
And the last one to arrive was Hidehiro-kun, the super otaku.
Actually, he's former industry. He was a staff? or something at Viz Media,
and I think he was staff at Sakura Con too.
I'm not sure... But I just know he came to talk to my sister because he is a huge Galaxy Angel fan, lol.
We had okonomiyaki, because that's what I requested.
The store was Gottsui, which has a store near my house.
It was nice to catch up with everyone.
I went to Akihabara to shop for Monster Hunter goods.
I needed to eat lunch, so I went to the Gundam Cafe.
Haro strawberry latte.
I ate the Char Curry at the Char table.
I'm not even a fan of Gundam... I felt a little bad.
I didn't have to go to the bathroom, but I knew that they would have something in there, so I went.
And just as I thought...
Later that night, I went to dinner with Shigeto Koyama-san, Hiromi Wakabayashi-san, and Atsushi Nishigori-san.
I think the last time I saw all three TOGETHER was when we were out taking pictures of Southern California for Panty & Stocking purposes.
(Individually, I see Koyama-san and Wakabayashi-san a lot, haha.)
We went to eat monja and okonomiyaki.
It was a fun night.
I think we were at the restaurant for about 4 hours.
I met up with Bamboo-san because last year at Anime Expo he promised he would take me to eat good monja.
We met at his office.
He had a pretty spiffy-looking studio.
Singer and superstar yozuca* came along, too!
I haven't seen her since she came to Anime Expo back when it was in Long Beach, so it was fun.
We went to Tsukishima, where monja was invented, for dinner.
We talked about how Bamboo-san could get married.
He always kids that he wants a girlfriend from the U.S.
So I told him he should go meet girls at Yaoi Con this year, especially because it's going to be in LA.
We even joked that he could be auctioned off at the Bishonen Auction.
Although even if Bamboo-san looks young, he's XX years old.
It would be a Bichunen Auction...
I don't even know how one gets into the Bishonen Auction.
If someone from Yaoi Con could tell me, I would appreciate it.
Happy New Year!
Guess what I did on the first day of 2012?
Yeah. I was working.
And packing to go back to Tokyo.
My relatives make mochi with traditional tools for New Year's.
I asked if mochi tasted better if you made it this way, instead of using a mochi-making machine.
My aunt said no.
Freshly made mochi tasted delicious, though!
The Christmas cake is such a big deal in Japan.
During this season, all the bakeries, convenience stores, department stores, etc advertise to reserve your Christmas cake with them.
I had a couple of Christmas cakes during my stay.
This is from a famous store.
One cake was 565 yen.
The traditional "Japanese Strawberry Shortcake."
Of course, I didn't take advantage of the holidays to eat cake.
I would eat cake any day of the year!
Especially in Japan, where they are delicious.