I had to finish Shugo Chara #10 in a week, but I pulled it off!
I can't really talk about it because there's a bunch of spoilers, but here are some terms to describe what happens.
Embryo Taiyaki Storybook Graduation Merry-go-round Orchestra Kiss Change Missing
Now I can focus on getting ready for my trip to San Jose! And it looks like there is a Left 4 Dead 2 tournament-like thing going on, so I will be there! I have to rush back from the Yamaga party though...in heels. Eep!
So I checked Company DR's website, and I guess this is going to be released in November, so I can talk about it.
I've been working on Ghost Hunt #11. This is the continuation of the "Forgotten Children" arc.
The group finds out the details of what happened to the school and why it was abandoned.
This arc is really creepy because of a lot of things. First, the group is stuck in a school. Volume 1's arc was set in a school too, but the group was able to leave the school when they wanted to. (Even though sometimes the door would close on people, haha).
I think having to stay overnight at a school is pretty scary. Especially Japanese schools, because they are really made to look like prisons or hospitals.
Creepy reason number two, the kids are involved with the bad things that are happening to Mai and her friends. There's one part where *spoiler alert--drag to read* the children deliberately lure Masako away from the group. They trick her into going with them to retrieve something, and make her disappear. Scary kids.
Well, there's another reason it's a bit scarier than the other arcs, but I don't want to give too much away. I want people to support Company DR and buy the book!
For people who are wondering, there will be a #12 of Ghost Hunt. In Japan, #11 came with a drama CD featuring the voice actors from the anime. #12 will come with a drama CD too, which will have the second part of the Forgotten Children.
It looks like the next volume is going to be the last. Which makes sense, because Amu only has 10 fingers and she can't show higher numbers on the cover.
Earlier this month, my new niece-in-law came to visit. She was a big fan of Kitchen Princess, and when I gave her the last volume of Kitchen Princess, she was sad that it was over. So I lent her Shugo Chara, hoping she would read those next.
I don't know if she did...
There are new Character Transformations in volume 9, so please look forward to it.
I was happy to see that Ghost Hunt #11 was just released on the 6th in Japan. I can't wait to receive it from Company DR to work on it!
I've been watching Ghost Hunt the anime on hulu.com whenever I didn't want to work. I enjoyed it a lot, since I didn't work on most of the series. (I only started working on it from volume 9).
So there is a special limited edition for volume 11. It comes with a drama CD where the voice actors from the anime act out the last arc, the Forgotten Children. It's almost 60 minutes long.
I thought that was pretty cool, since the anime series never resolved anything. It's just too bad for US audiences because I doubt the drama CD will make it to the US... This is why, for people who only saw the anime, should buy the manga series! Yeah!
Oh, I got Ghost Hunt #10 in the mail the other day, so that should be out soon. It's pretty creepy, so please check it out.
The author mentions something about the cover. I put it in the translation notes, but volume 6 was released in two formats. One was a limited edition with a different cover (Rin) and came with a CD.
A drama CD, I think. It also came with the town song.
I doubt that version would be released in the US, so sorry, folks...
On a positive note, the volume had an extra chapter or two. It was a fat book. Not sure how the company will deal with the price point, but please check it out! (And please buy the book...not read somewhere online!!!)
I was reading through the sample I got, and laughed because I used a word I use in real life. When I feel like it, I tend to change my pronunciation of "s" to "sh." For example, I would say, "yesh" instead of "yes."
So that is the word I used for Ami, Amu's little sister. I wonder if my friends noticed that?
I started reading the text for Pumpkin Scissors. I'm reading one volume at a time, in both Japanese and English. And as I read the books, I'm also creating the terminology list.
So far, just from volume 1, I have about over 20 items on that list. You never know when a name will come up later in the volume, so I am listing everything. For example, I included Alice's pet horse, Piro.
By the way, I'm having my sister help me.
And since there are a lot of military rank terms, we got into a short discussion of who we think of when we hear the word, "Major."
We both said, "Major Eberbach.” Because we’re girls.
I think if we were boys, we would’ve answered, "Motoko Kusanagi.”
Anyway, I hope I can get this list done before 2009 begins.
I received my copies of Pumpkin Scissors in Japanese volumes 1 through 5 and in English volumes 1 through 4.
So I'll be working on volume 5 in January.
My editor was nice enough to send me both Japanese and English versions. I told him that I would prefer to read it in Japanese, but I would like to have the English versions so that I can match the terminology spelling and the way the characters talk.
First I have to read the books in Japanese to understand the story. Then I'll read the English version to see how the previous translator translated them. Then I'll make a chart with the terminology in both English and Japanese. Then I'll translate volume 5.
I'm going to be gone the next few days...so have a safe and fun holiday, everyone!