I am currently working on something for Gunbuster.
It's a short blurb about the various movies, books, and etc that influenced Gunbuster.
With the old references, I feel like I'm working on the FLCL booklet all over again.
I never knew the title came from "Top Gun" and "Ace wo Nerae!" I know it must be obvious, but I really didn't think a tennis manga would inspire a sci-fi anime, you know?
Anyway, I remember talking to Tsurumaki-san, the director of FLCL and Gunbuster 2, and he said he joined GAINAX because of Gunbuster. So I guess the similarities of the otaku-ness of both work is understandable.
I'm not making much progress because I am distracted by the newest light novel I got. It's by author Jiro Akagawa, probably most famous for his "Calico Cat Holmes" series and "Sailor Uniform and a Machine Gun" series. Actually, I haven't read much of both series.
I'm reading his "Sayaka Sugihara" series, where the characters age every year as the book is released every year. Sayaka was 15 when the series started, she is now 32 in the book I'm reading. (This book was released last year, she's actually 33 now).
I didn't take it to Yaoi Con because I knew it'll distract me from my freelance work. And it is distracting me...sigh. (This is my 3rd time reading the same book).
The translation note I had the most fun with this time was takoyaki.
I love takoyaki.
It is one of the foods I must eat when I am in Japan.
I can make takoyaki since I have a takoyaki grill at home, but it just doesn't taste the same as the ones sold in stores in Japan. It's especially good when you buy them at festivals. I think it's the atmosphere.
Anyway, I did the translation note like I'm doing one of the recipes for Kitchen Princess...
I'll be working on the novel for Company 7S next...
Actually, I won't. I got something from Company BV that's due at the end of this month.
As much as I love going to cons, I always come back and love LA all over again.
Well, maybe not this time...
I came home to a pile of work.
Since I don't work for a company, I didn't come home to find my inbox piled up with documents.
(In fact, the cat had jumped up on my desk and dropped stuff...)
But I did get a couple of things:
I got some work to do for the English Proficiency test. I got more books from Company T. (Yay!) I got an email from Company DR to clarify something. I got an email from Company B to look over something E'S #1 related. I got an email from Company 7S about a minor change.
...So I guess I got minor things from almost all of my clients.
Today I worked from 9am until way late in the night.
I guess that would happen from time to time.
My work hours vary from day to day.
Sometimes I work for 3 hours a day, sometimes 5...and sometimes 12.
When I went to go visit my old workplace (a huge Japanese electronics company) and some people would say, "It must be nice to be able to sleep in everyday."
But actually I wake up around the same time everyday. I get up at 8 or 8:30. Sure, it's later than most people, but still in the "morning" hours.
If I don't get up in the morning, it's hard to get motivated to work.
So I get up, wash my face and brush my teeth, and check email. While I check email I also work (I leave my computer and work documents open).
I continue working (because I'm on a roll) until I get hungry. So I make something, eat it while I check email and websites.
After I eat, I work some more and then I try to go to the gym. I do this so I can get off my butt, go outside, stretch my arms, and get exercise. On days when I don't go to the gym, I just stay indoors and work. Sometimes I don't leave the house.
When I come back from the gym I eat lunch while checking email again.
And I continue working until there's something exciting to watch on TV. I continue to work while watching TV, during commercial breaks.
Currently I'm watching the following shows: Sunday: The Amazing Race (CBS) Monday: What About Brian (ABC) (I chose What About Brian over Studio 60 because Studio 60 is available to watch online) Tuesday: Law & Order Criminal Intent, Law & Order SVU (NBC) Wednesday: nothing Thursday: Survivor (CBS) Friday: Law & Order (NBC) Saturday: nothing
Today wasn't a typical day because I had to get up, go to a company to work. Then I came back and finished up some work for Company JRI and on Lament of the Lamb stuff for Company T. I had to stop working on the LoL because my mind wasn't functioning anymore.
I was asked by the head producer of Company B to take a look at the FLCL booklet, which will be included in the FLCL Ultimate Edition DVD set.
Even after 4(?) years, I still remember the FLCL booklet. It was one of my first professional translation jobs in the anime/manga industry.
(My first official job was Sister Princess related).
I did the hardcore translation notes that people would say "What? Where'd that come from!?" like the Kabaya JuiC (pronounced "juicy") and Kuma High/Maeda-san & Okoshi/Waseda/Daiye baseball stories. Even the president of Company B (born and raised in Japan) was like, "where in the world did you get this information?"
I remember having a hard time translating director Sakurai's hardcore bass column, and trying to find the origin of the word "moe."
Anyway, I spent a lot of hard work on it. Much like how the Japanese creators worked on it, and much like how the English producers worked on it.
After FLCL was aired on Cartoon Network, I met a lot of people (at conventions and stuff) who said they didn't own the DVD, but rather had tapes from the airing on TV.
I was a little sad at that fact that people didn't own the DVD because the work I did on it is only featured in the DVD. (I did the director's commentary translation in addition to the work I did in the booklet).
So for those who still didn't get the DVD, the Ultimate Edition is the perfect excuse to get one now.
FLCL is a "kame ba kamu hodo aji ga deru" anime. This translates to "the more you chew, the more taste comes out of it." I hope people watch it many times.
This is what I recommend:
Watch it once subtitled. Watch it again in dub. Watch it with the director's commentary. Read over the booklet and find translation notes you didn't pick up from the three viewings. Watch it again (subbed or dubbed) to look for those references.
You can watch it again to play drinking games. Take a drink when: 1) There's a panty shot 2) Something comes out of Naota's head 3) A cat appears
They are a fairly new company, with a young president.
Yeah, he's something I want to be in a few years. A company with about 5 employees and a nice office... Sigh.
He said he used to work from home too.
Today I received KAGETORA from Company DR, and I was supposed to get some files from Company T...but not here yet. This is a rush-rush job. I also got an email from the company that does English proficiency tests to do some interviewing. (I'm an interviewer for the second round of the test).
This volume shows more of Gald, along with Yuuki and Asuka.
I'm still working on E'S #1 extra pages and almost done with E'S Press Issue 0.2.
I bought a Samsung printer for a really good deal, but Staples emailed me saying it's unavailable. I'm very sad.
I also forgot that it was a 3-day weekend, which is common because holidays don't really matter to me. In fact, holidays are just a pain in the butt for me. I don't get holiday pay, and banks, post offices, etc are all closed.
It will be distributed at Mikomi Con and Yaoi Con, which will be held the next two weekends, respectively.
Since I made it with Yaoi Con in mind, it is a like a bishounen/biseinen issue.
I finished re-watching Koi no Chikara with Fukatsu Eri in it.
And now I'm watching Yamato Nadeshiko with Matsushima Nanako. It's weird because 3 actors in Koi no Chikara are in Yamato Nadeshiko. Tsutsumi Shinichi, Nishimura Masahiko, and Yada Akiko. Nishimura Masahiko is famous for his role in Furuhata as the idiot cop. I can see why he was casted, because the producer is the same for both dramas.
I guess it's habit to check the staff credits for anything I read or watch...
I received a package today, and inside were three books from Company T.
Of course, they don't expect me to do it all at once.
I've been doing so much yaoi lately I feel ready for Yaoi Con.
I'll be going to work for the booth for Company B.
I wish I have at least one book meant for young boys. At the restaurant I work, I have regular customers who have one boy and one girl. I want to give them some of my work, but I don't have anything to give to the boys. Girls I can give Kitchen Princess or the other shojo from Company DR I'll be working on from volume 2. But boys...I think Disgaea is a little too complicated (since it's based on a game they probably didn't play).
Before I go back to working on the novel from Company 7S, I have to work on a secret something.
I have to time a part of it, which is a bit difficult for me.
This is because when I'm stuck on something (like how to word it best), I stop. Sometimes I leave it alone for a whole day, thinking about the terms and how to translate it.
And once I figure it out, I come back. But then I forget to start the timer.
In the hours I was "thinking," I read Detective Conan and watched Kindaichi Shonen's Jikenbo (live action drama, 1st season).
The main difference between these two mysteries is that in Kindaichi, most of the murderers kill themselves in the end.
I think in Conan, the only one that dies is the piano-playing doctor Seiji in the "Moonlight Sonata Case."
I like watching the 1st and 2nd seasons of Kindaichi live because both actors who play Kindaichi and Miyuki are my age. I used to watch it as a high schooler. They also do a good job. I can't compare to the 3rd and 4th seasons because I didn't see them yet (and I really don't intend to), but it's said that they are not that good.
Which is sad because my favorite cases are mostly in season 3.
One is the "Magician's Train Murders," which introduces Kindaichi's nemesis "Puppetmaster from Hell."
Another is the "Reika Hayami Kidnapping Murders," which also features the Puppetmaster from Hell.
And lastly, the "Russian Dolls Murders." Actually, this one has the Puppetmaster from Hell too.
...I guess I just like the Puppetmaster from Hell.
I also like the "Black Butterfly of Death Murders" because it has Detective (?) Inokawa, which is a character based on Major Eberbach from "From Eroica with Love." I love love love Major Eberbach. He is Eber-hot.
Okay, back to blogging about work. Hopefully I can finish this secret something soon so I can get back to the novel. KAGETORA is coming soon too.