I have to keep reminding myself that today is the last day of 2006.
I have a hard time remembering because I'm spending it like any other day.
I woke up, checked email, and worked.
Later today I will be going to my mom's house to spend a semi-Japanese ohmisoka, or New Year's Eve.
We won't be eating soba, mainly because I don't really like soba. We won't go to a temple, although there are many around my mom's house because she lives in Japan Town. I don't think the temples ring the bell either...but I'll check. If they do, they'd ring it 108 times to get rid of the 108 worldly desires.
The only thing we'll do is watch kouhaku and eat osechi. We'll have mochi too.
Osechi is supposed to be eaten on the 1st, but we're doing it early.
We don't have traditional osechi. We just have dishes we like plus alpha.
Our osechi includes - kuri kinton - kuro mame - date maki - kamaboko - kazunoko - sashimi
The only thing my mom makes are the kuro mame and the mochi and the rest are bought or provided. The sashimi will come from our sushi chef friend, and my dad provides kamaboko because he's in the kamaboko business.
Of course, even while I'm there I'll be working. I won't take my laptop but I'll take a manga and a novel.
KAGETORA #4 is released today, although I think it's been out in bookstores already.
Since there's not much of an overall theme, I'll do a breakdown of the chapters instead.
Chapter 16 Kagetora, Yuki, and the gang get to a resort where they decide they'll enter an obstacle course in the pool. Since the girls are in bikinis, there are many shonen manga incidents. (Bras coming off, etc).
Chapter 17 Yuki gets a hold of Kagetora's ninja sake and he discovers that she is better in martial arts when she's drunk. Kagetora's older brother (one of the better characters in my opinion) Taka is in it too.
Chapter 18 Yuki's cousin Tomoe comes to visit. There is a very unrealistic bathtub scene with Kagetora and Tomoe. But that's what makes this manga so cute.
Chapter 19 Kagetora decides to go visit his mother, and brings Yuki along. Yuki learns more about Kagetora.
Chapter 20 Kagetora, Yuki, and the gang go visit the shrines for New Year's Eve. They challenge a long flight of stairs that lead to a smaller shrine where you can see the sunrise, and make a wish that will most likely come true.
There are a bunch of translation notes that I spent a lot of time on, so I hope people will take a look just for random Japanese information.
I've been giving it much thought, but I guess I'll go with comparing the "prelude version" with the actual series.
It MIGHT get rejected though. That is why I have to turn it in for approval as soon as the new year starts.
The content has to go through many people.
First, I have to give it to the editorial staff at Company B. I think the editor looks at it first. Then it goes to the adapter for grammar check. Then it goes to the layout person. I think then it goes to the managing editor. (If she decides it's not good, it goes to the cutting room...so actually when I think of the concept I briefly talk to her about it)
Then...the biggest obstacle to overcome, like I said it many times before, is the licensor.
By the way, all of this process is handled by the editor at Company B. It's pretty much out of my hands until I get an email from the editor asking to change something (or the whole thing). Or, if it's approved with no problems, I just look it over to see if it's perfect.
I looked up the Izanagi-style shamans so I can translate accurately. (A character named Rinko is the Izanagi-style shaman)
Found out interesting things.
Anyway, this was the first time I read a horror manga by Kei Kusunoki.
I usually read her romantic comedies.
My recommended manga by her:
Koi Shite Frozen
This, according to her, was loosely based on the story of the Little Mermaid. It is about a snow girl Miyuki and the boy she falls in love with. (I forgot his name)
Yagami-kun no Katei no Jijou
Roughly translates to "The Situation with Yagami-kun's House," it is a story about Yagami-kun who has mother complex because she looks really young. (The "girl" on the cover is the mother).
Something for the otaku. A knight and a princess do not get to be together, so they wish that in their next life they will be. They reincarnate, but the princess doesn't remember the knight...not only that, she's an otaku who's in love with a two-dimensional character.
I just finished KAGETORA #11. Proves that I can work faster while playing video games.
When I was in college, I used to play Dragon Quest 3 (Super Famicom version) while studying for Psychology.
Everyone in my dorm used to accuse that I was "not really studying," but actually it helped me memorize. I would be like, "Yeah, the XXXX. I was reading about this when I found the Red Orb..." sort of thing.
Anyway. KAGETORA is done.
I'm happy that I don't have to type the word "Kagetora" anymore. It's a long name.
I'll be spending the next two days working on 900 more subtitles for Company S.
I went to Company S to continue my work on the interview. I'm glad my outer ear stopped bleeding, because working at Company S requires wearing a headphone.
As I listened to the audio carefully, I realized that the interpreter/interviewer is pretty rude.
She would make comments to the producer (?) guy saying, "This question was already answered" or "I don't get the question. How is it different from the previous question?" She would also make comments to the actress saying "I don't think that's correct."
She also interrupts the actress.
From her voice and the way she refers to the actress with "-chan," she's probably an old lady in the industry.
Even so, she shouldn't be interrupting because it's hard for me to translate!!
I hope I can finish in time... I had a lot of time but I was too busy with other work to go in, and now I'm out of time.
My January 2007 schedule is already filling up too. Shiku shiku...
I think I'm recovering from the party. Or the deadline last week.
Hopefully I can get back on track tomorrow.
Anyway, the party was at our friend VA S's house. She recently directed the anime Paradise Kiss, so she was showing me a Hello Kitty cell strap she received from a Company GE staff.
The Hello Kitties (I guess one is Kitty's boyfriend) were dressed like George and Yukari from Paradise Kiss.
Stephanie commented Yukari Kitty was wearing a dress she didn't recognize. And then, as a manga otaku I went on explaining which volume she was wearing it in and what it looked like. (Well, it was I think the first Paradise Kiss brand dress Yukari wore).
No, I'm not a manga otaku. I just re-read Paradise Kiss about a week or so ago.
And once you read Paradise Kiss you want to read Gokinjo Monogatari because the characters are connected. And when you read Gokinjo, you also want to read Tenshi Nanka Janai.
Sigh. It's a trap.
I might like Gokinjo most out of all her manga. I like Mikako's character a lot. And I hate Hachiko from Nana the most.
In fact, I stopped reading Nana. It's one of those where I can wait for the whole series to finish. Like X by CLAMP, Death Note (I didn't read it yet...not in the mood yet), Full Metal Alchemist, Bronze no Tenshi by Chiho Saitoh, etc etc.
I just came back from our annual holiday party among our group of friends + alpha.
Roughly 40 people of geeky people. Some anime industry, some game industry, some manga industry...all geeks. Har har.
I had a doctor's appointment and I had to cook croquette for the party, plus go early to set up the games, blah blah blah, so I didn't get any work done today.
When I went to the neighborhood post office (never crowded, one guy working there), I went up to the man (P-san is his name) and asked him in perfect English if there are 84 cent stamps. (84 cents is how much it costs to send a xmas card to Japan)
And he answered,
in perfect Japanese.
I knew he's a happa (half caucasian, half Japanese) and spoke Japanese because my mom had told me before. But I thought he'd be more comfortable speaking in English. I guess I was wrong.
It was weird he assumed I knew Japanese too. Maybe he remembered me from the last time I went with my mom, or just assumed from my appearance.
Anyway. I did take Innocent W to the party to see if I can at least number the pages, but nooooo luck.
I guess I'm still too hyper from the drive back from Burbank, so I could work on KAGETORA.
This time it is an actress, and luckily I do know her.
I saw her in one TV show.
I remember her acting a lot. It was very good. She played an obedient middle-class rich wife who one day loses it and starts destroying her husband's life. Oh, it was good. Of course, this part isn't the main story.
I spent the other half of the day working on the xmas party stuff and KAGETORA #11.
I am still working on June Pride. I didn't get work done yesterday because it was hot, dry, and I went shopping.
I was looking through my schedule (of deadlines) and I realized I will get no holiday break.
After I finish June Pride I will be working on the DVD interview thing and KAGETORA #11 (the final volume).
After that, I will be working on Innocent W #3 and a new title from Company DR.
I still didn't get notices about a couple of titles from Company B, but I'm hoping it's coming up soon. (Unless they decide they don't like me anymore...which is always a fear I have to deal with, with any company)
I was hoping to join Ed from MangaCast in Tokyo for Comiket, but it looks like I have to skip it.
Today I spent almost all day working as a proctor for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Also known as JLPT.
This year I was in charge of level 4, which is the lowest level.
I like the different variety of the people who take level 4. There were kids who were about 10 up to men in their 60's.
The room I was in was really small, stuff with 32 people. On tiny desks. It was sad.
Since my partner and I didn't want to walk around the tiny spaces and drop someone's test, we just stood around in the front. I made the mistake of wearing squeaky shoes. Next year I'll try not to.
One of the proctors came wearing a UCLA hat. The site was at USC, and since it was the day after the upset, I don't know if that was a good idea... Fortunately he didn't get jumped. At least, not that I know of.
I'm tired so I'll go back to my main work tomorrow.
Today I went to Costco (it was crowded) to buy Xmas cards.
I was surprised they have cute designs. I was really expecting some ugly santa or boring sceneries.
I was originally thinking about buying Xmas cards from USTA (US Tennis Association), but they're much more expensive. And since I'm sending these to clients, I thought a tennis-playing snowman/santa or a snowy tennis court would confuse them.
Anyway, and the rest of the day I spent writing Xmas cards and working on June Pride.
It is generous to translators (and adapters and letterers) because of the big, round bubbles.
In the interview at the end of the book, the writer says that Takumi-kun is not at all a bishounen. Or...he's not supposed to be, in her mind. But she acknowledges that her job is to sell dreams (she sounds just like Disneyland!), so she knows that the artist had to draw him cute.
I'm thinking this is the reason why Takumi-kun has a boring haircut. It's very dasao-kun.