One Potato Two


More Tennis!

I ended up not getting much sleep, but I went to go watch tennis.
I went to go see Takao Suzuki, the other Japanese dude.

I like his play because he's a serve-and-volleyer, and there aren't that many pros like that.

He lost though, which is too bad.

I took a picture.
I wish I had ball kids to hold an umbrella during court changes.
Suzuki is sitting under the umbrella on the left.

I also saw the end of Brittany Augustine's match, and she lost too...

Perhaps I am bad luck.
I didn't work today.
I came home and fell asleep.

Some work-related info, though.

It seems like Paprika will be playing in the following locations.
(This is for Southern California people)

Laemmle Sunset 5 Theatre
8000 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Laemmle Playhouse 7
673 East Colorado Boulevard 2 Blocks West
Pasadena, CA 91101

Edwards University
4245 Campus Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618

Busy Day Continued

Actually, after I finished posting my last entry, I got a call to go help Inui-san (who was in Los Angeles after his Fanime trip) with a problem.

He said that his problem was embarrassing, so I can't give details here.

Anyway, I just came home.

I don't think I can go in to work on the video game tomorrow, so I have to email my client what happened.

I'm sooooooooooooooo sleepy.


Busy Day

I had a busy day today.

I went to watch tennis...I watched Brittany Augustine play, and then Kei Nishikiori.
I wanted to watch Donald Young, but I had to go to work.

Brittany plays like Serena Williams.
But she's on the shorter side (two inches taller than me), and it gives me hope that short players can hit powerful shots.
Wow, I just looked her up and she's only 16! Dang!!

Kei played...very well.
My favorite tennis manga Shanimuni GO has a character named Shun Saseko, but Kei is the real-life version.
Let me find an image of Shun...

Uh...I looked around Marimo Ragawa's site, and finally found one.

Sorry Ragawa-sensei for linking without permission...
But Shun-kun isn't featured on any of the volume covers.

Anyway, both won, so I might go again.
Actually, I might go watch the other Japanese guy tomorrow.

After watching tennis I went to work.
I got to play the video game (in Japanese) I'm working on.

The people around me (my client's employees) saw me and said that they shouldn't get me mad.

When the game is announced, you'll understand what they meant.

Then I went to Anime Jungle for the Haruhi event.

There was a big turnout.
Well, more than I expected.

I took one picture.

It was pretty interesting.
I mostly went to give support to Tetsu-san (owner of Anime Jungle) and say hi to the industry people.

I got a Haruhi poster for my friend Stephanie, who does the voice for Mikuru.
It's a nice poster! It's huge.

Now that I think of it, I should've gotten another one to have her sign it and give it away or something.

Oh well.
Posters are hard to send, anyway.
I already had a hard time finding a box/envelope for the 5 manga + extra stuff to the first raffle winner.
I think I reused an envelope I got from Company DR...

Anyway, time to rest.

I have another busy day tomorrow.

Sun Burn

I didn't get much work done this weekend as I hoped to.

Worked on manga here and there.

Today I went to a tennis thing.

USTA Carson Challenger

I was cheering for a Japanese dude and he won!

After that we played tennis.

Since I stayed out in the sun for a long, long time, I got burned.

My arms are soooooo red.
My face too.

Then I went to go eat curry and burned my tongue.

Sob sob...

There was another Japanese dude and he was cuter, but he plays tomorrow.
Kei Nishikiori.
I Googled him, but none of his pictures do him justice!
Oh, it looks like his name is spelled "Nishikori."

There were pretty big stars roaming around.
Well, they'll be big eventually.
I think the biggest name there was Donald Young?
He wasn't playing today.
He also plays tomorrow.

Hmm...I think I'll go watch tomorrow.
Japanese male tennis players hardly move up (no matter how much Prince of Tennis tries to convince you they're full of super-strong players!), so I think this is my last chance to watch him play.

92% Paprika

As of today, Paprika is 92% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.


It's still not playing here in Los Angeles.
I wonder how many of my friends are actually interested in seeing it?

They all went to see Jack Sparrow this weekend.

A Small World

I finished the rush job of a manga.

I pulled an all-nighter for it, so today I took the rest of the day off.

I am really supposed to be working on the video game files.

I received an email from my client's client (who I'm talking to directly), where I found out his full name and realized that I met him before.
Before, he used to work for a different game company and I used to work for a different company.
So I have his old business card.

Since I started talking to him already, I'm not going to bring up that we met before.
Because I'm sure that he doesn't remember me.
And if I bring it up, it might get awkward...

It's really funny how small this industry is.
And the cross-over is cool too.

I completely forgot that this weekend was a holiday weekend.
Bah, it doesn't matter because I'll be working anyway.
I'm currently working on With the Light 3 and the video game.

Manly Men

Currently I am working on a manga and a video game.

Both have only men in it...
Manly men!

Both are made for young male adults.

The video game is a sports video game.
It's a sport I know nothing about, and I don't care to know about it either...
So I had to first start learning about the moves and the rules and stuff.

I wish someone would give me a tennis game to translate.

Anyway, back to the manly men.
I was telling my sister that the manga I was working on had only "gotsui otoko."

Gotsui = rugged, rough
Otoko = man

I personally don't know that many gotsui otoko.
All the guy friends I have are geeky and scrawny.
(I hope they're not reading this...)

Two gotsui men alone together for a few days...
Not a beautiful sight.

But the manga was interesting.
It's something I would never read (because it has gotsui men AND it's a scary manga), but I'm glad I read it.
Many thanks to my editor for giving me the chance to expand my manga horizons.

Sansho the Bailiff Released

Sansho the Bailiff is released today.

I worked on the main feature as well as the actress interview and half of the film critic interview.

What's the story about?
This is what Company CC writes:

When an idealistic governor disobeys the reigning feudal lord, he is cast into exile, his wife and children left to fend for themselves and eventually wrenched apart by vicious slave traders. Under Kenji Mizoguchi’s dazzling direction, this classic Japanese story became one of cinema’s greatest masterpieces, a monumental, empathetic expression of human resilience in the face of evil.

Paprika Article

It was posted on ICv2, but I'll post it here too because I think it was one of the better articles about Paprika.

Anime Dreams, Transformed Into Nightmares

I have trouble explaining the story of the stuff I work on.

"What's KAMUI about? What's Princess Resurrection about?"

I never can explain it to make it sound interesting.
No justice done to the wonderful projects I worked on.

Especially with Paprika...well, I did work on it over a year ago and haven't seen the movie's hard to explain.
I first have to explain about the devices known as the DC Mini, and how there's Paprika who is a ****** of another character, etc, etc.

This article had a nice description.

Please read this article...and please go watch the movie!

I can't wait to go watch it again.
I'm not sick of it even after watching it many many many times over and over in a period of two days, so it's that interesting.

Finished KAMUI #9

I finished KAMUI #9.

Wow...I can't believe it's only two more volumes!

Finished Shugo Chara 3

I finished Shugo Chara 3.

A couple of translation notes.
Ajitama, which I also included in volume 1.
These are flavored boiled eggs.
"Aji" is "flavor" and "tama" is short for "tamago," which is "egg."

You make these by first boiling an egg.

After you boil them to your taste (hard-boiled, etc...I prefer hard-boiled), you chill them immediately.

While chilling the egg, you make the sauce the egg will be sitting in.

Soy sauce, mirin (rice wine), and water.

You boil the sauce in a saucepan, and once it's hot, you pour it into a container.
Place the boiled egg inside the container (so that the sauce covers the egg completely), and let it sit.

Something like that.

Ajitama is great as a topping for ramen, just like PEACH-PIT says.
Usually it's just a normal hard-boiled egg, but if it's a nice ramen place, they will have ajitama.

The Language of Shugo Chara

Since my rush job book did not arrive, I started on Shugo Chara #3.

The language the kids use in this manga are a little distinct.
I'm not sure if this is how kids in Japan today speak, but I try to match it in English.

I should watch Winx or Bratz or something along that line to study, huh.

But I don't want Amu and gang to start sounding stupid...

Moderation is key.

Finished Video Game Files

I finished the video game files and I'm very tired.

I just did the voice files, and there are a lot of


and I really don't know how to differentiate between some of them.
Good luck to the voice actors who are voicing them...

Now that I finished the files, I was supposed to work on a rush project from Company DR...but the book isn't here yet!
Oh no!
It's due Wednesday!! Eek!

So I emailed my editor to see if I can get the tracking number.
Hopefully I can get a hold of it tomorrow.

KAMUI #7 Released

KAMUI #7 is released today.

I think the cover alone would attract new

...And Monday is like Friday

So I got more work today.
Two more, in fact.

My planner (I'm still in the analogue age where I write in my schedule) is filling up with stars.

I have a star sticker next to every deadline I have, which are color coded.
For example, Company B deadlines are marked with a green star, Company T deadlines are marked with a red star.

Let me count the stars in May...


I guess I'm glad I'm not going to Fanime.
I really wanted to see Mr. Inui (Murder Princess author) and Yamaga-san, but oh well.

Those of you going to Fanime, please tell Mr. Inui how much you like Murder Princess!

Oh, and the guest I'm interpreting for at Anime Expo was announced today.
But I'll talk about that another day.

May is Just Another April

I got more video game files to work on on Friday.

On Friday, I had a meeting with a company to discuss Anime Expo a bit.
I'll be translating for a guest.
More details will come when that guest is announced.

After I finish the two batches of the video game files,
I'll have several manga to work on...
With the Light #3, Shugo Chara #3, and maybe a new project from Company T.
I'll also be starting work on another video game.

I just finished Coyote Ragtime Show #2 and working on KAMUI #9 too.

So basically, I'm just as busy this month as April.

It would be nice to be able to take a week off sometime...
Maybe in August?

Finished Manga, Starting Video Game

I finished unannounced title Y.

There were many pop cultural references.

So a bunch of short translation notes would be in this volume.

Anyway, I thought I can take the rest of the day off...

But, I woke up from my nap and found more work sitting in my inbox.


It's the rest of the video game that was still waiting for approval from various places.

So I won't get another day off until...Tuesday?

Shiku shiku shiku...

Hime Hime Hime

I'm working on a manga right now, and there is another character called "Hime."

This third project with "Hime."

If you count the "princess" reference, it's...uh...five or something.

Because I'm typing "Hime" so much, everytime I type "him" (as in "him and her"), I add an "e" at the end of it.

Oh well.

I have a bunch of unannounced titles right now.
Towards the end of this month I'll be working on Shugo Chara #3 and KAMUI #9.

Lovers in the Night Released

According to Amazon, today should be the release date for Lovers in the Night.

Finished Video Game

I finished the video game.

It didn't take that long, but counting the characters to make it fit (35 characters per line) was tiring.

It looks like this game was announced already, because I was reading interviews and stuff and the details match my files.

But I'll keep it hush-hush for now...just in case.
The game will be released this Fall, so I'll reveal the title then.

Scorching Hot Sunday

I didn't work much today because of my tennis match and birthday party.

It was a really hot day...

And I had to play at 1pm, which is ridiculous.
You're not really supposed to play between 12pm and 2pm.

I stayed to watch my teammates play until it was time for the party.
My tennis match venue was close to the restaurant.

I'm working on the video game now.

My face is all hot from the sun...and it's a little hard to work.

TV Work

May sweeps!

May screenings!

May is a busy time in the TV industry because they need to pitch their new shows to different target languages.

So that's what I went in for today.
English to Japanese.

It was dialogue, which is so much easier for me.

I only did half of a full-hour show.

It was about a lawyer.

I'm glad I play Gyakuten Saiban (Ace Attorney) and read detective/mystery novels in Japanese.
It went pretty fast.

Oh, and my boss gave me Beard Papa cream puffs for my birthday!
And we got free pizza because everyone was required to come in to finish the tight deadline.
(I'm "on-call" so I didn't help much...sorry)

Okay, now back to the video game due on Tuesday, and the manga due on Thursday.


Day Off

I got three jobs today.

Two video games, and one manga.

One of the video games is the same series as the previous video game I worked on.
This series is hot hot hot right now, so I was expecting it...just not this soon.

The other video game is a title I really know nothing about.
I do know about the title, but I've never read the manga or seen the anime.

But luckily, I have a friend at the anime distribution company who released the anime, so maybe I can borrow the DVDs.

...Actually, he just emailed me back saying I can borrow them!
He's so nice!
Thank you!!

Anyway, today was my day off, so I went to get a massage and bought some manga.

I bought the bunko versions of manga I used to read when I was younger:

Handsome na Kanojo
Mienai Silhouette
Noroi no Kurojuuji

Handsome na Kanojo is by the artist who did "Marmalade Boy" and "Ultra Maniac."
I personally prefer Handsome na Kanojo over most of her other work.
There was a one-volume manga I liked too, called "Quartet Game," but I think it's out of print.

Mienai Silhouette and Noroi no Kurojuuji are by Yoko Matsumoto.
She was the "horror shojo artist of Nakayoshi" when I was young.
Like the current Miyuki Etoh (Jigoku Shoujo).
Noroi no Kurojuuji wasn't that interesting, but "Mienai Kao" that was featured in Mienai Silhouette is a story I like.
There's a nice twist.
And it's people getting killed by people, and not some evil spirit like the other stories.
I like human murder stories.
I don't support or encourage them though.
(I'm not a psycho!)

I can't say anything about Kochikame.
It speaks for itself.
It's funny, informative, and entertaining.

To continue my day off, I'll be going to watch Spider-Man 3 at midnight.

...And then I'll work on my birthday (tomorrow) all day.

I chose the wrong day to take off, didn't I?

Finished Pet on Duty

I just finished Pet on Duty.

It's a story about a cat-eared boy (no, he doesn't really have cat ears) surrounded by a bunch of hot men.

And they are hot!

My favorite is Koichi, the main character's older brother.

He first appears as a nice older brother, but later gets a little mean and evil (in a funny way).
Maybe that's what I like about him.

I like people who appear nice are but really evil inside.
You call this "hara-guroi" in Japanese.
Literally "black/dark stomach."

I am often called "hara-guroi" by my friends.

The term comes from fish.
The Japanese halfbeak is an expensive fish if you were to eat it.
It's a beautiful fish and very tasty, but the inside of their body is pretty dirty.
They're white fish, but their intestine is black...
That's where the word comes from.

...This was another installment of One Potato Two's "Useless Japanese."

The Japanese halfbeak is "sayori" in Japanese.
Even the name sounds pretty.

Double Princesses Released

Princess Resurrection #1 and Kitchen Princess #2 are released today.

Princess Resurrection's Hime has a real name, but you don't find out until the end of volume 3.
I was working on P. Res while I was working on KAGETORA, so the two Hime were confusing me a bit.