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. Shun-kun
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...
I was cheering for a Japanese dude and he won! Yeay!
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.
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.
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.
Aaaaanyway. 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.
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.
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.
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 since...it'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.
I got more video game files to work on on Friday. Eek.
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?
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.
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 Kochikame
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.
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."
P.S. The Japanese halfbeak is "sayori" in Japanese. Even the name sounds pretty.