A big day for all of us, as we prepared to visit Company P, an animation studio.
We were asked to do a panel for a group of about 50 people. I was a bit nervous because I didn't get much sleep, and it's hard to interpret when you're sleepy.
We get to the campus, and even before we sign in, we started to take pictures.
One of the many pictures taken in front of the main entrance.
We took a brief tour, then went to one of the screening rooms for our panel.
After a quick hello, we showed a short clip of all the titles Company G worked on. I've seen this clip before when Yamaga-san showed it at Fanime last year, but it was updated with the recent titles. "Wish Upon the Pleiades" was in there too! Yay!
I did a short introduction of the panelists, had them say a few words, and went on to some Q&A.
Honestly, I don't remember most of it...sorry. I'm looking at my notes as I write this entry, but with 6 people to interpret, I couldn't write much down and had to rely on memory most of the time.
One of the questions was why Company G titles were different from other studio properties in which a story would have a climax, then another climax, and then even another climax. The answer was that, in the case of Gurren Lagann, the director and the scriptwriter, would pack so much into one episode. They would pack maybe 2-3 episodes' worth of content into 1 episode. Of course, this is like torture to the staff... But everyone at Company G wants to please the fans, so they do it. And because they like doing it, too.
The hour went by really fast. It was a lot of fun, and many thanks to the staff of Company G and Company P for giving me the opportunity to take part in a rare event.
After the panel we had lunch at Company P, and we had a few Company P people join us to talk. It was fun, but I had to stuff my food down fast in order to interpret. Fortunately there was a fellow who studied Japanese at Harvard sitting next to me, so he took over most of the interpreting. (Thanks, B!)
I wish the staff had more time to interact with each other, but it was time to go watch some Company P shorts. We saw three shorts. My favorite was "Tokyo Mater."
After the screening, it was time for pictures and shopping at the Company P store.
Sushio-san (not pictured here) bought this huge bear.
Thank you Company P for the warm welcome!
After we left Company P, we went to a comic shop in Oakland. They had a huge selection of manga (English) there!! For example...all the obscure(?) titles I worked on for Company TP! Foxy Lady, Tokko, Takumi-kun series... I never got copies of them, so this was the first time seem them in print. I was a little shocked to see I wasn't credited for Innocent W #3. But with bad reviews on the title, maybe that was okay... Hee hee.
We then headed for the Golden Gate Bridge. Last time Company G was here, it was foggy. This time, the sun was going down, but we managed to barely get enough light for good pictures.
Yamada-san and Sushio-san taking pictures.
By the way, it was freezing.
But we then headed to somewhere colder, Twin Peaks. (Which was also foggy the last time Company G went)
I took one picture and went back to the car. My hands were so cold, I couldn't take any more pictures!
But everyone had fun. They were satisfied.
For dinner we went to Thanh Long, known for their crab and garlic noodles.
Then we went back to the hotel...
And I checked my email.
I had a small piece of work from Company YP, and they wanted it today!!
I did it, but because the adrenaline kicked in to fight my drowsiness, I couldn't sleep for the next 2 hours.