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Believe in Yourself

The project I've been working for Company G has been announced in Japan.

It is a charity doujin book to benefit the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Title: "Believe in Yourself"
84 pages (including cover)
Content: "Gurren Lagann" illustration collection drawn for charity. All images were drawn specifically for this book.
Price: 1000 yen
Cover illustration by Sushio.
Back cover illustration by Hiroyuki Imaishi.

All profits will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

Hiroyuki Imaishi
Masahiko Otsuka
Shingo Abe
Akira Amemiya
Kei Anjiki
Syouta Ibata
Shota Iwasaki
Ikuo Kuwana
Keisuke Kojima
Hirokazu Kojima
Nozomi Goto
Sorato Shimizu
Yuka Shibata
Yusuke Tanaka
Hiromi Taniguchi
Hiroaki Tomita
Shouko Nakagawa
Atsushi Nishigori
Hitomi Hasegawa
Akemi Hayashi
Syuhei Handa
Tatsumi Fujii
Ryouji Masuyama
Hiroki Mutaguchi
Yusuke Yoshigaki
Mai Yoneyama
Keisuke Watanabe
Bobby Rubio
Dean Kelly
Grant Alexander
Kenji Ono
Kihyun Ryu
Lauren Montgomery
Michael Chang
Seung-Hyun Oh
Bryan Konietzko
Elsa Garagarza
Ethan Spaulding
Ian Graham
Joaquim Dos Santos

They will be selling this book at doujin events such as Comiket. They are also planning to have this sold online by GAINAX.

A message from Masahiko Otsuka, who proposed this project.
"I would like to express my deepest sympathies to everyone in the stricken area of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
This project came from the feelings of a few anime staff wondering what we could do to help. Hence, we came up with creating an illustration book to benefit charity.
Not only did GAINAX animators contribute, but singer Shouko Nakagawa, and creators from overseas participated as well.
The title of the book, "Believe in Yourself," was named by Kazuki Nakashima.
All profits from the sales of this book will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society."

This book was published due to volunteer work of anime staff with the consent of Gurren Lagann Committee and GAINAX Company, Limited.
The Gurren Lagann Committee and GAINAX Company, Limited are not responsible for the publication and sales of this book.

So what did I contribute, you ask?
I translated the correspondence between the U.S. artists and the staff of Company G.
I also translated the artist profiles to Japanese and English.

Finished Episode 5 of Anime Project

Yay, I thought it would take longer, but I finished the anime script for episode 5.

Hopefully they'll like my work and continue to hire me for the rest of the series.
(There are 12 episodes total).

I just hope I don't get the script right before Fanime or E3.
I don't want to be staying at my friend's house working rather than meeting up with my clients and friends at Fanime... Knock wood, knock wood.

New Client, Same Property

I got a new client with new work.
I went to visit their office in Burbank today, to get instructions and whatnot.

The funny thing is that I've worked with this property before.
Like, two times in the past...for two different companies.

The series has been announced here in the US (including which network it's airing on), but I'll hold off on mentioning anything until a bit later.

I'm starting on episode 5, so I just finished watching episodes 1-4...
And I will format my script first, then translate.
I have tomorrow plus the weekend to work on this, which is more than enough time,
but I still have the project from Company A to worry about too,
so no time to slack off.

I also have the volunteer project for Company G, which will be announced Monday (Japan time), I was told.

By the way, President Obama was in my neighborhood (few blocks down) today.
Luckily I didn't drive during the time he was here, so I was not affected.

Other Activities

Other than my project at Company A, I've been busy with semi-work stuff...

I've been helping people at Company G on multiple projects.

I can't give details yet (don't I always say that...), but exciting stuff!

Company G is not a large-large company, but I am working with different people,
so the two projects are unrelated.

Hopefully I can give details soon...

/end quick and boring post.

We [Heart] Japan Meeting

We Heart Japan Thumb

Tonight some of us organizers for the We [Heart] Japan charity group had dinner.

We are planning our next event!

I can't give details yet, but please stay tuned.

I did use my connections to get some "drawn-for-this-charity" artwork from Company G.
I can't give details on that yet either, but here's a sneak peek:

Imaishi Yoko Partial

Can you guess who the character is?

Anyway, since I can't give details of the meeting yet, the least I can do is post pictures of the food.

Coral Tree Cafe

Coral Tree Cafe

Coral Tree Cafe

So please stay tuned for information about our next event!!

Happy April!

Happy April!

And Happy April Fool's Day!

A few things.
Starting today is Autism Awareness Month!

If you see buildings lit up with blue lights, they are participating in the Light It Up Blue movement.
April 2 is Autism Awareness Day, and there are various events going on around the world!

I realized that it's been 5 years doing this blog.
Now I feel so old.

5 years ago around this time I was...

...working on Paprika!

Wow. Time flies...



Okay, back to work.
Have a safe April Fool's Day, everyone!

Oh, please also check out the current Company G website's illustration.
"Wish Upon the Pleiades"
Nanako (purple hair) looks so cute!

Also, please continue to spread the word about the anime...
I would like the number of views on the English version to catch up to Japanese version.