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May 30th, 2006 (12:07 am)
calm

current mood: calm

Eeee.... a few things to mention. Books arrived today so I'll likely be pretty absent for the next bit as I read through them all. :P At least I managed to read through Ouran 1-5 today. Otherwise, next up for FB's cover is... unknown! On the thank-you page, Takaya-sensei has a comment along the lines of "who should I put next......"

Saiunkoku Monogatari ep 8's translation WIP is now up on the site. I'm hoping to open that section openly sometime next weekend if all goes well. Getting my translations edited is actually very interesting. ^___^ I still have to go some changes to go through still and to reply to both Heather and Ysa-chan. Thank you both so much for all your help! I think this'll be a great learning experience for me and will help me work on the English side still more for translations. Getting things more natural still without losing out on context will take a bit of work. ^^;;

I still haven't had a chance to listen to CD Drama 2. >_<;; I'm not sure where I put my CD player or if it's buried under a pile of books. Night time doesn't work too well for 2 CD dramas since I have to switch discs partway through. *sigh*


And on the knitting front, Furry Yarns is having a sale on the handpainted Zephyr! *___* It looks absolutely yummy but I'm having a hard time getting up the desire to buy. >_<;; Something about having other things in the stash and no idea what to do with them is putting a damper on things. That and ordering from Canada is being a bit of a pain. I might still put in an order if the sale is still going tomorrow though. :P

A present from the female sibling arrived today in the mail. I think I'll have her make it though. It's a knit fitted jacket that looks like it'll be good for Autumn (I got colour scheme #5). It's garter stitch though so whoever makes it will have to be careful not to impale themselves on their knitting needles if they fall asleep from boredom. ^^;;

Otherwise, the garter stitch collar / front band was finally fully frogged out today from the Spice Caravan robe. >_<;; I think I have ~350 stitches to pick up again and reknit. *cry* Thankfully it hasn't been so hot for the past couple of days that I've started thinking about picking up the knitting needles again a little. Still, I don't know if I want to get under so much wool again. The robe is a bit hefty now.


Edit:

While I liked ep 8 well enough, I was a bit disappointed that certain aspects of the story wasn't portrayed. Seiran's interaction with Ensei wasn't all bad, but we completely missed out on how he deals with Shuuei and a bit on Shuurei's reaction to Seiran being dragged into helping out with rounding up all the bandits. In the novel, Shuuei and Kouyuu apparently go to Shouka's home every fourth night and enjoy Shuurei's cooking these days. On the day in question, they actually take a live chicken to their home (courtesy of Kouyuu) and when they walk in the door, they realise that surprisingly Shuurei's already cooking something. Typically she waits until they arrive and her cooking revolves around whatever they might have brought. That day however, she'd found Ensei collapsed in front of their home and took him in and fed him.

The chicken then gets away from Kouyuu and tries to escape when Ensei grabs his staff and knocks the chicken unconscious. Shuuei and Seiran immediately realise that whoever the man at the table was, he was exceptionally skilled. Seiran asks the man who he is, and Ensei tells him that there's no need to get such a scary look on his face. Afterall, he'd caught their chicken for them, and he tosses the chicken to Seiran. At that point, he recoginizes Seiran's face and asks if he might be "Little Whirlwind" at which, Seiran tosses the bird at Shuuei, grabs the guy by the shirt, hauls him outside and shuts the door behind him. (<- total time 3 secs).

At dinner, Shuuei brings up the subject of having Seiran help round up the bandits. Seiran agrees adding that he's to be paid 5 gold coins per day! Shuuei almost chokes at that fee (which suddenly took a 20x increase from what had been discussed earlier), but Seiran tells him that he won't do it otherwise. Shuuei however agrees since they were the ones who were asking something of Seiran. Seiran then tells Ensei that he's to be Shuurei's helper/guard for the next month. Ensei readily agrees as he also needs a place to stay, but Seiran continues on how Ensei won't put any strain on the household finances because Shuuei will pay *from his own pocket* Ensei's wages. Before Shuuei can protest however, Shuurei looks really happy and asks him if that's true and Shuuei can't say anything other than agree. ^^;;

In the novel, Shuurei's reaction to the monetary compensation was rather weak that both Kouyuu and Shuuei were wondering what was bothering her. In the anime, she mentions something about it being summer (which will be revealed later), but in the novel she doesn't really mention why. Shuuei asks her if it might be because of the curse doll she'd received recently, and she does ask him if anything can be done about "that person" but beyond that it doesn't really go into things.

Otherwise, the missing page from the scans for this book dealing with Ryuuki's dream... Apparently, when Shuurei and Seiran initially start to distance themselve from Ryuuki, he tries to go after them only to realise that his feet wouldn't move. Looking down, he sees that his former lovers (male) have grabbed his feet and are keeping him from chasing after them. ^^;;


Ah poor Ryuuki. :P Or is that poor Shuuei?! He can't win against Seiran. :P

Comments

Posted by: f_ireworks (f_ireworks)
Posted at: May 30th, 2006 11:43 am (UTC)
Waves_Hanajima

Oh, the jacket looks absolutely gorgeous!

Have fun reading :-)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 31st, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)

^___^ I love drowning in books sometimes.

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: May 30th, 2006 12:10 pm (UTC)
cat & mouse (katebug48)

OMG! I less-than-three the mermaid jacket! You'll post FSU's comments on the making (aside from knit-knit-knit-cryofboredom-knit-knit-knit)?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 31st, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)

*laughs* I will but I'm not sure what will come out of her. ^^;; Right now she's doing a 3x3 ribbing sweater for me so all I hear is "this is boring!" or "Sqeee! Truffles is so nice to work with!" ^^;;

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: June 1st, 2006 12:26 pm (UTC)
Make your own rules

Oh yeah, good point, which she probably knows - make the Mermaid out of fun-to-work-with material at least. ^_^

(I think you might have the best FSU ever. I knit only for me. I've knit some things to give away, but right now, all my stash are belong to ME! ^_^)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: June 1st, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: June 1st, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC)
Gimme tea! (by epi_lj)

Oh, and reading other comments, I see you're second generation. I have a question… I was told nisei (is that right?) means "third generation", but I know san is 3 and ni (nii?) is 2. So I've guessed that it's "second born away from Japan". Does that sound about right?

Just a random question. ^_^

Oh, btw, I got a summer berries tisane yesterday. Oh, the yumminess!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: June 1st, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: May 30th, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC)

those are really lovely suits! *__*

ummm as for Saiunkoku, I am dying to get the manga! I noticed in the few chapters i've seen so far the anime left out some details/scenes that I thought were cute ^_^
I just love how coquettish and childish Ryuuki can be around Shuurei (lol *now i'd hate that in most males but he's an exception teehee)

did you plan on collecting the manga too? it's such lovely visual ^_^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 31st, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)

I'm planning on getting them, but they're still not listed on Amazon's site. I guess it'll have to wait a while longer since it's not due to come out until the end of June anyways. Otherwise, I'm also dying to know when the next novel will come out... *___* FWIW, the manga looks like it follows the novels more closely. At least that's the impression I got from seeing the Chinese version. I could at least put visual with storyline. ^^;

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: May 30th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
gintoki sensei

wow. i didn't realise you are a knitter! me too! ^______^ i started knitting when i was a little girl. Being poor, mum knit us winter sweaters, and then taught me how to knit. I then stopped for about 10 years (life, stuff, sh*t...you know) and then picked it up 2yrs ago, again. I have been getting back into it slowly. BUt, i am part of a knitting group, comprised of film industry friends. It looks like you are a SERIOUSLY GIFTED knitter, though, that you are knitting a beautiful jacket like that. ^^ i sooo love knitting!!

and, if you don't mind me asking a "personal" question: how are you flunet in japanese? are you japanese? self study? did you live in japan (and if you did how...i am thinking about maybe living there for a year or so)?

^____^

and, as far as SM goes...thanks so much to you and the others for your hard work! and, sooo in episode 8, Shuurei is upset about Seiran going. I guess his leaving, and asking for more money is to help out with SHuurei and the household too, neh? He's being the MAN, supporting SHuurei and her father. SOOOO SWEET!!!

loved the Ryuuki dream. poor thing. he's too cute.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 31st, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)

*laughs* I don't know about being gifted considering... I'll probably have the female sibling make this one. I read the destructions and while if I tried it out step by step I might be able to do it, I'd rather be certain. :P I've never done an i-cord start before. ^^;

and, if you don't mind me asking a "personal" question: how are you flunet in japanese? are you japanese? self study? did you live in japan (and if you did how...i am thinking about maybe living there for a year or so)?

That's not an easy question to answer. I'm not Japanese but am second generation so I have some cultural understanding. Most of what I've learned language-wise is through a combination of forced learning and "osmotic" learning. ^^; I managed to learned to read hiragana and most katakana to a relative degree through manga and some listening comp through anime. I then moved to Japan for ~3 years during which time I learned to read kana well (otherwise I'd have starved). Listening and speaking also took off when I struggled to find an apartment on my own using Japanese rental agencies. I worked in English Conversation and my school manager didn't speak much English so after awhile it came to be easier to communicate in Japanese rather than English.

Kanji learning was done partly through self-teaching (most of the first basic kanji learner from Bojinsha) but was more from wanting to read online doujinshi and later Ghost Hunt novels. Basically I sat down with the novels determined to read them and fought to understand unknown kanji through context and use. This is still my primary approach to "learning" kanji.

and, as far as SM goes...thanks so much to you and the others for your hard work! and, sooo in episode 8, Shuurei is upset about Seiran going. I guess his leaving, and asking for more money is to help out with SHuurei and the household too, neh? He's being the MAN, supporting SHuurei and her father. SOOOO SWEET!!!

......I don't know if I'd go quite that far. ^^; I'd say partly that and partly because Shuuei's a bit like a toy for him. Also, Haku and Koku daishogun have both been extremely insistent and bother Seiran ~every 3 days to come back to the Uringun. I think since the work involved wouldn't change his work hours, comes with a nice bonus and would get the two daishogun off his case... to him, it was worth doing. ^_^

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: June 1st, 2006 12:37 am (UTC)
the boys

wow. second gen. that's awesome! and you lived in japan for 3years...another awesome. I am applying for the JET programme in september for next year. I figure (seeing i am much older than you) that I should try it now, while I am still "young". I am self-study, but languages have not been a problem for me, seeing my father is brazilian and mum grea up speaking Italian in scotland (wild. i know). So, languages were spoken in our house, though, unfortunately, never taught. I learned through listening.

anyhoo....how did you enjoy living in japan? i apologize with all the personal q's. I am trying to gage out my chances of going, and whatnot. any info helps.

heh-heh. re: seiran....yeh, I am sure he did it MORE than wanting to be the man.. and how LUCKY is Shuurei to have a TOY like that! Uh! i would just . .die to have Seiran as my personal toy. add Ryuuki to the mix and consider it absolute heaven on earth. ^_____^

and, p.s. you are DEFINITELY the AMAZING knitter...i don't even know what an I-cord is! ^^;;

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: June 1st, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)

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Posted by: Laurie (ichi_san)
Posted at: May 30th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
drunk

Wheeeee, news from vol. 20 ! Mine hasn't come in the mail yet.

I think it's cute that Takaya wants to keep the last cover a surprise. This way we'll still keep guessing about something, even after Furuba has ended. Are there any other interesting new stuff in it ? Like, cute new sketches ? Never seen before illustrations at the beginning of each chapter ? Funny stuff in Takaya's columns ?

Wow, those jackets really look pretty ! It amazes me everytime to see that something hand-knit can actually look that perfect. My mom does knit sometimes, but for some reason, everything she makes always end up looking *awful* (with a couple of holes here and there, also) and not at all like she wanted at first. XD
Courage pour celle des deux soeurs qui tricotera ! ^_____^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 31st, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)

Hmm... I think there are only two author's note in this volume. Takaya-sensei mentioned something about not having too many since the story's so serious, she didn't want them to be a distraction. The first one talks about the back cover picture and she mentions that originally she was thinking about putting the Mogeta paperweight Yuki had given her, but instead went with footsteps in the snow. And if you look carefully they're not only Machi's footsteps, but Yuki's are in there too. ^_^ Also, in the beginning, she's supposed to like rabbits and sat behind Momiji in class and really liked his rabbit stuffs; Mogeta is supposed to be similar to rabbits and from there... (although in reality they're not that similar).

The second one talks about (other than the lack of author asides), how Kyo's feelings ran deeper than she was prepared for. There aren't too many character's who fight her as she writes the story, but it took almost as much effort as Kureno-san (ie Kyo was apparently being stubborn). ^^;; Apparently Kureno-san was really something saying things like "I don't like this" or "that's no good" and he wouldn't readily agree with what she wanted. And the result of letting him do things the way he wanted is how things are now. Apparently, while spending time with the characters is fun, it's also exhausting.

Image-wise there's
- a wake-up shot with Machi stretching.
- Yuki commenting that it's the 20th vol but he's not in it much. Kakeru tells him not to feel down since Machi's on the cover
- a sketch of terrified Tohru and Akki together on a mountain top as the rest of the mountain crumbles around them (and the two of them are put to the test)

Vol 21 is supposed to be released in Sept.

Posted by: Laurie (ichi_san)
Posted at: May 31st, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 31st, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC)

Posted by: The Hamster Of Death (vampyrichamster)
Posted at: June 10th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)

Eh, Seiran drives a hard bargain. Ensei's a riot. I see why Seiran can be a little whirlwind. ;)

(Just moving back through LJ time. Really, thank you for having all this great info up! It's a marvellous resource on all things Saiunkoku!)

Posted by: カイロンスター (chironstar)
Posted at: September 27th, 2006 12:17 pm (UTC)

Haha, that whole thing with Seiran dragging Ensei out within 3 seconds is hilarious. =D

Oooh, reading some comments about Japan is making me want to go there even more than I already do! (It's unfortunate that I don't have the money to make the trip ... T_T.) Anyway, thanks again for the snippets of info! ^_^

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