Dropping by the mall today, I managed to nab GH 5 and 6 but having done a minor flip through some pages, I'm seriously tempted to just burn them or otherwise throw them away. Del Rey, what have you done to this story?! I'm sorry, but your translator is *wrong*! Some of the lines are right of course (if it was 100% wrong, that would be worse than pathetic), but a chunks of the text and the entire *feel* of certain scenes are the *opposite* of what they should be! I have to admit to having been utterly shocked and dumbfounded when I read some of the *crap* that's in these two books. Don't get me wrong. What I've read of book...3? 4? was fine and I checked book 4 and it has a different translator. Someone who *knows* Japanese at least. But what I've noticed in books 5 and 6 on flip through... I have to seriously wonder, if a person actually *read* this book, would it make *sense*?! Do the words match the images, do the lines from page to page correspond and make a coherent story?! It sounds like it's jumping back and forth constantly contradicting itself or something. :/ I guess the good thing for English viewers of the anime is that hopefully the upcoming stories will be a bit of a pleasant surprise compared to what they've read in the past two volumes. :/
Don't get me wrong, just because I write and translate things one way doesn't mean that's the only way to do it. Of course I can make mistakes and I do, and I may well make (have made) a major one without realising it. However, this book... Let's look at the beginning just after the fire and we have Mai's narrative:
Ryokuryou high reported "a locker room fire on the 12th day" after the ghost incidents started.
But in my vision, I remember thinking, "this looks like a TV studio, not the locker room."
So Naru decided to set up our detection equipment in the studio instead.
One of Ryokuryou High School's strange incidents: "a fire that occurs in the change room every 12 days"
But I had a strange dream, and mentioned that, "it might not be the change room, but rather in the PA room."
So Naru said something about setting up equipment in the PA room.
- change room or locker room doesn't matter
- PA room or studio either can work there; whatever you'll find in a high school.
What's sad is, this isn't all that bad. It's just pretty much the first one. And it keeps going, and gets worse, and they *killed* the scene at the end of this story. *cry*
And the Wai! would be, while hunting for a new CD player, I got tired of looking at local shops and jumped to Joshin's site (Japanese electronics shop) to see what was available out there. While there, I accidentally clicked on CD/DVD as in "movies and music" stuffs and discovered Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbou will be coming out on DVD in April! Wai! We have what was commercially released on LD and VHS eons ago, but this is an 11 DVD box set! *___* I'm *so* looking forward to seeing all of it! ^o^ (Why, yes, I did already pre-order it. Why do you ask?)
Anyhow, I'm going to lick my wounds from the horror that has become of Ghost Hunt manga, and do some edits. >.