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September 5th, 2007 (11:34 pm)

So, next week's ep of Hotaru no Hikari will be the last one. I wonder how they'll end it and if they'll wrap things up essentially where things are now rather than continue with how things go in vol 9 of the manga. This week's ep was *so* sweet, although I was almost hoping for Takano-buchou to call Hotaru "Ahomiya" like he often does. :P Of all the people in this series, he's definitely my favourite. ^o^

I think I'm going to have to re-watch this series from the beginning as there are so many sweet and funny things that happen. I especially love how Buchou and Hotaru are when they're together. ^^;

Likewise, Claymore will be wrapping up soon as will Mushiuta. Sadly, I've fallen behind on Mushiuta, but Claymore has been mostly interesting. However, in Claymore's case, they changed certain parts from the manga of which some was a bit annoying. I sort of wish a certain someone weren't present where said person never was. (At least not in the manga.) *sigh* (I just want to stick with the interesting parts. :P )

Otherwise... I mentioned this to toriru4ever, but I learned a few new words yesterday. ^^;; She did mention she was hoping I could translate some smut for her; I just didn't really how smut smut was. ^^;; In some ways I'm surprised I haven't run into the words I learned yesterday before, but... (I suspect some people have learned said words much much earlier in their language learning life compared to when I learned them in Japanese...) ^^;; Anyhow, I think I'm going to re-watch one ep of Hotaru before finishing what I was reading last night. ^^;;


Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: September 6th, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)

hahaha you know even my japanese friend (who is non-manga fan) said that some of the smut words use in doujinshi and manga are not ones she is familiar with lol

anyways, think you could tackle the Kouyu/Shuurei one after this? :D
*it's 90% manga-style*

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 7th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)

Oh good. So it wasn't just me then. ^^;

Before or after? Manga is usually much easier/faster to translate than text although what I've read hasn't been overly difficult as far as I've been able to tell. ^^;

Posted by: Maria (reynardine)
Posted at: September 6th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)

I'm really loving Hotaru no Hikari myself. Takano-buchou rocks.

I just got the manga in, but with no furigana, it's going to take me a while to read. (I'm getting better with kanji, but I have to admit I've used furigana as a crutch and have gotten in the habit of looking up kanji by sound rather than stroke-count). Although volume 10 is due out in October? <==although I won't see it for awhile, since I only do orders from Amazon.jp twice a year when the NHK taiga drama magazine specials come out (December/January and July/August)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 7th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)

Thanks for the heads-up on vol 10. I'll have to keep an eye out for it. ^_^

Umm, NHK taiga drama magazine specials?

Good luck working on reading the manga. I remember when I relied on furigana. It made life so much simpler. :P

Posted by: Maria (reynardine)
Posted at: September 7th, 2007 07:27 am (UTC)

re: NHK taiga drama magazines: I suppose they don't official count as magazines, but they're printed in a magazine format. They have lots of pictures and introduce the characters and some of the historical background. This one is the latest to come out, for Fuurin Kazan. These are published twice a year, and usually sell out quickly. (I get them mainly for the pictures, especially of the costumes, as that is a passion of mine.)

Posted by: Max Ikari (maxikari)
Posted at: September 6th, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC)

I completely understand about Claymore. I wish it hadn't changed stuff from the manga such as a certain person not being there. I was more annoyed than anything that that happened because I think the manga is still on-going so I'm wondering how they'll tweak it in the anime to make it fit. Hmm, oh well.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 7th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)

I have an idea for why the displaced one, but... I'm sort of hoping that's not the case. >.> I guess we'll see how things pan out as they end things. ^^;

Posted by: Parsnip (parsnip_chan)
Posted at: September 6th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
MaiLin - father daughter

I am slightly disappointed in Claymore as well. It's an awesome show, but the manga just had more impact for me then the incredibly slow moving scenes with the certain someone who doesn't belong there (and really has no clue what's going on yet manga wise).


I haven't seen the latest episode yet, but I'm hoping it'll salvage it's awesomeness with the wonder of Clare and the rest of the Claymores. I'm actually wondering if they're hoping to wrap the whole series up in the next 3/4 episodes so they won't have to wait 2-5 years for enough material to complete the show as intended by Norihiro Yagi.

And I concur with Hotaru no Hikari even though I've only seen the first three episodes. *curses her lack of Japanese understanding!* It's a very cute, quirky show and Buchou's and Hotaru's interactions are actually rather subtle beneath all the comedy.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 7th, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)

I suspect they are trying to wrap it up in the next few eps, so it'll be interesting to see what they do to bring things to an end for the anime. Likewise, the manga had more impact for me than the anime. I wonder when the next manga volume will be coming out. I'm definitely looking forward to then next one. ^o^

Posted by: A faint shadow in the void (soruk)
Posted at: September 8th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)
Claymore: Clare 2

I've not read the manga - indeed I came across Claymore via the anime. Still, judging from other comments on the claymore_fans group I think I know who you mean by the extra character who shouldn't be there. ^_^

I think I can see why they brought him back in with the show having only 3 more episodes to run, thus tying up what would otherwise be a rather big loose end. Of course following the manga more closely would have been better and either have it run for many more episodes (I was going to say like Death Note which ran for 37 episodes, but even then apparently they changed it a lot from the manga too), or line up a second season.

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: September 6th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
library by skellorg on obsessiveicons

Your Claymore comments illustrate so clearly why I am rarely pleased by filmed adaptations of written work. Or it could simply be the fact that I'm a book snob. *hides* *grin*

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 7th, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)

*laughs* Actually, Hotaru no Hikari is one series where I think I much prefer the adaptation over the original written work. It's one of those instances where they changed things around and improved things compared to the original. The question is whether the final ep will change things irrevocably from how the manga goes or not. They've added, dropped and otherwise changed quite a bit while maintaining the feel of the story. ^_^

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: September 7th, 2007 06:50 am (UTC)
Make your own rules

Oh, heh, good point. I glanced at the manga (The Drifting Classroom) that Long Love Letter was adapted from, twitched, and put that right back on the shelf.

However they do it, I hope it's a good ending. ^_^

Posted by: Joie (hymnia)
Posted at: September 6th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
Bunny loves you

That reminds me, I've been meaning to ask you: How did you learn Japanese?

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