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.
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