Monday, November 28, 2011

Notice: Kamiki Ryunosuke Translations

As you may have guess from my recent lack of translations… Erm, to say it truthfully, my lack of time and money prevents me from doing proper translation like I have wanted.

However, good news to those who are looking forward to Kamiki translations, because you don’t have to wait any longer!!!

I don’t know how I receive this blessing from above, but a Chinese translator, Miji-san, is willing to take the helm at Kamiki’s translation! YAY!! She is more of an expert than I am, especially in Chinese, so you guys are in good hand! She’s extremely quick and able too!! ♥

If you have livejournal, you MUST befriend her at mplusmismm! She already have 2 articles translated! So DO IT NOW!

As for me, I’ll focus on Kamiki’s untranslated Japanese stuffs (when I have time), until I receive another blessing and a Japanese translator is willing to help out with more Kamiki translation! Yes, I’m still waiting for you! Sign up if you haven’t already!

Now, I’m going to give you some instruction for when you finished reading this short notice, so please pay attention.

1. Befriend/favorite mplusmismm!

2. Learn Japanese and become Kamiki’s translator #2 for his Japanese stuffs!

 

On another note, “11 Nin mom Iru!” is hilarious!

 

Thank you for your time. ( ̄ー ̄)

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Gokaiger Episode 40 Making Of

This week Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger Making Of, taken from Toei’s Gokaiger Official site.

I just realized we only have 12 more episodes until the next Super Sentai debut. It’s going to be sad seeing Gokaiger end, though I am also excited for the first time since I start watching Super Sentai about the new team. I think this series may be push Shinkenger down from its spot as my 2nd favorite. The top spot is still Magiranger for me.

So apparently Izumi Shuuhei is in Kuroshitsuji Musical as Undertaker with Sakamoto Shogo. News to me!

This episode made my eyes moist. Even though I haven’t seen that far of Timeranger, Domon is already becoming a favorite character just with this tribute alone. That’s probably saying a lot more than I should have. The last scene is ♥.

 

1. Gokaiger and time travel
It seems fun! So small!! (laughs)

2. Director Takemoto and Izumi-san.
They are good friends.

3. Domon is getting ready to film.

4. Ah~ How nostalgic.

5. Ah~ But this will be the heartrending last (laughs)

6. Even though it has been 10 years
He still has a great smile.

7. This is the letter that caused Domon to tear up

8. Moriyama Honami is played by Yoshimura Tamao-san.
Of course, as the original cast.

9. A commemorative photo, crossing space and time!

 

 

1. Gai-kun of the past is also a bit different

2. But as they fight, they became good friends. Yep.

3. Last week total reward price went up.
Ahim "We can't go up anymore"

4. Ah!! What could you be thinking...!!

5. There will be new memories so
ZanKTO!!! (this pun, I don't get it! It may be thank you + MoW??)

6. Yes, we're still at 0.
We're still not done yet.

7. Let's continue to look forward to the excitement next week~!!

 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Gokaiger Episode 39 Making Of

This week Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger Making Of, taken from Toei’s Gokaiger Official site.

Denji Sentai Megaranger tribute. Megaranger made me remember it as the only one with all its casts as high school students during the run of Boukenger.

This episode is nice as we see all of our Gokaiger as high school students.

Next week is Timeranger with Domon and time slip. ♥ I spoiled myself with Domon’s story while watching Timeranger. ;__;

 

1. Gokaiger, school uniform version!

2. It suited us right?

3. A long time since I wore school uniform again, teehee (shy)

4. While turning back to this time

5. It makes us remember

6. Our high school days

7. Having lots of fun (laughs)

8. Taking a picture of such scene

9. It feels like a field trip.

 

 

1. There's also Marve-chan's exciting dunk.

2. Osawa-kun used to be in basketball club!!

3. How nice,
I want to try on school uniform too...

4. From Megaranger is Mega Red, Date Kenta

5. Ooshiba Hayato-san came rushing in!

6. One of Megaranger's director
Director Ta�A also came to visit.

7. School is fun!

 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Gokaiger Episode 38 Making Of

This week Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger Making Of, taken from Toei’s Gokaiger Official site.

I… Don’t even know what to say about this week episode. Best scenes was Joe saying goodbye to Sid sempai… And then the prince freaking out when he find Joe killed Barizorg. It’s sad for me to say it, but I’ve really like the spoiled prince. So… I’m disappointed to see him go.

Next week, Gokaiger high school student.

 

1. Please Director

2. Just for this time...

3. I want to do it!

4. For the sake of...

5. Rescuing

6. Sid sempai's soul!

7. A, amazing spirit

8. Joe-san do your best!

9. "Go~! Joe~!" "Gya~"

 

 

1. Once more

2. Excellent serious action

3. The feeling of the meeting of blades

4. Barizorg is also

5. Very strong

6. Until his last moment...

 

 

1. Joe and Sid sempai's

2. Tragedy

3. Is finally over

4. Good bye, Barizorg

5. And also, Waruzu Gil-sama~~

 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Daily Yomiuri Online: Kamiki Ryunosuke (神木隆之介) Interview

THIS IS NOT MY TRANSLATION.

Taken from Daily Yomiuri Online (English).

 

Finding his voice / Child actor Kamiki is all grown up, ready for more

Makoto Fukuda / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer

There was a time when Ryunosuke Kamiki was known as "that cute child actor." Even now, many people's image of him probably comes from movies like Yokai Daisenso (The Great Yokai War). But that little boy is already 18 years old.

In To Aru Hikushi e no Tsuioku (Recollections of a certain pilot), which premiered Oct. 1, he voices a role older than he is, marking an important step in his growth as an actor. Recently, Kamiki spoke candidly to The Yomiuri Shimbun about his thoughts on his career.

The first time I saw "Kamiki-kun" in the flesh was in November 2004 at NTV's Shiodome headquarters in Tokyo for the premier of Howl's Moving Castle. He was just the cutest thing as he tried to cut the tape, a true angel. Audiences were enthralled with Kamiki in his touching role on the TBS Sunday drama Aikurushii (So lovely) and as the lively main character of NTV's Tantei Gakuen Q (Detective school Q).

"The other day, a junior high school student said to me, 'You've really gotten big.' People's opinions of me seem to have been put on pause a while ago," said Kamiki with a wry laugh. "It's not that I want to erase any of their memories, but I want to carve a new image on top of that."

In To Aru Hikushi e no Tsuioku, Kamiki plays the main character Charles, a 21-year-old fighter pilot. This is the first time for him to play a character older than himself, in either film or anime. "Charles has a lot of inner strength, and also a big sense of responsibility and justice," Kamiki said. "I tried to focus on making my voice lower, to sound like a steadfast adult."

To Aru Hikushi e no Tsuioku is the movie version of the novel of the same name by Koroku Inumura. In it, ace mercenary pilot Charles is charged with secretly delivering the heir to the throne, Princess Fana (voiced by Seika Taketomi), safely back to her nation by breaking through enemy lines in a lone reconnaissance seaplane. Risking their lives on the trip through the sky, the two gradually become attracted to each other. Released by Madhouse Inc., the film was directed by Jun Shishido, director of Saiunkoku Monogatari (Tale of the land of colored clouds).

With several credits from Studio Ghibli under his belt, one might think of Kamiki as a voice-over specialist, but he said it took some getting used to. "At first my voice would get really high all of a sudden," he says. "During combat scenes with other planes, I'd unconsciously start moving my hands along with [the action]."

One memorable line in the film is after Charles avoids a missile and somehow causes it to strike the enemy plane that fired it. "Sorry," he uttered.

"Since [Charles] was discriminated against while he was growing up, I think he understands other people's pain and sadness twice as much as a normal person. He doesn't really want to kill people. I put a lot of different thoughts into my performance," Kamiki said.

Character designer Hidenori Matsubara praised Kamiki's work in the film.

"The strength of his voice really brought out Charles' purity. It really increased the sense that he was the main character," Matsubara said. "It's an incredibly poignant story of love between different classes, but it's also got white-knuckle battle scenes and a beautiful ending. I hope a lot of people get to see it."

 

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On becoming an actor

The Saitama Prefecture native claims that since his debut in TV commercials at the age of 2, he has never thought of his job as difficult or considered quitting.

"Back then my health wasn't very good, so my mom tried to get me work [in show business] because she wanted some kind of concrete proof I had lived. Now she tells me I can quit if I want, but I enjoy it so I'm not about to stop." His first TV role came four years later, in 1999, on the TBS show Good News.

The first time Kamiki thought seriously about the job of an actor was during his first lead role in Yokai Daisenso. "I had a lot of new experiences, like acting with wires and shooting in out-of-town locations, but it was during the promos and interviews that I started to realize I needed to be a representative for everyone who was involved in the movie. That's when something like a sense of responsibility gradually started to take shape," he said.

Other major productions Kamiki has appeared in include 20 Seiki Shonen: Saishusho Bokura no Hata (the final installment of 20th Century Boys Series), as well as the Fuji TV series Kaze no Garden (Wind garden) and the NTV series Kokosei Restaurant (High school student restaurant). His anime voice-over credits are numerous and include hits such as Summer Wars.

But, has he really never run up against an obstacle? "People around me have all kinds of special talents, like singing or dancing," Kamiki said. "One day I started to think that there wasn't anything special about me, and I got really down."

When asked if he considers acting to be a special talent, Kamiki answers that before he didn't think of performing that way, it was just something people asked him to do. "But after talking to a lot of people, I decided I needed to have pride in my acting," he said. "If I think I need something else, I can give dancing or singing a try, but acting should be my foundation. I've gained enough confidence to trust that I should grow in the ways I think I need to."

Approaching 18 years of age, "People tell me, 'Wow, you've grown up,' but I want to mature in lots of ways, not just physically. Up to now I've had pretty tame roles, so I'd like to try playing someone evil. I'd also like to act in a love story. So far my real-life loves tend to stop at, 'You're a nice guy,'" Kamiki said shyly. With that expression, one sees that "Kamiki-kun" is still there, but there's an enchanting adult about to appear.

(Oct. 14, 2011)

 

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- Last part, hahaha.( ´∀`) I found it amusing at the reason for his love rejection. Well, maybe next time.

 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Gokaiger Episode 37 Making Of

This week Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger Making Of, taken from Toei’s Gokaiger Official site.

Disappointed to say, I haven’t seen this episode, so I don’t really know if there are any puns and what not.

 

1. The action scenes this time are fully loaded with highlights!

2. Here it is! Hakase's

3. Extremely amusing fight and

4. Gokai Blue and Barizord's

5.  Extremely serious fight.

6. It doesn't look like it's a work of men (laughs) (aka work of god)

 

 

1. Warzu Gils-sama's comical movement

2. And Zuban's zun zun also

3. In the mist of a serious development,
Funny moments shine.

4. Joe is very kind

5. Kuu, it made you want to cry

6. Well then, everyone, let's do it together...
See you next week! Zun zun!

 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Yomiuri Newspaper 12.21.2010: Fukuda Mayuko (福田麻由子) Interview

Second part of Otaku Week!

Old interview taken from mayukofukuta.seesaa.net.

 

"2010 Best Seller & Popular Book special"

With "Moshi Koukou Yakyuu no Joshi Manager ga Trucker no 'Management' wo Yondara" breaking through 1 million copies after just half a year of release, "1Q83 (3)" by Murakami Haruki continues to be best seller, the recent winner of Honya Taishou, Ubukata Tow, for "Tenchi Meisatsu", and many others, we won't run out of popular work to talk about this year. Have you discover a favorite book? Actress Fukuda Mayuko-san will talk about her personal experience in reading, showing such an straight forward face that you cannot see her as a simple high school student.

Despites being just 16 years old, actress Fukuda Mayuko has read from Natsume Soseki to Dostoyevsky, Sartre and Kant, as well as many others. With the opportunity of getting into novel and philosophy when she was a second year in junior high (8th grades), she came across a work by Kawakami Mieko.

Fukuda: There's an interview that she said "Because words are just codes, speaking our thoughts doesn't mean we can convey it." For me, when talking to others, and even when acting out a story, there are a lot of things that I want to convey, but I'm unable to convey it skillfully. Even though it leaves a bitter taste in my heart, but when the other person was able to response, I would thought "So this person can understand my feelings."

After first reading the Akutagawa Prized "Chichi to Ran", again and again, she read and reread her favorite book at least 30 times. Even plunging herself into philosophy is because of Kawakami-shi's influences.

Fukuda: Since I was able to quickly understand the content of the book I'm reading, when I ended up agreeing with the philosophy book, it makes me like the book more. When I'm reading Natsume Soseki's "I am a Cat", going back and forth to read the footnote and text at the end of the book is a lot of work, but it's really fun.

Not only classical literature, but she also really love contemporary authors like Murakami Haruki, Murakami Ryu, Machida Kou, and others. "My backpack is packed with books that it became heavy...", she lamented.

Fukuda: I'm simultaneously advancing through novel and essays. Even so, my "Must Read List" still has some way to go, I'm really bothered by it. When I go to the bookstore, 2 and 3 hours passed in a blink of an eye.

For her to spread her horizon through reading, her father gave her an advice.

Fukuda: Even now, there are times when I let myself loose as I read my favorite book again, but my father would say "Favorite author = confidence in the author, even with time, that won't change. But you're still young to already have a favorite author." It make me want to come into contact with as many authors as possible. The novels that I don't usually read is borrowed from my father. Right now, I'm reading "Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?".

For Fukuda-san, reading is 'part of her normal day'. From her junior high days, her way of thinking has changed.

Fukuda: When reading, instead of a virtual reality, it's a mystery that I feel the importance of real communication of the outside world. Before, I'm secluded in my own shell, but I realized that it's bad to not properly face a person, and that the world is very vast.

 

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- Second and last part of my Otaku Week. This time featuring Mayuko talking about her favorite thing, books.

- The only book I’ve read from her list of already read books is “I am a Cat” by Soseki Natsume-sensei. It’s definitely one of my favorite Japanese novel, except I haven’t read that much Japanese novels in the first place. It’s a good book about philosophy in a sarcastic cat’s point of view. I recommend it.

- Mayuko read a lot of hard core books… I feel stupid the first time I was reading this interview. When I was in junior high, I felt that I’ve read a lot, but not like those books that she read (Kant, Dostoyevsky, Sartre, Soseki Natsume, ect…). I doubt I know who all these people are in the first place (can’t even spell their names properly).

What have I been doing with my life? (´□`川)ゝヵ゛-ン

- But really, kudos to her being smarter than the rest of the people her age.

- Pandora 3 is so interesting! Mayuko’s scenes are pretty entertaining in this serious drama. It’s not really entertaining because it’s funny, rather it’s entertaining seeing her acting as someone totally different from her usual roles.

 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

BOOKasahi: Kamiki Ryunosuke (神木隆之介) Interview

First part of Otaku week.

Interview taken from BOOKasahi.com.

 

"My Personal Comic History" Actor Kamiki Ryunosuke-san

Charles is a man among men

 

- What's the first manga that you like?

Kamiki: Ever since reading "The World Only God Knows", I became a full blown manga and light novel reader.

 

- What about it is interesting?

Kamiki: It's a story about a protagonist who's good at love simulation games and he has to try conquering the girls in real life. But he doesn't confess his feelings using cellphone or email but directly to the girl. I think that is really great. Even though the protagonist is originally a gamer, at first glance he has a digital image, but he's actually prefers analog. It's a work that put human feelings in high regard.

 

- I see.

Kamiki: Other works that I like are "Baka and Test" and "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya". As for shoujo manga, I think "Nosatsu Junkie" is interesting. Even though I like romance comedy and science fiction, seeing as I am a high school student, the basic genre that appeal to my feelings and I read a lot of are "school story".

 

- You also appeared in the movie "20th Century Boys" right?

Kamiki: Yes. Because I'm originally a fan of the work, when asked to participate on the project, I was really happy. On the day it was screen, I lined up to see the movie (laughs). My very first Urasawa Naoki-san's work is "PLUTO". The first time I read it, there are a lot of deep and hidden meanings, you only learn more as you continues to read... Like there are a lot of foreshadows. Especially with "20th Century Boys" where the volumes have many long parts, and of course there are many foreshadowing, and so many unexpected developments that I read them all in one go.

 

- Recently, is there a manga that you take notice of?

Kamiki: "Kamisama no Memocho", the story of Alice, the NEET detective. It's originally a light novel, and there's only one volume of the manga version. Most of the characters are NEET, and so they solve all the crimes indoor using the internet.

 

- This October, the anime movie "To Aru Hikushi e no Tsuioku" will begin to screen across the country. What's your feeling when you first read it?

Kamiki: I have a lot of 'How beautiful' when I read it. The relationship between Charles and Fana is like that, and the battle scene feel really speedy. Because I also love the sky, the various expressions of the sky is really this movie's charm.

 

- What's the scene that left a big impression?

Kamiki: The first air battle scene where the enemies are shooting and Charles evade and send the missile back to the enemy. At this moment, Charles murmurs these extremely heavy words "I'm sorry". Charles, who really hate fighting, truly want to freely fly across the sky. He lost his parents when he was young, and his social status is low, so there are many unhappy moment in his life. He's a person who feel others' pains, so for me, that "I'm sorry" has many different and deep meanings...

 

- Since you're playing Charles for the movie, what kind of person do you think he is?

Kamiki: He's a very straightforward person, with a strangely strong heart. I think he's a "man among men". One thing I really respect of him is his sense of responsibility. Accepting the superior officer's order while risking his life protecting Fana, that sense of responsibility is amazing.

 

- While playing Charles, what do you have to keep in mind?

Kamiki: Charles is 21 years old, someone older than me. Since my voice is normally high, I have to keep in mind to make it lower.

 

- Then lastly, please give the fans, who look forward to watching the movie, a message.

Kamiki: Though there are charms in the intense air battle and beautiful scenery, the number one thing to look forward to is Charles and Fana's love story. Charles is just an aerial pilot, and Fana is the next empress. Though they match each others, they were unable to cross the wall of their "differences"... Even though the ending is painful, but I think the ending is very beautiful. It’s packed with so many thoughts and feelings, it's a movie that make you think about a lot of things, so I hope many people will be able to receive this when watch.

 

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- Of course, it’s not really Otaku week (is there such thing?). Just show casing certain people being otaku.

- (○´艸`) Kamiki named so many of my favorite light novels/mangas that I have to translate (though it really took me a long time before I started).

- The description of Keima (protagonist of “The World Only God Knows”) being analog instead of digital made me laughs like crazy. It’s seriously a perfect description. You’ll only get this if you’ve read the manga. Great manga, read it!

- Urasawa Naoki-sensei’s works are great! Though the contents are really heavy packed, he’s definitely one of my favorite manga-ka. His stuffs really make you think and question reality/beliefs. His current work is Billy Bat. I’ve only read “20th Century Boys”, “Billy Bat”, “Happy!” and “Monster” though. I should start reading “PLUTO”.

- “Baka and Test” and “Suzumiya Haruhi” light novels. ♥ Kamiki has good taste!

- Oh, I’m enjoying “11 Nin mo Iru!” so far. Best scenes have to be between Saigo and Megumi (Hirosue Ryoko) though. Only seen the first episode so far, so not much to say yet.