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JAPAN SOCIETY PRESENTS MANGA IN AMERICA: HOW ENGLISH EDITIONS ARE BORN -REVIEWΒ 

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JAPAN SOCIETY PRESENTS MANGA IN AMERICA: HOW ENGLISH EDITIONS ARE BORN

Well I attended the Japan Society’s Manga in America event. The place was packed with fans of Manga and I’m sure anime.

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On stage there were 5 speakers:

  • Allison Powell who was asking the questions, she is a literary translator, editor and publishing consultant.
  • Ben Applegate is the director of Kodansha Comics and also is an editor as well.
  • Tania Biswas is an editor with Yen Press.
  • Ajani Oloye is an editor at Penguin Random House and also a freelance translator.
  • Deron Bennett is a letterer (person who puts the letters in the manga).

This event was very informative on the process it takes for a manga to come to the United States.

First, they made a valid point that in Japan, Japanese people read manga before watching anime. So if a manga becomes very popular they will turn it into an anime. Now in the U.S we watch the anime first and if the anime is popular then they will release the manga here in the states.

Another point they made which is very true, what is popular in Japan may not be popular in America. Sometimes some manga or anime may overlap and be popular in both places. Then there are times where an anime/manga in Japan is popular may not have the same effect in the U.S.

So based off those two points and others they decide from there which manga they should buy the license for to bring to the states.

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Once they have the license they receive the Japanese version of the manga. They then send the books to the translators to translate the Japanese language to the American standard English version. Now learning the process of what the translators do is not as easy. They have Japanese dictionaries, thesaurus, and online search engines to help them translate. A saying in Japanese may not have the same meaning in English. So they have to find other correct words to use. Even down to the sound effects, they have to translate that to a sound we know in English. Something as simple as SWISH or GYAHHHH. They have to translate each panel individually if the characters are speaking or if they have sound effects.

After the translator finishes their job, an editor comes to look over all their work and fix any problems or mistakes they may see. Like a demonstration they showed the translator used a word that was too long, so the editor had to use a similar word that is shorter.

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After the editor does their finishing touches, in comes the letterer. This is something I never thought about with Manga, someone actually has to type the words on to the pages. As you can see in the picture above, there are some words that have to be bold or italic, Bold words are usually for when a character is screaming or shouting. Italic is a thought bubble. Everything is very tedious.

Last after the letterer is finish, the manga has a few final editors look over everything before they confirm that the book is ready for mass print.

So, I am very happy I did attend this event. I would have never thought of the process of manga coming here to America. But now I respect the manga even much more. Haha

Japan Society Event- Manga in America: How English Editions are Born

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As always I like to inform my readers about any anime or manga events that are happening in my neighborhood.

The Japan Society will be hosting an event: Manga in America: How English Editions are born.

I was invited and I am totally attending. If you are near the NY area you should stop by as well. Hope to see you there.

 

Join us this May to learn how manga are transformed during their journey from Japan to the U.S. at Manga in America: How English Editions are Born.

At this panel discussion, editors from top manga publishers Kodansha Comics (The Ghost in the Shell, Sailor Moon), Vertical, Inc. (Nichijou, Chi’s Sweet Home) and Yen Press (Black Butler, Akame ga Kill!) illuminate the creative process of localizing Japanese content for the American reader. The talk will also include a live demonstration of the translation, editing and lettering process.

The talk takes place Wednesday, May 17, 6:30 pm at Japan Society and is followed by a reception.

 

Get your tickets here!

 

NON-ANIME WATCHERS TRY TO PRONOUNCE ANIME CHARACTER’S NAMES πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Have you ever seen this video? I find it so funny because these people genuinely do not know how to pronounce some of the anime character’s names.

This is like my friends and family who doesn’t watch anime. It’s so funny to see them try to say the names. Hahah

 

HOPE YOU ENJOY πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

WHEN DO YOU WATCH ANIME?? HOW MUCH ANIME DO YOU WATCH??

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These are interesting questions since many of us are anime bloggers. We write reviews on different series and movies. We also recommend anime. We comment on others blogs to give our opinion on a series or movie. So when do you find the time to watch all of this anime? Then when you have the time, how much anime do you watch?

As for myself, if I didn’t have to work, I would watch anime 16hrs a day. The other hours would be for sleeping, eating and grooming. Hahah

But since I have to work, ughhh I am only able to watch anime after work or on the weekends. After work I will watch about 2 hrs. Then the weekends I will binge watch as much anime as possible. So in total I think I watch about 40hrs of anime. In America that is a full time job. I should get paid watching anime.

When I was on Christmas vacation from work and that was 2 weeks, best believe I crunched as much anime as possible, I literally watched all 3 seasons of Kuroko no Basuke. I miss those times.

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So back to my question, when do you watch anime? How much anime do you watch?

 

WORLD OTAKU DAY – LETS CELEBRATE!!! Tell me why you love anime and manga???

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Today December 15th is World Otaku Day!!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ now I know some may say the word Otaku can mean something bad. But I like to take it and turn it into something good. I do not mind being called an Otaku. Otaku in Japanese mean nerd. So I am going to celebrate.

So to celebrate us being anime and manga lovers. I want to hear everyone’s reason why they love anime, manga or gaming. Whatever falls under the Otaku fanatic world.

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I’ll start first:

The reasons I love anime and manga are because it is life! First, I love the storyline and the plots that keeps me engaged in the series or stories.

The characters and watching or reading about their journey and seeing them grow. Another thing about the characters are the hot men. My fan girl moments. I love the different characters from the hero, to the emo, to the flamboyant to the angry female. The range can go on for days.

My most favorite thing about anime and manga are the cliffhangers. When I think I am done with an episode or a chapter I have to keep going because I must know what happens next. There have been times I stayed up all night watching a whole series or reading 4 manga books. Hahah

So that is just a few things about why I love anime.

So my fellow OTAKUS tell me why you love anime? Can’t wait to hear your stories.

AND AGAIN HAPPY WORLD OTAKU DAY πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

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ANIME GIRLS NYC IS BACK FROM JAPAN πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅

So I am back and so sad. I wish I could have stayed. I really want to live there. It felt like New York City but much cleaner, friendlier, and just awesome.

The rest of my trip since the Ghibili museum, I visited the Meiji Shrine, the imperial palace’s garden, took a cruise on the Tokyo Bay. I also visited Mt. Fuji. I took the bullet train. That train was intense. I’ve partied at some clubs. It was awesome.  Here are some images from those trips.

 

But of course my ultimate trip was to (drum roll please) AKIHABARA!!!! Omg I love it there. All the animeeeeeeee ahhhhhhhhhh😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱 it felt like I was not on earth. I felt like I was in an anime myself. I didn’t feel like a nerd or out of place. Everyone was there for the same thing. I wanted to buy the whole damn area. Not the store but the whole area.

Now the sad part about Akihabara was I was sick that day. I tried to hold out and stay all day but my body was ready to shut down. So upset. But I’m happy I made it out though.
All in all I really enjoyed Tokyo, Japan. I will definitely go back again. I’m already looking to go in April. I hope many of you can go one day. Thanks for following me on my journey.

JAPAN RULES!!!!!

MY HALLOWEEN IN JAPAN πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!! πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»

Well today was a very busy day for me. I went many places via subway. First I went to the Harajuku area which is know for its shopping stores and its kawaii fashion which many of the young people wear. I wish I had photos but of course at that time my phone was like can’t take anymore photos. Ughhh 😑😑

After Harajuku I went to the Shibuya area to see Shibuya crossing. So many people walk this intersection. At this time cars were still roaming through. But still crazy. There was also something interesting there. The Hachiko Statue has a cat that sits there daily. Everyone was taking so many pictures of this cat. So cute.


Next up, I went to the Samurai Museum. Such an amazing experience to learn about old Japan and its feudal times. Also, knowing how prestigious it was to be a samurai. Our guide explained many things which was helpful and a great learning experience. At the end of the tour there was an actor who did a demonstration of being a samurai.


One of my favorite parts of the day was the ROBOT RESTAURANT SHOW. This is a must do. The show was amazing, the actors and the robots were incredible. The special effects not like anything you have seen in person. Please check out the video and pictures.

Last, since it was Halloween I had to do it the Japanese way. Head back to Shibuya crossing and walk around in our costumes. The pictures below show how packed this crossing was. You could barely walk. But I shoved my way through. Side note (some reason Japanese people are obsessed with dressing up as Mario and LuigiπŸ€”). After walking the Shibuya crossing for a while I headed to Camelot club to party the night away. I met some great People and had a blast.

 

Well Halloween is ending here. Hope everyone of you enjoy your Halloween and be safe.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN. 😈😈😈😈