Meet The Man Who’s Translated A Thousand Manga Chapters

Dan Luffey27-year-old Dan Luffey essentially knew he would be going to Japan to translate works there since his days as a kid. Born in Pennsylvania but growing up in California, after going to Japan as a high school student he ended up loving his time in Japan. So much so that he attended Kyoto University. Yes, he’s been in Japan for a long time. That’s why he thinks Tokyo people can be kind of standoffish whenever he takes a trip there. “Tokyo’s a big city,” he says as he rationalizes why the place has some issues. “Trains are really crowded, and people are just trying to get from one place to another…”

In all seriousness, he loves the place. He also loves translating, which is something that developed back when he was growing up and finding out about video games from Japan. He discusses that while also talking about the unfortunate situation with MangaReborn, the state of manga in Japan, and translation challenges.

(Ed. Note: While speaking I flubbed Shuho Sato’s name later on in the interview. I’m very good at this aren’t I…)

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An Interview With Lauren Orsini, The Author of Build Your Anime Blog

lauren_orsini_headshot“I couldn’t believe everything is so expensive in NY!” mentioned 28-year-old Lauren Orsini, who lives in Virginia, as she and her husband John will be heading to New York in a couple of weeks. She will not be trying to advertise Build Your Anime Blog on her stay. But since it’s been published on May 1, she’s been talking about it for a while. Needless to say, I thought I had to get her to keep talking about her book, and even snuck in a bit about her writing for Anime News Network. Oh, and got away with calling her by her current avatar without her noticing.

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Reference Resource Mondays: Memorial and Days Involving Anime

ComitiaSo after finally catching up to some of the anime I wanted to try out, I managed to get back behind for some by a week again. I truly suck at this whole keeping up with things with week to week, but I’m working on it. Anyways, my Spring season is light this season, as I only dropped one show (Hi Nisekoi! Bye Nisekoi!), so now I’ll finally get to do some long termish projects. Starting today, at 12PM! And hopefully some other projects will get off the ground as well. Exciting times ahead!

…Probably not. Anyways, onto the links.

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Moving Beyond Despair in The Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer

Hoshi no Samidare

Over the past couple months I’ve looked at both of Satoshi Mizukami’s works that are available in English, Spirit Circle and Hoshi no Samidare: The Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer, and my feelings on Biscuit Hammer were rather lukewarm. I felt like Spirit Circle improved on all of the problems I had with the story but that was expected, it is a later work which means he had improved. I just wasn’t sure if it had been during Biscuit Hammer (especially given how prolific he is) and was barely interested in finding out. But I was curious, there was enough of a something in the story that I wanted to see how the world would be destroyed (or not, I didn’t think the Mizukami would actually end it that way) and, well, now that I’m done I’m really happy I did.

This is more editorial style than review style and covers all 10 volumes (5 omnibus volumes) so mild spoilers, none directing concerning the end of the series or any character’s eventual fate but they do explicitly lay out the set-up for the story.

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Tony Takezaki’s Neon Genesis Evangelion Review

Tony Takezaki NGETitle: Tony Takezaki’s Neon Genesis Evangelion
Comedy, Parody
Tony Takezaki
Dark Horse (US) / Kadokawa Shoten (JP)
Serialized In:
Young Ace
Release Date:
May 27, 2015
Review copy provided by the publisher.

Is there such a thing as “Evangelion fatigue?” If so, the fandom certainly hasn’t felt it, as the manga spinoffs just keep on coming. Oddly similar to my recent Oreimo: Kuroneko review, we’re tackling another Evangelion spin-off two years after my last review, as this time Dark Horse brings us Tony Takezaki’s Neon Genesis Evangelion. Takezaki contributed to the other mostly comedic spin-off title, Neon Genesis: Comic Tribute, but this time around he brings his brand of comedy and obvious love for the Evangelion franchise to a full-sized volume. As with any parody one has to ask: Is it funny? Is it accessible to new fans?

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No Seiyuu no Life: Hiroshi Kamiya

Life from Japan is hard, there are typhoons, earthquakes, sometimes both in the same night. Thankfully, everything gets better when you suddenly stumble upon something really interesting. Like yakuza.

I can’t imagine doing a proper transition after what I just wrote so I am just going to say that today I am going to talk about Hiroshi Kamiya. I’m sure you know Hiroshi Kamiya. Everyone does.

Hiroshi KamiyaKnown for: Izaya Orihara (Durarara!!), Koyomi Araragi (Monogatari Series), Takashi Natsume (Natsume Yuujinchou), Levi (Attack on Titan)

My favorite: Itoshiki Nozomu (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei), Izaya Orihara (Durarara!!)

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