Anime and life.

HnG EP4 Rambling: Kashii, Deviations once again, Pace and Kashii

*Note: This Episode Rambling will be longer than previous ramblings*

Remember that time when we all finished reading Chapter 37? We were in pretty good moods, and I’m pretty sure many of us were all like,”Banzai! Cheers! Now we know how the adaptation is going to end! Happy Ending for Junichi X Yame san!”

I was certain too. Sure, some changes might be inevitable, considering the length of the show (10 episodes long). And they happened. Just as we have all foreseen.

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Except that the deviations were much more drastic than any of us could have possibly anticipated.

After having seen the extent of these deviations in the first three episodes, I was a bit worried about how the studio NAZ had handled the episode 4, which focuses on Kashii arc(A.K.A. Glasses-Kun’s Favorite Arc+Reason/Motivation for him to have spent hours to translate Ch31-37 on Photoshop). Just a tiny bit…yep, just a bit. It’s not like I don’t believe in Studio NAZ. I mean that studio did pretty good projects like….*checks and scrolls through its MAL page*…like…well, taste is subjective, so I won’t say anything. There is no such thing as a bad show, I daily tell myself. It’s just that some shows don’t pique our interests.

And seeing tweets like these certainly didn’t ameliorate the foreboding feeling I had at the back of my mind.

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#Gratitude To My Twitter Followers For Warning Me…

Nevertheless, after several years of spending time with these mediums of storytelling (Manga/Anime) that are unfortunately seen with strong social prejudice, I came to learn that one should not rashly judge or make assumptions. So I prepared myself mentally and went in to battle field. To see the studio’s adaptation, decisions and depiction of Kashii. I read Aho Girl, and for those who are unfamiliar with the name, it basically means my mind is ready for any surprise or whatsoever.

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Finding Self-Acceptance Through Translation+Translation Request+End of Chapter 1

Hey guys, how’s life going on your side? It’s Glasses-Kun here~

It’s the first of August here, and I thought this would be a nice time to do some reflection. So here we go~

 *Warning. If you don’t want to read some heavy stuff and just want to find more about translation, just keep scrolling to the bottom.*

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As some of you might already know after having checked my ‘About Glasses-Kun’ page or my Twitter account, I’m a Korean. Yeah…I’m not a Japanese.

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I’ve encountered numerous people who were like,”Oh cool, you are a Korean!” through my international school, church, part-time jobs and etc. But to be frank, I didn’t really get why some individuals make it sound as if I should feel happy to be a Korean.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m fine with the fact that I am a Korean. And to a certain extent, I can see why some foreigners might think being a Korean is pretty cool. In the last several years, Korean culture has been attracting lots of interest worldwide. Korea’s beautiful girl K-pop groups(Ex.Girl Generation, Red Velvet, Bae Suzy are great. Sorry, I digress), handsome K-pop boy groups(Ex.BTS.), foods, entertainments(Ex.Running Man), movies(Ex.Train to Busan) and more.

But while Korea has its charms, it also has its flaws. As someone who suffered from these shortcomings during childhood, I can’t help but have slight aversion to moments when someone speaks of Korea as if it’s a paradise.

The main drawbacks in Korea that I’ve experienced myself are Korea’s education system and bullying that happens inside it. Korea’s education system seems to determine a student’s value and future(no exaggeration here) through his/her academic scores. As a result, this kind of environment causes the children and parents to place academics above everything. Youth? Romance? Friendship? Sport? Pfft, kids, just put them aside for now; if you don’t study, you will have no job and no future. This is what I was told when I was in my kindergarten.

When I was in the 2nd year of my elementary school, I was already daily studying until 1am. Morning to afternoon would be spent at my school, and the rest of my time until about 8-9pm would be spent at academic institutions. Occasionally, when I managed to come home early, I would have my dinner with my grandparents and watch TV. Fictional works(western movies, Japanese+Korean animations) had provided me escapism, which helped me and my friends to hold onto our sanity. If it weren’t for them, we would probably have broken down……..

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(But these challenging experiences helped me grow. You will see how by the end of this post). 

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HnG Episode 2 Thoughts: The Deviation From the Original Source And The Relief of Having Translated Kashii Arc

Hey guys, this is Glasses-kun here.

Before I decided to translate Hajimete No Gal manga from Chapter 31 myself due to the slow update, there was one thought that prevented me from taking the step immediately.

It was the news of anime adaptation. (more…)

Glasses-Kun’s Reflection about the Overall Blog Progress, Expression of Gratitude and Some Rambling About Translation

Hey guys, this is Glasses-kun here.

I was going to say “Ladies and Gentlemen”, but I realized that it is more likely that everyone visiting my blog is male. Considering the type of translation projects I handle. *Manly Tears*

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A maid and a cop—Akihabara experience

Maid cafe has been an integral part of Japanese culture. For those who are not really familiar with it, a maid cafe is basically a subcategory of cosplay restaurants predominately seen in Japan. Customers go there and pay money to be treated as ‘masters’ by the waitresses who dress up and act as ‘maids’. I believed that—after having watched numerous animes, mangas and youtube videos of real-life maid cafe experience—I understood how strongly engraved this maid cafe is in Japanese culture.

Well, I recently toured Akihabara for a few days with my buddies, and the first night  taught me that I had underestimated the influence of maid cafes in Japan. (more…)

High school graduation and what anime has done for me.

So I am no longer a high schooler. I just graduated from my high school two days ago. And it got me thinking…man, what a ride it was.

No doubt, my high school life was the period of biggest growth for me. Now that I saw the end of it, I understand better why many creators in anime, manga and light novel industry love the high school setting so much that it is overused in anime. Besides from the fact that the large market segment of the industry likely consists of high schoolers, high school life is also a pivotal stage that involves struggles and growths that many of us can relate to, regardless of our ages, genders or races.

It is during this time when some of us face challenges such as identity crisis, cynical phase (like Hikigaya from oregairu), intense academic pressure, relationship problems (friendship and love), bullying, insecurity, self-contempt, self-acceptance and others. In order to hide our vulnerability and avoid feeling hurt, we often hide our true feelings and thoughts. As a result, we can be misunderstood, and this could lead us to feel this devastating sense of loneliness. As if there is nobody out there who sees and empathizes with your genuine-self. Neither our family members nor our friends, whom we cherish dearly.

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And anime shines compellingly as a medium of storytelling because it deftly explores these universal issues. These problems are not just limited to high school period, and anime explores them in refreshing directions that other forms of media do not usually use. By doing so, it touches our hearts. (more…)

Can anime teach us something about discrimination?

Discrimination—prejudicial treatment of different categories of people— is not limited to race, age or sex. There can also be a form discrimination against others based on their hobbies (gaming and watching anime),  disability, social classes or other aspects. If we spot somebody being discriminated against, it would probably leave a negative impression on us. In fact, the term ‘Discrimination’ has a negative connotation. That is why a show named ‘Demi-chan wa kataritai’—Interviews with Monster Girls—made an indelible impression on me, when it made me consider a new way of viewing discrimination.

Firstly, the story plot goes somewhat like this:

“This story begins in the age where ‘demi-humans’ which is humans with some sort of special power have been accepted into modern civilization. Tetsuo Takahashi who is a biology teacher wants to study demi-humans and his luck smiles at him and ends up in the same school as 4 of these demi-humans. The story follows as he tries to ‘interview’ these demi-humans and learn more about them but with a lot of failure on his end and comedy at its finest on the other end.”

As the summary stated, there are 4 demi-humans: Takanashi Hikari (a cheerful blonde vampire), Machi Kyouko (a kind dullahan), Kusakabe Yuki (a cute yuki-onna) and Satou Sakie (a succubus teacher…yes). Although this show might initially come across as just a cute show with cute girls doing cute things, it actually brings more to the table than that.

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Do Japanese anime and manga promote pedophilia?

“My desire is to put all pedophiles and ones who produce pedophilic media in jail.”

-Stacey Dooley in her documentary “Young Sex for Sale in Japan”

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On March 6th, 2017, a British journalist Stacey Dooley from BBC claimed that anime and manga promote pedophilia. This statement was made in her documentary titled “Young Sex for Sale in Japan.” For those who are unaware, one of the social issues that Japanese community faces today is Enjo Kosai, which also means compensated dating. It refers to the older men providing money and/or gifts to teen girls in return for their sexual favors. Dooley insinuated that anime and manga likely have been exacerbating this issue, as they promote pedophilia and portray them as normal… (more…)