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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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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.

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HnG First Episode Rambling. From The Translator’s view.

Me: It kinda feels somewhat fulfilling to see an anime of the manga series, for which I’ve translated about seven important chapters (an entire Kashii arc). I guess this is also one of the perks of being a translator; you get to develop a closer with relationship with the ‘artwork’. I can’t imagine the happiness of the manga’s author/artist Ueno, Meguru san. With this line of thought, I checked out the first episode of HnG.

*Literally, in less than a second, a panty shot appears on my screen*

Glasses: “The studio knows what it’s doing. They have retained the original source’s refined charm that only the chosen ones can fully savor.”

Me:………….

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Boku No Hero Academia S2: What to expect from The Hero Killer Arc

Last week, the tournament arc ended, and many fans were sad to say goodbye to our good old shounen arc. But those who read the manga ahead knew better.

It was time for Stain, the hero killer. Hype! HYpe! HYPe! HYPE !

While it is still questionable whether the upcoming arc can maintain or perhaps even elevate the hype of the series, we manga readers can agree that it’s still going to be a pretty cool arc. It will play a crucial role in introducing a rather interesting viewpoint of perceiving heroes, developing the portrayal of villains and leading to the future arcs. And here is why:

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Hajimete no gal Ch33 (Eng translated) Part 1

#Gyaru fun fact : Gyaru is a Japanese transliteration of the English word ‘gal’. The name originated from a 1970s brand of jeans called “gurls”, with the advertising slogan: “I can’t live without men”

Special thanks to anon senpai, spaM, Zer0, ignacio and Zarke for leaving a comment and thus providing great morale support. If it weren’t for them, I would probably have lost my motivation. Also, for better or worse for the MC and Yame, there will be more Kaishii san, so that gave me energy.

Now, let’s get back to gyaru~

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Shows to look out for in Summer 2017 (SHAFT, gambling, hierarchy and boobs)

Many of the seasonal animes from spring 2017 are almost coming to their ends, and it will soon be the time for the shows of summer 2017. Every season, there are so many shows that we have to be selective when deciding on shows that we want to be up to date with.

Some might already have an inkling of what they want to watch, and some might be unsure of what to try. There will be those who want to spend a bit more time lamenting the endings of their favorite series( Little witch academia, Ero-manga  Sensei, Saekano 2, Alice to Zouroku and others). For all 3 groups of individuals, I have prepared some details/opinions/first impressions regarding certain shows below that might help you make your decisions.

So here we go.

Owarimonogatari 2nd Season

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The studio SHAFT returns with the 2nd season of Owarimonogatari. For those who are unfamiliar with this show (as unlikely as that may be), I suggest that you start it off with Bakemonogatari and follow the sequels before watching this season. If you’ve been around the anime community for a while, you probably have heard of the infamous ‘toothbrush clip‘ that revolutionized the concept of fetishes. The clip is from this magnificent series…

I have been a fan of this series, and I sure am looking forward to its unorthodox storytelling style again. I know a bit about LN and *spoiler*   I am guessing the season will cover the part where Araragi meets Hachikuji again. Shame she’s still dead. As slightly disturbing as Araragi’s occassional sexual harassments towards Hachikuji was, it was really enjoyable watching them interact with one another. *spoiler ends*

I really do wish my waifu Kaiki makes an appearance during this season (I doubt it though).

 

 

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“Hyakkaou Private Academy. An institution for the privileged with a very peculiar curriculum. You see, when you’re the sons and daughters of the wealthiest of the wealthy, it’s not athletic prowess or book smarts that keep you ahead. It’s reading your opponent, the art of the deal. What better way to hone those skills than with a rigorous curriculum of gambling? At Hyakkaou Private Academy, the winners live like kings, and the losers are put through the wringer. But when Yumeko Jabami enrolls, she’s gonna teach these kids what a high roller really looks like!”

I am a sucker for a character who manages to turn around disadvantageous situations through intelligence and human psychology. And that’s why I would strongly recommend this show for those with same taste as me. Just view the protagonist-seeming  male character as a side character, who is valuable to Yumeko—the real MC.

Also, the members of the student council—the main antagonists of the story—all have their idiosyncracies, distinctly favored gambles and tricks. They are the elites who stand at the top of the hierarchy at Hyakkaou Private Academy. While shounen and physical fights are delightful (as morbid as this might sound to some) in their own way, the intellectual and psychology battles that Yumeko engages in against the dangerous members of the council are extremely refreshing and satisfying to watch. Not like No Game No life, in which the strategies seem to appear to make sense…when they aren’t (if you disagree with me, we can talk through the comment section. I enjoyed the show btw). Anyway, I believe this show to be one of the highlights in the upcoming season. (more…)