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This is Shocking and Horrifying [May. 28th, 2010|11:07 pm]
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All the news about the Gulf Coast oil spill has just been making me angry, but this. Reading the story linked below and the other tweets about news regarding the murder of Kazu Kibuishi's sister has horrified me.


Literally, it made me sick to my stomach reading how the suspect murdered these people. There are just no words. Poor Kazu, Amy, and their family. I'm really sorry this had to happen. There was no reason why your sister or her student had to die. I truly hope that justice will be served.
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Post-Move News [Apr. 22nd, 2010|05:35 pm]
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This is quite a bit late, and I'm sure you've all figured out that I've already moved, but....

Well, I've finished moving...er, about two weeks ago, and I've been trying to settle in since, then. The move was pretty easy, it was just a long drive and then we had to get everything into the apartment. It wasn't until we started to set up the internet that the headaches began. It was just days of frustration, but it finally got fixed a week after we moved in. But I am here, in one piece and alive. Which is important.

I'm still jobless, so I'm busy looking for a job. I would consider doing commissions, but I'm not sure I have enough of an audience for it to be worth while. However, if you do want to pay me to draw for you, I'm open to it, especially since I have really nothing coming in at this point in terms of money. The job search has kept me from doing a lot of work on my projects.

But, I've still managed to find time for art and even some outlines (somehow). I haven't posted much on dA, but I have posted some things on twitter via the twitpic thing. So you can look there and see. I'm probably more likely to post little things through twitter that I don't want to post on dA because they're not really what I consider a "full piece". Or they're for some other big piece. Please do look on my twitter if you're interested. =)

Another thing (which is mostly for [personal profile] karenai), I'm doing the translation for the movie comic of Fade to Black. I've so far gotten up to page 32, although I skipped page 15 because I want to go back to it, since it's got a lot more text and usually by the time I get to translating, it's late and I'm tired. XD But I'm still trying to find time in between all the things I need to do to translate it. =)

But for now, I'm off to bed.
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Miscellany [Mar. 11th, 2010|10:34 am]
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I get really annoyed when I post some art and it gets no response and then I get all depressed. I'm not annoyed by the lack of response, since really it's telling me that I'm doing things wrong or not appealing to an audience. Or it was a flop. What I get annoyed by is the resulting depression, or more like down-heartedness. The reason being, it usually ends up translating into self-berating and self-criticism along the "You're just not good enough" line. Which may be true. But still, I don't need myself to discourage myself from continuing on with what I like to do. I hate how my thinking is always torn between figuring out how to reach the widest audience possible and just doing what I really want with my ideas without giving a damn. It doesn't help at all that there's a lot of things I need to work on, like composition and the like. Or maybe, I really should just give up. >_> Note that I won't because I'm obstinate.

But by far, the biggest reason why I hate feeling like this is because it makes me feel like a petulant spoilt brat.

Other things: Race and Science Fiction, Light Novels Brought OverseasCollapse )

Also, random Kubo tweet from about 4 hours ago: そういえば晩メシのあと実家に電話したら、親に「時々ツイッター見てるよ」って言われた。ひいっ…!
(Speaking of which, when I called home after dinner, I was told by my parents "Sometimes we look at your twitter". Yikes!)

The terror of artists everywhere, the 'rents reading their blogs/twitter, etc and knowing what kind of things their kids have been up to. XD
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Moving! [Mar. 9th, 2010|07:44 pm]
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Not from Livejournal (or Dreamwidth), but from SoCal.

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Bleach Chapter 392 Translation [Feb. 10th, 2010|11:26 am]
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So it turned out the crazy spoilers from Bleach Asylum were correct. Does this make it a case of fact is stranger than fiction?

Disclaimer: This is an unauthorized Fan Translation and may contain inaccuracies. I did this to the best of my abilities and apologize for any mistakes. Thanks.

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Since I spent my morning doing this.... [Feb. 3rd, 2010|11:18 am]
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Fan Translation Disclaimer: I am not a professional but I did this to the best of my abilities. Sorry for any translation errors.

The title sounds like a hockey team.

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I don't know if it means I'm getting better at translation, understanding Japanese, or if the script is really not that complicated but, for some reason, I found it fairly straight forward to translate this. Minus the looking up of words I didn't know, of course. There were a lot of those words, for shame.
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(no subject) [Jan. 26th, 2010|10:01 am]
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So, I saw this movie Sunday since I was kicked out of the house for 3 hours while people looked at it (yeah, I'm being deliberately coy in case people who “shouldn't be reading this” are reading it). So with this unprecedented amount of free time, I went to the movies, which I haven't done...in a very long time. I think the last time I went to the theaters was in the UK to watch Narnia? Or the last LOTR movie? Has is seriously been that long? But anyways.

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Oh man, it's been a while and FMA 102 [Dec. 10th, 2009|01:07 pm]
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So I just read the latest chapter of Full Metal Alchemist, and wow. I am now going to regale you with spoilers.

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It's a question of morality, really. [Jul. 7th, 2009|10:08 am]
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I started to respond to this post in the Hagaren_manga LJ community, but when it started to get too long and I realized that I wanted to use other comparisons, I decided to take it to my journal. And I realized that it was going to be a fruitless debate à la BleachAsylum when Ichigo turned into Ichistein, the scene which I'm going to mention here because I think the situations are similar.

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(no subject) [Jun. 19th, 2009|08:48 am]
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Originally, I was simply going to write about Otomen, particularly in light of a review that I had read, but when I found this in Slate the other day, I felt I had to mention it. The two subjects are in a way related.

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I have a subscription to Bessatsu Hana to Yume magazine. I finally broke down when I got sick of waiting a year or more for tankoban of Boku wo Tsutsumu Tsuki no Hikari to come out. I did however make certain that it was worth the relatively hefty sum to get this shipped to me. So I think this would make me ahead of most reviewers and certainly of the review that I'm going to talk about.

Otomen, which is published by Viz over here was reviewed in a negatively positive way, it's not exactly the review I read...I read it in a different location but the content is the same. I recognized the parts that really struck me.

This review made me wonder if we weren't just missing the forest for the trees, since we (Westerners) are programmed by feminism to look at the extremes of gender stereotypes and critique them, especially if they disadvantage women. I'm also wondering at the accuracy of the reviewer's statement that this manga may be implying that only a man can make a perfect woman. If you look at Ryou in that light, then it can equally be interpreted that only a woman can be the perfect man. Isn't that equally offensive to men? Both characters give off the impression that they are the "perfect man/woman", but inside their "perfection" is on that is supposed to be of their opposite gender. I think even from the start that it's clear that while Asuka is girly inside, Ryou is manly inside. So, the real critique should be like Oyceter's review, where she wishes there was more Ryou screen time (and more other non-traditional women). Maybe the real point, then, is that men and women as a whole both exhibit masculine and feminine stereotypical traits, unless you're the extreme example of Asuka and Ryou, and the old manga stand-by of "be true to yourself". I have a hard time believing that Asuka and Ryou are more than fantastical constructs and the vehicle for the romance; the minor and background characters are more interesting gender role meta than the main characters, if you're really looking for that.

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