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If you’d like to request a translation, feel free to ask. If it’s about a series I’m interested in as well, I might just be inclined to do it. ^^ Alternatively, I’ll translate something you want—within certain size limits—if you can trade something that I’m looking for, though I do have to restrict it to shows I’ve seen.

30 Responses to Ask

  1. Hey Karice,

    I’m curious about the Kiss in the galaxy interviews, will you give me permission to read them? Also is the Usagi Drop movie just part one of Usagi Drop, by this I mean does it cover the same events of the tv anime, and not the latter half of the manga?

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    • karice says:

      The Usagi Drop movie: yup, it was only about Rin and Daikichi when the former was six, not the second half where she’s a teenager. But it doesn’t cover exactly the same events, because there just isn’t enough time. Most of the things covered are from the manga, but there are some new or rearranged incidents as well.

      wrt the Kiss in the Galaxy interviews, I actually set a few conditions for myself when deciding who can get to read them…so I’ll have to ask you a few questions first… If that’s ok, I think it would be better if we switch to private messages on AS for this (assuming you’re who I assume you are there?)…

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  2. Alex says:

    Hey Karice just saw the post where you mentioned Amamiya might end up like Rie Tanaka in regards to their favorite characters lol.. I gotta admit I didn’t know Rie preferred Athrun over Kira.

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    • karice says:

      For the anime fans who weren’t on forums back in 2004-5, it’s something that only slightly more hardcore fans would know, I think. But back when GS and GSD aired, anyone following either series would probably have heard that RieRie was a huge Athrun fan: it was all over the radio shows and events. If you search for information now, you’ll probably see comments about how Meer (a HUGE Athrun fan girl) was created largely because of RieRie… 🙂

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      • Alex says:

        Really! I really didn’t like Meer for the same reason. Makes you wonder maybe Amamiya secretly likes reading those Lemrina lines while disguised as Asseylum lol.

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      • karice says:

        Well, I’ve never been able to confirm that Meer was influenced by RieRie’s love for Athurn (I lost all the SEED and Destiny radio shows I’d collected when one of my hard drives failed years ago, and I haven’t yet gotten to the GSD episode commentaries), but that was one of the things that came up when I had a look around yesterday. ^^

        Amamiya was definitely pretty happy on the radio show for the episode where Lemrina announced that Asseylum would be taking Slaine as her husband XD

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  3. Alex says:

    Hey Karice, just a quick question. What do the japanese fans think of Lemrina and Lemrina/Slaine in general. I don’t really see much fan art of them together let alone Lemrina. I mean compared to the Slaine/Asseylum art which is still going strong with new fan art practically daily.

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    • karice says:

      To be honest, I don’t really know. And I don’t really go looking for reviews, so I only really see whatever turns up on my twitter timeline. In terms of fanart, I’ve probably seen Lemrina with Asseylum more often (they like the sister theme)…and well, let’s just say that the Slaine fan I followed happens to be a fujoshi…(perhaps I should have tried to find another fan with more similar tastes to myself, but I didn’t really want to spend much time looking around for one)

      The pixiv tags go something like this: Slaine >>> Inaho > Asseylum >> SlainexAsseylum > SlainexInaho >> InahoxAsseylum etc…with LemrinaxSlaine having just 10 pics. But from what I can see, they’re not always tagged. And a lot of the stuff I see on twitter doesn’t end up there. So it might depend a little on where you’re looking as well…

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      • Alex says:

        Thanks for answering Karice..BTW what are your thoughts on Slaine’s development this cour. I mean he seems to be the one getting the most character development, but this episode really painted him in a bad light. I have to say Edde’s plea for Slaine was the highlight of the episode for me.

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        • karice says:

          You really ask tough questions sometimes, don’t you? (^^;; )

          I think I’m probably going to have to write an essay about it after the show ends next week, but whilst I can’t call myself ‘a Slaine fan’, I really feel for him. Starting with that post I did about the theme of A/Z, I feel like I completely understand the actions he’s taken this cour.

          Like Inaho and Asseylum, Slaine truly wishes for peace. It’s just that, unlike the two of them, the isolated and painful experiences he’s had have pushed him towards a different conclusion about what is needed in order to achieve that objective of peace. After his father died, Slaine never had a place to call home, and he suffered three years under Cruhteo–that’s 20% of his life at that point, and in some of his most impressionable years too. His memories of time spent with Asseylum are his one solace, his ‘home’, but then she is targeted by the anti-royal Vers faction, and despite trying his hardest to protect her, his actions ultimately lead to the tragedy of her being shot by the man he just saved.

          I can’t blame Slaine for saving Saazbaum from “that orange mech”: Saaz was the second person from Vers who had shown him any kindness and respect at all. And he was about to be defeated by someone who Slaine believed was using Asseylum. So Slaine chose to save someone he knew to have some integrity from someone he regarded as an enemy. Unfortunately, he underestimated Saaz’s hatred (and didn’t realise that Saaz was actually manipulating him), which is what led directly to the tragedy.

          And it’s this that sparks the huge change we see in Slaine this season. He realised that he couldn’t trust anyone, and that he had to gain power if he was to be able to protect Asseylum. As someone else said on AS, he had to choose between his morals and saving her life. So I basically agree with Triple_R on most of the things he has said about Slaine this season.

          On the more recent episode, there are probably two threads to pursue. First, I know that some of his fans (and a few others who weren’t necessarily his fans but who appreciated his development this cour) are actually disappointed that his primary motivation turned out to be Asseylum after all. But is it really so bad that ‘a dream for peace’ to be inspired by someone else? I think the fact that Slaine continued with it even though he suspected that the princess wouldn’t agree with his methods shows just how strong his conviction is that a peaceful world is better than the world they have now.

          The second thread is to do with Slaine’s line that “They will know how it feels to have nowhere to go home to.” I think it signifies that he has, in a sense, given up. The way that things have turned out, and especially Asseylum turning her back on him, has broken him. I don’t know whether Eddelrittuo’s hope that there is something of the old Slaine remaining points to some kind of salvation that the creators have in mind for him…but I feel like I should be pessimistic about it. That way, I’ll either be right, or happily wrong. (^^;; )

          (@_@) it all just poured out…apologies for the tl;dr!

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  4. Alex says:

    Sorry about that lol… I can’t wait to read your series impression. Hopefully you still do one for ep 24. I consider myself a Slaine fan and all I honestly want out of this episode is a satisfactory happy ending for him dead or alive T_T.

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    • karice says:

      Heh…don’t worry about it. I’m going to have to write a post about Slaine at some stage, so I might as well start getting some thoughts down on paper! 5 days and counting!

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  5. sikvod00 says:

    Hello!

    Will you have any future posts on Hibike! Euphonium?

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    • karice says:

      Hi!

      I will write at least one or two posts on it, but it’s not something I’m planning to cover in great depth at this point. That could change, however: the last KyoAni series I really liked cemented it’s place on my favourites list with its last 3 or 4 episodes, after all (out of 22 episodes).

      I’d recommend Bobduh (of Wrong Every Time)’s coverage of the series though, if you haven’t already seen it. ^^

      (Thanks for dropping by and reading some of my stuff, though!)

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  6. Hina says:

    hey, Karice!

    When will we get to see another one of your Cihayafuru reviews?
    Given what all has happened in the past few chapters or so, we Taichi fangirls are getting restless to hear your views !!!

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    • karice says:

      Hi!

      Er…to be honest, I don’t really know. I have kept kinda up-to-date on what’s going on, and the reviews are on my ‘to do’ list, but as you might be able to tell, I’ve swallowed the bait for a couple of other series, hook, line and sinker. Add RL on top of that, and I’m really not sure when I’ll sit down to look at the recent releases of the manga properly again.

      Sorry I’ve gone off the ball on this. Admittedly, I’m also missing one recent chapter, so I won’t catch up completely at least until after the next volume is released in August…

      But thank you for reading. And I hope the discussion at all the relevant sites is going well!

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  7. sikvod00 says:

    Hi karice,

    This is a pretty generic thingto ask someone who’s well-traveled (at least compared to me!):

    What do you like\dislike about living in Australia? What about Japan? Sorry if this is way too broad of a question. I will accept bullet points too, lol.

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    • karice says:

      Er…it is a pretty broad question!

      About Australia, I probably like how there’s so much space, and that it’s a pretty relaxed kind of lifestyle (unless you go into one of the big cities where the pace of life is much faster; though probably still not on the scale of New York or Washington DC). It might be a bit too relaxed, though…

      As for Japan, I think there are actually fewer things I like about living in Japan. The main thing I like is that I’m surrounded by a lot of things I really like, from food to books and TV shows, cafes, shops etc etc. The main thing I don’t like is what I was talking about with regards to Sound! Euphonium — the norms of Japanese society that are not that easy for foreigners in particular to navigate. In particular, the whole honne / tatemae (true feelings / public mask or facade) thing has you wondering how genuine people are. The vast number of foreigners here will tell you that they never feel as if they’re truly accepted, they’re always seen as an ‘other’ in this society.

      That said, Australian society, too, has hidden norms and structures that, for example, favour certain groups of people over others. The worst part about it is that Australia probably tends to pride itself as being a land where ‘everyone gets a fair go’, and that’s simply not true…

      Is that detailed enough?

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      • sikvod00 says:

        Yes, very detailed. I appreciate the response. 🙂 Sounds like you personally rate Japan as a great place to visit but not live. I assume that Australia is about as equal to the states when it comes to expressing yourself in public. One of my biggest concerns about visiting a different country with a vastly different culture is breaking those social norms and not even realizing it. Then to make matters worse, you’re unable to “read between the lines” at how disruptive you’re being. Talk about walking on egg shells, heh. Unavoidable situation, maybe.

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        • karice says:

          Hm…that was me speaking on behalf of friends as well as myself — but it really depends on where you live and where you work in the end, I think. The people around me when I lived and taught in Japan were really really forgiving, which is probably one of the reasons it took me a while to pick up on some of the things I probably shouldn’t have been doing… ^^;; It also depends a little on your own personality. I think that there are people who actually like having all these walls that they can hide behind etc — they feel really comfortable here, and don’t want to live anywhere else…

          But if I take a step back, I would say that there are similar issues with going anywhere. There are always social norms that you may not be aware of — for example, the first few years after I moved to Australia were a huge learning experience for me. And when I first went to the States, hearing “You’re welcome” was really weird for me, and I had to consciously remember to say something like “no problem” instead of “no worries,” which is the standard in Australia. I also remember having a really frustrating conversation with a Mexican acquaintance once, where that person just didn’t seem to want to stop talking. But I learned in one of my courses the following year that one characteristic of Spanish and related cultures is that they expect people to interrupt them. So whilst the conversations were frustrating for me, they might also have been for the other person who was expecting me to butt in. Since then, I’ve tried to remember that lesson every time I feel frustrated about something…though it’s not the only lesson that I use in such situations ^^

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  8. sikvod00 says:

    ,

    .There are always social norms that you may not be aware of — for example, the first few years after I moved to Australia were a huge learning experience for me.

    Wait. So where are you originally from? :O

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  10. Izuna says:

    Karice, i don´t have any request lol,.. just wanted to say thanks for every translated info about Macross, came here because of your links in your signature in animesuki forum that im checking always ( yes,as a lurker =/ ) for the good info and the high level arguments in there . thx again.

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    • karice says:

      Thank you for dropping by to leave such a kind comment! I’m sorry I’ve pretty much dropped out of AS for various reasons, but I should continue posting them here. In any case, I’m glad you’ve found some of the stuff I’ve translated useful!

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