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26 July 2006 @ 10:44 pm
Watashi wa fuchaa-gaaru☆★  
Today I had a fun day. I hung out with Eda and Erin eating hot dogs at Nathan's (or in my case, a cheesesteak with 8,000 onions on it.. YUM!! ^o^), and then LOTS of karaoke! We sang anything and everything we could think of, and plenty of things that we've never sang before. Surprisingly, they had "Baby Got Back"!! Ahahahhaaaa!! It made me think of Charlie's Angels, actually. I have always LOVED that movie, maybe for obvious reasons. ^-^ I sang "The Real Slim Shady", a song that completely and totally sucks... what is wrong with me? LOL And when I sang "Darling" by V6, a song that I sang at my first ever karaoke a year and a half ago, it made me realize just how far I've come. I couldn't read it much less pronounce it all right back then. I feel like I've come a long way. ^^ I'm trying so, so hard to improve my japanese.. it's hard, but so important to me. So important to my life.. Maybe it's the hardest thing that I've ever done, and one of the most frustrating, but I will never, EVER give up. I will become fluent!!! ^o^// (Look at my Switch book... I'm mauling it over with notes all over every page! -_-;; But I am learning SO MANY kanji!! It amuses me whenever I look up a kanji to find out it's a word I already know. Well, with how many times 動く has appeared already, I think that I'll finally remember it. I hope!! ^o^)

I am very excited for the revamp of Gen 13! It used to be my favorite comic book, and the new look and first 6 pages look amazing!! I'm really excited!! Though I hope that Caitlin goes through her transformation quickly, so that I can relate to her again. (being so tall... she was taller than me by several inches!) But Sarah especially looks amazing, and I love Bobby's hair. ^^ Taking the team back to "being teenagers" is SO MUCH BETTER than that mainly-superhero angle that made the series start sucking the first time around.

I took a closer look at the contest that's advertised in the back of Yuri-hime and it's not just for that magazine, and not actually focused around yuri at all. It's a company-wide competition (Zero-sum and other magazines they publish included). But I think that I'm going to do an entry still, and stick with the yuri idea. I have a really good idea of a story that I've been wanting to tell for a loooooooong time, and really, I'd rather draw a yuri-themed series than anything. I was hoping that when I got into Cookie or another magazine and established myself, I could evntually write a long story about the beginnings of a tender romance of that nature.

Today I bought the compilation of the Earthsea stories, so that I can read it before I go see the new Miyazaki movie. When it comes to Japanese, it's better to give myself a reference beforehand if at all possible. I look forward to reading it, I just have to find the time now.

Today, I took a long walk home from Shinjuku station and such, and just meandered slowly on the way. I came up with a LOT of manga ideas and fleshed them out, and it lifted the funk that I've been feeling for the last day or so very well. It amazes me, that again and again I come back to finding that those creative moments are what makes me the happiest. I think.... these kinds of feelings are one of the greatest joys in life. I really do! =^-^=
Yuviyuvi on July 26th, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
wow.. the art on Gen13 looks fantastic!

Talking about comics.. have you heard of Aspen Comics? I LOVE the art work.. is amazing and I hope you like it. The stories are very fantasy/scifi like.. and I think you would like it. If you want to see anything.. just let me know and I can scan a whole comic for you so you can take a look at it. :D Take a look at their 'store' page.

:D Is great that you got to clear your head and got more ideas for your manga :D

Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 26th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
Wow, I checked out that webpage, and I'm really surprised!! I used to read Fathom, I even still have a lot of the original issues back in America in storage!! I really liked Witchblade too, which is why I followed Michael Turner's work to Fathom. ^^ Witchblade went downhill when he left, which made me sad. I had no idea that they split from Image to form their own company!! Cool!! (But then again, I have little to no idea of what's going on with comic book politics anymore.... ^^;; I used to read Wizard religiously, but I haven't been able to read it since I came here. I wish that I could get an overseas subscription or something like that..)

What I would like is to see more comic books coming out in graphic novel format like manga.. I don't mean those random graphic novels that occasionally come out for comics, but numbered ones that contain the entire series. I'd LOVE one with the first 10 or so issues of Witchblade. I recently found an American comics shop in Shinjuku and bought a collected TPB of the first so many of the Gen 13 regular series. I felt like I'd gone to heaven!!!!! Ahhhhhh I don't see why they don't catch on. Seriously, comic books would be WAY more popular if the stories in them were more easily available, you know? So that anyone could pick up an issue and catch up easily with the story thus far. ;_;
Yuviyuvi on July 26th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah Michael Turner created his own company.. he is continuing Fathom or re-writing it. I didn't see his work until I wen to the comic book store and I found an sketch book of him.. mostly his Aspen work was in it.. and I was hocked since. I love the graphics. His other works: Soulfire, and Ekos are really good too, and now he is doing cover work for DC comics too.

I agree on the novel format for comics. It would be great if they did that. Sometimes I just hate waiting a month to follow on what happens next.
thenefariouslee on July 26th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
Out of curiousity, did you ever take any formal classes in Japanese? Before, I kind of assumed you did because you seem to know enough to have gotten around for quite a while. I'm really scared of not knowing enough if/when I go to Japan! >_>
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 26th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
Actually, no. I've never taken a formal class, I'm almost entirely self-taught. ^^;; I wish that I could have taken a class before I came to Japan, but none of the schools that I ever attended offered Japanese as a subject, and none of the community centers taught it. I used to be good at spanish though, because of it! ^^;; (I've forgotten so much now!! I'd like to study spanish again, but I'm concentrating on Japanese instead)

I started out with a few textbooks, but actually, I learned most of the stuff that I used by getting a job in which I am constantly surrounded by japanese-speaking people who Can't speak english at all. My japanese now compared to a year ago is so completely different... I'm still not good, but I've improved 1000% percent over a year ago. I really am not good at all, and I have a hard time expressing most of what I want to say, or understanding a lot of things, but I've improved and I'm constantly improving myself, so I feel like it's just part of the journey.

I did take a short class (once a week for 10 weeks) about 6 months after I moved to Japan, and it did help a little bit.. but more so, it's life, self-study, and my friends (both japanese and not) that have helped the most. Don't worry about not knowing Japanese when you come to Japan. In Tokyo, you don't need to to survive, and if you apply yourself you will learn fast. I can suggest some good textbooks if you need them, also. ^^
thenefariouslee on July 27th, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
I took a year in high school, but it was this experimental thing and didn't really help. But my college 1001 course helped me a LOT... though I imagine that actually being in the country would help a bazillion times more. But I still feel like I don't know much either... ^^;;

I'd love seeing your textbook recommendations! Even though I'm taking a course next semester, I'm probably going to do at least some self-study on the side. Also how often and just what do you do to practice?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 27th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
I recommend "Genki" textbooks 1 and 2. They're white with green/orange writing on the cover, and they're the best out of the ones that I tried. I study every day in some way, usually just by using japanese in life, but as for real studying...... I'm kind of random. ^^;; I do it whenever I have the time. ^^
宮本: Reality:  Camellia middle (Experimental)spica on July 26th, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
From what I've found so far, ゲド戦記 is mostly based off the third book in the Earthsea series, The Farthest Shore. Personally I think the first three books are the best in the series.^^

Good luck with your contest entry.
jimmy_thesiger: shishido2jimmy_thesiger on July 26th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
good luck with your idea for a series!!!! really hope it works out, i love your drawings and can't wait to see the "tender romance"... it'll be so cool. :p

wow, "baby got back"! ...that's the only line i can make out from the song, if i've got the right one. but i keep thinking it's a beegees song or something, so i may be wrong. i kept changing the words to the song because i didn't know the real thing -_-;; i haven't heard it in ages! (Wait. i could be wrong. i think i am thinking of "baby come back"; ^^;;)
jimmy_thesigerjimmy_thesiger on July 26th, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
(oh, i'm thinking of the bee gees all right, and the song says something about "playing those sad songs". :p)

the earthsea series is pretty amazing!! there are quite a lot of books in it. hope you enjoy the books! :D
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 26th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
It's by Sir Mix-a-lot. If you saw the Charlie's Angels movie, it's the one that Cameron Diaz dances to in the club. XD I used to go bowling every week with my coworkeres when I worked for a local book store, and the bowling alley would always play that song and stop everyone to sing along. (They'd also play "Friends in Low Places" by Garth Brooks... now that I think of it, I sang that song today too... LOL it was the day of old songs! XD)
jimmy_thesigerjimmy_thesiger on July 26th, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC)
aha! i have both the Charlie's Angels movies. hmmm (I keep thinking of "Heaven must be missing an angel")--I shall go re-watch them :p thanks! :D
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 26th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
It was.... a very very POOR imitation of a cheesesteak, actually. It was good, but only when I take into the account that it's a taste that reminds me of food I grew up with. But as far as cheesesteaks go, you're definitely not missing anything. ^^;;; Actually, their hotdogs are STILL not the same as American ones, even though they're an American company. So dissappointing... ;_; But they're still the closest that I can find, so I keep going back.....
-stringalchemist on July 26th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
Cheesesteaks!!~ <3

I think you'll enjoy the Earthsea series, I really liked reading it, especially the first two books. ^^
Ninisa: strawberry chuchuchunini_sa on July 26th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
lol omg i remember in japanese class when i had to translate this short story (it was the first time doing it too), i mean, the paper was COVERED. i realized how horrible i was at kanji cuz i had to look up the dictionary like, every 5 seconds. lol i am still very horrible with kanji... (and gramamr and pretty much everything, but i try. lol)

waahh hot dooggss~~ i can eat small portions. lol~~ i never got use to american food because the portions are always huuuuuuge lol. i never finish food in restaurant... (especially ones like applebees, etc.) ;____;

good luck on the contest! you got talent~ :D
C L O V E Ridyllica on July 26th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
:D Keep thinking of ideas, it will lead you to your success! ♥ While I'll slave away on writing some essays and more. ♥
Miyu: rawrmiyu_princess on July 26th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you are working so hard with your Japanese and you have made some amazing process. I am going to start studying it too soon :)
 ★ アニー : little dreameranippan on July 26th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
Sometimes when I sit down with my Japanese books I become overwhelmed and feel like I'll never be able to learn the language, but seeing how much you've improved your Japanese is inspiring!

I'm really glad to hear that you're going to give the contest a try. This is such a good opportunity for you. I know you'll work hard and do your best, so good luck!
Chiakichiaki777 on July 26th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
oh wow, I'm so behind on Ghibli... I'm not a hardcore fan anymore T_T
+: hammock hello kittybabymoss on July 26th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
Ohh, i love karaoke! ^^ i did it last night. What's your favourite karaoke song?

It isn't a 'cool' choice but i really like doing Britney and Christina songs! :o) hehe.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 27th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
My favorite.... hmmmm, that's a hard question. I like doing Kimeru songs a lot... and the last few months, I've been liking Seishin Amigo a lot. ^^ I love doing japanese songs a lot more than english ones, though english ones are fun to do to kick back with something easy. ^-^ I sang Britney's "Stronger" yesterday, but it turns out that I can't sing it well.... and here people say that she has no talent!!! Yeah, it takes no talent almost to sing "Lucky" but "Stronger" is really hard!!