ANIME TODAY #90: Talking TYLOR and More With Translator Neil NadelmanPosted on: Friday, April 10, 2009
Episode run down:
In this episode, Alison, Nick and Rich are going to sit down and talk with Neil Nadelman. Neil’s handled the translation duties for a number of anime titles through the years. He’s also worked with Right Stuf on a number of projects including being the translator for The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, and the subtitling of Kare Kano. Among many topics, we’re going to talk with him about his original translation work on the Captain Tylor series, how translation and adaptation have evolved over the years (and how the anime industry itself has changed), and some of his upcoming projects.
The music for this episode is from JapanFiles.com’s Crystal Children and Camellia Japonica CDs by Dazzle Vision. We’d like to thank JapanFiles.com for letting us feature music from their CDs, a full list with the times each song was played will be posted at the bottom of this episode’s show notes at AnimeToday.com.
Chad’s kicking off this episode with What’s Hot in the World of Anime and Manga, followed by Shawne with details of our Spring Cleaning In-Stock sale. Neil Nadelman then joins us for the first part of his interview and then Rich and Nick have a ton of winners to announce this episode for our “Year of the Otaku – Just the Beginning Contest” and the “Weekly Prize Blitz.” Christy has a new If.../Then segment this episode where she reminisces about Emma: A Victorian Romance. Next, we'll have part 2 of our chat with Neil and then Rich and I catch you up on some of the upcoming conventions possibly heading your way. Christy returns to field a question from an Anime Today listener about keeping up with the latest manga releases and then we wrap up Neil's interview with the story explaining the photo we used for his album art. Finally, we finish up episode 90 with a few customer reviews from RightStuf.com.
Albert finds his charmed, privileged life among the aristocracy anything but. Bored and unsatisfied, he seeks adventure at the “festival on the moon,” where he meets the enigmatic and captivating Count of Monte Cristo.
Fascinated by the Count’s blend of charisma, wealth and sophistication, Albert allows himself to be led through the upper echelons of Parisian society. He never realizes that, though his new friend comfortably walks the ornate halls of the city’s highest class, the Count, motivated by an all-encompassing desire for vengeance, has only one goal in mind – to bring the world of the wealthy crashing down upon their heads.
Join Albert as he witnesses the Count’s plan unfold when Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo DVD Complete Series is unleashed on April 28th.
Relationships are never easy, particularly when you’re just 13. Rui is in the throes of first love with her dreamy classmate Kaoru, but to her dismay, she finds herself the secret crush of the boy next door – who also happens to be her best friend! Just when things couldn’t seem to get more complicated, the hot teaching assistant somehow ends up moving in with her.
Haruka Fukushima, author of Instant Teen and Cherry Juice, puts Rui and her friends through all manner of antics in Orange Planet Graphic Novel 1, which hits shelves this April 28th.
The story of the priestess Kikyo and half-demon Inuyasha ended in tragedy. Will Inuyasha and Kagome's story have a happier ending? Each battle draws the group closer to their ultimate goal - the border of the afterlife and the final shard of the Shikon Jewel. But the last stage of their journey is the most difficult of all. In their final battle with Naraku, will the bond between Kagome and Inuyasha prove strong enough to vanquish him at last?
Karin leads a fairly ordinary life in spite of the fact that she is from a family of vampires. Unlike the rest of her family, she has no problem with bright lights, sleeps in a bed instead of a coffin and loves to eat garlic. She is such an abnormal vampire that she doesn't even suck blood - she produces it! Everything begins to unravel, though, when she begins to have strange reactions when she gets near her classmate, Kenta Usui.
Is this the beginning of the end of her “ordinary” life? Find out when the Karin DVD Complete Series Box Set streets on May 5th.
Shawne's Specials and the Spring Cleaning Clearance Sale!
Right Stuf Contests and Updates
We’re teaming up with FUNimation to celebrate their DVD release of Darker Than Black by giving three lucky Anime Today listeners the chance to win 1 of THREE Darker Than Black Starter Sets that includes both DVD 1 and a collectors’ art box! To enter, visit our Contest page in the “What’s Hot bar at RightStuf.com before April 23rd. We’ll announce the winner during the April 24th episode of Anime Today!
Next up, we’re excited to announce the winners of our first “Year of the Otaku” contest! Congratulations to Delores W of Pittsboro, North Carolina; Jonathan P of Colfax, California; Don S of Venice, California; and Jovita C of Mattawa, Washington! Each of you just won a $25 gift certificate to RightStuf.com! And an even bigger congratulations to our grand prize winner, Lawrence G of Baltimore, Maryland, who will be receiving a $100 gift certificate to RightStuf.com!
So what kinds of Otaku were they – and everyone else who entered? Watch otaku.rightstuf.com and keep listening to Anime Today to find out!
If you didn’t win this time around, there are more chances on the way! We’re continuing the “Year of the Otaku” with a veritable prize blitz -- basically a new contest every week!
Congratulations to our Week #1 winner, Cynthia B of North Bergen, New Jersey! She won a prize pack with an InuYasha wristwatch, an InuYasha “Sango” keychain and the game Beyblade G Revolution for GameBoy Advance! And congratuations to our Week #2 winners: Carrie C of Los Altos, California; Catherine G of Keller, Texas; Rebecca E of Attleboro, Massachusetts; and Bob K of Covington, Kentucky! Each of you just won a copy of the Fruits Basket: Friends of the Zodiac card game!
We’re doubling up for this week’s Otaku Weekly contest! One lucky fan will win a Naruto gamer pack, featuring the Naruto: “The Path to the Hokage” collectible card game and Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles 2 video game for the PlayStation 2. Plus another lucky fan – who is 16 or older – will win a Kannazuki No Miko DVD Box Set featuring the entire anime series!
To enter for this week’s contest, visit otaku.rightstuf.com for more information and get your entry to us by the end of the day on April 16, 2009. And keep checking back: The next contest kicks off on April 17! We’ll announce the winners both via Twitter and on the next episode of Anime Today!
Neil Nadelman, Translator
If…/then with Christy
As a big fan of both romance and period pieces, I very quickly fell in love with Emma: A Victorian Romance. Not just a series for historical romance fans, Emma is a wonderful example of well-executed fiction in beautifully depicted, Victorian England. For any art aficionado, the highly detailed backgrounds, let alone the character designs themselves, make this series worth watching!
The series’ main protagonists, Emma and William, are sympathetic and surprisingly relatable. You feel for them every step of the way, but without either of them becoming simple character archetypes. That being said, it’s also incredibly easy to feel sympathy for the other love interests in the series. Even the characters we only see for an episode or two are marvelously well-rounded.
Fans of series like Upstairs Downstairs and other PBS-styled fare should appreciate the overall tone, as well. 100% historically accurate or not, nothing every really feels particularly out of synch. The overall feeling of the show wraps you up in the time period.
Any fan of the Emma: A Victorian Romance anime should also consider picking up the Emma manga, particularly the latter volumes, which are still being released in North America. If you couldn’t get enough of Emma’s secondary cast members, mangaka Kaoru Mori gives fans the opportunity to further explore their world with a number of beautifully written and illustrated side stories that give us even more insight into characters like Mrs. Stowner and Eleanor.
She’s also written another period title, Shirley, which delves into the Edwardian world’s servant class, this time from the point of view of a young, 13-year-old maid.
Though it might seem like a bit of a leap, I think those who were intrigued by the exploration of the Emma’s class distinctions will find Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo a fascinating series. Loosely based on Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo, Gankutsuou takes place in a futuristic world, which still retains much of the French social stratification found in the 1800s. We are given the chance to see the world of the extremely wealthy through the eyes of the main character, Albert, and we are left to make our own conclusions as to whether or not all that glitters is really golden.
Though much darker and more menacing than Emma, Gankutsuou certainly gives viewers yet another chance to see a different side of the class system.
As always, our forum members also have a number of recommendations for Emma fans.
Stefanie thinks that those who enjoy period pieces should definitely check out Le Chevalier D'Eon. “In both series, the animation is beautiful. There's an incredible amount of detail in the settings, costumes, and social manners of the characters. Historical accuracy is hit-and-miss, but these are fiction stories, not documentaries.”
All of these titles, as well as a number of others made on the forums, are available in North America.
To view all of the recommendations, or provide some of your own, head to our Anime Today discussion forums on AnimeToday.com, and make a post in the Emma: A Victorian Romance If…/then thread. You’ll also find rec threads for potential If…/then segments.
We love getting feedback, and you never know -- you just might hear your recommendations on a future episode.
Anime Today Q and A
First, when you’re looking for ways to collect more and more manga, remember that RightStuf.com features 25% OFF the MSRP of most manga publishers every day in addition to frequent studio sales. If you happen to be a Got Anime member, you can stack your discounts to save even more!
Companies like Viz and Dark Horse are also trying to give manga fans a few extra options for building their libraries. If you’ve ever hesitated to delve into the worlds of Bleach, Death Note, Dragon Ball, or Naruto, Viz is now producing massive box sets of these popular manga series. They are also producing beautifully put together re-releases of hit titles like Fushigi Yugi,
Using a similar approach, Dark Horse is also publishing a number of omnibus editions of popular titles, like Gunsmith Cats and the soon-to-be released CLAMP manga, Clover.
If you’re looking for a great source where you can find a lot of general manga information all in one place, you may want to take a look at Jason Thompson’s Manga: The Complete Guide. It’s an inches thick encyclopedia chock full of summaries, age advisories, and other useful info.
Anime News Network has long been a stopping place for manga enthusiasts and boasts a large library of both old and new manga reviews.
For up-to-the-minute reviews and recommendations, Deb Aoki’s About.com Manga Guide and Brigid Alverson’s MangaBlog.net are both “must visits.” Alverson’s blog not only includes reviews, but also does an excellent job of canvassing many of the recent reviews posted by fellow members of the blogosphere.
Finally, Otaku USA has consistently been a great print source for reviews. It also offers great, vibrant pull-out posters, which, while they don’t help expand your manga library, certainly help decorate it.
If you’re interested in taking a look at any of the items or sources mentioned, you can find links on our Episode 90 summary at AnimeToday.com.
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