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Kazayama Juugo is a pen name for Igarashi Takuya, one of the main staff members for Shoujo Kakumei Utena. Before Utena, he was the director of Sailormoon Stars, following Satou Junichi and Ikuhara Kunihiko. Recently, his credits include directing Ouran Koukou Host Club, Soul Eater, and Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto.

This interview is from the Art of Utena book, which is currently out-of-print.

His credits for Utena include: Episode 19 (Script), Episode 9 (Episode Director), Episodes 9, 19, 25, 30, 37 (Storyboard), Movie (Part A, Storyboard).

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Interview )
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Five CDs I borrowed from Tsutaya this Thursday -- Chara's Dark Candy, Mr. Children's Shifuku no Oto, a Yuzu best hits collection from 1997 to 2007, and Bump of Chicken's remaining discography I hadn't heard in full before. I finished listening to all of them today, and there was one song on the Yuzu CD that was so cute I knew I had to translate it right away.

Youtube link here, for anyone interested in having a listen.

'Boku no Manga no Shujinko' by Yuzu )
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I like looking around for old files on my hard drive. Sometimes I come across things that I wouldn't expect, like this Hikago translation I did three years ago (!!!) and then promptly forgot about right after.

Anyway, this is a side-story printed in the back of the Gorgeous Characters Guide; all rights go to Hotta Yumi and Obata Takeshi, including the silly pun in the book's title. (By which I mean that the "gorgeous" is written as "碁ジュス" in a mixture of kanji and katakana, and 碁 = Go. Get it?)

This story takes place in the Heian era, focusing on a snapshot of time right before Sai's death. I haven't seen anyone mention it before, so along with my own fondness for the series, hopefully other people will enjoy reading this!

A Thousand Years Wandering )

Tendoumaru is such a brat, but I really can't blame him too much. Especially with the parallels to Hikaru's own development in the main story and his subsequent treatment of Sai.

Something I never paid much attention to before: Obata's self-profile in the back, where he draws himself with "の" for eyes and "も" for a nose. He also asks who everyone's favorite character is, and then says that he likes "blank, blank, blank, blank." Four space bubbles in a row. Not fair! But then he goes on to hint that this character is a Go pro and an oyaji. So...Kuwabara?
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Was looking through a couple of old artbooks I bought at Kinokuniya (while in high school, no less, so rather than reading them, I basically just looked at the pretty pictures) -- and lo and behold, came across a few interviews that I forgot even existed! So, I decided to try my hand at translating a few of them.

And since I'm doing this, I thought, why not start off with CLAMP? Yes, that is a rhetorical question. :D

I've found that the X/ZERO artbook has interviews with both Ohkawa Nanase and Apapa Mokona (when they still went by those names), so I guess that makes them my first victims. These are all way back from the year 2000, but strangely or not, don't seem to have a specific date attached to them.

I don't think I have to worry about this with you guys, but please don't distribute this translation without permission. I'm mostly doing this to bone up on my translating skills, which have gotten pretty rusty, so there are bound to be mistakes. If anyone has any critique to offer, I'd be glad to take that into account.

So, it's been seven years since they last worked on X, and at least three more since they've been planning out something like Tsubasa. Good to know. )

Man, that took longer than I thought it would. Now, onto something else!

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