Alice Love Fables: Toy Box Rant and Review

It has taken me SO LONG to get to this review just cause I was really focused on photography features during the holidays and then the winter anime season came out in the New Year, but I’ve finally found time … Continue reading

Cloudy Floats over to Facebook…

Hey guys! Just wanted to let you all know that littlecloudcuriosity.com officially has a Facebook Page! *cue cheers*yayyyyyyyy~ The reason I decided to start one of these pages is because it’ll be easier posting quickie updates or news instead of waiting for a lot of news to accumulate into a big Cloudy Says post. So if you want to stay super super informed on what’s going on in the LCC World, hit that like button >3<

Here’s some latest recent posts for those of you who might have missed them…

– Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movie III Rebellion Part 1 Review

– Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movie III Rebellion Part 2 Review

– Alice in the Country of Hearts, Mad Hatter’s Late Night Tea Party Volume 1 Manga Review

– Kyoukai no Kanata Episode 10 Review

– Kill La Kill Episode 8-9 Rant

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– Cloudy

What are you pondering today?

Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Mad Hatter’s Late Night Tea Part Volume 1 Review

Hey hey otome and Quinrose fans! Today we’re reviewing the latest official release of Alice in the Country of Hearts… the official title’s a real mouthful isn’t it? In this series, the art is provided by Riko Sakura and I … Continue reading

Alice in the Country of Hearts – The Clockmaker’s Story Review

In all honesty, Julius the Clockmaker wasn’t one of my favourite characters of the originally Alice in the Country of Hearts series but as the story progressed I grew to appreciate him as a steady and important role-holder in Wonderland. … Continue reading

Why I Wait for Official Translations

Hey guys! Welcome to another segment of Light Otaku Living!

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I’ve missed writing these kinds of posts and today I’m going to talk a little bit about why I wait for official translations of manga.

DSC_0001b1) Bad fan translations- I know teams of translators make a great effort to translate manga for fans and other readers, I have seen typos and clunky grammar. I do read online manga because some sites really have very good translations but sometimes if the script really isn’t fluent, the story loses its impact and as a reader, I start to lose interest because nothing makes sense.

2) Losing the idiomatic dialogue- Dialogue is one of the most important parts of the story in both developing characters and furthering plot. The most difficult aspect of translating is balancing grammatically spot-on translations and keeping the language in context to the story. When you buy official translations, professional translators, editors and a whole team of people have meticulously checked and rechecked the script to make sure that we get the best translation possible when we’re paying for it.

Here’ an example from Strobe Edge Volume 5. When I went to look for scans online, I found that the translations slightly differed and that the official translated script isn’t as wordy and convey the same if not better dramatic impact.

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Of course I have moments when I just can’t wait and I look up the next volume online but even after reading, the script doesn’t seem as constant because of the way the translations vary from site to site and to the official translation that’s released much later.

3) Worth the wait- Waiting for manga is grueling but book release days are SO EXCITING AND SO MUCH FUN!… until that awkward moment when you’re hugging the new volume in the store happy jumping and the sales clerk is staring at you strangely *cough* Also, waiting for official translations and buying them in the store is a great way to support your favourite manga artist so he or she can continue to write and produce for us!

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4) Collecting the Manga- Of course, one of the best things about following and buying the series is seeing it grow on your shelves. A lot of many follows a general design theme or the cover designs swaps colour schemes every volume so you can slowly collect all the colours of the rainbow! And the best thing about buying the manga is that in a few years when some online websites are taken down, you can still keep your favourite manga with you.

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5) Individual Preference- Part of why I read manga is for the art and for some artists like CLAMP or Ema Toyama, their stories and art are both such favourites of mine, I can’t help but own a piece of their amazing creations. Personally, I like holding a book in my hand, especially when it’s manga. I do have an eReader but the electronic tablet is nothing compared to the weight of the book and the excitement on setting your eyes on real pages of manga. I can curl up in my bed with manga or on the bus or subway. A laptop just isn’t as cozy in bed and it hurts my eyes to squint my eyes for manga on my little phone screen. Reading on an electronic screen just doesn’t entrance me in the story as much as a real manga volume does.

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Thank you guys for reading and I hope I convinced some of you to drop into your local bookstore or comic shop once in a while. If you guys liked this and want more Light Otaku Living, hit the like button or comment below on what I should write about next. Thank for dropping in and we’ll talk soon!

– Cloudy

What are you pondering today?

Days in Wonderland~ Alice in the Country of Hearts Review

Hi everyone! How have your summer days been? (If there’s summer where you live, that is). Do you guys ever find yourselves lazying the days away under the cooling shade of tree and dozing off? If all this sounds familiar, … Continue reading

Are You Alice? Volume 1

Hi everyone! Today I’m very excited to review a new manga series that just released volume 1, called Are You Alice? Some of you might know, and some of you might not, but I’m a huge fan of Alice in … Continue reading

Starry Sky Volume 1 Review

Hi everyone! We’re settling into spring nicely, aren’t we? Well, from where I am anyway….. Sometimes we can see the stars, but only sometimes because the cityscape blocks a lot of the sky. Part of why I love gazing up at the … Continue reading

Crimson Empire Volume 1 Review

Synopsis from the Back cover: “From the time she was sold into servitude as a young girl and told by a handsome demonic figure that she had a destiny to fulfill, Sheila’s childhood was anything but easy. After joining an … Continue reading