So, I promised to tell you what happened on Wednesday and Thursday.
Actually, it started with Rurouni Kenshin. Dani-chan and I often translate (from English!) and subtitle various anime for MANGA CZ (personally, I enjoyed translating Utena most of all - translating is so much FUN! Much better than correcting someone else's translation, which is just what I'm doing now, grrrr!). Some week ago, guys from MANGA CZ called and asked Dani-chan to translate third and fourth part of Kenshin, because they wanted to screen this Thursday, during our regular club meeting.
So Dani-chan translated Kenshin and on Wednesday evening we went to MATFYZ (the Faculty of Mathematics & Physics) dorms, where most of the guys from MANGA CZ dwell, to do the necessary corrections and arrangements. These dorms are not far from my home - actually, Dani-chan and I have been there before and everytime we walked back to my house on foot, because the scenery is quite lovely. Naturally, I was looking forward to this journey back home, because it's always fun.
Well, we arrived to the dorms at 7 PM. Shinji and Pirate (both quite adorable guys) were awaiting us. We sat down and started babbling - about anime, manga, Sailor Moon (Shinji doesn't like it, but Pirate does, it was him after all, who gave me all SM MP3s!) etc. We were also watching some J-Rock clips and discussing my upcoming university entrance exam (when Pirate learned I wanted to try for japanology, he lent me a wonderful book about Japan, which I find very helpful! Thanks, Pirate!^__^). Yeah, from time to time each one of us said something like: "Now, we should really start with Kenshin." or "One last word and the we'll hop on Kenshin." Ha. But there was still plenty of time for Dani and me to sing SM opening (in German) to annoy Shinji (as if that was ever possible!) or arguing why Ranma 1/2 is/or isn't one of the best manga ever! (I think it is.) At 9.30 PM, we were all drinking tea and discussing dieseases, how old each of us was when we got pneumonia (I gues I was the youngest), what was it like when Pirate had broken his arm and leg in a car crash and such things, but the disc with translated Kenshin was still lying idly on the table.
It could be about 10.15 PM when we suddenly broke the spell and actually started working. I think I've already mentioned that correctiong someone's translation is the worst of all sufferings, but it simply had to be done. So we went correcting and fighting over
each sentence and before we finished part three, it was already midnight and time for Dani-chan and I to go, because I promised to be home at 1 AM. Poor Shini and Pirate were left to check the rest alone.
Because it was very dark and we didn't feel like walking our usual way, which may be lovely in broad daylight, but pretty scary in
darkness, Dani-chan and I decided to walk some 15 minutes to the nearest tram station and then go by tram. Unfortunately, last tram
was just setting off at the time we arrived to the station, and the next one should have arrived in 40 minutes, so we decided to go on
foot and follow the track. We were both pretty tired and hungry, but the image of two full bowls of ramen with shrimp (which I've been
sparing for special opportunity) were keeping us going... or sprinting, to be more accuarte. After some time, we climbed the hill
and went to the nearest station, only to learn that no tram would come before 1 AM. So we braced ourselves and walked the rest of the journey on foot... which wasn't very comfortable, not talking about safety. Streets and alleys are full of eeeevil today.
But hey, we managed to get home before 1.15 AM and while Dani-chan was taking a shower, I went straight to kitchen and started
prepairing our beloved ramen...
That is - surely would have started, if there had been ANY ramen! To my greatest despair, I found out that everything was simply gone. I really don't know how it is possible, but... it was really gone. With my last strenght, I cooked us a chicken soup with noodles and then we stumbled to bed (though not into the same ^__~).
The next day (we slept until 2 PM) was the screening. The beginning was set on 6 PM, so we spent the time installing Might & Magic to my computer (his name's Tatewaki). Well, guess what. Windows 2000 simply wasn't able to make it run. >__< (Today I installed it to my mom's computer, which is the only one computer in the house still using Windows 98) and it worked. My first group of warriors is all-girls; I have Makoto the Knight, Minako the Ranger, Ami the Cleric and Rei the Sorceress. Minako and Rei are Elves, but I guess it doesn't mind, ne?) But that's not really important.
At 6 PM, we were at our club's place (actually, the building belongs to the Club of Young Technics & Mensa members, but we can meet here, which is great, because it's located in a beautiful part of Prague - right at the bank of Vltava river,surrounded by little pubs and wonderful old buildings - well, the Old town - the architecture isreally stunning... and I almost forgot to mention the wonderful view
- one can see Prague's castle and St. Vitus cathedral). Shinji and Pirate weren't. They came after half an hour, both looking visibly
exhausted. After minor technological difficulties, the production started.
The first episode was alright... though the subtitles weren't Czech, but Slovakai (which didn't really matter, because these two languages are very similar... though I admit it's a little more difficult for me to understand, because when Czechoslovakia parted in 1993 and two independent republics were created, I was only 11 years old, so I've already lost some of the ability to speak Slovakai). Second episode was the same and when we asked why, we weren't really given any response. Then the third part came, the one we were suffering over, fighting over each word and every stupid sentence...
It was just as gone as my ramen. I really don't know why, but these guys just used the subtitles in the very same form they had been
before correction. Dani-chan didn't have the nerves to watch it and bear the criticism that would surely be aimed at her (for translating
it that way and not correcting the historical details and stuff), so we left. -__-;
The journey back was pleasant, though, because we walked along the river bank and cute little sailor pubs and ships for sightseeing and babbled about our usual things. Dani-chan the went home (she's currently playing Pokemon, so she had to train her little beasts ^__^) and I returned to my ramenless house.
When I told my mom about the whole incident, she just shurrged and showed me tons of ramen, hidden behind some stupid boxes with salt and coffee.
Okay, I admit it. I suck.
And I need new glasses, too.
Now, now. It wasn't THAT tragical, you see.
But crazy enough.
Ahhh, it's so late. Tomorrow there's a little family celebration, so I have to be fit.
Stay tuned for more of MidnightZero's stories.