“I am not a ninja. I’m just an average high school girl” – Shinobu
When you are translating a series, you tend to end up appreciating a series more than usual because you get to pick up a lot more than you do on your first read through. Here is my (uber long) post-translation overview of the adorable ninja girl series.
Tomorrow, we are no longer friends (Ashita wa Tomodachi ja nai) is a collection of individual vignettes with one simple goal: to capture the magical moment right before a couple realizes their mutual affection for each other.
After losing her mother to a tragic accident, 6-year old tomboy, Michiru, finds a suspicious person moving into her precious home: her dad’s giant younger brother Kouji, the “Beard Gorilla”. While awkward at first, it doesn’t take long for the two to develop a familiar bond that looks more like that of two siblings, than that of niece & uncle.
A hot new rookie on Weekly Shounen Magazine, Smile at the Runway, starts with the story of Fujito Chiyuki, an aspiring fashion model and daughter of a fledgling Modeling Agency, Mille neige. Ever since she was little, Chiyuki’s dream was to be the star model of her dad’s agency and perform at Paris Fashion Week. With great looks and a gifted environment, it seemed like she was on the right track to fulfill her dream, but she soon found herself faced with a seemingly insurmountable wall when her height stopped growing at 158cm (5’2″), hopelessly too short to be a professional model.
Chihaya-san wa Sonomama de Ii(Chihaya is Fine the way She is) follows the life of an average high school girl, Chihaya, who thinks she is overweight and wants to lose weight. Unfortunately, its impossible for her to keep her appetite in check, especially with his childhood friend, Shima constantly bombarding her with food. Can Chihaya resist her urge to eat and succeed in her diet?
This adorable little series starts off looking like a cute slice-of-life food manga, but slowly morphs into something more special.
Akairo Crossroads (あかいろ交差点) is a lighthearted school-life romance about timid but friendly highschooler Keita, trying to become better friends with his classmate Tamaki who has always been cold to him ever since they met on the first day of school. When Tamaki confesses that she can see the “red string of fate” and that the reason she tries to avoid is because he is her partner, Keita pledges they will always be “just friends”…..