“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.
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.
Game yaru kara 100-en Kashite! (Lend me ¥100 so I can play a game) by Nakano (art) & Zawa (story) is a cute romance/slice-of-life with retro game themes thrown in. Sugita is a handsome, skilled, newcomer at a company who gets along with everyone…. everyone except for the petite assistant manager, Yumihara, who tend to be very strict on him.
One day during his lunch break, Sugita finds a small, secluded, coffee shop named “Dead Copy” which features special tables dedicated for playing retro games. To his surprise, he also spots Yumihara completely immersed in her game like a child; opposite of the strict attitude she shows back at the office. The story follows Sugita and Yumihara’s daily encounters at the arcade cafe, and how the two’s relationship develop through their various interactions.
The surprise winner of prestigious Manga Taisho 2017, Hibiki – Shousetsuka ni naru houhou, is a compelling story about a girl setting up to become a revolutionary writer. Set in the modern age where publishing industry is shrinking drastically every year, ordinary(?) high school girl, Hibiki, sends a short manuscript to a publishing company, which comes into the attension of a young editor, Hanai. Hanai is immediately convinced that Hibiki has the potential to not only be a successful writer, but one that can usher in a new era of japanese literature.
Misoshiru de Kanpai! (味噌汁でカンパイ！) is a heartwarming slice-of-life & cooking(?) manga about an average high school boy, Zen, and his childhood friend & next-door neighbor, Yae. After learning that Zen relies on pre-made food for breakfast, Yae decides to start cooking breakfast for Zen everyday. Yae’s dream is to fill the void of Zen’s deceased mom and become the perfect “mother”. Disappointed by Yae’s lack of romantic interest but happy to see his long-time crush coming to cook him breakfast, Zen gladly accepts their new morning routine of exploring different kinds of Miso soup.