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Once you name something, you have to figure out what it sounds like. Sounds effects are one of the greatest challenges you will face as a manga translator. Japanese uses repetitive sound effects. Don don don. Bup bup bup. Sha sha sha. And they have a LOT more of them.

Rain that falls zaaa is different from rain that falls shito shito. Each gun—from machine gun to battleship cannons—in Showa: A History of Japan makes a different noise.

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Space ships are fun too. I am particularly fond of the ships in Queen Emeraldas. I researched s science fiction comics to see the sound effects used for spaceships and borrowed a few of those. And then there is the dreaded sheeen.

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Everyone has to solve that particular problem in their own way. But I wince every time I see it. Fortunately, I have a living dictionary anytime I need one. My wife Miyuki is my assistant on particularly tricky passages, or when that context and culture gets too dense to penetrate. There are times being married to a native Japanese speaker comes in handy for this particular profession. There is also the space issue. Manga translation presents an additional challenges not faced in other mediums. The nature of comics is a dance of words and pictures.

With manga, the pictures are there. The word balloons are there. All you can do is make sure the words match the picture. And fit in the balloons—that part is important. Due to the nature of the Japanese language, you can fit a hell of a lot more into the available space than you can with English. When I am writing out a translation I always have to be conscious of the real estate available to me on the page, and how the words are going to fit into that balloon.

Not to mention vertical balloons I saw a fellow translator say on Twitter that what we really do is write new English scripts to match the existing artwork. I agree with that to some extent.

I print off the English script, and read it along with the comic in real time. I always make changes. Or words I repeated too often on one page. Or any number of small details. I was once brought in as a consultant by a major publisher looking to expand into manga. They successfully published translated novels, and thought it would be a small jump to also offer a manga line. I laid out my process exactly as described above, and showed them what it took. After my presentation, they decided not to get into manga—it was more work then they could handle.

You have to be a good writer.


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You need creativity and imagination. But to put that into English takes something more. Really love them. We want to make comics that we want to read. I have my list of dream comics that I shove in front of every editor that will listen to me. I assume everyone does.


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Some others, like Miyuki Saga and Daijiro Morohoshi, are still waiting for their chance. Fingers crossed! Anyone reading this want to take a shot? But no matter what I am working on, I love it. I have to. I put too much of myself into every story not to care. But I think that is an accurate listing. Next time you read a manga you love, take a peek at who the translator is. Maybe check to see if you have any other comics by that translator. As an experiment, compare two works by the same original artist, but translated by different people for example, my Satoshi Kon translations for Dark Horse and the ones by Vertical.

See if the voice changes.

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See how different they are. And remember that what you are reading is always a collaboration. No matter what your favorite manga is, or who originally wrote it—translators are a part of your experience.

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This is absolutely true. And you never stop getting better at it.

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Thank you. This budding translator could use all the help she can get! The anime at least, not sure about the manga. It chronicles the efforts of the mysterious and secretive Hellsing Organization, as it combats vampires, ghouls, and other supernatural foes who threaten England. In the background, other Nazi "defeatist" officers are being slaughtered by the Letzte Battalion vampire troops]. The smoke and flame from London's destruction is clearly visible across the Channel]. As Seras pulls herself upright, Bernadotte leans forward and kisses her. Zorin punches her several times, until Seras intercepts her fist and bites off her fingers; she spits them out contemptuously].

Subsequently, in a discussion between Toru and May, Toru says Kumiko was successful and is now serving time in jail after admitting the deed—time of her own volition, because she is waiting for the media circus to end so neither she nor Toru are targeted. Toru says that he will wait for her, and bids May goodbye.

Some chapters and paragraphs of the Japanese paperback edition were not included in the English translation. Translator Jay Rubin cut about 61 of 1, pages, including three chapters Book 2 Chapters 15, 18, and part of 17; and Book 3 Chapter These chapters contain plot elements not found elsewhere in the book.

For example, the two missing chapters from the second volume of the original three-volume elaborate on the relationship between Toru Okada and Creta Kano, and a "hearing" of the wind-up bird as Toru burns a box of Kumiko's belongings Book 2 Chapter In the third volume, the computer conversation between Toru and Noboru Wataya Book 3 Chapter 26 and Toru's encounter with Ushikawa at the train station are also omitted.

In addition to reducing the word count, some chapters were moved ahead of others, taking them out of the context of the original order. At the start of Book 3 the chapters have been rearranged. Book 2 chapter 15 summary: In chapter 15 Toru awakens to Creta Kano who mysteriously appeared in his bed the night before. She tells him that she has lost her name and asks if he would like to flee Japan with her.

To this request he agrees and leaves behind memorabilia of his old life with his wife. While Toru is in town gathering supplies for his flee he reads an article about Noboru Wataya, the article explains that Noboru is now trying to become a politician.

Chapter 17 is not completely removed, instead the excerpt where Toru takes passport photos is removed and the very lengthy conversation Toru has with his uncle about buying real estate is condensed into one English paragraph. Book 2 Chapter 18 summary: Creta Kano returns to Japan and Toru tells her that he will not be fleeing with her. After this he meets with May Kasahara and they watch the demolition of the Miyawaki house. Later in the chapter Toru is swimming at the ward pool where he dreams in the pool about floating at the bottom of the well, presented in earlier chapters, and hearing horses dying during an eclipse.

This leads him to the realization that the mysterious woman on the phone was actually his wife. Ending book 2 with this cliff hanger. The English translation of the novel was carried out by Jay Rubin. In addition to notable differences between the Japanese and English versions, there are also differences between the original Japanese hardcover and paperback editions.