Monday, March 17, 2014

Sugar Apple Fairytale - Volume 1: Ginatoushi to Kuro no Yousei - Chapter 7

At long last we've arrived at the 7th and final chapter of Volume 1 in the Sugar Apple Fairytale series. It's been a long, winding road to where we are now. I still can't believe we've completed an entire volume! I started working on the Sugar Apple Fairytale light novel translations on December 23, 2013. I only know this because the google document that I typed the translation into lists the date of when it was created. When I started working on this series, my expectation was that I'd translate a few partial chapters and then get bored with the series. I was hoping that by translating a bit of the main story (until that point only the prologue had been translated and the project never really got off the ground because there was only one busy, overworked translator working on it) I could attract some interested translators and pass the series off to them to continue. Funny how things change! The way I feel now, if you want to take this series from me, you'll have to pry it from my cold dead hands! Haha, just kidding. Extra translators are always welcome to join and accelerate the speed of our releases-- but only if you can keep up! I took over translating this series from Chapter 1B (page 16 of the original novel) on, and since then we've had a release every 12 days (averaged).    

None of this would have been possible without Mizuouji from Aqua Scans. She got me interested in Sugar Apple Fairytale-- against my will, at first! I remember being uninterested in the series based on the summary of the manga; the theme of people basing their entire identity solely on what they do for a living stinks like propaganda to me, and I wasn't interested in reading another manga that sells this ideology to children wrapped up in the guise of a fairytale romance. However, Aqua Scans released the first few chapters of the manga right around the time my last great love, Shinigamihime no Saikon, ended and I needed something to fill the gaping hole in my heart, so I gave the manga a try. In the end, I found the propaganda wasn't laid on quite as thick as I'd imagine, and the other themes present in the story-- slavery, oppression, romance, etc-- caught and held my interest. But I didn't fall hopelessly in love with this series until I read the light novel. I remember Mizuouji posting the novel covers and illustrations on tumblr and lamenting about how she had nobody to fangirl with about the events later in the series that haven't been portrayed yet in the manga. I was in Japan back then, so I picked up the first few volumes of the light novel as I came across them in used bookstores. Honestly, I don't remember anymore when it was that I actually started reading the first volume. I think it was during the summer of 2013, after I returned to the US. I do remember that the first chapter took me around 4 months to get through! When I finally finished reading that first chapter, I was so proud of myself. The more I read, the faster I got and finally a few months later I finished the first volume. I was unreasonably proud of myself! Ginzatoushi to Kuro no Yousei was the first full-length novel that I ever read in Japanese. To this day, I've only cover-to-cover read 3 novels in Japanese, and they were all from this series.   

Finally, before I stop my yapping and give you guys the chapter, I want to take a minute to urge each and every  one of you to buy a copy of this volume and support the author. It's 495 yen, which is about $5, plus shipping. You might spend $10-$15 TOPS to own your own copy of this fantastic novel and more importantly do a good thing by financially supporting the its creator. Let me put it this way: I've spent 3 months of my life laboriously translating this novel for free. The least you can do in return is spend $10-15 to buy your own copy.  

Anyways, I think that's more than enough of my ramblings! Enjoy the last chapter, and please leave a comment after reading to let me know what you thought! Were you surprised by the ending? Did you enjoy the way things turned out? Who is your favorite character? What do you think will happen in the next volume, or what would you like to see happen?

Chapter 7: Link Here!

The next Sugar Apple Fairytale release will be a collected, edited version of the entire volume. I am going to spend some time editing it to make everything a bit more consistent. There were some Japanese words that I translated one way in the beginning and later started translating another way, and there are a few typos I missed the first time around, and so on. I changed the titles of a few of the chapters from how they were originally translated by Aqua Scans, so I want to update that and also I am going to go through the prologue and first part of chapter one (which were translated by Yami Mitsu from Aqua Scans) and do a very thorough proofreading. The translation was accurate, but there were a lot of tense inconsistencies that I want to correct in the 'final version.' After this project is completed, I'll begin working on Volume 2: Ginzatoushi to Ao no Koushaku (The Silver Sugar Master and the Blue Duke.)

64 comments:

  1. thank you soooooooo much for such a fast update!!!
    also thanks to aqua scans as well!! (i just realized that i haven't thanked them properly as well >< sorry!!)
    since i had a rough day so i'm sure to enjoy it
    thanks once again to both Aqua scans and Icarus!!!

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    1. You're welcome Sid!! Thanks for reading :D It always cheers me on to know that so many people read and love this series. Especially you guys who always comment! I hope you don't mind if I think of you as my friend :D

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    2. i would be delight to be friends!! <3 ^_^
      and im totally hooked on this series now!!!
      i cant wait to read the next volume!!

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    3. ohh and i was right about Hugh!!!
      i totally guessed that he was the viscount after ur last comment that we will never guess how he is :P
      and i think he might be my fav character over all caz he just enjoyed the drama unfold from the back seat :P and he knew that the sculpture was not Johns but still didnt say anything...
      and what Mythrilll did was soooooooo adorable....
      for Ann's sake he ate an entire barrel!!
      thats y u said he was busy lol...
      and the Shall and Ann promise part was just adorable!!! >.<
      thanks for such an awesome story translation!!!

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  2. Thank you and also Aqua Scans for translating this!
    Sadly, I cannot read kanji, therefore I don't understand the raws, otherwise I would gladly help you with translations T.T
    I think out of all the characters, Mythrill seems to be the most reasonable somehow (what with Ann desperately wanting to trust someone and Shall being a little too stubborn at times and don't even get me started on spoiled, selfish little Jonas who had his pride hurt by a girl!). He's cute, too; but Shall is beautiful as well. I couldn't tell you who my favorite is, though...

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    1. You're welcome Zunju!
      You're right! Mythrill is honest about his feelings :D Even though his behavior is a little exaggerated, I think he's the most emotionally healthy of all our characters!
      I think either Shall or Mythrill is my favorite character.

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  3. Whoo-hoo! Go Ann! *SLAP* haha :)

    I actually have 5 volumes of hakushaku to yousei and 2 volumes of SAFT in my shopping cart over at yesasia (free shipping ftw), but now I have the difficult task of pushing the "checkout" button! But they are so wonderful that I must!

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    1. LOL, right?! I wanted to slap Jonas too!!
      Yes, you must press that button :D :D :D
      I have the first 8 volumes of Hakushaku to Yousei (I think it's 8) but I haven't gotten around to reading them. Gotta finish SAFT first!

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  4. Loved this final chapter of the volume as the whole story. I'm looking forward to the next. Hugh was the Viscount, I did not think up there. I thought he was a prince or master.

    Mythrill ended up eating a whole barrel. I laughed at the thought of Ann about how he would vomit. Thank you Aqua Scan, and you for translating this story to us.

    And, where we buy? Amazon? If you can put the link i will be glad.

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    1. Hugh's true identity was a shock to me too. But it fits him somehow. He's a mysterious character. He's nice on the outside and kinda goofy, but he also has a hard edge underneath. He does something really bad in the next volume. Keep tuned!

      I will make a list of all the places you can buy this volume when I post the full volume download link :D In the mean time, I think the easiest place to buy it is Yesasia. If you buy more than $40 worth of items, they give you free shipping!

      Here are all the volumes in the series: http://www.yesasia.com/us/search/mikawa-miri/0-0-0-bpt.48_q.mikawa+miri-en/list.html

      And here is just volume 1:
      http://www.yesasia.com/us/ginzatoushi-to-kuro-no-yousei/1022714265-0-0-0-en/info.html

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  5. Wow didn't expect an update so quickly!! Thanks for the hard work as always. Not sure if you explained this already, but is this basically the end of Anns story? So volume two would be a different story with the same silver sugar theme? And different characters?

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    1. Hehe I'm glad I was able to surprise you! I got excited about finishing the volume and pulled a few marathon translating sessions :D

      No, the entire series follows the adventures of Ann, Shall and Mythril! There is a lot of character development for all of them. Ann and Shall's relationship develops very slowly, but they do finally become boyfriend-girlfriend around volume 10 :P

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    2. (No!! A spoiler!!!!! I didn't want to know that because Shall's so stubborn that it's impossible to predict when they'll get together, especially when the plot's only one volume in.)

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    3. Lol sorry JJ. I won't tell you how it happens, then :P

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  6. Thank You Icarus Bride and Aqua scans! You translate amazingly fast~ I'm really excited for the next volume and I can't wait to see Shall's and Ann's relationship develop more <3
    I'm glad that Jonas didn't get away with stealing Ann's sculpture but I wish he was punished more severly >:( Mythrill was so cute especially when he popped out with his bloated stomach.... And Shall pouting and acting spoiled towards Ann too adorableee~

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    1. You're welcome! We do our best :D
      I'm really excited for the next volume too. It's a good one!
      Jonas got his divine retribution!! And Shall and Mythrill are both too cute!!! I love them :D :D :D

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    2. Well, Jonas will have to live with his shame, and that he'll never become the family heir. We won't be seeing him again, hopefully. He definitely won't be entering in that festival again; the king will probably remember his face or name at least.

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  7. Thank you so much for translating this delightful series. I bought the first volume after reading the first chapter you translated. I will buy volume 2 in my next order. I also like Aki's art, so delicate and pretty.

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    1. You're very welcome! Thanks for reading my translations :D
      Thank you so much for purchasing a copy of this novel, and for your future purchase of volume 2! Of course I don't get any money from people buying the novels, but I am happy to do anything I can to direct revenue back to the authro.

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  8. Thanks for the translation and the fast update!! I'm looking forward to the volume 1 update. Thanks for spending your time to proofread it!!

    Yep, I correctly guess what Mythrill was doing! I think Shall and Mythrill are opposites; the somewhat "emotionless" and too "emotional" types respectively.

    I think we'll get to see more of the Queen (later or much later) because she expressed an interest in Ann, and even personally sent her a message.

    Loved Hugh. He's too interesting to not have him pop up in the volumes here and there. A somewhat of a daddy-long-legs to Ann, maybe? He's obviously interesting in Ann's talent and her "funny" actions/behaviours, as he mentioned.

    The king seem to be pretty sharp, too, in his decision to not give Jonas the Silver Sugar Master title. A decent king, so there won't be a plot about the kingdom's problem. Not as sharp as Hugh, though.

    I also hope to see more of Ruselle El Min (that grass berry fairy). She's the first fairy Ann 'made/created', so that should be special enough that they'll meet again. I don't mind her joining Ann's fairy party. I can imagine Ann been surrounded by Shall, Mythrill, Ruselle and all the other fairies Ann has met and chosen to stay, and talking/arguing with all her fairy friends. It'll be a pretty noisy party she's travelling with.

    (Oh, and, no spoilers, please!!)

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    1. Well, if her fairy friends choose not to stay, then I hope they can spread the news about Ann, the human fairies can trust. It'll be like an social network with the fairies; I hope she'll become famous that way, and known by that other humans, too.

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    2. yes i also got a similar feel from Hugh!!
      he's the type of character that usually enjoys from the side liens and occasionally lend a hand!!
      at least that's the impression i get from him

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    3. Oh, I forgot to mention Shall's wing. The onlookers saw that he only had one wing. How can you reattach a separated fairy wing? Is it even possible? It's probably painful too, to either attach or reattach. This will be one of those bigger minor spoilers, so, don't tell us, Icar!!

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    4. Oh, yes, sib. I got that feeling from him, too. His casual personality is unique.

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    5. Oh, that's right! Shall has his wing back!! He probably put it under his clothes. If people saw the second wing they would probably freak out, no? They seemed to believe Ann was his master. And I was about to answer about the wing but nevermind...

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    6. Icarus did say that the wing damage is permanent you see so that is why he will always remain with one wing ~sob~ T_T

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    7. Awww~ I was hoping to see Shall fly again, after getting his wing back. Fairies are different from humans because they can fly. It's sad that he'll never fly again.

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    8. i agree!!
      i too was soooo looking forward to that too!!! T_T

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    9. The King is an interesting character. He'll be important in later volumes. Can't say any more without potentially giving away spoilers. But I think it's to say he's very progressive for a monarch. After all, he refused to punish Jonas without proof, when most kings would not care about proof and consider their own judgement all the proof they need.

      Hugh is also an interesting character, and I think he'll continue to play a big part in the series. After all, Sugar Silver Viscount is a lifetime position. He does seem willing to help Ann but in volume 2 you'll have a different opinion of him, I'm sure of it!

      Hehe I also hope Ann becomes famous as a human fairies can trust. Even I don't know anything about that. If it happens it's after what I've read.

      And yes, the plucked off wing can not be reattached :( That's not a spoiler, it was already stated in volume 1 that Mythrill wears his wing tied around his neck like a scarf because it can't be reattached. I really wish that we could see Shall fly again...

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    10. Well, actually... about Shall not able to fly. It's more like I want a scene where Shall is carrying Ann princess-style but also flying. I sooooo wanted to see that!!!

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    11. OMG That would be wonderful!!! You should draw a fanart of it <3 <3 <3

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    12. I don't draw fanart, but only high quality art like the ones in the novel and manga will satisfy me. Someone will have to be really good to capture the beauty of those two while still giving it a fantasy/fairy look.

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    13. I hope we can find someone that skilled... I draw but I'm not good at fanart. It won't look anything like the original, so there's no point :(

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  9. Thank you so much for this! I can't believe you already finished another chapter!! I was really happy!! I was expecting Ann to loose and I'm very happy that Jonas didn't win either :D and I loooooved when Ann slapped him. Too bad he didn't have a bigger punishment but I'm still happy. And Yay! Myrthrill is back!! loved his little performance. And also, althought Shall didn't do much in this chapter I still loved his scenes. Specially the last part when he kissed Ann's hand. It's a shame that Myrthrill interrupted it because I wanted more :P. I have the impression that I'll love/hate him in the future. He's going to be the kind of character that does this often, isn't he? Please, don't answer that. I don't wanna know. :/
    Again, thank you for your hard work :)

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    1. so basically Myrthrill is the sort of character who cant read the mood and butt in at the best moment :P

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    2. Exactly! I have the impression he did it before... And will probably continue to do so.

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    3. "Please, don't answer that. I don't wanna know." LOL!! You are so funny Jada :P

      I agree, Mythrill's dramatic performance was hilarious. I tried to portray it as best I could in English, but the drama was even more over-the-top in Japanese.

      I looove Ann X Shall scenes. They are always so sweet but so fleeting, leaving us wanting more! My favorite scene from Volume 1 was when Ann kissed Shall's wing <3 I wish there was an illustration of it!!

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    4. I hope Mythrill doesn't interrupt the AnnxShall scenes in the future too much. Though I doubt it, he loves Ann too much, not that he'll admit it.

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    5. my favorte scene from the whole volume was also the wing kiss scene and my fav chapter was 5b where Johns's true color was revealed!!

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    6. YAY we have the same favorite scene!!
      I also liked when Ann came out of the wagon after the crow attack and stumbled on the stairs and Shall caught her princess-style <3

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    7. YES!!!
      that scene too... it was adorable >.<
      and how Shall teased her about the bonus part lol.... :D
      in the manga there was a short short story about Ann wanting to know about Shall's clothing and he teased her there as well!!

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    8. Aww... I don't have a favorite yet... But I think I understand the scene of Shall kissing her hand a little better. I think he was also responding to her feelings when she kissing his wing. It was a sign of respect and uh... friendship? I think I'll go with friendship for now.

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    9. yah!
      kiss at the back of the hand symbolizes respect so for now it means that Shall has acknowledged Anna
      and yes i think you might be right that Shall was responding to Ann kissing his wing.

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    10. My impression of the "kiss the back of Ann's hand" scene was that Shall was 1. Trying to avoid answering Ann's question about why he was choosing to stay with her even though he was free to go anywhere he wanted. Ann asked him but he got irritated and couldn't come up with an answer. I thought that was because, like most men, talking about 'feelings' made him uncomfortable. And 2. He was making a 'vow' to stay with her. Remember it said "It was the act of someone making some kind of vow."
      These were just my impressions though, not supported by any evidence from the novels. I also think it was interesting that this kind of act of chivalry appeared in a Japanaese novel because the entire concept of chivalry does not exist in Japan. The author must have read some English period novels or something.
      I think I read more into both 'kissing' scenes than other people because I didn't get any sense of 'friendship' from either of these scenes! I thought they were sensual and romantic, with a touch of innocence

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    11. I would like to say romantic but it didn't strike me as that. For me it was more like he acknowledged Ann. But yeah, I agree that he was avoiding the question and making a vow. When I compared the scenes I was thinking about the time Ann said that she wanted to be his friend and wouldn't hurt his wing or order him around. That he could trust her.

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  10. Oh right, almost forgot.I second what JJ said. No spoilers please. small ones from the next chapter is ok, but not big ones. :) Also, I forgot about Hugh!! I loved him! He was so good!!! I thought he was a prince when I heard the talk about the royal family at the beginning of the chap but I think the viscount title fits him way better. And I'm wondering where will Ann go now? I mean, she doesn't have a home, right? And I'm pretty sure she won't be back to Jonas house...

    I'll shut up now... :D

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    1. i'm wondering the same thing!!
      though i think now she need to think about collecting money and more silver sugar u know!! she is almost running out of both so i think the next one will probably start with them dealing with these basic problems and ending up in a bigger mess :P
      ohh n did she get her carriage back from John?
      i mean it is important to her since it have all of Emma's work and the memories of her time together with her u know!!!

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    2. Right! I totally forgot about money. Her mother probably didn't leave that much and even though she is careful, it won't last forever. As for the silver sugar I'm not sure... I believe she'll get her carriage back with the 3 barrels of silver sugar. I mean Jonas can't run away with the carriage again or Shall will be the one to cut off his head :P

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    3. yes he better give it back to Ann or else......................there will be consequences!!!

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    4. I'll try to restrain myself with the spoilers, but I can't make any promises. I won't give away details, but some stuff (like what I said about Ann and Shall) are kind of obvious as an eventuality.

      Ann's home is the world~~ What I really want to know is whether she gets her wagon back from Jonas or keeps his, lol.

      And I would love it if Shall would cut off Jonas's head!!

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    5. I think Jonas should at least compensate Ann by giving her, his fast horses, and all his silver sugar at least.

      Oh, I don't want Shall to cut off Jonas' head. I want to see Shall swing his sword, threatening, giving Jonas' some near death experiences, and scaring him enough for some lifetimes. Though, it wouldn't be interesting to do that when Jonas is so lifeless, right now.

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    6. Hehe you think of the best scenarios. Jonas would pee his pants if he saw Shall's sword coming towards him!

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    7. true!!
      that's just how much of a cowered he is and not to mention self-centered!!!

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    8. Well, I don't want Shall to cut off Jonas head either. I just want Shall to spooke him a little. So he won't try anything funny again :/

      And I don't believe Jonas will be compensating Ann... he's not that kind of person. He's too arrogant. That's why I say Shall should scare him a little, so Jonas would compensate Ann :P

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  11. Poor Ann she did n`t become a master but at least Jonas has his lesson.......omg i can`t wait for next chapter thank you so much for translation

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    1. You're welcome Liza Uchiha! I am working on the next chapter now, while waiting for Aquascans to start putting together the complete Volume 1 PDF.

      Since the title of the series is "The Silver Sugar Master and The..." I think Ann will become a Silver Sugar Master someday! Go go go!!!

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    2. I was thinking the same when I was reading the volume titles awhile ago. It says "The Silver Sugar Master..." so I'm gessing that next year (after a few more volumes) she'll become a silver sugar master.

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  12. Thank you so much for translating! Looking forward to the next volume :D

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  13. Thank you all so much for your hard work! I'm so glad this is my first translated novel- what a treat! =D

    What an unexpected outcome to the contest! I'm happy about it though, with all the confusion a winner would have been hard to pick! Though this makes me very curious about the King! I'm doubly curious about Hugh (why will we change our minds about his character in the next volume?!) and super happy to read that the main characters eventually get together! =) I think my favorite characters (so far!) would have to be either Ann or Mythrill. I can't wait to see what comes next! If going by the usual standards, it would be something along the lines of them starting off on a journey, meeting new characters and/or running into old, something will happen, and that will possibly be the end of volume 2. ;P May I ask though, do the novels keep their (mostly) light-hearted feelings, or do they get sadder and darker?

    Thank you again for all your hard work! =)

    PS: I'm currently in Japan right now! May I ask where you will be working? =D

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    1. Hehe I can't say too much without giving it all away, but Hugh does something ruthless but necessary in volume 2 that shows he's kind when it suits him but will do whatever's necessary when he has to.

      It seems to me that volume 1 and volume 2 were both written as stand-alone volumes, and then from volume 3 onwards Mikawa-sensei got the go-ahead from the publisher to write a series. Volume 2 is a self-contained story without much connection to the preceding or subsequent plotline.

      Volume 2 is definitely sad, but the series never gets dark, really. They do move on and eventually confront some of the serious social issues in the story (women's exclusion from sugar craft guilds, politics, slavery, etc) but overall it's a lighthearted story. Also, Ann is a perpetual goody-two-shoes throughout the entire series, and Mythrill continues to provide comedic relief.

      Really? What part of Japan are you in? Are you working/studying/tourisming/other??

      I work as an ALT for a certain major company that isn't JET (I bet you can guess which one, just don't say it here!). Originally I should have already been in Japan and working by now, but my visa wasn't ready yet so I became an "alternate." Basically, I'll go to Japan in May and do 1 week of training and then sit around in Tokyo waiting for someone else to quit or get fired and then I'll be sent to take their spot. The company is big enough that apparently that kind of thing happens often enough that they always need to have some people on hand to send to the client (schools) at a moment's notice. Long story short, I don't know where I'll be working and I won't know until probably a few hours before I get put on a train to go there! I don't really mind because I start getting paid either way as soon as I get to Japan. I do kind of wish I knew, though, so I could tell people... I'll make sure to announce it here once I find out :D

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    2. Oooh- so very curious now! =D

      And ahhh, that makes sense! I am so glad she did! It's so cute so far- and I think I may have seen some of my students reading it in class, haha.

      I'm in Fukui! (A billion bonus points if you actually know where it is! ;P) I'm working an an ALT for J. I think I know which company you will be working in! =) I'm sorry about your visa- but I'm happy it's all sorted out now! Oooh, GOOD LUCK! I hope you don't have to sit around too long! May I ask where you lived for your year abroad? Would you want a placement there? That's super nice you start getting paid immediately! I look forward to hearing where you will be placed! =D

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    3. I have heard of Fukui before, but I had to look it up on wikipedia just now to learn the exact location :P

      I studied abroad in Nagoya :D I would absolutely love to go back there! I have many Japanese friends living in the area and I already know the train system well. But I also kind of like the idea of living in the inaka, especially in the mountains. If I can't live in Nagoya / Aichi prefecture then my next choices are Aomori and Hokkaido. I like winter and snow :D But because I'm an alternate I have absolutely 0 choice over where I go. I can only pray a Nagoya city ALT falls down dead (sorry ALT-san, I need your spot!)

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    4. Hooray! It's small, but cute! =P

      And ahhh, lucky! I haven't been there yet, but Nagoya seems pretty awesome! That makes sense- hopefully that (poor? :P) ALT will drop out and you can go in their place! I'm in a inaka-city and it's... um, unique is a good word, I think!

      I haven't heard too much about Aomori, but Hokkaido seems awesome, even if the winters are horrible! Not sure if this would apply to you, but I've heard some... interesting things about the Hokkaido BOE! =I

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  14. It´s beautiful!!!!! loved it!!!! Thank you for doing such a nice thing i don´t know japanese so i´ll wait for your marvellous work :)

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