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Old 2007-04-03, 21:50   Link #261
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9-11 are imminent.
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Old 2007-04-08, 10:15   Link #262
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Woohoo, it's finally out
Again, thanks for subbing this gem Arienai!

<faithfully download the last 3 episode>
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Old 2007-04-08, 10:28   Link #263
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Big ups to Arienai for picking up Hataraki Man and finishing it. Thanks for subbing this.
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Old 2007-04-08, 10:30   Link #264
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I really look forward to what people think of the final episodes. Even after watching them/translating them/pondering them, I still wonder about what other people will take away from the series.

I spent a crazy amount of mental time figuring out how to translate the final two lines of episode 11... I actually came up with what I put down while sitting on the toilet at work, randomly. (Guess that just shows you what I'm thinking about on campus).

Hmm, now that I think about it, those lines are very appropriate for an easter sunday release. creepy.
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Old 2007-04-08, 11:51   Link #265
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At long last- Thank Arienei for some godlike subbing ability

Now for the other Anno Moyoko show ...
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Old 2007-04-08, 15:51   Link #266
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Episode 9

Yet another excellent episode.
This one focus on Matsukata's stress and her ambition to be a Chief Editor.

I really sympathized with her this episode, there are so many times when i felt the way she felt when she's sick and crushed with mountains of work.
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Old 2007-04-08, 21:22   Link #267
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I think the last few episodes are really well done especially the relationship aspect between work and personal life.
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Once again, thanks to the people at Arienai for subbing such a great series.
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Old 2007-04-08, 23:07   Link #268
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Here's something I'm confused about... even now.

What do people think of Kaji's reaction to

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Old 2007-04-08, 23:17   Link #269
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That's an odd scene, it feels like the painter thought he captured Kaji's beauty on his painting but only to realized he didn't.......

i really can't be sure, that scene left me scratching my head as well
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Old 2007-04-09, 00:52   Link #270
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that scene left me scratching my head as well
Yeah, me too. I didn't feel like I was following that part of the story well. Even the comment about her being a pro was puzzling to me.
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Old 2007-04-09, 01:04   Link #271
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Yeah, me too. I didn't feel like I was following that part of the story well. Even the comment about her being a pro was puzzling to me.
Well, to me that meant this: In life, there are many ways to be successful, thinks Hiro... There's the way she tries to do it, like the man who died in episode 9, by working really hard, and building up the trust and confidence of those around you. Or, in Kaji's case, by modernizing the Yamato Nadesico image of the perfect woman, and using that to succeed by causing those around you to idolize you (and thus, you can be effective in what you do). Her comment about Kaji "not being a pro at work, but a pro at being a woman" is commenting on this. Note, I don't feel like Hiro judges one way as "better" than the other, only that she figures out at the end of episode 10 WHY Kaji is how she is. To Hiro, it's hard for her to understand Kaji, her work ethic, her relationships with the other people in the office.

That's what I think about that. But, you also have to keep in mind something that was mentioned before. Kaji is still single, and working, which BY ITSELF in japanese society is all you need to put her as a career working woman. So although she seems to be kind of the "anti-feminist" to the western viewer, she is quite far from it. I might even lable her something like a "neo-feminist", empowerment through taking advantage of her femininity.
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Old 2007-04-09, 01:12   Link #272
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I can see why Matsukata call Kaji a pro because unlike herself who gets worked up about everything, Kaji just keeps it cool and keep on doing her work(which doesn't seem like much work at all lol). Even when one of her author died or might have died, Kaji kept her composure... Matsukata would probably have freaked out.

As usual, Atsuko Tanaka voiced another cool bean female character again, even Yumi couldn't touch her. I like the part when Kaji comfort Matsukata at the end, seems like she's the one of the few that realized what Matsukata was going through then.
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Old 2007-04-09, 01:40   Link #273
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Definitely an interesting series. I think it was particularly that they went the "no easy answers" route. The question that was set up in the beginning was essentially the one that was hammered away at all throughout the series, but in the end, they chose to not actually answer it, and instead gave a pretty balanced view of the situation.

I really liked the continuity of elements from different episodes such as the way we hear she has proposed the Fifty Samurai, and we eventually see her working on it, and, in an even later episode, it hits the stands.

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Re: Kaji
Maybe I'm having a hard time understanding, because I relate to Hiroko so much easier. I don't even really understand why Kaji sits for the portrait, so it probably shouldn't be surprising that her response on seeing it is also unclear.

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Old 2007-04-09, 04:02   Link #274
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Maybe I'm having a hard time understanding, because I relate to Hiroko so much easier. I don't even really understand why Kaji sits for the portrait, so it probably shouldn't be surprising that her response on seeing it is also unclear.
Well, it's clear from the dialog that Mogi Sensei (the author who Kaji is in charge of) and the artist are friends (or at least, acquaintances). So I presume that Mogi's artist friend ran into Kaji one day when she was checking up on Mogi, and went "Damn, she's beautiful!" and asked her if she'd pose for him. Kaji, of course, would never say no.
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Old 2007-04-09, 08:55   Link #275
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Hurrah!

I did like the way episodes 10 and 11 depicted different events happening concurrently.
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Old 2007-04-09, 09:22   Link #276
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Hurrah!

I did like the way episodes 10 and 11 depicted different events happening concurrently.
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Many thanks to Arienai for their work subbing this excellent series!
Spoiler for non-existent season 2: (from the manga) Sugawara gets transferred to the weekly shounen manga magazine owned by Gotansha! (called "Shounen Brave") He still hangs around the same building though. It's truly hilarious to see him forced to interact with a bunch of manga geeks, though.
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Old 2007-04-09, 13:58   Link #277
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Ah, drunken Shinji. What a smooth talker..
Yeah, that could have been better phrased. I think, in a weird way, he meant it as a compliment, so that was actually a pretty touching scene.
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Old 2007-04-11, 16:00   Link #278
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...That's what I think about that. But, you also have to keep in mind something that was mentioned before. Kaji is still single, and working, which BY ITSELF in japanese society is all you need to put her as a career working woman. So although she seems to be kind of the "anti-feminist" to the western viewer, she is quite far from it. I might even lable her something like a "neo-feminist", empowerment through taking advantage of her femininity.
I have to admit I truly admire the Japanese Women for using this "empowerment" to the best extreme in life. A lifesource of power that is a gift to be utlilized (instead of ...well I'm just so sick of some women bitching about their limits, albiet in my opinion are self imposed). Be it a career or at home, or a student it's an art. I think that is why at the end we were all allowed to see that aspect come out from her. A nice gift to us viewers.

I'm glad she found out again at the end that she loves this job, and at times can shelter her as well as others from the at times harsher reality of "life". There has been many times I've seen my job (don't dare say it's a career) has been my salvation.

I also loved the what I would call a touching moment of truth near the end, with a glimpse of hope, and even perhaps romance

Such a great series, very enjoyable.....and.....will be so missed
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Old 2007-04-12, 12:12   Link #279
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This is a very cool little series-and to think I discovered it purely by accident?!?!? Guess the reason I found it was because I'm addicted to Pretty Cure in all of it's incarnations and Quarkboy loves it-so ya'll can figure out the rest.
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Old 2007-04-14, 20:21   Link #280
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This was a great series. I loved the reality of it, and the lack of "happily ever after." The bittersweet ending was a nice touch, IMO.

I've seriously gotta go read the manga now...
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