Page 36: Silence and Festivities
Page 36: Silence and Festivities
Miura: It’ll be okay. Katou-kun lives 3 train stops away so she won’t stay the night here! She has 2 years of experience and you won’t find anyone more fit for the job than her!
Katou: I’m very honored to be able to help you.
Takagi: Miyoshi is going to kill me if she finds out a young girl is here after I told her she couldn’t come here because it'll be all guys!
Saiko: Shujin, you can give Miyoshi permission to come here if she promises to help with tasks like painting beta.
Takagi: I can?
Saiko: We might get more work done and I’d feel more comfortable knowing that this assistant isn’t the only girl here.
Takagi: Oh yeah
Miura: Takahama-kun is a newbie that I am in charge of and his artistic skills are the best and he’s also a fast worker. / He’s 19 but the extent of his skills as an assistant is so great that it’s unknown!
Saiko: I hope “unknown” doesn’t mean he has no experience as an assistant…
Takagi: Why is he silent…?
Saiko: Will I be able to handle this odd bunch of assistants even though it’s my first time to even have assistants…?
Miura: Ogawa-kun, I want everyone to be able to start working at full power when the new year starts!
Ogawa: We need another desk, a few light-tables for tracing. // This copy machine is pretty old but it can enlarge, shrink, and rotate images, and serve as a fax machine. It’s too bad it’s not a printer as well, but it’s OK.
Ogawa: There are many resource books here. // Sensei, where is the computer?
Saiko: We don’t have one here.
Ogawa: A computer and printer are necessities. It is important for “Gitantei TRAP” to have realistic background images. // We can take digital photographs, render them and printing them out to trace.
Miura: Got it. I’ll prepare one right away.
Ogawa: You already have all these drafts ready?
Ogawa: Let me take a look. // The first draft for the first chapter is complete and 6 pages are already inked in… // Did you do these 4 color pages yourself?
Ogawa: Have you been looking at your images on the other side of the paper to check on possible disproportions?
Saiko: No, I’m actually pretty bad at drawing people facing the right, so I always draw them on the back first and trace it on the front.
Ogawa: We should double check everything, especially because distortions become more apparent when your artistic level is high. // Katou-san and Takahama-kun, did you both bring your art supplies today?
Katou: Of course!
Ogawa: Please draw a page each.
Ogawa: Ok, that’s enough.
Katou: Wait, I only did a little bit…
Ogawa: Next, draw some background people which would fit in with sensei’s artwork on this blank sheet.
Ogawa: Finish this all the way up to inking.
Ogawa: I will be in charge of the background scenery and we will complete the inking for them between the three of us. / Takahama-kun will be in charge of drawing people up to inking. / The finishing touches will be completed by whoever has the time to. // Miura-san, if the first chapter is 58 pages and the second is 25, we should start tomorrow instead of waiting until the new year.
Miura: Then I will bring in a new desk by tomorrow.
Ogawa: I mentioned it the other day but after the new year holiday is over, starting the 17th, I will have to work on Mondays and Tuesdays for a sensei that is working for “Shounen Three.” // I will begin working here Wednesday through Saturday, but once I am used to it I can finish 19 pages in 3 days so I will be here from Wednesday to Friday. / We have 31 days left in the year and considering the 3 new year days we'll be off, we’ll start work on the 4th. / Katou-san, Takahama-kun, is that alright with you two?
Takagi: He’s going work on this and “Shounen Three” at the same time…
Saiko: I didn’t know there really were people like him…
Ogawa: I believe the agreement was to start at 4:00pm tomorrow, is this okay?
Saiko: Yes! We’re on vacation now, but usually we have school so we have to take that into consideration. / If it seems that we’re short on time with this schedule, we’re thinking about working on this while we’re in school as well.
Ogawa: Okay, well we’ll be taking off now and I’m glad we’re close to the train station.
Miura: Okay, thanks a lot! Good job today!
Saiko: Good job…
Takagi: Ogawa-san really is handy and he has everything under control.
Miura: I told you!
Saiko: I thought it would be hard to handle assistants so I’m grateful for his help.
Saiko: But / Ogawa-san isn’t very friendly and Takahama-san doesn’t even speak…
Miura: It was the first meet and greet so it’s inevitable for it to be awkward.
Miura: Okay Takagi-kun, let’s follow up on our discussion about chapter 4. // Did you think of a rival?
Takagi: Well…I was thinking of having a cop or detective come after TRAP…a character like Captain Zenigata,* but I thought it didn’t fit the shounen magazine style…
*Character in Lupin the Third
Takagi: By the way, you haven’t commented on the first three chapters.
Miura: I can’t say anything about the chapters that Hattori senpai approved of and submitted to the series meeting. If your manga is done for after those three chapters, it’s Hattori senpai’s responsibility for your downfall.
Miura: But, we can look at how your first chapter did and begin to work on chapter 4 based on those results, so we should have 2 different sets of names ready. / One set of names is based on if the first chapter is popular and quickly accepted and / the other set of names follows a pretty different storyline in case the first chapter is not very popular.
Takagi: If the first chapter is not popular…? // Miura-san, what do you think about putting all our bets on the table for the first three chapters?
Miura: Can I say what I think?
Ogawa: Do you two think “TRAP” will become a hit?
Katou: I…think it’s pretty good.
Ogawa: Good. But I still worry that the series might end quickly.
Katou: Why do you think so?
Ogawa: Just a hunch… / and if I have to say it, because it’s “JUMP.”
Ogawa: But you can just ignore me. I have poor judgment skills when it comes to stories anyway.
Ogawa: I was always told that I have no talent in story-writing back when I was still attending manga technical school, so I worked hard at improving my skills as an assistant. / I can judge art pretty well, but not storylines.
Katou: Really? / But I’m happy to just being an assistant.
Miura: I’m going to be honest...Are you cool with that?
Takagi: Yes. / Please say it! // We can’t have a real discussion if we’re not honest with one another.
Miura: I think it’s too stiff!
Saiko: Please allow me to join in this conversation too!
Miura: I think they are the best!
Takagi: Which one is it? And what do you mean by stiff? Tell me more specifically!
Miura: It’s hard to describe, but popular manga have the leeway to be experimental, but everyone works fiercely on their series when they first start out! / They don’t have that elbow room. / But I like it when there are superfluous stuff! // But since each of the three chapters is complete, leaving nothing unanswered and everything consistent, there is no room to be playful. / Thus those three chapters are the best!
Miura: There’s no way to change them. / You can see Hattori senpai’s straight-forward thinking from these chapters! / Maybe it’s a little too straight forward. // I’m still a new guy and I think senpai’s ways are correct. / But mangas will change based on the editor’s tastes.
Takagi: You’re beating around the bush…do you think this will become a hit? / Do you think we’ll last?
Miura: If we’re going to do this, we have to do it believing it will succeed!! // The manga will not be good unless the people doing it think it is as they work on it!
Miura: And someone will enjoy our work! / And we should find happiness in that / and work harder so they enjoy it even more!!
This is how work began the next day with the new assistants added to the mix.
Saiko: I don’t like how this desk is positioned…I feel conceited…
Saiko: And the atmosphere isn't as comfortable because it’s so quiet… // How can I make it more uplifting like Eiji’s place…turn on music? Or the TV?
Takagi: So, this is work, ok?
Takagi: Be on your best behavior.
Miyoshi: This is all thanks to this girl assistant. / Is she cute?
Takagi: Not as cute as you so don’t worry… // is what I’ll tell her for now
Miyoshi: Does that mean if she was as cute as me something would have happened?
Saiko: But everyone is working hard so maybe it’s fine this way…but I feel like I can draw better when I’m alone because I'm relaxed…
Saiko: But…I am the owner of this place // so maybe I should say something like “Let’s all show some enthusiasm!”…but that’s kind of weird… // Maybe I should try talking to someone…but I suck at that…and I am the youngest one here…
Saiko: Shujin is back! Maybe Miyoshi is with him so they can change the mood a bit.
Takagi: Good morning.
Miyoshi: Good moring!
Ogawa: Good morning.
Takagi: Uhm sorry for the sudden introduction, but this is my classmate and girlfriend…
Miyoshi: I’m Miyoshi Kaya, nice to meet you!
Katou: Nice to meet you
Miyoshi: You too!
Ogawa: He brought his girlfriend… // What is he thinking…?
Takagi: I think she can at least help with painting beta.
Miyoshi: I can do it at this table so don’t hestitate to ask me.
Ogawa: So that’s why…I guess that’s ok…
Ogawa: If she’s willing to help, we might get more work done if we can have her do some of this.
Miyoshi: If you show me how, I will do anything! So you can make me do any busy work if you need me to.
Saiko: There’s just more people and it’s even more awkward…
Ogawa: We’ve got too many people to be this quiet!
Saiko: Good one, chief!
Miyoshi: Yeah, we should be more laid-back!
Ogawa: But, I don’t really know what to talk about…I guess we just have to get to know each other.
Miyoshi: Do you have a girlfriend, Ogawa-san? [You’ve got the attractive older man thing going!]
Takagi: Wha…don’t ask something so private all of a sudden!
Ogawa: I’m living with my girlfriend and she’s pregnant with my kid.
Takagi: That’s why you work so hard.
Ogawa: I have to save up…
Thanks to Miyoshi, the atmosphere got a little better but Takahama-san still didn’t speak and things were a little awkward even after the new year began.
The Day of the New Year Party
Takagi: Seriously? I borrowed my brothers’…
Saiko: You look like a salaryman…they said we can just dress casually.
Takagi: But we have to meet many mangakas so it’s rude if we don't dress up a little bit.
Saiko: You think so? Maybe I’ll go home and get my school uniform blazer…
Tanaka: Is this Ashirogi Muto-san’s residence?
Tanaka: I will be at your service today. My name is Tanaka and I'm from Teito Car Services.
Saiko: Uh, ok…
Saiko: The driver is already waiting for us downstairs so he said to go down when we’re ready…
Takagi: So it was the car that we saw outside earlier!
Saiko: It’s been there for 30 minutes…
Takagi: They come here early so they’re not late and then call us 15 minutes before the departure time.
Takagi: Anyway, we shouldn't keep him waiting so let’s go…
Tanaka: Ashirogi Sensei // Please enter.
Tanaka: Would you like to head straight to the party?
Tanaka: If we go straight there, we will arrive around 40 minutes early, but I can adjust your arrival time according to your wishes.
Takagi: Then…can you take us so we’re 15 minutes early?
Tanaka: Very well.
Takagi: We’re in the wrong place…or car…rather.
Saiko: Yeah, I’m even more nervous now that we’re riding in this car.
Takagi: “Hello, we’re doing “Gitantei TRAP” under the pen name Ashirogi Muto, which will begin in February. My name is Takagi. Its nice to meet you…” / is it too long?
Saiko: It’s fine…and I say “I’m Mashiro” and that’s it.
Takagi: Not fair…
Takagi: We’re off the highway which means we're almost there?
Tanaka: Yes, in about 3 more minutes.
Tanaka: We’re here.
Takagi: WHAT IS WITH THIS LINE UP OF BLACK CARS! IT LOOKS LIKE A YAKUZA GATHERING!
Saiko: I’m scared!
Takagi: But we were in one of those cars too…
Tanaka: Please give me a call when you are ready to leave.
Takagi: Thank you.
Welcome // please come in.
Miura: Ohh you made it.
Takagi: Miura-san I’m so glad to see you!
Miura: You can check your jackets with the clerk. I’ll do it for you.
Takagi & Saiko: Thanks.
Niizuma: ASHIROGI SENSEI, YOU’RE HERE!
Saiko: Niizuma-san // basaaaaa
Takagi: Eiji is wearing his usual sweats! I‘m embarrassed to be in a suit…
Niizuma: Underage people should not drink so there is lots of juice. Like this, this is juice.
Niizuma: It’s fantastic!
Niizuma: This is my new friend Hiramaru sensei.
Hiramaru: Friends? You just came up to me and pushed your friendship on me, that’s all.
Saiko: Hiramaru…He’s the most anticipated mangaka who is starting a series despite the fact that he’s never even had a one-shot published before… // He’s the guy that even Hattori-san considered to be a different type of genius compared to Niizuma Eiji…
Saiko: Hello, we’re Ashirogi Muto / it’s nice to meet you.
Takagi: Nice to meet you.
Hiramaru: Are these your classmates? You’re allowed to bring friends to this party?
Niizuma: Ahaha no no, sensei!
Hiramaru: I see, there are many young mangakas out there…
Saiko: So he doesn’t even know who we are…I do recall that he doesn’t read any manga but still…
Hiramaru: Sorry about that, sensei.
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