Page 43: Jokes and News
proofed by c_k (7/1/09)
Page 43: Jokes and News
Takagi: Chapter 10 ranked in 6th place… Go us…!
Saiko: We’ll rank high as long as the story is good and the mystery is well-developed. Let’s keep at it.
Takagi: The story and mystery… That’s all up to me… / Above all else right now, I need to work on the dialogue and comic effect… / I think I’m going to go insane.
Miyoshi: You are a little insane already.
Takagi: Hey Miyoshi. You’ve been making fun of me lately, haven’t you?
Miyoshi: Okay fine, I’ll stop.
Takagi: So you admit it?
Miyoshi: I’ve been trying to lighten the mood since you guys have been so stressed out over the rankings!
Takagi: Oh… Okay.
Miyoshi: I’m like a nude-maker*.
*She means mood-maker but is trying to make a joke.
Takagi: Jokes that try to be clever like that aren't funny…
Takagi: Thanks anyway.
Miyoshi: What!? Don’t thank me all of a sudden! It’s weird!
Saiko: The name for chapter 14 is good. // Make a final draft and show it to Miura-san. I think we can rank really high with this.
Saiko: The mystery is solved in a cool and extravagant way. The dialogue is much better than before too.
Miyoshi: Now that you’re done with chapter 14, Takagi-sensei… / Here’s my book report for the 9 mystery books I read this week.
Takagi: Oh, thanks.
Saiko: Hey, Shujin.
Takagi: What's up?
Saiko: Don’t you think we should pay Miyoshi a bit for her efforts? She’s been doing a lot.
Takagi: It’s fine. She likes helping… Don’t tell her that because she’ll definitely ask for money.
Saiko: You think it’s okay…?
Miyoshi: What are you guys whispering about? So rude…
Saiko: I was just telling Takagi that you’re a pretty cool chick... But it’s embarrassing to tell you…
Miyoshi: But you just told me…
Miyoshi: What the...!? What’s wrong with you guys today? You’re creeping me out!
Miyoshi: And don't thank me. It makes me feel like an outsider. It's also my dream for Ashirogi Muto to succeed, you know. // It’s everyone’s dream, including Miho’s! Just because my name is Kaya doesn’t mean you have to leave me out of the loop!*
*Outside the kaya means outside the loop. She’s trying to make a pun.
Takagi: I told you puns like that are dumb!
Miyoshi: Anyway, hurry up and get your series to become an anime!
Takagi: Yeah… I’ll think of a story that’s even better!
Saiko: Both Shujin and Miyoshi are doing everything they can. // I have to improve my skills too… I can improve the style, the format and the backgrounds…
Assistant: Sensei, how is this background?
Niizuma: HMMM! Make it more zukyuuuuun in the back!
Assistant: Okay… zukyuuun in the back…
Hiramaru: Niizuma-kun! / It’s Hiramaru.
Niizuma: Ohh! Hiramaru-sensei!
Assistants: The guy that writes “Otter Number 11”... // but why?
Hiramaru: Please hide me!
Niizuma: Are you being chased by bad guys?
Hiramaru: More like I’m being chased by the police!
Hiramaru: I respect every mangaka out there. Not everyone can write 19 pages every single week.
Niizuma: You do it too!
Hiramaru: I can’t take it anymore… I don’t mean to brag, but I’m a responsible and hardworking person, but this job is insane! / Working at an office is 100 times better than this…. No, it fits me better. // It’s great to have at least the weekend off… / But now, I can’t even make time to sleep… / Even when I do sleep, I have nightmares about manga and wake up…
Niizuma: My editor says it's a job you can only do if you enjoy it. I love it so I have a great time!
Hiramaru: That’s true… I don’t really like manga so it’s not a fun job for me…
Niizuma: I’m sure if you talk to the chief about quitting, he’ll let you.
Hiramaru: What? He’s not stopping me…?
Yoshida: This is Yoshida from Shueisha!
Yoshida: Hiramaru-kun! I know you’re in there! Come out from there at once!
Niizuma: Wow! He is like a cop!
Hiramaru: How did he know I was here…
Assistant: I called Shueisha and told him! I’m letting him in now!
Assistant: You’re such a pain in the ass!! People like you break our spirit and make me really angry!!
Assistant: We’re all striving to become mangakas and are doing assistant jobs because we can’t get serialized! But you have a series and are complaining about it! That’s so screwed up!!
Hiramaru: I’m sorry…
Hiramaru: What should I do…
Yoshida: Just draw manga.
Niizuma: Poor guy…
Assistant: Not at all!
Sfx: drawing sounds
Miyoshi: He draws so well…
Miyoshi: You haven’t been sleeping during class lately… When do you sleep?
Saiko: Around 5am to 8am…
Miyoshi: Isn’t that kinda tough…?
Takagi: Today, we get the early reports for chapter 11.
Saiko: Oh yeah, it’s Tuesday…
Saiko: Oh crap…
Takagi: What!? You think chapter 11 is going to rank poorly?
Saiko: No… It’s just that I’ve been making everything so detailed that I’m a bit behind on my work…
Takagi: That’s a surprise… How much do you have left?
Saiko: The assistants are coming tomorrow but, I haven’t even finished my drafts…
Takagi: Is it going to be okay?
Saiko: I’ll do an all nighter.
Takagi: Don’t overwork yourself. We’ve been trying to meet Friday deadlines, but Miura-san said Mondays are still okay too.
sfx: phone vibrates
Takagi: Oh, I bet he’s going to tell us the rankings. I told him we’d be out of school by 3:30.
Miura: Good job! Chapter 11 ranked 7th in the early reports! Chapter 10's high ranking wasn't a one-time thing!
Takagi: But we went down a rank…
Saiko: 7th… Our popularity is getting there…
Miura: Hey hey! It’s just one rank lower than last time. It’s nothing to be upset about! We can do it!
Takagi: I know!
Takagi: Go us!
Saiko: I’m going to get us to rank higher by improving my art!
Saiko: Eh? Who's calling?
Saiko: Oh, it’s Azuki. She has a new job…
Message: I’ve been chosen to do a bunch of small roles in a kid’s TV show on NHN! It’s called, “Afternoon Chance!” and its on every Friday at 5:45 with a 10 minute anime segment called "Tomboy Ninja Squad." Wish me luck!
Miyoshi: She said she was auditioning a lot! I guess she tells you the good news before she even tells me!
Takagi: Wow, all of us are getting great news!
Saiko: I’m going to the work place, so I’ll see you tomorrow!
Takagi: Good luck!
Miyoshi: Mashiro has only been sleeping for 3 hours a day… He’s not even sleeping during class…
Takagi: 3 hours!?
sfx: fax machine
Assistant: Sensei, there’s a fax coming in.
Sfx: drawing sounds
Nakai: Oh, thanks.
sfx: drawing sounds
Nakai: It’s a name from Aoki-san.
Fax: To Nakai-sama
Chapter 3 early reports: 11th place
Nakai: Chapter 3 ranked 11th in the early reports… It’s gone down a lot from chapter 2 which was 5th in place… Shit… // But… The first two chapters were extended chapters so maybe that's why they ranked so high…
Nakai: Ahem… / I need to make a phone call outside.
Nakai: Aida-san, can you ask Aoki-san to redo the name for chapter 6?
Aida: Redo!? Wait a second…
Aida: I gave her the go ahead on it. / I can’t ask her to redo it.
Nakai: Why did you give her the go ahead on this? It’s becoming too fairytale-like again and there isn’t enough action. I can’t draw anything interesting for this.
Aida: No action? Well, he’s right about that… // We’ll increase the movement next week but I can’t tell her to redo something when I gave her the OK already. You should just draw as you are told.
Nakai: Fine… / click
Nakai: This is Nakai.
Nakai: Can you please redo chapter 6!?
Nakai: I think it’s good overall, but there should be more action in this. / Make more use of the panels and… / make it more extravagant!
Aoki: Aida-san said it was good.
Nakai: Please, Aoki-san! / Try to divide it into 2 chapters. / Expand the action scenes and make it more impressive. // I’ve been in this field for over 15 years and have more experience than Aida-san in that sense. Can’t you please take my word for it this time?
Nakai: And… How do I say it… // I think the readers might find all the narrations annoying because it’s too literary. It’s not a shoujo manga, so please understand that this is a shounen manga!
Nakai: Please! This is for our “hideout door”…
Aoki: Okay. I will do as you say because you sound very dependable about this.
Aoki: I will trust you, but only in regards to manga.
Yuujiro: We did it! You ranked 6th in the early reports!
Fukuda: What about Niizuma, Ashirogi and Nakai?
Yuujiro: Why those three?
Fukuda: ‘Cuz they’re friends and rivals of team Fukuda!
Yuujiro: Uh okay.
Yuujiro: CROW was 3rd, TRAP was 7th and hideout door was 11th.
Fukuda: YEAAHH! I showed you, Ashirogi! I’ve outranked you once again! Now all I have to do is outrank Master Niizuma and rank 1st!
Fukuda: Let me see all of them. I’m starting to get worried about Nakai-san now…
Yuujiro: Where’s the manuscript? I can’t wait any longer.
Assistant: Give me 2 more hours! I can’t handle all the work, being the only assistant!
Fukuda: My poor artwork doesn’t need a bunch of assistants working on it! Stop complaining! I’ve been helping with the tones too.
Yuujiro: Can you finish up while I meet with Fukuda?
Fukuda: You should join this meeting too, Yasuoka!
Fukuda: I’ll give you a 1000 yen bonus every time you come up with a good idea that I can use! // Don’t you think joining the meeting will be a valuable learning experience?
Assistant: Of course!
Yuujiro: Who’s going to finish the manuscript?
Fukuda: All 3 of us can finish it after the meeting!
Yuujiro: I guess if Yasuoka-kun is going to stick around it’s a good idea to have him join the meeting… // Anything goes if it’s to gain popularity…
Assistant: You’ve got it! // Let’s meet so we can discuss how to rank 1st!!
Mom: Moritaka, it’s 7:00.
Saiko: Sorry, I fell asleep…
Mom: That’s what I thought when I saw you weren’t in your room this morning when I checked.
Saiko: Oh no!! I haven’t finished inking in or drafting the last 3 pages!! // The assistants are coming at 4:00 today!
Saiko: Mom, can you call the school and tell them I’m taking a sick day?
Mom: What are you saying!? Go to school!
Saiko: Please! I’m in trouble! The assistants are coming, but I haven’t finished yet! / I have yet to miss a single day of school this year so please do this! Manga is more important to me right now!
Mom: Just this once…
Saiko: Thank you!!
Saiko: How many pages can I finish by 4:00…
Ogawa: Mashiro-san… This is all you have for us?
Saiko: Sorry… I fell asleep…
Ogawa: It’s going to be impossible to finish this by 9:00 on Friday…
Saiko: What about Saturday?
Ogawa: I’m sorry but I have to be elsewhere on Saturday since I’ve only been coming here Wednesday through Friday since chapter 3. / And I’ve been taking Sundays off…
Saiko: Okay… I can have the deadline extended to Monday and I’ll finish it by myself on Saturday if we don’t finish on Friday.
Takahama: I can help.
Katou: Me too.
Katou: Don’t feel bad, Ogawa-san. It’ll be okay as long as you can direct us with what to do…
Takahama: We’ll just get paid an extra day.
We finished up on Saturday and had our meeting then but since we felt bad making Miura-san work on his day off, we decided that we’d finish everything by Friday as we usually did from then on.
May 17th Series Meeting / TRAP chapter 12, early rankings: 8th KIYOSHI chapter 9, early rankings: 9th hideout chapter 4, early rankings: 13th / Everyone was safe.
June 2nd The rankings for chapter 14
Miura: We did it! We did it!!
Miura: We ranked 3rd along with CROW!
Takagi & Saiko: WHAAAAAT!?
Saiko: We ranked the same as CROW? Eiji… // We’re side by side with Niizuma Eiji…
Takagi: We might get our series to become an anime too if we keep it up, right!?
Miura: You idiot! We’re only on chapter 14. You kids are always getting ahead of yourselves!
Saiko: An anime… Oh wow… // Azuki has started her voice acting again… Our dreams… It’s not impossible to make our dreams come true by the time we’re 18…
Fukuda: TRAP and CROW are both 3rd!? / Shit, I can’t even be happy about ranking in 6th!
Assistant: I still think 6th is pretty good!
Aoki: I’m glad I listened to you for chapter 6. I can’t believe we suddenly ranked in 8th.
Nakai: Just leave it up to me! Please show me the names before showing them to Aida-san from now on.
Hiramaru: I’ve slacked off on the name and art so the readers are starting to be disappointed. / My rankings are going down so I should just take some time off…
Yoshida: Ranking 9th means you’re still popular so keep drawing!
Sfx: drawing sounds
Yuujiro: I guess you might think this is good news… / CROW and TRAP ranked the same.
Sfx: drawing sounds
Niizuma: The same!?
Niizuma: It is good news, but… // I don’t want to lose to Ashirogi-sensei!
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