Sunday, 10 March 2013

Episode 22: Nice shirt, gay-wad

I am bushed.

You will probably notice a few changes, like the ellipses and the italicizing. For the former, it has to do with me deciding to stop leaving... I don't know what to call them, but when you start a new line and the first word is not capitalized because it's a continuation of the previous. I'm tired of having lines like that. I want my subs to look more like subs, and eventually they will. Some of the trailing ellipses (I don't know if that's even what to call them), will be deleted as they are probably a.... ugh...
In Japanese manga, the ellipsis by itself represents speechlessness, or a "pregnant pause". Given the context, this could be anything from an admission of guilt to an expression of being dumbfounded at another person's words or actions. As a device, the ten-ten-ten is intended to focus the reader on a character while allowing the character to not speak any dialogue. This conveys to the reader a focus of the narrative "camera" on the silent subject, implying an expectation of some motion or action. It is not unheard of to see inanimate objects "speaking" the ellipsis.

In other words, some of the DOT DOT DOT DOT DOTs you read in a raw are a cue to 'stop reading and look at the art in the panel again'. But in an animu there is already a camera so that is all pointless.
I am leaving some ellipses in for pause after short unfinished lines, and to break up long-ass lines. Others will be omitted and hopefully the subs will flow easier and look  more professional. I just caught myself misspelling "professional", oh what a lovely blog.

Part of all that clashes with the latter. The italicizing, which by the way is a long-belated thing I learned about a long time ago when proofreading mangoes. Just see it as emphasis. I am even less-prepared to explain it than I am elipses. But please trust me on it. Certain parts of the dialogue in Japanese are emphasized a certain way in the manga. I want to convey this as I am a literalfag.

My objective, I guess, is to have a script that reads exactly like the manga. Not just in a literal styling, but with similar tone. Even if I am now omitting certain aspects the animu renders meaningless, I still want to get things as close as possible to it.

I also had some fun with the two vampires that hand off the crossbows. Have a clacker cracker saltine if you noticed without reading this first.

Someone please do me a solid and edit the thing to which I am making the ha-ha-funny-is-joke joke. I am going to need some melatonin if I want to get any sleep this week. BECAUSE REV UP THOSE PHANTOM BLOOD SUBS, BATTLE TENDENCY IS ENDING AT LEAST A WEEK EARLY!

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