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kzoue

Shinkai's blog December 28, 2008 update

2008/12/01

As the last mouth of this year comes, London is becoming colder and colder. I think it must be very cold in Tokyo at night in this season; but in London, the daytime is as cold as night. To protect myself from winter’s coldness, I bought thick sweaters and coats, but I still feel cold.
I accepted an invitation to have a speech at a girl's school, James Allen's Girls' School, which located in London in December 18, and I paid a visit to the school a few days ago. When I saw the girls in school uniform are everywhere, I just feel it was strange for me to stay there, and I feel very nervous when I had lunch at school café. I also visited Japanese class. The teacher was a Japanese young man (he arranged the speech), and the students were twelfth grade (third grade in high school) who will spend 4 years to study Japanese. I always believe it is very difficult for a student whose mother tongue is English to learn Japanese. So when I saw they read and wrote Japanese characters fluently, I felt a little surprised. I took the character test with the students and I picked up「急がしい」when I should write「忙しい」(Oh, what a shame…) , but the girl beside me got the right answer (Note: he wanted to say he made a mistake in a Japanese test. I don't know if my translation is clear. By the way, the word means busy). Ha ha ha, I just laugh at myself.
The Japanese Grammar class was also interesting. “可能動詞”(Note: sorry, I don’t know how to translate it. This is a form of Japanese verb, which means it is possible or able to do something) which I learned in middle school as a part of use of verb, now is taught as potential form (of verb) . The modal verb plays the same role in English. The distinct differences of grammar just illustrate the big difference between our language’s structures. Only look at the Japanese verb, you will know how complicated Japanese is (compared with English) .
Let’s turn to another topic. I often hear some funny rumors. Such as, “Shinkai is not abroad, and he is living in Atami (Note:Atami, somewhere in Japan)” “Shinkai got married in London”. I think they are funny. Of course, none of them is true.
kzoue

No useful information about new work...a little disappointed.

Do we have any Londoners here? Anyone have a possibility go to the speech? It will begin at 4 p.m December 18, 2008. And the location is  James Allen's Girls' School. Some information can be found here http://www.jags.org.uk/jags/, the website of the school.

I am envy of the girls. Wish they will have a good time with Shinkai! Very Happy
Maybe Shinkai will show us some details about speech in next update..
Janny

It's always fun to read these entries, thanks for posting, Kzoue! The "Shinkai got a marriage in London” sentence kinda made me giggle XD
kzoue

Janny wrote:
It's always fun to read these entries, thanks for posting, Kzoue! The "Shinkai got a marriage in London” sentence kinda made me giggle XD


I made a mistake there...corrected it already...
Just hope it is not too bad to read.
Janny

Oh no no, I meant that the idea of him getting married in London made me giggle, not the mistake in the text.
kzoue

I know what you meant, Janny Very Happy I also giggled when I see the rumor, strange rumor Shocked
Junpei

Again thank you Kzoue for posting these. I feel so happy just by simply seeing a new update related to Shinkai.

Any idea what the speech is about?
kzoue

About the speech, Shinkai posted an announce on his homepage. As he said, he will show 5cm/s in the speech, and introduce something about anime making, then answer questions.
He also said this is a special speech which is ONLY for the students and their parents. Oh Sad
kzoue

December 28, 2008 update

December 28, 2008

The end of this year is coming soon. As English don't pay much attention to it, I didn't get much special feeling about the end of the year. Every day passed as usual.

Let me talk about something about the special speech at James Allen's Girls' School on December 18. The photo on the left is the girls of Japanese language class who sang One more time, One more chance before we began to watch 5 cm per second. The Japanese teacher played the piano and the girls presented us a very beautiful song. And I think this is the highlight of the whole speech (laugh). Of course they sang in Japanese; however when the lyric came to “One more time…” their voice became much more confident in a sudden, which makes them so cute (laugh). Everyone did a great job.

(1) I was speaking on the stage. The one in the middle is me. And Tim(on the right of me) is my interpreter. He is a very interesting guy. He decides to become a missionary, and he works as a magician as well as he has a job in a Japanese IT company, and he speaks two languages (his Japanese is Kanse accent). The man on the left of the photo is our producer who got himself there incidentally (?).

(2) A magnificent theatre. It seems to be used in the school’s opera performance. And the 5 cm per second was played with English subtitle.

(3) I used 5 cm per second and some other short works of mine as examples to explain how to make anime to the students from looking for scenes and sketch.

(4) In the end of speech, I asked some students to have a drawing show with me. It was the first time they touched pen tables, and they tried their best to draw. I think they find some joy in it.

(5) The signing event after speech. I found some students took my DVDs there. Most of the people who came to my events were male (98% is male…); but this time all of audiences were girls, which make me a little nervous. I think this will not happen again.

When the new year comes, it will be a whole year after I left Japan. Although I didn't expect any changes, I still feel surprise when I find the things I want to do and the things I treasure didn't change even a little. I am happy to understand that no matter where I go, my life will continue. I will stay here for a few more days.[/code]
Maltos

Hahaha! The students singing One more time, One more chance is genius. Thanks for the update kzoue!
gleowine

Where he said, "I am happy to understand that no matter where I go, my life will continue," I really liked that statement. Sort of reminds me of "This world, I think we like it."

Is it really mostly guys who like Shinkai? Of course, he was at a girl's school, so naturally a different sort of audience.
Junpei

Thank you kzoue.

I would've really wanted to hear the girls sing One more time...

"but this time all of audiences were girls, which make me a little nervous. I think this will not happen again."

Did he mean he will not be nervous again or not have a female only audience again?
Laz

Thanks again Kzoue Smile

What a great attitude Shinkai has ... definitely seems like a nice guy with his head on straight.

Laz
kzoue

Junpei wrote:
Thank you kzoue.

I would've really wanted to hear the girls sing One more time...

"but this time all of audiences were girls, which make me a little nervous. I think this will not happen again."

Did he mean he will not be nervous again or not have a female only audience again?

I think he wanted to say it is impossible for him to have another chance to face so many female audience again.
As Shinkai said, most of his fans were male. I am always wondering why...
The topics of Shinkai's works are love stores, which should be more attractive to girls. I can't figure it out...
Fripod

kzoue wrote:
Junpei wrote:
Thank you kzoue.

I would've really wanted to hear the girls sing One more time...

"but this time all of audiences were girls, which make me a little nervous. I think this will not happen again."

Did he mean he will not be nervous again or not have a female only audience again?

I think he wanted to say it is impossible for him to have another chance to face so many female audience again.
As Shinkai said, most of his fans were male. I am always wondering why...
The topics of Shinkai's works are love stores, which should be more attractive to girls. I can't figure it out...


Maybe it's because his stories are too damn realistic.
I mean take a look at a typical Shoujo manga and you'll be able to see the contrast with Shinkai's works. Shinkai tends also to avoid the 'Flowery' type treatment of the characters, scenes, and stories.

Maybe its also because some girls at that age find Shinkai's works too confronting. They really get you to start thinking, and most love stories aimed at that market tend to be more 'escapist' in nature, and I guess these stories don't meet the expectations of the mass market and so noone really talks about them or shares them with others.

I know personally that I found this aspect of the works quite refreshing, but then again I am not a teenage girl. Bah! I always found them too difficult to understand, I suppose that's why I've never held down a conversation with a girl past 20 seconds.

Anyways, that's my take, I'll probably come back later with more thoughts... be afraid... be very afraid... or at least prepared.
Junpei

Fripod wrote:
Maybe it's because his stories are too damn realistic.
I mean take a look at a typical Shoujo manga and you'll be able to see the contrast with Shinkai's works. Shinkai tends also to avoid the 'Flowery' type treatment of the characters, scenes, and stories.

Maybe its also because some girls at that age find Shinkai's works too confronting. They really get you to start thinking, and most love stories aimed at that market tend to be more 'escapist' in nature, and I guess these stories don't meet the expectations of the mass market and so noone really talks about them or shares them with others.


I see exactly what you mean. Comparing Shinkai's works with typical manga or anime results in the differences simply screaming out at you. I don't think I remember any person I've met having a second thought in his type, at least where I live anyway. Still, you don't see many people prefering the serious and realistic stories to the typical laughable romance or drama which are so darn "colourful" these days.

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