I’ve noticed that there’s been a lack of MSLN post from me lately. That needs to be fixed. =3
Anyway, I just finished reading Das Resultat sagt alles, a parallel MSLN SS (Japanese fanfiction). First time I’ve read a thirty chapter piece of writing written in japanese. And also the first time I’ve read an AU story in another language other than english.
Because of my japanese level, I always tended to stay away from long AU fictions.
I don’t think my kanji level is much better than a fourth grader in Japan (actually, I have no clue. Maybe a fourth grader knows more than me XD). Most of time, I recognize the words, know what they mean, but have no clue how to read it out loud.
But something about this particular SS caught my attention. First, it was the title cover. The art was amazing. If only I was at Comike last weekend, I’d so buy this (but of course, I do not live in Japan so being at Comike was impossible). Several people have mentioned that this was a very touching piece of work as well, so that gave me another reason to read it.
So I thought I’d give this SS a shot by reading at least the prologue.
And I was hooked almost instantly.
The author was genius to start and end it off that way.
The majority of it was very sad. And very, very touching.
When the conclusion came, the only things going through my mind was “よかった！本当によかった。” The author was able to transfer emotions through words very effectively. So I was glad at the way everything ended.
It was truly an incredible story.
Aside from SS, there was another piece of fanwork that caught my attention. Aromatic Emission.
Being a StrikerS fan and being a Hayate fan, Aromatic Emission really struck a cord. This is what Hayate deserved at the end of StrikerS. Much more than what she got in the actual end of the series. Because really, I’m sure every single one of her subordinates took pride in the person known as Yagami Hayate.
To Nanoha and Fate, Hayate is their best friend.
To Signum, Vita, Shamal, Zafira, and Rein, Hayate is the best lord and family.
To the Forward members and everyone else in Lost Property Riot Force Six (Nanoha, Fate, WolkenReitter inclusive), Hayate is the best commander they could ever hope to ask for.
Somehow, after seeing these two pieces of work, it suddenly makes me want to take up Japanese even more seriously than I have been. Just reading and understanding isn’t enough. Just giving one sentence replies when spoken to in Japanese isn’t enough. Just writing down random bursts of one sentence japanese isn’t enough.
I want to be able to write paragraphs in that language. I want to hold a conversation with someone in that language. I want to read without stopping during a sentence because I suddenly find myself unable to pronounce a kanji in that language.
…But I don’t have a clue as to where to start. XP