Kingdom Hearts Concert -First Breath-, a Yoko Shimomura Interview

In August 2016, I had the privilege of attending the Kingdom Hearts -First Breath- concert in Osaka. The merch line was out of control, but other than that it was all pretty magical. Different from the Kingdom Hearts World Tour of 2017, this -First Breath- concert tour was only in Japan and was done in… Continue reading Kingdom Hearts Concert -First Breath-, a Yoko Shimomura Interview

The Making of Ranma, Parts 11 and 12: The Kuno Siblings, Genma Saotome and Soun Tendo

Alas, here we are again. I've been neglecting this site for too long, and I've been sitting on this one for a few weeks (and some other un-posted stuff for even longer). Looking at this site, I'm not sure what the future holds, content-wise. Ideas for things I think I'd like to work on change… Continue reading The Making of Ranma, Parts 11 and 12: The Kuno Siblings, Genma Saotome and Soun Tendo

The Making of Ranma, Parts 9 and 10: Picolet Chardin II and Pantyhose Taro

And here it is, the final of the catch-up posts. As of today, the translation of the Ranma 1/2 wide-ban interviews is up to date! Finally! As mentioned a few entries back, going forward you can most likely expect updates for this series to come about once every two months, as I would like to… Continue reading The Making of Ranma, Parts 9 and 10: Picolet Chardin II and Pantyhose Taro

The Making of Ranma, Parts 7 and 8: Akane Tendo and the Gambling King

Keeping the ball rolling, I now present to you the Rumiko Takahashi interviews found in Volume 7, released in December 2016, and Volume 8, in January 2017, of the Ranma 1/2 wide-bans. Enjoy! The Making of Ranma, Part 7: Akane Tendo What is the story behind Ranma 1/2’s heroine, Akane Tendo? And how is she… Continue reading The Making of Ranma, Parts 7 and 8: Akane Tendo and the Gambling King

The Making of Ranma Parts 4, 5 and 6: Happosai, Ukyo, and Mousse

So, my original blog Potato Salad Life was pretty short-lived, wasn’t it? It lasted, what, three weeks? Four? But no matter. It is a new year and I am ready to try again. Now with a new name, kanabits, and a fancy shmancy domain name to call my own. You can expect many things (and much… Continue reading The Making of Ranma Parts 4, 5 and 6: Happosai, Ukyo, and Mousse

Final Fantasy 20th Anniversary Ultimania Interview: Koichi Ishii Talks Moogles

Follow-up to last week’s translation of Ishii’s chocobo interview, and also included in Final Fantasy 20th Anniversary Ultimania series, File 1: Character. Published in 2008. Koichi Ishii talks Moogles Created, like the chocobo, by Koichi Ishii and first appearing in FFIII, the moogle has become Final Fantasy’s most recognizable mascot.This time we talk to Ishii about his… Continue reading Final Fantasy 20th Anniversary Ultimania Interview: Koichi Ishii Talks Moogles

Final Fantasy 20th Anniversary Ultimania Interview: Koichi Ishii Talks Chocobos

This interview was originally included in the first volume of the Final Fantasy 20th Anniversary Ultimania series, File 1: Character, published in 2008. Koichi Ishii talks Chocobos More than just a mode of transportation, Chocobos are one of Final Fantasy’s most lovable mascots. Their creator, Koichi Ishii, shares with us some indispensable behind the scenes… Continue reading Final Fantasy 20th Anniversary Ultimania Interview: Koichi Ishii Talks Chocobos