Hi! Ray here! This is my first time posting here, hope I don’t screw up. *sweatdrops*
ANYWAY, we at PR! have decided to conduct a short interview with some of the staff as to their feelings of the completion of 1/2 Prince!! I am your host for today, so please bear with me XD. We even managed to get our founder to write something as well! What is better to end the series than a motivational speech! (Well, seeing that we did have an interview in the back of 1/2 Prince PDF Volume 1. What? You haven’t read it? Okay, now you know.)
First of all, I would like to give credit where it is due. Lucathia, our lead translator, has been working realllly hard to give all of you readers updates. She practically handled most of the releases for year 2012. So, please, give your thanks to her. (And worship her like a God (of Light)- *shot*)
Moving on (cause I tend to get side-tracked).
THE QUESTIONS! TA-DAH!
Well, this interview is pretty much madness. Just like the everyday life of PR. Don’t say that I didn’t warn you. XD
The Formal questions:
1) Well, it took us about three to four years, but 1/2 Prince has finally ended. What does everyone feel about it?
Arcedemius: It’s the end of an era. I’m sad to see it go, yet glad to have been along for the ride.
raylight: I can’t believe that it has ended… I’m pretty happy in the sense that we would be able to work on new projects, but I feel a little sad about not working on 1/2 Prince, our first project, anymore…. (Hello, host? Why are you answering your own questions?)
Lucathia: What a journey! I feel satisfied seeing the project to the end, and I’d love to congratulate the characters for making it through Yu Wo’s torturing of them. Well, most of them. In comparison with Yu Wo’s other works, 1/2 Prince characters really have it easy though…
eilinel: I can’t believe it finally ended… Yay I guess, mixed with relief, because we have finally completed a series! Let’s complete more!
Azakura: whaaat? It can’t end…… aww…
2) Was there anything in particular that was memorable in this period of time?
Arcedemius: Prince being more dangerous dead than alive. That memory will stay with me for eternity.
dahlys: There are… just too many of these…
raylight: Hmm… Many various things has happened. From within PR, to the development of the stories HP and LSK… (I still see HP as Harry Potter, btw) But the most shocking question so far to me probably has to be how the heck did I manage to stay in PR all these years when I have short attention span and inability to focus too long on a single task XD (Fine, your host is the most talkative out of all these people.)
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Lucathia: Discovering Yu Wo’s other works. Seriously. Now I’m hooked, and I will read pretty much anything she writes.
eilinel: I don’t know…crazy typo from Ray…the time we spent agonizing over Yu Wo weird names and puns…too many to remember. It’s one heck of a journey! (raylight: Hey! Don’t talk about my typos! It’s not my fault that my hands have a mind of their own, so what I type is not what I write and vice versa… Okay, it’s my fault *facepalm*)
Azakura: meatbun meatbun-bun.
3) Well, that was an eventful few years, wasn’t it? So… What do you feel about the new projects that we’re going to take on then? (HP sequel – 1 volume, Female Warrior – 2 volumes, etc)
Arcedemius: Can’t wait to read more from this universe, and the anticipation of working on something new is making me wriggle with joy like i’m a kid all over again.
raylight: It’s kind of sad that HP ended… But then again, new projects! YAY! I’m very happy about Female Warrior, because ever since I read it, I’ve been wanting to translate it for our fellow LSK fans. The HP sequel is also rather fun to translate. Above all, I’m pretty excited about No Hero, cause it’s another series that I love from Yu Wo. It’s a bit lengthy though, so I’ll require the help of everyone in PR~
Lucathia: Prepare for excitement! The 1/2 Prince sequel features a few different POVs, which I found makes for a fascinating read for me. However, if you’re the type that rages over having canon be too defined with what happens to everyone later on in their life (for example, if you’ve raged hard because of Harry Potter’s epilogue), this might be something you want to skip. I’m happy Female Warrior is up next, though really, it’s much more of a teaser than anything, since the main story hasn’t even been written yet. No Hero will be exciting as well, especially being Yu Wo’s third series that’s written in 1st person, and his POV can be considered an outsider’s POV on heroes. I really hope we can get around to other projects too, since my second most favorite series from Yu Wo isn’t even on our list of future projects yet!
eilinel: No hero is my favorite series so I’m happy we could start it~ but thinking of the 8 or 9 volumes make me go OTZ. Need to work hard! Waiting for the official novel of Female Warrior.
Azakura: Female Warrior is so amazing!! FW ftw~ It makes me roll on my belly on the floor.
4) Our staff list sure have expanded a lot, didn’t they? From a small team to a whole community now… Including our international languages translators, of course. What do you feel about that? Or just about the PR staff in general?
Arcedemius: We do have a huge staff now, and they’re all incredibly friendly and helpful. I’m proud to have worked with so many people who have at times put every spare hour they had into working so that others could appreciate these stories.
dahlys: MORE FRIENDS!
raylight: It’s kind of sad that many PR staff has left us or become inactive, but on the bright side, we do have many more coming in~ PR always feels like a big happy family to me, and we chat often and stuff. And there’s always people you can ask in case you have translation questions~ Thank you all guys, for being the awesome people you are!
Lucathia: PR’s staff is amazing. Very talented too (I cannot believe how young some of the others are). And I really should get on chat more instead of just emailing people to hunt down translations. =P
eilinel: Really sad that SR isn’t here at this moment…because I often commented to her how much PR! has grown…from a small blog wih 5 members (translator + proofreader) when I had just joined to now, a team consisting of over 20 members and our own site and everything… Thank you all (current members and all the member who are inactive now) for your hard work! and thank you readers for being there with us all this time~! I saw some of you commenting 4 years ago, and I still see you commenting 4 years later…please support us for another 4 years! Or hopefully, many more than 4 years~ XD.
Azakura: I’m new so… Greetings senpais.. onegaishimasu
5) Anything you want to tell our readers?
Arcedemius: I hope everyone gained just as many odd looks while reading HP as i did from random strangers and flatmates alike. I wish many loud laughs to everyone at the oddest of times!
dahlys: Let’s make sure the whole world hears us laughing at Yu Wo’s stories, ya?
raylight: This one here shall continue to work hard on translating and I hope that everyone will continue to support us~ Help advertise us, and spread the love of Yu Wo all around! (Why am I so serious compared to the others XD)
Lucathia: Readers, you also played a huge part in helping PR! come this far! It’s great seeing everyone’s thoughts on the chapters. I hope more discussion will be possible in the future too, such as opportunities for meta.
eilinel: Oops I think I covered this in no.4 XD.
Azakura: the cake is a lie, but blueberry cookies are real!
Following that huge chunk of text, we have a BONUS QUESTION! (Which Arc missed due to having answered first. Sorry! >w< )
6) How did you discover 1/2 Prince/ how did you join PR?
dahlys: Discovered HP: My friend’s fault. Discovered PR: Linked from the manhua. Joined PR:
Part of my plan for world domination Spread the laughter contagion.
Discovered HP: While checking out gender-bender manga in mangafox, I found it, and it was pretty interesting… Unfortunately at that time, releases were pretty slow, so I forgot about it after a while… Until the releases started going a lot faster. XD
Discovered PR: Linked from the manhua. I was pretty excited to find out that HP originated from a novel. After reading whatever PR had to offer in English, I immediately went to read it up in Chinese.
Joined PR: Admittedly, the main reason I joined PR was for LSK. I mean, I love HP, but LSK just ups it by a notch XD After reading the prologue and chapter 1 in English, translated by Erialis, I was hooked, and then I decided to read the whole series of LSK and to join PR. Well, it also helps that I just finished my O’ Levels (some major examination), and I had a lot of free time (about 3-5 months time, in fact), and PR happened to be recruiting, so…
Lucathia: Same as raylight, I came across HP because I was looking for genderbender manga to read. I was hooked quite soon because of Lan’s personality, and I adored that she was playing a virtual game. Following that, I read all of the 1/2 Prince novels. I think in one day. Or maybe two. Whoops. As for joining PR, I didn’t join until much later. It was after I got hooked on LSK that I thought I’d try my hand at translating too. I was dying to chat with more people about LSK, and being among staff who also enjoyed LSK and who had read just as far as I had made that much easier.
eilinel: Search term = prince. Ok I was in the mood for some prince/princess romance back then…never thought I would end up with something totally different and awesome though! Found PR! advertising on mangafox forum…and decided to try my hand at translation.
Azakura: Found HP from recommendations from .hack series and found PR! from HP novel and joined it because their language is sophisticated, fitting and amazing!
Now that the formalities are out of the way, time to get random!
MORE QUESTIONS (More INFORMAL ONES):
1) Your favorite character in HP? And why?
Arcedemius: Himura Kenshin. Yu Wo paid homage to Nobuhiro Watsuki in the best way possible.
dahlys: Prince. I like funny people.
raylight: … Ming Huang. Don’t question it. (Okay, I like my angry, violent tsunderes, okay?) (In fact, I’ll give anyone cookies if they can figure out all the types of characters I like. There’s a lot. XD )
Lucathia: Cold Fox. He completely won me over in volume 8 with his elite skills and his no nonsense attitude in the real world. He didn’t cut Lan any slack, refusing to let her to wallow in self-doubt. I also enjoyed how he pretty much stalked Kenshin, haha. What a persistent guy. I also found his RL identity super fascinating.
eilinel: GUI! Nuff said =p.
Azakura: Nan Gong Zui! He’s hot!
2) sjoajfojsdffjm o too brain dead to think properly. People suggest questions to ask. I DON’T KNOW *flails* Sleep sounds good. Yeah it does. (I’M SORRY. I was severely sleep-deprived at that moment. )
Arcedemius: kegejeeshehehsilalauudmn quick! there goes my thinking capacity! it escaped out the window! =_=
dahlys: Sleep sounds fantastic.
raylight: Sleeeeepppppp is good. Too bad I have insomnia. It’s like “WHY BODY YOU NO SLEEP”
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Lucathia: Sleep is the best.
eilinel: I demand 8 hours of sleep before I can translate! And ice cream. Preferably cookies and cream. Or chocolate XD. (raylight: That sounds good to me too… Vanilla ice cream for the win! And sleep. orz )
Azakura: Sleep is good!
That’s the end of our interview! We hope that you enjoyed it! Now next on the agenda, we have a message from our dear founder who haven’t been keeping contact with us regularly. *stares* (Talk to us more)
A Message from Erialis
It’s difficult to believe that nearly four years have passed since I first messaged Yu Wo and posted the first translated chapter of 1/2 Prince onto the old wordpress website, complete with unholy run-on sentences and awkwardly over-literal translations. And now the series has been completely translated – something that seemed like such a faraway goal at the time.
So many fans have stepped forward over these four years to offer their services as translators, proof-readers, and editors, and even regular readers have contributed to the translations by catching errors, challenging translation decisions, and boosting morale with your comments. So as the “retired founder” (I’d like to know who came up with that title! Amgine?) and a current lurker, I’d like to say…
Congratulations and thank you, Prince Revolution! and all those who have made the journey with Feng Lan, Odd Squad, and PR over these years! And here’s to more amazing, amazing translations from the present team! *raises virtual ale mug*
Happy new year!
Right, that was our gracious motivational speech from our founder. Now, all good things have to come to an end, and so do all word limits. We shall leave this here for now, and let the Q&A session begin!
Readers, if there’s anything that you would like to ask us, please leave us a number- I mean message below, and we will answer to our best of our abilities. (Thou shall not inquire about the typos.)
Dear Readers, may you all have happy days ahead, and please continue to support us with your amazing conditional love, and look forward to our new projects!