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I made a table file for a Sega Mark III (Master System) game last night. The game is called Hoshi wo Sagashite: The Story of MIO (Searching the Stars: The Story of MIO). I manually dumped a chunk of the script also (maybe all of it, I'm not sure). I don't really know what to do with it. There don't seem to be any translated Master System games, I wonder if it's because the programing would be too hard? There may not be any emulators with good debugging stuff, I don't know. I'll probably offer it to RPGone though, if Dave or Chris want to work on it. They are both pretty busy with projects right now though. If I have time to translate it I may just do the whole translation and try to offer it to someone who is interested in working on it. I'll have to see. I'm interested in at least one other Mark III game though. This game was very easy to see the 8x8 font in (well relatively) and does not have any kanji so it was a really easy character set to work with.

I played the game a bit before I messed with it. It seems better than some of the other untranslated games out there. I liked it pretty well. There is a menu of items like "look, hit, use, items", and they when you pick them you will usually get an arrow that you can move over the picture and pick what you want to interact with. This is pretty cool. It reminds me of mouse driven adventure games on the PC. It starts out you are a space frieght worker or something and you get a vacation so you take a shuttle to go see your girlfriend, Lyla. You buy a present for her first at the market. After talking to the few vendors there, you are given the option of buying an egg (things like "alien" and "gremlin" eggs), that will hatch into a cute pet . You decide on the "cutest" one and they you are able to go to Lyla's house. I pretty much quit the game at this point, but it was a fairly compelling start, with intuitive gameplay and a bit of humor.


Hey folks. I don't feel like talking much, but I wanted to post something since it's Monday. The weekend was nice, mostly sunny and warmer than it has been in a long time. I finished watching Gunslinger Girl. It was quite good. It seems to only cover the first volume of the manga and the first chapter (I assume) of the second. I don't know where the manga will go, but it made a nice show.


A new episode of Sailor Moon Live Action is out! (www.animesuki.com) I haven't watched it yet but I will tonight. I watched some Gunslinger Girl last night. It's pretty cool. I wasn't sure where it was going at first, but it seems to be more about how creepy and emotionless the girls are, or conversely emotional but violent. The one girl how has seemd the most human is Triela, because she was having menstral pains, and was also looking for affection from her "big brother".

I have been thinking a bit about myself and what I do. I feel like I have thought that someone could give me a job that I would like, but I am realizing more and more that I will need to create the job that I will like. I have always had this certain amount of ambition and desire to create and I always felt like it would ultimately reward me with some measure of success. I am starting to realize that not all people always have that in the back of thier mind, and their success is more a matter of having a family, or going to school to qualify for a high paying job. It's starting to make more sense to me now why I've never really understood that, and why I don't feel like I fit into the measures of success that others seem to value. I have my own measure of success and I can work, or in fact do work towards it, and hopefully I can achieve it, but it's going to have to be created by me, because it is a measure of success that no one can give me but myself. I guess I have no real desire to succeed in society, yet I still feel like I can succeed, because there is still something I can succeed at.


I posted a new (but incomplete) picture to my gallery last night. Check it out! I pretty much worked on it straight from when I got home until I went to bed about 5 hours later. I tend to do that when I am working on a picture, I don' t like to stop until I am satisfied with how it looks (at least mostly). Maybe that is why I don't draw too often these days. :P I am wiped out today anyway, though I don't think it's from the picture, it may be. I need to have a more relaxing evening this evening. I did watch the latest episodes of Naruto and Sailor Moon Live Action over the weekend. Good all-around. I'm starting to really get into Sailor Moon. The drama seems more powerful with live actors. I might try to play a game or watch something, maybe Saishuu Heiki Kanojo, or Gunslinger Girl.


Well, the weekend is over. My back, though still sore, was finally good enough that I could do some dishes and cleaning around the house. I got some great help from a native speaker on Friday for Legend of Valkyrie and a secret project I am working on too. ^_^ A bunch of my Ebay auctions ended and did pretty well. I was sort of disappointed to see Time Gal go for like $4, I figured it would get bid up a little, but that's ok. I was able to do some work on a drawing which should be showing up on my gallery soon. Be patient! It's a sexy picture of Temari from Naruto. ^_^;


My back is still sore but it's much better than it was. I can walk around now though I'm sort of hunched over. I'm going to see the doctor tomorrow morning. Hopefully this won't happen again any time soon. :P

I found out some interesting things on Maison Ikkoku. Apparently there are some cheats for the game.

- To start on the second half of the game, input over 17 ��'s on the password screen.

- To get infinite yen. Enter the manager's room with less that 1000 yen. Call your parents from there, (sitting?) you will get a package. Repeat this as much as you want.

I tried out the password and it worked. I showed up in Godai's room with his grandma and a bunch of items that I had not seen yet.

I'm looking forward to getting a little help with my Japanese on Friday. ^_^


I threw my back out. :( I thought I was too young for this kind of thing... ;) Saturday night I was kneeling down to get something off the floor and I went to stand back up...nope, that didn't happen. I crawled my way to the couch in much pain. Luckily a friend was over who helped me keep heat on it and got me food and stuff. Today I have been able to hobble around by leaning on a stick, but getting around is still painful. I don't think I'll be leaving the house agian tomorrow. Needless to say I have not had a very productive weekend.

I did watch a lot of the live action Sailor Moon show though. I'm up to episode 15 and I should have the next 5 episodes shortly. ^_^


Not much going on. The good news continues to roll in on Maison Ikkoku. The word wrap is implemented and is working great! An issue with the menu seems to be fixed also, so things are looking pretty good.

I have been translating on Energy Breaker slowly but surely, I might work on it more this weekend.

Also this weekend I'll try to finish up that picture that I started, at least pencils and inks.

I have some more ebay aucitons up so check them out: mjlF95 auctions


Well, it was my birthday yesterday. I had a nice day to myself, I took the day off from work. I finished up watching Onegai Twins over the weekend and watched more Digi Charat. I got to the summer festival episode which was fun, and they change the ending theme after that. I managed to post to my gallery blog again after about 5 months. :P I'm planning to start doing a lot more drawing, so hopefully there will be more updates and more stuff in my store.

I think I still feel like there are a lot of things I want to do, and some things I am still trying or still want to try. I feel like my time gets fractured between lots of things which is probably ok. If I finally settle on one thing that I want to do with all of my time, the I will have a lot of time to do it since I won't be doing the various other things that I do. I think that eventually I will be spending most of my time drawing, but I still like translating, and it makes me feel good so I still want to do it. I am still interested in music too...I'm not really sure how I feel about that. Anyway, I'm glad that I'm starting to feel like drawing again.

I started group therapy which is kind of fun. It's nice to hear and talk to other people who are going through the same sort of thigns I am. I think that I think too much about things sometimes, when I might feel better about them if I just decided it was "ok" and stoped thinking about it. Still, sometimes I can come up with a very useful idea that helps me in the future, so it's good to think sometimes. Just not too much. ^_^

I translation news, Dave Shadoff seems to have soundly conquered the Maison Ikkoku game! Not to completely spill the beans, ;) but the text issue preventing the expansion of half of the text has been discovered and bypassed. In addition a snazzy single line-spacing hack has been written, and a word-wrap may be in the works to prevent us from having to do tedious editing of the scripts. Also in the wet-your-pants category, I have managed to get a copy of the Slayers game for PC98! I am drooling over it on a regualr basis. Hopefully I will get a chance to translate the script sometime in the future!


I was not feeling well yesterday so I spent most of the day in bed. :( When I was awake I watched Full Metal Panic Fumoffu. I finished the 15 episode series last night. I liked it a lot. ^_^ It is a really funny story that stays with the same (good) formula right up to the end. I have also been watching some Digi Charat Nyo recently, it's quite good. It's something of a sitcom, there is no real story to it, though it's not particularly random either. There is just a small cast of characters that are goofy and create funny situations.


Hello. Well, I have decided to quit FFXI. It was a hard decision and I am still not deleting my account yet. I may still play a bit, or hop on to talk to my friends, but probably I'll be shutting down the account in a couople months. It's been a lot of fun, but reading through my blog from before I go tthe game and after....I think I had a lot more interesting things to say before I started playing. :P

I had fun hanging out with my friends this weekend. It was nice weather on Sunday so I took a walk with one of my friends which was nice. I got him hooked on the Sailormoon live action show too which I think is funny. It's a really cool show. I watched a bunch of Naruto around the 50's with some friends who hadn't seen them yet. It was fun.

I'm playing through Slayers RPG on the SNES a bit in Japanese with a little help from the FAQ. I've gotten to Atlas City, the third main town in the game. I'm trying to get a feel for how it will play when it's translated and how enjoyable a game it is. So far I can't say much for the gameplay, it's pretty easy, but I'm having fun playing it anyway. I'm thinking of making a little shrine with some graphics from the game.

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