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02 July 2010 @ 22:25
Best. Interview. Ever.  
More Velvet Underworld. Kyarabi printed an interview with Koyas-- No, wait. AYA. They printed an interview with AYA. I've included the original Japanese if you'd prefer to read it directly or if you want to translate it into another language. Such as Russian. ;)


It's great to be able to meet you!
"Yes. I don't think I'll be able to tell you anything of significance though."

You always dress in suits, don't you?
"Yeah, [my lover] 'V'... told me this is the uniform of a dark hunter. It suits me."

One of your skills is excellent marksmanship. How did you become so good with guns?
"[My friend] Dry tells me that before I lost my memories, I was a police detective. More than mere knowledge, it's an ability that's encoded into my body."

If you got into a marksmanship competition with Linx-san, who would win?
"......Hmm. Well, there's no question his sniping ability is beyond mine. He's a member of Erinis, after all, and I have faith in his skill."

You use your tie as a weapon to strangle people. What kind of material is it made from?
"It's made from a special fiber reinforced material developed by Erinis. The material is light like feathers, but tough like wire."

Why do you finish off your enemies with a tie rather than a gun?
"I feel incredible hatred towards Mixed Paranoia. I can't dispel the evil of my mortal enemy with a mere gun..."

When the tattooed names on your body are erased with a branding iron, how do you feel?
"...No, I can't really remember. But more than pain, I probably feel joy at the return of my memories...... At least, that's what I'd assume."

Now let's get to the heart of your story and look at 'Project Weiss'...


Err, A.Y.A-san? Did you fall asleep?
"...Mm, yes."

So, about 'Project Weiss'? What can you tell us?
"Who............ Who are you?"

Huh? No way! Your memories vanished with that tiny sleep just now!?
"Where am I? And who... who am I!?"

A second interview was attempted with A.Y.A-san, but because his memories had reset he had so many questions it was like he was interviewing us (LOL). If you're curious about 'Project Weiss', please listen to Drama CD 3 "The Death".













この後、再度インタビューを試みましたがA.Y.Aさんの記憶がリセットされたので、逆に私たちが質問攻めされちゃいました(笑) 「ヴァイス計画」が気になる方は、ドラマCD第3弾(右の囲み)を聴いて下さいね!
Cosmic Kath: Here fishy fishy fishy...cosmic_kath on 2nd July 2010 13:45 (UTC)
Hey William, I am a sucky lj friend and never comment buuuuuuut I do read your posts. I've got a question- what exactly is Velvet Underworld?

For the last year or so I've just assumed it was a band you were into but this interview is kinda wtf and now I'm not sure... orz
William: Velvet Under World: Desperate For More Wgenkischuldich on 2nd July 2010 14:16 (UTC)
You're the second person to ask this. It's okay. :P

I'm a big fan of Weiss Kreuz ("Knight Hunters") which was an anime about four guys who were florists by day and assassins by night. Apologies if you knew that already. :)

Anyway, the creator and main seiyuu was Koyasu Takehito, who went on to create the Velvet Underworld CD drama series. His character has the same name as his Weiss Kreuz character and is an assassin who kills people with a special necktie. Now it turns out that his character is a member of 'Project Weiss'. As is his trademark, all the characters are insane. A scientist who murders because he has a bone fetish... A boy with lightning powers who believes he's a superhero... A priest with a plant fetish who wants to turn everyone into fertiliser...

It's probably the most ridiculous series ever. I love it. :)
swirly_ayuri: VUWswirly_ayuri on 2nd July 2010 15:44 (UTC)
Erm, sorry to butt in and sorry if it's creepy that a complete stranger is replying to you, but bwahahaha! XD Your comment made me laugh even more than this "wtf interview" did.
Williamgenkischuldich on 3rd July 2010 03:15 (UTC)
Wait until you see what she can do with a mannequin... :)
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Williamgenkischuldich on 2nd July 2010 14:17 (UTC)
Glad you liked it. :)
Kasrakasra_c on 2nd July 2010 14:18 (UTC)
Erinis = Erinyes? (The Furies of Greek mythology; just the first thing that came to mind when I saw your translation)

And *now* we're coming around to the good part of Velvet Underworld... or at least, what I've been waiting for all along. ^^

Thank you for sharing!
Williamgenkischuldich on 2nd July 2010 14:23 (UTC)
That's how I translated it at first, but it seems the 'official' romanisation is Erinis. At least, that's how it appears on the website. Either way, I think it references the Furies, yes.

You're welcome. It's great to see so many people are following it.
swirly_ayuri: Aya Grumpyswirly_ayuri on 2nd July 2010 15:45 (UTC)
I agree, totally the Best Interview Ever. XD Way to avoid the subject, Koyasu-san.

Thanks for the translation <3
Williamgenkischuldich on 3rd July 2010 03:11 (UTC)
I don't think Koyasu had anything to do with the writing of the interview. It was probably a member of the production staff or someone from Animate.

Either way, thanks for reading!
outsatiableoutsatiable on 3rd July 2010 15:43 (UTC)
Thank you very much for the interview and twice for translation ;)
William: Velvet Under World: Desperate For More Wgenkischuldich on 3rd July 2010 23:30 (UTC)
You're welcome!
菖蒲eye_ame on 5th July 2010 07:17 (UTC)
And one from me, too ;)) Could you please tell me which issue of Kyarabi it's in?
Williamgenkischuldich on 5th July 2010 22:15 (UTC)
The very latest one.

Btw, what do Russian speakers mean when they say (what Babelfish is translating as) 'pancakes'?
菖蒲eye_ame on 6th July 2010 06:34 (UTC)
I got your package!!! Yaaay!!! Wasabi KitKat are cool ;)) Didn't try the other sweets yet but have great plans for the evening ;)

No, блин in the context means "shit" ;)) Yes, there's a story behind it, but from what I gather nobody can actually say for sure whether it's true or not. The story is, there's a curse блядь, meaning literally 'whore', which is used kind of like English-speakers say "shit"; and блин sounds a lot like it -- but it's not a swearword, so you can say it when kids are around ;)
Williamgenkischuldich on 12th July 2010 14:49 (UTC)
No wasabi, unfortunately. Everything is green tea-themed. Hope it was okay anyway.

So when people reply to VUW stuff with it, they're basically saying, 'man, this is shit!'? D:
菖蒲eye_ame on 12th July 2010 19:47 (UTC)
No, they may be saying something like "hell, this is cool" or "oh my god" ;))
Lokuro: working - Xlokuro on 3rd July 2010 23:47 (UTC)
That's just hilarious >D
(Aside from the very important note about the fabric of his tie, he's not giving away any details.. may by he was a politician and not a mere police detective? xD)
Thanks for the translation!
Williamgenkischuldich on 5th July 2010 22:13 (UTC)
Actually, the drama seems to indicate that he was indeed a detective, but there was a lot more to his role than that.

You're welcome!