Ask @mdzanime:

are you male or female? you said you were gay, but you also said you were a guy. but that doesn't make sense, since you play eroge galge not BL games or otomeges.

I don't identify as a male or a female. I sexually identify as a lamp. Indeed, it's perhaps my life's greatest aspiration to have my arms surgically amputated, and to have lightbulbs professionally inserted into my head.
Although I'm not a 'straight' lamp. I prefer the company of printers, occasionally keyboards, and at times, water kettles (although this is an experimental phase of my life).
I hope this adequately answers your question.

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On a scale from 1 to 10, how hard, in your opinion, is WA2 to read for someone with basic Japanese knowledge (though willing to learn more)?

WA2's not hard to read in the sense of pure grammar. It's hard to read in depth and complexity; it's a work that you need understanding of the language of to fully appreciate. If you're confident in your capabilities, then go for it. As long as you can comprehend each line (that is, reading and understanding each line) fairly quickly (basically, as long as you can read Japanese at the pace that you would say the lines out in English), it shouldn't be impossible.

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how many editing passes do you think your editing team will have to make

Like I said, we're passing on the editing. The project's been dropped since I've decided to turn over a new leaf. Honestly, it was dumb starting up a translation project in the first place -- we were too optimistic, too audacious and cocky. Nonetheless, now I've decided upon what I truly want to do in life -- that is, to drop out of college, and travel the world peddling oranges.
I mean, I wasn't aware of this until literally just recently when I Google'd it a second ago, but did you know that an orange is a citrus fruit and a hybrid of the pomelo and mandarin? That shit's wack. Oranges have a high amount of Vitamin C -- you can't be getting scurvy now, scurvy's for punk ass pirates.
In any instance, I think I'm going to start a religion praising the one true lord and savior. Lord Citrus. Upon applicants, we look extensively (and favor greatly) applicants who lack:
a) the common sense to search up basic information
b) adequate reading comprehension
c) and likely, the ability to succeed much in life
While I'm anything but confident of this (as shown by my failed venture at actually translating KoiRizo, a work reputedly so easy that any non-motivated idiot could apparently pick up Japanese and read it), I'm hopeful that you're the archetypal, optimal applicant to this so-called cult.
Welcome aboard, pal.

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Do your friends IRL know that you translate VNs and things of that sort? If so, how do they react to it?

Some of them know, I don't necessarily introduce myself as translating visual novels. If it comes up, or if they catch me doing it, I explain briefly what I do. So, it's not like I'm hiding it, but I'm not quite actively trying to say that I do what I do.
When it comes to friends that know me well enough, they know full well the lengths of my hobbies (past anime, gaming, blogging, translating, visual novels, menswear, and so forth). Rather, I likely drill it into their heads by inadvertently bringing it up, lol.
If we're talking acquaintances from classes (say, for a group project, or if they're asking for help), I'm entirely formal & distant (the academic side so to speak).
But generally, I'm very open with my interests & hobbies. Although in truth, likely, the majority of people that I know IRL, I leave off as pure, formal acquaintances (but say, most friends from high school that I keep in contact with, know full-well my interests; present college friends, similarly).
And they generally react with interest. But, I generally don't go into the details, not because I'm wary of the contents of what I'd say, but rather, because it's too difficult to explain at times.

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i would really like to read your kono oozora review, but your link in your VNDB review seems broken ( http://mdzanime.me/category/visual-novels/kono-oozora-ni-tsubasa-wo-hirogete/ ) I can't find it either on your blog & wordpress site. Would you be so kind to share it / reupload it? Thanks! :)

Hey,
I don't think that I actually wrote a meaningful review of KonoSora (I might have written something on it, but probably not a full length review).

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What happened to your blog? I think that girlfriend of yours is not turning out to be a good company. If she were, you'd still be doing reviews. Dump her and come to us.

The blog is inactive right now because I don't really want to pay hosting fees for a site I don't intend to use too much in the near future. This is contingent and subject to change; I still have the files & domain.
I don't think my girlfriend is to blame for me not choosing to do reviews.
1. If I prioritize something enough, I can make enough time for it. Right now, I have free time, but I prefer to spend it consuming other media (e.g. occasional anime, korean dramas, and gaming).
2. Reading visual novels don't really interest me right now. This is the culmination of a gradual decline of interest in the medium (as evidenced by more irregular reviews beginning early this year). As a collateral note, visual novels require a significant time & energy investment, neither of which I want to pay.
3. My interest in the medium requires me to be fully enamored in it emotionally. Right now, I don't have or want to have the capacity to do this. Visual novels have always been one of my hobbies; not a defining part of who I am (e.g. I'm not the football player who looks at himself as a 'footballer'; I'm just a visual novel enthusiast).

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Two unrelated things: Do you read Light Novels? If yes, in Japanese or English (when a translation exists) and what are your favorites? // Aren't streams far more convenient for watching anime? Downloading/Torrenting them is just unnecessary additional time spent on something, in my opinion.

Quill
1. I don't read any light novels at the present. In the past, I've read a few. My MAL profile is up to date and accurate as to my read works. My favorite works read are probably HakoMari/SAO. I've only read these in English, I've never had the chance to possibly read something in English yet.
2. Streams aren't as convenient as pirating for me. I can find a torrent for whichever show and have the entire series downloaded within an hour (at home, I get 3 megabytes per second, on campus, nearer to 6 wireless). Since I use the time downloading on activities which I would've done regardless (talking to friends or browsing the internet), there's no real wasted time. The benefits far outweigh the cost (choice of subtitles, higher quality, ease of access without internet, no rendering times, free, long storage, etc.).

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