Interviews with the SHS Staff

The Goddess interviews one of the many QC'ers for Shinsen Subs Torianna.

uniquec: For this week's interview, we have a fairly new member of the Shinsen QC'ing staff, Torianna. She has graciously allowed us to spend some time with her.

uniquec: So when did you start at SHS?

Torianna: June 12, 2007.

uniquec: Why did you choose Shinsen?

Torianna: Well... I discovered Shinsen-Subs through "Le Chevalier D'Eon". A good friend of mine recommended this anime series to me, knowing that I love history.

Torianna: After watching the series and loving it, I looked into it and discovered that it was a Shinsen-Subs release.

Torianna: This lead me to Shinsen's Web site where I stumbled upon a recruitment post.

uniquec: So what do you do for SHS?

Torianna: Since I liked the way the post was written AND had some skills that I thought Shinsen could use, I applied for a QC position.

Torianna: I was so happy when I found out that I had passed, and I've been having fun QCing ever since.

uniquec: Who would you like to be stranded on a desert island with? (staff wise)

Torianna: Oh, let's see... Ruruka and Rakujan popped into my head first -- probably because of their British accents and personalities. However, I think I'd enjoy being stranded on a desert island with any of the SHS staff because everyone is so friendly, helpful AND they all have put up with the multitude of questions that I've asked since I first joined, answering them without making me feel like a complete idiot.

uniquec: Is that what surprised you when you first joined, their patience?

Torianna: That and the sheer amount of stuff that I didn't know about the "business" of fansubbing. Prior to joining Shinsen-Subs, I had virtually NO experience with anime. So, I soon discovered that I had A LOT to learn, especially about what the SHS team goes through in releasing a series of anime. In fact, to this day, I'm still learning new things.

Torianna: I think that's why I ask so many questions -- I want to learn everything there is to know about fansubbing.

uniquec: What surprised you most about fansubbing?

Torianna: The whole process of what's involved in releasing each episode of a series. Every member of the SHS team makes his/her part in the process look SO easy! The other day, I tried my had at something other than fansubbing, and that experience was sure an eye-opener for me.

Torianna: I now have a deeper respect for the people who do that job. They don't have to worry about me taking away their job!

Torianna: OOPS! I tried my hand at something other than QCing!

uniquec: People don't realize what work it takes to put out an episode.

Torianna: You're right! I don't think most of them realize how much time is spent on one single release.

uniquec: Did you enjoy the other job?

Torianna: Well... I did, but it's going to take A LOT of time perfecting my skills in that other area. I'll keep practicing AND asking questions. Who knows... You might find my name listed in the credits as something other than a QCer.

uniquec: Heh, and yes, I do pay attention to credits. :) I'll be watching.

uniquec: What hobbies do you have outside anime?

Torianna: Outside of anime, I have a variety of interests that range from historical reenactiong and ham radio to reading historical romance novels and writing.

uniquec: Sometimes I pay more attention to credits than the show. :)

Torianna: Ah... I actually sometimes pay more attention to the karaoke than the show. So, I guess we're even. :)

uniquec: What kind of history do you reenact?

Torianna: At this point, I'm focused on Civil War reenacting, but I do love the era of the "Gay Nineties". As far as the reenacting is concerned, I'm a member of the American Civil War Society and The Fort Tejon Historical Association. So, between the two of them, I'm kept as busy with reenacting as I want to be. Every month, there's always something to attend. Torianna: Oh! I just thought of another hobby -- learning Japanese!

uniquec: How is learning Japanese going?

Torianna: Well... I haven't yet "officially" started learning Japanese. My class begins this Wednesday (January 9th).

Torianna: However, I do have to admit that several members of the SHS staff have been teaching me Japanese -- a few words here and there, some conversation starters, etc. -- since I first joined.

uniquec: It keeps you busy and off the streets. :) Excited about the classes?

Torianna: So, I'm able to get a conversation started, but then get lost quite fast after that!

Torianna: I'm definitely excited about the class! I'm hoping that I learn how to write Japanese. I've already started learning the hiragana and katakana that's needed to write Japanese.

Torianna: So, that's a step in the right direction! :)

uniquec: Yes it is. Knowing a little before you start something is always helpful.

uniquec: I'm sure the translators would help you out if you run into problems.

uniquec: So where would you like to travel to that you've never been?

Torianna: I'm sure you're right about the translators being willing to help me as I learn Japanese.

Torianna: Well... Now that I've got my passport, I'm looking forward to some international travel with England, France, and of course, Japan on my list of places to visit at some point in the near future.

uniquec: No one country more than the other?

Torianna: Nope. Because I love to travel, I'm looking forward to experiencing as much of the world as possible.

Torianna: However, a trip to Canada and New England will be my first major trip this year.

uniquec: Any specific place in Canada?

Torianna: Ottawa and Toronto as well as several places along the St. Lawrence River and the Eastern seaboard.

uniquec: What place you would recommend that you've been?

Torianna: Alaska!

Torianna: Although most people think of Alaska as being bitterly cold, the climate is quite pleasant during the summer, especially in SouthEast Alaska.

Torianna: If anybody ever gets a chance to go to Alaska, grab it!

uniquec: What would you recommend visiting while in Alaska?

Torianna: Glacier Bay National Park. There's not much more awesome than seeing a glacier calving. The sound is something that you'll never forget! Oh! I'd also recommend walking on the "Mighty Mendenhall Glacier" just outside of Juneau! That's another breath-taking experience.

Torianna: Skagway, too!

Torianna: Skagway is the southern terminus of the route taken by those in search of gold during the Klondike gold rush of 1897.

uniquec: Heh I have a postcard from Skagway, Alaska. :)

Torianna: In fact, Skagway looks much like it did in 1897 -- complete with their wooden boardwalks.

Torianna: So, who do you know who visited Skagway?

uniquec: Someone from IRC years ago visited there from another network.

Torianna: While I was walking the boardwalks of Skagway, I could imagine the hustle and bustle of the gold rush.

Torianna: Today, it's the hustle and bustle of tourists shopping that keeps the town busy -- at least during the summer anyway. :)

uniquec: A less touristy place in the winter.

Torianna: Definitely! The population of Skagway is A LOT less in the winter.

uniquec: People are less likely to venture outside in the winter.

Torianna: Probably, but I think the weather in Skagway is much milder than the weather in Anchorage.

uniquec: See? Even years ago, I had people sending me postcards . :)

Torianna: Cool! I collect postcards, too!

uniquec: So what do you like to write?

Torianna: Well... I write in a couple of genres mainly -- historical romance and children's literature.

uniquec: Anything published?

Torianna: Does my thesis count?

uniquec: Of course.

uniquec: What was your thesis on?:)

Torianna: The topic of my thesis was "The use of educational technology in classrooms for deaf and hard-of-hearing students" -- which obviously is related to my real life job. :)

Torianna: In addition, I've had my "president's messages" published in my writing club's monthly newsletter. Hopefully, that counts, too!

uniquec: Which is?

Torianna: I'm an itinerant teacher of deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and, yes, I do know sign language. :)

uniquec: I would hope so, in order to communicate.

uniquec: So what are your favourite foods?

Torianna: As far as my favourite foods are concerned, I love chocolate, especially dark chocolate!

uniquec: You can live on chocolate?:)

Torianna: I wish! I also enjoy crock-pot meals like soups and beef stew. I love walking into the house and smelling the food that's been simmering all day.

Torianna: The best part of crock-pot meals is that I don't have to slave over a hot stove!

uniquec: And not having to cook when you get home.

Torianna: Yeah! That's definitely true, too!

uniquec: Boxers or briefs?:)

Torianna: Lol.

Torianna: I thought that was a question just for the guys!

uniquec: Hey, there are no such standards. :)

uniquec: It can be taken in any way.

Torianna: So... are you expecting me to answer that question?

uniquec: Up to you which way you answer, either an answer or no comment.

Torianna: Well... it depends -- and NO, I'm not talking about the things the older generations sometimes have to wear!

Torianna: However, if I had to chose one or the other, I'd have to say briefs 'cuz you can "feel the fit" easier.

uniquec: Depends who is wearing them. :)

Torianna: That's true, too.

uniquec: What would you like to do that you never done?

Torianna: Let me think...

Torianna: Gee! That's a difficult question.

Torianna: Have my first historical romance novel published AND have a screenplay of mine turned into a TV series AND become a DJ.

uniquec: In that order. :)

Torianna: Not necessarily...

uniquec: You would be happy with any of the three?

Torianna: Yeah, but the more, the better! Why stop at just one?

Torianna: I'm working on making all of these happen, but we'll have to wait and see which happens first.

uniquec: Of course. I want an autograph copy of your first published book then. ^^

Torianna: Definitely!

uniquec: What is the weirdest dream you ever had?

Torianna: Oh! Another tough question!

Torianna: Let's see... The weirdest dream, huh?

uniquec: Or most interesting dream you remember?

Torianna: Well... It's not really weird, but lately I've been having a lot of dreams about being pursued. In fact, one of my cats startled me a couple of days ago while I was sleeping (and, of course, dreaming), and I ended up dreaming that one of the people chasing me knocked me down and caught me. I woke up with a headache after that dream! :(

uniquec: Awww.

Torianna: Yeah, that was actually a scary dream, 'cuz I got caught! That was the first time that I've ever been caught in a dream.

uniquec: At least that you remember being caught. What would you like others to know about you that they might not know?

Torianna: I've actually been waiting for you to ask me that question. :) I want to let everybody know that I'm the newest reviewer for Shinsen-Radio. I'm looking forward to working for both Shinsen-Subs and Shinsen-Radio.

Torianna: Btw... Vincent, I will NOT neglect my duties at Shinsen-Subs! I love what I do for SHS.

uniquec: Lol -- since they are not supposed to be affiliated.

uniquec: So had enough of the interview?

Torianna: Well... I guess so IF you can't think of any other questions to ask.

Torianna: I've thoroughly enjoyed doing the interview with you AND would highly encourage all SHS staff to interview with you.

uniquec: I just hope that I haven't been TOO long-winded and wordy in my responses.

Torianna: Torianna has a tendency to be that way.

uniquec: It's alright it will be edited :)

uniquec: Heh. Well then, the "must ask" question: inny or outie belly button?

Torianna: Well... after reading some of the other interviews of other SHS staff, I think I'll just say that I'm in the majority. :) So, I'm encouraging everyone to go read uniquec's interviews to figure out my answer to that question.

uniquec: So parting words of wisdom?

Torianna: Attitude is everything! So, always try to look on the bright side of things and stay positive!

Torianna: By the way... I don't want to hear anybody use the word "fail" when it relates to themselves or another person!

Torianna: I don't like that "f-word"! :)

uniquec: Heh and on that note, thanks for doing the interview.

Torianna: Thanks for encouraging new staff to be interviewed, too!

Torianna: I've enjoyed myself.

uniquec: I try to get a variety of staff.

Torianna: I'm glad!

uniquec: We would like to thank Torianna for letting us to get to know her better. Good luck on getting your book published. See? It wasn't that bad of an experience, and now you won't have to avoid me in channels.:)

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