Our Dreams at Dusk is a beautiful manga that explores characters across the LGBTQ+ spectrum in different phases of their life, struggling to be accepted for being themselves, and finding a community and support network in one another. It made waves when Seven Seas released it in English last year, and after reading it we knew we had to talk about it on the show!

We’ve also brought on a very special guest to discuss the series with us – Jocelyne Allen, translator of Our Dreams at Dusk and so many other amazing manga! Jocelyne shares her insights on the series as its translator, shedding some light on some pivotal scenes and language used in the story. She also discusses her career history in translation, including her early career as a translator for Honda, differences between translating novels and manga, her experiences interpreting, and so much more! We had a delightful conversation with Jocelyne, discussing everything that makes this manga such a dream come true for queer manga fans of all ages!  

But our dream doesn’t end with this podcast! Throughout this month we’ll be releasing podcasts about different LGBTQ manga in a loose theme month we’re calling LGBThanksgiving! Look forward to more interviews with translators and creators and discussions of beloved series about love in the coming weeks!


00:22 – Introducing LGBThanksgiving!

Our Dreams At Dusk & Interview with Jocelyne Allen!

05:23 – Introducing Jocelyne & Our Dreams at Dusk
07:30 – Translating “Dareka-san” as “Someone-san”
11:35 – Using Pronouns for “Someone-san” and Misora
16:00 – Tchaiko & Seiichiro: Learning from the Experiences of Queer Elders
18:44 – How Jocelyne Got Into Manga
21:50 – Jocelyne’s Experiences as a Translator
35:24 – Jocelyne’s Experiences Translating Ryoko Ikeda’s Manga!
38:49 – The Slurs & Profanity in Our Dreams at Dusk
46:46 – Utsumi & Koyama, Tasaku & Misora, and Misguided Allyship
49:46 – Queer Identity and Coming Out
53:05 –  Understanding Yourself & Wanting to Be Seen For Who You Are
56:00 – Embracing Change
57:12 – The Pacing & The Ending
1:03:24 – Kamatani’s Visual Metaphors
1:07:00 – Translating Onomatopoeia
1:11:00 – How Closely Translators & Editors Collaborate
1:13:50 – Representing the LGBTQ Community
1:15:48 – Researching Onomichi
1:17:45 – The Depth of Our Dreams at Dusk
1:19:35 – Jocelyne’s Experiences in Interpreting
1:25:38 – Farewells & Where to Find Jocelyne

1:29:16 – Community Shout-Outs

1:38:04 – Wrap-Up

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Music Featured:

Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, “Winter Daydreams,” as performed by Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor, as performed by London Symphony Orchestra

About The Author Siddharth Gupta

Siddharth Gupta is an illustrator, animator, and writer based in Minnesota. They graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Animation from the School of Visual Arts, and have worked on projects for the University of Minnesota and the Shreya R. Dixit Foundation. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, they've turned their passion towards being both a creator and a critic. They credit their love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined their artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to their local comic book shop, they are an avid reader and collector, particularly fond of manga. Their favorite comics include The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything by Rumiko Takahashi.

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