When putting together my first "Learning Japanese by Translating Manga" series, centering on Tori Miki's Reishoku Sosakan (Frozen Food Agent), I started out by writing up a short series of introductory blog entries focusing on specific elements of the Japanese language itself. This page then is an index to those additional entries. If I write up any future similar notes, I'll add them to the index here.
Thoughts on being a Translator
How to Look Up Kanji
Structure and Politeness
Figuring Out Complex SentencesComments Regarding Names
Fitting in the Word Balloons