aven's role at the Chapel of Resonance is as a translator between Japanese and English. Having completed a 4 year course in Japanese, he is someone the Staff knows they can depend on. Tranquil, mild, and courteous, Raven's presence and contributions are always enjoyable. Interviews and behind the scenes information are what he tinkers with the most.
Raven has been with the Chapel since its first incarnation, and continues working with the Staff.

What drew you to Castlevania? What made you become a big fan of it?

Castlevania 64. I had just gotten my first N64 and I was looking around for games that sounded fun. I only had a few games and I was really into old horror movies and so it looked fun to me (Dracula was a great film for me).

Anyway, as soon as the first skeleton rose from the ground, I was hooked. I still remember that exact moment and the feeling I had when it first happened.

I was really into the soundtrack, which I still prefer over all of the other games. I like the classical feel, and songs like the inside of the Villa are very impressive to me. They may not be as complex or as 'gothically inspired' as those from Michiru, but I feel like they had a lot of character.

Later, when I got Legacy of Darkness, I only liked it more. Legacy of Darkness is kind of the director's cut for me. It was the 2nd Castlevania game that I played.

Around what year did you become a big Castlevania fan?

Um... That was... my sophomore year in high school, so... 1999, 2000?

When and how did you discover the Chapel of Resonance, and what made you want to keep coming back to it?

That was through my friend actually.

We were complaining that the leader of the Dungeon was losing interest in Castlevania and it was painfully obvious. The content was not being updated, the reviews were getting very distasteful and we were wondering why he was still updating if he wasn't into it. The reviews were getting biased.

So, my friend told me that he found a promising new website that was getting up to that level. The articles were insightful and things were actually objective and fair (the reviews were opinionated, but they actually backed up their reasoning) and it was the Chapel.

What made you want to translate for the Chapel of Resonance?

That's actually a 2 part answer. The first part is I was interested in the Japanese side of Castlevania and there was really not that much information. It was all about the games, but there was nothing really concrete about the people behind the games. I was more interested in the "behind the scenes" stuff.

The second part was I wanted to practice my Japanese and I found that the more I did, the better I got. You can see that my translations have gotten better as I've practiced. I really wanted to translate something I was interested in.

How long have you been studying Japanese?

This is my 4th year. When I started translating for the Chapel, I was very good at grammar, but my vocabulary was suffering. Now, I can easily read it because of all the practice I've gotten from interviews =)

What are your top 5 favorite Castlevania games in order?

Castlevania 64/Legacy of Darkness

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles

Super Castlevania IV

Castlevania Chronicles

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse

Do you have any hobbies outside of video gaming?

Song writing, story writing, reading, film making, film watching...

What other video games or video game series do you enjoy besides Castlevania?

Silent Hill, Final Fantasy, Prince of Persia, Resident Evil...

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