That depends! Technically, yes, I can. :) But translating a novel requires a much bigger investment of time and effort, and will also cost a lot more than translating a manga or article…
But I’m very willing to take a look at it and give you a definitive answer, if you want! Feel free to send me another ask or mail me: hasunoutena AT gmail DOT com
Thank you for asking!
Good question! She has written lots and lots of stuff, and I’ve far from read all of it, so please take this answer with a grain of salt.
I’m pretty sure that the two books out in English, Heart of Thomas and A Drunken Dream and other stories, contain what a lot of people agree are her best works: Heart of Thomas, Hanshin (16-page short story about conjoined twins), and Iguana Girl (the short story about a girl whose mother insists she is an iguana). These are definitely considered masterpieces.
Another one which is considered her masterpiece, which I haven’t read (it seems like a huge emotional investment), is Zankoku na kami ga shihai suru / A Cruel God Reigns. I’m pretty sure there’s a complete translation online.
My favorite work by her, on the other hand, is Gin no sansaku / Silver Triangle. It leans much more towards the science fiction end of things than the shojo manga end (it didn’t run in a manga magazine but in Japan’s SF Magazine), and has a reputation of being obscure and murky, but I really love it! It’s so dense and perfectly plotted and executed, it’s like a piece of art. If you’ve read A Drunken Dream, it’s a bit like the title story but expanding on the premise of “someone is playing back this exact moment in the history of the universe again and again in order to maybe fix something broken in the universe”. Really fascinating! I also really like her other sci-fi stories, like They Were 11 and Star Red. The other day I read a short story called Nise-o / Fake King which was also fantastic and left a huge impact on me.
I’m sure there’s loads more I have yet to read that’s also amazing, though. :)
What about Takemiya Keiko? (well, out of all 24-Gumi i only have read work from Hagio Moto and Takeimiya Keiko *embarrassed)
With Takemiya Keiko, I definitely have to say Kaze to ki no uta! It’s her life’s work, you know? And it has such a great ensemble of complex characters, a cutting-edge theme that she tackles heads on without as much as a wince, amazing art, a gripping plot, it’s just fantastic all around.
I’ve read a few of her longer works and quite a few short stories, and I think Hensokyoku / Variations has the most gorgeous art and, um, holds a sort of “moe” attraction for me, for the lack of a better word. Like how (female) fandom is mad about Free! these days? I read some of Takemiya’s work that way, they’re so full of amazing adorable pretty gorgeous male characters that make me go all ga-ga. She’s definitely my favorite 24 group writer when it comes to art and characters, I think she’s just amazing in those respects.
Towards the Terra is also a good series, and some of her sci-fi short stories, like the Eden 2185 series (about people living on board a huge spaceship heading for a far-off planet that will be colonized by their descendants), are also very good. I still have to read a lot of her recent work! I should really get to it.
Hagio and Takemiya are definitely the most famous of the group, so I don’t think there’s anything embarrassing about that! :D I only started to really enjoy Yamagishi Ryoko last year, and I’ve read Oshima Yumiko for a while but could never get into her… (now THAT is embarrassing *hides*)