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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Kaibutsu Oujo ch 43 release, ch 44 script

Oh my, it seems that I fell behind FTH's scans! However, MediaFire doesn't seem working right now, so use MangaToshokan for the time being

Kaibutsu Oujo ch 43 (MF)
Kaibutsu Oujo ch 43 (MangaToshokan)

Luckily, I got my shit together and finished ch 44 script in a timely manner. Nevertheless, because of the problems with MF as of this writing, the script is going to be on pastebin for the time being. Why isn't it always on pastebin? ...Even I don't know

Kaibutsu Oujo ch 44 script

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cyber Blue ch 13

Release speed will still be sluggish as I wrap up my schoolwork. But this volume will definitely be wrapped up before next week, when Mudazumo 4 and PokeSpe 35 arrive. With no sign of movement from DerpScans, I'll probably get a chapter or two in, just to get him to release faster. Honestly, though, he's doing a pretty good job.

Cyber Blue ch 13
Cyber Blue ch 13 PSD source

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Kaibutsu Oujo 58 raw

Oh, and I guess I should release this month's raw too. Finally wrapping up the stuff with Emil.

Kaibutsu Oujo ch 58 raw

Unfortunately, KO 42 release is being delayed because FTH doesn't have enough proofreaders, though that may be because they are so overly ambitious (8 series!?). Apply now!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mudazumo OVA 2 and 3 v3 (final)

Someone finally uploaded a great raw on PD (and the DVDISO too, but the raw is more than enough), so now I can make a good release. I can finally call this finished until they release more OVAs, which probably isn't in the near future. Enjoy it in all of its 480p glory. Upload it to your torrents and IRC bots, store it in your collection, whatever.

Mudazumo OVA ep 2 v3
Mudazumo OVA ep 3 v3
Mudazumo OVA ep 1-3 raw

Monday, May 24, 2010

Cyber Blue ch 12

Ah...Feels good to be back. The obligatory tsundere gets introduced this chapter.

Cyber Blue ch 12
Cyber Blue ch 12 PSD source

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Kaibutsu Oujo ch 43 script, viruses, plumbers in spaces, futures, sins and punishments, and the like

Cyber Blue will have to wait just a bit longer; the weekly KO script is more pressing

Anyways, more zombies on KO this chapter. The author really should distinguish between the infectious zombies, corpse zombies, ghouls, etc.

Kaibutsu Oujo ch 43 English script

Error: "Toryoction" is supposed to be Trioxin. Hey, I'm not a zombie buff.

And "cemetary" is spelled "cemetery". That's pretty big too. Looks like I should use spell check

On a related note, FTH is looking for proofreaders (totally not related to my half-broken English, what are you talking about) and editors/typesetters/cleaners. Apply now!

This release - well, it's technically not a release, but it counts for the rules (only 3 volumes, must finish volume, 1-3 days) - was cutting it close, because of reasons ranging from virus attack to U R MR GAY 2.

Virus & PSD Sources

First, my stupidity has increased a notch. I knew that it was a virus, and wanted to run it sandboxed to see what it does. Unfortunately, I didn't do so, and neglected to kill the virus until it destroyed my anime collection and part of my scanlation stuff. I can always recover the releases and raws, but Cyber Blue 1 and 2 psd sources are gone. While it won't hinder any future scanlating, in the future, I'll upload the psd sources after the volume finishes. Maybe I'll upload it chapter-by-chapter in the future, I don't know.

Pokemon Special vol 34 English scanlation psd source
Hanako vol 3 psd source
Hanako vol 4 psd source

Besides, if anyone wants to translate them to another language, you can base your scanlation off of mine, no problem. My job is to translate manga, and if I can easily help someone indirectly, that's all the better.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Second, Super Mario Galaxy 2 is pretty great. I don't feel like it's 10/10 great as of a few worlds in, but that could change. I was also procrastinating KO43 script by wasting my time on tagging the music I ripped from the ISO, which you can enjoy here. I'm still not done tagging it, though.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 Gamerip (320 kbps mp3)

Edit: Note that it isn't a complete rip; I forgot to separate the multitrack files.

It's mp3 because the FLAC files add up to 1GB.


Anyways, the outlook of /a/non scanlations seems to be mostly Cyber Blue 2 and 3, and Pokemon Special 35 until I leave for vacation. Sorry about Cyber Blue 4, I'll get to it eventually. I'll either still be doing KO scripts during the vacation (one a week isn't bad), or stock up on it before July. Furthermore, because of DerpScans' backissue-buying antics, I'm not going to do Mudazumo 4. I'll scan it nonetheless for others to translate.

I wanted to do Gyakuten Saiban / Ace Attorney manga, but I could only find shitty raws. This time, I'll let Del Rey do it. I may have horrible English, Japanese, and even Chinese, I may be horrible at editing and typesetting, but I'm not going to release raws that look shitty already.

It looks like I'll be picking up the one-volume Sin and Punishment (Tsumi to Batsu) manga, just to piss off Nintendo more. I'll probably be doing only editing, since there's no furigana on the raw (well, I can use the IME pad, but that's so slow) and no Chinese scanlation either. If the translator makes it through, I'll be able to do it before July, otherwise I'll have to wait.

Sin And Punishment vol 1 raws

After July, August will still have a shaky schedule. I might still suspend scanlations until orientation is over. September will still be irregular, but things will get back to normal once I get used to my new school and daily schedule.

That's all for now.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pokemon Special FAQ

This page has been superseded by the wiki.

Pokemon Special ch 384

And it is finally done. 12 days, 10 chapters.

Pokemon Special ch 384
Pokemon Special vol 34

Unfortunately, rushing the process this much causes a lot of errors to fall out, as I'm painfully aware. Here's the list of fixed items in the volume release. It's like finding Waldo!

Cyber Blue will resume tomorrow or the next day

Monday, May 17, 2010

Pokemon Special ch 383

Pearl's arc begins

Pokemon Special ch 383

This chapter contains a minor styling change that affects the first 3 chapters a bit: Perahiko's voice is now in Big Fish Ensemble

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Pokemon Special ch 382

Wrapping up Dia's training arc...

Pokemon Special ch 382

On a related note, I've been skipping png compression so far because I'm lazy, but from now on, my releases will use pngnq to shave off unnecessary bits without a hit to quality. I guess I could've used PNGcrush or optiPNG to optimize them before, but "neural network" and "neuquant" just sounds cool. And it works pretty well, saving 30% this release (5.76MB -> 4.14 MB). That's as many as 3 tens. And that's wonderful.

Jokes aside, what's more amazing, though, is that it converts to indexed pngs, which are normally larger than my usual grayscale pages. I have yet to comprehensively test it on colored pages, but I recommend this for all scanlators, and anyone who wants to compress all the pngs they have lying around.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Pokemon Special ch 381

Phew, just before 12am. Anyways, a fairly exciting battle takes place in this chapter.

Pokemon Special ch 381

Error: Should be "Mach-one-and-only", not "one-Mach-and-only"

Friday, May 14, 2010

Pokemon Special ch 380

Dia's training continues...

Pokemon Special ch 380

Error: On Dia's journal, it should read "My Pokemon need to get", "stronger", "sturdier", "faster"

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Kaibutsu Oujo ch 42 + vol 9 omake script

I keep forgetting to post ch 40 release, but I'll assume that for now on you know that FTH releases KO on Sundays. Especially my editor, who has started reading this blog :3

Anyways, here's the ch 42 script. Be sure to spell "GW" as "jigawatts"

Kaibutsu Oujo ch 42 + vol 9 omake script

Pokemon Special resumes tomorrow

Angel Beats Character Chart

Requester is nowhere to be found...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pokemon Special ch 379

Dia's special training begins with a match against Lucario.

Pokemon Special ch 379

I'll take a half-time break tomorrow to make this week's Kaibutsu Oujo script, though KO scripts probably take more effort.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Pokemon Special ch 378

The action finally begins with Diamond's training in battling, and my training in translating his manzai jokes. This one ended up pretty plausible in English; I'm very proud of my translation.

Pokemon Special ch 378

Error: "Leaf Cutter" (はっぱカッター) is supposed to be "Razor Leaf", oops

Monday, May 10, 2010

Pokemon Special ch 377

Wrapping up the drama, but it feels like the conclusion isn't any different from the start of the chapter...

Pokemon Special ch 377

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Pokemon Special ch 376

Not much action this chapter, but some plot and a tearjerking moment

Pokemon Special ch 376

Panty & Stocking Scan

I don't have a good scan, but here it is anyways, just for fun. If only the Despera scans were this easy...

Edit: Slightly updated. And it says "useful bitch" (イカシたあばずれだ), so I thought that "bitches and whores" might be a better localization

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Pokemon Special ch 375

And the blitzkrieg begins. Unlike last time, this release is official; post it anywhere you like.

Again, note that I skipped vol 33 because iNet has it, so I'm not going to waste money on that. You can read the manga summaries for 366-374 on I also use the summaries there to make sure that my translations match up, since my Japanese, though noticeably improving, isn't as good as my Chinese.

Pokemon Special ch 375

Edit: Hmm, getting the ToC wrong ("Bronzong" -> "Brozong") doesn't bode well.
Edit 2: Ok, now it's the fixed page

Friday, May 7, 2010

Hanako to Guuwa no Tera ch 19, vol 4

Well, that's the end of it. I thought it wasn't a very clean ending when I first read it, but your mileage may vary.

Hanako to Guuwa no Tera ch 19

Volume release has no changes

Hanako to Guuwa no Tera vol 4

This is probably the only series I done that doesn't have a good related work to keep on feeding the addiction-
  1. Mudazumo -> Any GAR series
  2. MN Paradox -> MN, MN Mosaic
  3. Nanako&! -> Yotsuba&!
  4. Cyber Blue -> HnK
  5. Kaibutsu Oujo -> Hellsing, Ga-Rei Zero
-until Maigo picked up Tasogare. It's Hanako with your tradition ghosts. Just replace Hanako with Yuuko and Asou with Teiichi, and you're halfway there.

From the current chapters released (14 in Japanese/Chinese), the cases are dragged on longer, but at least Maybe is a much better artist than Esuno. Seriously, Esuno has drawn 2500+ pages for 6 years, and he still uses the same faces.

Anyways, from Maigo's current pace, it seems that they can't wait to drop Ga-Rei, er, it seems that they can't wait to translate more chapters, so I recommend Tasogare as a replacement for Hanako.

In other news, PokeSpe v34 c375 will definitely be released tomorrow. I'll sacrifice my one-week lead on FTH, and do KO 42 script next week.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hanako to Guuwa no Tera ch 18

Chapter done ahead of schedule; the ending continues with some Mirai Nikki-esque plot twists. I wonder why Akise's decapitation isn't as violent as Mafuyu's

Hanako to Guuwa no Tera ch 18

Mudazumo OVA 2v2, 3v2; Cyber Blue suspension

So I recently started learning some encoding for a school video project. I decided that I should test what I've learned and re-release the OVA softsubs with the slightly better DivX raw. The result isn't too bad; I got rid of the interlacing issues and some of the macroblocking, but the color still looks a bit funky during some scenes. This is a WIP, so I wouldn't recommend uploading it elsewhere. I promise that I will eventually get the DVD myself.

Mudazumo OVA 2v2
Mudazumo OVA 3v2

Meanwhile, I actually read ahead for a bit, and found that the next several chapters of Cyber Blue end at cliffhangers. Thus, for an estimated 2 and a half weeks, until I finish Hanako vol 4 and Pokemon Special vol 34, Cyber Blue vol 2 is suspended. On the bright side, I can translate Cyber Blue daily after I'm done with PokeSpe.

The next few days should be:
Friday - Hanako c18
Saturday - Hanako c19 [end of volume, series]
Sunday - KO c42 script
Monday - PokeSpe v34 start

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Hanako to Guuwa no Tera ch 17

The endgame begins. Not much this chapter, just starting to wrap things up.

In other news, this is the second chapter I produced in CS5, the first being Cyber Blue 11. Adobe is going to put typesetters out of work someday, seriously, with a few minor but important typesetting tweaks, like automatically hyphenating words. Content-aware fill isn't a magic bullet, though, but that's probably because I'm not used to it.

Hanako to Guuwa no Tera ch 17

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Cyber Blue ch 11

Hmm, I shouldn't predict stuff if I don't read ahead. Joe-K was a fun villain, I hope he shows up again.

Cyber Blue ch 11

Monday, May 3, 2010

Kaibutsu Oujo ch 39 release, 41 script

The exciting train battle continues!

Also, FTH is boycotting MangaFox and Onemanga. While I couldn't care less about my own independent scanlations, I ask that you respect their decision.

Kaibutsu Oujo ch 39 release

Meanwhile, 41 script is out. I never knew that the royal family is supposed to be German, huh.

Kaibutsu Oujo ch 41 script

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Hanako to Guuwa no Tera ch 16

Here's the flashback chapter on how Asou and Hanako met. I was listening to this song while scanlating it, and thought it was quite appropriate:

Hanako to Guuwa no Tera ch 16