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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ryoshka Ryoshka ch 2

And a quick turnaround to Ryoshka so I can put some more work into Kindaichi and play TF2 tonight. Remember that the Golden Wrench Charity is at 6:30PST tonight, so play then to hear the 13 "Failure" messages.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Cyber Blue ch 20

This fight is awesome and perfectly logical...until we get to the part about the smelly and combustible helium gas. I should consider replacing it with methane or something.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Noririn ch 5

Even if there's no action so far, the dialogue between the characters are pretty hilarious

Noririn ch 5 PSD source (v1, just fix the chapter title so it's "Ch 5" instead of "Ch 6")

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Random Dump

Kaibutsu Oujo 61 raw

I figure that we would eventually get a voodoo or doll chapter sometime. Come to think of it, this series doesn't borrow that much from Japanese horror.

By the way, Nakua introduces Hime as Private Detective Ootori Yuri (鳳百合). That's a clever play on words, since Ootori is "phoenix" (what Hime is) and Yuri is Japanese name for the Lilium flower (her name).

Ryoshka Ryoshka C76 Poster

I found the second "volume" of ABe's drawings of Ryoshka. Well, it's actually just one drawing, identical to the one in the credits for chapter 1, but it's way larger at 5720x8000, so you can print it up into a poster.

Mai Mai Miracle Theme Song: Kodomo no Sekai (the World of Children) by Kotoringo - Lyrics

This is the theme song to a new movie directed by one of Miyazaki's former assistants and produced by Madhouse. I translated the song while downloading the Taiwan official DVD; I only watched the first 20 minutes or so, and though it isn't interesting enough for me sub it (1200 lines take a substantial amount of work, especially since the Taiwan official sub's timing is weird), Sunao Katabuchi's directing definitely has the Ghibli feel. Anyways, here's the lyrics if someone wants to pick it up:

気まぐれ 神さま
A whimsical god
遠い昔 あの場所に
at that place, a long time ago
流れ星 ひとつ 落とした
made a single shooting star fall
あれから随分 時は経ち
It's been so long since then

見渡す限りの / 青い麦の海
To the pale ocean of wheats as far as the eye can see,
君だけに 教えてあげる
I will only tell you
たからものの 隠し場所
where the treasure is hidden

and yellow patrinas

Light red,
dark red,
and silky red

reed pipes,
and marbles

They're our small treasures

明日また 笑って遊ぼう
Let's play and laugh again tomorrow
待っているよ 海の底
The bottom of our ocean is waiting
誰も知らない ふたりだけの
A secret promise that only the two us knows
ひみつの約束 こどものせかい
That is world of children

神さま 突然
God suddenly
あの子 連れてった
took that child
会えるのは 夏の一日
on a summer day
それだけじゃ ちょっと寂しい
and I felt a bit lonely

Altair, [the star]
and kagura songs

then Oobarano

あの道歩けば すれ違う
If you walk down that path, you'll surely pass by
何時かの国の お姫さま
a princess from another time and place

明日をずっと 覚えていよう
Remember tomorrow,
that if a fragrant wind blows by,
いつか見た 船が浮かぶよ
you'll see a boat come floating
麦の波を きって進もう
through the waves of the field

思い出せれば 何時でも
No matter when we remember,
ここに来て 手を繋いで
if we come here holding hands,
明日また 笑った遊ぼう
we can play and laugh again tomorrow

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Ryoshka Ryoshka ch 1

This is the 4th and (probably) final new series I'm picking up in a while. It's "Ryoshka Ryoshka", a fully-colored slice-of-life by Yoshitoshi ABe about a girl with an overactive imagination. Yea, I know the katakana says "Ryu-shika Ryu-shika", but ABe spells her name as Ryoshka in English on his blog, YouTube and Flickr accounts, so that's what I'm going with.

This series is only 12 pages long per month, though, so it's like Yotsuba-lite. However, given how often ABe's series get adapted to anime, it might be the closest we're ever going to get in regards to a Yotsuba anime.

Given the short length of this manga, it might be more regular than Kindaichi for a while, at least until Cyber Blue finishes. I'm actually slightly worried that I might be running out manga to translate after I catch up with Noririn and Ryoshka Ryoshka and finish Route 225 in around October and November. As I mentioned to commenter Touma, I want to tackle Master Keaton and Red, but the total number of releases I've made so far doesn't even match half their length, so I'll continue to hone my skill and maybe contact other scanlators before even attempting them. I'm reconsidering Himizu (since I recently changed my policy towards requests) and keeping tabs on Deus X Machina (how can a steampunk version of Claymore get so boring?) and a weekly manhua about Yip Man, but as always, I'm open to suggestions. I don't guarantee that I'll translate it, or pick it up immediately, but it's always worth a try.

Speaking of which, here's the tentative chart for the next two months. Noririn and Cyber Blue will be paused (one final time, I promise) for Pokemon Special frenzy next month. Kindaichi 38 doesn't have a goal date so far, because the chapters are fairly hard to produce.

August September October November
Slot 1 Cyber Blue 3 Pokemon Special 33 Pokemon Special 36 Cyber Blue 4 [END]
Slot 2 Noririn v 1 Noririn v 2 (ch 8 on) Route 225 vol 1 [END]
Slot 3 Kindaichi v 38 (Legendary Vampire Murders)
Slot 4 Ryoshka Ryoshka ch 1 - 12

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Cyber Blue ch 19

Alright, back to normal business. Well, I'll be picking up yet another new series tomorrow, but that's only monthly and 10 chapters behind, so it won't get in the way, unlike Kindaichi, which is weekly and 10 volumes behind. I don't really plan to catch up to Kindaichi, however, since it's episodic anyways.

Anyways, the action is ramping up, though the story gets more and more bizarre from here on out.

Satoshi Kon's Last Will and Testament (will be updated)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Kindaichi Case Files: The Legendary Vampire Murders ch 1

Of course, I wanted to free up slot 3 so I can use it for something else. It's Kindaichi Case Files, a detective mystery series. Think of it as Scooby-Doo, but with actual serial murders. Fans of Detective Conan, Q.E.D. and even Ace Attorney would love this manga. Like other detective manga, however, the scenes can be quite graphic, from beheadings to stranglings. It's different from the cartoony violence of Cyber Blue and Kaibutsu Oujo.

For various reasons, we're starting on the 38th volume of Kindaichi, but the thin overarching plot isn't important to this volume and the next 4. I've prefixed each release with "Kindaichi_Case_Files_v38", but MangaUpdates divides each individual serialization, so you have to actively search for it. Here's the entry for this particular case.

Without further ado, here's the first chapter of Kindaichi Case Files: The Legendary Vampire Murders:

This series will be released irregularly due to the Pokemon Special blitz next month after Cyber Blue v3 and Noririn v1 are done.

Kaibutsu Oujo ch 55 + vol 12 omake script

Wow, 2 continuous scripts! Well, that's because this is the end of volume 12. FTH have decided to not release any chapters based off of magazine scans, so the next release will be based on volume 13 scans. But since chapter 56-58 is full of spoilers, I also won't release any scripts until volume 13 is out so your collective jaws can drop at what happens. And I can finally free up that 3rd slot.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Redline Long PV

Despera has been so lonely in the "good anime" tab, so let's give it a friend. This is the trailer for Redline, a racing anime directed by Takeshi Koike, the key animator behind Trava and Dead Leaves. Those of you who saw the original Iron Man anime teaser might be familiar with this style. Unfortunately, since Koike is busy finishing up his precious movie (that took 6 years to make, no less), Iron Man will be done in CGI instead. Well, at least we still have Redline.

This trailer has actually been languishing on my drive for a month now. I'm surprised that no one else has released their own subbed PV, though there isn't much to be subbed. Early reports from UK and Swiss anons who saw an earlier version in their film festivals are very good, so you can bet that dudebro and I will work on this if no one else does. Well, that's assuming that I get some sort of reference such as Chinese softsubs or Japan DVD VobSub, because I suck at timing and spoken Japanese. I'm actually unsure about the 2 lines in this trailer around 0:50 and 0:53, but at least I can rest assured that the Chinese sub for the PV is more incorrect than me.

Anyways, enjoy the trailer

Friday, August 20, 2010

Noririn ch 4

Huh, I didn't know Breathalyzer tests were this sensitive. Well, Nori better get to riding that bike.

Pokemon Special vol 33 raws

Don't get too happy, progress won't get started until I'm done with Noririn v1 and Cyber Blue v3, which both have 5 chapters left.

And starting from this volume, I'm trying something new by releasing primarily 2400p releases. Anime has already made its move beyond 480p, so manga should now move beyond the standard 1200p. So from now on, you can get 4 times the Pokemon Special! Of course, for people who aren't interested in HD manga, I'll still release downscaled 1200p chapters.

Edit: Of course, I mean manga I scan myself. Everything except Noririn volume scans (1600p) are only available in standard 1200p.

Also, volume 36 will use up the last of the donations. While I would be willing to pay for future volumes out of my pocket, you can help me by donating (every volume costs around $15). I want to say that every penny counts, but PayPal does take out a percentage of the donation and doesn't round; larger amounts would be more preferrable.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cyber Blue ch 18

And here's where the plot starts getting a little more stupid than usual. Having read the last two volumes, I can tell you that writing is a big weakness of this series. Nevertheless, let's read on for the sake of Hara's art.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Noririn ch 3

If it hasn't been clear from the first two chapters, I'll spell it out: this is not going to be a manga about suffering children, mass genocide, etc. Instead, it's going to be a pleasant biking manga. Alright? Good

Also, the layout of the blog has been changed in order to divide the large column to the left. More changes are probably coming to make this blog easier to navigate.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Kaibutsu Oujo ch 53 script

Well, volume 12 raws have finally appeared, so FTH doesn't have to buy their own copy. (Damn, I was hoping for a short break)

Anyways, this chapter is pretty relevant to the announcement of Bioshock Infinite. The concept of a flying city attacking the surface world comes from Laputa, in Gullivers' Travels (not Studio Ghibli's Castle in the Sky). The original story was a criticism of Britain's treatment of Ireland, so Irrational Games probably have something to say by changing Laputa into Columbia, an fascist version of the regular American town.

While Yasunori cheaps us out by making the typhoon into a typhoon monster instead of a flying Nazi town, in the end this chapter does explain why the mansion is always covered by poor lighting.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Noririn ch 2

I heard from Hox that the most probable reason why this manga is so...normal so far is because Kitoh is concentrating his guro powers on Nanika Mochigatte masu ka, a manga about a kid with psychic powers. I downloaded the first two raw chapters, and indeed, someone died on chapter 2. Although it's only bimonthly, I just ordered two volumes of a new project along with Pokemon Special vol 33, so I won't pick up yet another running manga.

Instead, here's the second chapter of Noririn. Kitoh seems like he's very experienced with roadracing, given the amount of detail he's put in.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Cyber Blue ch 17

Blue and Alan go off to the casino. Alas, Blue cheats, but I guess it's one of those morally ambiguous things, especially when the fate of an entire planet lies in his hands.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Noririn ch 1

Wait, you might be asking, "where is Sin & Punishment?"

Well, I realized a few days ago that if I keep taking requests, I'll never get to the series I really want to do. It's like a loan that never stops borrowing. So to break this cycle, I'm defaulting on that loan and hoping that the government will bail me out by funding the translation of Sin & Punishment with your tax dollars. Maybe not, but I hope that someone will eventually pick it up. I also hope that I didn't upset too many of you.

So instead, here's a series I've been wanting to pick up for a while now:

It's called Noririn, a bicycle manga by Kitoh Mohiro (Shadow Star Narutaru, Bokurano). Readers who have ever read or watched one of those two might be setting up a betting pool for when the first fatality will occur, but having read through the 12 raw chapters released, I find that there is a strange absence of gloom and doom in this manga. In fact, the first result on Google if you search "のりりん" is a blog post entitled "鬼頭莫宏の自転車漫画『のりりん』が面白い、但し未だ人死には出ず", or "Kitoh Mohiro's bicycle manga 'Noririn' is interesting, but no one has died yet." Well, the ski jumping manga Nononono by Elfen Lied's author has been surprisingly good so far without excess gore, so maybe one day we'll see horror mangaka Junji Ito drawing a hockey manga.

Anyway, here's the first chapter. It seems like a standard sports manga intro so far

Edit: Wait, I spoke too soon. Ito just started a manga about Rasputin in Big Comic:

What. The. Fuck.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Kaibutsu Oujo ch 52 script

So now we're finally on the magazine scans. That's good because that means we're getting closer to breaking ever, but it also means that the scans are going to take a hit in quality from Japanese scanners who don't know how to keep a scanner clean. Seriously, I know that monthlies are big, but at least check every 50 pages to make sure that fingerprints and other shit aren't clogging up the screen.

Anyways, here's the conclusion to the snake people arc:

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Cyber Blue ch 16

Oh finally. Back to my flagship series. I hope I don't have to pause a series for so long again. Since Pokemon Special releases a volume every 3 months, I should make my schedule to account for that.

Goddammit, guys

If I didn't mention it enough times, HnS is supposed to be for enjoyment but not archiving purposes. That means it's not to be registered, nor uploaded anywhere else.

I mean, this is messed up, man. I stated that I still haven't read the middle third of this series yet, but you guys are still willing to paste it everywhere. Furthermore, the version uploaded onto MangaFox was even the pre-proofread version. Not to mention that this was registered 2 days after otakami released theirs, to pour salt on a wound. I know that registering on MangaUpdates was probably a well-intentioned mistake (unlike the people on MangaFox), but the consequences still follow.

The only way to fix this, is to not translate 65 in advance. I started for various, nefarious reasons, but ended up wanting to finish what I started. Now that otakami caught up, you shouldn't have to wait too long for the last chapter.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Our Alliance ch 1

So in the end, Panty & Stocking raws didn't drop. That's to be expected, since Young Ace isn't regularly scanned anyways. I would pay a nominal fee to see Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, MPD Psycho, Upotte, etc. raws monthly (but not too much).

Instead, here's my propaganda contribution of the month in exchange for a lower sentence from the judge who convicted me of copyright infringement. Well, not really, but it's a pretty hilarious propaganda attempt about the Japanese-American alliance anyways. Artists on Pixiv have already made some 34s on Usa-kun and Arai Anzu-chan already, but I can't wait for the full-blown doujins.

Incidentally, today is the 65th anniversary of the A-bomb explosion over Hiroshima. What a nice day to release something like this.

Edit: October 3rd: Somehow, the release was removed without me noticing, so I reuploaded it

I know I've said this too many times, but the next release WILL be Cyber Blue 16.