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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Cyber Blue: the Lost Children

So...the rumors were true after all. In a coincidence of coincidences, Yoshitoshi Motoki is going to be drawing a remake (not a sequel or spin-off) of Cyber Blue titled "Cyber Blue: the Lost Children"(Cyber Blue: Ushinawareta Kodomotachi). Here's just how bizarre this whole situation is:
  1. A random blogger (dxInt) watched my subs of the Mudazumo OVA, which weren't even subbed by more proper subbers until recently
  2. He contacted me, a noob scanlator, about a 22-year old manga series, among 3 others.
  3. At that time, my Japanese skills weren't as good as it is now, so I had to rely on Chinese scans as a training wheel. It just so happens that Cyber Blue is one of the only 2 series that had Chinese scans, the other being Himizu.
  4. However, I have only ever found Chinese scans on one site and one site only. If that site wasn't there, I would never have picked this up.
  5. Then, I started translating it in April
  6. Due to various circumstances, the projected finish date of Cyber Blue vol 4 is the end of October
  7. The first issue of the BRAND NEW magazine Comic Zenon, containing the remake of Cyber Blue will be out on October 25th.
I now believe in predestination. Ok, so the million dollar question now is: should I pick up this manga, and how so?

Given that Comic Zenon is a monthly, manpower isn't a problem. However, since Comic Zenon is a completely new magazine, the availability of raws is a wild card. Its predecessor, the weekly Comic Bunch wasn't scanned. I'll definitely import the first issue in November as a free preview, but importing it every month costs too much for myself. So, we have several options:
  1. Don't pick up this series: It sucks; it's a waste of my money
  2. Import issues every month, I'll help by donating: If that's the most popular choice, then I'll match your donations 50-50. I have never imported magazine issues before, mainly because bk1 doesn't have manga magazines. Amazon has a $30 base shipping fee, but I'll look for other cheaper online stores.
    On a side note, if you're from another scanlator group, and want to try other series in Comic Zenon too, we can work out an arrangement. Just send me a mail.
  3. Import issues every month...I won't donate, but do it anyways: Well, thanks for the honesty. I'd rather be told this than being left dry without donations.
  4. Wait for scans or volumes: Japanese scanners might pick up Comic Zenon, so wait for those scans. If that fails, wait for the batch volumes to come out.
You don't have to vote now; in fact, you can wait till I release the first chapter in November to make your decision. This is just something I have to start considering now. Comments and suggestions are welcome as always.

6 comments:

  1. The votes almost unanimously disapprove of the scanlation of this manga. Interesting...

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  2. Well, being based in /a/, I shouldn't be surprised of some voting shenanigans.
    I don't like to use polls, but I'm ambivalent enough on this issue to roll with what the majority wants.

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  3. Don't get me wrong I wasn't suggesting otherwise. I was just surprised that the majority seems against this one.

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  4. Yea, I was surprised too. Regardless, I'll import and scanlate the first issue anyways, in case the majority opinion changes or there's another good series in this new magazine.

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  5. Cyber blue lost children is translated in english by MyPersonal-scan-

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  6. I saw it on M^U. Haven't read his release, though.

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