Thursday, February 11, 2016

[RAW] Two Months of Lala

Hey guys! I actually scanned these RAWs last week but didn't get the time to upload them (it takes several hours with such large files and uploading them for both download and online reading) until yesterday. I also have two months of Petit RAWs scanned that I'll post tomorrow, most likely. I've got an issue of Hana to Yume and Lala DX awaiting scanning, and I have to stop by the bookstore and pick up the recent issue of Petit as well. I hope I can get all of these scanned before next Friday, because that's when I'm MOVING!

If you're just after the RAWs, please skip this next bit and scroll to the end of the post for the download links! The next few paragraphs are a bit of a cross-over from my other blog. I want to ask everyone a question: do you have experience with DIY? I've never done anything bigger than an arts-and-crafts project, but I'm thinking about making/re-making a piece of furniture for my new apartment. The kitchen in my new apartment isn't too bad, but the counter space is pretty small, even for Japan-- only about 10 inches  of space between the sink and stovetop. This is definitely not enough for me! I love to cook and bake, and my fiance and I enjoy working in the kitchen together. 

At first I was planning to buy something like this to put in my kitchen, basically like a kitchen island. 




I found a nice one on sale at my local Nittori (they were selling the floor model for over 100$ off) but I didn't buy it right away because I haven't moved yet and wanted them to deliver it directly to the new place. When we went in yesterday to actually buy it, it was gone! 

I don't want to pay full price for this (just under $400, not including the chairs), especially given how small it is, but I absolutely must find a way to increase my counter space. So I'm thinking of buying some kind of furniture 2nd hand and converting it into a kitchen island. I'm thinking of just using a dish cabinet (I can't find a good picture but it's basically the same as the counter pictured above, but without the bar-stool side; the back is meant to be up against the wall, so it's unfinished) and doing something to pretty up the back, but looking around online I've found several Japanese blogs that show pretty impressive custom kitchen islands made from several bookcases put together with a counter top attached on top. 




Here are some examples. It would be cool to build in a place to put my trash cans, or even better somewhere to put my oven/microwave! Anyways, anyone with experience or advice, please leave me a comment! 

Lala Issue #02, 2016 (2015-12-24)
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Lala Issue #03, 2016 (2016-01-24)
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Monday, February 1, 2016

[RAW] Hana to Yume - Mega Release

I'm sooooo sorry for getting so off track with magazine releases! Ever since getting back to Japan, I've been crazy busy with preparations for moving, work, private lessons, and even having a little bit of a social life. If you want to hear some more details of exactly what's been keeping me so busy, please check out the long-overdue update on my other blog. Today I'm finally making a bit of a step in the right direction towards catching up with magazine releases by releasing the past 3 issues of Hana to Yume all at once. I also have one issue of Petit and two issues of Lala sitting debound on my desk waiting for me to find time to scan them. Please continue to be patient!

Hana to Yume Issue #2, 2016 (2015-12-20)
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Hana to Yume Issue #3, 2016 (2016-01-05)
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Hana to Yume Issue #4, 2016 (2016-01-20)
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Thursday, December 31, 2015

[RAW] Love So Life Volumes 15, 16 and 17 [END]

Happy New Year, everyone! Thank you for sticking with me through a pretty bumpy 2015, and best of luck to each and every one of you for 2016.

I feel pretty guilty for giving up on this series partway through and not seeing it through to the end. It was one of the first series I worked on as a translator and I really did enjoy the touching story and all of the adorable moments with the twins, as well as the tender (if glacially paced) relationship development between Matsunaga-san and Shiharu, but at some point the series got too long and too slow and I couldn't do it anymore. 

I heard a few months ago that the series had finally ended and when I was at the used book store the other day I found the last few volumes there super cheap, so I scooped them up and scanned them for you guys. As I write this post, all of volume 15 and most of volume 16 have already been scanlated, but I bought them and scanned them already (I wasn't sure how much had been scanlated, so I bought all the volumes containing chapters I hadn't personally read) so I figure I might as well post them here.  I will post a brief summary of the ending of the series in the comments, so please don't read the comments of this post if you don't want to spoil the ending! 

Volume 15: Read Online or Download
Volume 16: Read Online or Download
Volume 17: Read Online or Download

Saturday, December 26, 2015

[RAW] Kurotsuta Yashiki no Himegoto

Hello, and Merry Christmas everybody! Today's release is a re-upload of the first volume of this series, and the addition of volume 2. I'm hoping to get my hands on volume 3 (the final volume) soon, so please wait a bit longer for it!

Volume 1
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Volume 2
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In a deep forest at the outskirts of town stands Black Ivy Manor, home to Kariki Yukihiko, a mysterious young man who has lived alone ever since he was a child, raised only by servants his wealthy parents hired to attend to him. When she was young Chizuru lived at Black Ivy Manor with her mother, who was the housekeeper. Although the townspeople feared Yukihiko, Chizuru saw kindness under his morose exterior and came to idolize him. Likewise, Yukihiko treasured Chizuru for her innocence and kindness toward him, when everyone else including his own parents were too afraid to come near him. However Chizuru's mother passed away when she was in middle school, and she was sent to live with her aunt and uncle. After graduating from University, Chizuru returns to Black Ivy Manor, and Yukihiko, as the new housekeeper. The two quickly rekindle their relationship and soon begin to uncover new feelings for each other, however there is a darkness inside of Yukihiko that Chizuru never noticed before. He is hiding many secrets... When Chizuru discovers them, will she accept Yukihiko or flee from him? And if she does chose to flee... will he let her get away?

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

[RAW] Shuriken to Pleats

Volume 1
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Volume 2
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Hello all! I'm thoroughly enjoying my great American vacation. I've spent a lot of time with my family and friends already and eaten tons of American food (especially CHEESE!) I hope you are enjoying the holidays and have all your shopping done! It's a madhouse out there. While hiding from the holiday traffic you can enjoy the complete series of Shuriken to Pleats by Vampire Knight author Hino Matsuri!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

[RAW] QQ Sweeper

Volume 1
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Volume 2
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Volume 3
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This is the complete series of Motomi Kyousuke's popular manga QQ Sweeper in medium-low quality tankobon scans. I'd previously posted the RAWs for a few assorted chapters (scanned from Betsucomi Magazine) on this blog, but I really love all of Motomi Kyousuke's manga and absolutely wanted to share the complete series with you guys. 

There is also a follow-up series to QQ Sweeper, called Queen's Quality, currently running in Betsucomi magazine. I bought and scanned a few issues of this magazine recently but it's pretty massive (over 500 pages) which is a lot of work to scan every month, and since Queen's Quality is the only series I enjoy in the entire magazine, I think I'm going to stop wasting time and money on Betsucomi and just buy the Queen's Quality tankobon as they are released.  

Friday, December 18, 2015

[RAW] Lala DX - Issue 1, 2016 (2015-12-10)

In less than 24 hours I'll be on the first of 3 planes to the US! I have very mixed feelings about my vacation this time. Of course I'm looking forward to seeing my family, eating everything in sight, and doing some shopping for stuff I can't get in Japan, but I'm really upset about being away from my fiance for 3 weeks! We've never been apart more than 5 days or so since the last time I went to America, when we'd just started dating, and that time it was only for 2 weeks. Still, I'm determined to have a good time! While I'm trapped inside a giant flying deathtrap for almost 24 straight hours (okay, some of this time will be spent trapped in the airport waiting through layovers) please enjoy this issue of Lala DX (aka Lala Deluxe).

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Here's my kind of disorganized summary of the Vampire Knight side story (reposted with some minor editing from my facebook). Please don't read any further if you don't want to be spoiled!

This sidestory is framed through a story that Kaname and Yuuki's daughter, Ai, tells Kaname after he awakens about a certain incident that occurred when she was a student in the night class, before her little half-brother Ren (Yuuki and Zero's son) was born. 

Yuuki was busy with her duties as the head of the Kuran family and Zero was likewise busy with his work with the vampire-hunters' association (which was getting restructured and absorbed into some new organization, perhaps a joint human-vampire peace-keeping organization of some kind? I don't think it says specifically, so this is just my personal guess) and although years had past since Kaname's death and even Yori-chan had already passed away, Yuuki and Zero still weren't together because she was still morning Kaname. 

Ai, who it's revealed (to us, not to Yuuki or Zero) has been secretly in love with Zero for a while but knows he's not and can never be hers, is fed up with the whole situation and confronts the two of them and announces that she's going to pout until they give her a cute little sister who she says she'll 'tame' and keep all to herself. 

After this, Ai is temporarily kidnapped by Ruka and Akatsuki, who say she's interfering with their plan to give Yuuki and Zero time alone to sort things out. Ruka says she was requested by Kaname before his death to make sure Zero would be there to care for Yuuki when he could not. Akatsuki gets pissed seeing Ruka all nostalgic over Kaname and he kidnaps her and tells her something silly and romantic like 'You're only allowed to think about me" after which they kiss passionately. 

Meanwhile, Yuuki and Zero talk (while he forces her to lay her head on his lap and rest because she "must be tired from working so hard"). They talk about random stuff and in the end Yuuki basically admits her desire for Zero by telling him that she also has recently come to understand the trait in her genes that both Kaname and Rido shared that led them to do unreasonable and even unforgivable things because of their 'warped desire' for the person they love (implying Yuuki's love for Zero and weakening ability to deny herself her desire for him). 

At this point the narration switches to 'present time' when Kaname has just awoken, and Ai says that Ren was born a few years after this incident. Kaname laughs at their names (Ren and Ai, put together makes 'renai' or 恋愛 which means 'true love.') 

It's implied but not specifically stated that Ren and Ai are, like Kaname and Yuuki, incestuously in love. This could just be me, but Ai's comments about how she wanted a younger sibling to be "hers and hers alone" how Zero never could be, and the fact that Ren looks exactly like Zero as well as what I can read from their body language suggests this to me. 

The final scene is very ambiguous to me and I'm really not sure how to read it. Ren asks Kaname if he "remembers something." Ai tries to tell Ren to STFU but he ignores her. Kaname has no idea what Ren is talking about, and Ren further prompts "Mother used to say that from time to time she would feel grandma Juri's blood burning inside her." Ai yells at Ren that their mother didn't want them to tell Kaname about "that." Kaname still insists he doesn't know what Ren's getting at and asks if this "mother" person (Yuuki) is now dead. Ren replies "She's still alive inside of you." At first I thought this scene was implying that Yuuki had directly put her own heart into Kaname's chest instead of giving him his back, but now I'm 99% sure I was WRONG. I believe that what Ren's referring to is that, like the scene between Juri and Rido at the beginning of this chapter, Yuuki would from time to time have flashes of her mother's memory at times when there was something she needed to learn from these memories, almost as if the part of Juri that lived inside of her (because Juri used her life to turn Yuuki human, it's being implied that a spark of Juri remains inside Yuuki) is reaching out to communicate with and guide her. Ren seems to be testing the waters to see how much, if any, of his mother is 'residing' inside Kaname. I can only guess why Yuuki wouldn't want Kaname to know anything about this, but my guess is that it's because of his obsessive love for her; she must have feared he'd waste the gift of the mortal life she'd given him by trying to connect with this 'spark' of her inside himself. There is no evidence of this in the chapter, it's just my own conjecture! 

The chapter ends with Kaname relating his final memory before throwing his heart into the furnace: the wish that he would awaken reunited with "that mesmerizing girl who he met on the battlefield" (these words are accompanied by a picture of Yuuki holding Artemis). There will be another Vampire Knight short story in the next Lala DX on Februrary 10th, containing some more stories that Renai tell Kaname about events during his long sleep, according to the advertisement for the next chapter.