Tuesday, October 4, 2016

[Announcement] The END

It's been a long time without any sign of life on this blog. Not for the first time, but it is the last time. As many of you have probably guessed, I have officially quit scanlation, for good. I'll explain some of the reasons below, in case you're curious, but that's basically the only main point of this post, so feel free to stop reading now if you aren't interested in the reasons why. 

This will be the last post on this blog, but I will be continuing my personal blog, so if you're interested in reading about my life in Japan, marriage to a Japanese man, experiences as a freelance translator, and other random things I may write about, please check it out.

1. The main reason I'm quitting scanlation, for good, is because 8 months ago I got my first paid translation job, and since then I've been working fairly steadily on a variety of freelance paid translation projects. Some of these are one-time translation projects that I've stumbled upon through networking (someone I know knows someone who needs something translated and they introduce us) and others are large scale translation companies that manage a large number of freelance translators and funnel work to us that they have received from a number of clients. My main field of work is translating video games, but I've also done business documents, legal documents and even historical documents. Continuing to scan and upload manga (blatantly illegal) or share translations of manga and novels without the copyright-holder's permission (questionably legal at best, even if the manga/novel isn't licensed in English) would jeopardize my career. I hope to one day have enough contacts and steady work flow to be able to work from home while raising kids.

2. My mediafire account was once again reported and all of my files were deleted. This is the 3rd time this has happened. I have been trying to go through and re-upload files and replace the download links, but I never get even halfway through before my accounts are suspended again and I lose all my hard work. 

3. You may have noticed the change in the content on my blog in the past few years. When I lived in the US, I mostly posted scanlations and novel translations. I had a lot of free time with the job I was doing back then, and used it to translate and to edit manga/novels I enjoyed so that others could enjoy them too. I was still learning Japanese at this point, and although my translations weren't great in the beginning, it helped me a lot to improve my Japanese reading ability and master tons of new words, phrases, grammar patterns, etc. When I moved to Japan, I suddenly had a lot less time to devote to scanlation/translation, but a lot more access to RAW manga quickly and inexpensively, so I changed almost exclusively to scanning and uploading RAW manga and some novels. I think in both situations I was making the best use of the time and resources I had in the situation I was in. Unfortunately, I don't have time to READ any of the manga I was paying for then destroying to scan for this blog, and I lost almost all enjoyment I had for it.

That's about it. I am very grateful to everyone who visited this blog and downloaded my scans and translations over the years. I made some amazing friends through scanlation that I still speak to today (when I have time!) and will probably consider friends for life. I hope some of you can continue to read my other blog and enjoy the craziness that is life in Japan along with me. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

[RAW] Queen's Quality - Volume 1

I know a lot of people were/are looking forward to this series! I never actually made it all the way through QQ Sweeper (it's a bit too 'out-there' for me, there's only so much supernatural that I think can plausibly exist and be ignored by the general public, and this one seems a bit unrealistic to me) but I do love Motomi Kyousuke, so I might go back and read it later at some point.
This week I was out of commission with a tooth ache, of all things! I had very, very extreme pain due to a cavity and getting it fixed by the Japanese dentist was borderline horror-story material. Maybe I'll write about it on my other blog when I have time. In any case, the treatment is still on-going, but the pain is mostly gone, so I'll be getting Petit Comic scaned and uploaded ASAP and then Hana to Yume will be out before you know it.   

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

[RAW] Furachi na Megane

There are a few days left until the next Petit Comic is released, and I have a tiny bit of free time thanks to Golden Week, so I'm going to scan up a few of the large stack of debound smut manga I have sitting in my closet. I went on a shopping spree almost 2 years ago no, and bought around 50 manga for 100 yen each at a few different bookoffs, and although I've been scannign and releasing them ever since I still have about 15 volumes in my closet. My fiance thought I was crazy for bringing a huge pile of lose pages of manga with me, but I'm determined to get all of these volumes scaned for you guys at some point. Today's release is for ladies who love a man in glasses. This collection of smut stories all revolve around male protagonists who wear glasses and all the stories take place in the office after hours. Enjoy!

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Monday, May 2, 2016

[RAW] Hana to Yume Issue #11, 2016 (2016-05-05)

Hey guys! Normally Hana to Yume comes out on the 5th and the 20th of every month, but this month the issue normally released on the 5th was released early because the 5th is right in the middle of Golden Week and most businesses will be closed. I'm not sure exactly when it was released but I got it yesterday, on the 1st. 
As I mentioned in my last post, I got married today! It still feels totally unreal, and because I got married according to the laws and government of a foreign country I have to do a bunch of extra paperwork and jump through some extra hoops to change my last name, so for the next few weeks I'll still technically retain my maiden name, which doesn't help the fact that I've gotten married sink in. In any case, we're very happy to be married and have ordered our wedding rings, which should be arriving in the next few weeks. Maybe then it will finally feel real!

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

[RAW] Petit Comic Issue #05 (2015-04-08)

Omataseshimashita! Here is the most recent issue of Petit Comic magazine. The next issue is due out on May 8th. 
Right now it's Golden Week here in Japan, and everything's a little hectic, but we have been enjoying taking a few day trips and preparing to get married. After traveling to my fiance's hometown to get his parents' blessing and their signatures on our marriage certificate, we're finally all set and will be passing all of the necessary documents in to city hall tomorrow morning. Next time I post here, I'll be a married woman! ♡

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

[RAW] Hana to Yume Issue #10 (2016-04-20)

Good morning, everyone! I interrupt your regularly scheduled Petit Comic (one more issue to go until we're up to date) to bring you the highly anticipated most recent issue of Hana to Yume.
First of all, I have to apologize to everyone for making a mistake in my summarization of the first chapter of Life So Happy. The chapter was labeled 前編 in Japanese, which I incorrectly interpreted to mean 'prequel' because the front cover was plastered with the tagline '新連載' ('new serialization!'). In fact, although the words 'new serialization' usually indicate a new SERIES it can also mean new chapters of an existing series (as is the case with Yugi Ou recently), which is how they were using it in this instance. Therefore, in this case 前編 does not mean 'prequel' but actually 'the first half.' As in, the first half of a 2-chapter mini-series :(
This issue of Hana to Yume contains the 2nd half of this two-part mini-series, which is completed for the time being. On the last page of the chapter it says "Finished" and then underneath something like "Please look forward to the continuation of Life So Happy at some point in the future." So we can only conclude that Kouchi Kaede intends to continue the series, but there are no concrete plans for it at this time. Let's all hope and pray that that changes!

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Life So Happy 2nd Half Summary

Kouichi is just returning home from work as the chapter starts. He sees Akane in the entrance way and starts apologizing for missing her open class day because of work, but she blows right past him and keeps going. Grandma is close on Akane's heals, but she stops when she sees Kouichi and when he asks her what's going on with Akane, she explains what happened and says that she doesn't quite know why Akane's upset, but she thinks she must have said something to upset Akane, so she has to find her and apologize immediately. Then grandma takes off, too.
As he enters the house, Kouichi next meets Aoi, who he also asks about Akane. Aoi has an idea why Akane's upset because in the previous chapter she asked him how the kids in his class reacted to seeing grandma, but Aoi is either wise beyond his years, or else just a little brat, because he cheekily tells Kouichi "Why don't you ask her yourself? You're supposed to be her father, aren't you?" Kouichi is a bit taken aback by this answer but he hesitantly goes after Akane and grandma. It's obvious that he still doesn't feel he has any right to be a father to Akane after how he left her and Aoi when they were babies, but he does love them.
Just when Akane starts feeling horrible about how she treated her grandmother, Kouichi catches up with her. He starts to scold her gently about running out and making everyone worry, when he realizes that since grandma left before him to chase after Akane, she should have found her first, but she's no where to be seen. Akane feels even worse when it occurs to her that grandma could be lost or have pulled a muscle or something while looking for her, and Kouichi adds to Akane's angst by telling her that grandma said she thinks Akane hates her. Akane insists she doesn't hate grandma and Kouichi says something very important (translated) "Then you have to discuss it with her properly. If you suddenly run away without any explanation, how do you think the other person will feel?" It's painfully obvious that Kouichi is talking about himself leaving them when they were babies just as much as he is about Akane and grandma's fight today.
Thankfully, grandma arrives just then, out of breath but otherwise fine and immediately apologizes for not being able to understand how Akane feels, and says she won't go to the school if Akane doesn't want her to. Touched by grandma's kindness and selflessness (she never scolds Akane for running out or pushes her to explain why she doesn't want grandma to go to school) Akane starts crying and apologizes. She tries to explain that she didn't like hearing grandma compared to the young and pretty mothers by the other students who she felt were making fun of grandma. After hearing them say nasty things, she feels that she can't (or doesn't want to) explain her family situation to the rest of the class, so she ended up not wanting grandma to come to school again because the same thing might happen again. Finally Akane apologizes for saying it so unkindly when grandma hadn't done anything wrong, and grandma hugs Akane and tells her that it's okay and that she's just happy Akane explained everything to her properly now.
Then grandma comments that it's only to be expected that Akane will be irrational and emotion occasionally since she's 'about that age.' Akane has no idea what she's talking about, but grandma tells her that adults have times like this when they have 'difficult emotions' that they have to deal with, but for kids Akane and Aoi's age it's all new to them, so grandma kindly advises Akane to take things one step at a time and take her time to examine her feelings and think things through before reacting. 
After the touching make-up scene, Akane, grandma and Kouichi return home hand-in-hand to eat dinner. Aoi violently wipes up snot off Akane's face when she gets home, trying to hide the fact that he was eagerly waiting for her to get home, because he was worried about her. 
In the last scene, it shows the whole family at school looking at Akane's picture while Akane narrates that the world is full of things she doesn't know and that frightens her, but as long as they're together, it will surely turn out alright. 
"Please look forward to the continuation of "Life So Happy" at some point in the future."

Sunday, April 24, 2016

[RAW] Petit Comic Issue #04, 2016 (2016-03-08)

I don't have much to say today or much time to write a post, so without preamble enjoy this issue of Petit Comic!

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