About Me

はじめまして、Nice to meet you! I'm Icarusbride, founder and sole proprietor of this tiny corner of cyberspace. Here I scanlate and/or summarize manga series I enjoy, sometimes alone and sometimes as a group effort with others. You can always contact me at icarusbride at gmail dot com. 

Contrary to the most logical conclusion, the inspiration for my username did not come from the figure Icarus in Greek Mythology, but rather from one of the main characters in a book called "The Darkangel" by Meredith Ann Pierce. In this story, the Icarus is a vampire-like creature with 9 sets of black wings that survives by consuming the souls of it's brides-- a new one every year until, after consuming the soul of it's 13th bride the creature comes into it's full power and becomes an invincible force of evil. In the book, the Icarus's would-be 13th bride, a slave girl without any great beauty or special powers, saves him before the transformation can be completed, by cutting out his heart and melting away the lead coating applied by  a wicked witch many years before. One of the things I liked about this book was that it was set in a pre-industrial society on the moon in the distant future, and according to the author she got the inspiration to write this novel from the delusions of one of the patients at the insane asylum where she worked as a nurse many years before. 


Now, if you're wondering about my "credentials" as a translator, I learned Japanese at university in the US for 3 years and studied abroad in Nagoya, Japan for 1 year. As of February, 2014 I now hold a Bachelor's Degree in Japanese language and literature! From May 2014 on I'll be living in Shiga prefecture in Japan, working as an Elementary School English teacher. I'm planning to take the JLPT N1 in July. 


Things I like are cheese, laughing, manga, light novels, cream puffs, baking and cooking, music, nature and snow. Things I dislike are sweating, selfish people,  politics and my feet getting wet when it rains. 


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Japanese Language Resources: http://icarusbride.blogspot.com/2014/01/japanese-language-resources.html 
Books for Studying Japanese at the Advanced Level: http://icarusbride.blogspot.com/2014/03/books-for-studying-japanese-at-advanced.html

13 comments:

  1. wow, i can´t believe that you have studied japanese for only 3 years!! your summaries are very clear and precise! I´m half japanese so I read directly from your RAWS, and I hadn´t met a blog that described right the RAWs until now!

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    1. Wow, thank you very much for your compliment! PS, if you ever notice that I translated something wrong, please write a comment to let me know? Thanks again!

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  2. Hello... I am a french student and i was wondering if i could help with any translations. I am good with all types of manga save horror and smut and hentai..............so....onegashimasu :)

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    1. Hi Anukriti Dey! I'm sorry I didn't respond to your comment earlier, I didn't see it! My partner Decadence Scans specializes in Smut manga and they are desperately seeking translators! Can you let me know your email to give them?

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  3. Thanks for always uploading. I have a question, do you know of any good text book sources for beyond intermediate Japanese? As of now I am trying to learn new grammars and practice, practice hard to polish my Japanese. One factor I figure is that I need to learn more grammar. Also how do you keep up with your Japanese language. I always do not remember grammar well, but would love to remember them.

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    1. You're welcome Aoiko!
      At the intermediate level I used the book "Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese" in school. After that, I've pretty much just picked up new grammar as I came across them in light novels and manga. I suggest if you want a textbook format that you pick up a JLPT prep book for the N2 and N1 levels. I'll try to get a picture for you later of the one I'm working on right now, it's pretty good.

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  4. Hello! お疲れ様です!Thank you for all your wonderful RAWs and summaries!

    I'm currently a university student who's interested in taking the N1 this December (unfortunately, US still doesn't offer biannual tests), and while I'm confident in listening skills, I'm not sure about kanji. (I passed N3 two years ago, and have been studying Japanese at my university constantly since then.)

    Are there any books you would recommend? Thanks!

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  5. I own that book too, what a great story. This is the first time I heard anyone else mention it. I had no idea that was how she got the inspiration for the story. Haven't thought about it in a while, now I might just read it again when I get the chance. =)

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    1. You might be the first person I've met who's read it! I wasn't really that crazy about it, really, but it was very unique so I guess it stuck in my memory :P

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  6. I'm in love!

    I came here to check out Ojikoi MANGA, found out you're also doing the sequel to Shinigamihime (I'm sooo looking forward to that!), found out about a WESTERN BOOK that sounds amazing and I also saw you have some great looking series ongoing! \o/

    Oh, and I've been stuck with my basic Japanese aver since I had to ditch the course. (TT-TT)
    So I'll definitely check out those links!
    Thank you so much! Please continue your great work! ^^

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  7. Wow, Your story is interesting Icarus san.. I am learning Japanese too (not in major).. but I'm not good. Still got a long way to go. T^T
    BTW, thanks a lot for the manga that you've shared. Some of it got an invalid link. But, is there any way to fix this Icarus san?

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  8. Hello, thank you for all the RAWS and summaries. It's really great. I am a school student in my last year of high school. I am basically good in English. Can I help you with proofreading ?

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