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3 July 2016

Don Quixote

Here's the full-release of Shiriagari Kotobuki's The Wandering Senior, Don Quixote! This is a project I've had my eye on for some time but it was indefinitely shelved due to lack of raws, so much thanks go out to Habanero scans for providing me with raws, as well as Kennit for editing. I was planning on doing a longer Some Thoughts post for this, considering Shiriagari's a rather unique mangaka whom fans of non-mainstream manga should definitely note, but I'm a little too busy right now for that (perhaps I'll save it for when I do another Shiriagari manga). I will say, however, that this particular manga showcases Shiragari's great use of surrealist art and storytelling, resulting in a social commentary which would have come out ham-handedly preachy in any lesser hands. So do give it a go, and tell me what you thought of it.

In other news, you can expect some Hoshino Yukinobu, Yasuhiko Yoshikazu, and motherfucking KATOU SHINKICHI amongst other things from me this summer.

The Wandering Senior, Don Quixote:   Mega

1 July 2016

Yakeppachi no Maria v1 (last updated July 27)

And this is the second (and probably last) Tezuka manga that Happyscans and I will do. Even among Tezuka's many works, this one stands out as one of his weirder works for its content. It was serialized in 1970 when people were discussing if sex-education in schools needed a reform and when delinquent/battle academy-centered shonen stories were very poular. But more importantly, it was also the time when Nagai Go's Harenchi Gakuen was also running and ruffling a ton of feathers. Adults across Japan were seriously debating if these crude, disposable piece of entertainment known as "manga" should really be allowed to depict sex and violence. There was a sizable movement calling for the banishment of books posing "harmful influence" for Japanese youths. Obviously, manga like Harenchi Gakuen were a prime target but even Tezuka's Tetsuwan Atom(!) was labelled harmful by some of these people. It seems ridiculous to us today, but even the kissing scene in Tezuka's Apollo no Uta provoked criticism from the PTA, and some of Tezuka's manga were burned in public book burnings by this social-movement, many of whose members likely thought that all manga were better off eradicated.

In this chaotic time for the manga world under attack when many new artists deliberately sought to break even more taboos to smugly annoy the uptight conservatives, Tezuka, being the father of manga, probably felt trapped between two sides. As an artist, he too, likely wanted to explore new boundaries without being restrained, but as part of the older generation, he probably felt more hesitant about breaking them than the youngsters. Moreover, his Mushi Productions was veering towards bankruptcy and that certainly must have added additional stress. It was this "desperation" that he felt at this time that allowed him to channel that era's zeitgeist and draw "Yakeppachi no Maria," whose main character is literally nicknamed "desperation (Yakeppachi)." In the end, like Alabaster (which I also translated), Tezuka has come to regard this manga as a rubbish work. In my opinion, however, I think it's an enjoyable quirky work, and given its historical context and what it represented to Tezuka's career, deserves to be translated.

In any case, I'll also (try to) be doing weekly chapter releases for this.
In case you're wondering about the etymology behind "Dutch wife," one theory is that it comes from a type of Indonesian rattan-made bodypillow the Dutch stationed in VOC's Indonesia found to be useful in keeping their bodies cool during the hot humid nights. Another theory is that the "Dutch" in this sense is simply a pejorative adjectival-term that the English used back when the the Anglo-Dutch rivalry was going strong. However, it was really only in the 1950s that this term was borrowed by the Japanese to refer to sex dolls, so no one's really sure how this came to mean sex doll in modern-Japanese.
Feminist propaganda aside, women do survive famines better than men, though how much of that is biological is debated.
Yakeppachi no Maria c01:   Mega
Yakeppachi no Maria c02:   Mega
Yakeppachi no Maria c03:   Mega

30 June 2016

Wombs v1 (last updated July 29)

New SF-series that Happyscans and I are picking up because it's short and has an interesting premise. Thanks to the guy on /a/ for recommending it. I won't say anymore because it'll be more interesting if you go into it blind. Although I prefer to do volume releases, I have a few other projects I also want to do so I'm going to take my time and do weekly releases (or maybe once every other week).
I have no idea what a megaramushi is, and neither do the dictionaries on the internet, so I'm assuming it's some in-universe native species? Either way, I left it untranslated just in case.
In case you're wondering, Armea doesn't actually go around calling them cunts in Japanese.  That's simply a localization choice.
Some things never change.
New chapter.

Wombs c01:   Mega (version 2, fixed typos and other minor stuff)
Wombs c02:   Mega (version 2, fixed typos and other minor stuff)
Wombs c03:   Mega
Wombs c04:   Mega
Wombs c05:   Mega

25 June 2016

Historie 96

Poor Eumenes...

Also, I know I've been quiet for the whole month, but that doesn't mean I haven't been translating stuff. I should be releasing a 1-volume project... probably next week, as well as releasing something Tezuka-related. So check back next weekend.

Historie c96:   Sendspace

29 May 2016

Some Thoughts About Manga 20

My Name s Nero v1:   Mega
My Name is Nero v2:   Mega
My Mega folder

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of historical manga. Yokoyama Mitsuteru is one mangaka near and dear to my heart for his works in this genre. As I've noted before, he has a dry, almost laconic, narrative style where the actions speak louder than words, and the driving motives of characters are only shown a few times in the story. And then there's Yasuhiko Yoshikazu. He too, like Yokoyama, is a man who has decided to specialize in historically-themed works in the latter half of his career. However in style, he's the polar opposite of Yokoyama. Yasuhiko's characters are extremely expressive and flowery dialogue is not uncommon. And unlike Yokoyama's preference for an orthodox approach to telling history, Yasuhiko prefers to tell history in ways it often is not.

10 May 2016

Jurassic Academy

Got sent raws for a quirky oneshot by Kobori Makoto that serialized in Evening. Only 7 pages long, so why not, especially when it's got dinosaurs?

Jurassic Academy:   Mega

8 May 2016

My Name is Nero vol.1

Happy Mother's Day! And what better way to celebrate Mother's day than with a tale of an emperor famous for killing his mother? Enjoy the first volume. The final second volume should come before the month's end. I'll do a longer write-up on Nero to go along with that post. Also a thanks goes out to Shoujomagic who scanlated the first chapter many, many years ago.

My Name is Nero v1:   Mega