29 July 2012

R is for Rocket

Here's the manga done by two big-names I mentioned in the summer post. R is for Rocket, a collection of sci-fi short stories originally written by Ray Bradbury himself and adapted as a manga by Hagio Moto! A lovely combination that really should require no introduction if you're a fan of sci-fi or manga. The anthology contains 8 short stories, including "The Lake," which incidentally was Bradbury's very first short story that he sold at the age of 22 for $13.75 (which would be around $230 in today's standards if the internet's not lying to me). Overall, the selection's quite good, as the volume starts and ends very strong, as well as allowing Hagio to work with a range of emotions. Gotta love that fantastic old-school shoujo panelling.
Just to note, the two stories Come into my Cellar (alternatively known as Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar!) and Jack-in-the-Box deviate from the original stories slightly due to Hagio's genderbending of the main characters. But all the stories are quite faithful and do justice to the original stories. To keep in line with this, I myself did very little "translating" and used Bradbury's prose and dialogue whenever possible. It's a bit of a shame HappyScans and I couldn't get this out a bit earlier to time the release better with Bradbury's unfortunate passing, but nevertheless, I hope this release will encourage some of you to go and read some more of both Bradbury and Hagio's stories (go buy A Drunken Dream, people).


P.S. Thank you to the guy who suggested minus.com. I'm in the middle of uploading all my stuff there.


Download:
R is for Rocket:   Click Here

17 comments:

  1. >> go buy A Drunken Dream, people

    Already did that! Thanks for your time and efforts, Hox.

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  2. Added it to my Amazon wish-list, may get it at my next order.

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  3. Thank you so much! I've wanted to read this for ages, and then you release the whole volume in one go! Truly appreciate it, man.

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  4. Wow, Hagio fan here, thank you so much!

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  5. Thanks a bunch, I already own A Drunken Dream collection.

    Also I found something cool on share, raws for the latest Hisae Iwaoka's work:

    http://www.jcafe24.net/index.php/topic,33453.0.html

    in case interested.

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  6. My, Hagio's works! Thank you so much!
    I don't know Ray Bradbury before this, might as well try to read his works.
    Thanks again :D

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  7. minus is the bee's knees.

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  8. Any chance that you could fix the hoxbox link to the updated minus.com, uh, one?

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  9. Thank you so much for scanlating this manga.

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    2. thank you, downloadng right now. will put it onto my ipad for bedtime :)

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    3. link is broken again

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    4. I moved away from minus because it's pretty crappy. As I've linked on my projects page, please instead use my mega box folder for all manga I scanlate: https://mega.co.nz/#F!119QSBhS!bCe22AtmY6puabi3XL5b1A

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  11. Thank you so much for this. I'm trying to find as many works of the 24-Gumi as I can for a presentation I'm planning, and anything is a huge help. There is amazingly little even in scanlation. I've got A Drunken Dream on my to-buy list. Thanks again.

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