29 May 2018

Futago no Teikoku v2 (complete)

Here it is, a project I meant to start last year but ended up getting delayed until now. This is Futago no Teikoku (The Twin Empires), by Kitou Mohiro. I haven't really done any Kitou-stuff since I finished up Bokurano over 8 fucking years ago, with the exception of that very short Ekrano oneshot. That's partly because I wasn't really interested in his other works since then, with the massive exception of Owari to Hajimari no Miles. But for some fucking reason, Kitou blueballed us all by not continuing that (I have no reason why).

Fortunately, all was not lost as Kitou seems to have been playing around with the idea of flying naval warships and seaplanes since then, resulting in this manga. Or more accurately speaking, he's apparently been thinking about the storyline to this new manga for a whole decade before he finally started in 2015. As a fan of both sci-fi and history, I can't help but like the plot and setting, considering it basically involves  Imperial Japan Kou Empire's imperial expansion into China "the continent" set in an age where battleships dominate and aircraft-carriers are in their infancy (think 1920s~1930s). There's even an equivalent of the Washington Naval Treaty in the story! It's quite nice to see the pseudo-IJN be portrayed as the villains, unlike certain anime/manga/video games that just jerk off to battleships like the Yamato all the way to the bank. I expect I'll later end up doing a few other more historical series based around this time period.

The guy at Breading Bad scans was the first to pick this up, but I later got into touch with him(?) and he said he was more than willing to scan the raws, edit, and typeset while letting me translate. So here we are at last. There's currently 3 volumes out in Japan, with the 4th volume coming out in the near future. Breading Bad and I will try out best to catch up to Japan soon enough.

Download:
Futago no Teikoku v2 [Breading Bad & Hox]:   Mega
Futago no Teikoku v2 c07:   Mega
Futago no Teikoku v2 c08:   Mega
Futago no Teikoku v2 c09:   Mega
Futago no Teikoku v2 c10:   Mega
Futago no Teikoku v2 c11:   Mega
Futago no Teikoku v2 c12:   Mega
Futago no Teikoku v1 [Breading Bad]:   Mega


28 comments:

  1. Awesome! Don't forget to credit the guy who brought the series to your attention!

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  2. Owow. I've been wanting to start this manga for a long while but didn't since the scanlations weren't regular. This is great news!! Thanks for your and Breading Bad's hard work. Gonna catch up soon. :)

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  3. The reason Owari to Hajimari no Miles wasn't continued, as far as I know, was because the magazine carrying it (Manga Erotics F--that's right, it ran in a hentai magazine) ended circulation.

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    1. Manga Erotics F wasn't a hentai magazine.

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    2. It wasn't? That's news to me, considering its content.

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  4. Speaking of "delayed", Planet of Sutakola has been dropped, hasn't it?

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    1. No, of course not. I'm almost slightly offended to hear that you would even think that I've dropped it, especially since I fucking love Shinkichi Katou.

      In general, I never drop projects. The only two series I've ever dropped was Cromartie and Lychee Hikari Club, of which the latter was due to it getting licensed as well as me losing contact with my raw provider.

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    2. Oh and to answer your question, I'll be starting that back up once I finish the final volume of Wombs since I finally managed to find a new cleaner/editor for it late last year. However, it'll be released as whole volumes and not as individual chapters, so there'll be quite an interval in between releases.

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    3. Usually, a lot of the slower releases are for series that I'm co-working on with another person, and it's always hard trying to coordinate unpaid projects with anonymous people over the internet.

      It's why I typically like to work alone if possible, since I can work quickly at my own pace, but it's not really a feasible option for series such as Planet of Sutakola which needs a competent cleaner/redrawer (I suck at all that stuff).

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  5. Oh. I figured it was dropped since you released vol 1 in early 2016 and you said the second volume would be coming out in winter... and then you never said anything else about it and we're in 2018.

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    1. No, I actually mentioned a few times that the reason why that was delayed was because the cleaner for that series left (he was the same one I had for SOIL, and he ended up leaving once we wrapped up SOIL). I also then posted that I was looking for a new cleaner to fill his shoes, to which someone was kind enough to email me back so we're back on track for the time being.

      I often make these sorts of project news updates as a side note attached to a manga-release post, rather than making a general post dedicated to status updates, which is likely why you missed the notice.

      I usually reserve general status update posts for when I'm taking a general break from all manga scanlation, not just a select few series.

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  6. Many thanks for this translation Hox.I`m not sure if I`ve mentioned it before but I`ve got the raws for vol#3 of this if you`d like them.

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    1. No need, Ive got the volume which I scan myself, but thank you for the offer

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  7. Any word on how frequently the chapters are going to come out?

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    1. Once every week is what I'm aiming for, but there may be an off week every now and then. I assume there may be a longer break between each volume since Breading Bad has to clean them.

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    2. So when would we get the next one?

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    3. Just calm your horses and wait. In general, it's not good to ask too many questions about when the releases will be for any kind of product that is provided for completely free by unpaid people on the internet. I appreciate your high enthusiasm for the series, but don't overdo it.

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    4. Fair enough. Keep up the good work!

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  8. I love the hell out of Bokurano, Narutaru and Kitou's short story anthologies so I've been wanting to read this. Thank you so much for picking this up. Here's hoping the magazine it's attached to doesn't go tits up or he doesn't rush it to high hell like he did in the last work I read from him

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    1. And what would that work be? I'm always excited to find another Kitoh fan!

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    2. Nanika Mochigatte Masuka. I really, really did not like this one. I thought that it was too similar to Narutaru in the sense that both have children using terrible power to remake the world in their image. So I thought that he was writing stuff he had already done before. But still, the sheer childishness of the boy who had been trying to goad the main character into committing horrible actions was interesting. He didn't want to kill millions of people, he just settled for mundane shit like wanting to kill people who text while driving, thinking that it would lead to a better world. However most of the manga was just the main characters talking about philosophy. It was like Kitoh wasn't sure he would have enough time to write what he really wanted so he beat you over the head with his main points. Overall, a waste of time and a real letdown, considering I think the last complete work he wrote was Bokurano which was fantastic.

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    3. You're probably already aware of Wings of Vendemiaire, Hallucinations from the Womb, and Zansho, but there are also some obscure short stories from him you may not have read. Some of them haven't been translated at all.

      One is titled Kaze no Ou (King of the Wind). It's a short steampunk-style story about a pipe-organ maker who builds a clockwork robot to defend his village from raiders.
      Another is an alternative-history manga published on the internet in 1999 (an early webcomic, in other words) called SiNNa 1905. It tells the story of child soldiers operating tank-like mechs called "Tomikrots" in a Japanese civil war. A translation exists, but it's not complete and not very good.

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  9. On page 5 of volume 2 you say 'Kong Empire' twice instead of 'Kou Empire' after using it right the first time.

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  10. This is slightly unrelated, but do you have the Manga-Sketchbook Narutaru scanlations? I remembered that it's one of the few Kitoh Mohiro stuff I haven't read and I liked the anime but all I can find are either dead links or on madokami and stuff are the Dark Horse scans and I heard DH censored a bunch of stuff.

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    1. I have M-S for v1-9 and 12, and GWR for 10-11. I'll put it up on my mega folder for a few days before I delete it: https://mega.nz/#F!VpFiRQLD!bF_imDGk0AHj4FlhxP_kEg

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