29 May 2018

Kamui-Den volume 1 (last updated June 2)

At last, Happyscans and I will be starting Kamui-Den (Legend/Life of Kamui), the legendary manga that was the poster child for Garo magazine and its associated gekiga movement (I'll do a proper introduction/commentary much later). If it were up to Happyscans, we'd have started this like two years ago, but I was busy and kept putting it off (gmail tells me we first talked about doing it all the way back in 2012!). Plus, I didn't really want to embark on another long manga series so soon after finishing 60 volumes of Sangokushi. But I think now's a good time, and this will be my "main project" for some time. Although the original was published as 21 volumes, the version we're working from is the 15-volume definitive edition (kettei-ban) of part 1 that was published in 2005 to commemorate Shirato Sanpei's 50th year as an artist. Each volume in this edition is about 400 pages, so I'm planning on doing 4 volumes/year (a volume for each season of the year!). When factoring inevitable delays, it'll maybe take 4-5 years to finish. That's just for part 1, of course, and there's another 12-volumes for part 2. So this'll take a good decade to finish completely.

In any case, Kamui-Den starts off a little slow, but I hope you'll eventually pick it up and stick with it as Happyscans and I continually work on it. And while Habanero Scans who gave me the HQ kettei-ban scans advised me to just do volume releases, I'm gonna release in smaller chunks at a time, if only to better motivate me. It's probably better to read it as each new volume comes out.

*Some other notes regarding my other projects. Scripts for v2 of Futago no Teikoku are complete, so that should be done soon. Breading Bad is almost done with cleaning v3 as well, so we should be able to jump right into that with little delay (*crosses fingers*). Planet of Sutakola had been delayed due to difficulties in finding a cleaner, but I think I'll just tackle it even with my own limited skills once I finish Kamui-Den vol. 1 so it doesn't just lie forgotten and collect internet-dust forever. If you have any other questions about my projects, feel free to ask here.

Kamui-Den v1 c01-03:   Mega
Kamui-Den v1 c04-07:   Mega


  1. Kitakitakitakitakitaaaa!!! At last. I wish you all the best for this project!

  2. Looking forward to this! I wrote about this a few years back when it was only available in French in 800-page volumes.

    1. Hey, this is completed unrelated, but I see you still link Kiwis by Beat on your website. Do you happen to have any of those comics saved?

      People have been trying to compile all the comics since Armand's site went down, but they're still missing pages from a few series. (Namely, Socks, Fist, Modern Fried Snake, and some pages of Pelen Purul are in lower resolution than the original.)

    2. Sorry, I only just downloaded the Megafile a few days ago, after neglecting not saving any of the comics when I had the chance.

      If there's a certain webcomic I regret not saving when I had the opportunity to, it would be City of Reality, which had some Flash animation embedded in a few strips that were quite clever. I thought that it would be collected at some point, and would've bought it when it came out, but that moment never came.

    3. Oh, well. I wish there had been some forewarning, such as a period of inactivity before the site vanished. Then I could've known to have saved everything.

      The City of Reality artist is still active on his tumblr & deviantart, so it's possible he'll put things back together at some point. Though given that he apparently hasn't posted an update on it since October 2016, I wouldn't bet on it.

  3. Didn't know Kamui Gaiden (licensed by Viz but they dropped it) had a prequel! Awesome, i will read this for sure. Loved your Sangokushi and Ashita no Joe translations.

    1. Yeah, Kamui Gaiden is more of a spinoff of the original series (as implied by the title "gaiden," meaning "side-story"), taking place between Kamui Den's parts 1 and 2.

  4. Thanks for the new chapters!!

  5. June 12, 2018

    Viz Media, LLC
    1355 Market Street
    Suite #200
    San Francisco, CA

    To Wright of HappyScans and Hox of Hox Translations,

    Reproduction of this letter is a criminal offense and will be handled accordingly if you decide to post this letter openly on either/any site. You have been warned.

    This letter is in relation to Sanpei Shirato's Kamui-Den series currently being fan-scanned by Wright of HappyScans and Hox of Hox Translations. As a fan of manga myself, I get a lot of people really enjoy what we publish. Most of our catalogue is indeed out of print, and we haven't continued or re-released some series due to other priorities taking a higher precedence. It's always flattering to have fans ask us to republish or continue older manga series we've previously published. That also includes series that were either dropped or discontinued.

    However, if we do, or we don't, in this case VIZ Media LLC still holds the license and rights to the Kamui-Den series as well as Sanpei Shirato's bibliography.

    Furthermore, if you keep releasing this series illegally as you have been. And VIZ Media LLC finds you both releasing it again after this letter has been received by both parties. As evidence building our case against you, we will have to take legal action upon you. Which will result in either being sued, and/or imprisonment for copyright infringement.

    With that said, I ask you both to take down the Kamui-Den series effective immediately on this site as well as any other manga sites you may have posted it on as soon as this letter is received. That includes any future series you're planning to do by Sanpei Shirato as well.


    Carl Hayes
    Website Marketing Director of VIZ Media LLC

    1. Cool story, bro, I can't wait for your Sergio Corbucci impression

  6. Dude, I really wish you continued publishing, I've waited so long for this series. But if it's really serious the letter, we do not want it to fuck you. Just let me know if you're leaving the project, to keep my hopes down. XD