24 August 2011

Golfing Emperor Zero (last updated Aug. 24)

Since the old Zero post has now been bumped to page 2, this'll be the new post for the next few chapters. Now, I have a question to ask for Zero fans. Should I continue working from weekly magazine scans or wait for volume scans and work with those? As you probably all know, my editing is sub-par at best so waiting for volume scans which will inevitably pop up will lead to much better looking scans. Of course, I will use the weekly magazine scans until this golfing arc is over as to not interrupt this ball-bustingly intense golfing duel to the death. Keep in mind that v1 of Zero part 2 will probably be the golfing arc so if I do switch over, it won't be until v2 is out that you can expect to see more chapters. There is a 3rd option, which is to recruit a proper editor (typesetter/cleaner), though I'm a little hesitant about collaborating on a weekly project for personal reasons.

So just to summarize again, what do you guys want?
1. Continue weekly with magazine scans
2. Work from the monthly volume scans that pop up every 2-3 months.
3. Work weekly but get a proper editor (contact me by email if you are interested)

While on the subject of talking about recruiting editors, is there anybody interested in working with me on Tomorrow's Joe? Joe has a ton of dialogue bubbles and I'm seriously starting to get pissed off at how tedious it is. Not even sure how the hell Chiba Tetsuya and Kajiwara Ikki (aka Takamori Asao) managed to jam so many lines in this manga without making it sound wordy and unnecessary, a talent I only wish Fukumoto had. Some experience is preferable, though just about anybody can easily learn to pick it up, I suppose. The workload would be releasing a ~30 page chapter per week so please refrain from offering if you're already busy helping other scanlation groups unless you're some hardworking NEET (an oxymoron or no?).

Gambling Emperor Zero Part 2 c006:   Mediafire

19 August 2011


Happy Scans and I are proud to present to you NASA, a 1 volume collection of oneshots by Urasawa Naoki. Despite the volume title, this manga is not really about space at all and each oneshot has quite a different story to tell. But of course, all of them are classic-Urasawa. And by classic, I mean relatively lighthearted stories with goofy humour that characterized his pre-Monster-era works. So if you want to get a better idea of Urasawa's development as a mangaka, I highly suggest you go read NASA, Happy!, and Yawara (especially Yawara since that was THE manga he was known for in the first half of his career). Although the latter two are unfortunately incompletely scanlated, Happy Scans is making steady progress so don't lose hope, people.

Oh, I almost forgot. One of the oneshots included in NASA is Beta!!, which was previously translated by Mangascreener so a thank you to those guys as well.

NASA:   Mediafire

10 August 2011

Mathematical Girls Volume 1

And volume 1 of Mathematical Girls is complete! Touching on sequences, series, factorization, rotation matrix, imaginary numbers, trigonomeyry, complex planes, de Moivre's Theorem, it's certainly proved to be quite an interesting read (hopefully for you as well). But the thing I'm most enjoying about this manga isn't the math but how its terms are used it to convey the romance. Nerdy? Yes, but highly entertaining.

For once, I actually translated the afterword since the author Yuuki Hiroshi talks about how this whole Mathematical Girls story started. I actually wasn't even aware that this manga was an adaptation, much less an adaptation of stories originally posted on a website. Speaking of his website, I looked through the Mathematical Girls section and found confirmation that the name "Miruka" is officially to be spelled as "Milka" so I've fixed the name for the batch volume (though not in EdMx's chapters 1 and 2). Other than the name Milka, I've fixed minor typos here and there, me mistakenly using the term "series" when I actually meant "sequence," and one typo that the mangaka made on p139 (thanks to the anon who pointed this out).

Also, as Yuuki has pointed out in the afterword, I actually did find the fan-made songs on niconico he was talking about (a Miku song, of course. What else could it possibly have been?). Since not everyone has a niconico account, here's one I found on youtube instead.

P.S. Don't expect v2 to be done as quickly as I did v1.

Mathematical Girls v01:   Mediafire
Mathematical Girls c07:   Mediafire

5 August 2011

Living the Dream

So as promised last week, here's the new chapter, only, we weren't able to finish c55 but don't fret, since we'll have that released tomorrow. Enjoy the first half of the 2-parter though, it really is quite something.

Update: And c55 is now out!

Franken Fran c54:   Mediafire
Franken Fran c55:   Mediafire

4 August 2011

Prime Factorization (last updated Aug. 8)

So here I was, trying to enjoy my semi-break by fixing up all the dead blank pages on this site which I haven't done ever since the move to blogspot (the pages are all fixed now, I even added manga art style quiz #14), when all of a sudden I learn there's a graphic novel called Logicomix which loosely adapts the life of Bertrand motherfucking Russell, the famous mathematician/logician/philosopher. Considering I've always liked math, the graphic novel certainly didn't disappoint, so much so that I was inspired to pick up a new project, despite the fact that I should be working on Sangokushi, Tomorrow's Joe, or just trying to relax. But it's only 2-volumes long so I felt that I could take on this manga which has been on my to-translate list for quite a while now.
Most rewarding and interesting single page I've translated so far in my scanlation career
The manga is called Mathematical Girls (Suugaku Girls) and, as the above page shows, it's about math! Not just about prime factorization, but other areas of math which you'll see in future chapters. Hurray! And unlike certain stories or shows which merely use math as a backdrop for the actual story, every chapter of this manga has enough math in it to make it feel like that's the main focus (though it is used to advance the story as well). Hurray again! Although the first two chapters of this had been previously scanlated by EdMX translations, the group has since been listed as inactive on mangaupdates.com so I've decided to pick it up. I hope he won't mind but if he does, I won't care since I like to translate whatever I like. Plus, he seems to be busy translating the OreImo PSP game. In any case, I'm picking up where he left off so here's chapter 3. I'll try to finish this project as quickly as my free time will allow me. If there are any math majors or people just knowledgeable about math, please do correct me if I use wrong terminology or other such errors. I wouldn't want to piss off people by doing something like interchangeably using axioms with postulates for all cases.

Brief Translation note: Unlike EdMX, I've decided to translate Tetora's name as Tetra, since that fits the math-tone much better. As for Miruka, I was trying to google to see if that might be a reference to anything math-related but came up with only Milka, a brand of milk chocolate. So I'll leave her name as Miruka. Also, I'm leaving in terms senpai and kouhai untranslated because I always felt those terms were too awkward when translated in English.

Chapter 4 is now out. Never thought of using rotation matrices to derive the double-angle identities before.
I'm ashamed to admit I didn't know the difference between an equation and an identity before translating this chapter.
All these mathematical concepts and terms being used as double-entendres for relationship ideas are both nerdy and great.

Mathematical Girls c01-02 (by EdMX):   Mediafire
Mathematical Girls c03:   Mediafire
Mathematical Girls c04:   Mediafire
Mathematical Girls c05:   Mediafire
Mathematical Girls c06:   Mediafire