Sunday, 24 May 2015

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Girlfriend of Steel 2nd Progress Update - 24th May 2015

I've been kinda busy and not really interested in doing a progress update for GOS2, hence why this one took a while. It's not that my interest of progress with translation has waned or anything, just that I'm lazy for lack of a better term. Anyhow, progress has been going really well. So much that I'm already over the halfway mark in terms of text file size to go, and I'm only at the brim of finishing chapter 2. Now, I won't dribble like I did with my progress updates with ARP with Britney Spears references and the like, so I'll try and cut to the chase. I've done a lot so fuck off. Oh, sorry. That said, I really do like the small encounters with the characters in the game. Meeting Maya, Aoba, Fuyutsuki, Hyuga and the like in and around New Kichijoji. Maya teases Shinji about a date, Aoba fails to buy a replica Dizzy Gillespie trumpet, Fuyutsuki becomes obsessed with shogi, and Hyuga builds a full tower style PC on a coffee table in a cafe. The events just aren't that, but the rest is for you to see for yourself. When I finish the translation that is. Though, I'll be putting out the entirety of chapter 1 as a demo of sorts for testing purposes, and to serve as a taster of what the full game will offer. I don't know when since there are a few things here and there I want to fix up first, but it'll be sooner or later so keep a lookout for it.
GOS2 is weird
That said, I may also need beta-testers in the future to further spot check, find typo's, playtest, yada yada yada, so I'll just do a very open private beta of 10-30+ people before finalising the translation whenever it enters the final stage. Anyhow, I also recorded about an hour more of gameplay so I'll link the playlist here for those interested. The new videos are parts 3-6, FYI. Now, I don't really have anything else to say, so God speed, until text time and baby got back.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Review: Devilman Lady Volume 2

It seems an anon of 4chan noticed my previous post, and he was kinda pissed. That said, I actually didn't comment on Lady's design or the themes last time, so I'll do that in this post. Now, I actually like Lady's design. Its got the right amount of hair in the right amount of places, though the crotch hair is kinda odd since it looks like she's just running around nude (which she is), unlike actual Devilman where his entire lower half is hair. However, Lady would probably be a turn off and look totally freaky if she had as much hair as Devilman, with her entire lower half covered. Eww. Just the thought makes me tingle. Anyhow, the theme. Lady from what I've seen so far is about the natural lust and desire that people have for power and sex (more so the former), and the things that they will do to attain either, which is the exact reason why people turn into devil beasts. Let me explain, in Lady, there is a certain gene inside us humans which has existed since the dawn of time. It is a gene that causes us to adapt to our current situation and environment and evolve accordingly to deal with it. Meaning, that those who desire power in whatever form that may be, will evolve (transform) to gain said power. However, this doesn't just happen to anyone but it is to more and more people year on year.
I'm hooked and I can't stop staring
Oh, baby I wanna get with ya
And take your picture
My homeboys tried to warn me
But that butt you got
Make Me so horney
Ooh, rump of smooth skin
But here are where things get complicated. Humans themselves have a natural drive to want more, more money, more possessions, more things. They're never satisfied with what they have and always hunger, which in turn means that it is enviable that people will turn into devil beasts until their number outmatches regular people. That is brought up, which is why it's important that Fudo remains a devilman and they (the HA) find a permanent solution since the BB enzyme is only a temporary plan, I think. That said, there's something else that I'd also like to bring up. I mentioned last time that the monster rape was not necessary, but what I didn't mention is that it kinda is since it serves to further emphasise the savagery of the devil beasts, like an anon of 4chan said when I mentioned the rape in the thread on /m/. Though, anon-kun also mentioned that Nagai was probably jerking off while drawing it, so there's that to consider as well. Furthermore, it is interesting to note that only those who desire power and act on it (murderers, rapists and the like) turn into devil beasts. Which got me thinking that the devil beasts themselves could be an analogy to real world criminals, as they are people who commit acts that would be considered inhumane, hence why they transform into something that isn't human as that is what separates us from them. So if you look at Devilman Lady from that perspective, it can be seen in a whole new light. It's worth a thought.

Chapter 3 - High School Teacher
I've got quite a bit to say about this one so grab yourself some popcorn or something. This chapter is about a rapist pig of a teacher who is prostituting his students to old men for money. It starts out with a young girl at school approaching a teacher after helping her study, but he transforms, grabs her and it cuts. Then, it cuts to who I think is the same girl but presumably some time later at a coffee shop with a different appearance (I'm confused), who is called over to some ugly bugger and then it cuts to them fucking. He likes it weird so he tells her to try to resist and run (a fetish of his, I presume) which she does, but he grabs her and continues. After he is done, he comments that she wasn't half bad, says he will ask for her next time and leaves.
These full page spreads always creep me out
It then cuts to Fudo coming back to school for the first time since those students died on her field trip. She meets and greets, but that creepy, perverted, old teacher who I forgot to mention in the first volume acts a creep again, though another teacher comically pushes him aside and talks to Fudo. They walk out of the staff room and into the corridor, where they bump into another teacher called Okawa, who expresses his condolences over what happened at the lodge Then, that girl from the coffee shop appears and needs to talk to the teacher, so they walk off together. Guess who the bad guy is? Fudo says that he is nice, though the other teacher tends to disagree and comments that he is "cunning like a fox" (you mean sly like a fox? Stupid scanlators), and that she shouldn't trust him. Fudo disagrees and laughs it off like the naive idiot she is, though the other teacher calls her naive in return. See, I'm not the only one who thinks she's naive. Stupid Fudo, can't she see people only play nice to get what they want. Then, it cuts away for a moment to the teacher and student. She says she wants to stop, but he insists she shouldn't, because she is popular with the "clients" and that it would put him in a difficult situation. But she still wants to stop, yet Okawa says he loves her and it cuts. Oh, scary.
He may be a rotten bastard, but man does
he know how to tip. Ice cream, bitches!
Now, I'm very curious about this "operation" he's got going because it doesn't exactly show us that he has more girls in his "service" other than the one we see, though I guess you could say it's implied. Stop dropping the ball, Nagai. You could have had a different girl come to him and ask to stop, because at least then we could guess the scale of his terror. Anyhow, it cuts away to Fudo teaching a class for a moment, then back to the rapist and girl who are now having sex, or forced sex more like it for a page. Yeah, because love = sex. Japan. Then, back to Fudo at the end of the school day, at the Tennis Club. However, Okawa is watching her from a window in the school. Shock! Then, Fudo hits the showers after a sweaty day, only to be confronted by Asuka, who teleports in, gives her a BB gun (Beast Buster. It turns them back into human), and explains that there is a devilbeast in the school and he is aiming for her. Shock! Who could it be! Then, Asuka vanishes. Thanks a lot, bitch.

However, Fudo doesn't want to transform since she doesn't want to become more like a beast, so she's runs into the showers and lays in wait with her BB gun. Then, the rapist approaches, taking off his clothes while walking towards the changing rooms. He enters and sniffs her underwear. Then, he enters the showers themselves and begins opening each stall one by one. However, Fudo springs out and pumps a few BB bullets into him. The beast stumbles but gets a good hit on Fudo, who drops her towel, causing the beast to become fully erect within an instant. He lifts her up and almost mounts her ass on his dick, but the BB bullets take effect and he begins to untransform so she is saved from being raped a second time. Then, he runs out of the room but Fudo doesn't follow. Asuka appears and tells her to finish him off, but she refuses, citing "he is still human". Again, very stupid and naive of her. Asuka tells her that he will simply retransform and come back a second time, and that if she doesn't take him out, he'll continue to "abuse" other teachers in the showers. Wait, what!? He's been raping teachers in the showers (who even uses school showers... eww) but nobody has said or done anything about it?
So Fellas (yeah) Fellas (yeah)
Has your girlfriend got the butt (hell yeah)
Well shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it, shake that healthy butt
Baby got back
How Japanese. Jokes aside, I'm sure in any other country (in the civilized world) that people would come forward and get the rapist pig thrown in jail, but this is Japan we're talking about. A country that shuns aside rape and tries to hide the fact that it happens in their country. So much that there is a media blackout (unless it was an American) anytime that it happens, and the fact that those who get raped in Japan try it forget it ever happened in the first place, because their lives would be ruined if they had to face reality and actually report the darn crime. That, and like many other backwards countries around the world, if someone is a victim of rape, they think that nobody will want them (marriage, long term things) because they have been defiled and thus aren't "pure" (virgin) so they pretend it didn't happen and don't report. Hence the whole protect our pure "flowers" thing Japan has, because you are seen as if you don't exist if you have been "taken", so people pretend the whole ordeal never took place. That said, Japan is socially and culturally backwards in every aspect.

Now, since I got my little rant out of the way, let's continue. As Asuka said, Okawa charges back into the room transformed. Thus, a fight ensues! They battle in what is a nicely done scene, with it being well drawn and paced. You can tell what is going gone, and the panels flow real well. And that's what I like about Lady. The story flows from panel to panel like an actual anime episode, which is unlike most manga that I have read. Good job on that, Nagai. You deserve a pat on the back, and a punch in the face. I'll get to why in a minute. They battle for while but Fudo refuses to transform which causes the both of them to become injured. Okawa advances toward Asuka and begins to rape her... because devilbeasts. Though, since they were fighting and getting knocked about the place, she is not fully conscious but laying on the ground with her eyes closed when the monster sits on top of her, ready to rape. She then opens her eyes and begins to scream as he starts to rape her. Very horrific. Then, Fudo comes to her senses after seeing that Asuka is getting raped and begins to transform while masterbating... I hope she's not turned on (devilbeast genes, people) by what she sees. Eww. Anyhow, Asuka is still getting raped while Fudo is transforming. However, Fudo quickly becomes Lady and begins to fight Okawa. They battle and jump around the place. But Asuka tried to help and picks up her gun. Though, due to the violent, very forceful rape she underwent, she finds it hard to stand.
I guess that's his O Face
Now, I guess you could say "realism" but I felt very uncomfortable reading this part. Though, you could say that is its intention. Remember, to emphasise the brutality and savagery of the devilbeasts. But this is Japan we're talking about. A country which I'll stop myself from going on another tangent. Ha! Expected one, didn't you? Anyhow, Asuka manages to stand and gets a few shots into the monster, so he untransforms and runs off. However, he doesn't get too far as that student he was whoring out stabs him with a knife. Thus, the chapter comes to a close with a shot of him lying on the ground covered in blood.

Overall, this was a very good chapter. It was well written, well paced and well drawn in terms of Nagai’s artstyle since there’s more or less no quality (look up the term) when it comes to him, just his artstyle. Though, I am always pessimistic every time rape or something very sexual is involved since a lot of writer insert it in an attempt to create an "adult" story. That said, it's always male devilbeasts committing the rape on women, even though there are female devilbeasts but they are never shown raping, or so far I've read that is. Then again, they'd probably just put it girl on girl action because dude on dude is like gay. And yes, I know how that sounds. Anyhow, the chapter was great. Go read it.

Chapter 4 - Wings of Darkness
Now, I don't really have much to say about this chapter other than the few things that I didn't like and some info. The start off, here's a brief summary. It's about an idol, strange bird-like attacks in the city, and the aftermath of the previous chapter at the start of the chapter. There, Asuka tells Fudo that Okawa was shot to pieces like cheese by the HA soldiers. She laughs which gets Fudo real annoyed, since he was human. Yeah, I think you've seen enough so far to judge if he was "human" or not, Fudo. Stop being naive! Also, since Fudo was upset over Asuka laughing, Asuka doesn't hesitate to rub in her face that because she hesitated in her fight with Okawa, she was raped. Yeah, that one's on you, Fudo. Stupid bitch. Anyhow, bird-like attacks happened in the city, so our heroes try to track it down using Asuka's telepathic abilities. Oh, by the way, she can teleport and home in on nearby devilbeasts. Then, they find it attacking a lady who has half her clothes ripped off instead of actually being eaten or killed. Nagai being a pervert again, I presume. They empty a few BB shots into it and the creature flies off. Also, the idol reminiscences about her mother while the fat fuck eats at a table like the pig she is. She remembers that she use to be beautiful before her "American" father left her for another woman. Fuck you, Japan. Don't try to put Americans in a bad light just because you lost WW2. Grow up! Ahem.
Who wouldn't want Big Jim Slade as their father
Our heroes track it to an apartment, specifically the idols apartment. Shock! They head up to the room and enter to confront the beast who is now untransformed due to the BB bullets. However, the idol also transforms! Shock! Then, a fight ensues! Lady battles outside in the air while Asuka inside. The latter fights the fat fuck (she transforms again) and most of her clothes get ripped in the process. Because realism. Stop that, Nagai. Pointless nudity won't gain you any recognition. Oh wait, this is Japan we're talking about. Asuka grabs a vase with her breasts drenched in blood (Nagai!) and smashes it off the pig's head, killing her. However, Fudo manages to get some BB into the idol and she eventually untransforms. Then, the chapter ends soon after that. Though, they mention that the idol will be okay and return to normal. Overall, it's a good chapter but it could have done without those few negative things that I mentioned. Other than that, it's good but nothing special.

Again, thanks to those who made it this far through my heaps of text. Though, I’ll try not to post the entirety of what happens in the future. I just do to give some context so you guys can at least have an idea of what I'm talking about. Also, I know it says review, but I'm not much of a critique so don't expect well thought out posts about Devilman Lady. That said, thanks for reading and I'll see you next time.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou & Rei English Translation Update

I've been thinking recently. My translation of Hou leaved a lot to be desired, so I'll be touching it and Rei both up sooner or later since I want to get a few other things out of the way before I do just that. That said, I'll also remove those stupid untranslated JP words like nakama and bakemono, since I wasn't totally thinking straight when I did Hou. However, I have improved very much since then so I just want to ensure that people get the best experience out of the story. Also, I kinda forgot to create a variation of my translation for Rei with less JP words and all so I'll add that to the list. Furthermore, that variation will feature all honorifics stripped (unlike Hou's), translated arc titles and stuff like that. Though, that version will only be recommended for those who may not like or enjoy honorifics while reading, much like manga. While on the other hand, the main translation that I, myself prefer, will keep all the honorifics, original titles, bla bla bla, so not much will change there. Lastly, I mentioned before that I would be doing a Matsuri patch for Rei, though Gura advised me not to since Sui was coming out. However, if you've been following the 4chan thread, then you know that things didn't not turn out so well. The sprites haven't been ripped and neither have the backgrounds, both due to the Umineko tools not working on the games files, except for sound and music. 

That said, I doubt much is missing from the existing Matsuri assets to create a graphics patch for Rei, so I'll try my best and find something to replace the certain backgrounds that may not have a counterpart. Anyhow, the guy behind the French translation of Hou created a sprite for both of Keiichi's parents. Though, what you see below may not be their final design, as he has been testing with eyes, too. Thanks for reading, and have a good day.

Terra Formars Manga Chapter 125 English Translation

Again, I haven't really got much to say other than I know that some of the dialogue doesn't quite flow right, but that is how it is in the original. Anyhow, I'll also be doing PDF versions of my chapters from now on. Enjoy!

Chapter 125 PDF (Alternative Read Online)

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Review: Devilman Lady Volume 1

Hmm, I'm kinda pissed at Devilman Lady. I mean, the story so far that I've read has been great (Vols 1-5) and all but there doesn't have to be so much goddamn rape and sexualization. I'll get to that soon, but first, let me give you a brief introduction. Now, Devilman Lady is a gender flipped version of the original Devilman with it's stories being in a serial monster of the week TV style nature (which I really like) as opposed to teh plot. Each chapter is a self contained story which I really appreciate, with it just being connected to the overall plot since it features devil beasts (or beast) and the like. That said, it's great at what it does, but the thing that seriously annoys me are "parts" of what shape the stories. Now, since the main character is a woman, a lot of writers tend to change the stories to women related topics, like rape for example. Yeah, because the only thing women face in life is the possibility of getting raped, or being forced into prostitution, right, Japan? Not gender biased roles, discrimination in the workplace, domestic violence (not sexual, Japan), social injustice, and much, much more. Sigh. Because a good bunch of the stories in Devilman Lady are the former, and I'll get into that as I go through each one individually.
I like big butts and I can not lie.
You other brothers can't deny.
Furthermore, it's not only the above that gets on my nerves, as there are also way too many pointless close ups and shots of characters breasts, butts, groin hair, and monster dicks foaming cum. Yeah, because that last one is really necessary. And the monsters foam streams of it just at the sight of women, before any sexual act to stimulus such a reaction occurs. Realism, people! Or, nudity in general. There's so much that Devilman Lady qualifies as a hentai with plot, which is kinda what it is. Though, not that any of the nudity is over excessively detailed or explicit, but there is still a bit too much. Furthermore, their is kinda a reason for that, as the devil beasts are a little different from the demons in Devilman. To simplify things, instead of craving just violence and destruction, they also have an insane sexual appetite that causes them to rape a lot, which is shown many times throughout Devilman Lady, though only male devil beasts. Where's my ugly ass female monsters raping men for their magical elixir or monster dudes raping other dudes, Nagai? Where's the realism? Oh wait, because ugly ass monsters with 5 meter dicks raping women is a Japanese fetish. Because the more disgusting (poop being one of them) the sexual act or the things involved (monsters or dogs for example), the more sexually appealing it is to the Japanese. And that's a fact. But I'm sure it's part of Devilman Lady's "depth", things like this usually are.

Granted though that the artwork is very nice which is a major bonus. I love Nagai's style. It's really great. However, he can't really draw breasts correctly, as they do look like giant basketballs for the most part. Also, Asuka (Ryo's counterpart for Devilman Lady) looks like a freaking transvestite. Though, there is a reason for that as I read on 4chan. Eww. Anyway, she should look more like an actual woman, like how Ryo was done as a man, in-where they reveal the change later where his looks change to a more feminine appearance. Anyhow, I just wanted to comment on the artwork and such, seeing how I'm mostly gonna be talking about the plot.

Chapter 1 - She awakens
Here we are introduced to the lovely and very attractive yet stupidly naive, Jun Fudo. A teacher working at a Japanese high school, who manages a few clubs, is a former Olympic athlete in swimming and has a younger brother who peeps (because Japan) on her... I fucking hate that trope. Because incest is just so fucking hot, right!!!!? Ahem. Now, she goes on a trip with her tennis club (both boys and girls) to a log cabin in the mountains, and that is where shit gets really messed up. They unpack and settle themselves in, but they're not alone, as a Judo team comprised of adult men from some famous school are next door. Then, later on in the day at night, the girls and Fudo (all the boys are tired and hit the sack early) gather around a fire outside and talk about their teacher and her past. But they are not alone, as the men from the judo team approach and ask would they like to have some fun. Though, the scanlators stupidly left a TL note for those under the age of 10 who don't understand that they mean sex. Stupid. If you can't even tell that, then what the hell are you reading this for? Anyhow, the judo men say that Fudo's "breasts are angry", which it then shows her clothes see through and her nipples are erect. Because she just wants to have sex with those random, burly, tank-like strangers. Japan, the country that thinks women want to get raped. Because if they are excited or enjoy it, the action is justified. Japan. Yeah, I know I just took that scene out of context, but this is Japan we're talking about. And seeing how Nagai's stories have changed since after he got married in the 80's, I am assuming that all of this shit is just him being a pervert. That, and he's Japanese. Therefore, my assumption is correct.
Call me evil but I laughed at this part
Anyhow, before anything happens, giant bats attack (because reasons) and the judo team go crazy at the scent of blood, but start to eat the bats. Things are not as they seem! Fudo and the girls escape into their cabin and they apply bandages to their wounds, and Fudo takes a shower and masterbates. Again, there is a reason. Goddamn stop that, Nagai! Then, a window is heard being smashed on the floor above. Fudo tells the girls to hide themselves in the nearby room as she goes to investigate, but not before she gropes herself on the way up the stairs. Wait, what!? Again, there is an explanation. Though, anyone reading this should already know and have read this manga. That said, she steps into the boys room, and sees a monster eating them. She turns and runs down the stairs, and witnesses something very horrific.
I highly doubt you want to see the rest of the image
Now, before I go into this scene, I'll let you know that I flipped my fucking shit and if you are a normal person like me, you should, too. If you're not and really messed up, you probably jacked off like some little Japanese shit. Hey, you are what you are. Don't blame me for pointing it out. That said, let's continue. She runs down the stairs and sees all the girls spread out on the floor, getting brutally raped by monsters. She tries to attack a monster with a knife (realistic reaction) but it grabs Fudo, and proceeds to rape her, too. She screams, naturally, but something begins to change within her. Her body then goes under a transformation (while being raped) and she becomes Devilman Lady. Now, I'll have to bring you out of this little summary and talk about the scene in question. Seriously? Instead of the typical transform by anger, you changed it to rape, Nagai!? Way to beat the trope, you sick fuck. I mean, this is just absurd. Let's apply this to real life, shall we? Because if you get raped in real life, don't worry ladies, you'll transform and save yourself. Fuck you, Japan. Again, I know I'm taking things out of context but this does not need to be in the story. And this is Japan we're talking about! I think we know the real intention behind all this bullshit... fetish and Nagai being a perv!!

Anyway, she transforms and first chops off the monsters dick (classy, enter reanimator joke) and then kills the rest. Then, mysterious soldiers run into the building and a also mysterious woman explains a few things. One being that she is Devilman Lady. End! A good start, but I don't think "that" was really necessary.

Chapter 2 - Door of Mistery
Now, this chapter was pretty nice. It covers the aftermath of the ordeal, and all that jazz. Fudo's father also arrives and explains a great deal about the devil beasts, and why she transformed, since him and her mother experimented on her when she was a child, and a bunch of other stuff. It's very nicely paced and flows really well. Good job, Nagai. I have no problems with this chapter... other than a few things. The schoolgirls that were raped were all saved (not my complaint), but one had their neck broken, presumably by one of the monsters. I'm just gonna guess during... yeah... goddamn you, Japan. Anyway, the HA (Human Alliance) covered up the entire event and faked the media that it was a fire that claimed the lives of those who perished, memory wiped the few survivors (except Fudo). However, I doubt they can wipe away the fact that the girls who were raped (including Fudo) are most presumably pregnant due to what happened (also since the devil beasts have been doing that) and their assholes and such (for lack of a better term, what, do you want me to use anus) were stretched by the monsters monstrous 5 meter... yeah... I think you know where I'm going. Anyway, what I mean is that the above isn't something that can simply be forgotten, yet it is neither mentioned or brought up. What went wrong there, Nagai? Where you too busy jerking off? That said, my only other complaint is mid-way through, it teases the rape of Fudo in the form on another teacher who works at the same school proclaiming that he will "rape and eat her".
Classy Nagai
Now, if you made it to the end of all this, I thank you. If you didn't, then fuck off already. Just joking. No seriously, fuck off. Hee hee. Anyhow, this little post (or huge should I say) just served to blow off some of the steam (have I used enough brackets yet) that was caused by reading this thing of a manga. And just in case you're wondering, I do plan on doing the same with the rest of this manga. Thank you for reading, and I'll see you next time.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Terra Formars Manga Chapter 124 English Translation

I took my time with this one and it did pay off. I'm happy with the end result. That said, I doubt anyone wants to read my ramblings (not that anyone reads what I post) so I'll just drop the links below. Enjoy!

Chapter 124 PDF Read Online

P.S. - Oops, it seems I uploaded the chapter without any credits page. Fixed now, though.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Terra Formars Manga Chapter 123 English Translation

Well, I'm glad things are progressing in the story. Terra Formars does love to explain abilities and the like for an entire chapter here and then while pausing events, but that kinda gets annoying for me since I want the plot to progress. However, it seems that next time Jet and Akari will go at it (and not in that way) next time, so it better be good or else I'll be 200% mad. That said, I hope you enjoy this chapter. Until next time.