Thursday, 31 May 2018

Devilman Saga Volume 04 Chapter 26 [English] [Manga]

They really don't shut the fuck up this chapter, and to be honest, it's not like any of the dialogue is that interesting. Anyhow, prepare for more dialogue next chapter, too. Enjoy the chapter. I haven't really got anything to say. Bai bai!

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

JUST!! - Chapter 5 [English] [Manga]

Three cool-cats right there
Oh, the drama. Tamura also looks like she has down-syndrome in the pic above. Lol. Also, I tried to clean it a bit differently without using topaz filters (among other things) and worked out something better. Or, at least I think the image quality looks better. Anyhow, I'll be getting back to Saga now seeing how I've put it off long enough.
Don't ask
I'm interested in what's going to happen, but prepare for lots of talking before things kick off half-way through the 4th volume. Lastly, I also intend to work on more Tomizawa manga (Alien 9 guy), but I'm unsure whether to start on Enchant Land or Yumihari. Though I might take a jab at both and see which people like better. At any rate, enjoy the chapter. See ya!

Monday, 28 May 2018

Blue Gender - Chapter 01 [English] [Manga]

Here's chapter 1 of the Blue Gender manga. Now, as with many manga based on anime, you're expected to have seen it, so do yourself a favour and watch Blue Gender if you haven't already. It's pretty good and has many things going for it, but don't go in expecting mecha action. You'll only set yourself up for disappointment because that's not the main focus of the show.
Anyhow, the manga is pretty decent enough, but the art is well, a tad bit odd looking in contrast to the anime. Everything is like "am I cute-uguu". At any rate, I'm sure it'll be decent enough overall by the time I'm finished. And lastly, I'll be doing another JUST chapter, and then I'll resume working on Devilman Saga. Yes, I keep putting it off, but I also don't want to rush things too much with Saga. Anyway, enjoy the chapter. See ya!

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Alien 9 Champion Red Special [English] [Manga]

This is that special which was in a Champion Red magazine sometime in 2003 IIRC after Emulators came out. It's based years later when Yuri is 18, and interesting enough, things from this do play into Next such as their Alien Countermeasures Van and the like. Guess Tomizawa was planning to do something more all this time, but probably either didn't have time or was too busy working on other things.
This hospital appears at the end, FYI.
Anyhow, I searched to the ends of the internet (literally) for this both in English and Japanese, and the only source I found (or pictures at all) was a Portuguese scanlation site which actually did it many years ago, and much to my bliss, they still had the raws. A little busy bee about it I was because this is rather obscure and I was annoyed about not finding it. At any rate, if you haven't noticed, I'm a big faggot for Alien 9 and Tomizawa's works, so do expect more Tomizawa in future. Enjoy the short. See ya!

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Alien 9 Next - Complete [English] [Manga]

Okay, there's been some fixes here and there so that things will make a little more sense and to fix a few mistakes I made and a font change for Kasumi's borg in chapter 2 since I changed it in chapter 3 because its dialogue box is different which is something I should have did since the beginning, but it's something simple to fix. Anyhow, if you're wondering what this is about, Kumi goes into space to find answers as to why her body doesn't mature and lands on the Borg's original homeworld. That's it in short, but there's plenty more things that go on in it. A shame that more was never made because I'd like to see what happens next. At any rate, I've updated all the chapters as well, so do enjoy. Bai bai!

Friday, 25 May 2018

JUST!! - Chapter 4 [English] [Manga]

Sorry for the blurry bits on a few of the pages. I only realised that after I scanned the entire chapter and I was too lazy to rescan it so I just went with it. In any case, that young boys line was pretty fucking gay. Anyhow, this was another good chapter, but man the drama. This would probably make a decent anime with the guy going between being straight or gay. Are there anime like that? I honestly have no clue. In any case, I said I'd be doing another Saga chapter, but I couldn't resist doing another JUST beforehand. And speaking of Saga again, I'm putting it off for another chapter except this time I'll be starting on that Blue Gender manga with its uguu art. Enjoy this JUST chapter. Bai bai!

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Imperfect Girl (Manga Review)

Imperfect Girl was a pretty good manga. I read it all in one sitting as it was rather intriguing and kept me reading until the end which does come off as rather quick and abrupt, I'll say, but that's all intention because it was all so simple to begin with. The solution was to simply reach out and get help and the healing would begin, but the MC kept overthinking things, putting it off, thinking about himself, getting out of there and just not caring what happens to her after.
Anyway, you're probably wonder what the actual plot is. Now, on his way to school, a boy sees a few girls run over by truck-kun, but the girl who wasn't hit looks like she doesn't care as she first hits pause on her game and puts it away before running to them like it's all a facade. Yup, something's definitely up there. However, she notices that the MC saw her do that and after sneaking into his apartment and hiding under his desk the following day, she brings him back to her house at knife-point and locks him in the closet as her personal pet, and thus begins our descent into madness. Or rather, the MC overthinking everything like when he doesn't think about leaving the closet and when he steps into the living room when the answer is actually so simple. Well, he is a failed writer so thinking a lot does make sense in this regard, and the manga does well the explain why all these events happen. Thumbs up.
God, I wish that were me
First off, you'll wonder "why doesn't he just phone the police, this is stupid" like I have seen many people say about it, but the manga itself explains why he wouldn't. I mean, try explaining to the police that a yandere loli trailed you back to her house at knife-point and forced you to live in her closet. See what I mean? You'd be the one to get in trouble. However, that's literally what he should have done as it would have solved the mystery immediately and get the girl the help that she needed.
That must be one pretty fucking comfy closet
In short, she lives by insane rules that her parents drilled into her and like what a child does, they obey their parents especially when they beat you when you make mistakes. She lives by them and to her, they're a matter of life and death. That's why she does the things that she does and acts that way. It's not because she wants to be mean or weird, it's just that it's what her parents taught her to do. Our MC wanders about the house days into his captivity, discovers no food in the fridge (she ate everything including the frozen food and she ate them frozen), her notebook with her rules repeated over and over, heaps full of laundry, and her dead parents who strangled each other in their bedroom among other things. But this is all because she is a literal child. She doesn't know how to do such things herself and she doesn't understand what it is to die, and this is all done very realistically especially when you consider the difference of raising a child in Japan and how they develop. Don't judge it by Western standards as you'll only annoy yourself.
"Always feed your pets". She brings him her school lunch to make sure he is fed at her own expense. That part hurt, and so did the part where her school lunch money ran out for next month. Food in school should be a right for fuck sake.
The manga does very well to subvert and deconstruct (yes, that word) many things as well as your expectations. I went into it thinking it was some yandere thing, but I came out like "Whoa, bro, she's messed up in the head. Poor thing. Please be daijoubu". It gives off a certain thriller and horror vibe and the atmosphere is done very well, but when you realise the truth of the matter, things are not so sinister. It's a tale of a young girl who has been mentally and physically traumatised who desperately needs help and the only thing that somebody needed to do was take notice and get it for her which is what the MC does after discovering the truth.
Don't expect it to go the hentai route. Pure dread here.
Overall, Imperfect Girl was a rather interesting and entertaining read. You may feel disappointed at the abrupt ending and how things played out, but you have to think about the meaning of the story and not judge it based on what you want it to be. It ends so quickly after he calls the police because that's just how simple and quick it could have been handled. Art-wise, it has a really nice style to it which the manga really benefited from, but I really wonder what those HxH-tier floating fish were about. Probably just to be weird, but it also probably means something. Don't ask me because I have no clue.
And she ends up a normal, functioning
person in the end... OR DOES SHE!!!
Also, I think this would make a pretty good anime, but I'm unsure how they would execute it, or if people would enjoy it considering it isn't yandere loli as from first glance. Lastly, I actually bought all the volumes of this to use for scanlation before it was officially licensed, but I kept it in my backlog as I worked through other things. However, I'm glad it was officially licensed. It would have been literal gobshite in comparison to this official release. Also, now I don't have to debind them and can keep them as a little souvenir. Besides, I got all the volumes for like £6 off ebay including delivery from Japan so I'm a busy little bee about it. At any rate, I would recommend Imperfect Girl since it's rather distinct and an enjoyable read. I give a 7.5/10. Check it out.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

JUST!! - Chapter 3 [English] [Manga]

Not a fan of 40-page chapters especially when there was a good bit of redraw to do and cleaning browned paper isn't my favourite thing to do, but this one was funny. Anyhow, I'll be starting up on Saga #4 soon, but I've also got to fix a few things in that Alien 9 Next for a single release.
Playing off rape as comedy? Real smooth.
Though this part was funny.
But on a side note, I'm almost done reading the Elfen Lied manga and well, I'm not too sure I would want the rest of it adapted to anime. It's just umm, different and I don't think it would turn out too well. In any case, enjoy this JUST chapter. See ya!

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Devilman Saga Volume 03 [English] [Manga]

Here's volume 3. I checked the next volume and like the 2nd half of it is the security team fighting the demon armours coming alive. That's literally it. No wonder why there's so much volumes. Anyway, do enjoy. See ya!

Mashira - Volume 2 [English] [Manga]

When they said that this was going on a break, they never said how long, but the author has posted a pic or two of him working on the next chapter on his twitter so it shouldn't be too long before the next one is out. In any case, here's volume 2 of Mashira. Like the first one, they changed the chapter numbering to make things more simple (I presume), so I did the same as well as removing what I can (since it would require redraw which I'm not too good at) from the chapter pages like "next time on" and whatnot. Anyway, enjoy the volume. Bai bai!

Alien 9 Next - Chapter 03 - FINAL [English] [Manga]

Confused yet? Well, you're not the only one. In any case, it says "to be continued" at the end, but no more was ever made unfortunately. I'm thinking it's possible that more could be made with those new kids at the end and then tie in Next with it, but that's probably unlikely. Also, I say unfortunately because it was actually kinda interesting and I'm sure thing would have been better fleshed out if it was like an entire volume or so. I mean, there's a ton of unanswered questions and I for one would like to find out what exactly is going on.
2001 A Yuri Odyssey
Anyway, although this was a 3D manga, the art was actually pretty decent all things considered. Of course it did look a bit uncanny valley at times, but some pages looked pretty well-done, and having this entire thing in full-color did help, too. Also, just to let you know, I actually had to buy this because while there was little to no information about it, there as just as little pictures and no raws.
Top ten anime battles
However, Japanese people should buy this and not share raws in order to support the author since this was self-published without the backing of a publisher, I'll add. And that worries me. At any rate, I don't know if I'd like to call this "canon", but I did enjoy this little adventure and it's also made by the author, so I guess it is. Anyway, enjoy the final chapter of Alien 9 Next! Bai Bai!

Friday, 18 May 2018

Alien 9 Next - Chapter 02 [English] [Manga]

Yeah, I don't think I wanna go to that planet anytime soon. Anyway, next chapter goes all "what the fuck is going on", so if you're confused, then prepare to be even more confused next chapter. In any case, it seems that Kumi has named all the Borgs after herself and the others, but I do wonder if the Borg pooping out the younger Yuri has something to do with them being able to store their memories like they mentioned before in the original manga, or we're just supposed to assume that hypothetical space magic particles caused this, or that the shock Yuri got in chapter 1 had something to do with it. Honestly, no clue. I mean, is it a clone of Yuri or is it just the borg with her appearance? I think the latter.

We all know where that's going 
Also, it seems that the ship launcher in the first chapter is a Starseed launcher of sorts, and you're also probably lost on the whole tachyon particle thing, but just read up about tachyons and you'll understand. Anyway, it seems that Megumi is up to no good as usual. Probably thinking of a way to use that kid (who appeared in the background in chapter 1) for Borg stuff like what she did in the original when she told the borg to force a merge with Yuri and getting those boys to triple tag-team and attack her to force her to get used to it.
Now how did THAT get there?
That's also my twitter avatar. Lol. In any case, I'll be working on the next and final chapter of this next and then I'll fix whatever needs fixed up on Saga #3 and compile the volume next... Next next next next next. Enjoy the chapter. バイバイ!

Devilman Saga Volume 03 Chapter 25 [English] [Manga]

Aww, how sweet. Setting the horrific appearance of the demon armours aside, this was a pretty cute chapter. She just wanted him to tell her how beautiful she is. Aww. Poor Shiranui. Anyway, shit goes down next volume, and you can probably guess what's going to happen with all the obvious signs.
Am I the only one getting a slight Killers vibe at bits?
I'm looking forward myself, but next comes more Alien 9 Next which I am also looking forward to despite it being CGI. However, it was self-published which is one reason why it's the literal definition of obscure. For one, it came out 2 years ago and I doubt anyone even realised, and I only realised this week. Anyway, there's something I need to fix in this volume, but I can't remember what so I'll have to go over the entire thing quickly to make sure soon before I release the volume as a whole. Blegh. Enjoy the chapter. See ya in volume 4 very soon!

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Alien 9 Next - Chapter 01 [English] [Manga]

Yeah, you're reading that right. The madman actually made more Alien 9. Sound awesome, right? Well, not so much. Because it's fucking 3d models & CGI! Ahem. Well, that aside and it looking really fucking weird, the first chapter of this was alright, I guess. Nothing too amazing, but it does give us a few things to go on.
For one, it seems that those with a symbiote don't age for some reason, and that Yuri is the only one who has aged and filled out (which Tomizawa really wanted us to see with her now large chest and phat ass). She's now 23 years old while everyone else looks the same as they did before. And it also seems that the Yellow Knifes are all over apartment blocks. Anyway, you're probably wondering what this is about. Well, Kumi blasts off in a seed ship to find an answer to... something, and she lands on some really bizarre fucked up planet and shit goes down. This started in December in 2015 and ended in August 2016 with only 3 chapters. At any rate, I'll be quiet for now. Check it out for yourself. Bai bai!

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

JUST!! - Chapter 2 [English] [Manga]

Falcon Kick!
Lol. Also, I just realised that I never changed the blog link in the shekel page for chapter 1 from something before (since I use a template). Anyway, this chapter was good. I'm looking forward to the next one. Enjoy the chapter. See ya!

Monday, 14 May 2018

Devilman Saga Volume 03 Chapter 24 [English] [Manga]

Ha ha. The look on his face is priceless. Also, yeah, something bad isn't going to happen at all with those demon armours magically putting themselves together. Prepare for shit going down in volume 4. Anyway, enjoy the chapter. See ya!

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Hinamizawa Bus Stop - Complete Volume [English] [Manga]

And thus the story has come to an end. Now, I was aware that another scanlation group had already finished this before I made a start on this (like the week before when I checked), but since I had bought the book like a year ago before they did and I found out, I wanted to do the Bus Stop manga. Well, that and to one-up my awful and embarrassing attempt at the VN many years ago. At any rate, I included the old scanlation release in the DL link for archiving purposes. And on that, I was going to do the manga back when I did the VN, but the original scanlation group wouldn't share their private raws with me when I asked and acted as if "if we're not doing it, then no one is" which did annoy me because all I wanted was to do the manga. *sad face* Anyway, I'd say the manga is good, but the VN will always be the best. And on the VN, do support MangaGamer when they eventually release it. Enjoy the volume. See ya!

Hinamizawa Bus Stop - Chapter 10 - FINAL [English] [Manga]

Finally, the final chapter. The volume will be coming today as well, but I don't think I need to make any changes. At any rate, enjoy. Bai bai!

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Devilman Saga Volume 03 Chapter 23 [English] [Manga]

Nagai and his love for Nazis. Oh you. Well, Japan in general because muh Honorary Aryan status among many other things. Anyway, the word used does mean superhuman among other things, but I'd like to think the ubermensch part was intentional. Especially considering the Hitler's super battalion mentioned in a previous chapter. At any rate, I'll be doing the final Bus Stop chapter next and I'll be glad to get it out of the way. Enjoy the chapter. See ya!

Friday, 11 May 2018

Devilman Saga Volume 03 Chapter 22 [English] [Manga]

That's pretty fucking disgusting. Man, what a way to go. Fudou is pretty broken up about this. A man with morals who is a pacifist and emotional. He's very different from other Nagai protagonists, I'll say. Anyhow, that's guy's just asking to get smacked for saying that. What an asshole. At any rate, enjoy the chapter. See ya!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Hinamizawa Bus Stop - Chapter 09 [English] [Manga]

Nothing personal, kid. 
Man, there's a shit-ton of text in these chapters. They're mostly the same as the VN, but I was sad to see them change the line where not Takano mocks Mion and Rika about them going to live together forever by saying something about them going to the bathroom and getting washed together IIRC. A very minor thing.
Anyhow, I'm glad there's only one more chapter to go because it'll be another thing off my list, and then I'll be able to work my way through more stuff I've got lying around. One of which I started the other day, JUST!! Just what, you ask? Just love.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

JUST!! - Chapter 1 [English] [Manga]

Decent enough for a first chapter, but given what things I usually work on, you're probably wondering why I'm working on a Yaoi manga. Well, first off, I bought randomly it for cheap some time ago and second, it'll be nice to work on something different for a chance. That, and it's only one volume long. Plus, it has nice art. However, the copy I got wasn't in the best shape. It's kinda brown over every page due to age and such, and has dirt over the cover, but I spent some time fiddling with a few Photoshop things and managed to remove the brownness a bit among doing other things to clean off the progressive brownness. But it turned out pretty well unlike Betterman which I fucked up on. Honestly, I should have tried something then as well, but I didn't want to put in that extra effort.
How do I steal his look?
In any case, I'm liking the fonts I'm using for this, but I'll need to clean that cover better sometime later and most likely go over the chapters to double check some things. In other news, I read Imperfect Girl the other day all in one go. It was pretty good and subverted tropes very well. Would recommend, but you may find the ending and certain things rushed in it. However, that's all intentional. Anyway, I need to work on more Bus Stop as I'd like to finish that soon. Enjoy some JUST!! See ya next time!

Monday, 7 May 2018

Propeller Heaven - Complete Volume v1.10 [English] [Manga]

There was a few TL things to fix, but most of the changes were font related. I think like 40-50 had to be edited. Also, I wanted to give the combat synthetic humans a more robotic feel with their font, but I left the generic synthetic human font the same as they're way more human. Anyway, this may seem sorta confusing from the initial chapters and even by how everything ends, but do please read it all the way through. Lastly, on Tomizawa, I'm thinking of working on something else he's done given that I'll be finishing Saga #3 and that Higurashi manga soon, but I'm unsure what. I'll think about it. At any rate, that Yaoi manga JUST will be coming next. Enjoy the volume!

Torrent (SOON)

01st August 2018 Update - V1.10
There's been a bunch of fixes and corrections thanks to Ikemen who's also helping me out with Yumihari. Anyway, Propeller Heaven is now 100% ready to go. Enjoy!

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Propeller Heaven - Chapter 11 v1.10 - END [English] [Manga]

Honestly, I have no clue what to make of this. I liked the cute stuff, the characters, the art, and a bunch other things in it, but I'm kinda lost on the entire purpose and meaning of the manga. However, I read on an ancient Japanese site that it's something to do with the futile battle of children fighting against adults and trying to change what they set forth for them among plenty of other things. I wouldn't say this was bad or anything because Tomizawa's work are always like that. They aren't something that you'd fully understand on your first read or a quick read for the most part.
The album version is much better
They're more something that you'd actually have to think about deeply and probably read more than once to fully understand. Also, it seems that there was more of those Hell omakes, but they were printed in the magazine during this manga's publication (according to some 2004 Tomizawa fan site). Just FYI. Anyway, the ending of this is quite open-ended about what would happen next, but having the AHX series (synthetic humans playing the parts in the scenarios to help train sensible humans) and Koito disassembled at the end is quite sad. The thought of Kogane moving on without her brings a tear to my eye.
WAAAH! *crying emoji face*
However, will things simply be repeated since she has the book? Did they simply reuse Koito's parts to another series of machines? Who created synthetic humans? Why are there regular ones? Are they part of the scenarios or are they from before the wars? I mean, there's a ton of questions left unanswered, but I presume that like Alien 9 and other Tomizawa works, they're just window-dressing to make things interesting and to help push meanings and themes. In any case, enjoy the final chapter. The compile with fixes will be coming very soon. See ya!

Friday, 4 May 2018

Devilman Saga Volume 03 Chapter 21 [English] [Manga]

Half-way through volume 3 already. Lol. Anyhow, I will be fixing up a few things here and there when I finish the volume. Enjoy the chapter. See ya!

Kyochuu Rettou (The Island of Giant Insects) Chapter 21 Part 2 [English] [Manga]

Man, that was nasty. We all knew it was going to happen, but it's still pretty fucking disgusting. However, let's hope bugs don't evolve and start eating people like this or Blue Gender any time soon. The latter which I watched recently, and it was pretty good. Would recommend, but don't go in expecting Starship Troopers. If you do that, you'll only set yourself up for disappointment. Anyway, I'm really wondering how thing will go next chapter. Will Mutsumi and the other two be stranded on the island while everyone else tries to get away and horribly dies by the subspinipes? The next chapter can't come out soon enough. In any case, enjoy the chapter. See ya next time!

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Propeller Heaven - Chapter 10 v1.10 [English] [Manga]

Oooh, that was a pretty good chapter. Things are starting to make more sense. However, we'll find out very soon in the final chapter how all things come to an end after I complete another Saga and the next Bug Island chapter. Enjoy. See ya next time!

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Propeller Heaven - Chapter 09 v1.10 [English] [Manga]

No! Not Mr. Lovey-Dovey! Anybody but you! You had just so big an effect on us in those few chapters you appeared. Anyway, only two chapters to go and I'm very eager to see how this ends. I'll also be going over everything, fixing up a few things and changing fonts here and there, so do expect changes in the volume release. Enjoy the chapter. See ya!