Dec 31, 2012

2012 Omari's Sister Retrospective

Before writing about 2013, let's take a look back at 2012!

The busiest day: June 4th

Top 25 Visiting Countries (Thanks to all of you from around the world!):

    USA (CA, NY, MA, TX, FL)
  1.     Canada
  2.     France
  3.     Philippines
  4.     Indonesia
  5.     Australia
  6.     Germany
  7.     UK
  8.     Malaysia
  9.     Singapore
  10.     Spain
  11.     Poland
  12.     Italy
  13.     Brazil
  14.     Thailand
  15.     Mexico
  16.     Russia
  17.     Argentina
  18.     Hungary
  19.     Saudi Arabia
  20.     Japan (HUH????)
  21.     Vietnam
  22.     Netherlands
  23.     Finlad
  24.     Chile
Comments: People from 174 countries viewed Omari's Sister in 2012! I find it amazing that the top 25 viewing countries include nearly every continent, with the exception of Africa (Africa kicks in at #50 with Morocco!  Hello Morocco!) It always makes me happy to spread manga all over the world. Thank you world for your support!

Top Ten Releases (Big Surprises for me):
  1.     Ore to Atashi no Kareshisama Chp 1
  2.     Akagami no Shirayukihime Chp 33
  3.     Detarame Mousouryoku Opera Chp 1
  4.     Akagami no Shirayukihime Chp 32
  5.     Akagami no Shirayukihime Chp 30
  6.     Akagami no Shirayukihime Chp 34
  7.     Ojousama no Untenshu Chp 1
  8.     Akagami no Shirayukihime Chp 29
  9.     Oneshot: "Wait Until it's Dark"
  10.     Oneshot: "Heart Assassin"
Comments: I thought for sure a chapter of AnS would be #1 (actually, I thought AnS would sweep the top 5 positions. I also didn't expect any oneshots to be in the top ten. I did not recognize the popularity of "Wait Until it's Dark" and "Heart Assassin." Wow!

Top 5 Oneshots (More Surprises!):
  1.     "Wait Until It's Dark"
  2.     "Heart Assassin"
  3.     "Souai Metaphysica"
  4.     "The Complete Story of Mag the Thief"
  5.     "Nemurenu Kishi ni Hanataba wo" ("Bouquets of Flowers for the Sleepless Knight")

Comments
: "Mag the Thief"...really? and what's Sleep Knight doing there?

Dec 30, 2012

Ojousama no Untenshu Chapter 9 (Final)

At last! The final chapter! It's always bittersweet to finish a series. It's nice to tick a project off my to-do list, but at the same time I'm going to miss theses characters. Overall, I'm pleased with the way this series ends. I like the way Sayaka sticks up for herself in the end against her father.  There are two short omakes after this (LINK)

Onto the release!

"Ojousama Untenshu" Bonus Stories! (Omakes)

Here are the volume 1 and volume 2 omakes! (There's a oneshot in volume 1, but we're saving that for June 2013 during our anniversary!)

Links to the "Ojousama no Untenshu" omakes: (Zip) (PDF)

And that wraps up "Ojousama no Untenshu!"  I hope you all enjoyed it. When we finish some more series, I'll announce the series that will fill the hole left by this series.  As of now there are two potential series. It's just a matter of which one to do first.

Dec 29, 2012

Ojousama no Untenshu Chapter 8

Updated 3/7/2013:  I corrected a couple of typos.
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First some business:
Omari's Sister is recruiting Japanese to English translators and image editors (cleaning and redrawing). If you are interested in volunteering, please email me Kuroneko003 at omarissister@gmail.com.
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We're coming down to the last two chapters of "Ojousama no Untenshu." I think chapter 8 goes against my expectation of how the story was going to proceed after the kiss in chapter 7. I like the way Sayaka thinks the situation through and how both Sayaka and Narutaki arrive at their decision at the end. We are very much reminded above all that Narutaki is an adult and he wants to do the responsible thing.

This chapter ends weirdly. It's meant to blend into chapter 9. For that reason, we'll release chapter 9 tomorrow (proofreaders willing) so there won't be a prolonged awkward pause.

Onto the release!

Dec 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate. This year we were not able to specially prepare a Christmas Eve/Christmas Day release. But to celebrate the season, let's look back to some Christmassy and wintery releases from the past.

Later this week we will release the last two chapters and the two omakes from "Ojousama no Untenshu" and then "Pochama ni" maybe on New Years Day or January 2nd.

Dec 21, 2012

Looking for a Group to Transfer "Servamp" to

As I wrote in a previous post, I am considering dropping "Servamp" so another group that's more enthusiastic about the series can take it on. I've come to my decision. Given my personal lack of enthusiasm and the fact that at 17 chapters, there's no end in sight, as the primary image editor, I would like to use my time and the group resources to work on projects we are more enthusiastic about.

We will complete and release chapter 4 and then after that, we are done with the series.  If you are a scanlation group that would like take on the series, please email me, Kuroneko003 (omarissister@gmail.com) about taking on the series.  I can provide you with the raws for the Volume 1 omake, chapter 5, and chapter 6. I have no other scanned raw beyond that and I have no intention of providing raws for further chapters because I HATE scanning.

We will not be taking on any new series to replace "Servamp." Rather for the next few months we will continue to concentrate on finishing the short series we've begun.  No other series will be dropped nor am I considering dropping any other series.

Dec 13, 2012

Rambling Post About Upcoming Projects

Please pardon me now because I'm going to self-indulgently ramble.

Holding off and not rushing into starting new series until we finish some series that are already done in Japanese has given me a lot of time to think about what future projects I want to do and we should do. I've been experimenting with different magazines, "online magazines," and random tankoubon purchases over the past year or so. I thought it would help refine my tastes, but all it's done is thrown me into confusion. There are way too many shiny things out there and I want them all.

I basically choose projects that I like, but every once in a while I find myself asking what would be popular, which is the wrong question because we're not doing this for money. It's hard not to feed our hungry egos and it's always nice to be popular. But popular series rarely hold my attention for long as evidenced by the series we've dropped. In case you haven't noticed, we always end up dropping our most popular series (AnS, Orange Chocolate, and Pika Ichi). This is mainly because these series stories stagnate or become repetitive.

Anyhow... I'm always looking for "heart" and a certain amount of "emotional realness" in the series and oneshots we pick, though I admit with the 2011 color Lalas, I let go of that just to feel the excitement of variety. Hee!

Dec 7, 2012

Omari's Sister Christmas Store is Open!

Are you looking for that perfect gift for yourself or the anime and manga lover in your life, then see what's available at the Omari's Sister Amazon Christmas Store.  I've selected a bunch of stuff to gift this holiday season (mostly hasusando...so much hasubando...).  You can click on the link in the main menu or here (link).  Buy stuff and we get a small cut from Amazon :).  When I have more time, I'll add some more items to the store.

What Were Your Favorite New Manga Series of 2012

What were some of your favorite new 2012 manga series from Omari's Sister and other scanlators and publishers?  Please do share! What should I and the readers of this blog be reading?

Dec 2, 2012

December Plans, Winter Break Recruitment, and November Stats

December is going to be much sparser than I planned.  The mature josei oneshot for Bakeneko's Lair is going to 3 weeks to complete and there's the craziness of the holidays.  So expect the next chapter of Magnolia to be the only release on Omari's Sister.  If we're lucky, I might be able to eek out something else. But! Do not feel sad, because January and February will be glorious. While I'm working on the josei oneshot, the rest of the group and our temps will be lending us part of their winter breaks to work on winter releases :). There should be a lot of projects close to completion at the close of year.  And! I promise you adults out there that the josei oneshot is well worth the wait and foregoing more releases.  Yes, yes, it's a wonderful sexy, funny, romantic, and sweet fairytale.

On that note, we are recruiting. If you would like to volunteer briefly over winter break, we'd be happy to have you. We need cleaners, redraw artists, and onehot translators. Of course you are welcome to stay after the break. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to me, Kuroneko003, at omarissister@gmail.com.

Now let's look back at November. There are no surprises here. "Ore to Atashi no Kareshisama" was the most downloaded release. Onto the breakdown!

Top 5 Releases
  1. "Ore to Atashi no Kareshisama" Chp 2
  2. "Pochamani" Chp 1
  3. "Hakamori Majo Bianca" Chp 3
  4. "Magnolia" Chp 26
  5. "Ojousama no Untenshu" Chp 7
Top 10 Visiting Countries
  1. USA (CA, NY, MA, TX, MD)
  2. Canada
  3. France
  4. Australia
  5. Philippines
  6. Germany
  7. Malaysia
  8. Indonesia
  9. UK
  10. Singapore

Nov 30, 2012

"Magnolia": The Black Twins Special Chapter

Here it is on the 30th, just as promise.  This is a cute short chapter with lots of laughs.  It takes place directly after Robert comes back from talking to Sui.  It's still not clear to me whether Robert is actually "Roberta,"... I kinda hope so because it makes the Black Twins far more interesting. Anyhow, the twins seem very close like Sui and Ayato and I like that.

Onto the release!

Nov 28, 2012

"Ojousama no Untenshu" Chapter 7 -- THE ROMANCE!!!

I have read this chapter a great many times. This chapter of "Ojousama no Untenshu" is currently my favorite thing (next to the apple pie I ate last night.  Man, do I wish I had more of that.) Anyhow, it's the chapter we've all been waiting for.  When I saw this chapter in Lala DX a couple of years ago, I knew we had to translate this series.  OMG! SO FRIGGIN' ROMANTIC!!!

Okay, I won't keep you from your romance any longer.

Nov 25, 2012

"Magnolia" Chapter 26

I need to take care of a couple of bits of business first.
  1. "Magnolia" Volume 5 is available for purchase. Lily is on the cover and the volume includes Chapters 22 - 16, "Lily" chapter 4 and the Black Twins special chapter. (Amazon JP) (YesAsia)
  2. We need proofreaders and QCers. Releases are now being delayed because of the lack of proofreaders/QCers.  If you have time, are fluent in English, knowledgeable about English grammar, and interested in volunteering, please send me an email (omarissister@gmail.com)
  3. To see highlights of the stuff in the manga magazines I enjoy, please see the Omari's Sister Tumblr. I've just post entries featuring the latest from "Akagami no Shirayukihime" and the latest issue of Hana to Yume magazine.
Onto to Magnolia chapter 26! This chapter completes the childhood flashback. I'm sorry to report that we still don't learn anything about what happened to Ayato as a child, but we learn a whole lot more about Nagi's feelings for Ayato. At this point I think Nagi should should go for it. It'll make the situation go a lot smoother for Ayato.  But, alas, the story must go on.  Anyhow, this is one of my favorite chapters. I couldn't stand sitting on it for this long because I really wanted to read how you all feel about what happened. So please send in comments :).

And now the release!

Nov 16, 2012

"Ore to Atashi no Kareshi-sama" Chapter 2

It's been a while. This is one of the series we've had on hold because I made the group bite off more than it could swallow. This wasn't fair to my group and this wasn't fair to the readers for this blog. I'm sorry about that. I still can't promise regular releases of this series because we don't have enough redraw support at the moment :(. If you can do complicated redraws and want to see this series on a more regular schedule, please contact me at omarissister@gmail.com to volunteer.

Moving on, this series is coming to an end at chapter 12 (plus an omake) in Asuka magazine this month. I skimmed ahead and it's a really cute and compact series. I'm happy that it's not dragging on longer than 3 volumes. We will try to finish the series as soon as possible.

Anyhow, I really liked this chapter and I'm eager to get onto chapter 3, which I've already started to translate ^^.  Onto the release!

Nov 14, 2012

"The Ghost Apartment Manager" Chapter 10

First of all, Omari's Sister is in desperate need of proofreaders/Qc'ers and redraw artists. Redraw artist folks, I understand you can't help year around, but if you can lend some time during winter break, we'd be eternally grateful.  If you are interested in volunteering for the group, please contact me, Kuroneko003, at omarissister@gmail.com.
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I've been sitting on this chapter for about 6 months. It was cleaned, but I never got around to translating and lettering it.  That was incredibly silly of me considering that it only took a day and half to finish the chapter. DOH! Anyhow, here's chapter 10, and chapter 11 is presently under way and will be released in December.

This chapter ends the second volume of the series and winds down Crook's main arc.  Chapter 11 will begin Tatsumi's story.  I never thought of Crook having pink hair as shown in the frontis page spread. I assumed it was black with a white streak. I don't want to say too much about this chapter because I'll only spoil it.  But I do wonder what Leo is up to and all the talk of suicide makes me wonder if my suspicion that Leo killed himself is true. Anyhow, I'm eager to resume the series.  It's currently in the mid-20s chapter wise and things have gotten interesting with Leo.  I think, though, that things are coming to an end and maybe this series will end with 6 volumes. I would really hate to see this story killed off because it ran too long.

Anyhow, without rambling on further, here's the release!

Nov 13, 2012

"The Ghost Apartment Manager" Chapters 1 - 9

"The Ghost Apartment Manager" is returning to Omari's Sister any second now! If you've never read this series or need a refresher, here you go!

This is one of our most under appreciated series, but I think it's among the best, so I highly recommend giving it a try.  The first chapter is really sad, but after you get past the sadness, I promise the series is very funny and poignant.

Nov 11, 2012

Halloween Oneshot Poll Results!

Here are the results of Halloween oneshot poll!
  1. F no Meikyuu
  2. Akuma wo Sasayaku
  3. Viskeith no Akai Ningyou
  4. Genei Realism
  5. Yadokari Honpo
  6. Kanojo no Kare
  7. Inoribana
  8. Tomo no Kowai Hanashi
  9. Anata wa Watashi no Taisetsuna Okaasan, Oni Yashiki, Snuff Film Monologue
  10. (no love) Nibun no Ichi -- 1/2
I feel bad that we aren't taking on the "F no Meikyuu" series given the oneshot's favoritism. Hopefully, a group will pick up a series.  Thanks to everyone who gave us feedback.

We aren't planning to do another oneshot party like this until our anniversary in June. Until then we will be cutting back on the oneshots so we finish the series that have already been completed in Japan. After we finish the series, we'll started we'll do more oneshots again.

Nov 10, 2012

"Pochamani" Chapter 1

First of all, things are about to get a little confusing.  Chapter 1 in the magazine, which we've already translated, is chapter 3 in the tankoubon.  I knew about this chapter (chapter 1 in the tankoubon) because it was the initial oneshot, but I wasn't aware of the second oneshot, which is chapter 2 in the tankoubon.  Sigh.... Anyhow, there are a few extra page in chapter 3 in the tankoubon, which was chapter 1 in the magazine, therefore we will re-release the chapter along with chapter 2, so you can get the extra couple of pages. Are you confused yet?  Anyhow, we won't be re-editing the chapter 3 images from the tankoubon.  I think I did a good enough job restoring the pages from the magazine.

Nov 9, 2012

New Series will be Pushed Back

I have decided to change plans on starting new series in January.  Many of the series we are working already had definite endings,  recently came to an end or have announced that they are ending soon.  Here is the list:

  • Ojousama no Untenshu (3 chapters left)
  • Fushigi no Maria-kun (4 chapters left)
  • Detarame Mousouryoku Opera (1 chapter left)
  • Kemono Kingdom Zoo (~10 chapters left)
  • Ore to Atashi no Kareshisama (10-chapters left)
  • Rex Fabula (14-chapters left)
  • Furou Kyoudai (4-chapters left)
In combination with that, series we thought were short have been extended.  This is the case with "Pochamani" and we anticipate a continuation of "Hakamori Majo Bianca" in 2013.  We all love new series, but I think we need to finish up the series we're already working on before we take on anything new. Most of this is imposing discipline upon myself and not overworking the limited staff currently available.  We will be taking on the new series we have announced, but given the amount of work we still have, I do not anticipate starting new series until June.  At that time we will announce additional new series on top of the four we've already announced. Of course if other groups start the series we've announced, we will reconsider, although we will go forward with "Megane no Incubus-kun" regardless, because we've already done too much work on it to stop.

Nov 7, 2012

Please Send Us Fall and Winterl Banners

Yes, it's the time of the year!  The hot Santa Ana winds are blowing and the trees are confused. Yes, it's "autumn" in Southern California and the weather couldn't be more summer-like. So help me feel the crisp chill of fall by sending in some fall banners.  Here are the specs:

Width:  1200px
Height: 150 - 350 px
File Format: PSD with separate text layer preferred, but JPEG and PNG are fine too. 
Subject: Anything you think is appropriate for Omari's Sister

Send them to me, Kuroneko003.


Nov 4, 2012

October Stats!

Here are the statistics for October.  Which oneshot do you think was read the most?  The second most read was a big surprise to me. I should probably revisit those numbers at the end of November because many of the oneshots that were released last week are still being read.

Top Ten Releases!
  1. Akuma wo Sasayaku
  2. Kanojo no Kare
  3. F no Meikyuu
  4. Tomo no Kowai Hanashi
  5. Viskeith no Akai Ningyou
  6. Hakamori Majo Bianca Chp 1
  7. Oni Yashiki
  8. Inoribana
  9. Hakamori Majo Bianca Chp 2
  10. Yadokari Honpo
Top Ten Visiting Countries!
  1. United States (CA, NY, MA, TX, MD -- Hello, Maryland!!!)
  2. Canada
  3. France
  4. Australia (Hello, Aussies!) 
  5. Philippines
  6. Indonesia
  7. Germany
  8. UK
  9. Malaysia
  10. Singapore
Take the survey and let us know which October oneshot you liked the most.

Oct 31, 2012

Hakamori Majo Bianca Part 3


Is this going to become a series? The trend so far in Aria has been after 2 or 3 successful oneshots, a work becomes a series.  I think there's a good chance that this will become a series in 2013.
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Here's the third part of "Hakamori Majo Bianca." This chapter focuses on Bianca's friendship with Nelo. The two of them are very sweet together. There are also some nice moments with Zela.

With this ends our October oneshot party :).  Great job everyone! This was very tiring for all of us, so we won't be doing this again until our anniversary in June. Thanks to all folks who temporarily volunteered over the summer. And as always thanks to Ichi for busting out the redraws, Holanio and Kiruku Naru for typesetting, and Zenny and Holanio (again) for proofreading nearly everything. Thanks to our wonderful translators Amrai, Jade, Blotty Parchment, and Kotomi for making my load lighter. And finally thanks to everyone at Omari Sister for making this a very successful oneshot party!

And now onto the final release of the party!

Oct 30, 2012

Halloween Oneshot: "Nibun no Ichi: 1/2" by Mitsuo Shimokitazawa

This is a freaky little oneshot from a supplemental from shoujo stalwart Betsuma Magazine. I don't particularly like Betsuma series, but I do get the magazine when there's a supplemental because there's a chance there could be something different and good inside. This oneshot is one such little gem.

All I'll say about this oneshot is "ah, yeah, bye-bye."  I laughed so hard at the ending, even though I'm pretty sure that wasn't the response the mangaka was going for.  Sorry, but it was too cornball!

On to the release!

Oct 29, 2012

Halloween Oneshot: "Genei Realism" ("Phantom Realism") by Suga Toone

This oneshot reminded me of "F no Meikyuu" in pacing and development. I think folks who like AnS will also like this oneshot.  I ended up liking this oneshot a lot more than I thought I would. I think what I liked the most is how things summed up in the end. It's a very realistic and believable ending even though most readers may crave the sugar-coated ending we all expected.

Thanks again goes out to Amrai for translating this oneshot, thanks to Noir for helping with the cleaning, and a big thanks to Holanio for some fabulous typesetting!

And now onto the release!

Oct 27, 2012

Recruitment: J to E Translator Needed for "Dolci"

We need a Japanese to English translator for "Dolci." Dolci is a josei title and therefore doesn't have furigana.  The translator also has to be very familiar with colloquial male speech.  The schedule is one chapter per month, and the series is 15 chapters long. We would like to start the series in January 2013. You can translate at your own pace though if you wish to complete the series ahead of schedule.  If you are interested, please send me an e-mail (use the contact link at the top-right corner of this blog) and I will send you some sample pages to make sure you like the story and can do the translation. If you need an English editor, no worries. We can do as much editing and rewriting as needed from your translation to make it read smoothly in English.

Aka Lala Oneshot: "Viskeith no Akai Doll" ("Viskeith's Red Doll" or "The Earl's Red Doll") by Kaoru Ichinose

UPDATE!!!
Thanks to Twitter I got some clarification on "Visukiisu" (thanks to our friend Curious Little Hamster for asking.)  There is no special meaning behind the name. It's just a name Ichinose-sensei liked to say.  I still like the English title "The Earl Red Doll" because I think it's easier to remember.  However, as for a "translation," I'm going with "Viskeith" instead of "Viskeys." This is based on "kiisu" being commonly translated to the name "Keith." I have updated the oneshot to show the new Romanization of the Japanese title and to restore "Viskeith" in the 3 instances it's used in the oneshot. The changes in no way effect the story, but for correctness, you may want to download the new version.
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This is a rather unexpected oneshot from Kaoru Ichinose.  It's uncharacteristically dark and not "gorgeous," though it is still wonderfully drawn. At the start it reminded me of a Yuki Kaori work, but unlike Yuki Kaori, Ichinose-sensei still have faith in humanity.

The title: I was planning to lay out my full tale of woe and frustration as I went down the rabbit hole trying to figure out "Visukiisu," but then I decided to make an editorial choice and call it the "The Earl's Red Doll" since that word seems to be alphabetic word jumble thrown in. I have no idea why Ichinose did this and it's only used twice to no effect. Anyhow...if she ever clarifies what this is supposed to be I'll update the oneshot. Sufficed to say, I learned a great deal about of Mary Queen Scots and the intrigues surrounding her reign.

My thoughts on this oneshot -- I want the dolls.  Haha! I like this oneshot a lot. It took me a couple of readings to appreciate the ending because at first I though I wanted it to end differently. But now I think given the Earl's circumstances, the ending is quite appropriate.

I want to send a big thanks to Ichigo Stars for doing an excellent job on the redraws. Nearly every page had a horrendous redraw, and Ichi handled them swiftly and expertly like a champ! Hee!

And now onto the release!

Oct 25, 2012

Halloween Oneshot: "Yadokari Honpo" by Shizuru Onda

Update: The PDF has been fixed. Please let me know if you still have trouble with it.

I'm releasing this before midnight because I'm crazy tired and just want to go to sleep! This is our second to last oneshot from last year's Kuro Lala.  Can you believe we nearly translated the entire magazine?! Haha!

I would like to thank Amrai for translating this challenging oneshot.  Also, thanks goes out to Noir for a fabulous job cleaning and Kiruku Naru for typesetting.  Great work, ladies!

What drew me to this oneshot were the character drawings and the scary ghost drawings. I was happy to see after the translation was completed that it also had a very cute, albeit bittersweet, story. Okay, my brain is seriously shutting down and I fear I'm typing complete gibberish, so I better get to the release now.

Halloween Oneshot Blast from the Past! "The Doll Rebirth Workshop" by Yukichi Nakamura

This is one of the freakiest oneshot we've ever done.  The end is so WTF that you'll never for it.  Yes, let's revisit one of my favorite oneshots from last year's Kuro Lala, "The Doll Rebirth Workshop." (LINK)

It looks like we are going to release a bunch of oneshot during the last few days of the month. I'll release them shortly after midnight as they become ready. The first one will be released tomorrow.

Oct 23, 2012

Ghostly Oneshot from the Past: "Shinobigoto"

AUGH!!! I'm so embarrassed!  This is a oneshot we did nearly two-and-a-half years ago. It was back when I was using "ne" (ugh, smack me now, please!) and didn't recognize two page spreads (derp). Haha!  Despite the translation quirks (especially that clunky crap on the title page -- "You are imprisoned in my thoughts, and this rotten self will not let you leave."), it's still one of my favorite supernatural oneshots, so let's revisit it. (LINK) I apologize now for the missing periods. I don't know where they ran off to.

Hopefully, we'll have something new for you at midnight on the 25th. There are 3 oneshots that are almost done.  If not, then we'll have blast of oneshots around Halloween day.

Oct 21, 2012

Witch Series of the Past: "Oz no Kakashi Tsukai" ("The Scarecrow of Oz") by Ichiharu Koma

We here at Omari's Sister are quite fond of cute witch stories.  This is one we finished nearly a year ago.  If you haven't read it, I encourage you to give it a try.  I promise that it will make you smile! Here are the links to the chapters:

Oct 19, 2012

Halloween Oneshot: "Inoribana" ("Prayer Flower") by Mikase Hayase

Here's another excellent oneshot from Mikase Hayase. It not as weep-yourself-into-a-pool-of-tears as "Souai Metaphysica," but it's impactful (I still get teary-eyed when I think of that oneshot), nonetheless I think what got me was the all too honest ending. It was amazing once I finally understood the full gravity of what was being said.  The ending is truly lovely. Because of the two oneshots we've translated so far, I'm very curious about Hayashi-sensei's other works, and I'm sure in 2013 we'll do a month featuring some of her more recent works.

Anyhow, without saying much further about this oneshot, because it must really be read to be enjoyed, let's get on with the release!

Oct 17, 2012

Halloween Oneshot: "Kanojo no Kare" ("Her Boyfriend") by Tomo Maeda

This may be my favorite short-oneshot so far.  What do I consider short? 20 pages and under. Anyhow...I love the artwork and the story is deceptively beautiful until you give it another read through and a second thought. Then that moment will come when you realize how freaky and messed up this oneshot truly is.  It's an elegant mind-****.  Kudos to Tomo Maeda!

This is the second short oneshot I selected from Horror Wings 2011.  I wish we could have explored Horror Wings 2011 and 2012 further, but I got the collections too late to do any more than this oneshot and "You are my Dear Mother."

Moving on...I hope you all enjoy this oneshot as much as I did.  And so without rambling on further, onto the release!

Oct 15, 2012

Changes to the November and December Schedule

First of all, some of our October oneshots may spill into November due typesetter's schedules (I didn't give them enough leadtime). We'll do our best, but I wouldn't dream of interfering with any of our typesetters' school lives.

Second, we are postponing all new oneshots except "Butakai Ouji to 100-Kisses" until 2013.  We have to do this in order to finish:
  • Ojousama no Untenshu
  • Pochamani
  • Fushigi no Maria-kun
  • Furou Kyoudai
  • Detarame Mousouryouku Opera
I'd like to start 2013 with a relatively clean slate, and avoid becoming one of those groups that starts new projects while leaving old projects undone for years.  We will be ignoring any other group's activities with regard to the oneshots.  We've committed to doing the Aka Lala, Shiro Lala, Nao Tsukiji, and Kaoru Ichinose oneshots.  We have already begun working on all of the oneshots except for Shiro Lala which hasn't been released in Japan yet. Once we get these series wrapped up, we will go back to our alternating series/oneshot monthly focus starting in January when we will resume some neglected series and start some new ones.

Also...it looks like "Yukarism" will be resuming soon.  I'll announce the resumption information as soon as I see something official.

Halloween Oneshot: "Anata wa Watashi no Taisetsuna Okaasan? ("You are my Dear Mother") by Ume Tarou

This is a very short oneshot from the Josei magazine "Wings."  It came in last year's magazine extra "Horror Wings 2011."  We didn't have a chance this year to do some of the longer oneshots from this extra, but don't be surprised if next Halloween you see a couple more oneshots from the Horror Wings extras (I also have the 2012 edition).

Not to ruin anything, but just a warning: this oneshot has some gore.  Despite the gore, it manages to have some underlying sweetness.  Actually, it's very sentimental.  Anyhow, I hope you enjoy it!

Oct 13, 2012

Halloween Oneshot: "Hakamori Majo Bianca" Part 2


Here's the second installment of our favorite gloomy witch Bianca.  In this chapter we get some more insight in Zela's intentions and see more of Bianca's "uncle" Girrick.  We also see a little more of Nelo, who will be prominently featured in the 3rd installment.  I guess I really don't want to say more about the chapter because it's more fun to just read and enjoy it.  I really love the clothing in this chapter (Nelo is a great friend!).  So without saying anymore, onto the release!

Oct 11, 2012

Halloween Oneshot: "Hakamori Majo Bianca" Part 1 ("Grave Keeper Witch Bianca") by Aroe Yamazaki

First of all, Bianca isn't ugly! I think she very cute.  She looks like Sally from "The Nightmare Before Christmas."  I would definitely buy a Bianca doll.

This is another oneshot I've been sitting on for a while.  I wanted to release it in October, and it was agony waiting.  During this wait, a second oneshot came out and then a third oneshot was released in Japan last week.  The second oneshot will be released next and the third oneshot will be released toward the end of the month.  It looks to me that this is heading to being an official series.  And yes, if that's the case, we will pick up the series. 

This was a fun project to work on.  I love the artwork and the story very much to my liking.  The translation was a little tricky.  There are some dirty puns and I had to temper or drop the puns to keep the dialog inline with Omari's Sister. I thought about releasing two version, but I didn't think the differences would be enough to justify it.

Zela is an interesting character.  I think the thing to keep in mind when trying to figure out what the story is doing with him is that he's a beast and he's being true to his beast nature.  That is to say, "Beasts act like beasts."  Haha! I guess it's up to the reader to decide throughout the short series whether Zela is a villain or a sweetheart.

Girrick....haha...hmm...I'm not sure what his intentions really are, and I like it that way!

Onto the release!

Oct 9, 2012

Recruitment: We need help for December Releases!

We at Omari's Sister are gearing up for December's Nao Tsukiji and Kaoru Ichinose releases.  To have a successful December, we need a few temporary volunteers to help us out.  The volunteer period starts now and ends December 24th, though you are welcomed to continue on in the group after the 24th.  Here's what we need:

Cleaners --  No prior scanlation experience is needed. If you already have working knowledge of Photoshop I (Kuroneko003) am willing to train you. People who are new to cleaning, consult this tutorial first to make sure you are familiar enough with Photoshop:  http://senbonzakura.kageyoshi.net/beginners-start-here/ .

Redraw Artists -- experience is needed.  I will test you to see the extent of your skill.

Translators -- You will be assigned only oneshot and will help check the translations of 2 other oneshots.  Please, only advanced level Japanese to English translators only.

If you are interested in volunteering for Omari's Sister, please send me an e-mail via the "Contact" link at the top of this blog.

Halloween One-shot: "F no Meikyuu" ("The Mystery of F") by Akira Hagio

We've been sitting on this oneshot for months.  It's from 2011's Kuro Lala.  There was a follow up oneshot in Lala DX and it eventually became a series in Lala DX.  That series is still running.  When we started this oneshot, we didn't know it would become a series, so we didn't plan on doing anymore than the initial oneshot.  That is still our stance now.  Although this is a really good oneshot, it's not something this group would commit to as a series.

This oneshot has a mystery that we don't even know of until it's solved.  I know that sounds weird, but that's how it is.  I like how the ending sneaks up on the reader.  As for the oneshot itself, it has the pacing and feel of "Akagami no Shirayukihime" to me.  I sense the quality of the storytelling, but it's just not for me.  I think readers who like AnS will like this oneshot a lot.  It is also for this reason that I hope a group takes on the series. Hopefully, by doing this first chapter, it'll spur another group's interest in the series.

On to the release!

Oct 7, 2012

Halloween Oneshot: "Snuff Film Monologue" by Amuji Nanakumo

Here's another twisted spooky take from that now infamous August issue of The Hana to Yume magazine.  Like "Tomo's Scary Story," I'm taken aback that this appeared in a Hana to Yume branded magazine.

Anyhow, this is an amazing story to be told in only 16-pages.  The mangaka has demonstrated great storytelling abilities in both her prose and drawings.  I hope to see more from this mangaka in the future.

Onto the release!

Oct 5, 2012

Halloween Oneshot: "Oni Yashiki" ("Haunted House") by Saru Todori

This oneshot is more of a traditional Halloween story.  It's cute, a little spooky, but all around good clean fun.  Grab a handful of candy corn! It's time for "Haunted House!"

Oct 3, 2012

Halloween Oneshot: "Tomo no Kowai Hanashi" (Tomo's Scary Story") by Panya Koro

If you've been following the conversations in the chatbox or on Twitter, then you know this is the freaky little tale the group has been talking about.  This is one of the creepier oneshots that we'll be releasing this month.  I hope you enjoy it as much as the group did.

On to the release!

Oct 2, 2012

Image Library Link and Omari's Sister Needs Your Halloween Banners!!!

It's that most wonderful time of the year again!  Please help our website look unique by submitting  banners for Halloween, Fall, Christmas, and Winter!

Formats: PSD (with separate text layer) preferred, but JPEG, PNG, and Gif are fine too.
Dimensions:
     Height: 200 - 350-pixels, Width: 1250-pixels
Theme: Whatever you think is appropriate for Omari's Sister

Do you need some images to work from!  Have no fear Omari's Sister Image Library is here! (LINK to the Omari's Sister Image Library) You can also source images from our Tumblr! (Link to OS Tumblr) Now you have no excuse not to provide this blog with a ton of lovely banners!

Oct 1, 2012

Halloween Oneshot: "Akuma wo Sasayaku" ("A Devil Whispers") by Youko Nogiri

Welcome to the Omari's Sister month long Halloween one-shot party.  We will try to release every odd day in October.

This first story is just a small appetizer to get us started. It's not scary in the least bit...unless you consider the sweet whispers of a handsome young man to be evil.  Hahaha!  I like this oneshot a lot and I hope you readers enjoy it too.

Onto the release!

Sep 26, 2012

"Magnolia" Chp 25

First of all a bit of business.  The Omari's Sister end-of-summer sale is going on now.  There are still lots of great items and books left to buy.  Please check it out here (Link). A big thanks to those of you who have already made purchases. With the money raised this round, Omari's Sister is self sustaining for another 4 months!  Hooray!!!  Just as an interesting side note: this time around about 75% of the purchases were made by folks outside of the US. Hello, worldly people!  I'm glad to make your acquaintance! Yes, I do ship Internationally, and as long as you keep it under 4-lbs, the shipping costs are reasonable.
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All righty! Now onto "Magnolia!" This is the first of two childhood flashback chapters (or so Naked Ape's Twitter feed says.)  I think the chibis are adorable, but the rest of the group says otherwise.  They really don't like the dramatic eyelashes.  Haha! On a more serious note, I'm really curious about Ayato's fear of becoming female. Are there gender inequality issues in Anestachia that haven't been brought to light yet?  Or is Ayato afraid of being objectified (which is what Hugo does to "her" half the time)? Or is it something else?  The question of femininity intriques me. Lots of people think of feminine attributes as weakness, but I think most people focus too much on brute strength and confuse stoicism for mental fortitude.  I believe there are many types of females and many types of males, and attributes run along a spectrum.  Everyone has strengths and weakness, but I think if a person puts in the effort, weaknesses should not be used as a means or an excuse to hold a person back.  It'll be interesting to see how Naked Ape explores this question.  Already we see a spectrum of masculinity amongst the male characters in the series.  As for femininity, not so much. The only female character that Naked Ape has spent a lot of time on is Lily, and she's super-girly in my opinion.

Enough of my rambling, an onto the release!

Yahoo Email Account Holders -- You've been Hacked!

All of you who have Yahoo e-mail accounts have been spamming the hell out of me.  Your e-mail accounts have been stolen and are now spouting random e-mails at everyone in your address books.  Please, either change your passwords or, EVEN BETTER, get rid of those accounts and get a gmail account.  AUGH!!!!

Sep 24, 2012

New Series Announcement for Fall 2012/Winter 2013!!!

Hooray! Now that we've gotten and are currently getting ourselves from underneath some series, we can start using our resources on some new series. Thank you all for taking the poll and helping me make this decision.  So, without further chit-chat, here's what's coming!

1. Megane no Icubus by Emiko Nakano
This series is only 3 chapters and we will start releasing it in November. I will announce a new short series after we release the last chapter.

2. Dolci by Soumei Hoshino -- This a series about a boy working at a pastry shop founded by ex-biker/delinquents.  It is 3 volumes (15 chapters).  See more previews on the Omari's Sister Tumblr (LINK)

3. Kurogane Girl by Kokoro Natsume -- This is a sci-fi/mecha play off of Romeo and Juliet :). It's two volumes (9 chapters).

4.  Satou-kun no Juunan Seikatsu by Suisu Kanashiki -- This is stooooooopid. It's 3 volumes ongoing (hopefully not for too much longer). See more of a preview on our Tumblr (LINK)

Again, "Megane no Icubus" will start releasing in November and the others will begin in January. We will start working on all the series immediately. 

Sep 23, 2012

New Series Poll Results

Here are the results from the new series poll I ran last week.  I will announce the new series tomorrow.  As a hint, because I cannot gain support from key members of the group, we will not be doing the historical gender-bender romance at this time.  We will, though do the Shoujo Sci-fi series, The Biker turned pastry chef series, the super natural high school romance (only 3 chapters), and the Gag Manga.  My thoughts in choosing these series were:
  1. Give the people what they want unless there's strong opposition from the group.
  2. When combined the second choice is something sci-fi
  3. Give key group members something they want
  4. Give me something I want.
Please look forward to the news tomorrow.

Sep 21, 2012

"Ojousama no Untenshu" Chapter 6

First, a bit of business. Omari's Sister Magazine Goodies and Used Manga Sale is on!  Please check the post to see what goodies from your favorite series we have to offer. LINK Buy stuff! Be happy! Help us pay for the materials that turn into the translations you love :).
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Only 3 more chapters to go!  I've decided to release Chapters 8, 9, and the omake at the same time, so there will only be 2 more releases before we're done with this series.  The next chapter is the one we're all waiting for. I will make an effort to get chapter 7 out in the next few days.  The last release will happen in November.

In this chapter we see more of Tachibana.  I don't want to spoil how this goes, so I won't say anymore. I'm just happy Ishihara-sensei did not choose to go the other way with his character.

Onto the release!

Sep 16, 2012

Aka Lala One-shot "S no Kaikoroku" by Akane Ogure is out on Bakeneko's Lair

The first of the Aka Lala one-shots, "S no Kaikoroku," is out on Bakeneko's Lair.  I felt that the subject of S & M was too intensely presented for Omari's Sister, so I released it on Bakeneko's Lair.  I was disturbed by this oneshot, and therefore don't recommend this for anyone under the age of 16 or for anyone who is uncomfortable with the subject matter.

Sep 15, 2012

2012 Schedule Announcements

First of all:  we are recruiting for all positions.  If you are interested in volunteering for Omari's Sister, please look at the recruitment tab on this blog and then contact me (Kuroneko003) via e-mail through the contact link at the top right hand corner of this blog.

I've finally worked through a schedule for the rest of 2012! Here are the plans:
  • October's One-shot theme -- Halloween! (of course)
  • November's One-shot them -- Fall Tragedies (2 one-shots from Aka Lala)
  • December's One-shot them -- Nao Tsukiji one-shots! (3 long and 1 short)
Series that will be completed --
  • Ojousama no Untenshu
  • Furou Kyoudai
  • Pochamani
  • Fushigi no Maria-kun
Ongoing Series --
  • Magnolia
  • Servamp
Resuming January 2013!!!!
  • Rex Fabula
  • Ore to Atashi no Kareshisama
  • Kemono Kingdom: Zoo (we will be accelerating this since the series is complete in Japan)
  • The Ghost Apartment Manager
  • Detarame no Mousouryoku Opera Chp 3 (end)
With the completion of 4 series by the end of 2012, we can start 2 new series in January 2013.  There are several on my wishlist and I will announce the new series before the end of the year. My feeling is that we will choose one historical romance (1 - 2 volumes) and a josei series for Bakeneko's Lair. We will evaluate the possibility of taking on more new series as 2013 unfolds.

Two chapters of "Ojousama no Untenshu" will be released next week!


Sep 6, 2012

Favorite Water Themed One-Shot Poll Results


Here are the results of the favorite August one-shot poll. I'm kinda surprised that "Over the Blue" was so popular.  I wasn't expecting such a big spread between the top 3 picks and I was expecting better performance for "Summer Blue" and "Kaizokuhime."  The bottom two, I'm not surprised about at all.  Anyhow, this is good data and gives me some clues about what kinds of manga readers like.  I think I have an idea of what readers aren't big fans of, but I also see in this particular poll, my favorite "Summer Blue" wasn't a top pick.  Hahaha!  It helps me stay grounded :).  But my instincts are correct that "typical shoujo" like "Shima x Dan" and "The Day I Kissed a Whale" aren't expected or preferred amongst our readers.  I think that's the case too amongst OS group members.  I can tell you, no "typical shoujo" is planned moving forward.  In fact we're expanding the types of shoujo we cover and we'll be taking some chances this fall and winter with some weird, horror-themed, ecchi, and josei manga.  The good thing is right now, many of the magazine I subscribe to are trying different things in a effort to find a hit, so I'm seeing a lot more experimental one-shots and short series.

Anyhow, if you would like to expand on your favorite or what you think was the worst from August, please feel free to go nuts in the comments section.  I would love to hear your opinion and I keep those opinions in the back of my mind as I select projects for the group.

Sep 4, 2012

"Ojousama no Untenshu" Chapter 5

Events are progressing in "Ojousama no Untenshu" and soon Sayaka will have to make a choice. I'm actually about to burst out of my skin because I want to get to chapter 7 and chapter 8 already. But we still have to get through chapter 6.  Anyhow, this is a cute chapter, though the path to cuteness requires a stop over with a character I want to slap the crap out of.  Heheh, but it wouldn't be any good if I didn't want to slap this dude. I think, though this chapter begins setting up for the final resolution of the story which most of you won't see coming.  Haha! Yes, there are a couple of twists, but if you consider Sayaka's personality, the ending is obvious.

Also, check out the many beautiful drawings of Narutaki.  Amrai, the translator, likes page 36. I like the drawing at the bottom of page 23 (going by the page number of the PDF). Page 26 is also adorable.

Enough of my rambling before I spoil the entire series.  On to the release!

Sep 2, 2012

Akagami no Shirayukihime has been Transferred to Fallen Syndicate

Well, that was quick! Yes, we are transferring "Akagami no Shirayukihime" to our friends at Fallen Syndicate.  The transfer is immediate, meaning they will handle the release of chapters 35 - 37 using our translations and high quality raws.  After that, we will have no further involvement in the series. As for Akidzuki Sorata's future one-shots, they will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. We do know there are other groups who like Sorata-sensei's stories more than we do, so I think we would wait and see if those group translate the one-shots before taking any one of them on.

We realize we are moving on from our most popular series, but popularity and hits were never our goal, and honestly AnS popularity had become a burden. We felt we couldn't drop the series earlier because we feared the wrath of fandom.  Unfortunately, this led to resentment and hate towards a series.  As a scanlator doing this as a hobby for free using the money out of my own pocket, it's very stressful to dread working on a series.  This is supposed to be fun, and working on AnS hasn't been fun for me since the pirate arc ended. 

I want to thank everyone who's supported the series so far. I was hoping we'd get to the finish the series, but my hopes were dashed after AnS was transferred to Lala.  This is a double edged sword.  It's great that AnS can go on indefinitely, but at the same time it's horrible AnS can go on indefinitely. Unfortunately, for us in the US, the longer a series runs, the more unlikely it is the series will be licensed.  Also, series that run on indefinitely usually fizzle out rather than ending in a satisfying matter.  I hope AnS ends on a strong note.

Now that the transfer is set, please support Fallen Syndicate's efforts.  If you only visited Omari's Sister for AnS, we encourage you to try some of our other series, though I admit since AnS was never really our style, our other series and one-shots are nothing like it.  Haha!  Everyone else, please stick around for the future.  We have some great new series and one-shots waiting in the wings and we will be resuming some neglected series very soon ("The Ghost Apartment Manager" and "Zoo"!!!)

August 2012 Statistics, September Plans and AnS

August was our themed one-shot month.  I think it went pretty well, though in the future after Halloween and Christmas, we are probably going to limit it to 3 or 4 one-shots instead of 6.  I wanted to do a more stark alternation between series and one-shots, but from now and into 2013, we have too many on-going series that we need to moving.

In September, we plan to make some progress on our series, though I admit at this moment I don't have a firm release schedule.  As of now "Ojousama no Untenshu, " "Fushigi no Maria-kun," "Furou Kyoudai," and "Servamp" are being worked on. We are also working on one-shots for our Halloween/October one-shot party.  The plan for this month is to go with the flow and see what gets done.  We have one planned one-shot from Tsukiji Nao and Aka Lala is coming in on the 11th or 12th, but until I see the magazine, I don't know how much of it we'll cover and what the schedule will look like.  I do know though with respect to Aka Lala, we will not be paying any attention to what other groups are doing.  We may duplicate efforts, but we are not going to rush.  Rather we will work at our own pace and deliver our best effort.

Okay, now on to a detailed look at August's activities.

Top 10 Visiting Countries
  1. US (CA, NY, TX, MA, FL)
  2. Canada
  3. France
  4. Philippines (Hey! Hey! You guys made a big move up the rank!)
  5. Indonesia
  6. Australia
  7. Germany
  8. Malaysia
  9. Singapore
  10. United Kingdom

Aug 31, 2012

Water-Themed One-Shot: "Seiten ni Tsurugi wo Kazase" ("Raise your Sword in Fair Weather") by Shizuru Onda

Wow! We got this one in with barely any time to spare, though it's not like any of our deadlines are hard. But still, big thanks to Kiruku Naru for her lightening fingers.  I didn't get all the pages to her until yesterday, so I was not expecting to be able to release this today.  Hee! Also, thanks to Jade for a wonderful translation and thanks to Maki from Chinmokurev for helping us clean this one-shot!

We end our August water-themed one-shots with a bang!  This is a really nice one-shot from one of Bisco Hatori's former assistants.  If this one-shot has a familiar feel, now you know why.

Onto the release!

Aug 30, 2012

Water-Themed One-Shot: "Shima x Dan: My Life with Boys on a Island"

As our proofreader Zenny pointed out, we don't often do reverse harem projects.  "Ouran" was definitely a reverse harem and "Magnolia" was looking that way, though now it seems to have narrowed down to Ayato and Hugo with Nagi as the suffering third wheel.  Well, here you go! This is definitely are reverse harem, though it seemed to me a few pages in, Minato and one particular guy had already paired off.  Actually, if you look carefully at the title page, you can see one of the guys has already staked his claim.

This is a super-cute one-shot from the pair of mangaka who brought us "The Devil Mansion's Teacher."  I wanted to release this last summer, but the summer window closed before we could get anywhere close to being done (crazy redraws). But this year, it's just in time to provide a little mental summer vacation.

Onto the release!

Aug 28, 2012

Happiness Loan: Peaceful Old-Age Countermeasure & Pet Owner in Training

It's Ojou time!  This time we have a double feature from the August issue of The Hana to Yume magazine. There's no download. Just click on the images to see them larger.


Aug 25, 2012

Water-Themed One-Shot: "Over the Blue" by Yumi Kiiro

If you read and/or downloaded this earlier, please re-read or re-download the latest version.  We missed two pages the first time around.  The two pages are now included.  Sorry about that.  Thanks to Steaming Bao for the head up.

Here's a very cute one-shot from Yumi Kiiro ("Library Wars"). It was included in the "Nemurenu Kishi ni Hanataba wo" one-shot compilation. This is Kotomi's debut as a translator.  In the past she has been one of the folks who QCs our translations. Let's all welcome Kotomi to her expanded role at Omari's Sister!  I like to thank Silver Lunar for her excellent lettering.  She's definitely rose to the challenge.

There's really not much to say about this one-shot other than it's really cute and a little like "The Little Mermaid" ... but only a little. I kind of wish Kiiro-sensei had done a one-volume short series so we could see what happens Kuzui and Elina after this one-shot ends. But we'll have to leave that to our own imaginations.

Onto the release!

Aug 24, 2012

Water-Themed One-Shot: "Kaizokuhime" ("Pirate Princess") by Yuki Shiwasu

Before we get to the one-shot, I need to do some advertising.  We need an experienced advanced-level Japanese to English translator for "Akagami no Shirayukihime."  We will be working from the tankoubon from now on, however, if the translator wishes, he or she may translate from the magazine so as not to be bombarded with multiple chapters at once.  Also, the translator can work on other OS projects at their own leisure.

We are also recruiting Cleaners and Redraw Artists.  Please see our recruitment page for more details.
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Now onto the one-shot!  You may recognize the name of the mangaka, Yuki Shiwasu.  She is the same mangaka who brought us "Furou Kyoudai."  This was written before "Furou Kyoudai" and the artwork look different from that series.  It's quite a relief considering that most mangaka character designs look the same from series to series.  Shiwasu-sensei's latest works look even better! Her art style has matured nicely.  We will be bringing you more works by Yuki Shiwasu in 2013 and we're going to wrap up "Furou Kyoudai" this October.

And now the release!

Aug 21, 2012

Recruitment: J to E translator Needed for AnS!

Omari's Sister needs an experienced advanced Japanese to English translator for AnS, Aka Lala, and Shiro Lala (2012). If you are interested in volunteering, please contact me (Kuroneko003) using the contact link on the top right corner of the blog.

Aug 18, 2012

Water-Themed One-Shot: "Kujira ni Kisusuru Hi" ("The Day I Kissed a Whale") by Yutaka Asano

Some thanks first :).  Thanks to Holanio for lettering her butt on this one-shot, and thanks to La Noche de los Caidos for helping us clean and redraw this one-shot.  Thanks to you ladies, this one-shot looks gorgeous! Oh, and let's not forget Jade for doing a great translation!

This is probably the most typical shoujo work we've done since chapters 3 - 8 of "Pika Ichi."  First a warning, if you know anything about whales, sea diving, or underwater photography, clear that knowledge from your brain now.  This is a fantasy and fantastic things happen.  Second, this is more like something you'd see in Ribon Special or Deluxe Betsucomi rather than from a Hakusensha magazine, so it is shallow shoujo in the purest sense.  If you like this kind of shoujo already or can get you brain to that magical place you'll enjoy this one-shot a lot.  Everyone else, please admire the pretty pictures.  But all is forgiven since it's a debut work, though, I see after this one-shot, Asano's not done anything since and that was 3 years ago.  Yikes...Haha!  But I really do like the whale and nature drawings in this one-shot and that's the main reason I chose this one-shot.  It's a rare work in which the artwork is enough for me despite the story.  Hopefully this mangaka is happily assisting another mangaka and will one day give her own manga a try again.

On to the release!

Aug 17, 2012

I'm Taking Aka Lala Piggy Back Orders


Aka Lala has just been listed on Amazon JP, so I'm taking piggyback orders if you want a copy of the magazine.  Here's list of some of the artists who will contribute one-shots to the special Lala magazine.

Aka Lala
  • Yumi Kiiro
  • Akane Ogura
  • Kaoru Ichinose
  • Keiko Ishihara
  • Naru Kusakawa
  • Tomo Matsumoto
  • Nao Mashiba
  • Yutaka Tachibana

It will be released in Japan on September 10th.  I will be sending them out on September 13th or 14th.   Here are the prices with shipping included!

  • US $17 (Media Mail + Confirmation)
  • Canada $22 (International First Class)
  • International $32 (International First Class)
If you would like a copy of this special Lala, please send me an e-mail via the contact link at the top right of the blog.  Please include your country.  If you are purchasing multiple copies, let me know.  Shipping on multiple books is not linear.