Oct 31, 2011

October 2011 Statistics

Here's a wrap up of the statistics for October 2011 at Omari's Sister.

Top 5 Releases
  1. Akagami no Shirayukihime Chp 26
  2. Magnolia Chp 15
  3. Yukarism Chp 8
  4. In the Mirror of Death
  5. The Doll Rebirth Workshop
Top 10 Visiting Countries

Oct 29, 2011

Gentle Shoujo Halloween Manga Recommendations

I've been listening to podcasts and reading various manga critics' blogs and this week's popular theme is Halloween manga.  Unfortunately, most of the title mentioned are just sick, literary, or sick and literary.  Who the hell wants to read a bunch of highbrow manga with graphic violence perpetrated on humans and animals!? And since when has Halloween, other than the movies, been associated with serial killers!? 

Halloween One-shot #2: "The Grim Transfer Students"

Here is our second Halloween one-shot.  I've been holding onto this one for about a year.  It came out just after Halloween last year, so I waited an entire year to put this out at the right time.  The title of this one-shot is "Kuro Tenkousei" or literally, "The Black Transfer Students". To my American ear, that title sounds very wrong and totally misleading, so I decided to use a synonym for black that captured what the story is truly about.  The word "grim" seemed to fit best, so "The Grim Transfer Students" it is.

I was originally going to post this to "Bakeneko's Lair" because it's not very shoujo-y and it's kinda freaky.  But I did release "The Doll Rebirth Workshop" on OS, so...I figured this was in line with that kind of freakiness and psychological drama.  Anyhow, the villain in this one-shot is bat-sh** insane.  I think that's what drew me to this one-shot.  It seemed very out of place in "The Hana to Yume" magazine.  Beyond that though, there is a nice underlying of friendship between the main male characters.  I really like the dark haired boy, Atori :). And now onto the links:

Ore to Atashi no Kareshi-sama Chp 0

This is surprise confection that showed up in Asuka magazine.  I waited until the first chapter actually came out before committing to give this series and try.  The first chapter is pretty hilarious, so I'm looking forward to starting this series.  This will probably be a series that we will release every other month because it's got crazy redraws that rival "Fushigi no Maria-kun".  We will release the first chapter in December.

About the title --
I'm still working of a proper translation.  Since there are no female/male distinctions in English for the words "I" and "me" there is no direct translation for the Japanese title.  The basic idea is  "My, as a male, and My, as a female Exhalted Boyfriend".  When this happens, it's best to give a series an English title that's not a direct translation but captures the idea of the series.  For now I'm going with "Me, My Boyfriend, and I".

Oct 27, 2011

Halloween One-Shot #1: "In the Mirror of Death"

Here is our big Halloween one-shot!  It's "In the Mirror of Death" by Fujiwara Hiro, the same artist who draws/writes "Kaichou wa Maid-sama".  This feels very different that KWMS which was a pleasant surprise. Oh!  And this one-shot debuts our newest Omari's Sister translator!  Let us welcome Jade!  She did a wonderful job on her first project.  Haha!  It was rather brutal of me to give her a 72-page one-shot as an introduction to this group.  I'm such a bad kitty!  I would also like to thank Holanio for typesetting.  This gave me time to catch up on some other projects that needed some attention.

And now onto the links!

Oct 25, 2011

We are Officially Dropping "Pika Ichi"

We are officially dropping "Pika Ichi".  Hopefully another group will pick it up quickly.  As of now I'm not interested in the rest of the story and there are other series that the group and I would like to work on.  I'm sorry to all the fans out there, but I promise we will bring you a new and fabulous series from Asuka that will make you forgive us 1000 times over.

HOLY CRAP!!! "Seirei Produce" is Back!!!!

I'm crying because I'm so happy.  I am so translating his as soon as I'm done with the October stuff!!!!  HELLZ YEAH!!!!!  *dies happy*

For those of you who have no idea of what I'm talking about, please bring yourself up to speed on this hilarious series:

Chp 1
Chp 2
Chp 3
Chp 4
Chp 5
Chp 5 Omake
Chp 6

Oct 23, 2011

Kuro Lala and Shiro Lala One-shot Party?

I've looked at the series we're doing and the resources and we will do half and half.  This means that we will be doing one-shots for Kuro Lala and Shiro Lala through-out the rest of the fall and winter :).  There will be no set schedule for the one-shot releases.  They'll get done as they get done!

So far Omari's Sister's volunteers and a lot of the readers are enthusiastic about the Kuro Lala and Shiro Lala one-shots.  I'm now working on a schedule that will allow us to do most of the one-shots and maintain a decent pace on our series.  We will not interrupt Magnolia, Yukarism, and Akagami no Shirayukihime.  The other series, we will release as they get done in November and December.  In January, we will return to regular releases of series and 2 or 3 one-shots per month.  During this one-shot party, we will release the one-shot by our most beloved mangaka first and introduce you all to some little known mangaka as we finish the project in 2012.  We will also throw in some one-shots that are not from Kuro or Shiro Lala. These were planned and begun months ago, so I want to release them too.  Here's the beginning of the list of the stuff from Kuro Lala that will do (will add to the list as I get them into my computer).  If there's a particular one-shot on this list that you are burning to read, leave a comment.  This will help me figure out the priority of projects.:

Oct 22, 2011

More Shiro Lala Info and other Lala Related info!

Update!  Tell us what you like us to do in November and December.  Do you want us to translate most of Kuro Lala and Shiro Lala or space it out and focus on the series.  Please take the poll in the upper right hand column of this blog.

Here's some more information about Shiro Lala.  More mangaka have been announced and there are some teasers for the one-shots.  Sorry, I don't have time to completely translate the advertisement, but hopefully this is enough info and pictures to get you excited.  We will try to bring you most of these one-shots.  I'll present of the schedule of releases once I have the magazine in hand and decide which one-shots we will translate.  I'm totally psyched!  We still have so much to do from Kuro Lala.  Haha!  We'll get though both magazines eventually (Click on the images to see a larger version).

Oct 21, 2011

Fushigi no Maria-kun Chp 3

Tonight was anime night and I was wasn't sure whether I was going to be able to post this tonight at all, so I did a quick post earlier.  Now I have time to write a full post.

This is the third chapter for "Fushigi no Maria-kun" and this time we get to see matters from Maria's perspective.  My gosh is Maria sweet and huggable!  I liked translating this chapter a lot.  Maria's inner monologues are beautifully written in Japanese.  I hope I was able to translate some of that beauty into English.  Shiina Dai never ceases to amaze me with her simple but poignant dialog.

And now, here's the link:

Oct 18, 2011

Spooky One-Shots from the Past!

It's the haunting season and I like nothing more than supernatural and spooky stories for this time of the year. Here's a list with links to the spooky and ghostly one-shots we've translated in the past! (Click on the captions to go to the one-shot)

Oct 16, 2011

Kuro Lala One-shot: "The Doll Rebirth Workshop"

Here is our third spooky one-shot from Kuro Lala.  I'd categorize this one-shot as campy horror.  It's surprising gory for something carrying the Lala brand. And now I leave you with the thought, "It never ends well when a deranged teenage girl gets hold of an exacto knife."  I lied.  Actually, I do have a question for you readers.  What's the moral of this story?  For the life of me I can't figure out what I was supposed to learn from this bizarre little tale of bitchcraft.  The ending is very "WTF?"

Oct 11, 2011

Buy My Lightly Used Manga

My shelves are sagging and overflowing again, so it's time to get rid of the old to make room for the new!  So please buy some of my manga.  Most of them have only been read once and are in nearly new condition.  I have books in English and Japanese.  The English books are $4 each unless otherwise specified and the Japanese books are $3 each unless otherwise specified.  I will give you a deal if you buy the whole set of books.  All transactions will be handled through Paypal.  Please check here for shipping cost information.  I will use Priority Mail flat rate shippers for purchases within the US (very reasonable). If you are interested, please send me an e-mail that includes:
  • The books you want
  • The e-mail address to send the Paypal invoice to
  • What country I will sending the books to
  • US: Priority Mail or Media Mail
  • International:  Priority (Air), Air, or "the slow boat"
I will confirm the order and give you a shipping estimate before sending the invoice.

Here's what I've got!

Oct 10, 2011

"Yukarism" Chapter 8

First of all, I would like to acknowledge the effort the team of Omari's Sister translators put into page 6.  There was a lot of :/, but after a couple of days of e-mail exchanges, I think we got a decent translation.
It's been a while since we've had a chapter of "Yukarism".  Hopefully, this chapter is worth the wait and hopefully the way the chapter ends will help you understand why I held onto it until now.  In this chapter we, along with Yukari, learn a lot about Mahoro.  We also start getting glimpses of what happened between Yuumurasaki, Takamura, and Kazuma in the past and those glimpses give us some insight into Yukari's detached personality.  These are only just glimpses, though, leaving us with many unanswered questions about the past and Yukari.  And now onto the links:

Oct 6, 2011

"Akagami no Shirayukihime" Chapter 26

At last we come to the end of the Tanburn arc.  I'm kinda surprised this chapter didn't begin with some color pages.  Oh well, this is still nice.

Oct 4, 2011

"Magnolia" Chapter 15

 *Runs forward*

What a nice title page!  This page makes me want to have a Magnolia calendar for 2012.  That would be soooooo nice.

Oct 2, 2011

October at Omari's Sister! Spooky Banners are Needed!

We've entered the spooky month! Muwhohahahaha!  But first, a little bit about September.  We got a lot done considering my home server crash and the folks who are students in this group getting into stride at school.  Good job everyone!

September 2011 Stats!

Here are some stats for Sept 2011.

Top 5 Releases:
  1. Ouran High School Host Club August 2011 Special Chapter
  2. One-Shot: Kamisama no Sonata

Oct 1, 2011

September 2011 Manga Purchases

Here's the list of the manga purchases I made this month.

English Language Books:
  • Skip Beat, Volume 25 -- This volume covers the bulk of the Valentine's Day arc.  Both Sho and Ren sorta do battle in the wake of Kyoko giving Reino Valentine's Day hate chocolates.  I noticed a little bit of sloppiness in the image editing and the English adaptation (the script needed more massaging), but overall it was clearer than what's available in scanlation.  I really liked this volume a lot!  5/5
  • Kamisama Kiss, Volume 5 -- I've only read the first half.  So far it's very cute.