Dec 31, 2011

Omari's Sister's 2011 Stats

I've been having a heck of time pulling myself from "Rex Fabula" to get this post out.  Haha! There are a few interesting developments at the beginning of chapter 4 that got me hooked.  But if I don't do this post now, I'll be on the crazy January OS train and I won't do it at all.

There were a lot of surprises for me in the statistics for 2011.  You guys sure do like your one-shots!  I did not expect that.  Actually, I expected a backlash.  But...I'm cool with that.  I love one-shots now and I hope we get do many more in 2012.

Some milestones for 2012:

Dec 30, 2011

"Akagami no Shirayukihime" Chapter 28

I only got one proofread on this, but I wanted to put it out now before New's Year activities sweep me away.  Hopefully, we caught all of the egregious typos.  I'll update the file at a later time if more typos are discovered.

I'd like to thank Amrai for taking on the difficult task of translating this chapter.  The Akidzuki Word Salad was horrifically bitter and full of tear inducing onions this time.  I'd also like to thank Kotomi for helping me beat the script into shape.  This chapter was a challenge all around.

This is the last re-introduction chapter in Lala magazine.  The next chapter launches into the next arc of the story.  This is a cute chapter, but it's also a filler chapter.  It revolves around the relationship between Mitsuhide and Zen...and attempts, in a shirtless moment, to grow Zen up some more.

Dec 27, 2011

Zoo Chp 7 is Out!

Head on over to Bakeneko's Lair for "Kemono Kingdom: Zoo" chapter 7.  This chapter's beast is the Shoebill!  Also, Zoo is now a monthly series!

Dec 23, 2011

"Seirei Produce" Chapter 8

Strangely enough, this chapter is very appropriate for Christmas because Amane's backstory is eerily similar to the story of another spirit that descended to Earth whose birth we celebrate this time of year.  Hmmm...It's an interesting twist on that story.  Hahaha!  I wonder if there will be any further parallels.

In this chapter we get a big dose of Amane's back story and the link between what happened to Shiina as a child when she died.  A lot of this links back the extra story that came out between chapters 5 and 6.  In case you haven't read it, here's the link (LINK).  It turns out that childhood flashback is crucial to the story (as well as adorable!).

Dec 21, 2011

2011 Round Up -- Your Input wanted!

I'm going to write up a 2011 retrospective and I would like your inputs as readers of this blog.  I would like to cover the year's stats for Omari's Sister (Can you guess what the most read release was?) and my thoughts on the year in manga.  I would like know your thoughts about manga in 2011.  What were some of your favorite series this year (licensed and unlicensed and in general -- not only from this group)?  What series do you most want to see licensed?  What series did you hate the most?  What one-shots did you like?  I also want to know what you would like to see from Omari's Sister in the future.  How would you change the current project mix?  Would you like to see more separate commentary about manga?  Would you like for us to give more attention to some of the news and announcements in the manga magazines?  Tell me anything :).  I'm listening.  I'll begin compiling the post/s after Christmas.  I'll look forward to your input.

Dec 20, 2011

Omari's Sister is Recruiting! Redraw Artists Needed!

We are in need of some help with redraws.  We have a backlog of releases that need redraws.    Specifically, we need help with:
  • Ojousama no Untenshu
  • Ore to Atashi no Kareshi-sama
  • Fushigi no Maria-kun
  • Furou Kyoudai
If you are an experienced redraw artist (clone stamping & line drawing) and would like to help -- temporary help is welcomed -- please contact me (Kuronek0003) via the "contact" link at the top of the right hand column.

Sakuraiya Blooming!!!

Ah, yes!  Sakuraiya is blooming again ladies.  I'm working on chapter 2 as I type.  This is "Seigi no Mikata", one of our series on "Bakeneko's Lair".  I'm sorry we couldn't bring this bishie to Omari's Sister.  Unfortunately, our hero, Mikata, has a habit of cussing like a sailor and I didn't want to water it down ;p.  Anyhow...this series needs some fangirl love, so if this piques your interest, head on over to Bakeneko's Lair to read the first chapter!

Link to Seigi no Mikata Chapter 1

Dec 18, 2011

"Magnolia" Chapter 17

First a little shameless plug to encourage you all to give the mangaka money for this manga series by purchasing the books.  Volume 3 (Chapters 10 - 16) has just been released and it has a beautiful drawing of Nagi on the cover and the full drawing of Nagi on the first inside page.  There's also a drama CD available.

Dec 17, 2011

Preliminary Plans for 2012

I'm now crafting plans for 2012.  We will be continuing:
  • Magnolia & Lily
  • Yukarism
  • Seirei Produce
  • Rex Fabula (Bakeneko's Lair)
  • Kemono Kingdom (Bakeneko's Lair)
  • Seigi no Mikata (Bakeneko's Lair)
  • Akagami no Shirayukihime
  • Ore to Atashi no Kareshi-sama
  • The Ghost Apartment Manager
  • Fushigi no Maria-kun (9 Chapters total)
  • Kuro Lala
  • Shiro Lala
  • Servamp (Bakeneko's Lair)
We will not be taking on any new series of undetermined length unless something from Bisco Hatori or Akane Ogura comes out.  Instead, anything new we take on will be limited to 5 or less volumes (preferably one or two) or a one-shot.  This is to limit the length of our commitment to a series just in case I get a job or get bored with a series.  Here's a list of new series I have for 2012 (All are 1 or 2 volumes):

  • Ojou-sama no Untenshu (We are soooo close to finishing the first chapter!!!  UGH!!!)
  • Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushi (Shiina Dai)
  • Arashi to Doctor (Shiina Dai)
  • Akuma no Puzzle
  • Gensou Kajin
  • Furou Kyodai
  • Hana-Kimi 2009 and 2011 Tributes
  • Suzu Mousu
  • The Purity Conjuration

Dec 13, 2011

One-shot: "Majo to Yajuu" ("The Witch and the Beast")

This one-shot came out in Hana to Yume magazine around this time last year and has been translated and halfway cleaned for that long.  Haha!  The raw was pretty cruddy, so it was a lot of work to bring it up to this quality.

I would like to thank Mari for her excellent translation.  She said she had a lot of fun with this one-shot.  I think it shows in the translation.  I'd also like to the thank Ichigo Stars for the major redraw she did on the two page spread.  A lot of the center of the page did not exist in the original.  Ichi is truly a miracle worker :).  And let's not forget Holanio and Suzume who put in the time so I could ride roller coasters and work on other projects last weekend.

This is a super cute and touching one-shot.  I was bawling at the end.  I'm such a sap for stories like this.  I'm so glad we finally got this one-shot out!  Ugh...I regret sitting on it this long.

Dec 12, 2011

One-Shot: "Seimei desu ga nani ka?" ("I'm Seimei. What of it?")

WAH-BAM!  It's another one-shot!  This one is a "Shounen for girls" type of one-shot.  I wanted to release this one over a year ago, but it kept getting kicked down the road.  I'm happy we finally finish this one.  Big thanks to Blotty Parchment for taking on the challenge of translating this one-shot.  There were a lot of exorcist terms she had to research.  On top of that, there are language differences between Shoujo and Shounen manga.  It can be a little tough for folks like us who aren't native Japanese speakers.  Also, thanks to Sapphire Pyro for the beautiful typesetting.

Dec 11, 2011

Kuro Lala One-Shot: "Kachuu no Ou" ("The Flowering King")

Here is a one-shot from Yuki Kure ("La Corda Oro").  This is very different from La Corda and her other one-shots.  I liked it a lot because it seemed more mature than her other works.  I really wish this was a two or three part mini-series because I would have liked to have seen more of the two main characters' back story.  Oh well...

Dec 10, 2011

"The Scarecrow of Oz" Chapter 5

This kinda got lost in the shuffle for a few months.  Haha!  We've had a bunch craziness for the last three month, so it was hard to keep up with things.  Anyhow, here is the final chapter of "The Scarecrow of Oz".  This is the last chapter in the serialization in the tankoubon, but there are two omakes from later issues of Hana to Yume magazine.  I have those omakes and at some point we'll get those translated and released.

Anyhow...this chapter sweetly ends a very cute series.  Kurou and Chelvy forever!

Dec 7, 2011

November 2011 Manga Purchases

I didn't purchase many books in November.  I guess it's because there wasn't a lot manga released.  Anyhow, here's a list of the manga I purchased this past November.

English Language
  • "Princess Knight" part 1 by Osamu Tezuka -- Old.  This is nice as a historical artifact, but unless you have a young child to read this to or you're a manga scholar, I think you can skip it.
  • "Ai Ore" Volume 3 -- I'm done with this series.  It no longer holds my attention.
Japanese Language
  • "Hana no Kishi" ("Knight of Flower") Volume 5 by Nishikata Mai -- I was hoping for some extras :(.
  • "Boku to Kanojo no XXX" ("Your and My Secret") Volume 8 by Morinaga Ai -- the series ends very satisfyingly.
December will be a quite a different story.  Lots of manga was released in December in time for the holiday season.

Dec 5, 2011

Manga Review: "Dawn of Arcana" Volume 1

The Loving Spoonful:  The first volume of this series is AWESOME!  Nakaba is my girl and Loki is scrumptious.   There's a good mix of action, romance, and biting insults.  Oh, and the pacing is great!  It doesn't get bogged down in explanations or forced sentiments.  This series, so far, has everything I love. 5/5
It's been a long time since I've written a manga review, so forgive me if this one turns out to be crappy.  I really don't know where to start on this one.  Let's just say when I bought it, I didn't know what to expect.  Red-haired Princess, obviously brings to mind AnS.   It was a comparison I was ready to make as I read "Dawn of Arcana".  I'd say about 5 or 6 pages into it, I realized that this was no clone or relative of AnS (Actually, it's more along the lines "Zettai Heiwa Daisakusen").  This is a truly strong red-haired princess, and her prince, though weak now, is no puss.  After that, AnS flew out of my mind and I was swept away with "Dawn of Arcana".

Dec 4, 2011

Winter and Christmas Themed Banners Needed!!!

We are quickly rushing into winter and the holiday season, so banners are needed to reflect the season and holiday spirit :).  The width needs to be 1200-pixel and the height can be no more than 350-pixels.  Please e-mail the banners to me (Kuroneko003) using the contact link at the top of the page.  PSD is preferred, but jpeg and png are fine too.

Dec 3, 2011

"The Ghost Apartment Manager" Chapter 8

It's been over 3 months since we've released a chapter of "The Ghost Apartment Manager".  I'm sorry to the fans and myself.  This is a special series and I think it's probably our most underrated series.  If you've never read this series, I suggest you give it a try.  The first chapter is really depressing, but once you get past it, the fun begins.

In this chapter we begin Crook's arc.  The chapters following this are beautifully drawn.  I expect Crook's arc will have a lot of emotional impact.  We also learn some more about Leo's death.  I have this awful feeling that Leo committed suicide or was murdered T_T.  I feel so bad that Sekka is holding some candle that Leo can be revived.

Anyhow...on to the link!

Dec 2, 2011

Ouran High School Host Club is Out from Viz

Ouran High School Host Club is out from Viz.  Please support the author and Viz by purchasing the official translated version.

Purchase from the Omari's Sister Amazon Store (Link)

Dec 1, 2011

December at Omari's Sister

I can't believe the year is almost over!  I suppose it's true that time flies when you're having fun :).

Before we get to December, let’s recap November.  We had a lot of success with the Kuro Lala and Shira Lala releases.  I'm very surprised by their success, so I'm glad we were able to share these one-shots.  Hopefully like me, you have become aware of some mangaka you've never heard of.  Toyota Yuu is definitely a new favorite.  I will be looking out for one-shots and series from her in the future.  We are about 1/3 done with the one-shot planned from those two publications.  We plan to finish up the rest of the one-shots through the rest of winter 2011 and 2012.

And now onto December.  Because of the Kuro Lala and Shiro Lala one-shot party, we've fallen grossly behind of some of our series.  I would like to spend December finishing up the half finished series chapters and one-shots that got put aside over the past 3 months so we can have a sorta fresh start in January. Here's was what's planned:

November Statistics

Here are some statistics for Omari's Sister for the month of November! Google Analytics recently underwent an update.  There's new more detailed information about mobile users.  It's interesting see what devices some of you are using.  There's also a new graph called "Visitor Flow" that lets me see how you all are making your way through the blog.

I'm very impressed and surprised with how well the Kuro Lala and Shiro Lala releases were received.  I'm glad you are enjoying them.

Top 5 Releases:
  1. Akagami no Shirayukihime Chp 27
  2. Kuro Lala One-Shot:  Kokoro Rental
  3. Shiro Lala One-Shot:  Dinner in my Coffic
  4. Shiro Lala One-Shot:  Ginsekai no Shoumei
  5. Magnolia Chp 16