Jul 31, 2012

"Seigi no Mikata" Banners are Needed!!!

We're winding up the last two chapters of "Seigi no Mikata" this week.  It would be great to have some banners to celebrate this great short series.  Here are some materials for you to work from (images are linked to full-size images):

Banner specifications --
  • Length: 1250-pixels
  • Height: upto 350-pixels
  • File Format: PSD preferred so I can make changes if needed. Otherwise, jpeg or png.

Jul 29, 2012

Aria One-Shot: "Young Shinba and the Sleeping Giants" by Haru Maebashi

This one-shot has been simmering on the back burner for over a year.  We've been working on it bit by bit for that long until it snuck up on me all lettered and nearly ready for release.  I was gonna release a few days ago, but I decided not to bury "Ojousama no Untenshu," so I let it sit a little longer.

Anyhow...this is shounenish one-shot from Aria magazine.  The premise is good, but as a one-shot there aren't nearly enough pages to fully flesh-out the concept and the story. I would have liked to have seen this as 3 to 4 chapter short series instead. Who knows...maybe we'll see this again is a tweaked and longer incarnation.

On to the release!

We're Bringing "Servamp" to Omari's Sister

As you may know we are taking a different tack with "Bakeneko's Lair."  As such we are bringing the current series we run there back to Omari's Sister.  "Bakeneko's Lair" will continue, but it will truly be targeted at readers older than age 16. 

Chapter 3 of "Servamp" is well on its way to being done.  It has just been sent to the typesetter and should be ready for release in 2 to 3 weeks.  Until then, please refresh yourselves or catch-up on the series:

Jul 27, 2012

Tumblr: Sneak Peek at the Halloween one-shot we're working on!

Head on over to Omari's Sister's Tumblr to see what we are working on for our Halloween one-shot party in October:
  • Hakamori Majo Bianca part 1
  • Hakamori Majo Bianca part 2
  • Ahriman
  • Akuma wa Sasayaku
  • Iwaku no Rose
  • Maousa (joint with The Zero Alliance)
  • Muroji no Sato
  • Oni Yashiki
  • Junketsu Diablos
We are still leaving some slots open for Aka Lala and 2012 releases :).  A complete plan will come at the end of September.

Jul 25, 2012

"Ojousama no Untenshu" Chapter 4

Here's chapter 4 as promised! It's the older-woman-hits-on-Narutaki chapter we all expected. Get your eye-rolls over with now.  Forget the pretty older lady, what's entertaining here is Sayaka's reaction to Narutaki's and Miss Fumi's relationship.  Now that this expected chapter is over with, guess what comes next??? Geez, I wonder could Sayaka's father could have picked out a fiancee for Sayaka. Noooooo, that would never happen. That would be be way too predictable.  Hahaha! As I've said before, I don't mind cliches as long as they are done well (and there's nicely drawn eye candy...ahem...cough...cough).

Oh and some notes for some folks for whom English is a second language:
  • "Spirits" -- euphemism for alcohol and whiskey
  • "Working woman" -- euphemism for "prostitute"
And a translator note for "Sanshou Dayu":  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sansho_the_Bailiff
The Wikipedia article is about a movie, but I imagine there's an older literary source for the story.

Oh! I almost forgot! This is the debut of Kurohaineko as one of our redraw artists!  She's taken care of all the redraws up through chapter 7.  Kuronhaineko comes to us on loan from another group :). Please give thanks to her for lending us her talents so we can complete this series successfully.

Onto to the release!

Jul 24, 2012

"Ojousama no Untenshu" Chp 3

Watery banners are needed for August!!!! (width 1250 px, max height 350 px)

I hadn't realized that it's been more than 3 months since we last released a chapter of this series. Time does fly! Anyhow, we are accelerating this series. Our goal is to complete the series in September, which means we will be release 2 or 3 chapters per month. In fact, chapter 4 will be released tomorrow!

Let's give thanks to Amrai for her wonderful translation. This series is quite a challenge both in terms of translation and English adaptation. In light of the recently reignited honorific debate, I experimented by using English equivalents of Japanese honorifics. I'm not sure I like it and I know some of you who understand the importance of honorifics may not like it either.  I think, though, you can guess the Japanese honorific if you give it some thought. Anyhow, I'm still on the fence with respect to honorifics. I prefer to use them when the characters are Japanese in Japan and I think it's inappropriate to use them with non-Japanese characters that are not in Japan.

Onto the release!

Jul 23, 2012

Akagami no Shirayuki Volume 8 Release Date Announced

“Akagami no Shirayukihime” Volume 8 will released in Japan on September 5. It should reach me by September 7th. I expect soon after to release chapter 35. We have been translating from the magazines such that when the tankoubon arrives we can deliver the outstanding high quality chapters quickly. Thank you all for your patience and understanding. It’s just that I want to do right by Akiduki Sorata’s gorgeous artwork.

Lala Magazine Announcements on Omari's Sister's Tumbler!

  • Lala 9 Highlights including information on two new series by Sakura Tsukuba (Penguin Revolution) and Tokho Mizuno! (LINK)
  • More Aka Lala and Shiro Lala artist announcements!  Aka Lala is going to be EPIC!!! Gotta rework the release schedule. (LINK)
Join Tumblr and follow Omari's Sister on Tumbler to see highlights from the manga magazines Kuroneko003 subscribes to, and see sneak peeks of our series as we work on them. Fun and excitement! (LINK)

Jul 18, 2012

"Lily" Chapter 4

I have the sinking feeling that this chapter is going to piss a lot of people off. It's well worn shoujo territory and there are lots of folk who read OS who are opposed to student/teacher relationships, including myself. Unfortunately, this is part of the "Magnolia" story, so I can't just not translate it. That would be weird.

I had to set a lot of my brain aside to accept this chapter. First I had to set aside my hatred for student/teacher relationship fantasies, then I had to set aside my hatred for age gap fantasies, and finally I had to shut down a most of the feminist part of my brain to get past Lily's desperation. I pretty much accepted this as a 15-year girl with raging hormones raging at the first guy she happened to meet.  And what have we learned from past one-shots about 15-year old girls? MEN, STAY AWAY FROM 15-YEAR OLD GIRLS. THEY WILL GET YOU IN TROUBLE FOR LIFE. I like Lily, but Saiga needs to run far, far away from this impending disaster.

It's pretty funny the way Saiga walked through all the ways their relationship was a bad idea and Lily, in teenage fashion, didn't hear a word he said. Seriously, Lily? You're not even going to try to resist your raging hormones? UGH!!! Okay, that aside, it's well written and well drawn, and I don't know mind cliches as long as they are done well.

Onto the link!

Jul 16, 2012

Ao Lala One-Shot: "00 Day of Summer Holiday" by Akizuki Sorata

We knocked this out quickly :).  Big thanks go out to Amrai, Holanio, and Ichigo Stars for jumping right on this project. Great job everyone! Oh, and Ichi made a clean version of the title page and I've turned it into a wallpaper!!!


Anyhow, this is easily my favorite Akidzuki Sorata one-shot.  I love the simplicity of the story, dialog, and artwork. It's a perfect summer one-shot :3

Onto the link!

Jul 15, 2012

The only Series we've dropped are on our Drop List

We haven't dropped any series.  If you haven't seen a series lately on our website, it's because we're very behind.  Yes, it's my fault because I see shiny new things and I have to pounce on them.  Rest assured though that we are working on all of our series at some capacity.  Right now, we are trying to finish some of short-series in a big push so we can go back to some of our longer and ongoing series without the distractions.

I have updated our release schedule so you can see the progress we are making on all of our ongoing series.

Jul 12, 2012

"Detarame Mousouryoku Opera" Chapter 2

Phew! We're finally done with another Bisco Hatori marathon!  I'd like to thank Amrai for helping me with some of the details of the translation.  I also want to give thanks to Ichigo Stars to suffering through some of the tougher redraws. We only have one more chapter of this series to go!  We've begun, but I'm afraid we won't be done with it for another 7 to 10 days due to the rigors of translation and cleaning :(.  The good thing, though, is that this won't be looming over our heads after we're done.

This second chapter is all about gravity, and unfortunately for some of you, I mean gravity as in physics. I found this very strange for a shoujo manga.  For the most part the physics make sense.  It makes me wonder whether Japan gets the US's Discovery channel "How the Universe Works" show.  The explanations reminded me of what was explained in the episodes about blackholes. Anyhow, I hope this isn't off-putting for too many of you.  Underlying this, are Hifumi's concerns about her lack of femininity. I guess I don't feel she's that manly, but my calibration for such things may be off considering that I'm mathematically inclined.  The romance...uh...well...haha...I understand Yokuto's feelings, but I need more convincing with respect to Hifumi's feelings.

Enough of my yammering.  Onto the link!

Ao Lala Previews and Plan

Ao Lala is out and I have posted the title pages from all of the one-shots on Tumblr

Our plan so far is to only translate "Natsu Yasumi 00 Nichime." The theme of Ao Lala is Junior High romance and school life. In general that is outside of what we enjoy translating. Though many of the one-shots are cute, we feel there are other one-shots that suit Omari's Sister better. Hopefully, some other groups will translate the other Ao Lala one-shots. We are looking forward to Aka Lala which appears to have one-shots that will be more inline with what Omari's Sister translates.

Jul 6, 2012

Aoi Lala is Arriving to me on Next Week!

Aoi Lala is arriving to me next week on Wednesday or Thursday.  Those of you who pre-ordered copies will get you're copies a few days later depending on how far away you are from Southern California.  I have ordered two more extra copies, so if you would like a copy of Aoi Lala, please send me an e-mail.  It's $17 for folks within the US, $22 for Canadians, and $32 for everyone else.  These prices include shipping.

Happiness Loan -- Offense and Defense in Front of the Monitor

It's Ojou-chan again!!!  I love this short gag series!

Once again because there are only 4 pages, there is no download.  Just read the comic right here :)

Jul 2, 2012

June 2012 Statistics

Here are some statistics for June 2012.

Top 5 Releases
  1. Akagami no Shirayukihime Chp 34
  2. One-shot: "Souai Metaphysica"
  3. Magnolia Chp 23 (big jump in readership!)
  4. One-shot: "Katakoi"
  5. One-shot: "Wild Wing"
Top 10 Visiting Countries
  1. USA (CA, NY, TX, MA, FL -- first time for FL.  Hello Floridians!)
  2. Canada
  3. France
  4. Indonesia (Whoa! moving up in the ranks!)
  5. Philippines
  6. Australia
  7. Germany
  8. United Kingdom
  9. Malaysia
  10. Singapore

Jul 1, 2012

My June 2012 Manga Purchases

Here are lists of the manga purchases I made in June.  Click on the links to see pictures of the covers on Tumblr

English Language Books
  • “Alice in the Country of Hearts” Omnibus Volume 1
  • “Alice in the Country of Hearts” Omnibus Volume 2
  • “Alice in the Country of Hearts” Omnibus Volume 3
  • “Alice in the Country of Clovers”
  • “Dawn of the Arcana” Volume 4
  • “Kamisama Kiss” Volume 9
  • “Ouran High School Host Club” Volume 18
  • “Black Bird” Volume 14
  • “The Earl and Fairy” Volume 2
Japanese Language Books
  • “Inoribana” by Mikase Hiyashi
  • “Mizutama Fabric” by Mikase Hiyashi
  • “Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii” Volume 2 by Dai Shiina
  • “Uchi de Ocha de mo” by Yasuko Tsukioka
  • “Renai Democractic” by Chie Shimada
  • “Hatsukoi Succubus” by Haruki Okada
  • “Seigi no Mikata” Volume 2 by Miyuki Mitsubachi
 Electronic Manga Purchases
  • Viz iPad App
    • “Sand Chronicles” Volume 1
    • “Sand Chronicles” Volume 2
    • “Seiho Boys School” Volume 1
    • “Seiho Boys School” Volume 2
  • JManga
    • “Your and My Secret” Volume 7