A new scanlation project and something that should keep me busy for a few decades.
Twinkle Twinkle Idol Star is a manga from the early 90s during the Japanese boom in idol singers and especially girl duos. Meet Ayumi on the left and Marimo, right. They won a talent contest and are now the idol singer duo "Twinkle", rising rapidly in the charts and destined for stardom. The driving force is Marimo who came up with the idea of entering the contest in the first place, dragging her friend Ayumi reluctantly along in her wake. That's her boyfriend, Ayumi... cleans up nicely, doesn't he?
I got hold of some scrappy raws of this series last year. Frustrated at the quality of the scans I bought the complete series of ten published tankos from the original German scanner and started scanning them myself with the plan of publishing decent raws a chapter at a time. Of course at that point someone else stepped in and released volume 1 as HQ raw scans. I put the books away, expecting Mr. Anonymous to continue scanning the rest of the books without me. Of course Mr. Anonymous didn't but the impetus was lost and I moved on to other things such as the Change H! series and some of the stories therein.
Now I'm back at the coalface, planning to scanlate rather than simply producing raws. Cleaning is a bitch as these are old books and the paper is fading and spotchy. Lots of Zipatone splattered here and there, careless editing (there's at least one blank speech balloon that made it past the editor) and complicated backgrounds over double-page spreads make it WORK rather than a pleasure, but it's something to do. I'll now find out someone else is doing this series behind my back...