Saturday, 10 December 2011

More RAW manga stuff

 Here's a couple of RAW manga chapter sets collected from assorted sources of scanned periodical magazines. First up is Fudanshi Furu! by Morishige which is a sequel to the complete Fudanshism series about a school's "Perfect Prince" who crossdresses as a gothic Lolita to woo and win the heart of the girl he loves from afar.

 Chapters 1 through 14 have been released in 2 tankos. This set of magazine-scan chapters runs from no. 16 to 22 but is missing chapters 15 and 20. The series is now complete and I expect another tanko release will be issued soon to cover the last 8 chapters.

 Fudanshi Furu! ch 15 - 22 [incomplete] [RAW]  [Mediafire]  83MB

 Next is a couple of chapters of Hero's Secret by Imamura Youko. This is the story of a sentai team like the Power Rangers and Sailor Moon. The traditionally-female Pink Ranger role has been forced upon an unsuspecting young man who has to deal with assorted intrusions (so to speak) from his secret identity into his private life. Chapter 5 on the other hand involves a MtF bodyswap between two other members of the team.

 This manga started life in the Change H! anthology series which is officially on hiatus. Some of the stories from it such as Hero's Secret are carrying on in Shonengahosha's Young King Monthly magazine which is where these two chapters come from.

 Hero's Secret ch 04-05 [RAW] [Mediafire]  17MB

 I'm continuing to work on Twinkle Twinkle Idol Star chapter 5 (and 6 too as they are a single storyline). Other things that may distract me include an upcoming Amazume story in Young King Monthly which appears to be a followup to "My Sempai", assuming I can get the raws for it.

 The Word Of The Day is TENMIKO!

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Home Again Home Again

 Been kinda busy IRL the last couple of months and only now managed to get some quality scanlating time in and (be still my beating heart!) ACTUALLY FINISH AND RELEASE SOMETHING! So here it is.

Chapter 1 of Nana-chan wa Ore no Mono (Nana-chan is Mine!) by Kamimura Sumiko, published in 1996.

Akiyama Youichi is a high-school boy who adores the cute Nana-chan from afar but he's clueless about girls and terrified of asking her out on a date. He discovers in a very peculiar manner that he has a love rival for Nana-chan's affections in the curvy and sexy shape of Natsuhara Yuri, a classmate and (platonic) best friend of Nana-chan. The battle for Nana-chan's affections is joined with Youichi trapped in Yuri's body and Yuri using Youichi's body to ask Nana-chan out on a date. May the best, umm, person win!

 Nana-chan wa Ore no Mono ch 1 [ENG] [Mediafire] [4shared] 46MB

A little ecchi but not hentai, the story is complete in one volume. I'll try and push on with scanlating the other three chapters but I'll be continuing with other projects such as Twinkle Twinkle Idol Star now this first chapter is out of the way.

 The Word of the Day is DOKIDOKI.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Moving right along

 Reaching You scans have finally rolled out chapter 9 of Ame nochi Hare, the last full chapter in volume 2, with my inestimable help providing raws, rough translations and occasional pushing from behind. There's still a two-page omake to come before the entire volume release will be put to bed and then we move on to volume 3 but that will be some time in the future.

 This gap allows me to finally get on with finishing the first chapter of Nana-chan, assuming I don't get distracted by something else such as another TG/TS raw screenrip series like Body Drive... oops. Here, have a picture...

 The Word of the Day is ARA...?

Friday, 9 September 2011

Urara-chan no Naka no Hito RAWs

 This is another side-project to distract me from getting on with the stuff I should be getting on with. Urara-chan no Naka no Hito is a web comic, released in monthly chapters. What I've done is screen-rip the pages, that is I framegrabbed the images and pasted them as files into a graphics package before cropping and adjusting them. The result is similar to a scanned paper manga but usually better quality as they are direct digital copies rather than being printed on cheap paper first. Here, have a picture:

It's basically a comedy storyline with a rather perverted manga artist occasionally possessing a young high-school girl courtesy of a couple of Mad Scientist types. Lots of pantyflash fan service, not any sex (at least not yet).

 I'm not doing anything with this series other than providing RAWs and I don't know if anyone is planning to scanlate it but anyway here are the files. HQ means the pages are about 2150 pixels high, the maximum size the webcomic interface will generate.

 Urara-chan no Naka no Hito RAW chapters [Mediafire]

A blog called jCafe are also providing HQ raws but you need to register on their site to get access to their archives. I've ripped the chapters I'm making available myself and I'll add to the collection as and when. Note that chapters 2 though 6 are no longer available as a webcomic as the first six chapters have been collected and published as a tanko. I hope to source RAWs of those chapters but they may not be the same quality as the HQ screenrips I've done myself.

 The Word of the Day is PANCHIRA.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Balance Policy Chapter 5

 Finally rolled out my scanlation of chapter 5 of Balance Policy, from the Change H! White volume. This is credited to me and also WOW!Scans as I used their script as a basis for this release but I did rewrite a chunk of it during the editing process.

 They do say explaining a joke spoils it but to save people coming back and pointing it out to me as a mistake on my part, the room names sign on page 9 is how it was shown in the original manga -- Gorou and Kenji, the naughty scamps added the second "name" card as badly handwritten Japanese kanji which I replaced with the badly-handwritten English equivalent.

 Here, have a picture:

 Balance Policy ch 05 [ENG] [4shared] [Mediafire] 12MB

 Another minor release on my part, accompanying the RAW release of Boogie Cat Navi chapter 8 I did a couple of days ago is a scan of the tanko's front cover.

 Boogie Cat Navi vol 2 cover [4shared] [Mediafire]  2.2MB

 OK, that clears the decks to allow me to get a clear run at finishing the first chapter of  Nana-chan. Well, there's still the last bit of Ame nochi Hare volume 2 to finalise with the guys at Reaching You Scans and I've got the third volume to generate a script for plus I'm probably going to be producing production-quality scans for that too and... Hmmm, chapters 5 and 6 of Twinkle could do with some more TLC... [slaps self on forehead]. Jaa.

 The Word of the Day is GRUUUMBLE.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Boogie Cat Navi RAW chapter

This is another old-skool manga from 2001 which has had no lurve from scanlators as far as I can tell. It has a TG-based plotline in chapter 8, a magical sex-change episode where the hero Ozuno Raika gets a chance to walk on the wild side courtesy of his shapeshifting twin-tailed magical cat sidekick Navi. Raws only as I don't have enough interest in the manga to bother with scanlating it and besides I've got more stuff I should be getting on with (displacement displacement displacement...) Have a picture:

Download it from here:

Boogie Cat Navi ch 08 [4shared] [No Mediafire download yet.] 22MB

If anyone wants this chapter in higher-res to scanlate it email me -- my gmail address is albedo404, not surprisingly. In further news I've finished scanlating and editing the fifth chapter of Balance Policy. It's awaiiting QC and sanity checking before I release it but that should happen in the next couple of days. I've also got a few more pages of Nana-chan edited but it's still a long way to go to finish the chapter.

The Word of the Day is TENKOU.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Further Displacement

I did say I was easily distracted, didn't I?

I'm moving ahead with the first chapter of Nana-chan but as I warned you it's over fifty pages. I'm now about halfway through it so I think I've earned a little side trip. It appears WOW!Scans have either totally disintegrated or at least are having a quiet time in the rubber room before coming back to the scanlation business sometime in the future. Because of that I'm going to be releasing Balance Policy chapter 5 using the WoW! script and my own scans which I judge to be better quality than the ones they offered me (but I would say that, wouldn't I?) It shouldn't take too long as Yoshitomi-san is sparing with the text-over-graphics stuff that takes an age to clean up and the speech balloons are minimal. Only sixteen pages and I've already got the first four done and dusted which is a good start. Have a picture:

In other news I've continued working with Reaching You scans to get the last chapter plus omake of volume 2 of Ame nochi Hare finished and out the door. Plans are afoot to get started on the third volume with me doing most of the translation and maybe providing usable raws for the team. Coincidentially the fifth volume's release date (October 2011) has just been announced on

The Word of the Day is: REGENERATION

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Look! Over There! (Scurry scurry scurry...)

I get bored waaay too easily, and distracted even... what was I saying just now? Ummm, so, displacement activity, it's what's for dinner! And the result of my getting a trifle bored with scanlating Nana-chan was to go off and scanlate something else. And so, here's My Senpai by Amazume Ryuta from the TS anthology Change H! White, the most recent (and possibly last) volume in the Change H! series.

I had been waiting for another scanlation group to do this short four-pager story but when it hadn't appeared several months after White was published and I managed to get hold of a copy of that volume I decided to at least scan it in and publish the raws. Problem was I now had a short 4-page untranslated TS manga sitting on my hard drive while I was staring down the barrel of the next fifty pages of the first chapter of Nana-chan which was itself displacement activity from the next two chapters of Twinkle Twinkle Idol Star and I had finished the displacement work I had been doing for Reaching You Scans on Ame Nochi Hare and so... Have a picture.

My Senpai [4shared] [Mediafire] (16.7 MB)

Now to get back to work on the stuff I should be doing, like Balance Policy chapter 5 -- no, that's not right is it? It's just I have the raw scans of that chapter sitting on my hard drive and... help?

The Word of the Day is BRASSIERE

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Grind Grind Grind

Still working away at scanlation; the primary manga on my joblist is now Nana-chan to Ore... because I've got the bit in my teeth now. I'm still assisting Reaching You scans with the last bit of volume 2 of Ame Nochi Hare and I'm manfully resisting the temptation to scanlate my raw scans of a short Amazume one-shot from Change H! White which WOW!Scans have not yet done anything with. It's only four pages which is good but full-colour which is a lot of work to clean and edit. I'll try to resist a bit more (but it's an Amazume transgender story, always interesting and twisty and the artwork's sooo nice...), at least while I get a serious chunk of Nana-chan out the door -- chapter 1 is 55 pages long, a bit of a handful. Here, have a picture:

Gravity sucks, doesn't it?

The Word of the day is CHUU.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Sekrit Project REVEALED!

I first read this manga many years ago via a badly scanned incomplete and untranslated download from IRC and I was somehow taken by it. I decided if I could ever get hold of a copy of the original book I'd scan it in and even make an attempt to translate it if I learned enough Japanese, but how likely was that to happen? And then it happened. So this is going to be my next project (drum roll please!)-

菜々ちゃんは俺のもの(Me and my Nana-chan) by 上村純子 (Kamimura Sumiko)

_Nana-chan_ is a classic bodyswap tale but with a couple of twists as rivals for the beautiful Nana-chan's affections fight for her using magic and dirty tricks in equal measures. It's ecchi rather than hentai and not even much of that -- I'm not that fond of much of the hentai TS/TG stuff out there I must admit. It will take me a while to get through the single volume but as a taster, have a picture.

I'm going to continue with Twinkle Twinkle Idol Star; indeed I've just completed scanning the next two chapters but I'll release parts of Nana-chan as I complete them or when I feel like it. As an aside the chapters are forty to fifty pages long, about twice the size of a Twinkle chapter or pretty much any magazine-published manga these days.

The Word of the Day is KARADA.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Twinkle Twinkle Idol Star - volume 1 stage 4

Finally got this chapter finished and out the door. Chapter 4 is a bit of a twist, with Ayumi-chan staying out of skirts and forgoing makeup while Marimo-"kun" dresses up butch for a day out avoiding the paparazzi. Have a picture.

Those eyebrows...

Twinkle volume 1 stage 4 [4shared] [Mediafire] (13.0 MB)

The Word of the Day is HAZUKASHII

Next up is a two-chapter episode which will take me some time to roll out as I'd like to do as one release rather than leaving a cliff-hanger in the middle. I'm also planning to move ahead with some other scanlation projects, hopefully interleaved with Twinkle but as has happened in the recent past Real Life and Paid Work will get in the way so I'm not going to make any promises on delivery dates. More later.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Still Still Alive Alive

Work and Life got in the way recently and I've only just got back to working on Twinkle. I hope to finish chapter 4 in the next few days but no promises. Have a picture.

The Word of the Day is HATSUMODE.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Still Alive

Been busy with real-world stuff over the past couple of months and I've only just got back to Twinkle as an on-going project. While that's been happening other interesting TG/TS manga such as Ame Nochi Hare has been piling up on my to-do list but I'm going to hammer on with Twinkle at least until this chapter is done before I consider switching focus.

Pardon me while I philosophise... I'm a one-man band when it comes to scanlating, have been for some time now. A couple of times I've had project titles taken away from me by other groups, hot young go-getters with a team of specialist translators and editors who can pump out the product machine-gun style and who figure I'm too slow for their tastes. And then the team falls apart, they lose their (only) competent translator or the guy who owns the website disappears one day taking the passwords with him and the manga languishes untranslated. I'm looking at one title I started recently which is now in that situation (Balance Policy) and if I can get hold of raws I'll probably continue with it given the mess the takeover group (Wow! Scans) seems to be in right now.

I've also got a couple of older TG mangas on the back burner and I'm keen to get to work on them but I don't want to put Twinkle down either. There are ten volumes in the Twinkle series, about 70 or 80 chapters worth so I'm only at the beginning of the grind there.

So I'm looking for some help if anyone wants to offer. I could really use a translator who can give me scripts from RAWs rather than me generating them myself. I know I'm doing a half-assed job as my grasp of Japanese is very limited and it takes me a long time to translate manga using on-line language and dictionary tools etc. so I'd be looking for someone who can improve the product as well as saving me editing time. If you are willing to step forward then my gmail account name is albedo404. Thanks.

As a treat, have a picture...

The Word of the Day is HOMEWORK.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Twinkle Twinkle Idol Star - volume 1 stage 3

 Finally worked my way through this long chapter. It seems like there was a wall of speech bubbles, text everywhere but that might just have been me being lazy. Here, have a cookie picture...

Twinkle volume 1 stage 3 [4shared] [Mediafire]  (19.0 MB)

 The Word of the Day is OMIYAGE.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Not dead yet

 No updates for a while as Real Life took over during the winter period. I'm back working on chapter 3 of Twinkle Twinkle Idol Star now and hope to have it completed and released soon.