Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue!

Now we come to Mizutama Honey Boy chapters 37 and 38, more than halfway through the volume.

Incredibly, this is our 1000th post to the blog after more than 7 and a half years of operation.

Mizutama Honey Boy ch. 37: Mediafire, Dropbox
Mizutama Honey Boy ch. 38: Mediafire, Dropbox

Monday, April 23, 2018

As Cool As the Sea!

After a six month wait, Mizutama Honey Boy returns with chapters 35 and 36 from the beginning of volume 8. Fun fact, this is now our second-oldest project from when we picked it up almost exactly 3 years ago. And this is also our longest currently ongoing series by both volume number and chapter number.

Another little interesting thing is that about a year ago, Mizutama was one of 33 manga chosen by Japanese anime stores that should get an anime adaptation. Considering that only the most popular shoujo series ever get anime, it's probably unlikely that this one would ever get one, but it was nice to see that others feel this is certainly worthy of an anime. That said, a few series on that list have actually gotten anime since then, such as Houseki no Kuni, Karakai Jozu no Takagi-san, and most recently, Happy Sugar Life which premieres next season, so I guess it's not totally impossible for Mizutama to get the same treatment.

Mizutama Honey Boy ch. 35: Mediafire, Dropbox
Mizutama Honey Boy ch. 36: Mediafire, Dropbox

Friday, April 20, 2018

True Magic Comes From Within!

For our third series pick up of 2018, it is our pleasure to present the first one that's actually a gender bender. This is chapter 1 of Bokura wa Mahou Shounen (We're Magical Boys) by Teppei Fukushima (or Bokumaho for short), and it also has a subtitle and/or alternate title, Puer Magus Nobis, which is literally "we are magical boys" in Latin. The story is as follows:

Kaito Odagiri is a normal fifth grade boy who can hold his own in a fight and loves to show off. This attracts the attention of Makoto Kaibara, a boy at Kaito's school who reveals to him that he can use magic, but he needs Kaito's help to protect the peace of their town. Kaito jumps at the chance of being a magic-wielding superhero, but his excitement turns to horror when he realizes that he'll be protecting the town dressed as a typical magical girl under the name Thrilling Pink. Although initially reluctant, Kaito soon discovers that there’s more to being a magical boy than simply looking cute in a skirt.

This is actually a very new manga that only just premiered in Weekly Young Jump last month, although despite that being a weekly magazine, this series is serialized monthly, so right now, only 2 chapters of it have been released. That means that its first volume won't even be released until later on this year, probably sometime around October, but we didn't want to wait that long to start it, so we decided to do chapter 1 right now.

The series itself garnered a certain amount of attention upon its release, and fanart has already started popping up on pixiv. Overall, it's a great series, although the art style may be a bit off-putting for some, but it's fitting for a cutesy series like this. It's also interesting that although it's serialized in a seinen manga magazine, it has young characters typical of shounen manga, and of course, a lot of frills and sparkles that would be right at home in a shoujo manga, so perhaps its ability to cross over demographics has helped it gained some early appeal.

So if you think that's something you want to read, please check it out.

Bokura wa Mahou Shounen ch. 1: Mediafire, Dropbox

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Actions Speak Louder Than Words!

Now we come to the end of Nettaigyo wa Yuki ni Kogareru volume 1 with the release of chapter 4. However, volume 2 comes out in less than 10 days, so we'll be continuing with this in a couple of weeks once we get the next volume.

Also, there's a little thing in the afterword that should probably be explained. The official shorthand version of the title is given as Hanigare (はにがれ), taken from the bold portions of the series' title: 熱帯魚がれる. The reason why it's not Wanigare is the same reason for Haganai's shorthand title.

Nettaigyo wa Yuki no Kogareru ch. 4: Mediafire, Dropbox

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails!

Kami-sama no Ekohiiki volume 4 now concludes with chapters 22 and 23. As stated at the end of the volume, the fifth and final volume comes out in late June, and we will most likely be working on it shortly after its release.

That said, recent events in this series have taken a turn that I suppose could have been predicted as early as volume 2, but that which certainly couldn't have been foreseen when we started this series last year, i.e. that it is no longer a gender bender series as of volume 4. Personally, that was kind of a hard pill to swallow, and we have seen other people comment along that same line elsewhere, so I would just like to say to those people, I share your disappointment. When we decide to do a gender bender series, we obviously expect it to remain a gender bender series throughout the story, but if there's one thing that we've come to understand about Ayumi Komura over the years is that she is very unpredictable.

Even though we were already committed at the time to do Komura's next series after Mori no Takuma-san, it was still invigorating to see her tackling another gender bender series after Usolily, especially considering that both Full Dozer and Takuma-san weren't gender benders, either. Obviously, it comes as no surprise that there's an added emphasis and enjoyment we put on gender benders, and Kamieko was no different, at least until volume 4. However, we are still committed to finishing the series, and we'll see what happens with Komura after that.

In other news, we'll be starting on Mizutama Honey Boy v08 later this week, but first comes finishing up Nettaigyo v01.

Kami-sama no Ekohiiki ch. 22: Mediafire, Dropbox
Kami-sama no Ekohiiki ch. 22: Mediafire, Dropbox