Friday, April 29, 2011

All Work and No Play Makes Clara a Dull Jellyfish

We've reached the middle of volume 6 with the release of chapter 32 of Kuragehime. The title comes from the Japanese title of the 2007 film Alpha Dog, which is known as "Alpha Dog Countdown to Extinction" (Alpha Dog Hametsu e Countdown) in Japan.

Kuragehime ch. 32: Mediafire, Megaupload

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Midsummer Night's Challenge!

And now the third release from Usotsuki Lily volume 0, the Komachi/Kojirou one-shot "Summer Blizzard". It was a nice chapter, and anyone who likes these two characters will enjoy this one. There's only one more one-shot left in the volume, and then we'll start volume 4.

Also, "CatzCradle" was wondering when the Clo-Clo one-shot was made. Clo-Clo was published after the initial Usotsuki Lily one-shot was released (though before Usotsuki Lily started serialization). And then Summer Blizzard and the final one-shot, Honest, were released after Usotsuki Lily started serialization.

Summer Blizzard one-shot: Mediafire, Megaupload

Monday, April 25, 2011

Dolls, Cakes, and Jellyfish!

Chapter 31 of Kuragehime is done. The chapter title is a reference to the "Dolly Girl by Anna Sui" fashion line by Anna Sui. Enjoy!

Kuragehime ch. 31: Mediafire, Megaupload

Friday, April 22, 2011

Deception by Jellyfish!

The first release of volume 6 is out with Kuragehime chapter 30. The chapter title is a reference to the Japanese title of the 2008 film Deception, which is "Kare ga Nido Aishita S" or "S Loved Him Twice". I don't think it's hard to figure out who the "T" refers to. Not much else to say, other than ch. 31 is next.

Kuragehime ch. 30: Mediafire, Megaupload

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Send in the Clones!

It's here, the second one-shot from volume 0 of Usotsuki Lily, and it's our longest release by page count: 53. It's called Clo Clo, and centers on the twin couples (though mainly only focuses on Emi and Rio). If you've found it hard to keep track which one girl is Emi and Niko, or which guy is Rio or Rui (or if you've found it hard to even remember their names), this chapter will be a big help. It was actually a very nice piece, and I wish Komura would write more about these characters too.

Clo Clo one-shot: Mediafire, Megaupload

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Jellyfish Heroes!

With this release, volume 5 of Kuragehime is complete. As stated before, this release contains the first two chapters of the Kuragehime Heroes omake manga, and the usual author afterword manga (which is pretty interesting this time). Hopefully we'll be seeing the Hero shorts animated if someone gets around to subbing them.

Kuragehime ch. 29.5: Mediafire, Megaupload

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Jellyfish Afterparty!

Kuragehime chapter 29 is out, thus ending the main chapters from volume 5. The last bit is about 20 pages of bonus extras to round out the end of the volume before starting on volume 6. Volume 7 just recently came out too, so you'll be happy to know we still have a bunch of Kuragehime chapters left to work with for the moment. The chapter title in Japanese is "Boku no Kawaii Hito dakara", and is a reference to the Japanese title of the 1990 film White Palace, which is "Boku no Utsukushii Hito dakara", which means "Because You're My Beautiful Person".

Kuragehime ch. 29: Mediafire, Megaupload

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Cross-dressing Beginnings!

Finally, after a lot of work and a few days, the first release of volume 0 of Usotsuki Lily is out, and it's the original one-shot that the serialized manga is based on. All-in-all it's an interesting piece, though it did take a bit longer than expected, partly because of the large page count. Since there's only 3 other chapters in this volume, and they're all pretty lengthy, we're going to release 2 chapters of Kuragehime for every one-shot in volume 0, so we'll be finishing up volume 5 of Kuragehime next. However, once finished with volume 0, we will begin work on volume 4, and then we'll be back to our alternating releases like usual.

Usotsuki Lily one-shot: Mediafire, Megaupload

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Jellyfishdogs & Jellyfishcats!

We're happy to present chapter 28 of Kuragehime, thus ending our chain of rapid Kuragehime releases. Volume 0 of Usotsuki Lily came, so we'll be starting on that one next. The chapter title comes from the 2008 British film Slumdog Millionaire, which in Japanese has a dollar sign between Slumdog and Millionaire.

There's one more main chapter in the volume, and then the first two chapters of the bonus Kuragehime Heroes manga. The Kuragehime Heroes chapters were animated and included in the BD/DVD releases of the anime (all four of which will be out by next week), though none have been subbed yet. Also, word is the BD/DVD sales were pretty low, which probably means there won't be a second season, but who knows?

Also, last time "*Kuroneko*" asked how many Kuragehime chapters are out in Japan. We're not entirely sure, but we believe it's around 40, though could be as many as about 45 at the present moment.

Kuragehime ch. 28: Mediafire, Megaupload

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Big Blue Jellyfish!

After a small delay, chapter 27 of Kuragehime is out, thus reaching the middle of volume 5. The chapter title is originally "Grand Bleu", a reference to the 1988 film The Big Blue. Not much else to say for now, so enjoy!

Kuragehime ch. 27: Mediafire, Megaupload

Sunday, April 10, 2011

To Be, or Not to Be a Jellyfish

That is the question, and this is chapter 26 of Kuragehime. Working on the manga's become even more enjoyable since we've gotten into manga-original content, and we're happy that we can release them at the pace we're going. The chapter title comes from the 2008 American comedy film Hamlet 2. The film is known as "Rock Me Hamlet!" in Japan, so that's the original title of this chapter.

We should have Usotsuki Lily volume 0 in a few days, and then we're back to our alternating releases for a little while.

Kuragehime ch. 26: Mediafire, Megaupload

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Deep Impact of 642 Clara

Thanks everyone for your support with our recent quick releases of Kuragehime. In an often thankless hobby such as fansubbing and scanlating, we are thankful that we have readers that appreciate our work.

And with that, we present the start of volume 5 of Kuragehime with chapter 25. The chapter title comes from the 1998 film Deep Impact, though there's no clear reason as to why. Going along with the space theme of the chapter title, we thought it'd be interesting if this post made a reference to 642 Clara, an asteroid orbiting the Sun, and also because Clara's cute form appears in this chapter.

Also, before I forget, on page 11 there are a few blank speech bubbles. This is not a mistake. They were blank on the raw.

Kuragehime ch. 25: Mediafire, Megaupload

Thursday, April 7, 2011

2011: A Jellyfish Odyssey

With the release of Kuragehime chapter 24, we are finished with volume 4! It seems just like yesterday that we started the volume, and even we're surprised we've been able to get it done as fast as we have, though that's partially because this is the only manga we're working on for the moment. This chapter also features the bonus 5-page afterword from the author at the end of the volume; it's pretty interesting as always. The chapter title comes from the 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and you will see why after you read the chapter. Now off to start volume 5.

Kuragehime ch. 24: Mediafire, Megaupload

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Rose of Amamizukan?

Moving right along, here's chapter 23 of Kuragehime. It's funny to think there's only one chapter left in volume 4, and then it's off to volume 5. Despite already having entered into manga-only territory, some of the material from this chapter is featured in episode 10 of the anime. The chapter title comes from the famous manga series The Rose of Versailles, which similar to the last chapter's reference also features cross-dressing prominently in the plot.

Last time, "teh" suggested we put these chapter reference notes on an extra page in our releases. The reason we don't do this is mainly for stylistic reasons. For one, knowing where these titles come from isn't important in understanding the manga series itself. When we started serialization and realized the chapter titles were referencing other media, we thought it would be an interesting addition to the blog posts to list them as we released the chapters. Besides, the majority of them are either obvious, or can be easily looked up, though the titles referencing Japanese media are more obscure.

Kuragehime ch. 23: Mediafire, Megaupload

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Jellyfish Like It Hot?

We are happy to present chapter 22 of Kuragehime, the last chapter that TBA scanlated. Again, there are differences between the translations. We are eager to get out the next chapter as soon as we can, especially since Usotsuki Lily (or our other series) has no available chapters at the moment.

The chapter title comes from the famous 1959 American film Some Like It Hot starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. This reference is also slightly more notable in relation to Kuragehime since the film prominently features Curtis and Lemmon in drag throughout the film.

Kuragehime ch. 22: Mediafire

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Cockroach Lily!

Finally, after what seems like forever since we started on this volume, this is the last release from volume 3 of Usotsuki Lily, which we dubbed as chapter 20.5, though it actually starts with a short bonus chapter called Cockroach Lily, and then goes into an afterword and some other stuff from the author. There was a ton of text in the afterword, so it took a while to translate, but it was worth it. This is our sixth completed volume in six months. Not too bad.

Also, when we posted last time we forgot to mention some clarifications on the extra appendix mentioned in chapter 20. The first time it comes up, with Komachi, is a story between her and Kojirou, as later mentioned at the end of the chapter. That one-shot will be included in volume 0. The "Sword Fighter Komachi" bonus manga might appear in the volume, or it'll hopefully be included in a later volume.

Now, we do not as of yet have volume 0, and we probably won't have it for about a week and a half. In the meantime, we'll only be releasing Kuragehime, so expect some accelerated releases for that one for the next week or so.

Usotsuki Lily ch. 20.5: Mediafire, Megaupload

Friday, April 1, 2011

A Cross-dressing April Fools' Day!

No joke, Kuragehime chapter 21 is released, which marks the middle of volume 4. We appreciate the fans of our scanlations, and we read every comment you post. Recently, an anonymous commenter posted, asking for clarification on the Kuragehime scanlation. Basically, despite TBA not officially announcing it, they told us they dropped it, leaving the scanlation to us, as we've said. Furthermore, there is no possibility of a joint between our groups, or any group, for Kuragehime, or any of our main projects. It's simply easier for us to do it ourselves.

The chapter title is simple this time. It comes from the TV drama ER, which is known with the extended title "ER Emergency Room" in Japan. Somewhat coincidentally with our release, it had its last episode on April 2, 2009.

Also, this marks our 50th release, and strangely enough our six-month anniversary since we began scanlation. We look forward to providing you with more of the manga you and we love.

Kuragehime ch. 21: Mediafire, Megaupload