Saturday, December 31, 2011

It's the Perfect Time to be a Princess!

As our last release of 2011, we are proud to present to you what we've been doing since Christmas. After much work and toiling around, here's the first chapter of the shoujo manga Shounen Oujo (Boy Princess) by Utaku Yukihiro, who based the story on Zenko Musashino's original concept.

The story follows Albert, a poor boy living in the Queendom of Morrigan, a country where women rule over men, who have no rights. While out on the town with his friend Theodore, Albert and Theo are abducted by slave traders, but are luckily bought by the servant, Guy, of a rich noblegirl. It turns out the noblegirl is 11-year-old Princess Alexia Lumiere, heir to the throne of Morrigan, who wants Albert, who bears a striking resemblance to her, to act as her double.

As you can imagine, men are treated very badly in this female-dominated society, and it seems selling boys into slavery is a common occurrence. The setting takes much of its influence from France in the 1700s, and this is mainly reflected in the architecture, and how the character names are pronounced. Albert, for instance, should be pronounced with a silence t (same as Colbert), and Guy is pronounced with an "e" sound, as in tree. Furthermore, the currency used is the reugny (roo-ni) (pl. reugnies), which comes from a French town. As such, in lieu of using "-sama" when it came up in the text, Madam and Monsieur are used instead. Also, you may notice that the title Mimic Royal Princess comes up a few times, usually inlaid between the kanji for Shounen Oujo. This is an alternate English title to the work the author's thought up.

And here's a nice color insert from the first chapter when it was published in the magazine Sylph. It's black and white in the volume release, so enjoy.

Lastly, happy new year to every one of our readers, and we'll see you in 2012.

Shounen Oujo ch. 1: Mediafire, Megaupload

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Very Lovely Christmas Eve

Here's the extra chapter from Love Allergen volume 3, out a little earlier than previously expected. It's a short bonus chapter that focuses on the three characters above. The main attraction has to be Aki, whose family situation is finally touched on.

Well, this is it for Love Allergen for a while. It looks like the next volume will be out in late March, going by the spacing between previous volumes. However, we probably won't be working on it until May for a few reasons. In the mean time, we'll be working on other projects (which are more than enough to keep us occupied). If Love Allergen is the only one of our projects you follow, we hope to see you back here in May.

And a Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays to everyone! Hope the rest of 2011 goes well for you.

Love Allergen ch. 22.5: Mediafire, Megaupload

Friday, December 23, 2011

Without Love, It Cannot Be Seen

Chapter 22 of Love Allergen is the last main chapter of the volume, with only the bonus chapter left until after the release of volume 4. There's a lot going on in this chapter, and it feels somewhat disjointed at places, but it's a good way to end the volume.

Love Allergen ch. 22: Mediafire, Megaupload

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Do You Love the Movies?

And yet another Love Allergen with chapter 21. We expect the volume to be finished after Christmas.

And thank you to all who have donated thus far, making it easier for us to buy the volumes and provide you with quality scans. It's very much appreciated. Practically the only way we can show thanks is getting our releases out as fast as we can, while not compromising quality.

Love Allergen ch. 21: Mediafire, Megaupload

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Love Woes

Just under 24 hours from our last release, here's chapter 20 of Love Allergen. Just three chapters left in the volume.

Love Allergen ch. 20: Mediafire, Megaupload

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Bride Wars!

Chapter 19 of Love Allergen is done, and we're finally more than halfway through the volume. Stay tuned for more.

Love Allergen ch. 19: Mediafire, Megaupload

Monday, December 19, 2011

Is Love an Ingredient for Lunch?

Here's chapter 18 of our continuing series of Love Allergen chapters from volume 3.

Love Allergen ch. 18: Mediafire, Megaupload

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A-Maze-ing Love!

Our third Love Allergen chapter of the week is chapter 17, the thrilling conclusion to the last chapter's events. I guess one good thing about relatively short chapters is that we're able to get them out quicker. Enjoy!

Love Allergen ch. 17: Mediafire, Megaupload

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Love and Suspension Bridges!

Here's chapter 16 of Love Allergen. If you haven't heard of it before, you may want to check out the suspension bridge effect before reading the chapter, since it comes up a couple of times.

Love Allergen ch. 16: Mediafire, Megaupload

Monday, December 12, 2011

All For One, and One For All!

Finally, after about a five month absence, here's chapter 15 of Love Allergen with the start of volume 3. We do feel sorry for the long wait, but at the same time, the wait between volume releases is 7 months for Love Allergen, meaning the fourth volume won't come out until March anyway.

Answering Chilla's question, the font for the "HIGYAA!!" is Edo SZ.

Love Allergen ch. 15: Mediafire, Megaupload

Friday, December 9, 2011

Trap Magi Ayumu Majica!

Today we have the first chapter of the second new series from Waai, Otasuke Miko Miko-chan by Hiroichi. Ayumu Mikoshiba is a boy in junior high whose family runs an old shrine with few worshipers. In an effort to revive the shrine, Ayumu's parents decide he'll be the next in a long line of magical girls in the Mikoshiba family. Together with Fuu-chan, a small fox-like mascot character, Ayumu protects the peace of his town while cross-dressing. Overall, it's a cute series and looks promising. It's pretty different from what a regular magical girl series would be like, too.

About salvaging Kaichu and Oto-boku from WOW!scans, we do not intend to pick up either of these series. We already have a good amount of series we work on, and we're not interested in working on them.

Otasuke Miko Miko-chan ch. 1: Mediafire, Megaupload

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Student Council Trap Mania!

Today we start with a surprise and a rather long blog post. In Waai volume 7, there are two new series, and we're scanlating both of them. The first is a 4-koma called Himegoto by Norio Tsukudani, and tells the story of Hime Arikawa, a second-year high school student down on his luck with a huge debt, not entirely unlike Hayate from Hayate no Gotoku. While running from some yakuza debt collectors, he is saved by the members of his school's student council, three beautiful and quirky girls. Hime is simply too cute for his own good, so this one is highly recommended.

There are a few things that should be explained about the translation. The first is the name of the vice president, who is only known by her alias, which is translated as "18+-san", as in 18 or older / adult only. The original text is 18禁さん (18-kin-san / Juuhachi-kin-san), so 18+-san is what we went with. The next thing is the name of the secretary, Albertina. The original text for Albertina is アルベルティーナ (Aruberutiina), so for short she says to call her ベルさん (Beru-san). This is translated as "Bell-san", since that's what it'd normally be. Lastly, on page 11 there's a piece of paper with some text on it that'd be nearly impossible to read at the resolution these pages are set at, so we attached an original-sized version of the panel with the piece of paper at the end of the chapter with our usual credits page.

Also, the artist drew some lovely color images of the characters and posted them on Pixiv two weeks ago. Below is the composite image of the four characters, and (for those who don't have a Pixiv account) the download link below has the larger single images as well; or, if you do have an account, you can head over to the image's page.

Moving on, today we also have the final chapter of Onna no Ko Tokidoki Otoko no Ko, chapter 7. Admittedly, this series wasn't that good, and the ending leaves much to be desired, but here you go.

Now, this is regarding Love Allergen. Originally, we had planned to start volume 3 in November, but there were various things that prevented this from happening. The first, and perhaps most obvious, is that Kuragehime vol. 8 and Usotsuki Lily vol. 5 took longer than previously expected to finish. After they did finish, however, there were already comments asking for the Josou Shounen sequel chapters we had mentioned weeks before, so we wanted to get those four out finally. When they were done, we decided to finish the ninth Josou Shounen volume first, as there were only 3 one-shots left. However, when those were done, Waai vol. 7 came out, and now we're working on that. We do feel bad about Love Allergen being pushed back, but we haven't forgotten about it.

As we said, there are two new series in the current issue of Waai. The second is called Otasuke Miko Miko-chan. We're going to release the first chapter of this next (which has three bonus color pages), and then we'll start on Love Allergen vol. 3. After that's done, we'll return to Waai and do the three one-shots that came in the current issue.

Lastly, Katagiri asked about raws last time. Please check our FAQ page for our policy on raws.

Himegoto ch. 1: Mediafire, Megaupload Gett
Himegoto characters (color): Mediafire, Megaupload
Onna no Ko Tokidoki Otoko no Ko ch. 7 (end): Mediafire, Megaupload

Friday, December 2, 2011

If Today is the Past, then the Future is Now

To start off December and our many Waai releases, here's the sixth chapter of Past Future. It's a nice little chapter, and I wish it wouldn't be another three months until the next chapter. On a related note, translation is done for Reversible chapter 7, and it's been handed off to Maigo, who will do most of the grunt work: cleaning, editing, typesetting, etc. It could be up to another two weeks or more until that's released however. In the mean time, more releases from Waai are on the way.

In semi-related news, we know what series are getting new installments in the latest Josou Shounen volume. They are: Kokuhaku (ch. 6), Restaurant Debut / Boku no Koto Suki ni Natte (ch. 3), Dousei Chuu! (ch. 2), Marmalade Boy (ch. 2), and of course the usual Josou Debut (ch. 5). It'll probably be a while before these get released, however.

Past Future ch. 6: Mediafire, Megaupload