Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow


Truer words have never been spoken. Parting from a series like Bokura no Hentai, which we have deeply loved over the past three and half years, is tough because we know that we will never see more of these characters than what has been shown in these 10 volumes and 41 chapters. But at the same time, it has been a great privilege of ours that we were the group that was able to bring it to English readers, which we hope we have done to the best of our ability. So it is with great sorrow, but also joy, that we have now completed the series with the release of chapter 41.

As mentioned back when we picked it up, we knew we had to do it right when we saw the first chapter appear in Comic Ryuu in March 2012. Being similar in both its style and theme with Hourou Musuko at first glance was very promising, especially at a time when Hourou Musuko was on the decline, and there were so few other series out there dealing with similar LGBT themes. Fumiko Fumi's style was different though, something I personally had never really seen before. Her art style back then was much more simplistic and rough, for lack of a better word, but since then, her art has largely come into its own, and even though it still retains a relatively simplistic style, it has a sophistication to it that made Bokura no Hentai all the more amazing.

But compared to Hourou Musuko, Bokura no Hentai was able to do a lot more with a lot less. In comparison to Bokura no Hentai's 10 volumes and 41 chapters, Hourou Musuko is 15 volumes and 123 chapters long, but whereas Hourou Musuko had a very slow, drawn out decline, Bokura no Hentai has ended where it should have ended. But still, the comparison between the two series is easy: both have multiple protagonists with overlapping storylines, both deal with LGBT issues, and both are drawn in a similar style. But that is where the comparisons I feel should end. I won't go into where Hourou Musuko ended up if you've never read it, but I will say that the message being conveyed near the end of that series was one in complete contrast to Bokura no Hentai's message (if you've read both series, you will probably understand what I mean).

So while Hourou Musuko had left a bad taste in my mouth by the time I finished it, Fumiko Fumi has left me with a sense of longing for these characters, and not only the three main characters, but all the others that we saw throughout the series, and that is perhaps the greatest gift Fumi could have left us with, because Bokura no Hentai is a series I feel deserves to be read and reread for many years. If a series like Stop!! Hibari-kun! can retain its popularity even after 30 years of publication, we hope that Bokura no Hentai will be able to do the same thing, because even though there are so many other manga out there, even those that could be seen as similar to it, there will perhaps never be another series quite like Bokura no Hentai. You will be dearly missed.

As for the future, Fumiko Fumi is going to start a new series in Comic Ryuu soon, but no other information has been revealed yet. We will be looking into it and decide whether we will pick it up or not when we know more about it. Also, on an unrelated note, we can finally say with confidence that we've now released more than 1,000 chapters across dozens of series over the past five and a half years. How many of those 1,000 chapters have you read? Hopefully, the 41 chapters of Bokura no Hentai are among them.

And next up, we finally get to the first volume of Ayumi Komura's new series, Mori no Takuma-san.

Bokura no Hentai ch. 41: Mediafire, Dropbox
Bokura no Hentai volume batches: On the Bokura no Hentai page.

31 comments:

  1. Thank you so much.

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  2. Thanks for the hard work you all put into bringing the series to English readers! I'm really glad to have come across this manga. It was a beautiful read, and each character was so well fleshed out. Bokura no Hentai is definitely a series I'll be buying the entirety of at some point in the future.

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  3. I probably first heard of you guys when you helped out with finishing off Himitsu no Akuma-chan, a series I like quite a bit.

    Nice thoughts on the series. I'm a little surprised to find negative opinions on Hourou Musuko, but that's mainly because I had gathered the impression that most liked that series entirely. I share my opinion with you about how it turned out, and on Bokura no Hentai. Hourou Musuko kind of lost focus and I wasn't pleased at all by the finish, but Bokura no Hentai really was a tight and well-done piece of work. Very glad I decided to pick it up.

    Thanks for everything, Hachimitsu Scans.

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    1. I just want to cut in and say I agree completely. It's not that I dislike Hourou Musuko in its entirety, but it definitely lost focus and ended with weakly. In comparison, Fumiko Fumi's Bokura no Hentai (and Shimura Takako's shorter works) are much stronger.

      So, yeah! Thanks Hachimitsu Scans! Glad we got to see this series to its end with you!

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  4. Thank you for translating this series. This series was really enjoyable and i must say the ending felt really satisfying.

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  5. Thank you for your hard work. I have really loved this series, thanks for translating it!

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  6. thank you so much for bringing this to us, it's very precious to me and it's all thanks to you guys. the ending chapter is pretty satisfying, i'm glad we got kind of a wrap-up without it seeming like their lives are now closed and all solved. again, thanks so much!! your hard work is very much appreciated!

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  7. ah yes that's it ! all finished !! thank you a lot for your work !!

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  8. can you guys please translate kuro ageha

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  9. Thank you for maintaining such great quality while translating this and other great series.

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  10. That was fantastic. Thank you so much for letting us enjoy this series with you.

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  11. Thank you very much for the pile of hard work to share this wonderful series, I'm really happy to read!!

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  12. 41 chapters huh... almost four years even. It's hard to put into words, having been invested in the characters for so long. It was amazing, this series. Having all 10 volumes go through translation, thank you hachi-scans. Also Fumi-sensei is amazing.

    ... so is there really going to be a future epilogue-volume for bokura no hentai or did the omake get my hopes up

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  13. Thank you for your translating this great manga. I loved it. Hope some of Fumiko Fumi's manga get an official English release someday.

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  14. Thank you all so much! I read so slowly bc I didn't want it to be over. XD; At first, I thought the last chapter overall was decent/so-so bc I had really hoped to see more interaction with the main three, but at the same time, I'm glad old characters showed up and got their part in the story wrapped up. Also, after you mentioned Hourou Musuko's ending, I'm just 'nevermind, Bokura no Hentai's ending is much better. >.>;; and the series ended when it should, and not dragged out so much that I stopped enjoying the series. :/ But I'm glad that didn't happen to Bokura no Hentai!

    I'm looking forward to her next work!

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  15. Congratulations on finishing Bokura no Hentai^^ It has really become one of my favourites and as we were approaching the final chapters, I felt like reading the first few volumes again - it's smply beautiful. It's so sad to see this series end - I would have loved to see more of those characters.

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  16. Thank you so much for translating this work. Being trans myself, this manga was incredibly meaningful to me and to see the topic of transness handled so well was truly a blessing. I grew so attached to these characters over the time I was reading and it feels strange to finally have to let them go, but it was all thanks to you that I got to know them. So once again, thank you very much!!!

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  17. Thank you for completing this series! I really love Bokura no Hentai...it's truly a gem of a story and I appreciate all the efforts you all put into translating this series! THANK YOU!! <3 <3 <3

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  18. Thanks for guiding us through this great journey.

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  19. Also, just wondering, has anyone checked out sensei's submission in Joshi BL? There are a few sample pages on the main site

    http://citronweb.net/theme_a/joshi_bl.html

    I can't read jpn but it looks like it may be of interest

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  20. Thank you for translating it.

    I've also got to agree: by the end of Hourou Masuko I felt terrible, depressed even, due to the context of the plot and how it relates to me. However, even with Hourou Masuko being overtly less "angsty" than Bokura no Hentai, I managed to finish this series off happy and without feeling too teary-eyed.

    Again, thank you for translating this wonderful set of stories. I hope to see more future works translated by you guys, with all of your finish and ability.

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  21. thanks for translation, best series what i read in last 3 years.

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  22. Ah! Hi Hachimitsu! I was rereading the chapter and I noticed something. On page 21 of this chapter, you seem to have translated the entire playbill! But the image resolution makes it too hard to read the smaller text... Do you mind posting the translation somewhere?

    Thank you again for sharing this series with us!

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    1. That's the same image on the inside cover of volume 10 included with chapter 38.

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    2. So it is! Thanks and sorry for the trouble.

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  23. You all are a, axing for bringing so much to us! THANK YOU!!!

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  24. I wanted to say thank you SO much! I really loved this series and I try so hard (unsuccessfully) to get other people to read it.

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  25. Thank you so much for bringing this series to us. I really appreciate your hardwork and I hope you will keep translating series like this one. If it weren't for you I wouldn't have been able to read the story of these amazing characters. So again, thank you, thank you, thank you.

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  26. Thx for all the gender bender! That stuff is so good.

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