Petit Comic October issue and summary updates

Hello! My Amazon Japan order arrived today with the October issue of Petit Comic magazine, yay! The magazine was just released on September 8th in Japan, so Amazon Japan shipping is very quick. 🙂 I posted a few pics of Totsuzen Desu ga, Ashita Kekkon Shimasu – Chapter 18 to go along with the summary that trans provided.

Petit Comic October 2015

Cute cover of Nana Ryuu and Asuka

I’ll work on the summaries for the other manga series soon, starting with Zettai Toudo. Please check the Recent Summary Updates section on the right side of the page to see the most current updates. I’m also going to start summarizing two manga from Ane Kei Petit Comic… Mephistopheles wa Dare? and Futsutsukamono Desu ga. Ane Kei Petit Comic is released every other month, so I won’t be posting summaries for them as frequently.


Asa Made Kimi to – Chapter 2 complete

The Chapter 2 scanlation is finished, yay! Here’s a preview of the chapter.

I’ll start working on Mikazuki to Nagareboshi – Chapter 4 next. I won’t set a time frame, but you can go to the main Scanlations page to check on the progress. 🙂

Monthly summaries of Petit Comic magazine

It’s here! 🙂 My order that included the September issue of Petit Comic arrived today, yay! I placed the order last Friday on Amazon Japan and it arrived in three business days… that is so fast. 🙂 I love Petit Comic and follow a lot of the current series in the magazine.

Petit Comic magazine - September 2015

Petit Comic magazine – September 2015

Before Mangalator went down, I was translating five series from Petit Comic: Totsuzen Desu ga, Ashita Kekkon Shimasu; Zettai Toudo, Koi ni Tsuite Hanasou ka; Midara na Nettaigyo; and Onegai, Sore o Yamenai de. I decided to post monthly summaries of the five series, along with a few pictures, for anyone who is interested in keeping up with them.

Please go to the Summaries page to find information on the current list of manga summaries. The main Summaries page will be the launching point for all the individual series. Since I’ll be adding chapter summaries randomly throughout the month, I won’t post every time a new summary is loaded… so please stop by occasionally to check on any updates.

Edited: I added a section on the right to show recent summary updates at a glance with links to the appropriate summary page. 🙂

Asa Made Kimi to – Chapter 2 status

Hello… I finally got done cleaning the pages for Chapter 2 yesterday, so I will start on the translations and typesetting. Unfortunately my initial goal of 2 – 3 weeks per chapter will have to be revised to 3 – 4 weeks per chapter, so basically I’ll try to release one chapter per month. I’ll post updates on the Scanlations page, so please go there if you are curious about the current status.

I’m sorry that I cannot work any faster on my scanlation projects, but I keep pretty busy with Mangalator (although I still plan to cut down on manga there once the current series end), two scanlation groups (freelance work for a Spanish fansub and dedicated work for a wonderful group who is just starting out), and otome game scripts. And now that Mangalator is back up (as Otakumole), I’ve been slowly copying my completed translations to text files.

I also bought a digital piano… couldn’t afford an upright one, plus not enough space. I used to take lessons as a kid, so I wanted to learn to play again. So anyway, between work, housework, homework (my son, not mine, lol), translation projects, and now piano practice, my free time to work on scanlations is pretty limited.

Back from vacation

I just got back from vacation a couple of days ago, so I’m planning to start on Chapter 2 of Asa Made Kimi to. 🙂 I wasn’t able to get online much during my vacation because we had spotty internet and cell service during the first half of our vacation and then the second half, we were too busy sightseeing. I managed to translate a few chapters on Mangalator, but that’s it… I even resorted to using my phone to translate sometimes, lol.

I’m going to try and stick to the 2 – 3 week timeframe for scanlating the chapter, but I am a little busy with assisting two groups with translations as well as script translation for an otome game. However, Mangalator is down right now, so that actually helps me since I’m usually busy translating manga there.  I hope it does come back online so people can enjoy reading the manga that the translators work so hard on there, but for now, I’ll use the break to work on other things.

Thanks for your patience on waiting for the next chapter release of Asa Made Kimi to. I wish I had more free time during the day to work on the manga, but as it stands now, I don’t have enough free time to even play the otome games that I have… and I really want to play them, lol.

Asa Made Kimi to – Chapter 1

Yay, it’s finished! Phew, lol. It’s a lot of work to scanlate a chapter, but also pretty fun. 🙂 I added a new menu item, Scanlations, so you can select from the list of completed scanlations or click on this link: Asa Made Kimi to – Chapter 1. I will try to finish a chapter every 2 – 3 weeks or so, but I may get delayed due to real life stuff.

I tried to proofread and catch any mistakes, but if you see something that seems off, let me know and I can fix it, thanks.

Here’s a quick peek at a few pages!

Asa Made Kimi to… teaser

Here’s a quick teaser on my little side project that I’m working on! 🙂 I decided to scanlate some of Yamada Komomo’s earlier manga series, because I noticed that no scanlation groups have picked them up. I’m starting with Asa Made Kimi to… it will be easy to translate since I already summarized it. My plan is to release a new chapter every couple of weeks or so, but if not, I appreciate your patience since I’m a one-person shop, lol. Also, since I’m doing it all by myself, the final output will probably not be as nicely done as the scanlation groups, who have people assigned to do the different work (scanning, translating, cleaning, proofreading, typesetting, and QA).

A few quick notes about my scanlation project:

  • Please don’t ask me for the raw scans of the manga. If you want the raw scans, please purchase the manga yourself (see Stores for information on where to buy print or digital manga).
  • If you are interested in using my translation to re-translate into another language, please contact me first, thanks!
  • I know that the size of the images is a little on the smaller side, but I believe that you can still read the text properly. To view the slideshow, click on one of the images. If the text is still a little hard to read, click on the full screen to view the image directly.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the teaser! I’ll try to finish the rest of Chapter 1 in a week or so.


Calling All Yamada Komomo Fans!

Yamada-sensei’s new manga series, Zettai Toudou, started this month in Petit Comic… yay!!! You can see the raws scans and translation of Chapter 1 on Mangalator. I was so excited that I translated it on the first day it was posted, lol.

The story has a different twist than Yamada-sensei’s usual MO… I don’t want to spoil it and say anything more here, but I guess some people may not be comfortable with the story line. Personally, it doesn’t bother me in the world of manga. Of course, real life is different. Anyway, I like Yamada-sensei’s stories because they are usually on the sweet side with not too much drama. 🙂

I am working on a surprise concerning Yamada-sensei’s earlier manga series… I was hoping to show it by the end of the month, but it will probably be sometime in early to mid-June. It’s just my own little project that I’ve been thinking about doing for some time now.

Are Monthly Manga Magazines Worth Buying?

I have a love-hate relationship with manga magazines, so I end up purchasing them off and on throughout the year. If I lived in Japan, the answer to my main question above would be an easy, “yes”, since the magazines are so cheap for the number of monthly serialized manga chapters you get (usually around $4 – $5 for 600+ pages). Even though I end up buying the tankoubon for a lot of mangas, I still enjoy reading them first in the monthly magazines. However, because most manga magazines are the size of a Yellow Pages phone book for a large city, the cost for shipping them outside of Japan is pricey, adding about $8 – $10 per magazine.

It would be ideal if all manga magazines were available in digital versions, but unfortunately, there are still many popular shoujo and josei magazines that are only available in paper copies, mainly the Shogakukan ones like Petit Comic, Cheese!, BetsuComi, and Sho-Comi… come on Shogakukan, please jump on the digital magazine bandwagon! Hopefully they will eventually follow other companies, like Kodansha, which began offering digital versions of their magazines earlier this year.

Fortunately, the recent chapters of most of the current serialized shoujo and josei manga can be found at Mangalator, and the chapters are translated into a variety of languages by plenty of hard-working translators, including me. 😉

So, I’m back to my dilemma about buying manga magazines that are not available digitally… there are two that are in my CD Japan shopping cart, both featuring my favorite mangaka, Yamada Komomo, on the cover!  I will probably end up buying just one (Petit Comic Zoukan issue), since a lot of the manga chapters from Petit Comic are eventually posted on Mangalator, yay!

Petit Comic magazines

Which magazine should I buy? Petit Comic Zoukan or Petit Comic?

Manga summaries

I decided to add a summary section for some of my favorite manga. 🙂 I plan to write detailed summaries chapter by chapter, so they will be much longer than the spoilers I post. I won’t summarize manga that is readily available via scanlations, summaries, or licensed in English though. I also have no regular schedule for posting the summaries… there’s not enough time in the day to get everything done between work, daily life (you know, the fun stuff like cooking, cleaning, etc.), helping out with two manga groups, and playing otome games. I hope to try and summarize whatever manga I’m reading at the current time. Right now, I’m reading Kiss Yori mo Hayaku (vol 7), Love So Life (vol 5), and L-DK (vol 2). All of these manga are either being translated or summarized, so I started on Asa Made Kimi to by Yamada Komomo. Since there currently is no translation or summary for this manga based on the info from Manga Updates, I’ll add it here. In order not to bog down this blog with chapter release updates, I’ll just post when I’m done with the entire volume, but feel free to check for chapter releases as you like. Asa Made Kimi to only has one volume, so I will post about it when the summary for the entire volume is finished. As for pictures from the manga, I can’t scan the pages without taking the book apart and I don’t know if taking pictures on my iPhone will be good enough. But if I can figure something out, I will try to include at least a few images from each chapter.

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