Thursday, January 27, 2011

Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 49 (end of first part)

This issue came surprisingly quickly (only two weeks after it was published, yay!). Here's the finale to the first part of Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku. I'll go back and do 41-45 as soon as I get the volume in March. The second part is supposed to start this spring.

The song in this chapter is a condensed version of "Senshi no Kyuusoku" ("Warrior's Rest"). It was actually used as an ED in Sora no Otoshimono, but that version doesn't sound as good.



Enjoy.

Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 49 2400p (IF)
Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 49 2400p (MU)
Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 49 2400p (4SH)

Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 49 1200p (IF)
Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 49 1200p (MU)
Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 49 1200p (4SH)

Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 49 PSD source (IF)
Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 49 PSD source (MU)

Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 49 raw (IF)
Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 49 raw (MU)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Online Manga Downloader 0.0.4

Minor update because Club Sunday made a small change that broke downloading. "pcviewer_main.php" no longer goes directly to the viewer unless you add a "&vo=1" argument. And I thought that they caught on to me, phew. Anyways, I also changed the user agent of the downloader just in case.

I also finally remembered to make the downloader delete the temp files generated by Yahoo Comic and Club Sunday downloaders. You guys might want to check your temp folders for pcviewer_temp*.bin files.

Online Manga Downloader 0.0.4 (4SH)


As always, leave bug reports, suggestions, etc. in the comments or in the github repo.

7o3x ch 3

You know, when I first picked this up, I imagined that even if this turns out to be more of a battle shounen, there's no way that Ikura and 7Wonders (the Japanese quiz bowl organization) could add power levels to this. I may be proven wrong soon, but I hope not.

7o3x ch 3 2400p (IF)
7o3x ch 3 2400p (MU)
7o3x ch 3 2400p (4SH)

7o3x ch 3 1200p (IF)
7o3x ch 3 1200p (MU)
7o3x ch 3 1200p (4SH)

7o3x ch 3 PSD source (IF)
7o3x ch 3 PSD source (MU)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Online Manga Downloader 0.0.3

UPDATE (January 25, 2011): Sunday downloading is broken with this version; use 0.0.4 instead.

Now taking up more memory than ever (350MB this time)! Profiling suggests that parsing the 400KB information file is somehow taking up all of that memory. I might switch to some kind of CSV/plain text database thing if it continues to eat up memory like this

Also, I've added Comic High!'s web comic offerings to the list. Unfortunately, the downloaded files are low resolution (around 600x800), but that's not my fault.

I haven't gotten the chance to add Famitsu yet, but it's just PCViewer, so that should be easy.

Online Manga Downloader 0.0.3 (4SH)

Leave bug reports, suggestions, etc. in the comments or in the github repo.

Route 225 ch 3

I have heard that getting kids these days to learn Kanji is a problem in Japan, but is it really that big of a deal? I'm not Japanese, so I wouldn't know.

Route 225 ch 3 2400p (IF)
Route 225 ch 3 2400p (MU)
Route 225 ch 3 2400p (4SH)

Route 225 ch 3 1200p (IF)
Route 225 ch 3 1200p (MU)
Route 225 ch 3 1200p (4SH)

Route 225 ch 3 PSD sources (IF)
Route 225 ch 3 PSD sources (MU)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Young Ace 2011-02 raws

This issue got badly delayed, but that's international shipping around Christmas/New Years for you.

I'm getting better at this; no pages were damaged this time except for the back cover, which is just a Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity ad anyways. From start to end, this took about 3-4 hours, and most of it was waiting for the scanner to finish and waiting for Photoshop to process them all.

Speaking of Photoshop, I didn't curve or level this time, but I did apply the median filter for descreening and resized it down to 1600 pixels high.

Part 1 = cover to page 461
Part 2 = page 462 to back cover
  1. Page 31 - Fate/Zero (2 chapters)
  2. Page 122 - Tony Takezaki's Evangelion
  3. Page 131 - Koaka Head
  4. Page 157 - Gunbuster
  5. Page 189 - Mogitate Idol Ningen
  6. Page 207 - Teizokurei MONOPHOBIA
  7. Page 229 - 7o3x
  8. Page 265 - Haijin-sama no End Contents
  9. Page 281 - Mouhitsu Hallucination
  10. Page 295 - Sugar Dark
  11. Page 327 - MPD Psycho (yay!)
  12. Page 349 - Akuma no Ikenie
  13. Page 375 - Maka Maka
  14. Page 393 - Blood Lad
  15. Page 427 - ECHO/ZEON
  16. Page 463 - Houdzuki-san chi no Aneki
  17. Page 497 - O/A
  18. Page 531 - Another
  19. Page 565 - Sentou Jousai Masurawo
  20. Page 591 - Daisuki desu!! Mahou Tenshi Kosumasu
  21. Page 633 - The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan
  22. Page 641 - Upotte!!
  23. Page 655 - Inari, Kon Kon, Koiiro ha
  24. Page 693 - Shururun Yukiko Hime-chan
  25. Page 719 - Saihate no Diasuta
  26. Page 751 - Manzai Gang
  27. Page 783 - Zettai Shoujo Seiiki Amnesian
  28. Page 813 - Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service
  29. Page 835 - Watashi-tachi no Chikyuu Saisei bu (oneshot)
  30. Page 857 - Lying Mii-kun and Broken Maa-chan [END]
Young Ace 2011-02 part 1 (IF)
Young Ace 2011-02 part 1 (MU)

Young Ace 2011-02 part 2 (IF)
Young Ace 2011-02 part 2 (MU)

In regards to the future of this subscription...I'll think about it. However, my decision can be influenced with money or raws that I want. Just saiyan.

Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 48

The operation was a failure. I did all I could to save the super-long merged version, but...it just couldn't be done.

The irreconcilable gaps were probably caused by the magazine printing press or something, since it's obvious that Owada drew this all together. In any case, I'll try again when I get the volume.

Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 48 2400p (IF)
Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 48 2400p (MU)
Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 48 2400p (4SH)

Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 48 1200p (IF)
Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 48 1200p (MU)
Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 48 1200p (4SH)

Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 48 PSD source (IF)
Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 48 PSD source (MU)

Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 48 raw (IF)
Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 48 raw (MU)

Also, if you feel like spoiling yourself for chapter 49, here are some pics (scroll down).

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Lying Mii-kun and Broken Maa-chan ch 5 [END]

I will be making a v2 batch, so don't get any smart ideas about posting a batch on release sites or something. Chapter 1 and 3 in particular have a massive amount of mistakes. In my defense, some of the mistakes on chapter 1, such as an entire missing page, was caused by the Chinese scanlator, but it was fairly obvious in hindsight, since the vertical banner was on the same side for two consecutive pages. Well, whatever. I'll fix them all, so be sure to tell me any typos or mistakes you've found before I release the batch.

Lying Mii-kun and Broken Maa-chan ch 5 2400p (IF)
Lying Mii-kun and Broken Maa-chan ch 5 2400p (MU)
Lying Mii-kun and Broken Maa-chan ch 5 2400p (4SH)

Lying Mii-kun and Broken Maa-chan ch 5 1200p (IF)
Lying Mii-kun and Broken Maa-chan ch 5 1200p (MU)
Lying Mii-kun and Broken Maa-chan ch 5 1200p (4SH)

Lying Mii-kun and Broken Maa-chan ch 5 PSD source (IF)
Lying Mii-kun and Broken Maa-chan ch 5 PSD source (MU)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Noririn ch 13


Well, I only got 2 chapters of Route 225 out before the tanks and second batch of monthlies arrived, so I guess I'll really need February to get everything done. After I get those done, I'll be rotating Route 225 and Noririn for these next few chapters.

Noririn ch 13 2400p (IF)
Noririn ch 13 2400p (MU)
Noririn ch 13 2400p (4SH)

Noririn ch 13 1200p (IF)
Noririn ch 13 1200p (MU)
Noririn ch 13 1200p (4SH)

Noririn ch 13 PSD source (IF)
Noririn ch 13 PSD source (MU)

Many of you might have realize this by now, but I haven't explicitly said this yet. Releases with a volume number ("Noririn_v02_c13") are based off of volume raws while releases without a volume number ("Noririn_c12") are based off of magazine raws.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Lying Mii-kun and Broken Maa-chan vol 1 [END] raw

It feels so strange to look at good tank raws after cleaning 120 pages of magazine scans. Unfortunately, I ripped one of the sheets (29/30) by accident, and one of sides was a page that wasn't in ch 1 because the Chinese scanlators forgot to include it. Well, it still can be cleaned, I guess.

Ch 5 will follow after Noririn ch 13. V2s and batch will be out in February.

Lying Mii-kun and Broken Maa-chan vol 1 raw (IF)
Lying Mii-kun and Broken Maa-chan vol 1 raw (MU)

Ryuushika Ryuushika ch 15

I wonder how long will it take for the volumes to come out now, since there's no more extra chapters to pad the volume. It might take 10 or so chapters in order to make a volume, which means that volumes come out once a year.

Ryuushika Ryuushika ch 15 (IF)
Ryuushika Ryuushika ch 15 (MU)
Ryuushika Ryuushika ch 15 (4SH)

Ryuushika Ryuushika ch 15 PSD source (IF)
Ryuushika Ryuushika ch 15 PSD source (MU)
Ryuushika Ryuushika ch 15 PSD source (4SH)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Noririn vol 2 raw

After thinking it over for a while, I decided to go back to distributing unfiltered raws. The reason for curving the raws in advance is so that raw readers can read it. However, since I use a few curves for all of the pages, the levels don't always look so good. Besides, external scanlators just end up using my releases or filtered raws, so I might as well release the good stuff. Nevertheless, these raws are resized down to 1600 pixels tall.

Noririn vol 2 raw (IF)
Noririn vol 2 raw (MU)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Route 225 ch 2

The mystery deepens...

Route 225 ch 2 2400p (IF)
Route 225 ch 2 2400p (MU)
Route 225 ch 2 2400p (4SH)

Route 225 ch 2 1200p (IF)
Route 225 ch 2 1200p (MU)
Route 225 ch 2 1200p (4SH)

Route 225 ch 2 PSD sources (IF)
Route 225 ch 2 PSD sources (MU)

Please ignore the PS3 signing key inserted in the margins of the first page. I was thinking that since my volume releases are never uploaded to manga readers, I can have them store this key while I remove it for the volume release. Sure, the key is everywhere on the internet now, but it can't hurt.

Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku: Part 2

>Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku, le manga sur le Mahjong de Hideki Owada, aura droit à une 2eme partie. Celle-ci débutera au printemps.

Seems like Mudazumo will get a second part in spring. I don't know how I should feel about this.

Update: Confirmed by various other Japanese and French sources. But the MC won't be Koizumi next.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Route 225 ch 1


Fucking finally. 211 days after I took the request, here's the first chapter of Route 225.

Anyways, there's a problem. I left the physical raws and forgot to rescan the color pages. The color pages and covers are too light, so I will have to make an exception and do a volume v2 in the far future (in March when I go back during Spring Break?) with correct color pages.

Otherwise, this is perfectly fine. I'm trying out new fonts for this manga because WildWords just isn't hipster enough for me now. Well, I won't change the font of ongoing series, but future series will probably use different fonts.

I might just be generalizing Takako fans too much, but in case you're here for...unique themes present in Aoi Hana and Hourou Musuko, Route 225 doesn't really have them. I don't want to disappoint people again after letting down Kitoh fans with Noririn, after all. However, the art is great as usual. It's a shame that I had to desecrate her beautiful watercolors with my not-so-beautiful scans.

Here's the first out of 11 chapters. I also got the DVDISO of the live action movie off of Share, so I might make a raw encode sometime in the future.

Route 225 ch 1 2400p (IF)
Route 225 ch 1 2400p (MU)
Route 225 ch 1 2400p (4SH)

Route 225 ch 1 1200p (IF)
Route 225 ch 1 1200p (MU)
Route 225 ch 1 1200p (4SH)

Route 225 ch 1 PSD sources (IF)
Route 225 ch 1 PSD sources (MU)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Pokemon Special BW ch 03

I wonder how this manga will handle that ferris wheel scene. N doesn't seem to get along with Black and White.

Pokemon Special BW ch 03 2400p (IF)
Pokemon Special BW ch 03 2400p (MU)
Pokemon Special BW ch 03 2400p (4SH)

Pokemon Special BW ch 03 1200p (IF)
Pokemon Special BW ch 03 1200p (MU)
Pokemon Special BW ch 03 1200p (4SH)

Pokemon Special BW ch 03 PSD source (IF)
Pokemon Special BW ch 03 PSD source (MU)

Pokemon Special BW ch 03 raw (IF)

Pokemon Special BW ch 03 raw (MU)

I'm also experimenting with vector graphics. Compared to fansubbing, scanlation is at a disadvantage because we don't use "softsubs". The point of softsubs is so that the subtitles don't look like fuzzy shit in the future, even if the base video will. Unfortunately, we don't do that in scanlating. Thus, I'm experimenting to see if vector graphics might be a good way to do so. However, since not many viewers support SVG right now, we'll have to settle for PDF.

The process for producing this is quite complicated because I want to compress the raster images the way I want to, and thus I need 2 PS scripts, 1 Illustrator macro, and 1 bash script to convert the PSDs to PDF, then to linked SVGs + JPG/PNG, and finally back to PDF. The linked SVGs were actually as small as the 2400h releases when rar'd, but again, most image viewers don't support it right now, so I won't upload it.

The result is somewhat satisfactory. I had to convert the text to outlines for now, but at least it's vectored.

I won't do this for every release. I'll definitely do it for Mudazumo ch 48's merged spread, though.

Pokemon Special BW ch 03 "vector" PDF (IF)
Pokemon Special BW ch 03 "vector" PDF (MU)

Oh, and lastly, the current balance of Pokemon Special BW is at $17.27. That means that if no new donations come in, I will stop the subscriptions in two months.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Puella Magi Madoka Magica episode 1 in a nutshell

Source

Kaibutsu Oujo ch 59 script

Getting bogged down by the Devil in da G-String and...most of the notable shows of this season, really. Thursday alone has IS, Merry, Madoka, Fractale and Hourou Musuko, and GOSICK follows on Friday.

Kaibutsu Oujo ch 59 script (4SH)
Kaibutsu Oujo ch 59 script (PasteBin)

We're now 6 chapters behind Japan, so I might start producing chapter scripts irregularly. Chapter 60 has a plot twist, but it isn't too bad compared to these last few chapters. It was actually fairly obvious, and I accidentally predicted it on one of the previous blog posts.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Fractale ch 4

And this surprisingly short chapter concludes my scanlation on the Fractale manga. I only did this in order to provide a preview to this mysterious anime. However, if the manga is different enough from the anime, I might pick it back up.

Fractale ch 4 (IF)
Fractale ch 4 (MU)
Fractale ch 4 (4SH)

Fractale ch 4 PSD source (IF)
Fractale ch 4 PSD source (MU)
Fractale ch 4 PSD source (4SH)

Update (Jan 8): New PV for the OP is out. Or is it the entire OP sequence? It sure looks like it. Epilepsy warning for the trippy fractal background:

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 47

No, this is not a typo. This release is Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku chapter 47 from Kindai Mahjong 2011-0115. This is the third-to-last chapter.

I should get chapter 46 from 2011-0101 soon, and release chapters 48 and 49 within a month or two. Chapters 41-45 won't be out until I get volume 6 in March, so don't read this release if you want to take the time to ready your body some more for the whole thing. From what I've heard, chapter 48 might be the most awesome chapter I will ever translate. Chapter 48 consists of 26 pages, and all of them are two-page spreads. Each spread shows a different tile of Koizumi's Final Rising Sun.

Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 47 2400p (IF)
Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 47 2400p (MU)
Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 47 2400p (4SH)

Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 47 1200p (IF)
Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 47 1200p (MU)
Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 47 1200p (4SH)

Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 47 raw (IF)
Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 47 raw (MU)

Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 47 PSD source (IF)
Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku ch 47 PSD source (MU)

Also, I'm dropping Our Alliance because it just costs too much work for each chapter, and honestly, I'm not all that interested in it anymore.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

January 2011 schedule


January 2011
Slot 1 Route 225 vol 1 [END] (300 pages / 3 weeks = 100 pages / week)
Slot 2 Lying Mii-kun and Broken Maa-chan vol 1 [END] (160 pages to redo + 40 new pages)
Slot 3 Noririn vol 2 (100 pages to redo + 100 new pages)
Running Series Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku (last 3-4 chapters) (100 pages / month = 25 pages / week)
7o3x ch 3 (36 pages / month = 9 pages / week)
Pokemon Special BW (Shogaku Yonensei) ch 3 (20 pages / month = 5 pages / week)
Ryuushika Ryuushika ch 15 (12 pages / month = 3 pages / week)
Kaibutsu Oujo ch 59 script (50 pages / month = 12.5 pages / week)
Total Average Workload 155+ pages / week

I'm 99% sure that this schedule will slip way into next month, but Pokemon Special 38 releases at the very end of Feburary, and my work for Feburary is fairly small anyways, so it's alright. Now that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I don't have to rush so much.

I just realized that these HTML charts don't really show the time in the month that each volume or chapter is done. Here's the rough order:
  1. Monthlies part 1 (start of the month):

    Our Alliance ch 2
    Fractale ch 4 [DROP]
    Pokemon BW ch 3
    Kaibutsu Oujo ch 59 script
    Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku (1-2 of the last few chapters)

  2. Do 2/3rds of Route 225

  3. Monthlies part 2 (middle of the month):

    Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku (final chapters) [END]
    Lying Mii-kun and Broken Maa-chan ch 5 [END] (from tank raws)
    7o3x ch 3
    RR ch 15

  4. Rotate between Route 225 and Noririn ch 13-16

  5. Redo parts of Noririn vol 2 and Lying Mii-kun and Broken Maa-chan vol 1
Publication dates for magazines at this time of the year are strange, which is why Pokemon BW is at the start of the month. However, I haven't heard anything about YA 2011-02 from fujisan yet, which is why it's in the middle of the month.

Thankfully, all three tanks are easy to edit, unless Kitoh or Satou Atsunori starts being sadistic. I haven't preordered Noririn 2 or Lying Mii-kun 1 yet because Lying Mii-kun preorders ran out and I want to order them together, but I'll do it as soon as they become available. By the way, the Lying Mii-kun LNs end next week as well on the 10th volume (11 if you count the "i" volume).

This schedule doesn't take into account the joint projects with Animexis. Nanika is in the bimonthly good! Afternoon, but it has 5 more chapters out already. The other joint project ended at 2 volumes. Even though these scripts do delay stuff, I am 2 chapters ahead on the second project, so I have a bit of a head start.

Since this joint thing with FTH and Animexis is working so well, we're most likely going to have a new triple joint project. Animexis will supply raws, FTH will edit, and I'll translate. It's also in the good! Afternoon, so the workload other than the first chapter will likely be negligible.

Update: Oh, this might happen anytime this year, but in case Katawa Shoujo comes out soon, I'll take a vacation from scanlating. Looks like it might actually happen before hell freezes over.

Pokemon Special ch 412, vol 37 batch

I had my hunches when I saw the chapter summaries, but it really seems that the final battle for DP will be pretty rushed. It might be related to the fact that Platinum is right after this, so parts of Sinnoh have to be saved for the next arc. Or maybe because the arc just dragged on too long.

Pokemon Special ch 412 2400p (IF)
Pokemon Special ch 412 2400p (MU)

Pokemon Special ch 412 1200p (IF)
Pokemon Special ch 412 1200p (MU)

Pokemon Special ch 412 PSD source part 1 (IF)
Pokemon Special ch 412 PSD source part 2 (IF)
Pokemon Special ch 412 PSD source part 1 (MU)
Pokemon Special ch 412 PSD source part 2 (MU)

The batches contain various typo fixes.

Pokemon Special vol 37 2400p (IF)
Pokemon Special vol 37 2400p (MU)

Pokemon Special vol 37 1200p (IF)
Pokemon Special vol 37 1200p (MU)
Pokemon Special vol 37 1200p (4SH)