7/13/15

Majuu Sensen Volume 1 Chapter 3

Takeru Kyori continues his unstoppable rampage to scanlate Majuu Sensen! In this chapter, Professor Kuruma continues his ungodly experiments in defiance of any and all costs. Shinichi's despair reaches new depths in the face of his father's evil.

Majuu Sensen Volume 1 Chapter 3

Praise be to Takeru Kyori for his wonderful translation/editing and HappyScans! for their quality cleaning. Enjoy!


7/8/15

Shin Mazinger Zero Volume 4 Chapter 3 and Majuu Sensen Chapters 1 + 2

At long last, here it is
Shin Mazinger Zero Volume 4 Chapter 3

This chapter continues the battle between Kouji and Baron Ashura while also exploring the mystery of Kouji's alleged demise in a previous battle. Thanks again to OtherSideofSky for his great translation and all of the help from our buddies over at HappyScans!

Additionally, you may have noticed that Takeru Kyori has begun releasing Majuu Sensen in English! This is a great Ken Ishikawa series from the 1980s that combines his vivid imagination and style with biblical myth in a no holds barred action sci-fi manga that inspired two OVA series, a sequel manga and was a heavy influence on the visual direction (among other things) of the Change Getter Robo OVA (Getter Robo Armageddon). Be sure to check it out!

Majuu Sensen Chapter 1
Majuu Sensen Chapter 2

6/4/15

Kyomu Senki Volume 1 Chapter 3

I'm back with another chapter of Kyomu Senki scanlated by Takeru Kyori. This story focuses on a pivotal segment of Nobunaga Oda's history that is shrouded in mystery and its place in the overall narrative of Kyomu Senki will become clear soon enough. Enjoy.

Kyomu Senki Volume 1 Chapter 3

Don't forget to visit HappyScans! and I'll try to get out the next chapter of Shin Mazinger Zero soon. Until then.


3/16/15

Shin Mazinger Zero Volume 4 Chapter 2

The battle between Mazinger Z and Mechanical Beast Baron Ashura is in full swing! Meanwhile, we get a deeper insight into the mystery of Kouji Kabuto's demise after The Great Mazin War. Enjoy!

Shin Mazinger Zero Volume 4 Chapter 2

As always, thanks to OtherSideOfSky and HappyScans! for their continued work on this series. I wanted to get this chapter out last week, but I had to leave town for a few days and was unable to release during that time so this is a belated release. However, the next chapter of Shin Mazinger Zero will be out later this week. See you then!

3/8/15

Kyomu Senki Volume 1 Chapter 2

It's time for another release and this time it's a new Kyomu Senki chapter from Takeru Kyori and released in part with HappyScans! This chapter is from a short story called New Rashoumon originally published in 1994. It also features a couple of new pages for the Kyomu Senki compilation and a couple other pages borrowed from another series in this collection (which I will avoid naming for now due to potential spoilers).

Kyomu Senki Volume 1 Chapter 2

Oh, and by the way - I discovered a method of successfully removing the gunk from the Kyomu Senki pages! It means that I'll have to rescan and re-edit chapter 1 but it's well worth it. I've also got a message for you all from this series' translator and typesetter, Takeru Kyori, to clarify some of the terms used in the story and a couple of other points:

"Onmyou & Onmyouji - the term "onmyou" that was used in both this chapter and the last is the Japanese word for the Buddhist "yin yang" concept, and onmyouji were practitioners of the art. Although generally thought of like sorcerers, they were a real profession in feudal Japanese society. Generally their duties involved divining and fortune telling, but they were indeed responsible for protecting the capital from vengeful spirits, or "onryou" as they're known in Japanese. In addition, the Crown Prince Sawara who's mentioned in this chapter was historically one of these "onryou" haunting the capital city of Heian-kyo (which becomes modern-day Kyoto).

Mikado - an archaic term for the Japanese emperor. 

Mandalas & Shumisen - "Shumisen" is the Japanese word for Sumeru, a sacred mountain in Buddhist mythology that is home to various celestial beings. Mandalas are Buddhist symbols that represent the universe, generally consisting of a circle contained by 4 points arranged in a square. They often take the form of painting scrolls, depicting various aspects and deities of Buddhism, and are used in various rituals.

So, if you hadn't noticed yet, this series has a lot of Buddhist influences, throughout. I'm going to do my best to point these things out as we go, but I'm certainly not claiming to be any sort of expert. Buddhism is a complex subject, and even within Japanese Buddhism alone, there are numerous different sects, all with their own traditions and focuses. I'm doing my best to learn about it as I go, and I'll share some of the basic info I pick up, but I'd encourage anyone interested to research these things further. There's plenty of material about it to read online. And if anyone who actually knows what they're talking about ever catches me saying something blatantly wrong, please let me know about it! Like I said, I'm learning as I go, so a more educated perspective would be great to hear!"

Now relating to Shin Mazinger Zero, I'd like to apologize because I had previously said that Vol 4 Ch 2 would be released this week. Well that was a mistake on my part because I hadn't realize that it hadn't been translated yet! Sorry about that, I'll try to get the workflow back up to speed in order to avoid any downtime between releases and I'd say to expect Shin Mazinger Zero vol 4 Ch 2 next week.

3/1/15

Shin Mazinger Zero Volume 4 Chapter 1

And so begins volume 4 of Shin Mazinger Zero! In this chapter, Minerva's world keeps tumbling down, tumbling down and tumbling down. Will it all return to nothing?

I thought this would be an easy chapter to work through, but I was a fool for thinking there would be an easy chapter of this series. So sorry about the late release this week. I'll be back next week with more, so see you then!

Thanks to OtherSideofSky for translating and thanks to our friends over at HappyScans!

Shin Mazinger Zero Volume 4 Chapter 1


2/21/15

Kyomu Senki - The Void Chronicles by Ken Ishikawa Volume 1 Chapter 1

And here it is!

Kyomu Senki Vol 1 Ch 1

Kyomu Senki (The Void Chronicles), created/penned by Ken Ishikawa, is a manga that can be considered the sister series to Getter Robo Saga. Like Getter Robo saga, Kyomu Senki is a compilation of a number of Ken Ishikawa manga series that fit into the same continuity. Kyomu Senki includes such series as Kyomu Senshi Miroku, Skull Killer Jakioh along with its direct sequel Jakioh Bakuretsu, Tiger of 5,000 Light Years and a few other manga series. The edition of Kyomu Senki that we'll be scanlating is the 2002 Futabasha 5 volume compilation (the most recent printing of this series so far and the last before Ken Ishikawa's unfortunate death).

Translating and typesetting this series for us is someone new - he goes by the name Takeru Kyori and he's been doing a bang-up job at localizing Kyomu Senki! Thanks to him, we can start this project without waiting to complete Shin Mazinger Zero. A true hero for Dynamic Pro fans! And of course, I have to thank HappyScans! for their help on this project and for miraculously getting their hands on this manga series in the first place! I had been trying to get Kyomu Senki shipped out of Japan for years to no avail (it would run hundreds of dollars) and HappyScans! stepped up and did the impossible. Thanks so much, guys!

Scanning this series has been a challenge in one major way. The books, which are long out of print, are old and used. Consequently, there's some sort of... gunk... on the pages. It's a multitude of faint yellowish stains all over each page. I really have no idea what it is and I'm cursing the original owner. Anyway, I tried to clean the gunk as best as I could without compromising the art in any way but you're still going to see it on the pages, with some being worse than others. Hopefully it shouldn't detract from your enjoyment too much.

And one last note - this chapter features a lot of Buddhist mantras which we have left in their original form. The few of them that had a Japanese translation we have also translated into English. Anyway, that's about it! Enjoy the first chapter of Kyomu Senki!!


UPDATE: I've now got a proper series description for Kyomu Senki thanks to Takeru. Here it is:

In Confucian Era 14276, a violent showdown unfolds in the space surrounding Planet Lagra. And with that, the story begins. Unfolding on Earth and in far-off galaxies, in the past, the future, and across dimensions, the curtain has risen on the final war between light and darkness. A great, galactic epic spanning the author’s career begins here!

Kyomu Senki is made up mainly of four series: “The Tiger of 5000 Light Years” serialized in 1980-82. “Kyomu Senshi Miroku” and “Jaki-oh Bakuretsu”, both of which started serialization in 1987, just a few months apart. Lastly, “Skull Killer Jaki-oh”, a mech series set in the 20th century that originally started in 1990.

Along with the four main series, it also includes four short stories: “New Rashoumon”, “Ninja Arts at Honnou Temple: The Black Magic of Koji Kashin”, “The Strange Living Dimension, Dogura”, and “The Dogura War Chronicles”.