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29 May 2016

Some Thoughts About Manga 20

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It's no secret that I'm a big fan of historical manga. Yokoyama Mitsuteru is one mangaka near and dear to my heart for his works in this genre. As I've noted before, he has a dry, almost laconic, narrative style where the actions speak louder than words, and the driving motives of characters are only shown a few times in the story. And then there's Yasuhiko Yoshikazu. He too, like Yokoyama, is a man who has decided to specialize in historically-themed works in the latter half of his career. However in style, he's the polar opposite of Yokoyama. Yasuhiko's characters are extremely expressive and flowery dialogue is not uncommon. And unlike Yokoyama's preference for an orthodox approach to telling history, Yasuhiko prefers to tell history in ways it often is not.

10 May 2016

Jurassic Academy

Got sent raws for a quirky oneshot by Kobori Makoto that serialized in Evening. Only 7 pages long, so why not, especially when it's got dinosaurs?

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8 May 2016

My Name is Nero vol.1

Happy Mother's Day! And what better way to celebrate Mother's day than with a tale of an emperor famous for killing his mother? Enjoy the first volume. The final second volume should come before the month's end. I'll do a longer write-up on Nero to go along with that post. Also a thanks goes out to Shoujomagic who scanlated the first chapter many, many years ago.

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25 April 2016

Historie c95

It's time for a new chapter of Historie, hurray! Quite a fun chapter for military history nerds. Iwaaki/Eumenes came up with one interesting theoretical way to solve the inherent weakness of the Greek and Macedonian phalanx.

On another note, I am currently working on My Name is Nero, but progress is a little slow at present as other things have sidetracked me as of late. But there definitely will be one full volume of Nero or some other project coming out in May so look forward to it!

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10 April 2016

Some Thoughts About Heterodoxy and Heresy

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Here it is, the final act in Usamaru Furuya's bloody tragedy, volume 3 of Innocent Children's Crusade! Much thanks goes to Kennit for doing a fantastic job with the cleaning and typesetting. He definitely put in a lot more effort than I would have, had I tried to do this alone. Now as requested by a few people, I'm going to try to do a Some Thoughts post for all the new projects I pick up from now on, so as to explain why I thought a particular work was interesting enough to bother translating.

20 March 2016

Innocents Children's Crusade v2

The second act is out at last and the final volume will be released in April. I won't comment much on the story now but enjoy!

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27 February 2016

Innocents Children Crusade v1


In honour of the 20th anniversary of the original release of Pokemon Red/Green in Japan, I bring you a manga about another fun fad children took part back in the 13th century: the Crusades! Yes, this is Furuya Usamaru's Innocents Children's Crusade! It wasn't a project I ever intended on shelving for so long since I'm a big Furuya-fan, but circumstances led me to do so when I found myself out of raws and I was busy with Tomorrow's Joe and Sangokushi. But with the help of the skilled editor Kennit, we quickly wrapped up the remaining 3 chapters in the first volume and will be bringing volumes 2 and 3 soon enough (current plan is to finish before May).

For those of you who haven't heard of this manga, this is a fantastic... Ero-guro tragedy. Now, I know that isn't exactly the most esteemed of genres in story-telling, but it's a great violent tragedy nonethless so do give it a try. If you've read and liked Furuya's Litchi Hikari Club, this will be right up your alley as LHC's influence on Innocents Children Crusade should be clear to all. I think a common complaint with LHC was that there was only one volume to get to know (and then say goodbye to) 9 boys, so the characterization, character growth, and plot development all had to fight for limited room, which didn't make for the best pacing. I think Furuya Usamaru himself may have felt this way about LHC, which is why he immediately afterwards decided to draw Innocents Children's Crusade, a spiritual successor of sorts. The 3 hefty volumes he dedicated to this series consequently makes for much better pacing, so you really do feel more attached to the characters as they're corrupted and meet their ends. As a fan of history and tragedies, this was a great read for me and I'm quite excited to continue its translation.

That's all I have to say for now so enjoy the opening act! The violence and tragedy will soon follow in v2...

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