Friday, 26 December 2014

Lillia and Treize II(Part 1): The Longest Day in Ikstova - Chapter 1

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I messed up. The last two books in Allison were labeled 'Allison III(Part 1)' and 'Allison III(Part 2)' so I naturally assumed that was the case for the Lillia and Treize books, but this time each book gets a new number, instead of each arc. I'm really sorry. I'll stick with my current titling scheme because otherwise there's a lot of things I'd have to go back and change.

Anyway, here's the second arc of Lillia and Treize, which as the title suggests takes place back in Ikstova. And appropriately enough, it also happens to take place at the very end of the year. This book also brings Strauski Megmica into the main story(albeit in a minor role), so if you haven't yet read the extra chapter featuring her, you know what to do.

In this update you will find a simplified map on the same page as the table of contents, which you might want to come back to later for reference. The map is by no means necessary, but it's a great tool for visualizing the events that take place in this book and the next.

FYI, this arc does get very gory at times. Tread lightly if blood isn't your thing.

Enjoy.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Friday, 28 November 2014

Garuguru! -Dancing Beast Night- (Part 1): Prologue

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FYI, most of the chapter titles in this volume and the next are puns. I'll be localizing the titles instead of leaving translation notes, but I'll explain all the Japanese titles in a separate section at the end of the PDF/epub versions.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Lillia and Treize I(Part 2): And so the Two Left on a Trip - Chapter 6

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Sorry for the wait. Here's the first update for volume 2 of Lillia and Treize, which picks up right where the previous book left off. Enjoy.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Garuguru! -Dancing Beast Night- (Part 1): Color Pages

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“Hello, friends! Thank you for once again taking an interest in this island. Today we have a very simple tale to tell.

'Boy meets girl'!

A basic part of any story, no? The encounter of a murderer boy and a mysterious girl who happens to be a self-proclaimed detective. And the clumsy steps they dance together. That is today’s story.

Simple. …But on whose strings are they dancing? The Witch of the West? Or the Rogue of the East? The two dogs who found themselves back at the island? The guard dog of the volunteer police? The kitten of the Guard Team? Or me, Spring-heeled Joplin? …Or maybe you.

After all, everyone who sets foot on this island has the right to make others dance.”

Monday, 10 November 2014

Lillia and Treize II(Part 1): The Longest Day in Ikstova - Extra

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Have another side story. This one involves spoilers for the end of Allison, but does not spoil Lillia and Treize.

Enjoy.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Lillia and Treize I(Part 2): And so the Two Left on a Trip - Extra 2

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This is the second side story from volume 2 of Lillia and Treize, which serves as a sort of prologue to the high school romance slice-of-life spin-off series, Meg and Seron.

This update contains spoilers for Allison, but not Lillia and Treize.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Lillia and Treize I(Part 2): And so the Two Left on a Trip - Extra 1

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Here's a side story from the second volume of Lillia and Treize. It contains spoilers for the end of Allison, but does not spoil anything from Lillia and Treize. Enjoy.

Monday, 20 October 2014

How to safely handle firearms(excerpt from an afterword by Keiichi Sigsawa)

This is an excerpt from volume 3 of Gakuen Kino, in which author Keiichi Sigsawa(and his alter ego 'Megumihajime Amesawa', author of Gakuen Kino) discusses procedures for safely handling firearms. As readers of his series know, Sigsawa is a hardcore gun geek, and many of his works feature firearms described in painstaking detail.

This section of his afterword is a fascinating look at how his serious attitude toward gun safety informs his works. Personally, having always lived in countries that enforce strict gun control, I found this segment a fascinating and informative read. I even found myself rereading scenes from his books(especially the Allison series) in a new light thanks to this afterword. If only more of Sigsawa's afterwords were this fun to translate...

Enjoy.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Mew Mew! -Crazy Cat's Night- Epilogue+Snake Legs

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And that's a wrap on Mew Mew!, the second book in the Etsusa Bridge series. The next two books cover the 2-part story Garuguru! -Dancing Beast Night-, which is the big finale of the series involving the cast from the first two books(and more). I will start working on it in late November.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Mew Mew! -Crazy Cat's Night- Chapter 5

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I'm finishing up the rest of the volume in the next few days. Enjoy.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Mew Mew! -Crazy Cat's Night- Chapter 4

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The next chapter will be up either tomorrow or the day after. Enjoy.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Mew Mew! -Crazy Cat's Night- Chapter 3

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For those who missed the announcement in the previous post, I am going overseas for a month in late October. I'll try to finish Mew Mew! before I leave, and take a break from Etsusa Bridge while I'm gone before starting Garuguru! once I come home in late November. Lillia and Treize will be on hiatus until then, but I will be translating non-spoilery side stories from the Allison series while I'm gone.

Enjoy the update.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Lillia and Treize I(Part 1): And so the Two Left on a Trip - Chapter 5

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Announcement: I'm going to be out of the country for a month or so from late October to late November. The problem is, I don't think I can finish the next volume of Lillia and Treize before I leave, and I don't want to be working on one continuous story while I'm busy overseas. So from now until I get back, I'll be sporadically posting non-spoilery extra chapters and side stories from later volumes of Lillia and Treize, along with excerpts from Meg and Seron. I'm also going to try and finish up Mew Mew! before I leave and take a break from Etsusa Bridge while I'm away.

Anyway, this is the last update for the first book in the Lillia and Treize series. The second book will begin as soon as I return from my trip.

Mew Mew! -Crazy Cat's Night- Chapter 2

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Here's an Etsusa Bridge update. Enjoy.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Mew Mew! -Crazy Cat's Night- Color Pages+Prologue

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<Heehahahaha! Welcome to this happy damned dump of an island!

It’s been a while! Or is it nice to meet you?

Today, we’re airing a cat-and-mouse documentary!

A little game of tag between children who were abandoned into rathood and a girl who made herself into the island’s cat!

Although the rats are never ‘it’, they’re still nibblin’ away at the hearts of the high-and-mighty humans!

Will the cat manage to protect her master, the island itself? Heehahahahaha!>


Friday, 19 September 2014

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Lillia and Treize I(Part 1): And so the Two Left on a Trip - Prologue


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Back to the Allison series with Lillia and Treize! This is the sequel of Allison, taking place about 17 years after the original series. It's highly recommended that you read the Allison books beforehand, as this book spoils nearly everything from the previous series.

It didn't occur to me when I was working on Allison, but a note for those who've only watched the Allison and Lillia anime: The novels involve graphic violence. If you're not comfortable with gory imagery and description, you may want to avoid the books.

For Allison readers: this update is composed of the two 'Before the Prologue' sections of Allison III, put together for your reading convenience. The only new stuff here is the character introductions at the beginning of the book.

Enjoy!

(I've resumed updating the Database.)

Friday, 5 September 2014

Gakuen Kino 5 - Chapter 8.5

The final update for this volume. And with that, I'm all caught up to the current releases of Gakuen Kino.

(And no, Gakuen Kino is not over. It is an ongoing series, even if Mangaupdates tells you otherwise or something.)

After this on the Sigsawa front will be Lillia and Treize, the sequel to Allison.

Get the PDF here.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Monday, 18 August 2014

Bow Wow! -Two Dog Night- Color Pages+Prologue

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Here is the first update for the Etsusa Bridge series, which is the second work by Ryohgo Narita of Baccano!, Durarara!!, and Vamp! fame. The series is comprised of four main books and a collection of short stories. Currently, a second short story collection is supposedly in the works. (Fans have been waiting since 2008. Thanks a lot, Durarara)

This series takes place in Japan's near-future, in the same 'verse as the rest of Narita's light novel series(minus Hariyama-san). There is almost no overlap between Etsusa Bridge and the other novels, but fellow slaves of the Naritaverse keen-eyed readers might notice a few references here and there--especially in later volumes.

As with my other series, I'm taking a localization-style approach to this translation. No honorifics, names in Western order, and as few translation notes as possible(see how miserably I fail at the last one).

Enjoy.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Gakuen Kino 5 - Prologue

This novel is, as usual, a work of fiction.

It has absolutely nothing to do with real events, truths, Kino’s Journey ~the Beautiful World~, or a certain high school baseball club. Really.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Vamp! I~V download

It's very late, but here's the download link for all currently released volumes of Vamp!. I've proofread/edited the books again, added the author's afterwords for every volume, and added illustration scans for volumes IV and V(don't expect much in the way of quality, though). Some name spellings have also been changed for the sake of accuracy, but their pronunciations remain the same as earlier releases.

All PDFs and epubs for Volumes I through V are in one zip file. Get it here.

EDIT(August 5): If the above link doesn't work, try this one.

Notes:
-earlier PDFs and epubs have been taken down.
-a couple of color illustrations are missing from the Volume V scans, but that's because they're reused images with filters/effects slapped on top. I omitted those because they're redundant and color pages are annoying to scan.
-there's an extra illustration in the Volume V epub that wasn't in the original book; I put it there for the sake of formatting, but it's probably the illustration mentioned by Narita in the Volume V afterword.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Allison III(Part 2): A Train Named Conspiracy - Before the Prologue~b

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That wraps up all four books of Allison. The sequel, Lillia and Treize, is six volumes long. I'll be starting that straight after Gakuen Kino 5. I hope you enjoyed the series!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Allison III(Part 2): A Train Named Conspiracy - Chapter 9

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Just one more update before the Allison books are finished. Up next will be a baseball-filled volume of Gakuen Kino, followed by Allison's sequel--Lillia and Treize.

The next update will also include a pdf and a epub.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Allison III(Part 2): A Train Named Conspiracy - Chapter 8

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An update. The next chapter should be up either tomorrow or the day after. Enjoy.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Allison III(Part 2): A Train Named Conspiracy - Chapter 7

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Thanks for waiting. I'm finally back in Canada and settled in nicely at home. Here's the next chapter of Allison.

Incidentally, I finished working on the rest of the volume over the past few days, but I wanted to look over it again before I posted it. Allison will be coming to a close in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Allison III(Part 2): A Train Named Conspiracy - Color Pages+Chapter 6

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Finally, the fourth and last volume of Allison. I'll work on Gakuen Kino 5 after this, then Lillia and Treize.

Enjoy.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Allison III(Part 1): The Lutoni Outside the Window - Chapter 5

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The final update for this volume. I'm working on a pdf and an epub right now, but I'm just going to upload them along with the pdf and epub for the following volume once I finish the entire arc.

Enjoy.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Allison III(Part 1): The Lutoni Outside the Window - Chapter 4

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1930s and trains? I had Baccano flashbacks all the way through this chapter. Enjoy.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Friday, 23 May 2014

Allison III(Part 1): The Lutoni Outside the Window - Before the Prologue~a

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Let's start the off the final arc of Allison, which is a two-volume story on the rails. Enjoy.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Vamp! V - Epilogue

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I can't believe it's already been a year and a half since I started this series. This is the final update of Vamp! V. Narita's been talking about a Vamp! VI(which is going to be a collection of short stories) for a while now--and seeing as 2014 is Vamp!'s 10th anniversary, if there's ever a time to expect the next book, now is probably it. (But 2014 is also the 10th anniversary of Durarara!!--don't get your hopes up.)

I usually upload a PDF with the last update of each volume, but I'm holding off on it this time because I'm working on one big PDF/epub collection for the Vamp! series. I'm currently in the process of re-revising earlier volumes(and this one) and making things more consistent between books, as well as having another look at name spellings. And since I'll have access to a scanner again in a couple of months, I'll be able to grab illustrations for volumes IV and V. Sorry to make you wait.

What's next? As I announced in April, I'm going to work on the Etsusa Bridge series in August--but before that, I'll be taking a break from Naritaverse so I can get things done in real life and work on the Vamp! volumes.

Thanks, and enjoy.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Allison II: A Midday Night's Dream - Chapter 8

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Here's the last update of Allison II. I'll be starting the next volume sometime in the coming weeks.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Vamp! V - Chapter 4

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The chapter you've all been waiting for. Here's the second-to-last update of Vamp!.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Allison II: A Midday Night's Dream - Chapter 7

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The penultimate chapter. Look out for some interesting differences between the novel and the anime in this update.

After the next update will be Part 1 of Allison III.

In related news, I'll start working on Gakuen Kino 5 after I've finished the fourth volume of Allison. After that will be Lillia and Treize.

Enjoy!

Friday, 9 May 2014

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Sneak preview

The longest bridge in the world, standing between Sado and Niigata. The nameless artificial island in the very middle of the bridge, abandoned in the recession, is a lawless world swarming with illegal immigrants and criminals--a modern-day Kowloon Walled City.

Two young men enter the island.

The meek and quiet Seiichi Kugi, seeking a sense of adventure with his childhood friend.

The criminal Hayato Inui, drawn in by some unknown desire.

They begin to walk two entirely separate paths in this lawless world. But their respective journeys looked much like a dog barking at its own reflection.

Coming August 18th.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Vamp! V - Chapter 3

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You know how I keep saying that updates will be slow because of real life, but the updates aren't really slowing down?

Working on Vamp! and Allison is actively distracting me from stuff that needs to be done, so I'm going on hiatus until mid-May.

Yes, I know this is an awful point to leave you hanging at, but I really need to do my work instead of freak out over the next chapter of Vamp. I'm really sorry about this.

Enjoy, and see you in a month and a half.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Vamp! V - Interlude 2

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The next update's going to take a while because of real life. Thanks for your patience.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Baccano! 1931 - The Grand Punk Railroad Timeline

I had this sitting around my hard drive for ages--a timeline of the events that took place on the Flying Pussyfoot in 1931, with all times referenced from the DS visual novel.

Yes, I know it looks awful. Please deal with it or make a better one to replace mine.

Download it here.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Vamp! V - Chapter 2

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One of several long chapters that make up this volume of Vamp!. Enjoy.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Allison II: A Midday Night's Dream - Chapter 3

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Things are getting busy in real life again, which means slower updates for both Vamp! and Allison. Sorry about that.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Allison II: A Midday Night's Dream - Chapter 2

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I had way too much fun working out the logistics behind a certain character's speech patterns. It's not perfect, but I'm hoping to improve as I go through more of the dialogue. Enjoy!

Monday, 10 February 2014

Vamp! V - Chapter 1

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Another update. Sharp-eyed readers might spot a small Durarara!! reference somewhere in the chapter.

Enjoy!

Monday, 3 February 2014

Allison II: A Midday Night's Dream - Prologue+Chapter 1

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Here's the first update of Allison II. Expect lots of exposition and novel-exclusive info.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Vamp! V - Color Pages+Prologue


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[Ladies and gentlemen! It has been a long time. I am overjoyed to greet you once more. Let us thank the night that allowed us to meet again.]

[But beware! The streets at night can be a dangerous place. This story is about a series of horrid murders that took place on the island of Growerth.]

[A mind-reading vampire, a quiet young werewolf, a vampire detective, a pair from a certain Clan, and a TV crew investigating the case. Sneaking into that darkness are my son Relic, the human girl named Hilda who has accepted the Night, and the great petty villain, Mayor Watt Stalf.]

[On this most outrageous of nights, what thoughts cross the minds of the vampire, the human, and the dhampyr? This particular tale is one you must see with your own eyes.]

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Two previews for February



Itinerary:
Days leading up to the trip: Orientation and shopping for supplies.
The 19th: Depart from dorms in the morning and take a train to the city of Elitesa at the southernmost tip of Raputoa. Spend the night in Elitesa.
The 20th: Enter the Kingdom of Iks by bus and head to the town of Mushke in the north side of the country.
The 21st: Tour Mushke.
The 22nd: Tour Mushke.
The 23rd: Head to the capital city of Kunst.
The 24th: Tour Kunst.
The 25th: Take a bus to Elitesa from Kunst. Spend the night at Elitesa.
The 26th: Dismissal at Elitesa. Students who live nearby can go directly back to their homes.



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<This is Juna Riebeluka reporting from the island of Growerth in northern Germany. This morning, the body of Ms. Zara, who was recently reported missing, was found in the harbor area. She is the third victim of the serial murder-kidnapping cases that have been plaguing the island since last weekend. Investigators say that the body was found at the precise location that was announced to the police and media, making it likely that the announcement was sent by the kidnapper. The mayor of the city of Neuberg, Mr. Watt Stalf, has issued a statement requesting the cooperation of the investigators—>

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Allison I - Chapter 8 (mobi)

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The final update of Allison I.

mobi version here, courtesy of Andyy.

Confession time: I wasn't a huge fan of this volume. It's pretty obvious that Sigsawa wasn't quite as skilled at writing when he worked on this book, and some parts actually made me roll my eyes as I translated. But really, that just means that things can only get better from this point onwards. What I really like about the Allison series is that the biggest conflict in the world is solved in the very first book, and the rest of the 19-volume series deals with the fallout. So please look forward to the rest of the series! I'll be posting the first Allison II update sometime in the next couple of weeks.

Vamp! IV - Epilogue+Extra Chapter B

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And that's all for Vamp! IV. At the end of this update is a smaller bonus showing off several characters whose faces are new to the volume.

Here is the mobi file, courtesy of Andyy.

Coming up in the next few weeks should be the first update of Vamp! V, which focuses on the events taking place on Growerth at the same time as this book.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Allison I - Chapter 7

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The second-to-last chapter of Allison I. I'll have a double update of Vamp! IV and the final chapter of Allison I up in the next couple of days.

Enjoy.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Vamp! IV - Chapter 5

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Have a long chapter full of twists, turns, drama, and comedy. Enjoy!

EDIT: I can't do math. Error fixed.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Friday, 3 January 2014

Vamp! IV - Chapter 4

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Let's start off the new year with a decently-sized Vamp! update. The chapter after this one is going to be very long, so please be patient.