8 full years
So today, November 11th - and it's still the 11th where I live as I'm typing this - is Illuminati-Manga's eight anniversary. I'm kinda surprised we've last eight full years. But then again, there's a boatload of good manga out there that hasn't been found & scanlated (Looking at my Saruwatari Tetsuya pile alone makes me salivate...) so I suppose there might be a reason we've lasted so long.
Big thank you to all the current & former staff who've put in some time to get releases out. It's been a lot of work, but we've been able put forth a lot of good products because of it.
(Also, looking for staff, PM me on IRC if interested, blah blah blah)
Alice in Hell 12 (!Alice12 !AIH12) - That range...
Hito Hitori Futari v06 (!Hito06 !Hitori06) - Oh shit, that cliffhanger.
Inherit The Stars 07-08 (!ITS07 !ITS08 !Stars07 !Stars08) - A big, big thank you to Elkin <3 for translating the series. This completes volume 1, and hopefully we'll be working on volume 2 not too long from now.
Master Keaton 28 (!Keaton28 !MK28) - One of my favorite chapters, just because of what happens right in the middle of the chapter with the dog. I literally laughed out loud. Thanks again to the people at HappyScans! for helping out with the release.
Scientia (End) (!Scientia !Science) - While we did pick up Raqiya last time, we finished off one project, so we're even now. :) A big thank you to Kalai for translating the volume and to Ashido for cleaning it.
I had planned to release two more volumes today, but we ran out of time. One of the volumes had missing redraws and the other volume was only partially translated. So hopefully we'll be able to wrap those two up in the coming weeks and start working on the next big release... The one in late December...
What? ANOTHER new project?
So we have a new series called Raqiya by Boichi today and I already know what you're thinking,
"Another new project? Again? Really? Go fuck yourselves, gimme my [insert other neglected series here], you assholes."
Listen, there's a little backstory here. I like Kotonoha a lot. I have a hard time naming a bad series they've done since they've started. They're (or were, seeing as they're inactive now) the cream of the crop when it comes to quality scanlations and series choices. So much so that, they started 4 series that I had concrete plans to work on. Hideout, All Rounder Meguru, Before Dawn and the End of the World and Raqiya. For all the series mentioned, I had bought volumes & had planned to scanlate them in the near future before Kotonoha picked them up and as some of you might remember, we even released chapters of Before Dawn and the End of the World the day after they did, so we actually had scanned the volume, started the translation process & editing. By the way, speaking of that series, can one of you find me a better looking double page than this one? http://i.imgur.com/XhJLUn4.jpg because that just might be the best looking double page I've ever seen. It's literally perfect. Editing perfect and the scans are top quality.
Raqiya 16-20 (!Raqiya17 to !Raqiya20 & !Sanctum17 to !Sanctum20) So anyway... From our previous relationship & project Hotel, Weaper from Japanzai & I had plans on to work on Raqiya. I bought all five volumes, had 'em shipped and literally the day I get them, Kotonoha's released chapter 1. Late to the party again. Damn. So we dropped our plans and I sent the volumes to Weaper and he did some sort of contest with them for his Boichi worship site. So because Kotonoha became inactive, we started talking about it this summer and we started "officially" working on it not too long ago. In September, I believe. So the end result is, we have volume 02 wrapped up. Because I have a great deal of respect for Kotonoha, moreso than any other active group out there, I made a great deal of effort to find all of the fonts they used for their work and our releases should look nearly identical. We're even using their page sizing for this volume & going with 1,800 height for volumes 3-5.
Anyway, for the next 2 weeks, I'll be working mostly on (sigh...) Rookies and the jumbled mess that is the last volume. The last volume itself is awesome, but the work I'm going to have to put into it... Not so much.
Mother Sarah v11 End
I had written a nice post about the release, but I had a power failiure and everything was deleted. Way to go Hydro Quebec.
As usual, we're searching for staff to help increase the release speed. If you've been following the group for a couple of years now, you'll know we have two big releases coming up. One for the anniversary release & one for Christmas (and the subsequent week). So to make those releases as big as they can be, we need more staff. We're looking for Editors, Translators and one experienced Typesetter & Quality Checker. If you're interested in helping out, PM me on IRC.
Mother Sarah 11 End (!Sarah11 !Mother11) - First off, thanks to HappyScans! for providing the translation for the volume. The scans aren't great because they were pub raws and based off of the French edition which had all of the SFX cleaned & typeset already, so I didn't bother buying the Japanese volume. Not to mention the volume numbering from the French volumes to the Japanese volumes is different so I have no idea which Japanese volume I would have needed to buy. Regardless... Enjoy.
Going to be a fun month or so~
I'm a bit short on time, but anyway
1- We'll be busy for the next month or so despite a lot of the staff having real life commitments. We have our anniversary release in a month, so stayed tuned for that. I don't think we'll have much more to release until then.
2- Always looking for new staff. Editors, Translators & an experienced typesetter. PM me on IRC if you're interested.
3- Status update: IAAH v13 goes for sale on the 30th of October, so we'll be getting it then. We've bought & scanned FMP Sigma v19. Started cleaning it.
Alice in Hell 11 (!Alice11 !AIH11)
Shamo v30 (!Shamo30 !Coq30) - We're up the date.
If you're still around somewhere, do you mind PM'ing me on IRC? I need help with one of your apps. Thanks `-')
As usual, we're searching for staff. We have a lot of things we'd like to get done by the end of the year and we're definitely in need of more helping hands.
If you're interested in helping out, we need Translators, Editors & Quality Checkers. Please contact me via IRC.
Master Keaton ch1-4 (!Keaton01 !MK01) - We re-did chapters 1-4 done by the group previous to us. With this, we have a volume pack for volume 1. If you want the individual chapters, you can get them from Happy!Scans' website. Give 'em a big thank you too.
Spirits Flying in The Sky (Spirits !SFITS) - This is another volume that's been a long time in the works. I think I originally scanned this volume in October or November 2011. We had started working on it, but there were a lot of bumps in the road, including our translator losing his translated scripts. So we kind of put it on hold for a while & nearly two full years later, here we are. A big thank you to Dille for cleaning the volume & laika for translating it.
It's another short story collection by Igarashi Daisuke, author of Witches, Hanashippanashi & Children of the Sea. This is the second work of his that we've scanlated. I hope you'll enjoy it because this volume gave me (and laika, probably) a lot of headaches.
Blame the Russian, blaaaaame the Russian
So apparently, the site had some hickups. Oh well. I say, blame the Russian. Only because, well, it's fun. Really.
We're recruiting staff members to increase our release speed on some of our series. We have two big annual releases every year that are coming up, so we'll need help with that. We're specifically looking for translators, cleaners & redrawers. I could use one experience typesetter to help out as well. We have a lot of seinen stuff we'd like to do, but alas we need the staff to do 'em. If you're interested in helping out, and every bit helps, PM me on IRC. We're an IRC group. I'm not very active on emails and trying to contact me through that isn't the best idea.
Alice in Hell 10 (!Alice10 !AIH10) - The latest chapter of Matsumoto Jiro's crazed series. Another fun chapter.
I Am A Hero v12 (!IAAH12 !Hero12) - While the last volume was a little slow, this one is anything but. Shit is going down, son! A couple of very interesting revelations as well. The next volume, v13, should be going for sale around October 30th (v10 went for sale on 30/02/2013 and v11 on 30/06/2013) assuming the trend of one volume every 4 months continues.
Ichi The Killer Prequel (!Ichi !Koroshiya) - This has been in the works for (literally) years. First, I'd like to appologize to the translator for this series, abcd9146. He translated this series over a year ago and it never should have taken this long to do, but alas, it did. So yeah, my bad dohg. A big thank you to Soujourn for cleaning most of the volume as well. We did the series only because of the last two chapters at the end of the volume. I'm safely assuming that they were the oneshots that were used to create Ichi The Killer a few years after the Prequel ended. The "main" story isn't great, but it's still got a bunch of immoral Hideo Yamamoto elements that you'll see in a lot (if not all) of his works.
Enjoy, have a good one.
Russian broke the site II
I have bad news!
Site b0rked and every comment dating after news post - "Russian broke the site", Posted on Thu, 31 January 2013 is GONE. Because we make a backup once every solar eclipse.
in short: Russian broke site, again.
Sadly all your lovely comments like "fmp!????????????", "pls pls pls..", "pls?? what taking it so long..", "fmp!??????????", "I want my Shameh!", "how about iam a hero?", "ggpx stinks.", "How long do I have to wait :(" are lost.
Releases at 2 in the damn morning.
I'll get straight to the point because I'm just half asleep.
Alice in Hell 09 (!Alice09 !AIH09) - The newest chapter of our favorite dumb android, Alice!
Shamo v29 (!Shamo29 !Coq29) - A big thank you to the new translator of the series, oxymoron, for picking up from where we left off and translating the series. Hopefully we'll have v30 done before v31 goes for sale.
Suicide Island v7 (!Island07 !SI07) - Now things are starting to get a little more serious. As usual, visit Death-Toll to give your thanks there. I was waiting for a good chunk of time for someone there to be around, but alas...
Oh, and big thank you to blueberry-chan for QCing Suicide Island v7. She says,
Ohhhh, I forgot to ask - Could you give us a shout out on your site/release post? blueberry from Blue Flor (http://rawdistro.net/ + #irc-distro) (●´∀｀●)
Man, not hungry for once but thinking about those cute goats... (●´∀｀●) so cute and delicious...
And so it is done.
Alice in Hell: We've got ch10 translated, so that shouldn't be too long from now, I hope.
FMP Sigma: v19 goes for sale in about a month.
HHF: Work's started on v6. Purchasing v7 soon and v8 when it goes for sale in September. Volume 8 is the final volume for the series.
I Am A Hero: Volume 12 is cleaned and translated, the script is being proofread as we speak.
Suicide Island: We're hoping to have v8 out in the not so distant future, but speedy releases are almost impossible with this manga because of the sheer amount of work that's required to be done for every volume. But we'll see~
If you hjave some questions about other series, feel free to ask away. But first, I need some sleep. Night.
Scientia: We'll be releasing the rest of the volume in one go, mainly because I forgot a page at the end of volume 2 like some idiot.
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