Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Triage X Volume 4

Triage X Volume 4 is here. This is the first release that HOTDcups and I worked on together. Expect more to come.

Bitupload (no longer active; see below)

The chapters in this volume were already scanlated by XLG before they dropped the series, but this is a new translation by HOTDcups. It has the higher quality of the volumes, and the bath scene is totally uncensored. This also includes extras such as early concept sketches and weapon profiles. Enjoy!

We had to use an alternate file host (Bitupload) to upload the volume in one part due to Mediafire's size limit. As you may have noticed, we typically use a much larger page size than most groups because it produces higher quality images. The downside is that it makes file sizes large, and in some cases the files are too large to upload to an easy and trustworthy file host like Mediafire. Sites that allow larger file sizes usually have delayed download, limited file lifetime, and other restrictions that can make them a pain to use. I would like to ask you to please donate so we can pay for a service that will allow us to upload files without size restrictions and host DDLs. I think this will make everyone's experience better. Any amount helps, and any extra donations will either roll over to the next month's payment or go to purchasing the next Monthly Dragon Age. Thanks in advance.

Volume 5 will be released August 9 along with the art book and the September issue of Dragon Age. We should get started on Volume 5 much sooner than we did Volume 4 since we've already planned on scanlating it. I think a surprise release or two may come before that, though. I'll have my usual Dragon Age update and monthly raws in about a week and a half. See you then.

There was a problem with the upload, so I upgraded my Mediafire account with faith that you guys will donate. Please help us out if you can.


It seems there was a problem with the DDL, so it's a normal Mediafire link now. While I try to work out the problem, you can use this torrent to download the volume. Sorry for the inconvenience.


AnimagiC 2012: Shouji Sato on the HOTD Hiatus

Over the weekend, Shouji Sato attended the AnimagiC 2012 anime convention in Bonn, Germany. The convention was July 27-29, and Shouji was there autographing on Saturday and Sunday. He also held 30-minute Q&A panels on both days. In an earlier post, I said it would be interesting to see if Shouji gives any news about the HOTD hiatus since the question would obviously come up. Well, after vigorous searching, I finally found the following information from the panel. It's a bit ambiguous, but it at least tells us more than anything in over a year.

As we expected, Shouji was asked about when the manga would return from hiatus. He answered that he is busy right now working on Triage X and doing research for future Highschool of the Dead chapters. This research involves studying weapons, vehicles, and other things so he can draw with the high level of technical detail for which he is known. He asks that fans be patient and give him time to bring us the same high quality we have come to expect.

This answer seems to put the long delay on him rather than Daisuke Sato. To me, it sounds like maybe Fujimi Shobo wanted Triage X to be monthly to boost its popularity, they chose to put HOTD on hiatus because it would be too much work for Shouji, and now he is doing the preliminary work for chapters Daisuke already has planned out so it will be less work when HOTD returns and Triage X doesn't then have to go on hiatus itself. That's just speculation, though it does sound more plausible than other theories I've had in the past. In any case, things are looking very hopeful now that we know work is being done on the series.

He was asked various other questions during the half-hour panel. When asked if any main characters will die (like in other zombie media), he replied that he doesn't know, which makes sense since he isn't the writer. He did say he hopes the main group will survive, though. He was asked how long Shido would be around in the future, to which he again responded that he doesn't know but hopes he will die soon. Someone asked him if he liked Takashi, and he does but says his favorite character is Kohta Hirano. This is obvious to me considering their shared fascination with guns.

In a question unrelated to HOTD, Shouji was asked when he started drawing. He said in grade school he became very ill and had to stay home for a long time. He couldn't do anything active, so he started to draw a lot and really liked it.

This information came from ~Abbadon82 at deviantART, an attendee of the convention. You can see the original post here.

Triage X Volume 4 will be ready very shortly. Look for it within the next day or two. See you soon!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Maken-Ki! Chapter 50 Raw

We get some history in this chapter. Apparently, the connection between Takeru and Himegami goes back many years.

The next release here could be the first collaboration between HOTDcups and myself, or it could be next month's raws. It all depends on when we finish our current projects. I'll hopefully have news for you in a couple weeks from the AnimagiC conventions. We'll have to wait and see whether it's good news or more disappointment.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Triage X Chapter 27 Raw

Ampoule Zero unite!

For those of you who may be wondering, I don't know when Triage X Volume 4 will be ready, but I can tell you that it will be released here when it is. In fact, all future releases of Triage X will be released here. HOTDcups and I work on the same stuff and work together a lot, so we have decided to officially join forces and use Scans of the Dead for all releases that would have been on Torpedo Tits. This means all future Highschool of the Dead scanlations will be released here, that is, when the hiatus finally ends.

I don't think I'll get Maken-Ki! up until tomorrow. Someone already posted it somewhere. The only reason I'm still going to scan it is because that version was low quality and the place where it was posted requires you to register and post in the forums before you can download, and when you do download, the file hosts all require waiting and captchas and they bombard you with ads, and I don't think anyone should have to deal with that stuff.

See you soon.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Monthly Dragon Age - August (7/9/2012)

I'm not going to be creative this time. There's no Highschool of the Dead next month or in the near future.

Next month is still exciting, despite there being no HOTD. Shouji Sato's new art book, which now has the official title "Shouji Sato Artworks: Highschool of the Dead & Triage X LIGHTNING POP," will be released on August 9, and I can't wait to get mine. On the same day, Triage X Volume 5 will be released and, as usual, the September issue of Monthly Dragon Age. Next month's issue will feature Triage X on the cover, and the extra will be a booklet that is a supplement to the art book. It looks like it will have sketches and stuff of the illustrations from the art book. There's a lot to look forward to next month.

That's really all I have to say about this month's issue. There's not much else going on right now.

There's an anime convention in Germany this month called AnimagiC on July 27-29, and Shouji Sato is supposed to attend and do a panel. Here's the site (in German):

If anyone reading this lives in Germany and will be attending the convention, I would like to ask for your help. I would greatly appreciate it if someone who will be at the convention and at Shouji Sato's panel can give me updates about the panel so I can post any important news here. I know people are going to ask him questions about the status of HOTD, but I can't rely on someone taking a video or something. I personally don't think he will give us any new information, but it's good to be prepared anyway.

I'll post Triage X and Maken-Ki! raws tomorrow sometime. See you then.