Monday, August 27, 2012

Mediafire Issues and Complete File

I finally got around to uploading the HOTD Complete File in one part if anyone wants it.

There was an issue with the Mediafire links recently that may have caused some of you to be unable to download anything. My Mediafire account ran out of bandwidth even after I took the DDL links down. I added more bandwidth, so the issue should be resolved now and downloads should be available.

I don't want to beg or force you to donate or anything like that, but I never expected to have to put in money other than what I spend on importing raws to keep this site running smoothly. My goal has always been to make things as easy and convenient as possible for all of you. You can help me do this by donating. Any amount, great or small, is appreciated, so please help if you can.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Maken-Ki! Chapter 51 Raw

Another flashback chapter. It looks like there will be at least one more before the main story returns. Hopefully, this flashback isn't just Takeda Hiromitsu's way of stalling while he works on the plot because I really want to see the battle with Ouken. Then again, some history is always nice.

The announcement on the title page says Volume 9 will be released September 8. Also, next month's issue of Dragon Age will come with a 68-page booklet which looks like it will be similar to the Paisorojii. I may scan some stuff out of it like I did with the Paisorojii, but I'll have to wait and see exactly what is included first. I'm hoping for some new illustrations.

See you soon.

Triage X Chapter 28 and Extra Case Raw

The first chapter is actually a side chapter, but I'm calling it Chapter 28 since I'm continuing XLG's numbering method for this series. The second is another extra case. I think this is more of a break in the arc rather than the beginning of a new arc.

From what I can tell, neither of these has much to do with the main story. Chapter 28 has another bath scene, but you'll have to wait for Volume 6 to see the good stuff. Unless this series goes on an unexpected hiatus, I would expect that to be out in January.

Maken-Ki! is coming soon.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Monthly Dragon Age - September (8/9/2012)

Sorry for the lateness of this update. It didn't get delivered Friday, so I had to wait through the weekend.

As many of you know, this was a big month for Shouji Sato fans. In addition to a new chapter in this month's issue of Dragon Age, Triage X was featured on the cover and got a few color pages at the front promoting Volume 5 and the art book, both of which were released on the 9th along with this issue. I'll include those with this month's raws. There are actually two shorter chapters this month instead of one normal one. One is a side chapter which I believe is technically Chapter 28, and the other is an extra case.

The coolest thing about this issue is the companion to Shouji Sato's new art book, Lightning Pop, called "Lightning Pop β" (for those of you who care, the β is the Greek letter Beta, not to be confused with the German ß [Eszett]). This companion booklet provides sketches of a lot of illustrations, both old and new, from the art book. I had planned on scanning this, but it ended being much longer than I anticipated (around 100 pages). So I don't know what I'm going to do with it now. I most likely won't scan the entire thing.

I don't feel like starting a new post, so I'll just cover the art book here.

I'm happy with how it turned out. Just as I expected, there aren't many new illustrations, but many of the old illustrations are rare and may be new to a lot of people. About half of the book is dedicated to HOTD, including illustrations from the volumes, Dragon Age, other art books, and various other places they've appeared over the years. Triage X and Fire Fire Fire have significantly smaller sections, and then there is a miscellaneous section at the end which includes Futari Bocchi Densetsu and various illustrations he's done outside of his series. Overall, it's a very nice collection.

I'm not completely satisfied with how the sizes of some of the illustrations were dealt with. A lot of illustrations got their own page or were combined with others in single pages or spreads, but others were reduced in size and bunched together on some pages. I guess it's better that they did it this way, though, rather than cut some of them out completely. Other than that, I think it looks great. If we scan this, it will probably take quite a long time, so I would recommend buying your own copy if you are able and you want to see it. It's definitely worth the import cost.

Since I got this issue late, I won't be able to get started on scanning Triage X and Maken-Ki! right away. I'll do my best to get them up within the next couple of days, but I can't promise anything. See you soon.