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New: Koi Neko v06 ch50-51

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Koi Neko v06 ch50
Koi Neko v06 ch51

Thus concludes this volume. Special thanks to SemiBitter for doing the two-page colour spread for Koi Neko’s 50th chapter.

Neko de Gomen v06 ch39 is still in the proofreading stage, and ch40 is 26/46 complete.

Speaking of Koi Neko, my copy of the 11th volume arrived recently.

*Click for a high-resolution Image*
From left to right, top to bottom:
アイドルプリテンダー (1) (Idol Pretender)
おくさん (3) (Okusan)
SCHOOLMATE (4)
となりのランドセルw (1) (Tonari no Ransel w)
ぷちはうんど (7) (Puchi Hound)
蒼海訣戰 -世界編-(1) (Soukai Kessen -Soukaihen-)
ドリームハンター麗夢alternative (1) (Dream Hunter Rem alternative)
BLANGEL (2)
まほマほ (1) (Maho Maho)
BOYS BE (6)
To LOVEる―とらぶる― ダークネス (4) (To Loveru Trouble Darkness)
妄想奇行―Adolescence Avatar (Musou Kikou—Adolescence Avatar)
NOT LIVES (1)
コイネコ (11) (Koi Neko)
うららちゃんのナカの人 (2) (Urara-chan no Naka no Hito)
これはゾンビですか? (5) (Kore wa Zombie desu ka?)

As I mentioned before, Mashima Etsuya is using 3D models to help with the poses for Koi Neko, which has also led to the character designs being slightly different, especially for Nao (she’s much lankier). The fanservice scenes in the 10th volume look to be merely a phase, though the 11th volume was extremely long and drawn out. The only chapter with any real meat on its bones was ch91 where Inaho explains Nao’s origins to Mikadzuki. Speaking of Inaho, I can’t tell if Inaho is male or female. I’m assuming Inaho is male, but being a servant of Inari makes me unsure.

Despite being a fan of Miyashita Miki, “Tonari no Ransel w” felt really generic. Well, it is being serialised in Shounen Jump SQ, so it’s par for the course, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes on a perpetual hiatus like her older serial “Pixy Gale”. With that being said, the one-shot included in the volume is good, and more along Miki’s cynical style. It’s about a guy who is pretty much never going to have sex, and he’s visited by someone to help him lose his virginity with any available girl because it just wouldn’t do for him to become a wizard and join the Wizard Space Federation, and then proceed to teleport into space stations to systematically murder the imbecilic crew members with magic missiles and fireballs. =P

NOT LIVES was really good. The main character kind of reminded me of Takatou Iori from Ichinensei, except with an ambition to program the most entertaining game rather than obsessing over some love interest. I was strongly considering taking it up as a project, so I went to see if there were RAWs available, but it seems someone already started scanlating it using the magazine scans. Too bad!

BLANGEL’s second volume was released a little over 4 years after the release of its first volume. I don’t even remember the exact reason why I picked up the first volume. Well, the first chapter was ridiculous in how over-the-top violent it was with the heroine having a deep-seated hatred for weaklings who can’t take care of themselves (she saves some boy who was being bullied, and takes him out to a forest to beat him up until he turns into the werewolf that was responsible for murdering/raping people, which further pisses off the heroine, cementing the concept that Nice Guys™ suck).

Serialised in the same magazine as BLANGEL, “Dream Hunter Rem alternative” by Koga-R is a manga-adaption of an anime series that is a couple decades old (80s-90s). The anime was originally an H-anime before the creators realised that the story was too interesting to be pigeon-holed in the adult-only category, so they scraped out the sex scenes and converted it into an all-age anime, which explains the fantasy bikini armour stuff and the design of the dreamscape monsters Rem fights. Koga-R also did an R-18 version of Dream Hunter called “Dream Hunter Rem XX” (Not Safe for Work). Considering the huge gap of time between the anime and manga, I find the disparity in the character designs to be interesting. It’s easy to tell the anime was made in the 80s-90s by the style of the noses.

While I don’t really have a specific dislike for fantasy bikini armour, I do find it annoying when there’s a roleplaying game or comic where the male characters are all wearing full suits of armour, and the female characters are wearing impractical sexy armour. If the chainmail bikini is good enough for the female fighter, then it should be good enough for the male fighter as well. I believe Archer was also poking fun at this. Thankfully, modern videogame designers have fixed this discrepancy by allowing players to outfit their male dwarf fighters with bikini armour and dresses for their dwarven empires (see Gemclod).

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@david: Here

@dayrains: Someone actually e-mailed me recently about Neko de Gomen. He was offering to send scans of some illustrations that were included on the opposite side of the pages for the table of contents found in the original 8 volumes. Though, those illustrations are already available on J-comi, so I declined. This person also sent me transcripts of translations posted on newsgroups back in the 90s, which was really cool. He offered to do production work if I were to do video releases of the drama-CD with translation subtitles at the bottom. The only problem is that my listening skills are abysmal. It’s hard enough for me to understand what people say in English. I usually need to have captions if I want to enjoy movies in English and Japanese. One funny thing is that my host, Gamerkun, has a good ear and sometimes transcribes the Japanese and sends these transcriptions to me so I can parse and translate them for him (he does Spanish fansubs based off English fansubs).

Well, I’m two chapters away from finishing Neko de Gomen’s 6th volume, so I’m going to have to see what I can do with the drama-CD.

@Anonymous: I consider Somethingawful to be a microcosm of the typical person in society, albeit with a slightly nerdier bent. They’re against lolicon, I think, because they believe it promotes and fosters an unhealthy sexual desire for real children, and something about people using these works to groom children into thinking sex with adults is OK. Then there’s also the typical human trait where people are obsessed over sex and food, and other people in relation to these two things. I remember one thread on Somethingawful where the majority of users were throwing a fit over how someone eats a steak.

I saw the thing about the word “loli” being treated like a dirty word in the TVTropes thread on Somethingawful. The topic of the word “loli” did make me wonder if it’s just a term used by Japanese people familiar with games, manga, and anime like the terms tsundere, fujoshi, and so forth. I don’t believe I have ever saw the word used in a normal conversation outside of those things.

To be fair, the censorship for those games you mentioned is pretty typical for mainstream localisers. I haven’t kept track with localisations, so I don’t know if the attitudes have changed recently. Surprised that TERA was localised. One funny thing about the Elin race from that game is that exclusive-paedophiles find them to be disgusting because of their abnormally-wide hips kind of like how Yume from Ichinensei is disgusted by Ion because of her breasts.

Essentially, I think any problem with SA is the same problem with humanity as a whole. I wouldn’t want to wish anyone who uses their forum boards death; as a fellow human, I exhibit some of their problems as well. This is why I think the scientific method, critical thinking, and skepticism are important since they’re the only things we have to recognise and subdue these human faults so we don’t make poor decisions.

@Calc-Yolatuh: I like the LPs on Somethingawful, too! I also enjoy the writing of Richard Kyanka and Zack Parsons. I like the Debate and Discussion part of the website as well. I don’t visit the anime board though; that section is frequented and moderated by terrible people. By terrible, I’m mostly talking about how they think it’s perfectly fine for them to pirate manga and anime that aren’t localised in the United States without a guilty conscience. Also, one of the stupid moderators was trying to defend “Panties And Stocking With Garterbelt” as something that doesn’t pander to paedophiles (as if this is a terrible thing) when it’s by Gainax, who are notorious for creating a child-grooming simulator with nude graphics of an underage girl among a library of similar works.

New: Koi Neko v06 ch49

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Koi Neko v06 ch49

Archer finally had time to proofread this chapter. Archer does a thorough proof-editing job that extends far beyond correcting spelling and grammar mistakes, which I feel is worth the wait. In any case, the 11th volume of Koi Neko was released recently, and I updated its project page to reflect this with the cover and links. Surprisingly, the 11th volume’s cover is the first one not to have Sakurazaki Nao on it… actually, it does have a Nao…

Like I mentioned two updates ago, Ichinensei’s 8th volume is due to be released on the 12th of June, and I updated its project page to reflect this. I finished scanning the 3rd and 4th volume of Greed Packet Unlimited, so I’m debating whether or not I should order an extra copy of Ichinensei’s 8th volume to scan it myself.

1) Nateinu debinded the 7th volume of Koi Neko, but I haven’t heard back from him since I last e-mailed him over a month ago. If he disappears without a word like KamenWriter or Spiritovod, then I would have to order extra copies and scan Koi Neko myself.
2) Kamiya Yuu finished his first light-novel that he wrote and illustrated himself called “No Game No Life”. He’s still recovering from his surgery, but says that he plans to work on Greed Packet Unlimited later this year, which means the 5th volume might get released next year.
3) What I suspect to be the same anonymous scanner that did most of the previous scans for Ichinensei is likely to do Ichinensei’s 8th volume a few months after its release. The only benefit for me to scan Ichinensei myself is that I might have an easier time joining the two-page spreads. I believe the anonymous scanner crops the images, which leads to me having to redraw a sizable amount of art to join the spreads. Usually this isn’t a big deal, but certain pages like p116-117 of v4 and 056-058 of v7 required a lot of time and work for a mediocre result if one looks at them carefully.

Anyway, like I said in a previous post, Suihei Kiki released a doujin sequel of Mika ni Harassment, which can be bought by clicking the banner to Melonbooks on the lefthand-side of this website. Unfortunately, the PDF is password protected, which means a password recovery tool is needed in order to apply a patch to it. I own APDFPR because I hate, hate, hate PDF files. However, APDFPR costs 49 USD, which isn’t feasible for a casual user who’s probably only going to use it for just one pdf file.

Does anyone know of any pdf password removing and image extracting tools that are free and compatible for most operating systems?

In any case, this is how a patch works. This is the raw page:

This is the patch page:

This is the patch page being imposed on top of the raw page simply using HTML code:

Essentially, a user downloads the pdf file, and then extracts the images from it. Then they open an HTML file that will take the extracted images and impose the patch images over it. The patch images are rather small if they do not have any redrawing portions on them. The above sample patch page with a little redrawing for Koi Neko is 16.3kb vs. the 51.6kb of the raw page, and this is without compression.

In any case, I had this idea when people pointed out how J-comi is less convenient than reading a scanlation. Though, J-comi would have to host both the raw page and the patch page on its server unless it’s possible for them to code something where J-comi draws from the user’s hard-drive for the patch pages to apply the patch images to the raw images, but I don’t know enough about coding to know how one would do this.

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@Yo_L2: I import manga, which means I don’t have the luxury to leaf through the books like if I were in a bookstore, so it’s necessary for me to google the manga and mangaka for more information so I don’t regret making a purchase. Generally, this means I’m limited to mainly publishers and mangaka with an online presence. Of course, I do extra research for mangaka of projects that I work on.

Well, I hope my explanation for the patching process makes sense.

@Calc-Yolatuh: I had to try out various methods before I settled on a code that is compatible for Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera. Some people suggested really stupid things like tables… ughh… I’m glad I found out about “absolute; z-index:”.

@Drunkguy: Thank you for your efforts. Disappointing that no one responded. =\

@Anonymous: Actually, there has been efforts on the Somethingawful boards to make the users less horrible and bigoted. Though, right now it’s limited to their irrational fears and thoughtlessness towards transpeople and people with mental disabilities. I really don’t know if they’ll realise that most paedophiles aren’t child molesting monsters like how most homosexuals and heterosexuals aren’t monsters trying to have sex with other people that violates our current consent-based morality system where people ought not to exploit and take advantage of other people. =\

I saw the thread on Somethingawful discussing TVTropes, and “Ichinensei ni Nacchattara” actually was brought up in that thread. Though, none of them actually read the manga, and judged it based on what was said by someone on TVTropes who was defending its article. One thing that is inarguable is that Ichinensei ni Nacchattara does include risqe illustrations that definitely pander to lolicons and paedophiles. I don’t think this pandering is evil simply because there’s no peer reviewed scientific studies that indicate that this causes harm. Though, I’m willing to change my stance if there’s proof that it does cause harm.

Personally, I feel a little sorry for paedophiles, since they’re treated unfairly. Probably worse than transpeople even. In the past, women and children were being treated like property, animals, and sex toys, and even though we’re recently trying to adopt a morality system that says it’s wrong to take advantage of people, there’s still vestiges where people still think certain things are all right. For example, the logical conclusion of this morality is something similar to Antioch’s reasonable proposals, which were mocked because the violation of Antioch’s guidelines for consent would make a lot of people rapists.

And this is where I disagree with Somethingawful, their policy is to sweep paedophiles beneath the carpet, ban them from their forum boards, and chase them off websites as if they’re lepers with some kind of contagious disease. I think it’s better to educate and support people so they don’t make bad decisions. There’s a manga publisher that panders to lolicons and paedophiles that has a better grasp of the situation than Somethingawful. I don’t remember which one, I think it’s LO or Rin, but I remember someone showing off an advertisement from one of those magazines for clinics and stuff to help these kinds of people with their urges if masturbating to lolicon material isn’t enough for them.

@Nekochild: Ichinensei ni Nacchattara v8 is due to be released on June 12th.

@Calc-Yolatuh: It’s kind of weird, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a number of them are closet paedophiles. Kind of like how homosexuals that grew up in areas that demonise homosexuality take on an outer guise of a stereotypical homophobic. That kind of thing is really unhealthy because it does nothing to address their urges.

@waspire: I originally picked up Ichinensei ni Nacchattara because it was a genderbending manga. I took it up as a project specifically because it had material that panders to lolicons that might bother people. I was debating whether to work on Ichinensei or a shounen manga called “Soukai Kessen” that has subtle—yet obvious—homosexual elements between the male characters.