I never knew perfection ’till I heard you speak.
Alice: Ouji to Majou to Himegimi to is not for everybody. Contrary to her previous work, this one has a more complicated premise. Others are unsatisfied with Subaru’s physical appearance (we hear cries of “she looks too much like a man!” coming from left and right) while others are completely unsatisfied with the story in general. However, what I like about this project is that there’s a very important message: love and the relationships we form with others are the most important things in the world. And that is exactly what Megumi struggles with in this chapter.
Janie: Not only is he afraid that Subaru will find out he is the witch who cursed her, but that he may lose her and his friends forever. He treats them with indifference and seems emotionally distant, but although it is never stated, it is heavily implied in this chapter that Megumi really treasures his friends at school—regardless of whether or not he hates how they call him “Megu-chan.” It’s ironic because, while he has vowed to never love anyone after his father abandoned him and his mother, he actually has developed feelings of love (not necessarily romantic) for everyone in his life.
Alice: We also get to see that Subaru’s not exactly immune to Megumi’s charm. It’s nice to see that she knows what she finds attractive in a person, rather than just blushing during every panel and not knowing the reason for it (yes I’m looking at you, Satou Kaede). Although she still hasn’t really discovered or developed romantic feelings for Megumi, I think we’re well on our way. I think this is the first chapter were we get real story background rather than just introductions to new characters.
Janie: …But…Is it bad that my favorite scene in this entire chapter was when Seri-chan was combing Komeko’s hair while Komeko stuffed her face full of food? It’s like you and me, Alice!
Alice: Okay. I combed your hair once and it was for prom night.
Janie: Yeah. Good times…
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Alice: Running Man is a South Korean variety show which has proven to be very popular since its debut about three years back. Janie and I have been hardcore fans since day one, given it’s hosted by the best MC in the world Yoo Jae-suk. We weren’t familiar with most of the other cast members, with the exception of HaHa, Kim Jong-kook, and Song Joong-ki (who actually left the show two years ago)… however, all of them have become well-known because of the show.
Janie: Imagine our surprise when we discovered there’s a Running Man webtoon! Well, in this case it is called a “bangsong” (broadcast/TV) toon since it’s based off a show that already exists. It’s actually quite hilarious, but you won’t get most of the humor if you don’t watch the show. So, if you are a Kpop fan then I highly recommend watching Running Man. Each episode will have you rolling around on the floor in stitches. And who doesn’t love the Monday Couple? Gary and Ji-hyo forever!
Alice: Webtoon Live translated most of the chapters, up to chapter 13. This is why we started at chapter 14, but we will be releasing our own versions of the previous chapters at our own pace.
Janie: For those of you who have never read webtoons before, they are basically just one long strip of images. No pages. However, to make for easier reading (and uploading, on our part), we have divided them into pages that are a little bit longer and narrower than regular manga pages. It is still relatively short (only about 4 or 5 of these pages), so no worries.
Alice: We hope that if you do go and decide to watch Running Man, that you will enjoy it as much as we do.
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A few days ago, we announced that we had officially picked up Stand Up! as an official Dazzling Scans project. We later decided that we would do this project as a joint with fellow scanlator Stiletto Heels. However, after much discussion we have decided to step out of the project. Stand Up! will now be scanlated by a new group called Summer Rain, so be sure to check out their website for more information! (They are also hiring recruits, so if you’d like to help, head over to their website!)
It is a shame, we know, because it seemed like such a nice project. However, please remember that we have plenty of potential projects lined up so don’t be too disappointed! Just remember to vote for future projects if you haven’t already, and be sure to support not only Dazzling Scans, but Stiletto Heels and Summer Rain as well.
Alice & Janie
P.S. For any retranslation groups who have requested permission to retranslate this series, you will have to head over to Summer Rain and ask for their permission instead. Sorry for any inconvenience!
Janie: Kouya no Koi seems like the perfect project to work on when it’s raining. In Canada right now, the clouds have moved in and a storm is on its way. This project is light-hearted and does actually have much dialogue. We like that because it gives us less to clean! xD Also, because it’s rare that artists can get emotions and stories across without their words. In this particular series, we can easily see what the others are thinking. I really look forward to how the story develops.
Alice: Also be sure to check out our next post regarding Stand Up! by Yamakawa Aiji. We’re always sad to bring bad news, but there are some good news in there as well.
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“Although it was short, you lived a very blessed and happy life.”
There aren’t enough words to explain how much I like this project.
It’s in no way perfect, but it comes pretty darn close. Kazusa isn’t exactly the type of heroine you’d like to see—she whines in every chapter, complains, and haunts another girl just because she’s jealous. Here’s one thing to keep in mind though: Kazusa was a mere high school student when she was struck by a car and suddenly killed. It’s understandable that her mother is still grieving; her child was taken away from her so soon. However, we rarely ever get to see the victim’s reaction to having their lives robbed from them so prematurely.
What I love about Majime na Jikan is that the author gives us an immature, seemingly unlikeable character and then turns the tables on us. In the fourth chapter in particular, we see Kazusa starting to realize how inappropriate she’s acting—even though she doesn’t admit it out loud. Her interaction with the onryou spirit in this chapter is phenomenal. The caption for the photo above is breathtaking when you read it in context; other than dying young, Kazusa really has nothing else to be sad about. She had a loving family, many friends, and the experience of an innocent first love. When compared to the other spirits, she’s got it pretty good.
The first few chapters show us that Kazusa is extremely angry at her circumstances, but in these two chapters we begin to see her actually starting to mourn. She’s not only mourning the loss of her own life, but the fact that she’s losing everything else as well. Her little brother is struggling with the loss of his older sister and the fact that his mother is slowly swallowed by her grief. We delve further into Mitsuharu as well, and we see that although he never really saw Kazusa as a love interest, he cared about her very much. All of the characters are still grieving in their own way, and my heart aches for them. I also love the fact that she was able to interact with Okabe Ranko, albeit briefly. I hope the second volume will explore some kind of friendship between the two, potentially—kind of like Caspar the Friendly Ghost?
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Oh, pretty boy!
So we were supposed to have the rest of the second volume done by today, but we could only get chapter 7 out. We’ve made some changes to our calendar, so check out the new dates for future releases! Anyway, this new chapter of Nakanmon! gave me some mixed feelings. One on hand, I love every single moment where Tsukasa reminisces about her sister. These moments are always so in-depth and emotional, giving this manga just the right kick whenever you think it’s about to start lacking. Tsukasa’s feelings about her sister’s death are extremely complex. We see that not only is she mourning for the death of Chihiro still, but that she’s also associated a sense of regret with Chihiro’s passing. It’s quite a powerful thing for such a young girl to experience, but I definitely think that the Chihiro aspect of this manga is the best part of the entire series.
However, I am really beginning to hate where the story is going in terms of romance. While some people may sympathize with Nozomi, I definitely don’t. Most characters like Nozomi are excused from their behaviour due to some sort of painful past. However, that is not what I see in him. Any pain and sadness he experienced before meeting Tsukasa was due to poor decision-making—his own choices lead to all of this. He has absolutely nobody to blame but himself. Therefore, I sincerely hope that Tsukasa realizes that he does not deserve a second chance—at least not from her, anyway. No matter how fickle he believes women to be, it is no excuse for him to purposely get someone to fall for him and then coldly turn her down when she confessed. It was downright cruel, what he did.
However, whether or not you agree with me is completely up to you. I thought I would share my two cents about the current love triangle. In the next few chapters, we are going to get some more background information on Himeno though! So look forward to that!
Another piece of good news to go along with our new releases: we have officially decided to scanlate Stand Up! by Yamakawa Aiji. We were fortunate enough to receive the raws from another group, Aoharaido Fansub. Thanks to them, we are one step closer to releasing an exciting new series!
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Don’t be afraid; life is always hard for the belle of the boulevard.
We’ve got a finale for Shinbunbu no Komatsu-san, also known as Re: Seishun Trickers. As quick as it was, I enjoyed this short little story. Komatsu might not have been the heroine we always look for, but she comes around in the end. I was thoroughly convinced we were going to have a love triangle involving the head of the newspaper club, but apparently I was completely misled! I liked how things turned out, though.
This release wasn’t scheduled until Friday, but we finished it early so here it is.
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