Aria One-Shot: "Young Shinba and the Sleeping Giants" by Haru Maebashi

This one-shot has been simmering on the back burner for over a year.  We’ve been working on it bit by bit for that long until it snuck up on me all lettered and nearly ready for release.  I was gonna release a few days ago, but I decided not to bury “Ojousama no Untenshu,” so I let it sit a little longer. Anyhow…this is shounenish one-shot from Aria magazine.  The premise is good, but as a one-shot there aren’t nearly enough pages to fully flesh-out the concept and the story. I would have liked to have seen this as 3 … Continue reading Aria One-Shot: "Young Shinba and the Sleeping Giants" by Haru Maebashi

3rd Anniversary Wrap-up! Shiro Lala One-Shot: "Taiyou no Yuki" ("The Sun’s Snow") by Yukichi Nakamura

This is the last of the Shiro Lala one-shots that we plan to release. It’s a play on a familiar American fairytale 🙂 (“thumpity, thump, thump, thump…”) with just a touch of another fairytale invoked by the protagonist’s nickname.  Haha! This one-shot took me by surprised considering that this is the same mangaka who gave us that messed up doll shop one-shot in Kuro Lala.  I now look forward to see what Nakamura-sensei come up with next :). Onto the release! Link to “Taiyou no Yuki”:  (PDF) With this, we wrap up our 3rd anniversary celebration! We managed to do … Continue reading 3rd Anniversary Wrap-up! Shiro Lala One-Shot: "Taiyou no Yuki" ("The Sun’s Snow") by Yukichi Nakamura

Shiro Lala One-Shot: "Twinkle Loop Story" by Ayu Nozaki

I hate katakana. Up until yesterday, I thought the title of this one-shot was “Twinkle-Poo Story”. Apparently the mangaka was being clever in a non-native language and I was supposed to see how the “ru” was multitasking as the “le” in “Twinkle” and the “loo” in “Loop”…ugh…I hate the Japanese version of English. Why can’t you use Japanese words!!!  *Bangs head* Katakana is the bane of my existence. Anyhow…a kind and more learned soul set me straight.  Thank you higher power! Indeed! I learned something new yesterday! This is one of my favorite all time one-shots.  It comes in behind … Continue reading Shiro Lala One-Shot: "Twinkle Loop Story" by Ayu Nozaki

Shiro Lala One-Shot: "Akatsuki no Miko" ("The Dawn Priest") by Akira Kouno

It’s best not to think too hard about the “science” and the “artificial sun” in this one-shot.  Just take things as they are and you’ll be rewarded with something cute. This one-shot was on the bubble because I don’t like the mangaka’s drawing style and the character development seemed shallow.  But it was kinda sci-fi-ish, which is hard to find in shoujo manga, so I included it. Ah…about the word “Miko”…this was kinda weird because Miko are women. But the mangaka used the form that didn’t have the “woman” kanji, so I just went with “Priest” since this is a … Continue reading Shiro Lala One-Shot: "Akatsuki no Miko" ("The Dawn Priest") by Akira Kouno

Zero-Sum Ward One-Shot: "Please Leave, Hero!"

Here’s another short-gag one-shot from Zero-Sum Ward. I got a giggle out of it 🙂 It’s only 8 pages so there’s not much to say about it.  If you like RPGs, this will be extra enjoyable!Link to “Please Leave, Hero!”: (PDF) I am learning to love the second “e” in “heroes”. I don’t know what’s next up, but I guarantee that it won’t depress you ;p Continue reading Zero-Sum Ward One-Shot: "Please Leave, Hero!"

Happy Shiro Lala One-Shot: "Bride on Loan" by Ririko Tsujita

I know I said the next one-shot would be gloomy and hella messed up, but things got out of order, and this one-shot is ready to be released instead.  This is actually a good thing because I wanted to break up the gloom. This is a short light-hearted one-shot.  Since Ririko Tsujita is a new mangaka for me, I had a hard time with her writing style.  I’d like to thank Amrai for the helping me with the translation.  Tsujita-sensei, apparently, doesn’t like letting people know who’s talking and what specifically they are talking about…sigh…well…I guess this one-shot was a … Continue reading Happy Shiro Lala One-Shot: "Bride on Loan" by Ririko Tsujita

One Shot: "Complete Story of Meg the Thief" ("Kaitou Magu no Ichibushijuu") by Nari Kusakawa

First of all I would like to thank Jade and Amrai for taking on the challenge of translating this one-shot.  This was probably the hardest one-shot we’ve ever taken on and I’m happy that we fought through it to get to a good result.  I’d also like to thank Noir Schist for her wonderful image editing and lettering. Oh!  And Ichi’s miraculous redraws too!  Great work team! And now onto the one-shot.  Not much to say here other than this is another wonderful one-shot from Nari Kusakawa and really like Ulric.  He’s awesome! It’s too bad this is a one-shot.  … Continue reading One Shot: "Complete Story of Meg the Thief" ("Kaitou Magu no Ichibushijuu") by Nari Kusakawa

One-Shot: "Kirara to Shiro Ookami" ("Kirara and the White Wolf")

As you can see on this title page, “Ao no Rhapsodia”, a collection of Akane Ogura’s one-shots is now available for purchase.  I have a copy and we will be translating some of the one-shots.  If you wish to purchase your own copy, here are some links: Amazon JP Yes Asia I can also piggyback order it for you ($8.50 + postage).  If you are interested, send me an e-mail. Okay, now onto the one-shot. This one-shot reminds me of a light comedic version of “Ginrou no Sakura” for a younger audience.  It’s a super cute one-shot.  I really like … Continue reading One-Shot: "Kirara to Shiro Ookami" ("Kirara and the White Wolf")