Here is “Pika Ichi” chapter 7. Things are settling into the mode of examining Dougen’s personality and life situation and starts the anticipated Dougen x Hanako relationship. This chapter is a little bit shorter than usual (chapter 8 is also a little shorter) which was nice for us in terms of work load.Links to “Pika Ichi” chapter 7: (Zip) (PDF) Spoiler Alert! Spoilers Ahead! My Thoughts on the Chapter: Hanako is too saintly. It seems to be a key feature of her personality though. I’m actually kinda disappointed in this development. It really disturbs me that Hanako so easily ran … Continue reading "Pika Ichi" Chapter 7
“Pika Ichi” returns! I’m glad I took a break from the series. It allowed me to gain some perspective on the series and to see the next three chapters before deciding to continue the series. Make no mistake, this series continues to defy logic. Apparently adults do not exist in this story’s world so it’s basically like “Lord of the Flies”. By the way, I hated the book “Lord of the Flies”. For the most part senselessly violent children don’t settle well with me. Still, I like Tarou, Hanako, and Manaka and I’m curious about Dougen and Misono so I … Continue reading "Pika Ichi" Chapter 6
Pika Ichi is always such a long slog! Fortunately, this chapter is much better than chapters 3 and 4, except for idol chick. She really needs to go away. Anyhow… in this chapter Dougen finally enters the scene and he may be as some of you expected. I think most of us are hoping for a Tarou-Hanako-Dougen love triangle. That could be interesting, but Tarou’s heart is fragile and I would hate to see him suffer.Links to Piki Ichi chapter 5: (Zip) (PDF) Spoilers Ahead!!!The question for me after reading this chapter is what to do with Ibuki. In a … Continue reading Pika Ichi Chapter 5 — A lot Better than chapters 3 and 4
Here is “Pika Ichi” chapter 4. I continue to like the main characters, Tarou and Hanako, and the side characters; Manaka, Dr. Murase, and Ibuki (introduced in this chapter), but the general story suffers from poor execution. I was ready to throw up my hands and quit the series after about 10-pages into translating this chapter, until after banging my head on my desk a few times and then breaking into hysterical laughter, it all became clear. I’m taking the bullying aspect of this story way too seriously and I’m probably ultra-sensitive because at the time I started the translation, … Continue reading Pika Ichi Chapter 4 — Love, Hate, and General Frustration…
I have Aria 12! The good news is that “Pika Ichi” diverges from the pattern I was detecting and quite possibly could be a short series. We will add it back to this month’s schedule. We will be doing: Junketsu + Vampire Chp 4 (Kana biting and a werewolf! W00t!!!) Magnolia Chp 4 (Dance Ayato, dance!) Pika Ichi Chp 4 (Friends!) One-Shot: “Akuma Yashiki” (Horror Comedy Fun!) Link to Purchase Aria 12 from Amazon Japan.Link to Purchase Aria 12 from Akadot Continue reading Aria 12
Here are the results of the poll about what your favorite new series is: Magnolia 28% (87 votes)Pika Ichi 26% (80 votes)Junketsu + Vampire 46% (145 votes) I’m not surprised that “J+K” won by a wide margin. However, I am surprised at how closely “Magnolia” and “Pika Ichi” are. The main reason I put out this poll was to gauge “Pika Ichi.” I felt the first two chapters were great, but I was greatly let down by the third chapter and I see a very mediocre and predicable path ahead for the series. My mentality always seeks what’s optimum, so … Continue reading Favorite New Series Poll Results and "Pika Ichi"
Here’s “Pika Ichi” chapter 3. Hopefully, this series is not settling into a pattern. Hopefully, things will get shaken up a bit in chapter 4. I would like to see some deep meaning to Dougen’s actions other than he’s just mean and controlling. Question to you all: Is the girl at the end sincere or a “honey trap?” Links to “Pika Ichi” chapter 3 (Zip) (PDF) Next up is “Akagami no Shirayukihime” chapter 21 followed by the first chapter of “Zoo: Kemono Kingdom.” Aria 12 is on order and should be arriving in my hot little hands on November 1. … Continue reading Pika Ichi Chapter 3
Finally! Here’s “Pika Ichi” chapter 2! I really like this series so we will be taking it on as a project. Tarou is awesome! Links to “Pika Ichi” chapter 2: (Zip)(PDF) Take Hyper Parfait’s Bully Poll! Link Also head over to Hyper Parfait for more Pika Ichi discussion: Link I’m still in the depths of PC woes, I’m pushing back Seirei Produce chapter 5 to give me time to resolve my problems. A cautionary tale to everyone: not all scanlators are nice. Some are baiting you with manga to do very bad things to your computers. Please run “no … Continue reading Pika Ichi Chapter 2