Sunday, December 27, 2015

Shinohayu ch28: Entering Middle School

Two years ago, when Shinohayu had only 3 chapters published, Ritz already estimated that the elementary school part of the story would cover at least 4 volumes but possibly more. In the end, it will be 6 volumes. Since I like the pace of Shinohayu so far, I'm very happy with this.
No one can say how long the middle school part will be however, back then Ritz also stated that, if she could, the whole elementary-middle school part would last 100 volumes. Obviously a wildly exaggerated number but still, it comes to show that Ritz is in no hurry to reach the Interhigh.
Shinohayu ch28 (Mega)
Shinohayu ch28 (Mediafire)

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Saki ch152: Petals

Saki ch152 (Mega)
Saki ch152 (Mediafire)

As a curiosity, Sawaya's verses in pages 3-4 are from Matthew 6:28-29 but with some modifications.

EDIT: this is a 4-koma published to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Young Gangan magazine (where the Saki manga gets published). A reader asked if I would translate it and here it is:
Saki 4-koma (mega) 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Saki Biyori ch44: Kiyosumi's Story 7

 In Japan, an all-you-can-eat buffet is also called a "viking" (baikingu). It may sound weird but it's true.
 According to the japanese wikipedia, the manager of the first buffet restaurant in Japan (at the Imperial Hotel of Tokyo) travelled to Denmark and took inspiration from the danish smörgåsbord. But the word smörgåsbord was too difficult to pronounce in japanese. Back then, the 1958 movie "The Vikings" was popular. There is a scene in the movie where vikings are eating heartily so they decided to name it "Viking Restaurant". And from there, the word "viking" became associated with "buffet".
 In this Biyori chapter, the members of Kiyosumi go to a cake viking. I could have translated it as "cake buffet" but then the second strip in page 2 would make no sense, so I left it as cake viking. I hope you like it.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Shinohayu ch27: School Trip

Kokoro's aunt, who first appeared last chapter, is called Shokita Haruka and she's 25 (born May 20). Just one of those little bits of trivia that Ritz reveals in her blog sometimes. Because I was thinking: why is Kokoro living with her aunt anyway? What happened to her parents? And will Haruka and Richardson ever meet? I hope we'll find out eventually.
Anyway, here's the links. Enjoy:
Shinohayu ch27 (Mega)
Shinohayu ch27 (Mediafire)
Magazine cover: SHINOHAYU kawaii wa muteki! (Cute is invincible!)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Shinohayu ch26: Since we last met

The cover of volume 5 of Shinohayu will feature Harue apparently. So we won't get to see a high school age Kyouka wearing the Asakumi uniform just yet, which means the question of whether Kyouka will be in Shino and Hayarin's team in high school is still not settled. Curious since Yue (who isn't even part of the Yumachi girls now) already appeared with the Asakumi uniform in last volume.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the chapter:
Shinohayu ch26 (Mega)
Shinohayu ch26 (Mediafire)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Saki Biyori ch42: Saga's Story 1

"Mai-chon: Himekkun, could it be... that we're out in the country non?"
Here it is, another chapter of Biyori. Non Non Bi... wait, I mean Saki Biyori. I was confused there for a moment.
Saki Biyori ch42 (Mega)
Saki Biyori ch42 (Mediafire)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Saki ch148: Swift Attack

"Monster players of the world, I hope you all catch a cold." I like how Suehara is so proud of NOT being a monster player now.
Saki ch148 (Mega)
Saki ch148 (Mediafire)

Friday, September 11, 2015

Saki Biyori ch41: The Movie Story

Somehow, this one feels even more random than normal, with characters from different schools in different locations and all that. I think this change of pace from the usual "X School's Story" was nice.
Saki Biyori ch41 (Mega)
Saki Biyori ch41 (Mediafire)

Monday, September 7, 2015

Saki ch147: Inheritance

I've been very busy lately and the translation of the last Biyori chapter had to be delayed. Sorry. But it will be done soon don't worry. Also, I gave priority to this Saki chapter obviously.
Anyway, enjoy the chapter:
Saki ch147 (Mega)
Saki ch147 (Mediafire)

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Shinohayu ch24: Nationals 5

A particularly long (63 pages!) and exciting chapter for the tournament's final. Enjoy.
Shinohayu ch24 (Mega)
Shinohayu ch24 (Mediafire)
EDIT: Added the Mediafire link.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Saki ch146 + Characters Tables

The recently published volume 14 of Saki contains several tables with characters data, similar to the ones that can be found in Ritz's blog site. The tables in the volume have additional information though. Most notably, there's a small bit of trivia for every major character and many of the minor ones too. Some of these bits can be surprising or funny so I decided to translate the tables, which I'm releasing now as a bonus to the chapter. I hope you enjoy them and the chapter too.

The new Saki chapter here:
Saki ch146 (Mega)
Saki ch146 (Mediafire)
The tables here:
09/11/15 update: the links have been fixed. Also, changed the ages of Kazekoshi's coach and Fujita pro to 23 and 25, respectively (1 year older each one). According to Ritz's blog, the published tables had this minor mistake.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Shinohayu ch23: Nationals 4

This one has a nice color spread with many characters faces but it's missing Kanna and Kyouka. Why!?
Oh well, here are the links:
v2: Fixed some dialogue in pages 23-12 and 23-35 as someone pointed out in the comments.
The Mediafire link will be added later.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Saki ch145: Going against

Who is the girl with the blue uniform in the middle of the color spread? I've read some speculation that she could be the Yoshida of Kotoni-Sakae mentioned in the last chapter but who knows.
Enjoy the chapter. Links:

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Saki Biyori ch39: Buchou's Story 2

We finally get a second "buchou's story" with characters from different schools interacting with each other.
Here are the links:

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Shinohayu ch22: Nationals 3

It appears that some of you had trouble with the Mega download last time so I added a Mediafire link this time. Let's see how that works. I'm not going to remove the Mega link so don't worry if that one goes faster for you.

Anyway, this is a nice chapter. A bit short on the number of pages but intense. I noticed that the raw had a typo in page 18. Where it said "East 2nd round", it should say "East 3rd round". That was fixed in this translation.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Saki chapter 144: Raging Fire

Hey, I really liked this chapter. The way we follow each character's thoughts, the tension between them, the ending, everything was great. And I think it's one of those chapters where if you can understand the mahjong well and follow it move by move (or have someone explain it to you), then the chapter becomes even better. Well, maybe that's just me I don't know. Anyway, I put great effort trying to make the best possible translation (as I always do of course) so I hope you can enjoy it as well.

Link: Saki ch144 v2
v2: I rephrased a sentence that was bothering me at the bottom of page 8.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Shinohayu ch20: Nationals 1

Now that the girls of Yumachi arc is over, I can say that using "girls" in plural for the title was the right choice, in my opinion. The "girls" obviously being Shino, Kanna, Kyouka and possibly also Rena.
In other news, Shinohayu has equaled Achiga-hen in number of chapters. However, since the Achiga chapters had more pages on average, the total number of pages for Shinohayu is still way lower than Achiga-hen. I think it's about 1300 pages for Achiga and 800 for Shinohayu so far.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Saki Biyori ch36: Ryuumonbuchi's Story 7

And that's the last of the Biyori chapters released so far. All three series are up-to-date now.
Saki Biyori ch36

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Saki 142 & Biyori 34

Two chapters, the latest Saki and a Biyori about Miyamori from the backlog.
Saki ch142
Biyori ch34

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saki chapters 139 and 140

Chapter 139 is a bit short so I translated it together with 140.
Two minor errors in the original version (one in ch139 and one in ch140) that were recognized in Ritz's blog have been fixed in this translation.
Saki ch139
Saki ch140

Monday, March 16, 2015

Saki chapter 138: Good Opportunity

Nothing has changed. The Saki translation will continue, for a little while longer at least. Thanks to everyone who leaves nice comments by the way. It's always appreciated.
It's time for chapter 138. After reading this chapter, you might want to rewatch the ending of the last episode of Saki Zenkoku-hen if you have it.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Saki 137 & Saki Biyori 33

A double release this time: Saki & Saki Biyori. This Saki chapter has some panels still in draft form, since apparently Ritz didn't have time to finish them. In a way, this a glimpse to how a chapter looks before its completion. Like looking over Ritz's shoulder while she's working. I wouldn't like this to happen very often but for just this once it's kinda curious, I think.

Saki ch137
Saki Biyori ch33

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Saki Chapter 136: Conviction

OK, I've decided to pick up Saki and Saki Biyori. It would be a pity if it's left untranslated and I have plenty of time between Shinohayu chapters so why not. For now, here is Saki chapter 136. I hope you like it.
Saki ch136 (MEGA)
Saki ch136 (MediaFire)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Shinohayu Chapter 17: The Girls of Yumachi 2

This is the latest released chapter of Shinohayu. Not for long though because there should be a new one published next week. Volume 3 is also released next week. So much to look forward to.

Enjoy the chapter:
Shinohayu ch 17 (MEGA)
Shinohayu ch 17 (MediaFire)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Shinohayu Chapter 16: The Girls of Yumachi 1

Last time, the Yue arc ended and now a new arc begins. I feel like the story is still quite open at this point. It's exciting just thinking about what's going to come next.

The original japanese title for this chapter is "Yumachi no ko" which can be interpreted in different ways as "the child/girl/girls of Yumachi". In English, it's not possible to transmit this ambiguity so I chose "girls" for this translation because, unlike previous arcs, this one seems to be more about the group of girls than about one in particular. This also seems to be the prevalent opinion on several japanese sites I looked. Perhaps future chapters will clear up this ambiguity.

Shinohayu ch16 (MEGA)
Shinohayu ch16 (MediaFire)

Friday, February 6, 2015

Shinohayu Chapter 15: Yue 3

Here it is: the next chapter. This one's so good. Shinohayu is always good though. Enjoy the chapter.

Download it here:
Shinohayu ch15 v2 (MEGA) 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Shinohayu Chapter 14: Yue 2

Hi. I'm Akio. I like Shinohayu and I wanted to translate something so I made this. My first scanlation! It was fun! Also, this chapter was published back in October but I couldn't find an English translation for it so I thought: maybe someone will want to read it. I hope you like it.

Download it here:
Shinohayu ch14 (MEGA)