wednesday_10_00: (writing)
Here is my long, boring introduction which you can totally skip: I've been reading Sakuraga Mei's books for years, and got four books into the Warui Koto series before I got sort of bored and gave up. However, recently I'd been noticing that some of the newer books in the series were getting really high reviews on Chill Chill, so when I happened to spot Koi ja nai Kedo in California, I picked it up, liked it, bought the rest of the series, and have been wondering why I ever stopped. I've also been sad because I don't have anybody to share the series with, so I managed to convince [livejournal.com profile] mangaroo to pick up the first couple of books whole series (yay!!!), but somehow I am also making a huge long post summarizing every book in the series because I like making poor life decisions more people should read it and join our conversations!

Feel free to read as many summaries as you like, but I would encourage you to stop if you get to a point where you are interested enough to read the manga for yourself, because the summaries do not shy away from spoilers. I've organized the summaries by couples because it's easier for me to think about that way, but I've included volume numbers so you can tell the proper order (which is how the series should be read), and hopefully the spoiler tags will make it easy to read the summaries in whatever order you choose. (Hint: refreshing the page will close all spoiler tags.)

Enough boring intro, take me to the porn already! )
wednesday_10_00: (writing)


Notes: This novel is two parts, so I have likewise separated the summary. The title story takes place during Togame's high school years, and was meant to be read before Castle Mango, so it can be read regardless of where you might be in that story. The second story, "god bless you," takes place after the manga series, though it doesn't spoil anything for the second volume of the manga other than that Togame and Yorozu get together (which I hope is not a spoiler at all), so it can be read on its own if you are so inclined. After the summary itself, I posted my thoughts on the story, which most definitely do contain spoilers for all of Castle Mango (and I imagine the comments will as well), so tread carefully there.

River's End )
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god bless you )
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thoughts )

Next on my project list: the extra shorts that came with Castle Mango 2 and River's End.
wednesday_10_00: (Default)
Will LJ behave long enough for me to post?? It's like playing the lottery! a lottery where everyone loses

Thing 1. I WANT TO LIVE HERE

Thing 2.


Really, Abe Miyuki? It would take you, what, five seconds with google to look up the correct spellings of "Yukon" and "Whitehorse," but you can't do that, not even, maybe, during your research of the Yukon Quest? I can look past Ren and Haruko's terrible e-mails (yeah, they are SUPER fluent in English, uh-huh), but this is just plain lazy.

moving on.... )
wednesday_10_00: (writing)
For [livejournal.com profile] mangaroo, [livejournal.com profile] collarnojutsu, and everyone else left in the lurch by Blu.

[Note: summary for volume 13 was done in the comments of a post at [livejournal.com profile] mangaroo's journal. If anyone is actually interested in reading this, let me know so I can repost it here.]

Also, sorry about the bleed-through in some of the scans. Why do I never notice these things until I'm done scanning? orz

cut for teel dear summary and SFW scans )
wednesday_10_00: (dinosaur comics - porn for everyone)
Koushounin wa Furikaeru is the third book in the Koushounin series; see here for ye olde refresher course.



Our Heroes, Mebuki and Hyoudou. Mebuki appears to be in chains. Probably not a good sign.

summary, scans, squee, etc (NSFW) )
wednesday_10_00: (Default)
Koushounin wa Furikaeru is the third book in the Koushounin series; see here for ye olde refresher course.



Our Heroes, Mebuki and Hyoudou. Mebuki appears to be in chains. Probably not a good sign.

summary, scans, squee, etc (NSFW) )
wednesday_10_00: (flesh&blood)
While reading this book (specifically, the dream sequence [OH GOD OH GOD HIS DREAM LOLOLOLOLOLOL ]), I realized that somewhere along the line here, I seem to have gotten over my hatred of Vicente. He just makes me laugh so much, how can I keep hating him? Poor Vicente. *pets him*

Also, I didn't think I could do the reunion scene justice as a summary...okay, I'll admit it: I just couldn't bring myself to make fun of it. :( Anyway, enjoy those few pages as a full-blown translation. (A million thanks to [livejournal.com profile] spacealien_vamp for the beta, and to [livejournal.com profile] collarnojutsu for her advice on how to not gross readers out with a kiss scene.)

I can make fun of everything else, though. )
wednesday_10_00: (flesh&blood)
While reading this book (specifically, the dream sequence [OH GOD OH GOD HIS DREAM LOLOLOLOLOLOL ]), I realized that somewhere along the line here, I seem to have gotten over my hatred of Vicente. He just makes me laugh so much, how can I keep hating him? Poor Vicente. *pets him*

Also, I didn't think I could do the reunion scene justice as a summary...okay, I'll admit it: I just couldn't bring myself to make fun of it. :( Anyway, enjoy those few pages as a full-blown translation. (A million thanks to [livejournal.com profile] spacealien_vamp for the beta, and to [livejournal.com profile] collarnojutsu for her advice on how to not gross readers out with a kiss scene.)

I can make fun of everything else, though. )
wednesday_10_00: (book love)


Koushounin wa Utagawanai (Eda Yuuri) is the sequel to Koushounin wa Damaranai. Since I never got around to pimping that one, a quick sum-up )

And, (yay!) I loved the second book, too. The characters are still great, I laughed as much as I did reading the first one (maybe more?), and the annoying tropes that seem to show up so frequently in sequels were mostly absent. I was a little disappointed that Mebuki didn't really get to show off his negotiating skillz so much, but that's a minor quibble, really. At first I was iffy about how much Nara Chiharu's art has changed since the first book (crazy eyebrows are almost Vulcan crazy), but it's kind of grown on me now. YMMV, I guess.

scans and summary (NSFW, obviously) )
wednesday_10_00: (book love)


Koushounin wa Utagawanai (Eda Yuri) is the sequel to Koushounin wa Damaranai. Since I never got around to pimping that one, a quick sum-up )

And, (yay!) I loved the second book, too. The characters are still great, I laughed as much as I did reading the first one (maybe more?), and the annoying tropes that seem to show up so frequently in sequels were mostly absent. I was a little disappointed that Mebuki didn't really get to show off his negotiating skillz so much, but that's a minor quibble, really. At first I was iffy about how much Nara Chiharu's art has changed since the first book (crazy eyebrows are almost Vulcan crazy), but it's kind of grown on me now. YMMV, I guess.

scans and summary (NSFW, obviously) )
wednesday_10_00: (kaito 2)
Summaries are back! Before you all whine about actual translations, yes, I will get to that, but I figured I should catch up on my summaries first. I mean, I read this book so long ago I basically had to reread it to do the summary. orz

Also, before we get started, I'd like to make a brief correction from the last summary: I had written that Juan warned Kaito to not say that he had never been baptized, but he actually told Kaito to say that he was never baptized. See, the Inquisition can't charge you with heresy if you're not Christian. I didn't realize this, because I knew they killed a lot of Jews, but the Inquisition only came for them after they had converted to Christianity (which they were basically forced to do). Same with the Muslims.

I continue my attempts to spell all the names correctly, however, for all but the most famous historical figures, I'm just going by some random google hits, so apologies for any inaccuracies (like how it took me this long to notice that "Philip" should be spelled with one L, not two).

NOBODY expects the...oh bugger. )
wednesday_10_00: (kaito 2)
Summaries are back! Before you all whine about actual translations, yes, I will get to that, but I figured I should catch up on my summaries first. I mean, I read this book so long ago I basically had to reread it to do the summary. orz

Also, before we get started, I'd like to make a brief correction from the last summary: I had written that Juan warned Kaito to not say that he had never been baptized, but he actually told Kaito to say that he was never baptized. See, the Inquisition can't charge you with heresy if you're not Christian. I didn't realize this, because I knew they killed a lot of Jews, but the Inquisition only came for them after they had converted to Christianity (which they were basically forced to do). Same with the Muslims.

I continue my attempts to spell all the names correctly, however, for all but the most famous historical figures, I'm just going by some random google hits, so apologies for any inaccuracies (like how it took me this long to notice that "Philip" should be spelled with one L, not two).

NOBODY expects the...oh bugger. )
wednesday_10_00: (junjou)
A couple weeks ago I mentioned posting scans from the Junai Romantica novels. Here's the first one; I've translated the manga portions and summarized the novel portions. As far as the summary goes, I'm mostly doing it from memory and it's been a while since I read this, so bear with me if I mix up a few details here and there. (Also, it's a little weird for me because I'm in the middle of reading book 5. Hopefully I don't get them mixed up or anything.) This, uh, takes a bit of time to do, so don't expect the next one tomorrow or anything, but I do plan on getting to all of them. Why am I doing this and not translating Flesh & Blood

Also, apologies for the crappiness of the scans. I forgot to put a blank piece of paper in between the pages to keep the text from bleeding through to the other side, and then was too lazy to scan again. orz

not dial-up friendly and NWS )
wednesday_10_00: (junjou)
A couple weeks ago I mentioned posting scans from the Junai Romantica novels. Here's the first one; I've translated the manga portions and summarized the novel portions. As far as the summary goes, I'm mostly doing it from memory and it's been a while since I read this, so bear with me if I mix up a few details here and there. (Also, it's a little weird for me because I'm in the middle of reading book 5. Hopefully I don't get them mixed up or anything.) This, uh, takes a bit of time to do, so don't expect the next one tomorrow or anything, but I do plan on getting to all of them. Why am I doing this and not translating Flesh & Blood

Also, apologies for the crappiness of the scans. I forgot to put a blank piece of paper in between the pages to keep the text from bleeding through to the other side, and then was too lazy to scan again. orz

not dial-up friendly and NWS )
wednesday_10_00: (kaito)
Last night it snowed about a foot, so we went out cross-country skiing today. After we got back, I settled into a chair by the crackling fire, with a cup of hot cocoa in one hand and a book in the other, and Choco curled up in my lap. It just doesn't get better than that.

Well, actually, it might have been better if my book had been less depressing. I've been craving new F&B lately, so last week I broke down and started reading my doujinshi.

Mix two parts angst, one part woe, one part creepy, with a dash of cuteness... )
wednesday_10_00: (kaito)
Last night it snowed about a foot, so we went out cross-country skiing today. After we got back, I settled into a chair by the crackling fire, with a cup of hot cocoa in one hand and a book in the other, and Choco curled up in my lap. It just doesn't get better than that.

Well, actually, it might have been better if my book had been less depressing. I've been craving new F&B lately, so last week I broke down and started reading my doujinshi.

Mix two parts angst, one part woe, one part creepy, with a dash of cuteness... )
wednesday_10_00: (pirate)
I feel like my journal's turning into All Flesh & Blood, All the Time. Sorry, to the people who aren't interested in it. :/ But you're crazy anyway.

Before I get into this, I'd just like to take a minute to note that the way they all talk about the "coming war" in the novels is a bit misleading. As I understand it, Spain and England were already at war in 1587, and what they're actually referring to is the attack of the Spanish Armada in 1588. It's really kind of sad, the amount of research I've done on this time period in the past few weeks.

I got a little link-happy with this one... )
wednesday_10_00: (pirate)
I feel like my journal's turning into All Flesh & Blood, All the Time. Sorry, to the people who aren't interested in it. :/ But you're crazy anyway.

Before I get into this, I'd just like to take a minute to note that the way they all talk about the "coming war" in the novels is a bit misleading. As I understand it, Spain and England were already at war in 1587, and what they're actually referring to is the attack of the Spanish Armada in 1588. It's really kind of sad, the amount of research I've done on this time period in the past few weeks.

I got a little link-happy with this one... )
wednesday_10_00: (pirate)
This will probably be my last post bitching and moaning about Flesh & Blood for a while. (The novels only come out twice a year, alas.) So let's make it a long one! Heh.

Sum-up of 6 and 7 )

<Denise sulks for six months>

Oh dear. This is a bit longer than expected. )

thoughts )

In other news, the author reports that there's going to be a drama CD released this winter. Which is interesting, because I had just been thinking about that. Initially, I wasn't sure if the story could really be adapted to a drama, but then I realized that they would probably cut out a lot of the boring introspection. This can only be a good thing.

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