Sunday, July 25, 2010

Reviews on Parfait Tic and C-Blossom

So, just thought I'd share my thoughts on two series. C-Blossom is a series I recently read, and Parfait Tic is a series I recently reread.

C-Blossom Case 729
Artwork: 7/10
Some of the action scenes were a little confusing for me. Maybe it's just because I don't read action a lot :D. All in all, it wasn't that bad, to be honest, it just didn't appeal to me, because I am a shoujo manga reader haha. I think the style can be likened to Death Note? Hair is definitely similar, eyes are kind of.
Plot: 8/10
I liked the premise, and it was really interesting. The situation kept me really on-edge, so it definitely is exciting, and I liked certain surprises. However, I take off points for the ending. First off, I would have liked to see the series filled out more. I realize that it is a spinoff, but still, two volumes is a little short for the content. Secondly, the ending was very open, which in the case left me rather wanting.
Characters: 9/10
I really thought the characters were portrayed very realistically, and I think each character was very dear to me as I read.
Overall Appeal: 8.5/10
I really enjoyed this series. It is a very short (2-volume) series, and it starts off immediately. I really enjoyed the story itself, if not the artwork. I would definitely recommend this to people who enjoy reading action mangas, but not so much to big fans of romance.

Note: it's marked as shoujo on mangafox, but I disagree. It's kind of shounen as well. So boys, don't be scared. :)

Summary (From Condensation)
Matsumiya Kana’s world is turned upside down when her father is arrested on charges of embezzling from the Ministry of Defense. She decides to escape the trauma by transferring to a private boarding school, but trouble follows…

Megane bishounen Kisaragi Kou gets Kana to open up to him, but what’s this?! He isn’t really who he says he is? And who’s the dude in the trucker’s cap lurking outside her window? Welcome to C-blossom -case729- a series with action, intrigue, and well…a plot.

Parfait Tic
Artwork: 9/10
It's very cutesy, typical shoujo. I LOVE the facial expressions though, especially chibi versions. Overall, the artwork is visually appealing, but I enjoy it most for its comedy.
Plot: 6/10
There's a lot of repetition, and back and forth, which is typical for shoujo. Fortunately, I don't think it's *too* repetitive, but it is rather redundant. I don't really enjoy this manga for the plot, though. There are other things to recommend it.
Characters: 8/10
I take of points for the female lead D< (This is inevitable whenever I read shoujo lmao). She cries like EVERY panel! I think sometimes she's cute and quirky, but other times it's just annoying. I give full points to Ichi though (ICHIIII~~ MY LOVEEE~~~ jk). Daiya as a character is well-constructed (no personal preference though XD). No, but seriously, the guys are complicated, and I like that. Fuuko is too simplistic. (This would offend her haha).
Overall appeal: 8.5/10
I've taken points of mostly for plot and Fuuko's annoyingness, but if you ask me, I'm not going to stop reading this manga. I love it for so many other things (ICHIIIII~~~~), like (ICHIII~~~) its comedy. It really cracks me up all the time, and the author has a very good sense of humor. Fuuko sometimes really amuses me when she's not being annoying. Ichi/Daiya are really cute and funny. I think that the plot gets better in the future, though...

Not really the best shoujo out there, but really good if you like a laugh; I really like it!

Summary (from MangaFox):
Fuuko is a happy and cheerful girl. One day, two cousins, Daiya and Ichi, move into the apartment upstairs. Cold Ichi and mischievous Daiya gave a very bad first impression! All three are going to the same school as well! How will Fuuko's high school life turn out?

If you're interested, be sure to read these series and let me know what you think!

Note on Names [Spoiler-ish if you're not up to date]

Important note about names:

Yung Jo is actually "Yang Zhao"; it just bothered me to see inaccuracies, because it's important that his name is "Zhao" because that is the verb in "to take (photos)." but I've retained original translation for consistency, as well as replacing "Yang da-ge"(Yang big brother) with Jo.

This really doesn't give the feel for the relationship between Jiayu and Jo. Da Ge means big brother, and is usually a term of respect that you would give to someone you look up to. It is definitely not a name you would call your lover. I think the translation given in one of the previous chapters was the most accurate, "Yang Sempai" (though it is a Japanese term). Hmm, now that I think of it, Japanese terms are really main stream, where as no one ever wants to translate Chinese honorifics, hm? Maybe I should translate it simply as "Dage." I mean, you all pretty much know what it means, right?

Also, while we're on Japanese terms, my friend (whose name shall remain secret for now because I'm not sure if she wants her name publically used, or whether she wants to adopt a pseudonym. Let's call her... Jane; she's the same friend who will be translating with me) Jane pointed out to me that when Jiayu uses the terms "Oji-san" in earlier volumes, those are not really "Japanese" terms she is using; they're Taiwanese slang. (Jane as Taiwanese and very touchy, especially when I point out Taiwan is simply one of China's islands. :D... but that's politics).

Okay, so back to J/J. Jiayu obviously likes Jo, and he kisses her, but she actually does NOT know if he loves her. After all, she thinks he has a girlfriend in New York, which is actually her >___>" so stupid, JIayu, really? So, this is basically an explanation of why they're not together, because she still doesn't regard him as her boyfriend, or lover, because HE doesn't give any indications he wants her to just call him Jo, and not Yang Da-ge.

Just thought you guys would like to know this :) Have a lovely day, and happy reading!

Don't forget to vote in the poll -->

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Ingenuo Chapter 70

Okay guys, here is chapter 70 as a reward for reading our (Kat and Grase's) blog. Please don't post it anywhere yet! Kat will be posting it on mangafox/mangatraders later!

(I've turned autoplay off, so you can just scroll through the pages on your own)

Also available for download.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Previews of Ingenuo Chapter 70 (Spoiler, I guess?)

So... I'm done translating! I'm just waiting to post, because I want to be consistent with release dates. I'm looking at the 15th and the 25th as release dates (because The One releases on the 5th). I'll try to keep up, so I won't post any chapters early, unless I've really got ahead. Anyway, I'll take these two days to finish up the work I've been procrastinating on. Hmmm... (I'm behind 6000 words on my novel :D). So here's a few previews of the next chp to keep you occupied for two days :) (and also to get people to visit the blog haha)

I'll be posting LINKS here, so you don't get angry for spoiling, haha.

... and that's all you get, but those are pretty effin good pictures! Happy reading!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Poll results are IN! And other news and announcements!

Ingenuo: 36
Full House: 6
Paradise City: 7
Youth Gone Wild: 2

Haha, it looks like Ingenuo wins :D. I will definitely keep working on it. After Ingenuo, I will be working on Paradise City! I have nice raws for that, so it should go rather smoothly. Also, if anyone has good quality raws for Ingenuo, I would be ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED to have them. The little words are really hard to read, especially if I don't recognize the characters. It would help to have larger, better files.

Someone PMed me on Mangafox, asking me to help her translate Perfect Girl Evolution (Wallflower), and at this point I don't have much time to do so, but I think that if she doesn't do it on her own (I'm assuming she... didn't bother checking. Most people who read shoujo are shes, right?), I might pick up the project at a later date, because I did at one point translate a chapter of it (though admittedly, it was badly done... Cireus later replaced my chp haha :D). I won't ask for your opinions on this at this point, because everything is still rather uncertain.

Moving on, I have updated the "About" page, in case you want to read it. Also, I will be updating the project page rather frequently, so check back in case you want to check out what page I'm on, and what I'm working on.

And uh, that's all I have to say! Also, please suscribe for notifications and news on my projects. Once I get this blog more settled down, I will be writing about other manga series that I like :) And please vote on the poll to the right. I just want to get a headcount of my readers :) Thanks! Have a great day, guys, and happy reading!

You know what's sad? Licensed Mangas

I looked up all the mangas on my watch list on mangatraders. They're pretty much all licensed. hahaha. EVIL LICENSING COMPANIES )< jk. They're cool, but a pain when you can't read them online. Ah well, books are okay, too? I just have to wait for them at the library *itchy feet* None of them have been updated online haha, so I feel kinda stuck. I don't want to go the the library )< LIBRARIES ARE FOR BOOKS NOT MANGAS. <-- I am a real snob ;) Anyway, basically the only manga I follow is Skip Beat, which I thought was licensed as well... OH WELL 8D I get to read it, no complaints! Anyway... got to get started on reading more manga that got licensed... urk.

Which of your favorite mangas/manhuas/manhwas are licensed? How do you read them?

Monday, July 19, 2010

The One Chapter 67

Let me know if you want me to post all pics, but I think the slideshow is more visually appealing, and less scrolling :)

Ingenuo Chapter 69

I realize that I do not post pictures up for you to read, so here you go! Eventually, when I'm ready for a domain, I will probably put ads on this blog, and a wait time on posting, so that I can get enough views to buy a domain name. But that will come later. For now, no ads!

Do you guys like this better than mangafox? Also, do you like the slideshow or the pictures in a row?

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Wow. Really wow. (Not World of Warcraft, mind you). I really, really appreciate that so many people have showed their support for me. Not only since I have picked up Ingenuo, but also with The One. There are always going to be people who complain releases are too slow, translations and editing not good enough. But you people who give me your support and encouragement make the complainers insignificant.

I really just want to thank you all so much for your encouragement and support. (It does give me an ego boost as well xD). It really means a lot to me that so many people appreciate my work, and I really enjoy reading manhua too, so it's pretty awesome to get thanked for doing something I like to do!

I am really astounded by the turnout in the poll haha. So thank you all for visiting my blog, I hope you'll continue to read it, as well as my releases. I'll be working hard on Ingenuo, and try to keep the waiting period short! We only have about 360 pages left!

Anyway, until next time!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

ANNOYING! && News on Ingenuo Chp 69

It annoys me so much that manhua don't have "chapter ending" places, so I dunno where I should stop. Here? There? Where is a good place to stop? :< This is usually my biggest frustration in translating manhua that is already released in full volumes. It's so ambiguous... Ah well. I hope readers won't mind too much.

Anyway, I have translated Ingenuo Chp 69, or Volume 14, Part 1. I think parts are a better way to call chapters. I mean, they are parts, and it can refer to parts that the scanslator determined...

So yeah. I will be posting on mangatraders, mangafox, and probably onemanga later. Feel free to post on other sites, but refer to the rules of distribution.

Have a nice day :) and happy reading!

[Edit:] Chp 69 is available for download.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Reading Ingenuo (No Spoilers)

Ingenuo, for a while, was one of the top poll choices. It is now tied with Paradise City. If it really comes down to a tie, I will likely go with Ingenuo first (I hope you understand; there are only 2 volumes left and it has already been started!).

Anyways, INGENUO IS PRETTY AWESOME :) I don't really feel like it's that repetitive (okay, a few places here and there, but manhuas/mangas always do that, yes?). But I really love the characters, especially after reading some of Steel Rose. I love Leting even more! :) And Louis is better than in Steel Rose, in my opinion. But yeah. I'm still on volume 7, so I have a few more to read through before I'm caught up, but I'm really excited about it! :)

I might start getting super addicted to manga again >___>"

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The One Chp 65-67

These are available on mangatraders, mangafox, and megaupload. Download them on mangatraders or megaupload!

Chapter 65
Chapter 66
Chapter 67

Chapter 68 is supposed to be released August 5th!


Hello, everyone! I'd just first like to thank you for stopping by and reading. Please, feel free to give me suggestions and comments on what you would like to see on this blog, and in my translations.

You know what I just realize? I don't actually scan anything. (I'm sure you all have noticed I get the scans from Billwang--I just didn't bother crediting since their logo seems so obvious :D). I really only translate and edit. That would make me KatTrans, eh? That's a bit strange... might give people the wrong idea haha.

In any case, welcome, welcome. Also, please remember a few rules regarding my translations and blog:

1. Please do not redistribute my translations without my permission. I hereby give you permission to post my translations on manga sharing sites, as long as you do not alter any of the files, or remove credits, or claim you translated them. Honestly, I put a lot of time and effort into my work, and I do it for free. I'd at least want my name to stay on them.

2. My releases are FREE. Don't you dare sell them to anyone else. They are not yours to sell. Also, if you see someone selling my releases, please notify me immediately. If I ever ask you guys for money, it will be a donation (because I'm poar and can't get a legit domain yet haha). I will never require you to pay me for translating.

3. Don't badmouth me. If you have something to say to me, politely send me an email( or PM on mangafox (k1tk4t) or mangatraders (fatedartist) or leave a comment. Also, please try to spell things correctly. I don't care if your English is not that good, but I don't really want to read things that say "omggg ur lyk the wrst trnslaotr evr!" Insults go better when they're properly written.

I am always welcome to talk to people, so don't be afraid of sending me messages and stuff!

Well, I think that's all I have to say. YAH. I'M EXCITED :D