Sunday, October 31, 2010

Couple of heads-up

So, disappointed by Adsense, I have turned to Adbrite, in case you've noticed the ad way down there on the page. If it ever gets annoying, don't hesitate to let me know!

So that's the story.

Also, Ingenuo won't be released for a while, as The One is coming out soon. Please don't hate me for the wait, but I'm also starting NaNoWriMo officially tomorrow! I'm kinda scared that I won't finish this year, so if I disappear, I'm working on my novel :) That's advance notice, right?

Have a lovely Halloween, dearest readers!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

At least they got back to me quickly.

What a great way to end a not-so-pleasant day. I'm really disappointed in Google. I still don't understand what even happened. What do they mean invalid click activity? Couldn't they at least tell me what was wrong with the blog?

Seriously. All I got was a note telling me that their experts had rejected my appeal after "thorough reviewing." What did I even do wrong!?

Argh. So I'm going to wait a bit and appeal again, though the likelihood of that going through is like 0.

Thanks everyone for all your kind comments. I really appreciate it!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Bad bad bad bad news.

I have received this message from Google:


After reviewing our records, we've determined that your AdSense account
poses a risk of generating invalid activity. Because we have a
responsibility to protect our AdWords advertisers from inflated costs due
to invalid activity, we've found it necessary to disable your AdSense
account. Your outstanding balance and Google's share of the revenue will
both be fully refunded back to the affected advertisers.

Please understand that we need to take such steps to maintain the
effectiveness of Google's advertising system, particularly the
advertiser-publisher relationship. We understand the inconvenience that
this may cause you, and we thank you in advance for your understanding and

I am so shocked! I have no idea why this even happened. It may have something to do with the chapter I just released. I suppose that caused a giant influx of views or something, so they thought it was suspicious! Honestly, I don't know why this even happened.

I sent an appeal out just now, but I just thought I'd let you guys know. We had made like $20 or so, so I was really happy! But if that was all for nothing, I would be very disappointed. If they don't accept my appeal, I think I may try to save up my own cash to compensate because it makes me sad that they would disable the adsense ):

Rawr. I'll be waiting in my cave, hoping for an answer soon!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Ingenuo Chp 76

Hello my dearies! Another release for you guys! Make sure to tell all your friends to support breast cancer research! Please keep in mind that I am trying to raise money for the Susan Komen Foundation this month, so please don't post this on other manga-sharing sites yet! I will let you know when it is okay to do so, or you can check for when it's posted on MF (by k1tk4t) or MT (by fatedartist).

Chapter is also available for download here!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ingenuo Chp 75

Remember, please do not post this on manga-sharing sites yet! Wait for a few days; I will post on MF and MT. When they are up there, it is fine to post other places.

The chapter is also available for download here.

Remember the more you visit the blog/click interesting ads, the more money will get donated to breast cancer research! Do your part to support the cause!

Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) Review!

So... I promised a review on Black Butler :) I'm going to follow up on that promise. Keep in mind that I am not completely caught up! I am only through Volume 5 or so.

Summary from MF
Within the noble families of England exists Phantomhive's butler: Sebastian Michaelis. He has unquestionably perfect knowledge, manners and martial arts as well as talents in every other area imaginable. Sebastian is so perfect, though he is forever destined to meet the needs of a 12 year old master (later 13). Wearing a black tailcoat whilst gracefully brewing the world's strongest red tea, how is it possible that such a perfect butler is able to cope with such a demanding master?

The secrets of Sebastian and his cunning young master Ciel slowly unfold as tragic and unexpected cases make their appearance.

Artwork: 10/10
I LOVE IT! I love that this series is shounen drawn by a female author. I actually really love shounen manga, but the one thing that bars me from reading it is the artwork, and this is gorgeous. I love that it is also historical fiction, so the costumes and setting and everything are just excellent! It's cute, yet has the typical action of shounen.
Plot: 9/10
Okay, besides it being about the Victorian age, which is excellent, I really am interested by the premise of this manga. I really enjoy the cases, and the mangaka does superb research on the subjects. It's amazing how in depth and detailed her work goes. I love how she combines fantasy, action, mystery, and historical fiction into one believable, excellently written story. Terrific work! However, sometimes the cases are a little disbelievable, which is not really a word, but you know what I mean, right?
Characters: 10/10
You can definitely tell this is shounen written by a woman. Sebastian is excellently hot all the time, and Ciel is so cute. I think the thing I like most about the characters is that they are complex. Though I am not very far (so I do not know so many secrets), I think that each and every character has a backstory that makes sense. Excellent there.
Overall Appeal: 9/10
I love this series a lot. I love how the mangaka is clever and witty, and her character's little idiosyncrasies are portrayed in such a hilarious way. Overall, love, love, love this series, would highly recommend it, and I can't wait to finish reading it. The story is constructed in such a brilliant fashion, and the characters are so endearing, and nice to look at as well. If you haven't already, check it out!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

As many of you may know, this month is breast cancer awareness month. Grase and I have decided to do a little something to help out the cause. So we are going to put ads on this blog until the end of the month, and donate all proceeds to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. We're not asking you to donate, but we do hope that you will visit this blog to help us raise money for cancer research.

I'm sure that many of you have been affected by cancer in some way or another. So let's do our best to make a difference!

We'll be trying to post chapters more often until the rest of the month so that you'll have something to come back to read. Please help support us and visit the blog, and tell your friends too!

Monday, October 11, 2010

The One ch 70

Remember, don't post on manga-sharing sites until the 15th! I will post on MF and MT on the 15th, but feel free to post on other sites AFTER the 15th. Thanks! (I want to give my blog readers an advantage :)) Enjoy!

The chapter is also available for download.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Updates on The One 70

Helloooo everybody! So I just wanted to give all of you a few updates on this month's issue of "The One." I am working on the chapter right now, and I have finished translating the entire chapter. The raws that I received are not very high quality, as they were photographs taken on a floor, not actual scans. But I have sent them to Angela, who will hopefully help me clean the pages again this month :) I hope that whitesunnie will be posting higher quality scans soon, but if she doesn't, I may just go along with these scans. But please keep in mind that they will definitely be lower quality. The coloring is not very great, as there are so many shadows in different areas of the photos, and many of the scans are very blurry. I will do my best with them, so I hope you will bear with the quality.

Thanks everybody!

In case anybody can't wait to read the chapter, here is the summary.

***SLIGHT SPOILER*** (more of a heads-up) Don't read if you really don't want to know! But it's not that bad... haha

Really, don't read if you don't want to be spoiled.

So Lele does not appear in this chapter poopoo ): I know that will disappoint a lot of you, but there IS something else that makes the chapter worth it.

I think that a lot of people are complaining about the lack of romance recently, and that frustrates me. First off, think about Lele and Eros's situation: in Lele's eyes, Eros just tried to rape her and use her, so she broke it off with him. He appeared to be cold, and even insulted her by asking if they could still be friends. There is not going to be romance after that!!! Also, I think it is also important to get backstories on characters. If that means drawing focus to other characters, I think that is okay. Because thinking about this realistically, I know that the author is going to bring Lele into the subplot. Why else would she be in Europe? (Besides expanding her career... but... yeah hahha)

I think that Nicky Lee is giving more substance to the actual story than simply writing a mushy fluff story. I think that is the part people should focus on: good story telling. Too many people focus on unimportant parts... which is maybe why people like Twilight, despite that fact is it is written poorly. But anyways, that's my opinion. If you want to bitch me out because you're a Twilight/fluff fan, write it below!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Upcoming Chapter--The One, and Translation Preferences

Man... I've been so busy that I haven't been able to legitly update the blog ): I apologize for that. I will write a review for this one manga I'm reading right now, Kuroshitsuji, "Black Butler."

So... The One comes out in China... actually today! China's more than 12 hrs ahead for me! It's exactly 12 hours ahead of EST. So yeah. It's like morning there right now. We should get the scans pretty soon, 5 days maybe?

Also, I did translate Madame Mode as Mandy in the chapter. Does this BOTHER you? I mean, most people are so used to Madame Mode right? But I think the name itself makes no sense at all! She's never called madame from what I've read, and her name is not "Mode"! She is called "Man-dai," or "Mandy" everywhere I've seen her mentioned (which is what confused me the very first time I read "The One" in Chinese). Yeah, it's weird. But still, should I just KEEP it as Madame Mode for habit's sake? I feel like it's really inaccurate though... Let me know in the poll ----->