Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Paradise City Chp 09

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season! Here is the new chapter of Paradise City :)

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Thursday, December 22, 2011



Okay sorry. I just wanted to share that face.

Thursday, December 15, 2011


WAOHOFHWOJF:LSKDJFpoiuweqrlkdjf; <-- This is me because it's almost winter break over here! I'm so excited. School has been tough lately, but mostly because I've become lazy. I promise I'll be better next year, 2012!

Anyway, I've recently realized that it's almost the holidays, and next month will be my birthday! Even though winter can be really bitter cold, all these things make it bearable. I feel like this holiday is going to be rather peaceful, less all the work I have to do.

SPEAKING OF WORK, I finished a bunch of IB work, so I feel a little more on track, though my grades are somewhat slipping >____> But mostly in stupid classes, so it's okay haha.

Anyway, I'm also in a good mood because two of my really good friends got accepted into their early action schools! One got into Stanford, and the other one into Princeton :) I'm so proud of them both!

But I guess everyone talking about colleges has gotten me thinking about them too (I'm only a junior, so I apply next year). I haven't really figured anything out, but after doing a bit of research, I've come to think that King's College, Cambridge would be the perfect school for me, if I can get in... >___> We'll see how I do on my IB tests this year. But I'm a little bit worried because it IS an international school, which certainly complicates things for me. If anyone in the UK has any advice for applications to UK schools, that would be fantastic and much appreciated :)

Anyway, are any of you at the college-able age? How are your apps going, and have you gotten into any of the schools you want to go to?

And how are your holidays going? I hope they're going well! I do promise to respond to comments in this post, so post away!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

What is going on with VB Rose?

Many people have been asking me questions about VB Rose recently, even though I put up an explanation in the last chapter I released. I actually do write about important things there...

Tokyopop has been closed down, which means that VB Rose has been dropped as a license in the US. Thus, volumes 13 and 14 remain unpublished in the US. I cannot get access to them ever. They will need to be translated from their original language (Japanese). There are also Chinese scans available that I could translate, but at the moment I'm much too busy to attempt that. I believe that there is a group willing to eventually translate VB Rose. It will eventually be translated, but do not expect the same rapid releases that have been happening.

Vol. 12 is still to be scanned. I will get it as soon as I can, and scan it, but sitting down and scanning 200 pages is not an easy task, so also do not anticipate this to happen very quickly.

In short, please be patient (and I would appreciate it if you did stop sending me emails as well).

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The One Chp 84

So you'll have to forgive the extraordinarily low quality of this chapter. I decided that I would save the time it would take to futile clean the pages to put out a release faster. You can still read all the words and see the pictures, which is the most important part! Happy reading! (I still can't believe the scanner botched such a great chp!)

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

[RAWS] The One Chp 84

Here are the raws for chapter 84! There's nothing in the read more section.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Paradise City Chp 08

Finally, finally! I've had time to finish another chapter of Paradise City. Here it is, enjoy!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011


I've always been an avid reader, ever since I was a kid, and I think it's truly amazing when you stumble upon a book that just wrenches your heart right out of your chest cavity. It's a feeling that's hard to put into words, but if you've ever felt it, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.

Of course, I'm probably still looking for THE BOOK of my lifetime, but I've certainly come across many that I've felt a real emotional connection with. A little bit ago, I just finished reading John Green's Looking for Alaska. I know I'm pretty late on reading this book, because I always assumed it was another stupid trendy book, but I recently (within the last few months), started watching vlogbrothers, which is a channel made by John Green and his brother Hank Green. I heard him narrate the chapter of his newest books (which incidentally will be released on my birthday!), and so I decided to check out some of his books because I was so impressed by his writing.

I know this isn't manga or anything, but Looking for Alaska is so raw and real, partly because it comes from Green's own experiences, I think, but it really is an extraordinary book, and I think the fact that my birthday is a significant date in this book (funny coincidence, huh?), I'm even more drawn to it.

So, my question to all of you is, if you read, have you found THE BOOK? Green describes it in his new book, but I'm going to share a description by Lemony Snicket:

"Think of that secret favorite book of yours - not the one you tell people you like best, but that book so good that you refuse to share it with people because they'd never understand it. Perhaps it's not even a whole book, just a tiny portion that you'll never forget as long as you live. Nobody knows you feel this way about that tiny portion of literature."

Certainly this kind of book makes me want to crawl into the author's skin and absorb every single facet of his thoughts and process.

If you care to share, please share it. If you either do not want to share, or have not yet found it, which books have really impacted you in some way, whether emotionally, intellectually, or philosophically?

I know that I'm still looking for my "THE BOOK."

Friday, November 25, 2011

Uhm hello, everyone.

Uhm, hi guys :D

HELLO, I just got back from a really fun local write-in! I had a ton of fun this month, and I definitely look forward to... revising (ugh). To everyone else working on NaNoWriMo, I wish you the best of luck!

So what does this mean for KatScans? Definitely more chapters, and faster! So thank you so much for everyone who's been patietn with the recent chapter slowdown. I'm feeling really good today right now after finishing a chapter of The One, and finishing my 50k for 2011 NaNoWriMo. Whoooooooooooo! I had way too much coffee today :D aldksjf;laskdjf;laskjf;lkjqpeoijfa;lsdkfj;aldkjf;laskjdf;ad Excuse me while I spaz some more.

Accomplishments today:
1. Spending too much money on online shopping (which I now feel is justified considering my other accomplishments!)
2. Finishing NaNoWriMo
3. Finishing The One

I hope everyone else's Thanksgiving weekend is going equally, or more well! Please let me know how your weekend is going, even if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving :)

The One Chp 83

Hey everyone! Here is chapter 83 finally. I hope all of you who celebrated Thanksgiving enjoyed it. Due to early uploads in recent months, I'm going to refrain from putting up the dl link just now, so check back in a few days. Please always respect the public release dates on my chapters--I post chapters on my blog for the benefit of my blog readers, which is why I give them an early preview. Thanks!

Download available here.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

[RAWS] Hallelujah! The One 83 Raws are here!

Wow, thank you thank you to the anonymous user who linked me these raws. I'm really happy to see that the new scanner did such a fabulous job on them. I hope you enjoy them!

Here they are!

Nothing in the read more section.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Flash Mobs

Being bored and on the internet, I came across the concept of FLASH MOBS, which if you don't know are basically a gathering of people breaking out into spontaneous demonstration in some sort of public area. I immediately spent hours watching different flash mobs taking place, and I was astounded by the human cooperation that I saw. I felt like they were something so completely amazing.

Here is an example of a flash mob:

I'm so impressed that PEOPLE, just PEOPLE are able to pull of such things. It's really incredible to me, especially if you see the larger flash mobs that have thousands of people in them. Really, I can't believe how amazing humanity is. Even if I begin to feel disgusted and cynical, there is always something that will surprise me.

I just thought I'd share this with you, because these things are really cool, but also a great example of how cooperation can lead to awesome things.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

So what have I been doing with my time?

I guess I owe you a brief explanation/personal post about what I've been up to lately, minus things boring things/personal things :D Anyway, I've been bogged down in schoolwork. There's just so much STUFF. It's not even homework, really. It's a bunch of other things. I'm in this program called IB, or International Baccalaureate, and for every diploma candidate to pass, he has to write a long paper called an Extended Essay, and I recently actually SWITCHED topics, so I had to start from scratch.

I'm writing about the freedom of thought in 1984 and Fahrenheit 451, and I really love my topic, so it's actually been less painful than I thought it would be. I've actually just finished a complete first draft, though it still needs a lot of work, but it's actually going pretty smoothly.

But the thing that really is taking up my time is NaNoWriMo. GRR. I love doing it so much, but there are days that I just feel so disheartened. I think it honestly might have been a mistake to do it again this year, considering that it takes away from all my time to do other things, but it is really rewarding to do it. It just leaves me 0 time for any other things.

If anybody else is doing NaNoWriMo, I WOULD LOVE TO ADD YOU AS A WRITING BUDDY :D I'm alice-in-vunderland.

Also, I'd like to thank Auyri for her extraordinary help in cleaning the last chapter of The One. You may or may not have noticed that the raws are terrible, but she made them look absolutely decent. I'm so thankful for her, because it was so stressful for me to get things done, and it was truly a big help. She's also working on a project of her own, a translation from a Korean manhwa, "Suspicious Scandal." I'll do an entire full post on that later, but hopefully this should give you something to check out later :)

Other than that, I've just been busy with extracurriculars and everything mashed together in one whole giant packed schedule. I feel like going to mandatory things somehow sucks up all my time. What has everyone else been up to? Is November a busy month for everyone else (I feel like it usually is for most people!)

What else do I have to say? hmmm. I can't wait for the breaks in November. I need some sleeeeeeeeeeeeep. Comment me below! I promise I will reply. Feel free to get mad at me if I don't. Also, vote in the poll ----->

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The One Chp 82

I'm sorry it's taken so long, but it's been so hard for me to work on manhua lately. Hopefully, this month will be a little better. I'm caught up to all the VB Rose chps that I can do at the moment without getting another volume. I'm putting Para City on hold for a little bit, at least until next month. Thanks for the patience!

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Late Chapters and News

Hey guys, I just want to give you all an update with chapters for all of my projects. I know they're late, and I hope that you will stay patient.

I've recently felt so overwhelmed with work and personal issues. Realistically, I'm not going to be able to finish these chapters very soon. So I would really appreciate your patience right now. Thank you everyone, and happy reading!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

[RAWS] The One 82

Finally, they are here! Sorry for the long wait, and thank you to the commenter who told me where to find them! Thanks!

Download here!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

NOT A CHAPTER--The One Updates

I don't want to give you all false hope haha. But anyway, I'm sure you've noticed that "The One" is SO late this month, no word of raws or anything. It seems like the normal scanner has decided to be MIA. But I've been following the forums, and it seems someone got tired and is going to buy the magazine (hopefully to scan it?). I'll let you know when the raws are released!

Nothing in the read more option.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

Just to be clear...

So a lot of people comment thanking "you guys" for all the hard work. I would like to comment that this scanslation group is mostly a solo project! I do occasionally pull in cleaners for "The One," but I work alone in general :) It is interesting to me how many people assume I'm a big army of scanslators hahaha!

Anyway, I feel like I haven't done a personal post in a really long time. So I just started junior year of high school, and it is INCREDIBLY BORING. I really liked my classes last year, and I had fantastic teachers that were really fun to work with. I end up being bored by most of my classes these days, which of course is not a great feeling.

And to add on to that, there are tons of busy work homeworks which makes me angry D< It sucks that your first and last few classes are really boring because there's nothing to look forward to after lunch. It's so sad.

Because we're so bored, and we're cool, our English class actually devised this game called "Word of the Day." We pick a random word and try to use it during class discussion. It's hilarious and makes our classes a little more exciting. THAT'S how bored we are. But that's all right I suppose.

So it is now October, and I'm INCREDIBLY excited for Halloween. You don't even know how ridiculously excited I am for this holiday. I don't even know what I'm going to dress up as, but the thought of Halloween is so wonderful. I really want to watch Rocky Horror Picture Show with friends :)

Also, want to know something awesome? Our school decided our homecoming theme was HARRY POTTER. If you know me, you'll know how much I love Harry Potter--I basically grew up with this series, and Harry Potter was seriously one of the best friends I had as a kid. This sounds incredibly sad, but it's sort of true... Anyway, I'm super excited because I might go to laser tag with some friends. AHHH SO AWESOME.

Basically, autumn is the best season ever, though it did start raining recently. Poopoo. And I have to bike part of the way to school, so that makes my commute extra fun! Whoohoo! I hope everyone else is having a great season. Let me know in the comments what you're up to lately!

I'll have Paradise City up soon, and I'll let you know when I get the raws for "The One."

Saturday, October 1, 2011

V.B. Rose Chp 63

Lalalalalalala here is a new chapter! Lolol Sorry I put September 31st as the release date. I'm stupid :D

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

The One Chp 81

Whoohoooo for new chapters! I really enjoyed this one, though it was a pain to translate and clean. But ah well, here it is! Happy reading!

Again, I apologize for the poor quality, but there's very little I can do about that. ): There's only so much photoshop can do...

That untranslated word in the subway is "Eh?"

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

[RAWS] The One Chp 81

Hey guys, I thought I'd share the raws of chapter 81 with you if you'd like to take a peek! Here they are. There's nothing in the read more expansion!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

V.B. Rose Chp 58

Here is chapter 58! I can't believe it's been a week!

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Visibility issue on albums fixed

Hey guys, recently a few of you have told me that you were unable to see the chapters that I posted. The problem is now fixed... I think. Please let me know if there are any problems :\ There's nothing in the read more option, by the way haha.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Summer Adventures

Hey guys, so I did say I would do a blog post about how Mathcamp went, so here it is!

I went to Mathcamp for 5 whole weeks, and it was incredibly fun. It was held at Reed College. Basically, I spent most of the day attending really awesome and kickass math lectures. Some of them seriously blew my mind. (Some, of course, I barely understood >___>). But not only do I feel like I learnt a lot, the entire experience of living together with 120 other high school students who share many of the same interests as you is just incredible. We also had JC's (undergrads, basically like counselors), mentors (grad students), and a few other faculty members.

I do some competitive math during the school year, but lately I feel like I've been slipping a lot, and this whole experience definitely gave me some more motivation to work hard this year! (Of course I'll still be "wasting time" reading manhua/translating)

So, interesting thing, I started out with a single dorm room, but it turned out that two of my friends had the most ENORMOUS room ever, and basically we had slumber parties in it everyday... 5 people in one enormous dorm room, so we stayed up really late, and I ended up as the only person who got up in time for breakfast, so I was designated breakfast obtainer hahaha. But that was all right, even if I did get a few funny looks for getting 5 bagels for breakfast.

I do really miss it, but I know I'll be seeing some people pretty soon, because I'm flying to Massachusetts next month for a math competition, so that's pretty cool :)

Since I came back, I've been working on summer homework (or not working). I have this giant paper that is staring me in the face, but I keep procrastinating because I don't want to do it >___> Ugh. I need to start working.

Anyway, what have all of YOU been doing this summer? Leave a comment below!

Friday, August 19, 2011

V.B. Rose Chp 57

Here is another chapter! Please note the release dates, and wait to upload! Thanks ^-^

Download available here! Please wait to upload, thanks!

V.B. Rose Chp 56

Double chapter this week! But I'm splitting it into two posts still so I can keep my chapters well-organized in blog posts. Please respect the upload dates! Thank you!

Download available here! Please wait to upload :\

Monday, August 15, 2011

The One Chp 80

You'll find updates of my work on projects in the projects tab, in case you have any questions! Sorry for the delay! Thank you so much to Angie who worked so hard on these scans even though she was so busy :)

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Finally back!

Hey guys, I know a lot of you have been asking for updates, so let me give you a quick briefing on the scanslation situation! Here it is!

Angie and I have both had a lot on our plates, what with her starting university, and me trying to scramble to catch other deadlines. So scanslation has fallen behind in our list of priorities, but all the pages are cleaned right now for The One, and are in the process of scanslation. I should be done with them soon! Sorry for the delay :[.

I will get a few VB Rose up ASAP. Is it okay if I do a double chapter next week instead of releasing one late this week?

Anyway, Mathcamp was super fun! Maybe I'll write more about it later if you guys are interested, and I have time. Ta! I hope all of you are still doing well!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

V.B. Rose Chp 55

Here is chapter 55! Release date is actually August 6th and 10th respectively. Sorry :)

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Monday, July 11, 2011

The One Chp 79

HERE IS CHAPTER 79 :D Thank you Marie (numero11) for sending them to me all the time! I hope your vacation is/was lovely!

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Notice! Please read :)

First off, I would like to make a few things clear.

1. I get the raws as soon as they come out, as Marie (numero11) is so kind to send them to me. So there is not necessarily a need to send me notices that the raws are out--chances are I already know.

2. Please don't send me messages asking me when the next chapter of a series will be released. I cannot devote all my time to scanslating manhua. It is neither a paid job, nor is it necessarily beneficial to me outside of enjoyment. The chapters will be released when I finish them. You can find all updates on the Projects page of my blog. I try to keep it updated.

3. I do indeed have a fabulous cleaner for The One, so thank you all for your offers, but I would like to stay with Angela, as she is doing a wonderful job. Otherwise, I do work alone, because I find that that is the most efficient thing for me to do. Occasionally, Grase does help me out with translations, but I am not currently looking for more staff. If I ever do need help, I will let you know in recruitment notices.

I also understand that not all of you do the above, which is great, so don't worry about it. You don't need to comment because it doesn't apply to you at all! I have a lot of great followers, and I appreciate your continued readership!

If you do have any other questions, don't hesitate to let me know!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Leaving... Forever....

Totally kidding. I'm only leaving for 5 weeks to go to MATH CAMP. WHOOHOO. Actually, if you guys want to write me letters, you can hehe.

The address is
Kathleen Zhou
c/o Mathcamp
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard
Portland, OR 97202

If you live in the USA and this is convenient, feel free to write me! I will definitely write you back, but keep in mind my camp ends August 7th! If you live outside of the USA, please don't trouble yourself with the postage! Shoot me an email and I would be happy to respond!

If you don't want to write me letters, that's totally cool too. We can still chat here! I hope everyone's July is going great! Vote in the poll to the right ---->

Hehe. Can you tell that I love random polls? Anyway, as I said before, VB Rose and Paradise City releases will NOT be affected by my trip. I will try to get The One done, but I may have to do some extra work to make it happen. It will probably happen. I'm a dedicated scanslator haha. But I don't want to get your hopes up and have everyone yell at me either... *cowers*

Well, anyway, this is rather random, and I should get some work done before I leave. Oh well. Heehee ^-^

I've actually been reading so much this summer. I'm so excited to finally be able to knock some books off my reading list! It's terriffffffic! Besides that, I haven't done anything interesting... except eat a lot. Ughh. I may have gained weight XD Anyway, I hope you guys have a fabulous week, and I will talk to you guys soon! AH A FIREWORK JUST WENT OFF OUTSIDE HAHA. People are practicing for July 4th!


V.B. Rose Chp 51

Here is chapter 51!

Download is available here!

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Future of Next Month's Scanslations!

So, as some of you may know, I will be gone for 5 weeks starting in July. So, in order not to leave you guys hanging on good story lines, I have scanslated like mad and queued several new chapters for you. Since I have actually simply scheduled them to reduce my stress, I can tell you guys which days will be release dates!

V.B. Rose
Chapter 51: July 2nd
Chapter 52: July 16th
Chapter 53: July 23rd
Chapter 54: July 30th
Chapter 55: August 6th

Paradise City
Chapter 3: July 4th
Chapter 4: July 25th

At this point, I have no idea if I will actually be able to finish The One on time. If all goes well, I will try to get it down ASAP before I leave, so you'll at least have July's issue for sure, so August's issue may be a little late. I'm mostly concerned about July's issue, but I think I will probably be able to do it depending on page count and word count. I don't have a schedule for that unfortunately because I can't pre-translate any of that!

On a side note, Grase (remember her?) may be joining me for Paradise City! I still have to talk to her again, but I got her started reading it :) That will probably make scanslation go faster!

V.B. Rose Chp 50

As you can see, I've added super snazzy pictures for previews now hahaha. Many of you may have noticed the expandable post option; I do this for my convenience, so sucks if you hate it. It's hard for me to read all your comments and reply to comments on various posts (as I have many "active" posts at a time) when I have to scroll through so many pictures, so I've done the expandable posts in an attempt to clean up the pages a bit for my viewership. Well, here is the chapter 50!

Download is here!

Friday, June 17, 2011

WHOA, did you know that...

my last post was my 100th post! Wow, totally did not expect to get so far, but thank you all for your continued readership and kind words. I really appreciate all the messages I get, and I do read them all, though I don't always reply. Anyway, I thought I'd post a personal update.

The last day of school was out yesterday! Whoohoo! How exciting. Now I get to do lots of fun things, not. I have summer homework and other stuff, but overall, it's not too bad. I'm really actually looking forward to this break, though I suspect it will pass all too quickly.

My finals went well--thank you all for asking. I hope everyone else in school did well on their finals and are now enjoying the beautiful summer break! Unless, of course, you live in the Southern hemisphere. In that case, keep warm this winter. Not sure how your school works though. Sorry. If you do live south of the equator, let me know how everything works :)

I'll definitely have a lot more time to work on manhua translations. I'm just going to waste a few days first lazing around. I went to the mall today with my mother to buy a gift for someone, so that was really fun. Wasting my hard-earned money. YEY! I don't feel too bad... mostly because I just got a paycheck so I feel entitled to spend some of it haha.

I will be going away for most of July; I'm going to math camp heehee! It's okay if some of you think that's lame. I'll still enjoy it. I will still try to keep up updates, but you may see some tardiness if I cannot get The One translated at camp. I will still try to prepare some chapters of VB Rose and Paradise City so that I can release them while I am away.

Anybody else have fun plans this summer/winter? Comment below!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

Paradise City Chp 2

Finally! Sorry for taking so long! I like to be a chapter ahead, so I have a backup in case of emergencies, and I finally finished chapter 3!

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

The One Chp 78


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WAHHHH This is so exciting alsdkfj;alskdjf. Hahaha sorry, this is the crazy fangirl here. I totally love that Eros is being so childish here, especially because he's seeing his mom in his hallucinations. However, I almost think that there may be some Lele/Mom comparison here? Slightly Oedipal... but whatever.

I feel vindicated also that Lele says, "I know in my heart that you never wanted to hurt me." After the supposed "attempted rape," tons of people began hating on Eros for doing that. It was always really clear to me that he did that to protect her--both from his father and from her own feelings. Obviously, some of that must have backfired on him, and you see that with him being super depressed (especially in the last chapter). Lele obviously can't find it within herself to hate him for so long, and I love that she's becoming so playful in response to his misanthropic tendencies <-- haha big words.

Also, maybe people are going to yell at Eros for being such a jerk to Lele right now, but imagine if you were him, in such a weak and pitiful condition. You're going through withdrawal and weak and hallucinating about your dead mother. I can't imagine a worse time to have the girl you like see you. He's just being defensive. Don't blame him...

I think that this is really the beginning of a good relationship. Of course, there will be tons of drama, but they honestly got together wayyy faster than I had expected. I know that many people probably complained about their relationship too slowly. But now you really have nothing to complain about haha. I also look forward to seeing what happens with Feidna!!!! Let me know your thoughts in the comments! What predictions/hopes do you have for the future?

Sunday, June 5, 2011

[RAWS] The One Chapter 78

Here are the raws for The One Chapter 78! Enjoy!


Here they are! Also, please vote on the poll to the side. If you do have a problem, please comment me letting me know what it is. I will also let everyone know that there is a thing called a full-page ad on this site that randomly will pop up for some users. You simply click "skip this ad" after it loads. This is not a virus, and in no way will damage your computer. If you have had another problem, please let me know.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Desire Climax Review

Summary From ShoujoMagic:

Omori Mio is 17 years old. To help out her desperately poor family, she takes on a part-time job. Then, one night, a boy snatches a kiss from her and offers her money, saying, "I'll buy you." Who is the boy who stole Mio's first kiss...!?

Artwork: 9/10
The artwork truly is very lovely. It's really cute in a lot of places, and makes certain male characters appropriately attractive haha. I do love how she does distinguish between several different characters well. (I will get into that later). There are no weird confusing bits where characters look too similar. It is not overly cutesy at all (no flowers all over the place), but it was a little inconsistent in the beginning.

Plot: 4/10
I don't want to spoil anything too much, but the plot was all over the place. I read in a forum that someone thought that it was cool that this had so many plot twists. In my opinion, it had too many. It was really inconsistent, and this series changed so much within such a short span of time that by the end, it was not the manga I had started reading. It was almost about an entirely different subject matter entirely. The family conflict in the end was so cliche, and though you can see the mangaka did foreshadow it, you could see it coming obviously coming a million miles away. I was really disappointed with how many weird plot twists were thrown in such a short time. I wish it had stayed true to its original feel, because it seemed to turn in a completely different direction afterwards.

Characters: 6/10
Overall, characters were likeable, but so dramatic all of the time! And it was really obvious on the mangaka's part for many of the plot twists. I felt that a lot of the arcs were such stretches, and overly dramatic. While this does mean that the characters are vivid, I think that they are too exaggerated most of the time. In addition, it does bother me a little about their relationship--it is somewhat abusive, and rather disturbing.

Overall Appeal: 7/10
The reason I give this overall score so high is that I really like the series and the entire original premise. However, the rest of the series was very disappointing because I really did not expect many of the things the mangaka did. I wish it had not been so disappointing, but otherwise, I did really enjoy reading it. I must warn that it does have some sex in it, so if you don't want to read that, you are forewarned. Also, the title is super awkward haha, but you at least get the idea.

So a few other things I wanted to say.
1. I received notice that someone was having virus problems with the site. If you are too, please let me know in the poll to the right.
2. Are you interested in reading more of these reviews? I read less manga than I used to, but I think I could try to write a few more manga reviews.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The One Chp 77

Finally! So sorry, but you can read my excuse on the first page below! I better finish my homework now haha.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

V.B. Rose Chapter 47

So... sorry for the delay in "The One." Angie (my cleaner) is currently undergoing stressful finals. Buena suerte! And I am undergoing AP tests BOOO. Only two more APs, and one more IB test. But then again, one of the APs is Chinese... HAHAHHAHA. Anyway, here's a chapter of VB Rose to distract you guys. I currently have Vol. 9-11 in my possession, but I need to find out what I'm doing with Vol 10-11, because if you remember, there was another girl who wanted to scan them, but I have no idea where she is now, because I haven't contacted her in forever. When I get to the end of Vol 9, I will do so.

I also have Mixed Vegetables for those that have been asking! I like the series too, so it'll be good to share. That is low on my list of priorities though. So.... No promises yet. And I will will get to The One and Paradise City!


Download the chapter here!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

The One Raws are Out

Hey guys, numero11 sent me the raws for The One a few days ago, but because I'm basically screwed for a couple of my AP tests, I have to study. I will sit down to do this chapter ASAP, don't worry! Here are the raws in the meantime. Thank you very much, numero11!


Thursday, April 21, 2011

V.B. Rose Chp 46

Here you are! It's spring and I really want to go shopping, but I'm broke because I had to pay for a trip. Booo. Do you know the feeling? hahaha.


By the way, I was surprised to see you guys say that English was an easy language! Maybe it is only my perception.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Paradise City Chp 1

Be excited! It's the first chapter of Paradise City! Let me know how you like it!

Download is also available.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

English is the most bizarre language.

It's true. English is neither a romance language nor a Germanic one. It's stuck between two origins, and has crazy irregularities and strange phrases. I honestly feel terribly sorry for whoever has to learn English as a second language. It makes no sense whatsoever.

Chinese is a hard language to learn and it's very different structurally, but things generally follow a pattern. Same thing with French and Spanish (which, I have an A in yessss due to the fact my teacher accidentally put in 26/37 instead of 36/37 on a test hahahhahaha).

This is the most pointless post ever, but I really don't want to do my homework. BOOOO. It's a good assignment (creative writing), but I'm not feeling it at the moment. I just feel kinda stressed because it's not done haha. Whooohoooooo.

Yeah... I should probably get going haha. One last thing I should mention! I'm curious about your demographics, so vote here ------------------->

I see that one of you is underage. -disapproval- Be careful on the interwebs! Strangers (like me!) could very well trick you!

For people wondering about when The One is released, again, it is released every month on the 5th in China, and is usually scanned within a few days. I usually translate it within 1-2 days. So expect each chapter to arrive on the 10-15th of the month. The next chapter will be in May! There is no such thing as weekly updates for this series.

Happy reading!

Friday, April 8, 2011

The One Chp 76


Download here!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Spring Break! Wanna know something grosssss?

I burned the roof of my mouth and then a blister formed and then it popped. Hahahaha. None of you wanted/needed to know that. Sorry. It's really painful though. Crazy stuff is going on with my mouth. Especially because I have a cut on my lip boooooo. So I just look super awkward with my lips pursed... all the time. Hahaha. Anyway, it's spring breakkkkk! Hooray! I should do homework, but I haven't done a personal post in such a long time!

How is everyone doing? Is it spring break for anyone else? Are you enjoying the warmer weather? Hopefully it's warmer... It's still cool over here! It doesn't really matter because it's sunny! It actually snowed in some places over here, which is sort of bizarre, but then again, it's due to global warming, and you really don't want to listen to me rant about global warming haha.

Nothing is really new with me. Just have a whole bunch of school work culminating at the end of the year. BOOOOOO. STUPID AP/IB TESTS. Those who live in USA (or Canada? not sure...) will know the joys of AP testing. NOT. THERE ARE NO JOYS IN STANDARDIZED TESTING. It's just super boring and time-consuming.

What about everyone else? How is spring going? Let me know in the comments below!

On a more relevant note, I'm working on chapter 76 of "The One" right now and it's cracking me up HAHAHAHHAHAHAHA. I'm dying of laughter. It's hilarious, and I feel like I'm in a fantasy world because things are HAPPENING. HOLY SMOKES NICKY LEE! THINGS ARE HAPPENING!!!! This almost makes up for the months of 13 page chapters that are all pictures of trees lol. Anyway, I'm getting through these pages pretty quickly. I should have the chapter done by tonight, and I'll upload tonight or tomorrow.

I'm still at the same place in Paradise City that I was a month or two ago. Haha. Sorry. Would you guys like a chapter NOW, and risk waiting later, or just wait for regular updates? But I am for sure going to work on that project. Hooray!

Besides those two, I will be working on VB Rose as always, and maybe Mixed Vegetables? It was suggested to me through the manhua suggestions page, and I do know that the English volumes are out because it IS licensed. However... technically VB Rose is licensed as well....... Which means I will probably bend the rules for you guys haha. I'm a terrible person.

I also would like to remind readers that I keep project statuses updated above at the projects page. It's usually pretty up to date. I do check for raws regularly, and I would like to thank numero11 for sending me recent chapters of The One, which have been unavailable on Tieba! We had a huge discussion in the Chinese forums on this, so I managed to post chp. 76 there.

Anyway, enough ramblings. See you soon, and happy reading!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

V.B. Rose Chp 45

Here is the new VB Rose Chapter :) I hope everyone is doing just dandy this week!

Download is here!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

V.B. Rose Chp 44

I'm tired~ Check the release dates.

Download is here, make sure you look at the public release date. Thanks!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The One Chp 75


I know you have been waiting for this chapter, but I have been through two academic papers and have a presentation on Thursday ^-^ So excuse me if I haven't edited in all of the sfx on the last few pages. Trust me, they weren't that interesting anyway haha.

Everybody was good last time and didn't post early, so I will keep the download up. Thanks for the cooperation guys. I really want blog readers to get first priority on chapters!

Thanks for the patience, and the next chapter will be released around the 15th of April hopefully.

Here is a download, don't abuse it!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

V.B. Rose Chapter 43

Here is the new VB Rose Chapter! Please note public release dates!

Download is available here.

Monday, March 14, 2011

The One Chp 74


I would like to start out with a thank you to those of you who have been so supportive. It really means a lot to me that you have endured a 2 month wait, yet still tell me to take my time, while there are others out there who are very harrowing with their posts like this: "omggg why is dis chp taking so long?!??!?!??!?!?!??!" It really is very refreshing to see such support, and I want you all to know that I really am grateful. You are all so very kind to me, so I am happy to translate efficiently. This is why I HAVE posted the download link, but please do not abuse it. I hope you understand that this is to thank blog readers. I love talking to all of you, so here is something just for you.

Now I probably should start my homework :D I've worked 5 straight hours on this hahahhaha.

Download is here.

PS. Chapter 75 is coming soon! I'm going to get some hw done while Angie cleans the pages :) I'll have them up ASAP. Heads up, it is a long chapter!

News on The One

Before I am bombarded with messages about Chp 74 being up, I would like to tell everyone that I do have the raws!

It's midnight right now, so I'll work on them as soon as I get home :) tomorrow. Night guys!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Things I've Been Reading Recently

- Steel Rose: My goodness, I'm starting to dislike Leting a lot more. She's really a bitch, and pretty stuck up and rude as well. I used to think she was a cool strong female protagonist, but she's just annoying now.

- Silver: I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. I like the beginning particularly because of the premise. The recent chapters seem to have declined in quality a little; they're mostly just sex scenes o__o". It seems a little overboard/unnecessary. I think I may start reading more Josei because of their more developed plots.

- Paradise City: So random haha. I haven't gotten very far, but I'm liking it so far. All the characters are so colorful!

- Faster Than a Kiss: I came back to this series after not reading it for a while, and while it is cliche, and not the best story ever, I like reading it. It's fun and cute, not really serious reading.

What have YOU been reading? What have you liked so far?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Think of Japan--Please Read

I'm sure many of you have heard about the destruction caused by the recent earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan. I'm not sure if any Japanese people read this blog (given that they already have tons of manga even without English translations), but I sincerely hope that you are all safe, and not only those who live in Japan because I know the earthquake was felt by a lot more people who live in that area.

Even over here, on the West coast of the United States, many people are afraid for aftershocks (though I do think we're okay). I was going to ask you to donate to the cause here, so that the readers of this blog could put together a nice sum together in exchange for my working harder a bit by putting out chapters, but I have recently read this. So instead of texting whatever to the Red Cross, I'm thinking donating to Americares, which according to this, has a pre-existing commitment to Japan. I would also love it if I could raise money to donate to Doctors Without Borders.

So please, if you have any money at all to spare, even spare change, please donate. Though natural disasters are truly a devastating thing, it also represents an opportunity for people of all places in the world to remember what it is to be commonly human. It may be too idealistic for me to expect that wars will stop and we will all work together in a united goal, but I do know that we can do what we can in disasters. I know that not all of you may have money to spare, but even a little bit would be very helpful. I have 56 followers on the blog, and probably more regular readers as well. Even if you can't manage the $10 that the Red Cross is asking for, a dollar would help once we pool our resources.

I will probably choose between Americare and Doctors Without Borders. If you have a preference, please let me know.

I am well aware that many of you will simply ignore this message, but for those of you who do, thank you.

You can send your money with Paypal to purplehippo1095@gmail.com. I would like to keep a list of donors (to keep the accounts straight), so if you would like to remain anonymous, please make a note of that. If you would like to be named, please include a name. Paypal does automatically convert foreign currency, in case you don't know. This will make donating easier on my international readers.

If you don't have Paypal, it's easy to sign up for one, but if you really can't, then please let me know, and I will see if there is anything we can do :)

If you would like to find out more about the quake, here's CNN footage.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Paradise City and Steel Rose

I just started reading Paradise City!

Either my Chinese is getting better, or this manhua has many easy words. It does require certain heavy translation areas where I bust out my dictionary, but it's been mostly okay.

But I have no way to measure this because this is a new manhua haha. Those of you who learn a second or even third language, how long does/did it take? Are you not fluent?

Anyway, I started compiling a short introduction to this series (instead of doing my homework hahahhahaha. All my IB papers are due.. Oh well. If I don't think about them, I can convince myself they don't exist. Boooooo). I'll have a brief character list and summary soon!

Anyway, there's that series. If you have any questions, let me know!

About Steel Rose, because people have asked, I will be working with Lila Wolves to get chapters out. I'm supposed to be sent Chapter 15 soon.

I have another chapter of VB Rose ready, and will probably upload it in the next few days.

No news on The One.

Paradise City Information and Introduction

Here's just an introduction for those of you looking forward to Paradise City. I haven't read that far in, so that's what I have so far. Hope you enjoy it!

Summary: Carl is preparing to carry out a conspiracy that will destroy JB's position in the music world. Meanwhile, Renee must subtly express her own feelings. The sadness and happiness of fate will cause more twists and turns in Ike's life path. The 2 years separated Ike finally returns to Renee's side, with new songs and wishes. This time, he will bravely confront his own feelings and life.

(Translated from here).

Here's what I've noticed just from reading the first chapter.

With silver hair and sunglasses, Ike becomes JB, a famous rock and roll star whose true identity is unknown (JB IS NOT JUSTIN BIEBER!!!!). When he one day discovers he is being followed, he must move out of his house and find a new place. How will his paths cross with Renee White, the daughter of a fashion designer and younger sister of a beautiful model, especially when she is suddenly thrust into their world?

JB aka Ike: A rock and roll star with a secret identity. He has to move out of his house due to a stalker.
Johnny: JB's manager.
Renee White: A high school girl who has heavy domestic responsibilities cooking for her sister, a model, and her mother, a fashion designer, who don't know how to cook at all, and are seemingly more interested in boys and the fashion world than her.
Chi White: Renee's sister, a very beautiful model. Her name literally means "White Gem/rock."

Sunday, March 6, 2011

V.B. Rose Chapter 42

Public release date is March 10th. Please do not post elsewhere until then. I am posting the download link because I think this series is less popular than "The One," but please keep in mind that you are NOT TO POST IT UNTIL MARCH 10th.

Download available here.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

What's Next? New projects and such

Hello all, as you may know, Ingenuo has been finished, and The One seems to have rolled to a standstill. I am still waiting on raws, and I don't think they've actually found a new scanner.

Because people have been asking me about Steel Rose, I feel I may as well do a post here. Thank you Maliha for letting me know about Lila Wolves putting it on their future projects list. I contacted them, and figured out that they had put the project on their list because they thought I would not continue SR. However, the project had remained on my future project list. Because they have started working, we have decided to work together, though I am not exactly sure what we have worked out for the long term. In a couple days, I will be receiving cleaned pages and translations to typeset.

So that is that. Next, I WILL be starting with Paradise City, but bear with me because I don't want to start quite yet because it is a new commitment. So that all of you know, it is a 4 vol series by Nicky Lee about a superstar I think. Not sure. I'll figure it out when I look more carefully at the raws.

I was thinking of finishing my pages of VB Rose. It won't take me long, but I just need the motivation to sit down to do it. It's tiresome scanning so much. But I think I might just do it now because my brain is too fried to finish my homework.

Because Full House is being scanslated, I am removing it from my list.

Anyways, hope to see you guys soon :)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Ingenuo Chp 80--FINAL CHAPTER!

First off, thank you to all of my readers for sticking with me. I am really proud for finishing an entire series, even though I didn't translate the whole thing. It seems amazing to come to end of something, though a little sad too. I loved this story, and I hope all of you enjoyed it as well.

Happy reading!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Regarding Manga-sharing Sites

Hello all,

Thank you to the readers who pointed out to me that chapters are being posted to mangareader before the public release date.

I am bewildered by this situation, especially because this is not the first time it has happened. Last chapter, mangareader also posted early, so I asked them not to do so in the future. They apologized and assured me that it would not happen again. Obviously, they're full of crap, and I try not to bash people too hard on here for politeness's sake, but they seriously are. So I shot them another email a few days ago letting them know that I did not want my chapters uploaded to their site in the future, and they still have not responded.

Not that I think it's solely their fault because someone must have uploaded it who reads this blog. I appreciate everyone who reads on my blog, so I really want to give my readers a gift for their support.

This is not to say that I do not like manga-sharing sites. I really do love them. They make manga readily available for those in other countries who may not have access to either the originals or the licensed and translated ones. I have never had problems with mangatraders or mangafox, which I have never had problems with. In fact, when MF mistakenly uploaded one of my chapters early one time, the uploader (who must have had administrative privileges) immediately apologized and locked the chapter until the official release date. They have really been very accommodating, and I find that they are very respectful of both mangakas, publishers, and scanslators. So it was, I thought, disrespectful to post the link to mangareader on a MF forum.

In any case, after debating what I should do, I have decided not to allow downloading of the chapter, at least while the chapter is exclusively on my blog.

Thank you all for leaving me messages about this. I really appreciate it!