Sunday, 28 June 2015

Terra Formars Manga Chapter 128 English Translation

Took a little longer than expected to airbrush this chapter since I'm not very good at it, so it probably takes me longer than any other guy. Anyhow, here's the next chapter, but I'd also like to mention that there was a mistake with that "union murder" thing last time. I couldn't recognize the characters correctly due to the quality of the online scans, so it ended up wrong. However, I sent it to a Japanese friend of mine and he was able to make it out. Also, I didn't realise the text on the chapter cover so I'll be adding that in, too.That said, I'll update that chapter with the corrections soon, as the Spanish are going to be finishing it not long from now so I want to wait and get the clean cover page from them and then add in the text since I don't think my skills are up to the task. Anyhow, I hope you guys enjoy this chapter. 129 is next. Hee hee.

Chapter 127 has been updated. The text on the chapter title page has been translated, and the translation error "union murders" has been corrected, also. I have updated the downloads on 127's page, so you can find the updated chapter in the same place as always.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Ayanami Raising Project with Asuka Artbook (Better Resolution)

I actually forgot to upload this last year when I found it, though it's here now. Anyhow, I found a better scanned version of the ARP PS2 artbook in the torrents section of sometime last year. I stumbled upon it through google searches by accident, so I wasn't on that site for the porn, FYI. Or was I? Anyhow, this one's in much better resolution than that ugly low res scan that was on the net before, though the only bad thing is that the entire strategy guide section wasn't scanned, but not much people would be interested in that part so it doesn't really matter. Though I wish it was because I'd actually be able to translate that to help myself and players know the required stats for specific events and scenes since the current scans of that section are too ugly to recognize the characters correctly. Meh. That said, I'd advise people to download this version over the other. It's got all the event pics, endings and all that jazz, so check it out if you're interested.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Terra Formars Manga Chapter 127 English Translation

Sorry for the delay, but as usual, there were a few problems. Now, since I work with the Spanish and they send me clean images, I have to wait until they put out theirs before I can do mine. They are currently basing their TL off mine (for the moment), so after I translate, I send it to them. Then, I have to wait for them to translate that into Spanish. However, they (or he, their leader since they have no translator at the moment) were kinda confused by certain parts of my TL and thus I had to wait for him to sort that out. But many days went by and it then turned out that they are just gonna wait until ;display none put out their volume release before continuing the chapters. Yeah, I got fucked there. Grr! I just wish I was told sooner because I was sitting on chapter 127 fully translated for about a week, so I could have actually started cleaning it myself then. And it's not just me affected by this, as there is also a Brazilian scanlation group who receive their clean chapters, too.

Anyhow, since I was shit out of luck, I just decided to clean 127 myself, which actually took many hours on end to complete but the final result was worth it. Furthermore, as you can see, I also translated some of the sound effects present throughout the chapter, and I am liking the end result. They go well with the scenes and help convey what is going on, which is their intention, but most TL's ignore them so it's always nice to read a chapter like how it's meant to be experienced. Granted though that there were some that I couldn't correctly recognise or airbrush, so I just left them be for the moment. I'm gonna send the untranslated ones to a buddy of mine and see if he can recognise them for me, and hopefully update the chapter with them translated at a later date. Now, since I got that out of the way, I'd just like to mention that I'll have to clean the following chapters and the like myself. That was a given, but it had to be said since that takes time and I am one guy. However, I did post a topic for a redrawer on batoto but I doubt anyone will help me out. Though if you guys know of any sites I could seek help on, then please mention them if you could.

Anyhow, it seems that we'll be arriving at fedora tipping sooner or later, and I can't wait. I've stopped checking out the raws myself since pics of the latter were up online, because I want to actually know what is happening rather than just looking at the pictures themselves. Also, 128 is already half translated so expect that on schedule sometime next week or early the week after that. Hopefully I won't run into any problems. Anyhow, I doubt anyone really cares about my bitching/translator drama so I'll end this post here. You can find the links for 127 below, and I hope you enjoy it. See ya!

This chapter has been updated. The text on the chapter title page has been translated, and the translation error "union murders" has been corrected, also. The download and PDF read online links have updated, so use those to read the updated version of chapter 127.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Girlfriend of Steel 2nd Progress Update - 13th June 2015

Now, this is just another progress update for the 1 guy (or none should I say) who reads them. Also, if you didn't notice, I released chapter 1 as a demo of sorts the other day so check it out if you're interested. That said, progress is going well like usual and I have nearly completed translating chapter 3. That is good because as of this moment I am now around 2/3 way through (the other chapters are way shorter) translating the game as a whole. Yay! Now, I have got some bad news. I wanted to put that demo out so I could cross it off my bucket list, and so I could also reach a stopping point of sorts. Don't cry now, I'm not calling it quits. I'm just going to be taking a little break from GOS2 for a short while to work on a few other things. Mostly Terra Formars and Higurashi related. That said, GOS2 thus far has been pretty decent. It has its moments but it also has its downfalls. The voice acting sounds tiresome, and the amount of strolling around and text you encounter becomes tedious from time to time, or regularly should I say. Either or, don't expect much from GOS2. Its nothing special, save for a few funny jokes and moments here and there, joke endings, yada yada yada, so you aren't missing much if you ignore it when I end up finish translating.
Anyway, there are only two more things I want to mention below before ending this post. First, Denzel Washington actually makes a bizarre cameo in this game. I mean, why? Granted, it did get a chuckle out of me but he just appears and is never seen again. He doesn't even meet the cast, but that would be funny and we can't have that. Grr. Wasted opportunity. Second, I want to talk about the part in GOS2 where Asuka calls Kaworu a "tanbi-man", where I just adapted it as faggot. Now, what the first part (tanbi) literally translates to is "aesthetic", but it is more of a term used for yaoi and the like. Taking that into account, I could have just had left it as tanbi-man or took a more passive approach and adapted it as gayboy instead of faggot, but I didn't feel right with either so the latter was my first and only choice. What can I say, I'm a big troll. Anyhow, I also translated one of Toji's chikuso's as fucker, which is directed at Shinji during that scene. All said and done, I'll continue progress on GOS2 at a later date. I don't know when, but it shouldn't be far off from now. See ya!

P.S. - It also seems that nobody bothered to comment on the Evageeks topic that I posted months back. I'm kinda disappointed.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Review: Mao Dante

I read this directly after reading Devilman Lady, FYI, and it was actually pretty good. It works more of a prototype for the original Devilman than an original story on its own, as there are a lot of elements that carry on to the former. Demons locked in ice in the Himalayas, the dilemma between human and devil, a happy go lucky female sidekick, Zenon, Amon, God, Angels, demons attempting to reclaim the earth, the fact that the main leads human size transformed state resembles an early design version of Devilman, and much much more. It begins with our lead being called in his dreams by an unknown entity, which brings him to the Himalayas, where Demon Lord Dante is imprisoned. That parts actually kinda funny because it turns out he's Judas. Yes, that Judas. You know, the apostle. Well, I didn't expect that and laughed. Silly Nagai pulling random names from the Bible. Anyway, when he tells our lead who he is, he's just like, "You're that guy who betrayed Jesus", to which Judas replies, "Shut up! I didn't betray him, I fought him!" Yeah, make sense of that what you will because it's not explained. Anyhow, our lead frees Dante from his techno prison and it turns out he's evil. "Ha ha, stupid human. Num num num num!!" Yeah, he eats our lead after he's freed and very bloodily consumes him, both physically and mentally, as he replaces Judas's head on Dante. Also, just FYI, Dantes design also appears in Devilman Lady, so it's nice to see its origin.
And what did we learn, kids? Never trust a demon.
Then later it appears that Satanists want to resurrect Dante and so they capture a young woman, where we bear witness to the worst quality Mao Dante has to offer. I mean, just look at it. Furthermore, Mao Dante isn't as well drawn as other Nagai works as there is a lot of quality through its entirety. People with Popeye faces and bug-eyed rapist bikers. You'll see what I mean by the later in the second volume. Anyhow, the satanists capture that woman and plan to use her as a sacrifice. However, it appears that a sort of Christian military complex (because they exist) has took notice of this, and so they assault the satanist base with an army to stop them. But to no avail, the satanists succeed in summoning Dante and he destroys the attacking army with his powers. However, he flies off toward the nearest city and starts demolishing it like a Godzilla flick. The army then come in and retaliate, but like any monster movie, their weapons appear to be ineffective against the monster. That is until debris falls on top of him, which leads to our lead, Ryou (familiar name, isn't it?), gaining conscious over the beast. A new beast soon arrives called Zenon, ring any bells? And he then explains this and that, bla bla bla, something about God and shit. I can't remember.
Hug Attack!
The first volume is really silly and I didn't enjoy it for the most part. However, the second volume hits home for me as that's where it gets more close to the original Devilman. Ryou gets home, he meets and greets and starts attending school again. But there is where he begins to notice a few things. People die in gruesome ways, and it was done by none other than demons. He goes home afterwards, and jumps out the window. He finds a demon and kills him. Now, this is the part where he transforms into what resembles a prototype Devilman. I like that, as it's something we can take away from Mao Dante. Anyhow, our lead gets invited to the kendo club by a friend who knows about demons. Because high school students are always involved in world changing events, demons, hollows, and all that jazz. Stupid Japan. Also, in between all this, it cuts to a bunch of butt ugly bikers goofing around. They spot a woman walking alone, and instantly jump to rape, because no one is around. Just an average day in Japan. However, it turns out she is a demon and she then kills them when they try to rape her. Anyhow, our lead goes to the dojo and sees them beat a demon to death with sticks, but our lead feels only pain. Now, I like this part because it shows that humans themselves can sometimes be more cruel than demons, like what the original Devilman and Lady tried to get across. Afterwards, our lead then meets Medusa, a demon who knew Dante from before and the same chick who was almost raped by those bikers. She explains how God is an alien who invaded the earth 2000 years ago (I remember that from history.) and shows our lead the past where the original human civilization was destroyed (because God is evil). Granted, that it shows dinosaurs in the flashback and from my knowledge, they weren't around 2000 years ago. What were you thinking, Nagai? That said, we also see how Dante gained his form and it is quite hilarious. He gets attacked by one of God's soldiers but he was beside a laser jet, and two dinosaurs, so they all combine into one and thus Dante was born. That's completely ridiculous but this is the 70's, after all. Anyhow, the reason for him and the many others merging (into what are now demons) was due to the fact that they wanted to get revenge against God. In brief, it was their determination and resolve that allowed them to absorb God's power and transform. Biology. Go figure. Also, the scene in which God appears and attacks the earth is kinda creepy. "I need your flesh", ugh. Gives me the shivers.
Quality bikers on the left, and generic God is evil on the right.
Anyway, the story ends abruptly soon after she explains the situation to our lead, which strengthens his resolve to finish what they started. So he then summons all the world's demons to the Himalayas and amasses his army to take back the earth. End. Yes, just like every Nagai story, ending without a conclusion. Ha ha, fuck you, Nagai. Overall, Mao Dante is interesting and fun in itself, but it comes off more like developing ideas that Nagai had at the time. Even more so since there are many things in it that lead straight into the original Devilman, which is something that we can take away. However, the scanlation itself was questionable as it feels as if there are a lot of wrongly translated lines and paragraphs, like "retard" for example. Still, I guess it's better than nothing. All said and done, it's stupid, it's silly, it's classic 70's Nagai, go read it.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Girlfriend of Steel 2nd English Translation Chapter 1 Demo

Here is that demo I mentioned that I would release some time ago. It's just the first chapter of the game so it'll serve as a taster of sorts for the game and until the full translation is released. You only need to drop the files in the games directory, and overwrite the files to apply the patch. There's also a readme in the archive, so please read that and report any typo's or errors that you encounter in your playthrough of Chapter 1 to me. This is crucial, as it will help to correct mistakes that I may have overlooked during my own testing and playthroughs. Now, I hope you enjoy playing the game. Until next time.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Terra Formars Manga Chapter 126 English Translation

Sorry for the delay on this chapter, but a few things happened. First, the Spanish scanlation teams translator is travelling at the moment so he couldn't work on their release. Second, I lazily only start translating new chapters when I see that the Spanish have released theirs, since they send me the clean images a few days later. Third, I didn't know their translation was travelling until I inquired when they didn't release on schedule, and was thus informed about one week ago. Fourth, I only started working on the next chapter (this one) then, so that is why there was a one week delay. Now, not that any of you probably cared about that or are even reading this block of text, but I just wanted to share that info. Anyhow, I'm not too satisfied with this chapter. Some of the dialogue was very odd as you'll see, and my typesetting skills suck as much as a bangladeshi whore. Either or, here's the next chapter. Enjoy!

It seems I made a mistake at the cherry tree person part. I thought it was talking about Yuriko, and that Sakurato was her. Damn Japan and their shota’s. Also, the combination of 4 people part is wrong, I think. I didn't quite understand what it said, so I just went with it and didn’t care. Sorry about that.