Friday, August 31, 2012

Akagi Chapter 158

Heh, it's been a while since we last released a single Akagi chapter, hasn't it? Well, this chapter is quite a beefy one, so I suppose it's all right. In this chapter, Washizu's underlings try and talk him out of his ludicrous decision!

Thanks to Crump for the excellent cleaning job, and to Kazuhiko for his typesetting magic. And a special thanks to all of FKMTkrazy for making this month of August our most productive one since January, maybe even more productive if you count Mahjongkrazy's releases!

And speaking of Mahjong, Mahjong Night is tomorrow at 22:00 GMT. I may not be there, but who's to stop everyone else from showing up to try and outdo Washizu's Dealer Double Yakuman Tenpai?

"It's 96 THOUSAND points, sir!! Not 96 Hundred, 96 THOUSAND!!!!"

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Akagi Chapter 156 & 157

And we're back with two more heart-pounding chapters of Akagi!! You. Do. Not. Want. To. Miss. These. I've said it for every release in Volume 18, and I mean it every time.

Thanks to Biggums for getting the cleans out lickety-split, and to Kazuhiko for his excellent font choices. Mahjong Day is this Saturday at 22:00 GMT, to which I may not be showing up.

"Akagi now had the first chance in a long time to see a flash of light!"

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

DKaiji Chapter 82

After that terrible cliffhanger last chapter, here's the next chapter of DKaiji! Let me tell you, I was just as eager to get my hands on this as you guys were.

Thanks to js06 for the script, Biggums for his way-ahead-of-schedule cleans, and Sonickrazy for his proofreading. And this time, I also want to give a special thanks to all the people who left such encouraging comments last chapter! It might not seem like a lot, but those comments really keep us going!

Thus signals the return of maniacal Muraoka.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Akagi Chapter 154 & 155

Just can't keep us away from Akagi! Yep, two new chapters, and I know I say this for every release at this point, but you don't want to miss these! We're on a roll now, even though I'm still getting into the swing of the college thing. Expect lots of DKaiji soon, as well.

Thanks to Crump Biggums for the superb cleans and to Kazuhiko for the very nice typesetting. Mahjong Day is this Saturday at 22:00 GMT (3:00 PM PST)

"This is where he could be killed, after all...!"

Monday, August 27, 2012

DKaiji Chapter 81

And another chapter of DKaiji is through the gates. This one may or may not be the turning point for Kaiji, depending on how well I can predict the future. Thanks to js06 for translating, Biggums for cleaning, and Sonickrazy for taking the time out of his busy college orientation schedule to proofread this so it can get to me, and then you guys, more quickly.

No matter how much Kaiji pulls his long rope it remains slack. Is this the "momentum" Kaiji lost?

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Akagi Chapters 152 & 153

And right after DKaiji 80 the other day, we have for you the first chapters of Volume 18 of Akagi! Sorry for the delay, I've been getting used to college for the past couple days and didn't really have time for translation or blogging or whatever. But I think I should be good now if I manage myself well.

Thanks to Crump for the quick cleans and to Kazuhiko for finding time out of *his* busy schedule to typeset, as well. Mahjong Day is at 22:00 GMT today on xat.com/fkmtkrazy.

Also, Mahjongkrazy has released the 4th chapter of Tetsuya. You can find it by going to the Mahjongkrazy branch link at the top of this page.

"Which hand are you going for, Washizu Iwao?!"

Friday, August 24, 2012

DKaiji Chapter 80

I'm back again, this time from Canada. Hopefully you didn't miss me (*cough* DKaiji) too much. But anyways, a combination of my road trip and getting a new computer led to this rather belated release. But it's OK, because DKaiji is here once again.

As always, thanks to those who helped out on this chapter. Js06 for his fast translations, Biggums for his insane cleaning speed, and Sonickrazy, who lives up to his name by proofreading the scripts as fast as a certain hedgehog.

Note from Sonickrazy: Mahjong Day is tomorrow at 22:00 GMT on xat.com/fkmtkrazy . Dunno if I can show up, but that said I'll probably find time somehow.

Kaiji frowns so much his smile is actually just a straight line.

It's uh-oh time for Muraoka. Kaiji's Hatsu last chapter sent a creeping cold down Muraoka's spine. As expected, he starts freaking out, with Fukumoto artistically applying his signature wiggly art to emphasize the freakishness of the situation. Muraoka's second-to-worst fear is that Kaiji doesn't play the 1-man, which due to Kaiji's "sense of smell", comes to fruition. His worst fear is that Kaiji finds out about the triple-teaming deception they have going on against him...which of course we know Kaiji knows. It's nice to see Muraoka freak out seriously for once, as opposed to poor Kaiji.

Muraoka matches Kaiji's Hatsu, but Kaiji hits right back with a Chun, confirming Muraoka's fears. At this point, it seems great for Kaiji; he pretty much escaped, right? Well, as happy as I was for Kaiji at that point, I realized the same thing he did, which is that a "fair" 50/50 game is not advantageous to Kaiji at all. It simply isn't disadvantageous. But the worst is yet to come! Kaiji feels something slipping away! A ghastly fog around him is deteriorating, breaking apart! What could it be? Momentum. A heavy factor in all of Fukumoto's works, but an especially important factor in gambling.

Momentum isn't quite like luck. As I see it, momentum is like "being on a roll". The "drive" or "willpower" of a person combined with their "skill" or "ability", with a bit of luck (but not always necessary), can lead to seemingly impossible actions. Akagi has momentum mastered. But Kaiji has to earn his momentum. His "drive" to survive combined with his abnormal analytic "ability" allowed him to fight his way through the 17 steps, giving him momentum. But if that momentum disappears, how can he win a 50/50 match? Sure, Kaiji freaking out over a 50/50 game seems a bit immature of him, seeing as how he denounced Muraoka for keeping an advantage. But would you really want to bet 80 million on a coin toss?

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Akagi Chapters 150 & 151

Hey, another double release to finish off the volume. Why not. Nah, I could've released 150 yesterday and 151 today, but I had been driving all day and I didn't feel up to blogging. But things are heating up in Akagi! How will Washizu's hand progress, and will he get his Yakuman?!

Thanks to Crump for the way-too-fast cleans, and to Kazu for being so fast at typesetting that I couldn't keep up with him. Mahjong Day went well today, but it needs more people still. It will be at the same time next week, Saturday at 22:00 GMT. This is the end of the volume, and I have no more of it translated at the moment, but I'll try and get some more chapters out while I have time in the hotel.

"Take a look! You pitiful, lesser demon!!"

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Akagi Chapters 148 & 149

All right, I tweeted that we might be releasing Akagi yesterday, so to make up for the lack of Akagi yesterday, have 2 chapters today! And let me just say, these two are chapters that you will not want to miss!! I will be starting my 3-day drive up to Oregon for college tomorrow, so releases may be a bit slower, though I'll still have some time to translate in the hotels and whatnot. I've translated quite a bit ahead in Akagi anyway, so they might not slow down at all until the end of the volume.

Thanks to Crump for the excellent cleans, and to Kazuhiko for the amazing typesetting. Mahjong Day may or may not be at 22:00 GMT tomorrow, since I won't be there, but feel free to show up and play without me. Mahjongkrazy released another chapter of Tetsuya, go check it out at the top of the page.

"It is my fault that Demon still lives!!"

After seeing through Akagi's bluff and being shocked at how the heavens were giving him every way to win that they could against Akagi, Washizu turns around 180 degrees and begins to revel in the fact that he now knows he has not only the momentum, but the backing of the very heavens themselves, which he relates to reducing all that surrounds him to nothing.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

DKaiji Chapter 79

Hey folks, it's Peng again. I'm sure all of you enjoyed that 9-chapter dump of DKaiji that we released upon you just several days ago. But I don't think that cliffhanger at the end of the volume was that popular. And so here's another chapter of DKaiji, just to relieve you from that awful cliffhanger. Thanks to js06 for the prompt script and Biggums for the amazing cleans and of course to our eagle-eyed proofreader Sonickrazy!

Special thanks to Biggums for taking it upon himself to blog ALL of the rest of the last volume. Sonic was right: jet-lag is not conducive to writing. Plus, reports of my manipulation have been greatly exaggerated ("Oh so you want to blog eh? Oh you'll blog all right, you'll blog all nine of these chapters at once!" *evil laughter*). I never said that to begin with. Because I don't speak over IM. I type. Besides, Biggums was simply bursting with enthusiasm when given the chance to blog. Who am I to deny his eagerness?

The top panel is my favorite drawing of Kaiji in this chapter because he has wolf teeth.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Akagi Chapter 147

Akagi Chapter 147 is now up! In this chapter, Akagi's Bluff falls to smithereens!

Thanks to our two machines, Biggums and Kazuhiko, for the ungodly fast cleaning and typesetting. Mahjong Day is tomorrow at 22:00 GMT!

"It's Noten...! Noten...!?"

Washizu's definitely in luck, here... there's no way he'd get three tenpais in a row if he weren't. That's all I have to say. Go download the chapter.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Akagi Chapter 146

Now, completely upstaged by the release of DKaiji, have some Akagi. We completed this one yesterday, but figured we'd give you some time to get over volume 8 of Kaiji before we went on. In this chapter... Akagi bluffs!

Thanks to Biggums for the cleans and for blogging about ALL OF VOLUME 8 of Dkaiji (seriously, I didn't intend for him to do it all, I thought Peng was gonna do some, but I guess jetlag accounted for that). Thanks to Kazuhiko for the quick typesetting. Mahjong Day is this Saturday at 22:00 GMT.

"He had no choice but to assume the worst!"

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

DKaiji Chapters 70-78

Sup FKMTkrazy readers. It’s Biggums! If you don’t know who I am, you haven’t been reading the credits page closely enough. This is my first bloggy thing. I offered to help with blogging because I really wanted to talk about Chapter 77, and then they were like, “Oh so you want to blog eh? Oh you'll blog all right, you'll blog all nine of these chapters at once!" *evil laughter*

But yeah, we’ve got some real good stuff for you today. Our typesetter Pengy is finally back from his month long vacation in China, and with him he has brought us nine spectacular chapters of DKaiji! All translated by Jolly ol Js06, proofread by the splendid Sonickrazy, typeset by powerhouse Pengy and cleaned by yours truly.

Akagi Chapters 144 & 145

Hey, a double release, just like old times! Akagi's a lot faster to translate than Hero, for sure, but then there's less content per page. So yeah, I suppose we should just get right into it. In these chapters, the East 2nd and East 3rd Rounds!

Thanks to Biggums for the speedy cleans, and to Kazuhiko for the even speedier typesetting. Mahjong Day is this Saturday at 22:00 GMT.

"He felt a sort of maliciousness... A bad omen that the road ahead would be fraught with peril!"

Monday, August 6, 2012

Akagi Chapter 143

As promised, here's the first chapter of Akagi Volume 17, and also the first chapter of the meat of the Washizu Arc, the Sixth Hanchan Session! As many of you have surmised, ALL of volumes 17-26 is the sixth hanchan... and it's still not done, yet! It certainly does drag on at parts, but let me say that if you sit down and read it straight through, it's a very rewarding and thrilling experience. So that said, let us start off with the East 1st Round!

Thanks to Deakachu for the cleans, and to Kazuhiko for the quick typesetting. Mahjong Day is this Saturday at 22:00 GMT.

"The first round of the final, Sixth Session, begins!"

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Rude 39 Chapter 4

And not too long after Hero, the latest installment of Rude 39 is up and ready for consumption! In this chapter, Katagiri and Satomi run into a bit of trouble with a Police Detective, and need to get him off their backs in the only way they know how: Pachinko!

Thanks to Skutieos for the quick cleaning, Biggums for putting up with the loads of redrawing I had him do, and to Kazuhiko for promptly getting his job done when I asked him to! Mahjong day is going to be at 22:00 GMT permanently from now on, so mark that in your calendars.

"Even my worst luck is still pretty strong."

I have quite a few notes on this chapter, a few of which I added into the chapter itself, though it was so long you may not have been able to see it properly. But before that, I think the best part of this chapter was how adorable Satomi was while describing the machine and reacting to the puppet losing the game for her. Aww. Katagiri was pretty cool in this chapter, but I think he was kind of a jerk to leave Satomi alone in the pachinko parlor. But he got a bit of comeuppance for this because a certain police detective (who is never named) listened to their conversation and tried to use his authority to extort some money from Katagiri to keep his mouth shut about Satomi being underage to gamble.