Monday, December 31, 2012

Akagi Character Book: ...And a Happy New Year!

All right, to celebrate the new year, I thought it'd be pretty cool to release something that I've just been hanging onto, wondering what to do with, for several months now. They're the RAWs for a Character Book of the Akagi/Ten continuity. Basically, every single character from all four series in the continuity (Akagi, Ten, HERO, and Washizu) is given a section describing them and their roles in the series, as well as giving some basic stats. Obviously it's not translated into english, because most of it is stuff you can read in the actual series, but I just scanned it because I thought it'd be good to have in the collection and I needed some scanning practice.

It's not perfect, but I am rather proud of the cleaning job I did piecing together this cover. Crump offered to help, but I wanted to do the whole thing myself, since I'd scanned it myself already.

Now, there are parts of the book that contain images from later on in the various series than the english scans have caught up to, so I took the liberty of making two versions of the rar: one without spoilers, and one with everything. The spoiler-free version has a lot of things censored and some pages omitted, but if you're caught up with the english scans of the four series, you won't have anything spoiled. If you're an avid reader of the Japanese raws, you should download the original instead, for the things that aren't in the english translations yet. This is the downloads page: http://www.mediafire.com/?l7msxj8dv0yta

...But, I guess, there's not much point to downloading it if you don't know what it's saying, huh. I suppose I can help out a little bit by showing what the stats are for each character and how to read the little diagram on their pages. Below the cut is a sample character page, which I'll go over to explain what the stats mean.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Kazuya-Hen Chapters 1 & 2: We wish you a Merry Christmas...

Here it is guys! The long-awaiting first chapters of Tobaku Datenroku Kaiji: Kazuya-Hen! It was quite the wait, but it was quite worth it in the end. It's been several crazy weeks since the end of DKaiji, but you can blame finals for that. At any rate, the wait was quite worth it. See it as a Holiday Gift!

In the end, however, work still needed to be put in for the premiere of Kazuya-Hen. We start with our translator, Js06, who has been supplying us with scripts for so very long, allowing us to finish DKaiji. We move on to Crump Biggums, our faithful and furiously fast cleaner. And we have Sonickrazy, our proofreader and quality control. He's a pretty cool guy.

Note from Sonickrazy: Yeah, it's been me more or less that's been slowing down the group what with my busy irl, but I figured a christmas present would make up for it somewhat.

Spoiler Alert: Kaiji Dies.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Super Akagi 64 + Fan Art?

All right, it's more Akagi! I can't wait to see how Akagi and Washizu... wait, what? 64? Not 164, but just 64? Yes, we're going to go through volume 8 before hitting volume 19 again for the simple reason that we have a new Cleaner, Doc! This chapter took a long long time for several reasons, the first of which was obviously recruiting a new cleaner. The second was simply the fact that I am currently very busy with school and work, and the third one is just that there was a lot of content not included in the anime that took me a while to work through.

Oh, and the reason we're going through 8 at all is because I want to get Doc warmed up before we start busting out v19, since the chapters in v8-10 are much easier to clean. Much harder for everyone else, but cleaning is fine. Thanks to him for the hard work and making sure he got it all right the first time, and to Kazuhiko for putting up with the copious amounts of text he had to typeset.

Finally, Mahjong Day didn't happen because I didn't advertise it beyond a single tweet. Let's try for Saturday this week.

THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF THE NEW CONTENT SECTION:

  • Akagi seems to take a slightly different look at Washizu than in the anime
  • Washizu's history is expanded upon, describing in more detail what he did to succeed.
I summarized it in two bullet points, but A LOT was removed from this chapter in the Anime. The first was rather interesting, that Akagi seems to be taking his impression of Washizu more as someone who is trying desperately to stay alive while bringing others down to Hell with him. It seems more like Akagi is mercy killing Washizu than anything, maybe even getting revenge for Yukio's death!