From The Vault: I Love You!! Magical Angel Cosmos Ch.09 (2011-2014)

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I-It only took almost three years guys.

Today is my birthday. Another year closer to getting to Gensokyo.

The story behind this chapter is kind of funny. The last chapter released was in 2011, but we never actually dropped it until 2013. The chapter/volume itself has seen multiple cleaners, multiple scans, and multiple revisions across the years. The biggest reason for dropping it was that the redraws were harsh on everyone. At least, at the time I thought they were. (They aren’t anymore, as evident by my own personal redraw for this chapter that I did yesterday.) The redraws are dated. They were done by a redrawer for hire of sorts, where it was a doujin a redraw or so. Other than that, the chapter sat dormant for years.

Yesterday, I thought it would be funny to see how fast I can do the chapter from Raw to Release in the way I do manga now. Back in the first volume it took me around 12 hours to do ~60 pages with it all pre-cleaned. Raw to Release took me about ~8 hours, but most of it was spent idling around. It’s not the best looking release by any means, but if I conceded a little more I probably could’ve done it faster.

The script was terrible and left the way it was for the most part. Ningen’s evolved a lot since then, though that may be hard to tell. Looking at it now, I immediately remembered why this was so hard to work through. A lot of unforgiving screentones, a lot of small word balloons, and a hell of a lot of yelling for no reason. I love the series for what it means to me, but at the same time I loathe almost as much, but that’s how it goes. It was a fun exercise, but I definitely do not miss the grind of working on this series. Cosmos is dead. Long Live Cosmos.

To Sector89, I finished it. You can’t hold this over me any longer!

Handa-kun/Project Status

It’s late and I don’t know what I’m doing anymore. Here is a piece of Handa-kun. (click image)

Dunno if we’ll do this. We’re all pretty swamped with stuff lately. I just scanned it because I like practicing cleans. Anyway, Project Status update time. Please click “Continue reading” to see literally everything. We could’ve dropped your favorite manga!!?!

Also, I’d like to get more involved with the people via social media. Going to [try] to tweet more about stuff/releases on the tweeter account. There is an if you want to ask questions about (almost) anything, even stuff outside of scanlation. It’s easier than writing an email.

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Some kind of check in ・∀・

Hello again it’s already February 2013. Since it’s slowed down (again) and the sticky is gone I figured I may as well post about how things are going around here. Which is actually a whole lot of everything, honestly. Since it’s kind of a lot I’ll just do it in a list or whatever.

1. Cosmos — We did actually find a kind soul that is willing to help us out with all the redraws. Kind of teased that in the middle of nowhere a short while ago here.Thanks to all those that wrote in with various ways of helping out! We’re still open to more help on the redraw front, so feel free to give a shout out if you want to do so. Other than that, I just have to get off my butt and letter all the really long chapters.

2. Helvetica Standard — We get asked about this every so often. K, the main guy behind this (among many other things), has gotten increasingly busy with the things he does. It’s mostly translated and edited, but not cleaned, and definitely not lettered. Whenever he has a substantial break from things we’ll kick him about it.

3. Akatsuki no Memoria — This has been increasing progressively for the past week or so. One chapter is nearing finalization and two or three are just waiting to be lettered by me, because I’m dumb. Bit of a social experiment with it regards to cleaning, if you’ve got a little bit of time to answer a short question.
Choose which you prefer: [#1- Standard] | [#2 – ‘Digital Comic’] | [#3 – Full Retard] | [#4 – I Don’t Care]

4. Sorairo Square — This is another one in a weird space. We have currently one volume fully scanned, fully translated, and fully edited. But it always gets put to the side when the letterers want to do something. Ningen is always getting mad about this. Surely a new chapter will come out by the end of the month though. Surely.

5. Oh, My Sweet Alien! — One or two episodes left from being complete. Scorpian is actually out and about figuring out what project he’s going to do. Whatever it may be might not end up here, but we’ll post about it or something when it’s out. Because he does some crazy stuff.

6. Watamote Spin-off? — You may have caught word that a Watamote spin-off manga is out in an actual magazine staring the best slutty friend a girl could have Yuu. We’ve been asked if we’re doing this too, and frankly we can’t right now due to lack of raws. Watamote itself is from a online comic, and all the other things we do are from tank scans. If you do know of someone or somewhere that can provide raw scans of the magazine Gangan Joker, please do give us an email. I’m genuinely curious/interested in this.

7. Kyoukai Senjou no Limbo — There’s seriously like six scripts laying around here, but you know the story of Helvetica Standard, so they aren’t exactly being done posthaste. Thankfully it’s a 4koma so maybe I’ll do it is his stead. …After I finish all the stuff I have to do.

8. General Recruitment — So uh. Yeah. A running theme here is just lack of staff with time. Or rather, lack of letterers/typesetters with time. We have a fairly sizable staff, but the ratio of everyone to letterers is pretty low. Almost 1 to everyone most of the time. (Depending on who is online.) I actually have the most free time out of the three of us, but I’ve been spending that time trying to play silly video games, so nothing I work on gets done, which coincidentally, is three large things. I-If you want to help out feel free to check out the recruitment page for anything you can help out with. I–no, we–appreciate any and all help we can get!

9. Bonus Stage — Fun fact, right now we’re in the middle of planning for our biannual raw buy up, where we buy a bunch of things we need and might do in the future. If you have anything you might want to see done leave that in the comments too. Just remember: If a group is doing it already, make sure it’s been at least a year since its last release. Also doujins count this time. Throw up those sadpanda links for all I care. Just no hardcore scat please.

Until next release…!