Seikimatsu Leader Den Takeshi! Ch. 1

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OOokay, so this was a long time coming. but here it is, Seikimatsu Leader Den Takeshi! chapter 1. The first series done by Shimabukuro Mitsutoshi, author of Toriko. I wanted to work on this series a looong time. I think I bought the series back in 2011. We’re gonna do this series by chapters because we’re using wide-bans as raws, which is a sort of deluxe reprint version of the series which is a little less than 2 regular volumes worth in length. So it’s kinda too much to try to release at once. The series has 13 wide-bans, totaling 247 chapters (And given that it’s a gag manga mostly, it’s quite wordy and takes a lot of effort to translate each chapter. Like waaay more than 81diver). I’m also not saying I’m gonna do the whole series, I’m just gonna start at the beginning and see where it goes. I’ve got a lot of projects I’m doing right now and a lot are ones I started like many years ago. I dunno if I’ll be able to finish them because as talked about in my post about Toriko’s ending, I do this as a hobby and I have a full time job. Trying to get a long series done on a weekly basis or something close to that can be impossible sometimes without losing tons of sleep or stressing yourself out. So I’m gonna see how this goes. We have a new staff member Joeabandonedmine who’s doing a lot of work on this, so major props to him.

I’ll talk a little about Takeshi the series. Seikimatsu Leader Den Takeshi (OrLegend of End of the Century Leader Takeshi) started in Shounen Jump issue 1997-33. That’s exactly one week before One Piece started, and Shimabukuro-sensei and Oda-sensei were friends at the time and still are, I think. Takeshi is a comedic adventure manga. Much more of a parody of typical shounen manga than a straight-up shounen manga. Though it has its own world and battles and stuff, it gets really goofy, they break the 4th wall, and they purposefully go out of their way to not take things too seriously most of the time. Like the main character looks like an ugly middle-aged man but is in the 1st grade of elementary school. Stuff gets weird and over-the-top, but it’s still got an emotional core to everything. Its ability to snap back to that emotional core from the crazy weirdness is its best point, I think.

It was one of the most popular manga in Jump for a few years. It also won the 2001 Shogakukan Manga Award for children’s manga. Though also, as I’m sure a lot of you know, it got cancelled because the author was convicted of paying for an underage prostitute in 2002 mid-arc. And Shimabukuro-sensei didn’t work on any manga for a while. Later in 2005, the series was finished off in Super Jump, a seinen manga magazine that ended publication in 2011. They printed the Wide-Bans and finished compiling the uncollected Shounen Jump chapters and also the Super Jump chapters in those (Which was the last 10 chapters of the series, and were released alongside the author’s other series Ring, which we scanlated a while back). It ended up as 24 volumes, plus a “gaiden” volume which had the original Takeshi one-shots (There were 2 of them) along with some other one-shots the author did. Shimabukuro did another book of One-Shots that was released around volume 4 of Toriko, too, if you hadn’t heard about that. Toriko also had 2 one-shots, one of which was published in 2002, so it’s possible he was planning to end Takeshi soon anyhow.

Here’s an article for Takeshi as a series if you want to hear a bit more background.
https://obscuremanga.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/seikimatsu-leader-den-takeshi/

But in spite of the series’ rough publication, it’s still an excellent series I encourage you all to check out. I’m hoping to get chapters released at a somewhat regular pace. But I’m also doing Gintama, Jojolion, 81diver, and the Jojo novel The Book. So I can’t make any promises about that or how much I’m gonna do. I do at least want to get the beginning done and I hope everyone enjoys it.

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3-Gatsu no Lion (March Comes in Like a Lion) Volume 12

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Woo, ok. Now at long last we’re REALLY caught up. This volume came out in Japan about a month ago. And I’ve been working on it all month to get it fully translated, scanned, cleaned, typeset and checked, and now we’re finally done (I translated it in advance from the digital magazine, but there are things changed/added to the volumes). Thanks a lot of Katyusha for helping typeset and checking.

Ok, so, here’s a little explanation for those not aware. 3-Gatsu no Lion is a series that runs in the bi-weekly magazine Young Animal (The same magazine as Berserk). But it also runs irregularly (as in not in every issue) and generally only finishes 1 volume a year, usually released around September-October. The chapters we’re releasing now are the ones that were appearing in the magazine as we were finishing the other volumes earlier this year. But now we’re all caught up (except for one chapter that just came out, the chapter that’ll probably be the first volume of volume 13). A digital version for it comes out about a week after the physical magazine, which I can get, but I really just don’t have time to try to do this series on the irregular basis of “whenever it shows up in the magazine”. Plus I don’t have time for the added work of trying to make digital raws look good and I especially don’t have time to also redo them with better, scanned volume raws later. I just don’t have time to try to do something involved and time-sensitive like that in my life right now (Just doing Gintama and Toriko right now is a major compromise, and it’ll be a huge load off once those end, whenever that may be). As I’ve mentioned before in posts about this series, I’ve got almost no staff besides me doing this. And that’s a major time sink for an adult working a full time job to put into a hobby. So I’m going to continue just doing it on a per-volume basis. That also means we’ll be able to focus on making it the highest quality possible rather than trying to make low-resolution raws look good and do multiple drafts to make the translation good.

Besides that, there are 2 “Fan Books” which are essentially summaries of old material. Though there’s a bit of new material I might translate. Umino-sensei wrote new original omake comics in those so I may try to translate them at some point, just not immediately.

Anyhow, I hope you all enjoy this. I have Innocent Rouge V4 and the rest of 81diver to finish now (Also the Jojo novel The Book). Maybe once those are done I may have time to pick up a new project if it seems like there’s time. I have a few ideas but I’m not totally sure which which I’d want to go with yet.

And check out the 3-Gatsu no Lion anime, it’s amazing. Ok, see ya later.

3-Gatsu no Lion Volume 12 (Ch115-126)
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81diver Volume 4 ch35-38, Volume 5, & Volume 6

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Heeeey everybodyyy. Welp, ok here’s our group’s first release of 81diver! (Read as Hachi One Diver) For those of you who don’t know about it, it’s a comedic and sorta sports manga about shogi by the author Shibata Yokusaru-sensei, who wrote a fairly popular series called Air Master. This series ran in Weekly Young Jump from 2006 to 2014. It’s a really fun really compelling series that’s easy to read and weird as hell. I really enjoy it and if you haven’t read it yet, I hope you check it out.

Now that the introduction’s done, let me explain how this project came to be released here. And if you read the essay I wrote when we started releasing Innocent, then you’ve basically read the explanation I’m gonna give for 81diver. Also to a lesser extent, 3-Gatsu no Lion.

I’ve translated every chapter of this series that’s been scanlated so far. I started on chapter 1 in February of 2012. Aaand today we’re releasing the end of volume 4. So yeah, there’s been a fuckton of delays with this. Originally his project was being done by Utopia Scans/Mangatopia. I’d translated the first 24 chapters from late February to early September of 2012 and Utopia Scans was doing really well scanlating all I’d done, and then I had to take a break for a while to work on other projects. I had other projects among various groups we were trying to release the volumes/chapters as they came out, while this series I think we were 20+ volumes behind so it meant this project had to be put on the back burner because I just couldn’t do everything at the same time, which I sometimes have to do (In this case, that was Toriko, Gintama, Hito Hitori Futari, Billy Bat, Jojolion, Doubutsu no Kuni, REAL, Kingdom, 3-Gatsu no Lion, Spica, the Toriko anime and the Kingdom anime).

So I did a few more in early 2013, but Utopia Scans didn’t work on them. There were instances when I was told they were gonna be worked on, bu they never were. At a certain number of months with no progress being made I had to assume they weren’t actually going to do it and I had to find another group. But I couldn’t find another group to work on it and I think from that long list of projects I just typed out I think it should be clear I didn’t have time/resources to do it with my own group. So I had to stop again and try to get some other stuff finished. So I think after I finished… Innocent Volume 4, and Spica (That’s still not scanlated either), I decided I’d go back to working on this. I translated it on a regular basis trying to get as much of it done as I could. It’s a pretty easy series with not a lot of text so it was generally a good break from more intense series. But again, I didn’t have anybody to scanlate it. Shinjo volunteered to work on it but I think he only ever released 2 chapters and then quit. Then a group I had been communicating with for a while called Aka to Kuro volunteered to work on it, and got 7 chapters and an omake chapter done in 6 months. Which is uh, really really REALLLLLYYYY slow. To the point where you’d finish the whole series in around 20 years. And that was with someone in our group, Yakusho, doing the typesetting for them. So that clearly wasn’t working, just like the 2 groups before them they weren’t willing to put in the time to actually get anything released, so I had to try something else.

At this point the series had ended in Japan with a total of 35 volumes. And 3 and a half of those volumes had been scanlated. But at that point I’d translated 18 volumes in an effort to sorta develop a buffer in case I was busy later (which I was) so there would be translations to use while the groups I was working with caught up (which they didn’t). The last chapter Aka to Kuro released was in September of 2015 (And from their website it doesn’t look like they released anything of any other series since then, either) before voluntarily dropping it. I got to the end of V18, finishing the middle-volume out of 35 which was the milestone I had been going for, in October of 2015. After which I had to rush to translate Innocent because that project had fallen apart as previously mentioned after which I translated 3-Gatsu no Lion every day to catch up with that and then after that I redrew/cleaned/typeset 3-Gatsu no Lion over a couple months and now I think we’re at yesterday, so there ya go that’s the whole timeline of my scanlation life for the last few years, hope you enjoyed that rant.

TL;DR: I translated tons of this series but it got delayed for years because groups that said they would work on it didn’t work on it and I had no staff to do it or any time myself, so it didn’t get done. Hopefully it goes a bit smoother now.

So anyhow high8sky typeset these 2.5 volumes in the last 2 weeks (more progress done by the other groups in 3 years) so please send her all your thanks, because without her this sure as fuck wasn’t going all that well. Right after getting the redrawing done on a bunch of Innocent volumes. And then I quality-checked it and now I’m releasing it. So everyone please send high8sky all your warm kind feelings. She’s gonna need them to typeset the remaining 29 volumes. K I’m gonna… go to sleep I guess.

81diver Volume 4 ch35
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81diver Volume 4 ch36
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81diver Volume 4 ch37
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81diver Volume 4 ch38
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81diver Volume 5 ch39-49
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81diver Volume 6 ch50-60
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3-Gatsu no Lion (March Comes in Like a Lion) Volume 9

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Everything’s almost done. Basically the way these went was I did them one job at a time. Some of it was waiting for BWYS that ultimately didn’t pan out, but it’s not like I’m doing these all in a week. Rather it took 6 months of working every day to get them all done. And before that a couple years of ~1 per week.

Edit: 3-4 was a copy of 1-2 somehow. Anyhow that’s fixed. Also fixed some typos.

3-Gatsu no Lion Volume 9 (Ch84-94)
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3-Gatsu no Lion (March Comes in Like a Lion) Volume 8

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Whew, ok so this volume’s finally all done. I’m really glad how it turned out. It’s really just been me and Orthio working on it so I hope you all enjoy. I’ve only got 1 volume left to typeset so for the most part all that’s left is quality checking, so the last 3 volumes shouldn’t take too long hopefully.

Edits: Minor edits. Typos and such.

3-Gatsu no Lion Volume 8 (Ch74-83)
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3-Gatsu no Lion (March Comes in Like a Lion) V7 ch67-73

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Hey, so I’ll give a quick explanation here. I’ve been working on this project since 2012 with Be With You Scans (And before that I was working with them on Omoni Naitemasu). Originally I was just translating it, but after a while it became clear they didn’t have the time/staff to do the other jobs so I ended up doing all the redrawing and usually me and one other person from HWMN would do the typesetting. And now for a pretty long time now, HWMN has been doing everything except scanning raws and doing final checking/editing. So I talked it out with them and they feel they really don’t have the time to dedicate to doing the project anymore so it’s officially moving over to this group. I don’t bear them any ill will and I appreciate all the work they’ve done on this project over the last 4 years. The group’s been around a very long time now and when you get older, you have other things happening in your life you need to prioritize so you tend to have less time to work on stuff like this. That’s something I think we’ve both accepted at this point, and I appreciate them being mature about it so now the rest of the series can be scanlated.

They’ve (we’ve) just put up a news post releasing the last chapter released as part of their group (V7 ch66):
http://bwys.org/forums/index.php?topic=819.0
I encourage every reader of this series to go over there and thank them for all the hard work and dedication they’ve put into working on this series over the years.

So right now, we’re releasing the end of Volume 7. The last 7 of 10 chapters. And we’re hoping to have more in the fairly near future. I finished translating the entire series a couple weeks ago, so for the most part only redrawing, typesetting, and editing are left for the last 4 volumes (Just of what’s out so far. The series is ongoing and one volume comes out a year, usually around November). Especially with the anime coming out this autumn, I really want to get the rest of the series done by then and keep up with it as more volumes come out.

Anyhow, if you haven’t heard of it, this is a really excellent series. It’s a slice of life series about a young man who plays shogi for a living and deals with issues like feeling socially distant, 3 sisters that are trying to enjoy their life despite their mother dying when they were young, leaving them to live largely on their own, and various other characters in their lives (Many of which have a story arc dedicated to them). It’s by Umino Chica, the author of Honey and Clover, if anyone’s read that. One volume comes out in Japan a year, generally, and it’s always one of the best selling volumes that year. Umino-sensei is a master at creating relatable yet flawed characters and delving into their psyches and expressing them in a serene and fascinating way that’s different from anything else I’ve ever read. So I hope you all enjoy it and I encourage you to check out the rest of the series if you haven’t.

3-Gatsu no Lion V7 Ch67
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3-Gatsu no Lion V7 Ch68
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3-Gatsu no Lion V7 Ch69
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3-Gatsu no Lion V7 Ch70
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3-Gatsu no Lion V7 Ch71
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3-Gatsu no Lion V7 Ch72
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3-Gatsu no Lion V7 Ch73
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Delays

For circumstances beyond our control, we will not be able to get scanlations of new chapters of Toriko and Gintama done until Sundays/Mondays for the foreseeable future. So a few days later each week than we have been for the past year or so. I’m pretty bummed out about it, but there’s nothing we can do right now. If this changes I’ll let you guys know (This won’t affect any other projects).’

Edit: Apparently Jump comes out early this week so this week we’re aiming for Friday/Saturday hopefully.