the first chapter in a very exciting tankobon project!
As soon as I saw this cover I knew I wanted to work on it. Who could resist such a fun looking pulp art style? Some have said to me that the art feels a bit dated, well that's because this was first published some time around 1978, classic!
I hope that you enjoy this project as much as I have enjoyed the (long) process of getting it to this stage! This translation has technically been around 36 years coming so, I think it's high time to bring the work of Iwakoshi Kunio into english.
[Strange Scans] shares the Final Fantasy IX love with yet another comission!
This one features the loveliest eyepatched general in all of Alexandria.
I have never been sure if Beatrix is actually missing her right eye or the eyepatch is a style thing. I would generally assume that an eye patch = damaged eye. But Blank wears a belt over his eyes for no apparent reason, so perhaps it is just the fashion of the day?
Follow through to after the jump to find out more about this comission!
An awful lot. A criminal amount. Perhaps even enough to kill a full grown horse if you wanted to be dramatic and hated horses. This all started when I realised a while ago that I hadn't actually watched an anime start to end for a fair while. I used to find time to watch anime - so what's changed? Well it's been a combination of being busy with other more important real life things and old hobbies (if you can call watching anime that) being pushed out of the way for new things - such as wasting time on the internet, which isn't a hobby but bear with me here.
(I will say at this point - that the internet, is a
terrible, terrible time sink if you are not careful and that I do not regret quitting some of the
sites I was on to be more productive with actually getting things (no
matter how trivial) done.)
So apart from this making me have a closer look at how regularly I should be taking breaks and other ergonomic issues I've been noticing a few trends.
Mainly that out of ten anime. Two will be pants shitingly good, six will be okay to tepid and two are so bad that I check my email and talk to people on steam so that I don't feel like I've totally wasted my time.
Seriously, some of the bottom of the barrel ones feel like they were down to the last 10,00Y on the animation budget and the staff sat around on their lunch break despairing and filling out job applications.
But I digress.
I've been enjoying finding small references, details and probable copyright infringement as I watch.
I'd like to note at this point that Blue Ray anime is fucking amazing and please, please, please for the love of all that is kawaii let there be more Blu Ray re-releases in the future.
So without further delay lets flick through some of the things I've found - After the jump!
I usually tend to comission characters from videogames, manga or anime but I've been reallly been taken by the character inthesecomics. Why is Eloise so adoreable? I have no idea but I could not resist continuing the story between her and Haylee.
Follow through after the jump for the full comission.
Also because I like disclaimers, this is both futa and NSFW.
I scanned in a Hiroaki Samura tankobon back in 2011 but there was a few technical issues with the release. Mainly in that it was fucking huge and I didn't have the time to re-jig it.
So after, far - far too long I've gone back and squeezed it down to 190mb - which isn't too bad if you consider that instead of my usual standard of 1200x I went further to 1400x. I hope that you the reader, can appreciate the extra effort I went to to make sure that this release is archival quality.
I actually bought this back in 2010 at the suggestion of, Hox but it seems it's taken me until 2013 to get this released at a decent quality :V what the heck.