You still know where to find me right?

You still know where to find me right?

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Wow it’s been awhile! I’ve been unbelievably... Read More →

Kawaii Scans

Kawaii Scans

After much thought I’ve decided to separate my blogging... Read More →

Kanamemo Chapter 17

Kanamemo Chapter 17

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A super cute chapter! Even though it is shorter than usual.... Read More →

Kanamemo Chapter 16

Kanamemo Chapter 16

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Another Kanamemo is ready for release! A full Kana and Mika... Read More →

Zettai Shoujo Seiiki Amnesian Chapter 8

Zettai Shoujo Seiiki Amnesian Chapter 8

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After a really long wait it’s finally here. We’ve... Read More →

Kanamemo Chapter 15

Kanamemo Chapter 15

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We brought you the conclusion of volume one today, so it’s... Read More →

You still know where to find me right?

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Wow it’s been awhile! I’ve been unbelievably busy with the new group. I think it’s really starting to come along nicely though. Everyone is doing a great job and we don’t really have any weak links in the team. :) I’m proud of everybody and all the work they’ve done and are continuing to do. Since I was bored I answered the Writer’s Block question on my LJ. I decided to go ahead and repost it to my blog since it’s actually something to think about. I really enjoy answering those Writer’s Block questions. I don’t know why I don’t do it more often. You know me… I ALWAYS have something to say about everything. :D

The question was: “After all the commercial hype and build up, do you ever feel a sense of let-down right after the holidays? Why or why not?”

I think it’s only natural to feel some sort of a let down after it’s over. The meaning of Christmas has gotten so clouded by the stores, the advertisements, children begging for gifts and parents buying them 20 different things. So, when you pump something up and over hype it like that there’s absolutely no way to actually fulfill the promises that Christmas now makes. You can give someone all the presents in the world and it still falls flat because it’s just not the same magical day it used to be. We’re all materialistically spoiled now and I’m just as guilty.

Growing up I was always well aware of the true meaning of Christmas. In fact I didn’t know anyone who didn’t. Though admittedly I spent a lot of time in church and I attended a religious school. Now, it’s amazing to hear how many kids and teenagers honestly have no idea what they’re really celebrating Christmas for. It’s kind of sad really. :(

Back on the issue at hand, for me personally… I get more of a relief feeling when it ends than a let-down. It’s like *whew* another on in the books without a major disaster! I enjoy the holidays and I like getting all my decorations up. I like having my friends over and I enjoy spending time with my loved ones. But it’s just so much extra stress on me because I always have to play hostess. It’s like a chore. Thankfully this year I had my Christmas spirit back. I’m not sure why it came back or how, but it did and I really enjoyed everything thoroughly like I used to and it had more to do with good company and atmosphere than the presents I received. Which is a great thing in my mind. :) (But I was still glad to send everyone home after dinner and get some peace and quiet today! ;))

Kawaii Scans

After much thought I’ve decided to separate my blogging about yuri from my groups scanlation of it. I’ve also decided that I want to give the group a name rather then have it centered around my internet handle. It just seemed really unfair. So if you’re looking for group news, project updates(via twitter) and our releases, then please visit our new site! Kawaii Scans

Kanamemo Chapter 17

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A super cute chapter! Even though it is shorter than usual. Plenty of Kana and Mika together and some really cute little moments. Has Haruka been rubbing off on Kana? :o Please enjoy the release and let us know what you think by leaving a comment or you can join us on IRC! #sachiko @ irc.rizon.net

Download Kanamemo Chapter 17 By: Shouko Iwami

Kanamemo Chapter 16

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Another Kanamemo is ready for release! A full Kana and Mika chapter! Loliyuri? :o Not really. :) Or maybe it is…Mika’s panties are involved! The two of them decide to take on the swimming pool, with a guest appearance from Saki. Of course the chapters ends with a little Haruka, too. Please enjoy the release and let us know what you think by leaving a comment or you can join us on IRC! #sachiko @ irc.rizon.net

Download Kanamemo Chapter 16 By: Shouko Iwami

Zettai Shoujo Seiiki Amnesian Chapter 8

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After a really long wait it’s finally here. We’ve teamed up with Tsundere Translations to bring you the release of Zettai Shoujo Seiiki Amnesian Chapter 8. The so called editor killer has at last been slain! This is hopefully the beginning of a great relationship and many more releases of Amnesian. Please follow me on Twitter(Sachikosama) or join us on IRC(#sachiko @ irc.rizon.net) for frequent updates on my editing. I’ll try to keep you updated on my progress with Chapter 9 and future chapters of the series as well as the progress of Kanamemo.

Download Zettai Shoujo Seiiki Amnesian Chapter 8 By: Kaishaku

Kanamemo Chapter 15

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We brought you the conclusion of volume one today, so it’s only right we start you off with the beginning of volume two! Sounds good, right? I try to be exciting when I can…(x_x;) This is a full color chapter that includes some bonus covers, a Nekokana double page and a character introduction page for those of you who haven’t been keeping up! The girls take a trip to the beach…sorta! Haruka makes Yuki blush, almost gets Saki blushing and Kana rubs lotion on Haruka! Oh my!

Download Kanamemo Chapter 15 By: Shouko Iwami

Kanamemo Chapter 14

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The conclusion of the first volume of Kanamemo! Will the girls let the rain ruin their day? Not a chance! Watch out for teruterubozu and his…package! More YukixYume love and Haruka continues to swoon over Kana. She even gets under her skirt! :o Enjoy!

Download Kanamemo Chapter 14 By: Shouko Iwami

Zettai Shoujo Seiiki Amnesian

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After a long wait… I’ve finally taken over as editor of the project. I picked it up tonight, so expect updates on my progress in the near future. It’s likely going to be one of my toughest challenges to date. I had shown interest in it when the project was first dropped by Zefiberyl translations, but things didn’t work out. I had predicted things would work their way back to me anyways… and they have! I wouldn’t have had time to deal with it this summer as it was, so perhaps it’s best I didn’t take it back then. I’m being provided with scans, translations and quality checkers. So thankfully this time I won’t have to shoulder such a load when picking up a project. That said! Stay tuned, I promise I’ll have a chapter out before you know it. ;) Hey look there’s already a preview in this post! :o

Cat’s Eye Hall Chapter 1

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I’m back! After a very sad and emotional end to what was another wonderful summer I’ve decided to blog about a very emotional story by the same mangaka who did First Love Sisters. When I began reading the script for Cat’s Eye Hall Chapter 1 I nearly stopped working on it and requested to give it to someone else. You see, the second page labels the story as “A Yuri Double Suicide”. I’m very leery of anything involving suicide. It’s something that has deeply affected me and changed my life and something I will almost always avoid talking about, reading about or seeing in movies/TV. My sister decided to take her own life when I was younger and I’ve never recovered from it I guess. While this may simply be a story, there are things that stick with us our entire lives. That word “suicide” is one of them for me. Against my better judgment I decided to do it anyway. I can’t run from the word the rest of my life, I’ll encounter it again and again and I can’t ignore it forever. Thankfully I didn’t ignore it this time, because the story is truly beautiful.

It’s the story of Deie Hiyori and Kadowaki Shiho. Two high school girls who befriend each other. Hiyori seems unpopular, glum and very shy. Shiho seems out-going, attractive and popular. The two are total opposites. (As usual, right?) Shiho also has a friend, Namiko, whom we later find out is jealous that Shiho is spending so much time with Hiyori. I assume there are the makings of a love triangle there, but we never get that deep. You’ll have to use your imagination for that one! Back on topic, Shiho and Namiko are the only two people from their middle school and have become close because of it. I’m guessing they’re probably freshmen in high school. Shiho seems to have noticed Hiyori and appears to feel bad for her because of how people talk about her. One day Shiho and Namiko happen to walk up on two girls picking on Hiyori. Shiho stops it immediately and drags Hiyori away (to help her fix a button she lost from having her jacket pulled on by the two girls picking on her, remember this because it‘s important). Shiho pulls one of her buttons off and pulls a small sewing kit from her purse. She then begins sewing it onto Hiyori’s jacket. There’s a quick exchange between the two and Shiho tells Hiyori that she’s weak and it‘s her fault she gets picked on. Which in turn causes Hiyori to cry. Shiho, feeling bad again, apologizes and ask Hiyori to be her friend. Probably the only friend Hiyori has from the looks of it. Namiko stands idle and watches all this happen. It seems a conscious effort was made to include her in frames, watching but staying out of it. Perhaps to make her appear jealous later on?

From then on Hiyori and Shiho become best friends. Shiho helped her change her appearance and mannerism. She begins to realize how much she loves watching Hiyori grow and change, little by little she‘s becoming a new person. After time she realizes that it’s not only that, but she’s in love with Hiyori. In her room Shiho confesses her feelings to Hiyori and kisses her. Hiyori returns the feelings and thing begin to get physical between the two. Right in the middle, Shiho’s mother burst through the door and catches them. Uh-oh! That’s never fun! (We’ll save that story for another day~)

Back at school things are tough for the girls as the rumor begins spreading around school. Perhaps Shiho’s mother spoke with someone else’s mother and so on and so on…no word exactly how it leaked out they were caught, but somehow it did. Shiho, who puts on a strong front, is crushed and cannot take the ridicule. It seems everyone is making fun of her. If you think about it, it’s not something she’s used to. Hiyori on the other hand is, that’s why it probably isn’t bothering her nearly as much. Shiho is so broken up over the teasing and name calling that she decides a double suicide is the only way out. Hiyori, who probably can’t imagine living without Shiho, agrees. I don’t think she’s really up for it but she’s so in love with Shiho that she goes along with it.

In the beginning of the story you see Shiho chasing a black cat into a antique shop. In terms of the timeline this is after they agreed to kill themselves. The two of them have magically become separated. She then begins telling the story I just went over to a hostess, who oddly reminds me of Ai Enma from Hell Girl. The Ai clone seems to have a collection of antique buttons from the 19th century. As she’s showing them to Shiho, one falls and suddenly she’s transported back to Hiyori. The two are now magically joined back up and relived to have found one another again. Hiyori begins telling Shiho about the black cat, the antique shop and the buttons. Shiho realizes it’s the exact same thing that happened to her.

Hiyori says that she found a button that reminded her of their first meeting (when Shiho replaced the button she lost, see I told you to remember that) and she had a change of heart. She decided that no matter what happens she’ll always have Shiho, no matter how bad things get. She tells Shiho that she would rather live with her than die with her. Shiho and Hiyori share a touching moment that any happy ending kind of person (like me) will enjoy. Before heading off they turn back to find the button that Hiyori found…but it seems to have vanished. As the two walk off in the distance, holding hands, the black cat watches them go.

So, one question from me. What exactly was the Cat’s Eye Hall (antique shop) and who was the Ai clone? Right now it’s kind of open ended, you can make the shop what you want it to be. There seemed to be a few time lapse holes in the story with the whole black cat and teleporting (it worked for Marimite s4 opening, right!). Unless I just missed something. I got confused a couple times with that. I’m still really not sure what to make of it. I’d love to hear some other input once you get a chance to read it. It seems this is only the first chapter as well. It’s part of much longer series. I’m curious if we’ll see any of the same characters or if each one will involve a different set of girls with a different obstacle to overcome with help from Cat’s Eye Hall. Looking forward to seeing this progress and hopefully unveil the mystery of the Ai clone, the cat, the antique shop and the teleportation!

Update!

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I wanted to give everyone a little heads up on the blog situation. Those of you who know me are probably well aware of what’s going on. Those of you who don’t are about to find out!

The summer is easily my busiest time of the year. You would think school time would be, but it isn’t. I haven’t given up on the blog. It’s just that I use the little spare time I have left to continue editing yuri. It’s either blog or edit and I feel as though my contributions to the editing side are far more beneficial to everyone than my contributions on the reviewing/blogging side.

That said, you could see a random blog post about something. Maybe not. Expect things to be slow here while summer is in full swing. Once school begins things should be back to normal as far as I know. Thanks for reading and don’t forget about me while I’m not blogging! ;) ♥