Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saki ch179: Tilting the cover

This chapter's title requires a little explanation. "To tilt the cover" is an old Asian saying roughly meaning "to quickly become close friends with someone you just met". Apparently, its origin lies in an anecdote in the life of Chinese philosopher Confucius, who once met someone by chance on the road and he tilted the cover (read umbrella or some such) of his vehicle so the two of them could talk more intimately as if they were old friends.

As you can already see from the picture below, the first pages of this chapter are quite lewd. Open with care:
Saki ch179 (Mega)
Saki ch179 (Mediafire)

On other news, you may have heard that an Achiga-hen live-action has been announced. Four episodes and a movie to be aired in December/January. From this, it would seem the first season was successful enough, I presume. I think it was done pretty well, given the budget and all, so I'm kinda looking forward to see the live-action version of Teru, Toki and all the rest.

There was a comment from Ritz saying that while she felt grateful that the Nagano-hen adaptation was faithful to the manga in many ways, she also felt sorry for the staff because her "absurd" character designs were a bit of a hindrance to adapt faithfully. So to avoid this sort of mixed feelings again, Ritz asked this time clothing and hairstyles be adapted in a more realistic way as required.

Curiously, Aguri stated that her first thought upon learning of the adaptation was wonder how will they adapt Shizu's jersey and Sakurako Gibbard's face. And then also, Reservation!!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Saki Biyori ch69: Ikeda's Story 9

With 9 Ikeda Stories and 7 Kazekoshi Stories, I think Kana might be the most featured character in the Biyori series.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Toki ch15: Class Visit

After the Izumi arc, the story returns to the school on a very special day for Toki and Ryuuka.
Toki ch15 (Mega)
Toki ch15 (Mediafire)
EDIT: added a little note at the end about what the "high specs" mean here.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Shinohayu ch48: Vertical Style

Kyouka vs Yui: the vertical battle. Kyouka's victory here is critical. The captain match will almost certainly go to Chihiro so Yumachi's chances depend on both Kyouka and Hayari winning their respective battles. But can Kyouka do it? And how strong is Komosawa's buchou really?
Shinohayu ch48 (Mega)
Shinohayu ch48 (Mediafire)
 Some random comments about this chapter:
- In page 17 when Mirin says "playing it tile by tile", what this means is Kyouka is playing each turn according to the tile she just drew, prioritizing tile efficiency (and thus speed) instead of having some specific yaku in mind and trying to aim for it.
- Hayari's long thoughts in page 18 is another hint towards her capacity to calculate things on the spot. In the previous chapter Kanna said "I bet Hayari could calculate this in a second by looking at the discards". Well, this is the sort of thing she can calculate in a second. We might see more of it during her match.
 - It seems the reason Kyouka calls riichi in page 20 is she's trying to make everyone fold. The reason probably is that with a 5-man in her discards, her waiting tile (the 2-man) seems like a relatively safe tile using suji, so she might be hoping someone will discard it. When Misaki calls chi, she shifts her draw to Yui (as it happens this draw is the 2-man) so with her call Misaki passes the hot potato to Yui. Yui suspects something's amiss and deduces the 2-man, far from being safe, is actually very dangerous so she holds on to it. A less clever player would have discarded it.
- Oh and I think in the last panel, the key word is "now". "Now" as opposite to "someday". Hopefully someday soon. ;)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Toki ch14: Nostalgia & Biyori ch68

The Izumi story arc arrives at its climax! At 48 pages, this is the longest chapter in the series so far.
Toki ch14 (Mega)
Toki ch14 (Mediafire)

Senriyama's Story 4. Mainly about Sera being self-conscious.
Biyori ch68 (Mega)
Biyori ch68 (Mediafire)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Shinohayu ch47: Back and Front

Prefectural final, sergeant match. Kanna's match. Not much to say without spoiling it so here it is:
Shinohayu ch47 (Mega) v2
Shinohayu ch47 (Mediafire) v2

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Saki ch178: Link, Biyori ch67 & Ritz's blog update

There's been two new updates on Ritz's blog recently. The first thing she does is to apologize for Saki's incomplete chapter (she calls it the most "rough draft" chapter ever) and also for the long break until the next chapter but she needs time to work on the tankobon corrections and all the special promotional drawings that go with it.

More on that later, but first here are the Saki and Saki Biyori chapters.
Saki Biyori: Miyamori's Story 5.

By the way, in this chapter Saya styles herself "Donkatsu Girl". "Donkatsu" is not a real word in Japanese. It comes from the Japanese version of the video game PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS. In the original English version, there's a victory message that reads: WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!, but in the Japanese translation "chicken" was changed into "donkatsu". It seems the translator considered a dish like tonkatsu (pork cutlet) or katsudon would be more appropriate for the Japanese audience, given that these dishes are generally associated with "winning" since the word katsu also means "to win". But instead of putting the proper name for the dish, they made up the word "donkatsu" (just for fun apparently). In any case, it has recently become a popular buzzword among players of that game. This was too long to put as a TL note so I wrote it here.

Now finally let's get back to Ritz's blog updates.