Thursday, 10 November 2011

We're not dead. We've merely vanished from your world.

Thanks to the many people who've inquired anxiously as to our situation, and forgive us for not answering sooner. A variety of issues have prevented us from moving forward.

One of the most important is, Zefiris is no longer interested in continuing with Choir! beyond the next three chapters (which, as I've hinted before, contain some truly excellent yuri). After that point, there is an upswing in the amount of fanservice/nudity - particularly of pseudo-lolis Mayuko and Shirayuki - that she finds both unpalatable and an unacceptable personal risk. Zefiris lives in Germany, and Germany takes an extremely dim legal view of trafficking in what they might consider pornographic depictions of underage characters. She does not wish to be prosecuted for this, and I certainly can't blame her.

As for me, let's just say I've been having technology issues. Both my car and my computer have been consuming my attention for the past several months. It's rather amazing how enslaved we are to the upkeep of the technologies that are supposed to make our lives more convenient. It is only just now that these issues appear to be finally resolved.

In any case, the plan is to release the next three chapters of Choir! as our last of that title, and then focus on Kimi no Tame for the foreseeable future. I can't say just when our next release will be, but we are and will be working toward it as time and circumstances allow. Thanks for your patience.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Kimi no Tame Nara Shineru, chapters 0-5

Here it is, finally. Sorry for the long wait.

This turned out to be a really wonderful thing to begin working on. I hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as I am myself.

As mentioned, this manga bears an extremely tenuous connection to the life of the historical Sei Shonagon, who served then-Empress Teishi. As such, there are a few things to clarify:

1. Teishi is referred to as a "princess", but although she is of the powerful Fujiwara house, she herself is not of royal blood. At the time, any daughter of a high noble house could be referred to as a "hime", and although we translate that as "princess", the meaning is not the same.

2. As you hopefully read in Shonagon's wikipedia entry, in the Heian Era it was customary for court ladies to be referred to by pseudonyms. This is also the case for Murasaki and Kou, both of whom have the title of "shikibu". Hopefully this will clear up any confusion about both of them being called such.

Well, I could go on, but it would be too easy to get bogged down in explanations. There's no real need anyway - at bottom this is a fun and fluffy work that is far from sweating the historical details. We should take the same attitude.

In any case, it's our pleasure to present this to you! Please enjoy.

Download Links:

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Monday, 30 May 2011

Upcoming New Project: Kimi no Tame Nara Shineru

We are pleased to announce that we are taking on a new project, Kimi no Tame Nara Shineru (For Your Sake, I Would Die).

This is a charming work very, very, VERY loosely based on the life of Heian-era author and poet Sei Shonagon. The 27 year-old Shonagon, depicted here as a sort of medieval NEET, manages to land a job as the private tutor of the beautiful and refined teenage princess, Teishi. (Yes, age-gap romance!) There are also a number of other quirky court ladies, some of whom have their own eye on Shonagon...

Zefiris really liked this one, and I'm quite taken with it as well. Please look forward to the first chapters soon! (And don't worry, we won't be neglecting Choir. We intend to alternate releases.)

Friday, 15 April 2011

Page 6 of Chapter 22 Missing

Somehow page 6 of chapter 22 got left out of the release. (I guess nobody understood the significance of Kakin Ondo without this...most unfortunate. You may now be enlightened.)

Here is the missing page. The batch download links in the original post below have also been updated. Thanks to an anonymous commenter for the tip-off.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Choir 22, 23, 24, & 25 - The "Love Love Ski Trip" Arc

Here it is, finally. So sorry about the long long wait. As its name implies, this arc is concerned with skiing and yuri romance, not at all in that order. We hope you will enjoy.

A few notes:

On page 3 of chapter 22, "Our Little Con Artist", Mawata is making a strange joke that we couldn't quite figure out. Whether this is supposed to be referencing some obscure character, or is simply a typically Japanese dig at the "sneaky Chinese" stereotype, we just don't know.

Also, for reasons which will become obvious, Kakin Ondo is now the official theme song of Choir.

Anyway, we hope to do better from now on. Chapters 26-28 could be called the "Mayuko/Shousei Home Visit" arc, and are every bit as rewarding as that description makes them sound. In fact, those three chapters are the main reason we even began doing Choir. The rough scripts are already done, so expect them before too long. Thanks again for your patience.

Read it on dynasty:

Friday, 18 February 2011

Status Update

Hey everyone, sorry for the delay. Just to let you know, we are alive and working. With luck, we'll be releasing chapters 22-25, the "Love-Love Ski Trip" arc, soon. The progress is as follows:

22: Completed
23: Completed
24: Completed
25: Editing

Please look forward to it. Here's a bit of a preview, haha...