Saturday, 4 May 2013

Battle Athletes Daiundoukai: Land Stage, Heat 5

Well well. You know that motivation and discipline I mentioned? I found it. It's been 29 days since our last release, and even though this is a double length chapter, we managed to do it in that time. It's really a lesson to me of how things can and should be done. Now, I certainly can't promise we'll be pumping out chapters every two weeks, but certainly we'll be aiming more toward a paradigm like that than we've managed in the past...

Anyway, it's tough to say much about this chapter without spoiling the suspense. This is the end of the Land Stage and gateway to the Satellite Stage, which is three times as long. For at least three of our aspiring young ladies (but which?), this is only the beginning. Many more struggles and important meetings lay ahead...and for Akari, one of the latter in particular.

One thing to add is that you should look closely at the group of bikers gathered on page 138. There are some rather amusing pre-race preparations going on between a few pairs of students...also, this chapter contains some NSFW elements, so careful where you read.

As always, I want to thank Zefiris for her eternal patience and indulgence, never complaining at my bipolar shifts between procrastination and bursts of demanding fervent action. She really is the one who makes this work possible. We hope you will enjoy!

Heat 5 Download

Also, as promised, we are also releasing the raws of volume 1 at this point. Keep in mind that as these are unoptimized, the file size is quite large.

Volume 1 Raws


  1. Thank you for the release.

  2. Thank you! I'm looking forward to the Satellite arc :) Keep up the awesome work!

  3. All I have to say is thank you very much and glad both you and Lady Z have enough time in both your busy schedules to share more of Akari and the gang's adventures in the laff-a-lympics.

  4. Thank you for your work, it's appreciated a lot. Has it really been over one and a half decade?

  5. Many thanks for another great chapter :) I think the differences in this chapter over the anime were deffinatly for the better.

    Akari comes over as a better character, and she dosnt win with a magic turbo boost to 5x the top speed she could previously do.

    Im suprised the land bit wasnt longer though- how many chapters is it total? if it goes as far as the ova id guess 12 to 15? But more if it has all the bit on the end with the competition against the aliens from the TV version.

    Anyways looking forward to future releases :)

    1. There are 18 chapters in the Satellite Stage. No, there are no aliens, I'm happy to say. That arc of the TV series was basically filler they made up just for the show.

      I think people may end up being surprised just how different (and, IMHO, better) the events of the manga are from the TV series. The manga is really much closer to the OVA in terms of its mood and presentation, although even then there are major differences to what does and doesn't happen.

    2. 18 more! That great :) alot more to look forward to than I thought then! ofcourse that means alot more work for you guys tho.. And im looking forward to seeing all the new stuff.

      If the satellite bit is THAT long, why did they bother making up the alien bit for filler for the TV version? They didnt need filler- why not just use all those 18 chapters worth of content from the manga? I dont get it?

      Unless they thought it would be too slow and they thought some daft alien bit would be more exciting.. when im sure all the shows fans thought the exact opposite and would of just loved more character development and competitions etc.

    3. We can't know for sure, but there are two sensible explanations, both having to do with how anime was made and released in those days.

      1) As is often the case, the anime versions were created before the manga was finished, and in those days it was fairly normal for anime adaptations to make up their own endings. These days it's more common to split anime adaptations up into two (or more) pieces based on the manga's progress.

      That is, you'll get a 12-ep series about a piece of the manga, and then, even assuming it sold, you may end up waiting a number of years for the manga (or in modern times, often a Light Novel) to generate enough content to move forward with a second, maybe even a third 12-ep season. Many examples of this could be named. Railgun, Saki, Hidamari Sketch, etc.

      2) As for the specifics of why the TV series is so different, that was also standard operating procedure for the era: have a popular manga, release an OVA of it, and if it does well, create a TV series that is a markedly different spin on the franchise. Just compare the Tenchi Muyo OVA to the TV series, Tenchi Universe. Compare El-Hazard: The Magnificent World OVA to the TV series, El-Hazard: The Wanderers. Entirely separate continuities with different stories and major character and plot differences. There are many more examples.

      Utena and Escaflowne also did the same thing in a different way, having movie versions come out later that were completely different from their original TV versions. Having different versions to sustain people's interest was just the model back then.