There are a few different things going on, so I’m posting it here rather than in my usual sticky post.
High School DxD Volume 24 is complete! I went through that way quicker than I had anticipated. We also broke my site record for most hits in a day: ~25k! It will be uploaded to Baka-Tsuki in a few more days, once I’ve moved past some personal deadlines. A PDF will be made very shortly afterwards. I used to give people a few days or even a week to make further edits on Baka-Tsuki, but no one ever seems to make changes there anyway, so I’ll speed the process up a bit.
There were many comments immediately after I posted the final update for V24 asking about V25. I apologise for not replying…it’s a bit overwhelming when every second comment is asking for the same thing. I’m looking forward to V25 as well, but it will have to wait. It’s that time of year again where I usually take a break to focus on my studies and end of semester exams. Please don’t discuss anything that happens after High School DxD V24…I don’t want spoilers of any kind because it kills my motivation to read.
Thanks to everyone who voted on which High School DxD short stories they wanted to read! I’ll be collaborating with Ariel Saeba, and possibly others to work on all of them.
In the meantime, I’ve been creeping along with progress on Shinmai Maou V8. I’m really just working on it as a side project at the moment whenever I get bored, and the first chapter might get done sometime in July.
I was cleaning up and reorganising my hard drive today (mainly all of my light novels) and stumbled upon various High School DxD short stories that I had saved up or downloaded – some of which have not been translated. So after removing duplicates, searching the web for missing parts, and correlating it to the already translated stories, I’ve got it down to a sizable list. Combined, it’s actually quite a lot of text…but I’ll keep them as a side project and hopefully I’ll be able to release one every once in a while.
I’m not going to read any of the stories unless I start translating them, so I won’t be able to tell you much about them aside from the title if there is one. Some of them are full-length stories similar to those compiled in the DX volumes, while some of these are much shorter. I’m going to list all of them below with a poll, and I’ll work on them in order of popularity, with the exception that all of the short ones take priority over any of the longer ones. Also, some of these are Japanese only, so while I could take a stab at them, it’s more likely that I’ll be passing them onto the other DxD translators should they wish to do them.
Which short story would you like to see first?
13. Dark History of the Hakuryuukou (Dragon Magazine January 2018) (Long) (15%, 379 Votes)
Just thought I’d share some photos I took with a mate many nights ago now. I enjoy photography as a hobby and occasionally experiment with new techniques – it’s also one of the reasons I enjoy travelling.
We went out to Maroubra (a coastal Sydney suburb) to take these in the evening. It was our first time experimenting with steel wool in photography so we wanted a nice backdrop in all of our shots. This involved using long exposures of 10 ~ 20 seconds. One of us lit up fine steel wool that was stuffed into a metal whisk and swung it around while the other focused the shot and hit the buttons. As the wool burns and the sparks fly out, it doesn’t last more than around 20 seconds anyway. The effect that you see is a result of the camera’s shutter being open for the duration of the motion, and thus it captures the moving elements of the image as a trail.
For anyone interested in trying this, remember to tie your whisk to a sturdy string! I ended up losing my whisk because the string snapped…so we had to drive a fair distance to the nearest supermarket for another one.
Light painting is a similar technique which involves moving a glowing object in a long exposure against a dark background to trace out an image. Using the LED light on the back of our phones, we were able to use almost the same settings to capture a few of these, though they’re not quite as spectacular as the steel wool ones.
Anyone else into photography? I love doing landscapes, though lately I’ve been getting more interested in long night exposures and star trails.
It’s usually the other way around with these things…people throw their requests at me, but this time, I thought I’d put these two out for anyone interested.
I’ve kept this one in the background for a long time now, and I’ve worked on it ever so slowly whenever I felt up to it. The Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann manga. The anime is one of my all-time favourites, and I’d love to see the manga translated, even if it follows the same storyline as the anime. I bought the manga around a year and a half ago now, started scanning volume five to pick up from where the last scanlation team stopped, and finished the translation for the first chapter in volume five more than six months ago. But I’m totally not an artist, and couldn’t redraw anything, so my typesetting was awful and it sometimes took me even longer than the translations for each page. Thankfully, MistaL came along to help me with the project’s typesetting, cleaning, and proofreading. You can find chapter 22 up in the menu now, and chapter 23’s translation is halfway done. But still, I find myself biting off more than I can chew. So to any scanlation groups out there, or anyone with the commitment to see this through to the end, here’s my offer:
I’m happy to supply scans, and I’m sure MistaL is happy to continue working on the project. All we need is a translator! I know translators are pretty rare, but hey, as an incentive I’ll throw in all of my physical volumes. Once a chapter or two are done and I feel like I can leave it in your hands, I’m happy to send you all of my volumes.
Now for the second one…Seikoku no Ryuu Kishi. This is one that I’m working on now, and rest assured, I will continue to work on it regardless. But I’d really appreciate if anyone would be interested in lending a hand. There are twenty volumes, and I’m currently on number seven. I don’t expect anyone to see this through to the end. It’s a lot of work considering that these are light novels, and not manga. But everything counts, and I’d appreciate it even if someone could only do one volume to help progress the project. As an incentive, I’ll send you all twenty volumes!
Source: Amazon. Mine look pretty much the same.
I’d love to do this for other series as well, but these are actually the only two that I own all of the volumes for at the moment. So, maybe more of this in the future.