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26 July 2006 @ 08:34 pm
"REAL" by Inoue Takehiko, Vol. 1, Ch. 1 (Part 1/4)  
Title: REAL
Artist: Inoue Takehiko
Type: Scanlation
Pages: 15
Worksafe: Yes
Warnings: None

Scanlation teams: Omanga and Band of the Hawks (a joint project).

Summary: After a serious bike accident in which he paralyzes a young woman, Nomiya Tomomi is filled with guilt. He drops out of high school in order to help her out, but she rebuffs him completely. Nomiya is left with nothing to do and nowhere to go, unwelcome in his school and among his former friends. It is only when he encounters Togawa Kiyoharu, a fiery player of wheelchair basketball, that Nomiya's old passion for basketball is ignited. "REAL" is a poignant story about the power of sport, and how it can heal and motivate the most wounded of us.

Downloads: Here. Don't go crazy and download too much in one day, though. We wouldn't want to break the bandwidth.

So how's it so far? :) I've always found Inoue Takehiko's art amazing, especially in how it captures the dynamic movement of bodies in a sport. He captures the immediacy and the magic of a live basketball game on paper -- I have absolutely no clue how he does that, but however he does it, that's what makes him one of my favorite artists.

Oh, yeah. And I'm keeping this post public just as an example, so that people can get an idea of what the community is like before they join. Note that I've set the minimum security level for this community as "friends-only," though, so all the manga posted from now on will be visible to members only.
Mattie: koujimattie on July 26th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)
I freaking LOVE shounen manga. IRL I am a huge sports fan, and I love the style and the roughness of the characters and the stories.

This is why I love Inagaki and always will. Poor, poor Kouji-kun. *sigh* He got stuck being the big asshole rough guy in a yaoi manga when he was a shounen hero all the damn way.

Is there any shounen yaoi besides Kodaka-sensei's early Kizuna?
the_dystopian on July 26th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
That's why I love Inagaki, too -- because he's a shounen-style guy in a yaoi manga. A hundred times better than any dewy-eyed, watery waif!

Shounen yaoi...Interesting juxtaposition of terms. Currently I'm avidly reading a series called "Switch" (scanlated by Timcanpi) which hasn't developed into bl yet, but the scanlators say that that's what it eventually turns out to be. Lots of drug busts and detective work and movie stars on crack. Gotta love the violence. "Inner Desire of a 19 Guy" (scanlated by Loveless) is awesome if you like the lithe, toned physiques of swimmers (who use competition as foreplay, haha). I'm just waiting for more to be released before I post it on Crimson Evening, sigh.

"Let Dai" is licensed yaoi that's really fucking violent in a shounen way (psychopathic, actually), but the protagonists are smooth-jawed boys, so they aren't big hunks like Inagaki. Still worth having a look at if you're sick of the old-school bl romance. (For the time being. I think we all return to that. XD)

"REAL" itself has no yaoi (obviously), but given the fact that there's so much tension between the characters, you can easily read many of the scenes as homoerotic. I'm dying to see some doujinshi here.

Speaking of doujinshi, of course there's a lot of shounen yaoi like Yamane Ayano's "Slam Dunk" stuff.

Any suggestions of your own?
Mattie: giants yaoimattie on July 26th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
I have a partially scanlated series from MegKF called "Wild Base Ballers" that I really liked - unfortunately, I can only find a few chapters of it... I'd be glad to post what I have here, though!

In a better world, Kodaka-sensei would do a Kusatta DJ, and keep Kouji the amazing shounen athlete he was in the first few volumes. I write those in my head all the time! lol
the_dystopian on July 26th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
Oh! Speaking of MegKF, have you had a look at "Hana to Ryuu"? Manly men there.

Please do post what you have! Baseball sounds great. XD

And I write djs in my head all the time, too; if only I could draw more than stick figures. Sigh.
si-barongsi_barong on July 26th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
thanks 4 the posts n the new comm!
wow, i always admire inoue's works. his drawings are amazingly very expressive and detailed, especially in his series, vagabond. i also have real fun watching his self-made short animation (a few seconds) linked on his website http://www.itplanning.co.jp/fworkse.html
the_dystopian on July 26th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
Re: thanks 4 the posts n the new comm!
"Vagabond" is bloody awesome. (Viz licensed it, yay!) And thanks for the link -- I didn't know he dabbled in animation!
Grinning Cheshire Catsiedhr on July 26th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
I had a feeling you'd start with Real. One of my favorite mangas, Vagabond being number one (but I'm in the scanlation team so I'm heavily biased).

You have any idea about the publishing schedule? There a 26 chpaters scanlated, one raw and where's the next?
the_dystopian on July 27th, 2006 12:13 pm (UTC)
Wow, you're in the scanlation team for "Vagabond"!? I must've been blind to miss it...But thank you so much! (What I mean is, thanks for helping to bring the manga to us, lol.) I worship scanlators like crack addicts worship their dealers, haha. XD

I have no idea about the schedule, sorry...But I'm pining for the next chappie just like everyone else. :)
Grinning Cheshire Catsiedhr on July 27th, 2006 01:26 pm (UTC)
"Wow, you're in the scanlation team for "Vagabond"!? I must've been blind to miss it.."
Nah, we've started fairly recently but we're going pretty fast trying to fill the gap to the current chapters.

" I worship scanlators like crack addicts worship their dealers, haha. XD"
I used to be like that too, but now I'm one of them. :D Jumping from lowly fan to the almighty ranks is easier than you might think.
the_dystopian on July 27th, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC)
Lol...Given my ignorance of the Japanese language and of photo-editing software, I think that I'm doomed to remain a lowly fan. XD
Grinning Cheshire Catsiedhr on July 27th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
There are plenty of good tutorials out there that start you from step 0. If you're interested (and you have photoshop), I could give you some links. And also, to participate in scanlating a manga there's a need for lots of people, not necessarily cleaners and redrawers and such, but also typesetters (little skill needed, but loads of patience and a good eye).
the_dystopian on July 27th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
I'm curious about typesetting and QC-ing...Could you tell me exactly what those roles are about in manga scanlating?
Grinning Cheshire Catsiedhr on July 27th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
Typesetting basically means to put the translated text in the bubbles (and other places where's text, including SFX). That's what I do at KO-Scans. Depending on the group you may, or may not have to clear the original Japanese text. After you've copy-pasted the translated text, you need to set the fonts and arrange the text so that it looks good in the bubble. Basically that's it, I don't do SFX stuff, that's too advanced for my skill for now. It's very simple but quite time consuming.

QC? Is that quality checking? It means checking if the raw was cleaned correctly, if there are no mistakes of any kind (missing text, grammar and other stuff). For this you should definitely know what you're looking for. I don't know that much about it except this.