Translator Position @ Chuang Yi

18 04 2008

That\'s right, I\'m a cute lil\' girl!

Hello, people! How are you? It’s been long since I updated this mansion of mine, yeah? Anyway, I have good news! When I got my holidays after graduating from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, I sent my resume to Chuang Yi in hopes of securing a translator position. While they said that there were no slots available during that time, it wouldn’t hurt to send my resume over, and so I did. At long last, a good news was sitting in my e-mail inbox yesterday night. Like, I’ve been waiting for it for sooo looong! Chuang Yi had just e-mailed me that they would like to commission me for a short two book series that they MIGHT have in May!

However, nothing is confirmed yet as they require me to take a test to see if I’m a suitable candidate, whether be it my Japanese language proficiency or translating style. Man, this rocks! I’d be able to read my favourite mangas and do what I usually do, but get paid for it! Yay! ^_^ Hopefully they will like my translations and commission me for it. =D

And oh, give me just a liiitle bit more time and you’d have one fresh manga review coming your way



4 04 2008


I apologize for the serious lack of manga reviews these few weeks. I am really sorry, as I have too much on my hands that I don’t even have time for reading mangas anymore! Anyway, I really love this title and what really attracted me was its cover art. Look at its drawing quality! There’s something about it that tells you that it’s going to be an ass-kicking, awesome title to read. You know what I mean. Anyway, the review!

Due to the World War III, many areas in Japan are contaminated and ruined beyond hope. Also known as Black Spots, these places are isolated from the rest of the country by huge walls. As time passes, some people started living in the Black Spots and among them, some discovered powers like controlling fire, wind and other supernatural abilities. People who have such powers like them are called, “Needless”. On the other hand, a drug-making company, Simeon, has gathered a group of only the strongest Needless to begin a plan of what they call Needless Hunting. Needless who were hunted each had a part of their body missing. Rumors has it that the drug-making company is actually holding human body experiments in order to develop a drug that could grant immortality.

A boy who was part of a resistance group against Simeon escaped death when Adam Blade, the protagonist, destroyed the mechanical Needless hunter without use of any form of powers. In order to keep its secrets safe, a Needless was dispatched in order to get rid of Blade. But when that failed, the two personal guards of Adam Arkwright, leader of Simeon Needless group, were sent to succeed the uncompleted task.

All in all, the plot is somewhat decent, not great. However, the plot isn’t what I’m reading this manga for, though I’m not saying the plot sucks, it’s decent. But it’s the fighting scenes that I’m looking forward to! The intense blood and sweat battles between Needless! If you love fighting scenes like a true shonen does, then you’ll do good not to miss this title. The fight between Eve, the heroine on the left side of the picture above, and one of the personal guard of Arkwright at the end of volume one was totally ass-kicking! It was an overwhelming one-sided battle but at last they managed to figure out his trick (but readers were not informed, yet). And that’s when volume one ended on me. God damn, I swear I picked volume two right away when I went down to Kinokuniya after that. There’s a few humorous moments here and there in this title, not much, but when it decides to make you laugh, you would. They weren’t just tickles, they were LOL moments.

Humor: 5/10
Plot: 6/10
Character Design: 9/10
Overall: 8/10

Author: 今井 神 (Kami Imai)

This title only available in:

Finally… Bloody Monday #4!

26 03 2008


I finally went to Liang Court Shopping Centre for the first time in my life. I have heard that there were a lot of Japanese comics there compared to the main store Kinokuniya but I’ve never seen it for myself before today. And yeah, there were really a lot more Japanese comics there than at the main Store at Takashimaya. I probably won’t b going to the main store to get comics unless I know that what I want is available there lol, since Liang Court is remotely deserted I don’t want to go there if I don’t have to.

And yes… while browsing the gallery of comics available there, I saw something I couldn’t find for weeks in the main store that made my heart stopped for a moment. A comic with a green spine… Bloody Monday volume four! I pulled it out of the shelf immediately and proceeded to check if there was enough money left in my wallet. After confirming I have enough spare money to buy the book I went to the cashier immediately. =D Okay, then I continued on my work again. Hahahaha, yes I was working when I was at Liang Court, I had to do something there. Ahaha. =D I hope my boss doesn’t see this…

But anyway my work has ended today, for a while, until there are more things for me to do. So hopefully I’ll be able to do more reading and reviewing of manga. XD

I am busy

25 03 2008

Brown Maid

I apologize for the lack of updates these few days. I have found a temporary job and now I don’t even have time to read mangas anymore, much less the time to do a review. =( Anyway, this is a good thing if you look at it from another angle since I won’t have to buy anymore mangas until I finish what I have left currently. =D

And oh, do allow me to talk a little about myself, since I’m not doing any reviews these few days, or weeks. Anyway, I’ve just signed up for a voice-actor course! It’s really expensive, but I feel that it’s worth it because I’ve always wanted to give it a try. The seiyuu school is called 77-Star and you can check out there website over here. Those who are interested in voice-acting, or even if you’re not you can be sure to benefit from the course since the course teaches you the proper ways to project your voice, articulate words and the works, you better sign up now because the industry is still new in Singapore and they are going to need a lot of voice actors/actresses.

There will be an audition on the 5th of April for an anime (made by Singaporeans?) called 1,000 Stars and Squall. I’ve never heard of it but you can check out its sypnosis over at 77-Star’s page. I’m signing up for the audition and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m so excited about it! I think it’s going to be some kickass fun and be quite an experience.

Anyway, I’m out for tonight and rise up early for work tomorrow.

And oh, before you ask, no I am neither working in a maid cafe or as a maid. It’s just a damn picture.

DEVIL Vol. 1

20 03 2008

DEVIL Cover #1

An eternal being, known as the Pale Vampire, is the source of a virus that mutates infected beings into superhumans, or monsters, with special powers. Those whom are infected with this virus are called “Devils”. Decoppa, a 15 years old geek, unluckily happens to encounter one of them which could spawn and control spiders. After being surrounded and cornered by hundreds of the creepy crawlies in a fast food restaurant and robbed of his girl, he has decided to fight back instead of running away all the time. Decoppa realized that monsters, like humans, are mere living creatures, and that they too can be killed. Depending only on his intelligence and his environment, Decoppa defeated the spider Devil and proved to himself that even mere humans can kill Devils without use of any special abilities.

This manga is a little different from the others, in the sense that the protagonist and the heroine only appeared in the later half of the book. I was so sure I was in for some kind of cool fighting action between Devils and Devils but to my surprise, the Devils were killed by a science and mathematics geek. But hey, I’m not saying it’s a bad manga. Looking at a mere human defeating monsters with science, wits and mathematics provides a variety and is more awe-inspiring than looking at monsters fighting their own kinds. What I really like about this manga is the fighting action between the geek protagonist and the monsters. It’s full of action, so if you like action like me, I’m sure you’d like it too. As for the art in this manga, all I would like to say is I was attracted to its cover art and bought it with no hesitations, no regrets! Just for a little bit more information, the author/mangaka of this manga is the same as the one who drew Air Gear. I heard Air Gear is good but I haven’t read it though. It has an anime series, if I am not wrong, so I’m probably going to give the manga a miss and watch the anime instead.

Humor: 4/10
Plot: 5/10
Character Design: 7/10
Overall: 6/10

This title is available in:
– Chinese (Heard from a friend, but I can’t find it on Chuang Yi’s website, maybe it’s by another publisher, *shrugs*)

Bloody Monday Vol. 2

19 03 2008

Bloody Monday Cover #2

Fujimaru’s younger sister, Haruka (oh I forgot to mention he had a cute little sister?), was abducted by the group of terrorists, leaving Falcon no choice but to help carry out their evil deeds. Meanwhile, Fujimaru’s father, Takagi Ryuunosuke, sought help from an old friend in order to analyze a base sample extracted from the deadly virus outbreak in Russia. This was when the killer appeared again to assassinate the scientist, pushing an extra murder charge against Ryuunosuke. Fortunately, not all odds are against Team Falcon & Friends. Their high school teacher’s, Ms. Orihara Maya, alibi went crumbling down when the team discovered a flaw in her alibi. However that alone does not prove her to be part of the terrorist organization. Thus, in a quest to find out if their teacher is truly an ally right from the beginning, or a dangerous enemy spying on their every move, Fujimaru has decided to look for clues in the high school teacher’s apartment.

If volume one did not manage to hold your interests (which I doubt so!), then I hope volume two will do a better job. I strongly advise you to read Bloody Monday if you haven’t already! Volume two is when the plot is thickening and things are getting more and more exciting, I believe this is when I got truly hooked to the manga! I curse Kinokuniya for not having volume four even though it was out since such a long time ago! Curse them, curse them, curse them all!! *ahem* Anyway, let’s get going, shall we? In this volume, Falcon does hacking in ways that you’ll never even imagine! With his father driven to a corner, his sister abducted and a possibility that an ally might actually turn out to be an enemy knowing their every step, how will Falcon save his friends, family, and consequently, Japan from the evil clutches of the unknown terrorist organization with his computer knowledge and hacking skills?

Good news to people who are living in Singapore as Books Kinokuniya Singapore is selling this title, otherwise you could import it online at Amazon Japan!

Manga Review: Shining Tears

17 03 2008

Shining Tears #1

Title: Shining Tears シャイニング・ティアーズ
Author: Kanda Akira 神田 晶

After some research, I found out that this manga is an adaptation of its game counterpart. No wonder it felt like I was playing a game while reading it. The story is set in your typical RPG game setting where there exists knights and soldiers, archers and spell-casters.

The Story
After being saved when he was lying unconsciously near a river, Xion lost all his memory and found himself in an inn in a small town called Shildia. Soon, Xion found himself joining hands with the band of mercenaries, that rescued him, in order to defend Shildia from Lungeist’s (I hope I got the name right) assault. It was then that Xion discovered that he had a pair of rings with him; one was with him, strangely irremovable from his finger, while the other was now with the elvish archer, Elwyn, who had save him earlier. After the other ring had a bearer, Xion immediately changed into another person. The wimpy and polite young boy now became uncouth and rude. He jumped into the battlefield without any hesitations and slew every Lungeist solider he met. Meanwhile Elwyn was raining volleys after volleys of arrows into the battlefield. The rings had given the couple power. Power enough to wipe out an entire army on their own. Indeed, what is the origin of the rings and how did it landed in the hands (or in this case, fingers) of Xion? Does the amnesia of Xion has something to do with the rings’ predecessor, a fighter who had once saved the world from darkness with the power of the rings?

The Review
I have to admit. The storyline isn’t that great, it is an adaptation of the game (which received criticisms for its storyline, by the way) after all. There are a lot of fighting scenes in this manga, definitely, but they are very much like a hack and slash game where a large group of enemies dies with a single, large blow from the good guys. But hey, this is one of the easiest to read manga that I’ve came across. The Japanese used in this manga isn’t too deep (just information for people who reads manga to learn Japanese, like me) and you can pretty much scan through the pages, since there aren’t too much dialogues in it. It’s also quite relaxing to read the manga, a good title to kill time when you want to pass time relaxing. Right, one thing I forgot to mention is I felt like playing a RPG game after reading the book. Haha. Maybe those who have the game might feel like replaying the game after reading this, lol. Overall, I would say this title is more suitable for the younger audience (the fact that I’m going to continue on this title proves I’m young at heart!).

Right, judgment time:

Humor: 4/10
Plot: 5/10
Character Design: 6/10
Overall: 5/10

This manga is currently published in:
No idea if it’s available in Chinese or English, but I doubt so