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| 10-25-09, 2:58 AM
Aye. I also happened to read about it at
Old Home Bulletin Board
a few weeks ago.
At that same site, I also found out that YKK was featured in
Mechademia 3: Limits of the Human
. The latter part of the review can be read at
. I think this is the second time that YKK has been brought up in a published book.
| 10-24-09, 2:03 PM
Good news, everybody! [/Professor Farnsworth]
Well, good news some of you! Namely those of you who don't already own YKK. It's being reprinted! Starting... well, yesterday, actually, volumes 1 and 2 of YKK have been re-released in Japan, with new, possibly even improved covers! I say "possibly" because it's really a matter of preference, though I have to say I like that the colors look a bit more muted. I was never crazy about the first few YKK covers anyway. These are a little reminiscent of Emma's covers, though not quite -that- muted. It's nice.
So hey, as long as these still have the color pages and everything intact (and I see no reason to suspect they wouldn't), maybe Sasuga and such will start carrying (all of) YKK again and it'll actually be possible to buy a copy! Granted Amazon Japan has most of the series for like, 1 yen plus shipping, but shipping from Japan is crazy (also that's from sellers, who may or may not even be willing to ship internationally). Though so is Sasuga's 2x markup, frankly. But that's beside the point, which is that volumes 13 and 14 of YKK have been driven up to something in the $30-40 range, and so theoretically it will now be possible to get them at normal manga-price, whenever the reissue catches up with them.
Oh, and apparently some people are optimistic about the possibility of a translation now that Kodansha now has a US division who are doing Akira and Ghost in the Shell, though seriously, YKK remains unmarketable in this country.
But hey, stranger stuff has happened. I mean, we did get Aura Battler Dunbine, even if it may have put ADV off of licensing old Tomino shows forever. *Shrugs*
At any rate, I'm excited, especially to be learning this on the same day that Acclimate Solutions tells me "Sorry, our website lied to you about us actually having copies of YKK." Now to teach myself Japanese...
| 08-29-09, 2:29 PM
nope. I'm not quite sure even where to begin, other than digging through the links section. Plus I've been moving so kinda tired.
| 08-29-09, 3:01 AM
Just stumbled over
a relatively new review
. Things surely have been much more quiet since the end of the manga (and even before that when Neil of misago.org went missing and the elves and firstname.lastname@example.org took over), but I guess that new readers are inevitable as long there are a few fans stubbornly nagging their friends to pick up the manga.
Regarding ordering, I'm barely scraping through with the expenses of college so I've no experience with such services. I do intend to purchase the 14 volumes once/if I start working/earning though.
@StarfleetCpt: Any luck yet?
| 08-22-09, 6:08 PM
Well, I have some news I guess, I was doing some work for a magazine and they're interested in more of Ashinano's work, especially for Kabu no Isaki. They're even wondering if he would illustrate for them. I'm supposed to give them a copy of Kabu no Isaki by Monday.
| 08-20-09, 10:15 PM
Well... fantastic series that I apparently picked the wrong time to get into, as it seems the fandom which had been like a festi--*shot*
But anyway, seriously, nothing quite so depressing as looking for the fandom of a series and finding that like, half the links are long-since broken. I'm sure I could make another lame joke correlating that to the theme of the series but that would be just a little too postmodern, and/or the verbal/thematic equivalent of an Escher painting.
On that note, I know I'm a terrible person for asking, but are there/have there ever been scans of the artbook? The thing is up to over double its original price and the only place to get it from is seller listings on Japanese Amazon, apparently. Which is still amazon so you can do the ordering in English but I don't know how the shipping would work out, and anyway $70 is a bit steep for an artbook.
Also, randomly has anyone ever used Acclimate Solution Inc.'s translation services? And if so are they any good? I mean, aside from the last volume there are cheaper ways to get the rest of the series, seemingly, and I don't know as having a translation sheet would be any better than just consulting the scans, but seeing that they offer the service now I'm curious.
| 08-20-09, 12:13 AM
And I'm just glad that people are still discussing the series, even though it wasn't that popular in the western hemisphere. Even though I hardly read whatever goes on in here, or pander, but it's comforting to know that there are related souls at works still.
| 08-12-09, 8:26 PM
And i'm glad to find other people who like the manga as much as me.
| 08-11-09, 11:03 AM
Well either way, welcome to the club Ogami! I'm glad someone else likes it as much as the rest of us!
| 08-11-09, 9:43 AM
Though apples and pears are quite alike in several ways when you think about it. Methinks it's closer to "apples and oranges", or even the less often used "apples and orcas." Which doesn't change the fact that they're both critically acclaimed manga and possibly the best in their respective genres.
Still, even though I've encountered a number of impressive comics such as
Lone Wolf and Cub
and Neil Gaiman's
, only YKK left an impression strong enough to affect my attitude and perception of the world in some manner.
| 08-11-09, 8:00 AM
It's not really compareble even if they are both manga. Kind of an "apple, pear situation" at least this is what we call it around here ( i don't know if it makes sense to you) it means two very different things. But if you are into samurais, i recommend Lone Wolf And Cub.
| 08-10-09, 6:33 PM
Ah, yes, I doubt I'll ever find a manga or any comic better than this. It's great to hear about more people discovering it.
| 08-10-09, 3:35 PM
I'm the newest mamber. I just started to read the manga and it's a thing of beauty. Every page is a delight to look at. Quite moving.
| 07-21-09, 3:06 AM
I have faith! Pander.us/ykk will surely return to us at some point, along with new chapters and new discussion. If YKK has taught us anything; there's no need to rush.
| 07-21-09, 2:36 AM
On the bright side, it won't disappear unless all of MAL goes down for one reason or another.
the other place
, I haven't the slightest idea when/if it's going up again. Maybe I'll take a shot at translations after graduation (still so far away...). What we've been taught so far in Japanese and Photoshop still isn't enough.
Sidestory: I just discovered and joined a "Japanese culture appreciation" organization at our school (And I've been oblivious of its existence for the past 4 years). Hopefully, I could introduce Ashinano's works to a few more people so that they'd have something more to talk about besides J-pop and the latest shounen action series.
| 07-20-09, 11:13 PM
So...I guess this club is as quiet as Cafe Alpha ;_;
And so is Pander.us/ykk...when is the server move going to be finished?
| 05-30-09, 2:22 AM
I'll be without internet for the most part of summer TT_TT
| 05-28-09, 3:55 AM
I guess it's all just down to the elves now.
Some new chapters are going to make for some great summer reading!
| 05-27-09, 8:14 AM
On the bright side, somebody had already purchased the first volume so we do know that at least they do have access to raws.
Please let me know if these come out ok, they may need some clean-up. Note that Cover11 has the first page of Chapter 6. A few posted raws should boost morale till the elves have the whole thing ready.
| 05-27-09, 3:46 AM
I was wondering if everyone was getting the "Maintenance Mode" on Age of Evening Calm... So that'd be a yes.
On the Kabu No Isaki front, I'm also very much looking forward to new chapters!
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