Last weekend, my younger brother got married. He invited friends and family over to celebrate. The wedding was decided only a month ago so we had to organize it in a rush. My mother, who can’t handle stress, almost went mad with worry but our efforts paid off. It was beautiful. However, I have to admit that I could do without all the hints that I should be the next to be getting married. Our family is catholic so we were raised with the idea that everyone should aspire to marriage and children, preferably in that order and before the age of thirty. That’s why, ever since I passed the age of twenty-five, the allusions have become frequent. My father usually goes for relative subtlety but my mother, more straightforward, prefers implying very directly that the life I lead is worthless because I haven’t made the same choices as her. My sister-in-law has inadvertently made things worse. I love her. She’s a cheerful and straightforward person and I miss her when she’s not there. However, she keeps teasing me by repeating “You’re next!” with a laugh and I don’t think she realizes it doesn’t amuse me at all.
Speaking of the wedding, one of the highlights of the night was a conversation I had with one of my brother’s friends, one of the few I know. This guy can switch from one topic to another in a surprising and hilarious way. Don’t ask me how, but at some point, he started talking about all the drugs he has tried, and he has tried a few, at least compared to me who has never even smoked, and comparing them. Then he somehow switched to why he is emigrating to another country. We were so absorbed in our conversation we didn’t even realize my younger sister and my cousins were avidly listening to us, probably because we had drunk more than is reasonable. It felt kind of surreal to have such a talk, surrounded by teenagers and the very respectable members of my family, with a guy I see maybe once every five years.
Without any transition, let’s move on to the chapters we’re releasing today:
– Principal vol.04 ch.15 : download | read online
– Teketeke Rendezvous vol.2 ch.11 : download | read online
– Tokyo Alice vol.02 ch.08 : download | read online
– Torch Song Ecology vol.01 ch.04 : download | read online
Before leaving you, I have to add that we badly need staff, especially J-E translators and editors. If you have some free time and want to help speed up or finish a project, we would gladly welcome your help, even if it’s only for a couple of chapters. Don’t hesitate to ask if you need more information.
PROJECTS STATUS :
I’m going to quote Hats directly here: “We are trying to catch up on all our ongoing projects, including everyone’s beloved Sekine. We hope to finish 3 AM Dangerous Zone, Gad Sfortunato, Himawari, and Mani Mani during May. Once we finish these, we will be able to start some new projects, like Futagashira, Suppli, Love Master X and Heibon Ponch”.
I’m a little late to the party, but I just had to share regarding your “age of twenty-five” comment: one of my guy friends married a very nice (if a little nutty) Japanese lady, and apparently there’s a long time joke in Japan. Women are like Christmas cakes. By the 25th, they start going stale. At 30 you need to chuck them out. Next year you get a new one.
No wonder she married an American white guy who treats her right.
Thank you very much for the releases!!
Please, can you re-upload the link for chapter 06 of Tokyo Alice (Forum)?
Thank you very much!
Links for ch1-8 fixed on forum! 🙂
Thanks so much for the releases, can you fix the download link for Tokyo Alice vol.02 ch.08? Thanks again.
It’s fixxxxed! 🙂
Thanks for the release!! Today is a good day, it seems. I’m definitely excited for what’s to come this month. And the future projects as well. Especially Suppli. I’m a huge fan of Okazaki Mari, so I even attempted reading the Korean raws (slowly, painfully) but I only got as far as the first volume, haha.
I deal with the same thing, and to make matters worse I’m asexual (definitely) and aromantic (more likely than not). Thank all the lords I live in a country where it’s not cool to discuss your love life or sex life in public, or I’d have been found out already. As it is, no one knows yet, but I dread what will happen one day when they do. I’m only 24, so there’s still time, but I’m gonna have to find someone to marry eventually. I’m too frightened to live on my own once my parents are too old and my sister marries and moves away. If only I could find an ace guy… Though that’s highly unlikely, I guess there’s always hope.
I had the same thoughts as “Stiletto” above me, on the topic of that guy you were talking to at the wedding. He sounds like bad news.
On to more relevant topics: thanks so much for Torch Song, and I’m ecstatic to hear you’re considering Futagashira.
I can’t wait to start reading Futagashira either. We’ve already started working on it!
Regarding this guy, to be honest, we hardly know each other and it’s unlikely to change, so in any case, he won’t be dangerous to me. But when we started talking, I was still picturing him (naively), as the teenager he was when we last met, so the scales fell from my eyes rather brutally. I wish him luck on his future endeavours though, since he’s moving out of the country soon.
More importantly, I don’t really have any magical advice to give you, but I hope you will get to live as you want. Marrying just in order not to be alone seems more scary to me than living alone, but that’s my opinion.
Who knows, Mine-chan? I kind of disagree with everyone about the guy (naively?). Sometimes guys talk nonsense because they’re nervous and don’t know what will grab a girl’s attention. I think he was just trying to get you to listen to him, no matter what it was. Heck, I’ve been known to say really stupid stuff when I like a guy.
The hopeless romantic in me wants him to be all like, “I just had to see you again before I go…” /heart squeezes from the uber-cuteness of a scene like that.
Thank you 🙂
Thank you so much, the chapters are so nice!
Principal is my favourite project, so i think it would be nice to see ant updates more often ;_;
So, thanks, and good luck with yours irl affairs! ^^
Trust me, you are not missing out on anything not being married. I love my husband & son but there are times when I will look back and wonder, what if… What if I pursued my dreams as an architect first? What if I traveled the world first? Now there’s really no time for myself, and I feel like I’ve forgotten who I really am, besides “wife” and “mom” and “sister.” So forget what other people say. There’s no harm in you taking your time to live your life for YOURSELF right now. You’re still young, and the world’s not the same place it was when your mother was growing up (though I’m sure she’s a wonderful woman.)
Let’s hope this boy-man you’ve met at the wedding will be a thing of the past. He sounds like the “bad boy” type. Irresistible, yet profoundly not good. Unless he drops the drug talk. The “mom” in me kicks into high gear whenever I hear stuff like that. I just want to pull him by the ears.
But then again, you were actually interested in a guy. Minelauva…interested…in the male species? Hmmmmmm. ( ˘ ³˘)♥
Haha. We’ve never been particularly close. I mentioned this because I was amused he would talk about this kind of things at a wedding, with someone he hasn’t seen in about ten years. If he had been my younger brother, I would definitely have given him a talk, but he’s not so I just listened. At some point, he realized I was amused because he stopped talking and asked me : “You’re just (internally) laughing at me, arent’ you ?”. But he’s a nice guy. Still immature but he’s aware of it so I think he will be alright.