Changing Aesthetics

I forgot to enable the comments for my last post! I made a mental note to make sure to turn them on whenever I post after Kelly made the same mistake before, but I still forgot! To be honest, it’s not much of a concern, but I get excited to read any comment we receive, so it’s a shame for me.

It’s not very apparent to the average reader, but my typesetting has been evolving over the time I’ve been here. Some of it’s because I discover a new trick to make give a certain visual effect or change my workflow, but the main reason is that my sense of what looks good changes. In fact, it can happen while I’m still working on a single chapter (not that means much seeing how our releases are so spread apart, but I’m sure you get the jist).

As an example, from the Gakuen Ouji chapter we’re releasing today, the following “yank” SFX:


I remember feeling so proud of it while I was typesetting it, but looking back on it a few days later, it suddenly felt messy and lacking in impact. The “grab” SFX is the opposite; while typesetting it didn’t “feel right”, but now it seems pretty okay to me… though I’m not really digging the font I used for when the girl says “I gotcha!” anymore…

There’s always a lot of things I’m unsatisfied with, but if my typesets portray the intended intensity and feeling, then I usually leave them alone. They may not be perfect, or anywhere close to perfect, but I hope they make your experience reading each chapter more colourful, emotive and exciting.

(Featured image is by NanoMortis)

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Impediments to Promises

Over a month ago I said that the next chapter of Gakuen Ouji would be out in, at most, three weeks. Alas, today I write this blog post, head hung in shame, as someone who has broken their pledge for something as menial as… video games. Yes, I freely admit that the reason this chapter hadn’t come out three weeks earlier is that I’d gotten caught up in playing gosh darn Mass Effect. I apologise profusely.

It’s been a year since the last Gakuen Ouji chapter. In fact, it seems that we have a tendency to release two or so Gakuen Ouji chapters per year. We’re definitely drawing it out a bit too much, especially since the series ended YEARS ago, but I think I’d be happy if at least one person is still excitedly waiting for its next chapter.

Anyway, without further ado, the release!

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Colloquialism and I

Most people would agree that the vast majority of the text within a manga is dialogue. Taking a step further, a huge portion of shoujo manga features teenagers in an urban setting using colloquial language. As a proofreader, it’s important (in my opinion) to understand the nuances of different styles of English, but the informal language is where I struggle.

As a part-time social recluse, I have difficulty determining how people normally word things when they communicate face-to-face. What makes it worse is that different people, especially from different parts of the world, have differing connotations with certain phrasings/contractions. I remember a few years back, while we were discussing what kind of speech patterns would best bring out Naruse’s personality (Naruse is from Namaikizakari), Joey said that she thought ‘gonna’, an informal contraction for ‘going to’, sounded like something a gangster would say. Where I’m from, we don’t exactly have much of a ‘gangster culture’ (so to speak), so it definitely wasn’t an association I would have ever made. In fact, I say ‘gonna’ all the time, and I’m the furthest thing from a gangster.

So, as this all came to mind, I thought, “Who better to ask than the ones that do all this scanlating stuff for?” In other words, you guys. If you’ve bothered reading through all this, I would appreciate it if you leave a comment letting me know how you view words like ‘gonna’, ‘wanna’, etc. Would it sound right to you if an average high schooler used those contractions in a manga (of course, I wouldn’t use them for uptight characters and the like)? And do you say ‘have a bath’ or ‘take a bath’? ‘It’s not’ or ‘It isn’t’?

Anyway, today I present Nice Guy Syndrome! Psst, I tried really hard for the SFX on around page 21. See the ‘ta-da’? Made that screentone from scratch. Also tried pretty hard to get the drop shadow outline the inside like that (there’s probably an easier way to get that effect, but meh). Do you like it?

P.S. I’m currently labouring away at chapter 33 of Gakuen Ouji! It should be out in a week or two! Or three!

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Despite How It May Seem, We’re Alive

That’s right! You’re not just seeing things! After over half a year, we bring you new chapters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Will this release mark the start of a new era for Mystic Iris? Or are we already doomed, this release only serving as a means to avert our eyes away from our impending demise?

I really hope that it isn’t the latter.

With that prayer in mind, you may move on to enjoy the goods (if you didn’t read my heartfelt message, you suck).


Gakuen Ouji – Volume 8, Chapter 31
Biyaku Cafe – Volume 6 Chapter 28 – Chapter 28.1 (Joint with Decadence Scans)