Howdy everyone, this is LD and I thought I’d do an update post for anyone out there who’s reading any of the series we work on.
Panzuriel is in a pretty busy time right now and may not have much time to work on things for a few more weeks. Since I review most of my scripts with him, it’s going to delay some of the scripts for a while, but I’ll be continuing to work on things in the meantime. This will affect some of our series, as I’ll explain:
For Velvet Kiss, we have our copy of Volume 3 and Ziggy is beginning to scan it. I have the scripts for the first two chapters but they’ll need review since there’s quite a lot of vague foreshadowing and this is the kind of series where any inaccuracies can really mess stuff up later. We know people are really awaiting this and we’re not trying to drop the ball on it. I’m a little uncertain about how we’ll pace the releases. There’s going to be a volume 4 but it won’t come out for another 7 or 8 months. Unless someone can find us a reliable source of Comic Vitaman raws, we’ll need to translate the volumes, so if we rush through it now then it’s going to be a very long wait. I guess we’ll see what happens!
A new Ring x Mama chapter is in editing and should be out within a week or so. That’s the last reviewed script but I’m planning on building up more to review once we get a chance.
Panzuriel recently finished the translation of The Secret Devil-chan chapter 6 and it’s in editing. We know people have been patiently waiting for this one and it’s a very good, funny chapter. It’s a series that takes a lot of time and effort to translate and edit, but it shouldn’t be too much longer now.
Makunouchi Deluxe is proceeding very well and you’ll see more coming pretty soon. Personally I’m really looking forward to translating the great conclusion and checking one series off the list.
I just finished the script for Koimoku Chapter 8 but there’s a few spots awaiting review as well, so that might delay it for a little bit. After that it’s off to FTH for editing, with a sigh of relief on my part since chapter 9 won’t be coming out until the end of November.
Rutta and Kodama is being translated by Yumeko and she’s working on chapter 2, last I checked.
Finally, Hana no Iro is a bit uncertain. It’s the project of one of our editors Nomine, and recently he’s been out of commission. When or if he’s able to return to editing, there are scripts waiting. If not then we’ll try and make sure it gets a new home, I suppose, but we’ll need to give it a little more time in any case.
We also have a few more doujinshi from Yumeko’s haul and they’re being worked on between everything else. Finally, there’s one additional series which we’re planning on starting as a joint project soon. I’m not entirely sure when it’s going to come out but I think people will enjoy it once it does.
So we hope that gives you a useful update if you’ve been checking the site for our new releases. We try not to push back too hard when people ask us for updates, but hopefully this gives a sense of all the stuff that’s going on at the moment.
After Ryoma’s newest, uh, conquest, he finds his work life has been complicated still further. Won’t you cut this poor guy some slack? He just wants everyone to get along. Fer cryin’ out loud…
Just one more chapter left in volume 3! This was the first chapter edited by arunin, so we hope you enjoy it!
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Sorry it’s taken me so long to introduce myself properly! My name is Mi-chan, and hopefully you’ll be seeing a lot of me soon, and I’ll even have my own personal blog! You’ll have to let me know what you’d like to see though, a section of ‘Ask Mi-chan anything?’ for example, or maybe something else? I don’t want to bore you all though, that’s for sure!
I for one love manga, especially h-manga and doujinshi, which is where the important news comes in. The Soba-Staff is completely swamped with work on the editors side of the table. Right now there are only 2 active editors, and boy do they have their hands full! It’s creating quite a back log with releases as you all have probably noticed the slow down with releases. I promise it’s not due to lack of content to release, or even lack of interest – there’s just simply too much we want to release to you all! You see… I have quite a collection of manga, and some of the stuff we could have never gotten had it not been for you all! Ziggy must scan it all, plus she’s been editing Ring x Mama and Velvet kiss along with various doujinshi. Kiss-Shot has his hands full with C79 material, and we haven’t even began to be able to start Makunouchi Deluxe Vol. 2 yet!
Needless to say, we need more editors! ○|￣|＿
What Editors do:
Editors have a lot of responsibility. Some groups have “cleaners” and “typsetters” but Editors here carry both duties. You’ll be taking raw manga pages and cleaning them making them more crisp and clean along with removing the Japanese dialogue. That means anything from text inside bubbles to “floating text” where text is covering images. That means you’ll be redrawing the image (don’t worry, it’s more about technique than artistic ability) and putting the English text on as if it were the original text.
Editing is all about using mirrors and making things look legit – but may not necessarily be legit. As you learn different techniques you’ll be able to apply them and it’ll help you along the way.
English is a very important tool too. Our translators work very hard to make sure their translations are clear and error free, but they’re human too – and sometimes will make a mistake here or there that just kind of sounds a little awkward. As an Editor its helpful if while editing you notice ‘hmm, this sounds strange’ or ‘hmm, I don’t really understand what they mean with this panel’ and you’ll go to the translator and ask them about it.
Lots of free time! (Seriously! Editing is tons of work and takes up quite a bit of time!)
Must be willing to work on manga series. A lot of time (for some unknown reason) people prefer doing only one-shots and/or doujinshi. That’s great, and we certainly enjoy them as well, but please be willing to put in some commitment!
Patience, patience, patience! Editing takes a little bit to learn, and it’s one of those things you learn from mistakes. Please know that editing is very tedious but rewarding role in Soba-Scans!
Experience? Nope, that’s not necessary. Ziggy is more than willing to teach you hands on and show you the ropes. In fact – she prefers you to be new at this. However, if you’re experienced with editing – then that’s great! But Soba-Scans holds high expectations for their releases, and we ask you to please be willing to adjust and maybe even do things a bit differently than you were previously used to.
Please note: Ziggy works lots of hours at her (paying) job. If you have the eager heart and seek to learn how to edit then keep in mind it may be later at night (12am~2am EST). Kiss-Shot is a great example of someone who didn’t know how to edit but became a great member of the team. He will also be more than willing to help out and teach editing as well!
Photoshop! If you don’t know how to edit, then you must have at least CS4. Sorry, MSPaint just doesn’t do the job! Ｏ(≧▽≦)Ｏ
— just introduce yourself, and don’t be afraid to be chatty (she’s a chatterbox and loves conversation!) Let us know how experienced you are (and don’t be afraid to say ‘I don’t have a clue how to use Photoshop’ !!!) That won’t effect your chance to become an editor at all. We’re looking for people who want to be part of the team, and looking for people who have dedication to very tedious role. We need willpower, someone with a lot of free time, and patience – if we can get that out of you, we have no problem teaching you how to edit.
And don’t forget! Let me know what you’d like to see from me in the future!
Oh, and in case you’re wondering: The next Ring x Mama chapter will be released within a week. Promise!
Round 20 of Ring x Mama is here with its promised rematch with King Kong and Shouhei Cobra vs. Justice Askua and Princess Kanzakura. Things get serious in the ring this round with Jipang’s dirty plans, and Ryoma also gets a taste of cruel reality realizing that sometimes management isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be.
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So what’s everybody think?
Tyaeth and I have been working the past few hours on getting this new look together for Soba-Scans. We (well, mostly I did) thought it’d be nice for a refreshed new look for Soba-Scans. (I think it’s a girl thing) You’re probably going to notice a few odd ends here and there with picture placement, etc. I have to fix all those things hand by hand and it takes quite some time T_T You’ll notice other odd things like the comment button is on the footer of each post now instead of the header (not quite sure how to change that >_<) But I hope everyone likes it!
Our banner is probably the biggest difference to be seen right away. The drawing was done by a Fakku user named Akichuu who has been kind enough to do future artwork with us. She’s an amazing artist who goes to anime conventions all year round and sells her artwork there. You can check out her DeviantArt account [
If you read or watch Kaichou wa maid-sama! you’ll really enjoy this doujinshi. It takes place during Misaki’s visit to Usui’s apartment to celebrate his birthday. Everyone at Maid Latte has a different idea of what could possibly be going on between the two that night and you get a peek inside their imagination. It’s quite cute and it does feel like an extra chapter to the manga, so it’s quite rewarding in that aspect. Just a little extra snippet of the potential plot, because – really we all know everyone was doing that while Misaki went out haha.
Also, check out the top of our blog and you’ll notice a “Completed Projects” button. Go ahead and check it out! It’s not nearly finished yet, and under a lot of construction, but take a look at the One-Shots/Anime section and if you select “Kaichou wa Maid-sama!” you’ll see how everything will appear when it’s finished Let me know what you think of it and if it’ll be helpful for you guys! I’ll also be adding an “On-Going Projects” button for you guys to look up things like the current Ring x Mama volume, or any other h-manga we will be working on in the future to see our latest chapters and previous chapters to download from.
I think this will be really helpful for visitors who are new to our blog or don’t frequent it often so they have a way to browse more specifically instead of just by genre’s. But if you’re in a specific mood and see a genre we have that you like, you can still click on it to find our releases that have that perk in it as well!
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Calling all Soba-Fans, I’ve been trying very hard to find myself this doujinshi of Kaichou wa Maid-sama! by the circle m.s.t. Details say it’s a 36 page doujinshi and I’ve stalked the circle’s blog long enough to find out that they’re not going to reprint it.
I want very much to have this and scan it for you all. So I’m going to branch out and ask all our followers to give us a hand and see if any of you can find a vendor online willing to sell it. Or, if you’re just fan-fucking-tastic and can find it for me already scanned online and upload it to me ;D I’ll just probably die of happiness.
Hey everyone, I just wanted to fill you all in some things between our manga releases and to answer some questions a few of you have had over the last week or so.
First I want to mention that everything is about scanned, and Kaichou wa Maid-sama’s Otomebiyori is almost finished. It’s been getting some TLC from me since it’s not typical manga pages. I thought long and hard on whether or not to make it greyscale or keep a pink tint to it like it is on the pages. I decided to keep it as the artist intended, so thus the pages are pink. I fell into a little bit of a jam with that though, because it’s easy to smooth out black and white, but what about pink and brown? So I ended up being sneaky with it, but I got just the effect I wanted. If you guys are interested, you can watch a clip of me (quickly) cleaning up a page to have the quality I want with it.
Unfortunately there’s no music to or anything, haha. Video recording and editing is -not- my area of knowledge. So… play your own playlist and enjoy? lol