This release includes both the main comic from this issue as well as a few semi-related pages of the magazine, including an additional 1-page Captain Ninja comic about MK II.
I have a lot of people I want to thank for their help for this release. The translation has been brought to you by the efforts of grungethemovie who will hopefully be joining us for some more Captain Ninja soon. He even made the bonus page this time. Also would like to thank wilddiverse from the Technodrome forums for pointing us to the scans, and http://www.datacassete.com.br/ for scanning them. And finally we also got a little outside help on this one that was quite appreciated. Hopefully more Captain coming in the near-ish future!
Yeah no kidding! At least I think this is the first time we’ve done this, I’m too lazy to look it up and that laziness is exactly why I assume we haven’t. Anyway, here’s the comic that follows the Evermore one we just posted, a short Dragon Ball Z comic with an amusing end. It was a pretty easy thing to do so we went ahead and did it.
The other day I discovered that there is in fact another book of Spanish manga published by Hobby Consolas. And we have scans of the entire thing this time! After flipping through it I was astounded to find a mock-Toriyama Secret of Evermore comic! I instantly demanded this become a priority job for Opentrain and now I can share it with you all. This file has the longest filename thus far for us, so here it is in all it’s glory: Mangas & Videogames 1st National Competition – Secret of Evermore Adventures [Opentrain].cbr!
Of course we will be doing more of this book. It’s at least as insane as the other one we’ve worked on from this magazine, so you know we’re all about this.
It’s been an interesting week or so behind the scenes for Opentrain, and it’s looking like we’ll have at least a couple more releases coming up actually soon this time around!
Note: This post was eaten! I posted this release and then the server owner had to move to a new box and used an out of date backup. So this is me attempting to remember what I posted last time!
So it looks like I did that unofficial hiatus thing again this year, sorry about that. Anyway, now we’re back with something completely different than anything we’ve done before! Thanks to the hard work of my Japanese friend jumpAlice, Opentrain presents Megaton Punch 6 (partial).
Note that this is from a doujinshi and is adult in nature, more so than any of our previous releases. Megaton Punch 6 is part of a series of doujinshi put out by Kenichi Sonoda and some friends of his. This particular release is just Mr. Sonoda’s portion of the book. This is sort of a dream project for me, as I am a huge nerd for his artwork, and here he is making a manga with lots of video game jokes and innuendo. Hopefully we will be doing more of his work in the future.
And thus, the end of the Super Turtles saga. Or is it? There is actually some full-color comics created for the action figures and magazines (I think), that we will probably eventually do once we find scans of them all. They are however an alternate version of the same story, so this particular story should indeed be complete. We also have yet another TMNT manga project already somewhat in the works, although it’s unrelated to Super Turtles.
Also, sorry about the downtime. Hopefully a release makes up for it!
Finally I have something to release today. After a long hiatus and then a long “I’m out of hiatus now but still lazy as shit” I finally got something done and here you go. Club Nintendo comics from 1994: Airbag my ass, madame!
In this release you can see the end of Mario’s time-traveling adventure that started in 1993, and a 4-chapter story about Kirby as a detective, complete with lots of cultural references to TV shows. Also they seemed to like Plok a fair bit this year, enough to have him appear in both story lines.
I didn’t announce it but I basically took January off as a “personal month” to play a bunch of videogames and take it easy. So now that it’s February I’m going to try and get back to work. No promises on anything actually getting released this month, but know that at least something is being worked on again.
Time to do some shameless begging. The tl;dr is that I want someone to translate Japanese materials for Opentrain. Yeah, we have a joint project going for doing the Japanese TMNT stuff, but I want to get a new in-house member for game stuff. Preferably someone who is comfortable working with Kanji and plays old videogames. If you are interested in joining the glamorous* world of fan translation of manga, please contact me via email. You can get my address on the about page on this blog. Note that this job in no way involves payment or reimbursement. It’s a hobbyist deal and we just do it because we like the material. A successful “hire” could either hang out with us all in IRC to work or just correspond with me via email. Your English does not have to be 10000% perfect either, I will help you polish up rough translations into more natural sounding English. Could be a learning experience for the both of us.
What could we be working on if we did indeed get help from such an individual? I’ve got the following things in mind already (and the raw scans sitting on my drive):
A two chapter X-Blades manga.
A 5 chapter Popful Mail manga.
Several volumes worth of assorted Dragon Quest 4koma.
Some game-related hentai doujinshi by Yoshizaki Mine and Kenichi Sonoda.
People wanting to translate with us can also present material they are interested in working on, of course, and if it seems like something we’d be into we could do that instead. I’d really like to do Quinty and Valis someday, if I could get my hands on the pages.
I also have probably dozens of volumes of (non game related) manga by artists I enjoy (that are also mostly ignored by translation groups) that I would totally do given a willing and able translator to work with. Stuff like Sonoda’s early SF works and… pretty much anything by Shimpei Itoh, like Cutey Honey a Go Go! and Tokyo Bomber Girls. Hell I’d even do Buichi Terasawa’s Cobra stuff if someone wants to help out.
*glamor not guaranteed, or to actually be expected.
After like a month of off and on work, Super Turtles Vol 2 is ready at last. Here you go.
This volume has the TMNT and pals taking a vacation on the beach, and then things happen. It features both April in a one-piece and Splinter in what would probably be totally canon-accurate beachwear. I mention it on the credits page too, but back when I released the “coming soon” image for this series I mistakenly said it was two volumes, but it’s actually three. And of course the third volume will be coming eventually.