Darkness Walk with Me
So everyone is talking about the launch of Insidescanlation.com, a new website dedicated to the history of scanlation. More than offering information about the evolution of our hobby and the people involved, the website also puts a lot of things in perspective for people like me who have only been living on the “fringe” of the community. Although Kotonoha has been around for a few years I still feel like we have barely outgrown our infant state, for the simple reason that we never went through any dramatic changes. Sure, there was the recent hiatus, but other than that things are still almost exactly the same as it was when I created the group. Does this mean we are existing in our own bubble? If so, do we have to destroy the bubble to evolve or is the bubble what gives Kotonoha its identity? Ah geez, look what you did, Insidescanlation.com, getting me all sentimental!
Anyway, enough of this self-centered crap, let’s talk releases, which will hopefully be the only things Kotonoha is remembered for. Today we are launching the 4th volume of Soil with two chapters that set the mood for the entire volume. If you think the previous volumes have been weird and creepy I’m sorry to inform you that things are only going to get worse, or better depending on your expectations. Kaneko has been slowly amassing ammunition, only giving us small peeks at the supernatural force at work in “Soil.” Over the course of the next three volumes, he’s going to lob one grenade after another at us while laughing like a maniac in the dark. At times you will get frustrated at the lack of resolution, but keep in mind that Kaneko has a plan, even though we have to wait till volume 10 to appreciate its full scope.
Fortunately, you don’t have to wait that long to see the end of Kaikisen, because we are giving it to you today! I think the ending fits well with the straightforward story. For what it’s worth, Kaikisen showcases Kon’s early talent (it was his first manga) to tell a gripping story with strong visuals. His style might have evolved a lot since then, but it’s always interesting to trace an artist’s roots.
To make up for the fact that we didn’t release a short story last week, we’re now releasing two instead. Both are from an author most of you should already be familiar with. We scanlated his first work and will no doubt return to him sooner or later. Also note that these short stories represent Kotonoha’s first attempt at creating “SHQ scanlations” (for the lack of a better term). I have long considered taking this step but we didn’t have a good candidate that would actually benefit from the treatment. However, now that the gate has been opened, expect most of our new projects to be done this way.