And now for something new: Macross The First. For those who aren't aware, this is the "Macross" version of Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's "Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin." It's written and illustrated by Haruhiko Mikimoto, who worked with Shoji Kawamori on the Super Dimensional Fortress: Macross anime series.
It's worth pointing out that (from what I've read) The First is nowhere nearly so different (or good) as The Origin. I would attribute this to Mikimoto's role in the original series being fairly minimal--he did the character design, and wouldn't have been deeply involved in the writing and direction of the show. As such, The First is a fairly conservative adaptation--whereas Yasuhiko was able to freely explore the story and characters he helped to create, I feel that Mikimoto's work on The First is perhaps unduly constrained by his personal friendship to Kawamori, to whom the story belongs.
Still, it's Macross! And it's Mikimoto! So it's safe to expect an invigoratingly classic sci-fi romp with absolutely stunning art! It's well worth the read. Here's hoping it manages to improve on the original tale without sacrificing any of the elements that made it such an enduring classic.
Which, uh... basically just means, "Kaifun must be absent or die. Painfully."
|All I can do is sigh. Heavily.|
#1: Still not a translation blog.
#2: I could really use a translator/editor to help me out. I can get overwhelmed on my own, not the least because my Japanese skills are nearly as bad as my English skills.
#3: The Origin has priority over The First.
#4: I really, really need a source for The First raws. I found volume 1 raw, which I used to translate... but the quality was awful. The actual scans I used were from a Spanish scanlation (no idea where they got their raws). That added a pointless extra step, so I'd like to find some new raws. (I could always buy the manga and scan it, but that would take time--and money--I don't really have).
#5: I've decided to open up my email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for input. If you want to volunteer to help me out (in any respect) feel free to contact me. Any rude emails will immediately be blocked as spam, so don't bother. If you want to request that I translate something specific, recommend it to me and (if it interests me and I have the time) I'll do what I can. I won't touch anything overly-violent or sexual, and will limit myself to the mecha genre. Because, really, it's 2012! There's still a bunch of awesome robot manga left to translate!
Well, that's all I've got for now. Expect to see another release for both The First (which only has 2 chapters for the first volume) and The Origin before the end of the month.