Archive for ‘Oedo Unpluged!’

May 19, 2017

Oiran Kotoba (Oedo!! Un❤️pluged! Ch. 3)

by slyborg

外八文字 – Soto Hachi Monji

Remember that I mentioned that I’m a sucker for kimonos? Probably the only kimonos more elaborate than those worn by the traditional oiran courtesans of old Edo and Kyoto are those worn by the royal family for special occasions, the jūnihitoe or 12-layer kimono. The kimono of the oiran functioned as an advertisement of her wealth and status as well as advertisement in the direct sense by drawing attention to her during the processions called oiran dōchū around the pleasure districts during which the oiran with her attendants and servants would stroll down the streets in full regalia.

In this chapter, we meet Hatsune of Yoshiwara, an oiran and my waifu for this series. Do not steal.

>> Get Oedo!! Unpluged Ch. 3 here <<
[Translator: slyborg  Clean: Rayleigh Typesetter: slyborg]

A specific element of the oiran processions is the special step used by the oiran to enable them to walk in the 15 cm tall shoes called the 三枚歯下駄 sanmaiba geta or “3-toothed clogs” without tripping and without stomping inelegantly like an elephant in the heavy wooden footwear. The soto hachimonji literally means “outside in the shape of the kanji for eight” and refers to how the oiran tilts the geta outward as in the shape of the 八 kanji for the number 8, and then swings her foot forward in a semi-circle, sliding the edge of the geta along the ground as she places one foot in front of the other. As one might imagine, this required a certain amount of skill to perform without error.

Thanks again to Rayleigh for much excellent cleaning and redraw for this chapter! RootP on deck, please continue to wait warmly.

 

March 25, 2017

Last Dango in Edo (Oedo!! Un❤️pluged! Ch. 2)

by slyborg

Tokugawa SpaceX Test Launch

More OU for you.

>> Get Oedo!! Unpluged Ch. 2 here <<
[Translator: slyborg  Clean: Rayleigh Typesetter: slyborg Proof: Rayleigh]

Your cultural/historical note here is the loan amount that appears in this chapter – 10 ryō. During the Tokugawa Shogunate, one ryō was considered roughly the equivalent in value to 1 koku, the amount of rice needed to feed a person for a year. 10 ryō would be an enormous sum for a shop owner, and of course at 90% interest the loan shark has no intention of allowing it to ever be successfully repaid.

Thanks to Rayleigh for much appreciated help cleaning and proofing this chapter, and thanks to Kicchiri’s translator Ditch, who helped me decipher Shogunate-era legalese in cursive!

 

February 25, 2017

Welcome To Rock & Roll Fight! (Oedo!! Un❤️pluged! Ch. 1)

by slyborg
Rock Over Japan

Rock Over Japan

So, new project. Since we’re a dead scan group, seems appropriate that we should focus on dead manga, ne? I believe we have hit upon a foolproof strategy here : No Raws, No Serialization, and No Furigana. This pretty much drops the hijack probability to zero. All of these properties are present in Oedo!! Unpluged by Shinji Inamitsu. This was a 2009-2010 vintage effort that just stopped after 20 chapters; while never officially ended per se,  since Inamitsu moved from Shogakukan to Akita Shoten it’s fairly unlikely to see a continuation. However, the series was charming while it lasted, and as long-term readers here may recall, I’m a sucker for kimonos…

>> Get Oedo!! Unpluged Ch. 1 here <<
[Translator: slyborg  Typesetter: slyborg Proof: shane]

Story here is pretty straightforward – Japanese high school Rocker Grrl goes back in time and has adventures in Old Tokyo. Later on there is a Fightan Tensai Loli, which satisfies the other required criteria for manga I scanlate, which is of course fightan lolis.

This being Suimasen … Translation Notes!
– The Tenpō Era this takes place in refers to the Imperial nengō or era which ran from 1830-1844. The 5th year of Tenpō would make the year 1835 or 173 years before the 2008 present of the manga. The shōgun at this time was Tokugawa Ienari, “…who was known as a degenerate who kept a harem of 900 women and fathered over 75 children.” Just like my Asian burlesques!
– On p. 29, the “Danjuurou” referred to would have been Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII, the 8th to adopt that name in the famous Ichikawa family of kabuki actors. The last of the lineage to carry the name was the 12th, who died in 2013, but his son is also a kabuki actor of note.

Also would like to welcome our new staffer shane, who was drafted into proofing duty here. His main responsibility is Juuden-chan, of which we should have a new chapter out shortly, but please continue to wait warmly.