Roots of A 2

15 02 2010

Unofficial Title: Return of Happy Akiyama.

A very short summary:

It’s July 5 years before the Liar Game. Akiyama is 22 years old and a senior at Teito University. Akiyama happens to be in Professor Okabe’s office when another professor comes in with a problem. Someone has broken into his locked desk drawer, and wants Okabe to help determine who did it. However, the prime suspect happens to be a classmate of Akiyama’s from high-school, Aratani.

I haven’t done the dictionary work yet, but it appears to be the story of how Akiyama learned that doubting others is not bad.

You can download the RAW (originally uploaded by Raw Paradise) here.

So some actual official news +other things

20 10 2009

According to the Young Jump site:

Vol 10 of Liar Game will be released on Nov. 4.

Another Liar Game Book (Invitation) will also be released on Nov. 4.

And the drama will be starting Tuesday Nov. 10 at 9 p.m.

So November is going to be a busy month.

In other news:

One Scanlations has scanlated the entire volume of Roots of A. So if you’re interested in the rest of the short stories from that volume (or just want a higher quality Roots of A scan), go check it out.

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Random News Post

9 10 2009

Just short random bits of scanlation/fandom news:

1. In case you missed it: Roots of A has been turned into a scanlation. Also, if you’re interested in the rest of the short stories, there are translations of those as well.

2. In case you’re wondering what’s up with Null and the release delays: Their RAW scanner disappeared for a bit, and since their policy is to work with only tankobon raws and not magazine raws (the quality of the tankos is MUCH higher than the quality for magazines). When I contacted  to offer to scan, I got a response that the scanner was back.

3. If you’re looking for another site that does LG Analysis: Mangakissa is another site that has a few up. The author does said analysis from a completely different angle than what’s done here, and we don’t quite see eye-to-eye on a few things, but it’s certainly something the analysis hungry among you might want to check out. Especially those who think more mathematically and/or want to avoid spoilers for untranslated rounds.

P.S. Watch for an analysis post sometime this weekend. =D

Roots of A translation.

6 07 2009

Yeah. That’s right. It’s a translation, although it hasn’t been checked or proofread or anything.

The only things I ask is a) that you ask me before reposting or using it in a scanlation, b) you give me a link, and c) you give credit.

Shout Outs!

1 05 2009

I’ve spent most of the the week ignoring the blog part (no new spoilers, no new chapters in Japanese since it’s Golden Week, nothing new on the scanlation front) and working on getting up some chapter synopses.  There were a lot of random references in Chapter 6 either to other Kaitani works, or to Young Jump magazine. So just for fun, a few for your consideration:

  • With the exception of Nao and Leronira, every other character in Liar Game has a name that comes from a race horse or someone in the Japan Racing Association, this reflects Kaitani’s love of horse-racing.
  • Fujisawa has a notice from “YJ Finance.” in his mailbox. YJ refers to “Young Jump, the magazine that serializes Liar Game.
  • Also in Chapter 6, there is a man in the scene wearing a Lycaons jacket. The Lycaons are, of course, the baseball team in One Outs.
  • Satou (baseball guy) makes a comment in Round 2.5 that the Lycaons used L-tickets for fans to vote on their favorite players.
  • Also in Round 2.5: Kikuzawa wears a hoodie with ‘Shinobu’ on it. This is a reference to Shinobu Kaitani, the author.
  • Heck, Kikuzawa himself looks a lot like the way Kaitani portrays himself in one of the “Roots of A” stories. Just add glasses.
  • In Vol. 7, Fukunaga is mentioned to look a lot like Odagiri Kyoko, the heroine of Kaitani’s “The Lies of Mentalist Odagiri Kyoko”. You decide.
  • Apparently, one of the new characters wears a “Young Jump” T-shirt. His nickname? “Yan Jan” based on that shirt.

That’s all that I can come up with now. Have fun.

Roots of A: raws + summary

21 03 2009

This is the first raw I’ve scanned it, and well, I cropped it and saved them as JPG and that’s all. So they’re kind of crappy. But there you have it, Roots of A.

What follows is not a direct translation, but more of a synopsis.  Beware. It is long. But hopefully, it will help you follow with the manga.

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Roots of A

19 03 2009

Not sure if anyone else has heard of it, so here it is:

Roots of A is essentially a manga short featuring Akiyama during his senior year of college. In it, Akiyama and four of his classmates are taking a criminal psychology course and given an assignment where they must construct a profile of a person based on a letter they sent. This outcome of the assignment, plus what the professor says afterwards, is what prompts Akiyama to enter grad-school and continue to study psychology.

It’s not what I expected from a story called, “The Roots of A.” I was thinking that it might give away the whole battle between Akiyama and the Shuuei group. Not so. I also thought it would be longer. Also not so. It’s just a one shot, and I’d like to scan it in for some lovely scanlators to get a hold of. Maybe? Please? Because I’m not sure it’s worth the price for the entire short story collection, if all you want is the Akiyama story.

Anyway, I’m working on translating it right now (it’s complex o.O), and will probably post some analysis later.

But yay for  the chance to see pre-tragedy Akiyama.

Edited to add:

Roots of A raw

Roots of A raw (Read Online/Download)

Roots of A summary

Roots of A analysis

Roots of A translation

The files are completely untranslated, and the quality of the scan isn’t great, but if you’re curious go ahead.  Synopsis post coming when I get done figuring how what the heck is going on. XD