Next release date is… Friday night in LA, 8/10/2018.

Blood Sweat &…Heels? 9th Year Anniversary Release #9

Blood Sweat &…Heels? 9th Year Anniversary Release #9

The promised ninth release that made me succumb to fever. (It was actually food poisoning.) (Do people normally run fevers when they catch food poisoning?)

I could introduce Suppli by saying, “…From the author of &,” but of course I won’t. (Even though I just did, didn’t I? Heh.) Suppli really stands out on its own as something quite different altogether. The mood is, of course, the signature downbeat Okazaki. But one thing I love is that it’s about work and life. My office life with all of its stressful workplace politics, gender inequality, and burgeoning romances lives in-between these pages. THIS. IS. MY. LIFE. SOMEONE. UNDERSTANDS. (๑◕︵◕๑)

The story opens up with Minami leaving for work on a day her boyfriend has off. He sulkily asks her the dreaded question, “Which is more important to you – work or me?” In my mind, I was like, to hell with you, Guy Whose Name I already Forgot! Let the girl go to work! I mean, just look at this stink-face he makes when she’s about to leave:

But if I had to be honest, it was a question that I struggled with internally for a very long time.

Suppli was published by Shodensha, and ran in the magazine Feel Young since 2004. It ended its serialization in the December 2009 issue. I had been reading Feel Young almost religiously back then, but when SwirlyOwl brought Suppli up as a potential project to me, I admit there was a moment where I paused and scratched my head. I was so busy reading my favorites, that I completely missed out on this amazing story.

Thank you to the Suppli team for working hard to get this chapter done. Thank you, Megan, for letting me disturb you late at night on Discord to proofread again and again. Thank you, Aerial, for all of your input. And a BIG thank you to SwirlyOwl for your selfless labor of love. Because of you we got one chapter down, have two volumes cleaned and ready, and plenty more on the way.

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Release Updates:
As you saw in Part 1 of our Anniversary release, we did have new projects. A few more on the way. We don’t release any new projects without having cleans prepared in advance for more consistent releases. But if you’re worried about us losing focus, let me reassure you that our main goal is to finish up our ongoing projects. We will be resuming all of our ongoing projects in the months ahead, including favorites like Futago and Toribako House.

Please leave a comment if you have questions about any particular series.

Procrastination & Release

Procrastination & Release

Normal people usually do their spring cleaning in the spring when the weather is more pleasant. The Ito household, however, has a touch of the Goldilocks Syndrome. This year, we planned on doing it early, but Weather, itself, whimsical and impervious to our pleas for stability, kept cartwheeling around us. Either it was “too hot” or “too cold”, and we were left to assure ourselves that we would get around to it – like, really, seriously buckle ourselves down for it – once it was “just right.” We were content with saying, “Well, we like waiting for things!” And then several months later summer came and swept us up into a fiery furnace of heat, making it impossible to budge even a centimeter without breaking a sweat.

And the consequences? Why, merely being boxed in on all sides by the crystallized form of our book-hoarding mentality, with not an inch of free space! Therefore, no other choice proffered up except the one: Get off our lazy butts and start moving!

Good morning to you

Good morning to you

When Hats asked me to write this release post, I panicked a little. English is not my first language and I have been feeling down lately, which doesn’t help with inspiration. I have gotten better over the years but a part of me still believes that I don’t deserve to be successful and happy. Dealing with these feelings has been harder than usual these last few months, which is why I have been inactive for some time. It is part of the reason why you didn’t get a release earlier. Everything is not bleak though. Summer has finally arrived, after an unusually long winter. These are the months that I love the most. At this time of year, the flowers of the linden tree next to my house get golden when the sun sets. It never fails to lift my mood. Today, fittingly, I bring you some of my favorite projects. I hope you will enjoy these chapters as much as I did.

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Just You, Me, and Sekine

Just You, Me, and Sekine

Forgive me, Readers. Here I am sitting on a wooden crate in the middle of my bedroom, surrounded by boxes upon boxes and stringed up books and manga. My laptop is resting on a detached piece of ply-wood, which I slid on top of two, stacked up filing crates from Wal-Mart to create a makeshift table. I feel like I cursed the release by setting a deadline for myself. Who knew I’d have so many obstacles in my way just trying to come online? My laptop going haywire, for one. PS keeps glitching on it. But when I think of all the obstacles the Sekine’s Love staff had to go through in order to finish the final chapter, my daily battles seem to pale in comparison.

I wish I could have least made a special card for them. I mean, we are going to be putting out the last and final chapter of Sekine’s Love, for Pete’s sake! My original plan was to release it with the revised editions of Volumes 1-4 and give everyone a big surprise. But just look at my current living situation. It’s like fighting an uphill battle right now. Revised chapters will eventually materialize. skippyskippy has already tackled the first part of it. Guess right now it’s only a matter of when. Lots of chapters I needed to get out but was unable to. I’ll chip away at them slowly until I find a new apartment.

Tonight, it’s just you, me, and Sekine.