Blood Sweat &…Heels? 9th Year Anniversary Part 1

Just so you know, (because I’ve been dying to tell this story) I went on a road trip with my family not too long ago. All eight of us crammed into the van like sardines, including my infamous sister-in-law. (Yep, that’s right. The one who pretended her foot was hurt to get out of bringing me her wedding invitation.) (Which I can relate to. You invite who you want to invite when it’s YOUR wedding.) (What I can’t relate to is faking an injury.)

(But I digress!)

Somehow we ended up together in the snack aisle at a rest stop. I forget what was said, exactly. She was pissed about everyone not wanting to turn around to go and help her friend whose car broke down. Mimi Papa started to say, “We don’t have tools…”, but Mimi Mama shut him down real fast with an elbow to the stomach.

Anyway, at this point her hair was twisted up in Princess Leia buns. So Princess Leia was up in my face, ranting about how, “…If Jesus’ car broke down, you’d all go and save him right away,” and then my youngest brother, the 19-year-old reformed Mike-Shinoda-wannabe, was like, “Jesus could walk on water, so he wouldn’t need our help,” which was probably the most blasphemous thing she had ever heard in her life because she looked like she was about to cry.

Fed up with the drama, I said, “I came here to use the bathroom, so I’m going to go use the bathroom.”

As I walked away, the 5-foot-one Princess Leia yelled at my retreating back, “Yeah, go ahead and run!”

Instead of going to punch her in the face, I went to sit on the toilet seat, leggings bunched at my ankles, snorting with laughter.

Disclaimer 1: I swear I didn’t actually think of punching her in the face!

Disclaimer 2: Next time we fly!

I’m pretty sure I’m not even using disclaimers correctly. Yep, I’m the same woman in charge of Stiletto Heels Team. Oh, man. I worry for our staff. I mean, I pretty much select people to join based on my gut feeling…

But somehow or other, we managed to string along for nine years. We may have missed a couple of anniversaries – our 6th and 8th – along the way, but we’re in it for the long haul. After our 7th anniversary, our lives got so busy. But our goal for the next year is to be busier with bringing to our readers more consistent releases of some of the best Josei and shoujo series out there.

I really need to thank SwirlyOwl for encouraging me to return. I was one step away from disappearing. Swirly, without your PMs asking me for updates, I probably would have called it quits…

And the ultimate surprise came when so many people showed up for roll call. I seriously screamed like a schoolgirl when I saw Megan, badzphoto, Jel, hirolove, and Aerial, and then melted into a puddle of feels when Lilanar and Minelauva showed up as well. Like, omg, I couldn’t believe I was going to run away from these wonderful people. No, I’m not calling it quits just yet!

Now onto releases…

We had 9 chapters planned in celebration of the 9 years we’ve been active. The 9th release will be a special feature post on Suppli by Okazaki Mari, but to make it extra special, we will be adding some other releases from ongoing projects as well. Be sure to come and visit us again this Saturday, 8/04!

Vol.5, Chapter 23: Read Online || Dwonload Shiro was a such a jerk in the last chapter. Let’s hope he redeems himself here.


Vol.1, Chapter 01: Read Online || Download We’re not counting this as a “new project”, OK? This is the sequel among sequels. The continuation of 3 AM Dangerous Zone starts here… Tamako-chan gambare!

Vol.3, Chapter 16: Read Online || Download Maki’s psycho-babble is enough to drive anyone insane.


Story 3 – On the Other Side of the Monochrome (Final): Read Online || Download This is the final story for Himawari. We started this collection of short stories 8 years ago, and we’re barely finishing it now, haha. Each story is loaded with the feels. We still haven’t recovered from Story 2 hnnngh. If you haven’t already, check out the first two stories on our reader, it’s not too late to get started.

Vol. 1, Chapter 01: Read Online || Download Yes, we were desperate to get this project out. Super desperate, just like our protagonist, Jo Matsurida. It’s no secret, we have a weakness for Megane Danshi. //swoons//

Vol. 4, Chapter 21: Read Online || Download I would hate seeing the person I loved having a private moment with “myself”. Wait, what?


Vol. 3, Chapter 15: Read Online || Download
Vol. 3, Chapter 16: Read Online || Download Masa is my hero these days. Now where did I put my jogging pants? I need to find them and join him and say good bye to my sedentary life!

By hats99

A takoyaki-fiend who refuses to sleep more than 4 hours a day.

Comments (21)

  1. yasumiko September 9, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Congratulations to everyone at Stilettoheelsteam on your 9th anniversary!!!
    I’m glad you came back and you work on such great projects.
    Thank you so much for these releases!
    Lol at your dramatic sis-in-law…

  2. Ishitori August 4, 2018 at 12:07 am

    Waaah (/□\*)・゜ 。
    I’m so glad you guys are back. Or rather, I didn’t realize how long it had been since the last update. AND THEN ALSO MORE 3AM???
    キタ━ヽ(∀゚ )人(゚∀゚)人( ゚∀)人(∀゚ )人(゚∀゚)人( ゚∀)ノ━!!
    P.S. This is a reply for both this release and the last release… because… I just saw them both, so… … OK (゜∀ ゜)
    And Happy Anniversary! (ノ・∀・)ノ・:*:・⁂*

    • Ishitori August 4, 2018 at 12:10 am

      Also, still crying at your sister-in-law forever. Seriously…
      I think about your stories about her every so often, and… my rage… hhrrgh… I need to go lie down…

  3. Emilu August 3, 2018 at 3:48 am

    It happens to the best of us. Congrats on 9 years!

  4. cats August 1, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Happy 9th Anniversary! Thank you so much for the hard work!

  5. samira01 August 1, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    wowwww congratulation…Happy 9th YEARS!!!

    Thank you so much for all you do, your hard work and all these lovely projects

    Congratulation and many, many more to celebrate in the future!!!

  6. olinatasha August 1, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    I just noticed that the dl link for Natsuyuki Rendezvou is for chapters 19 & 20, not 21. Could you please fix it? Thank you so very much!

    • hats99 August 1, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      Appreciate you coming to celebrate with us on our Anni week. Yes, 9 is definitely a magical number!
      Natsuyuki Rendezvous Ch.21’s download link is broken like you said. Please check back in a few hours. (It’s 3:26 PM Pacific Standard Time for me.) You should see the updated link soon!

  7. olinatasha August 1, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Happy Anni!!! Thank you so much for the anniversary releases! To me 9 is such a magical number, too. Three 3s after all. That’s 9 year of awesomeness!!! Be so proud of all you’ve accomplished in the past 9 years! I am grateful for yet another year of your wonderful work. I pray you are all blessed and we can share many more years together! *hugs*

  8. Gabi August 1, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Thanks for the work ! Congrats for the Anniversary! Nine years is no joke.

  9. ammy August 1, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Congrats on reaching your 9th Anniversary – thanks for your hard work all these years 🙂 Scanlation is just like any other hobby with people coming and going, especially after 9 years, but it’s awesome you’ve managed to keep on going until now! Keep up the good work – it’s very much appreciated^^

    It’s good you can laugh at your sis-in-law’s antics hahaha

    • hats99 August 1, 2018 at 9:24 am

      Ammy, thank you! Everyone has been working really hard behind-the-scenes, and we have plenty more in store before the week ends.

      As for my sister-in-law, she can be a bit dramatic, but she fits right in with my family. We’re all pretty much like that, lol.

  10. Breizh August 1, 2018 at 3:30 am

    Thanks for the release and happy anniversary 🙂

  11. cocoyam August 1, 2018 at 12:43 am

    d’awwww at the team reassembling when roll was called <3 <3 <3 thank you swirlyowl for motivating and reviving scanlation boss lead Mimi. 9 chapters!!! you guys aren't slacking off that's for sure!

    • cocoyam August 1, 2018 at 1:09 am

      oh but re: princess leia — was her friend going on the same trip or she was just stranded in the city you guys set off from? sucks but like I’m sure her friend could figure it out if it were the latter! if the former, mimi, you and your family are cold… I still honor and respect you anyway!

      • hats99 August 1, 2018 at 7:25 am

        cocoyam, in defense of my younger brother… Well, I have none, hahah. But in defense of everyone else, she was throwing a tantrum in the middle of the store. Our wifi and 4g wouldn’t connect at our location, so we couldn’t communicate with her friend, who was on a separate car trip with her family vacationing several cities away.

        • cocoyam August 3, 2018 at 7:09 pm

          ehh if she was several cities away I think Princess Leia was just throwing a tantrum, like you say 😀

          • hats99 August 3, 2018 at 7:51 pm

            But, I think my post didn’t convey my feelings very clearly. Got boxed in by my poor choice of words. I find her amusing more than anything. She fits right in with my crazy family.

  12. SwirlyOwl July 31, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Hats, I kept checking in to see if you were able to make it in time. You DID IT! Of course with everyone’s help. I’m thrilled and happy for you and our group staff.

    I had a double take moment when you mentioned I kept you from “running away”. I had to backtrack and recheck my PMs to see I “encouraged” you to come back. It looked like I nagged you or tried to keep in touch with you or asking about the status of projects? Not sure I helped that much. But it’s sweet of you to think that it helped in some way. I’ll continue to do it. LOL.

    When I saw the roll call, I had same reaction as you, Hats. I was touched to see they hung in there and cared enough about our projects and the group SH. I’m excited to keep this going as long as we can. Slow or consistent, it doesn’t matter as long we enjoy the process and want to see the hard work come to fruition.

    I’ll keep on believing in SH group and ourselves no matter what.

    • hats99 July 31, 2018 at 9:01 pm

      You don’t know how much of an influence you have on me. Embrace it, girl! Oh, and how could I forget to thank you for not giving up on me and Nina My Love. I want to see this project to the end. We are so, so, SO close!

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