Anything is possible, even…October in February?

[Note from the Admin]: Hello Heels’ Readers (the few of you remaining), if you’re still here, then damn, you freaking deserve a medal of patience and loyalty and I absolutely love you from the bottom of my heart, you beautiful soul, you, you angel of light! 。゚( ゚இ‸இ゚)゚。 If you’re new, then please, please stay and give us a chance. Stiletto Heels Team is back, holy crap, we are back! 

We, as a team, have set some goals toward finishing up a few of your beloved projects like Futago and Principal, and we have a lot more in the works, don’t you worry.

A bit of a disclaimer, but the following release post was written back in Oct 2018. We did, in fact, intend to release that month, but then I simply vanished.

Readers: Wait, wait, what? Like vanished vanished? How do you just vanish like that?

Admin Hats (not listening): (starts makes whistling wind sounds)

October’s got those orange eyes

My favorite month is over. Well, it’s not like something especially good happens to me in October, except my birthday. (It doesn’t count, but it explains my addiction a bit.) I’ve always loved this time of the year for its beautifully colored trees (nature’s gorgeous decay, like a poet said), transparent skies and this special atmosphere of dark fairy tales.

So, I had many great plans for this month but it ended up being really busy with studies, sicknesses and choir singing. And also cooking apple pies. I wanted to go somewhere out of town (‘somewhere full of yellow and red trees’), but when I finally found some time, it turned out that trees were quicker than me and they already had gotten rid of their leaves. What a disappointment.

Another plan was to complete that famous art challenge aka Inktober: I was inspired by the success of the previous year when I somehow managed to draw every day and did all 31 pics, but this year I was either too busy or too exhausted to draw and finished only 13 sketches.

Like this, I failed to complete all my October plans. This month was obviously far from productive, and I was totally unable to do things I like even when I had some free time, which is a bit unsettling and upsetting. But it seems that sometimes you might need a break even from things you enjoy. Perhaps, in this case, drifting quietly from one thing to another helps to restore some emotional power somehow?

By the way, I get an impression that people mostly associate October with spooky stuff and Halloween. Personally I’m pretty chill about this holiday as we don’t really celebrate it where I live, but some of my forever favorite stories are closely related to this: Over the Garden Wall, a wonderful series by Cartoon Network, and Fire and Hemlock, a fantasy novel written by Diana Wynne Jones. Imo, her books are the best to read in autumn. Her magic is so natural so sometimes it doesn’t really feel like magic but just the way her worlds work, and at the same time her slice of life component is so full of little details, coincidences and metaphors so it feels like magic. I highly recommend Fire and Hemlock: the story is really good in terms of character development and it captures this peculiar autumn atmosphere in a wonderful way.

And like this, my first releases post here turned into an autumn-loving fool’s rant (who also uses every opportunity to promote DWJ and Fire and Hemlock, haha). I usually keep silent in group chats, but may speak a lot when given a chance. Bear with me, guys :’> I’m curious, what do you  feel about autumn? Do you have any ‘autumn traditions’?

As for releases, one short release to kick-start our return: Chapter 6[end of vol.1]: Kiyotake and Sono have a date? Hahaha… what? – CLICK THE ICON TO READ ONLINE 🙂

Comments (23)

  1. Rexy May 10, 2020 at 12:49 am

    I’m suuuuuuper late to the party, but I’m back, AND I AM SO GLAD YOU’RE BACK TOO!!!!!!
    I was slightly nervous with the scanlation silence, but all is relatively well, so yay! Welcome back!

  2. Ally April 27, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    I, too, discovered this gem of a site in my teens and have happily stumbled across it again! You’re selection of manga is what got me into reading josei (now my fav genre) and these titles have stuck with me ever since! So excited that you’ll continue to scanlate these formative titles of my young adulthood!

    Especially looking forward to those ikuemi ryou and iketani rikako chapter updates!

    You’re the heros of my youth! Best of luck!

  3. kusa April 21, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Wait where are Filli’s inktober shares???? We have a discord chan for that, don’t hold OUT

  4. kujira March 10, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    I’m not a person that writes comments. Ever. But welcome back! I genuinely love your work. I went through my teenage years reading your scanalations and somehow, now I’m in my mid-20s.
    Best of luck!
    (We all disappear at times. Come back is what counts!)

  5. Sarah February 26, 2020 at 8:03 am

    October foliage is dreamy. I’m a November baby, the decay is a bit more muted and not so vibrant my month, but I share the love <3

    Thank you guys so much again for everything. This scan site feels like a living vestige of my teen years/early aught days for me, like obsessively checking Dragon Voices or Kotonoha scanlations, etc.

    Also, Ikuemi Ryou just gets better with age. I think I've just about reread all her works that are translated about three times over now *________*

    Yours truly, v grateful fan

  6. Lins February 23, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    OMG WELCOME BACK!!!! I miss y’all so much!!! My favorite josei mangas are here ( ಥ ʖ̯ ಥ)
    I had already given up but decided to check the page today and what a great surprise to have y’all back ;0;!!!
    Please don’t leave us or if you leave please tell us ( ಥ ʖ̯ ಥ). The suspense is hard and I was really worried. Does the scanlation have any social media we can follow to keep up with y’all?

    • hats99 February 24, 2020 at 9:11 am

      “favorite Josei mangas” ( ಥ ʖ̯ ಥ) ILU <3
      We have a twitter account @shteam0630. We don't have enough people power to manage the website and SNS accounts, so it's just twitter. And our discord channel, which you can join.

  7. shielshi February 21, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    Glad you are back!! ༼ つ ಥ_ಥ ༽つ Was wondering why you would disappear without a word but assuming that (so far) you have always com back, all we needed was a bit of patience ! So nice to see you posting something new (ღ˘⌣˘ღ) Go , complete the plans you have and fingers crossed for the team! Thank you once again for your persistence! ( ゚ヮ゚)

    • hats99 February 24, 2020 at 9:13 am

      Aw, shielshi, thank you thank you thank you! We tested your patience for one and a half years, but we’ll make up for it soon!

  8. Anon February 19, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Love you guys! Welcome back and thanks for all the hard work you put into these releases!

  9. Anonymous February 18, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Oh, you made my day!! So happy you’re back!^^

  10. hats99 February 18, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Btw, to answer Filli’s question, I never really thought about Autumn or Autumn traditions because where I live the leaves don’t usually change colors, so it feels like Spring all year round. But last year, it got so chilly, they did. I just remember excitedly jumping and stepping on all the leaves on my way to a friend’s house like a child. The crunching noises were so satisfying to hear.

  11. Castle February 18, 2020 at 7:50 am

    Thank you so so so much! I don’t mind waiting just as long as we could see the end of this manga please! Thank you thank you so much for sharing!

  12. Anonymous February 18, 2020 at 2:56 am

    Thanks for the Torch Song Ecology update! More than grateful that you’re back. <3

  13. chilli February 18, 2020 at 12:22 am

    yayy, welcome back!! :))

  14. Tryte February 17, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    Ooh, you’re back!? Thanks for the chapter!

  15. M February 17, 2020 at 11:18 am

    omg I was just thinking about you guys and how much I missed you TT

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