Get To Know Us

“You are what you eat.”

And what we consume, devour, dine, feast, gobble up, nibble, sup, and masticate on are literary art in comic book form, direct from the warped minds of geniuses primarily of the gentler sex.

Though we are partial to grand titles, such as Stalwart Aficionados and Grand Members of the Higher Echelons in the Studies of Literary Josei, deep down we know we’re just a bunch of comic book geeks who like to look at pretty pictures.


13253760Hatsumimi (Co-founder & Head Translator)

Desperately reliving her youth by spending a crippling amount of time playing classic RPGs on her PS Vita. Defined by her astounding ability to mishear, misread, and misinterpret nearly everything. This gift was discovered at the tender age of eight, when her father recorded her standing on an arm of a beaten couch, belting out, “Pi-co-lo! Pi-co-lo! Pi-co-lo!”, unaware that who she was singing to was not a character from the Barber of Seville but a green-faced Namekian instead. One thing she has managed to do right is developing a keen eye for interesting projects, introducing to the internet with  an eclectic range of Josei manga by underrated artists.

Current Project(s): Possibly 99.9% of everything we do here. (Damn, this girl needs a life.)

av-596Lilanar (Head Editor)

OK, so there may not even be any shred of truth in this, but one can’t help but imagine her as some sort of beautiful, ninja assassin from the Middle East, or a traveling gypsy driving her oxcart along a dusty road. Why an oxcart, you say? Ask not what has no sane answer. Only note that she has an incredible knack for making the end product look just as good as it was in raw form. Just don’t go anywhere near Sekine, fellow editors. Such is the intense love that she has for this emotionally-stunted man, that one could almost say that Sekine is to Lilanar as air is to humans.

Current Project(s): &, Natsuyuki Rendezvous, Sekine’s Love

wallswillfallbeforewedoMinelauva (Head Editor)  

We like to call her an “enfant terrible” with an addiction to tea, although the co-founders are possibly more enfant et terrible than she could ever be. This fujoshi lives, breathes, and eats films, it’s a wonder how she even has time to scanlate! But she does, and does it damn well. The senior-est of senior staffs, we absolutely adore her for her otaku tendencies, strong opinions, and borderline-obsessive love for Basso, and we find it even more adorable that she can deny all that in French.

Current Project(s): Anata no Koto wa Sorehodo, Futagashira, Omi-sensei no Binetsu, Principal, Teke Teke Rendezvous


Stiletto (Co-founder & Quality Control)

Recently wiped out an entire website without backing up the database. The first words she silently mouthed when this tragedy occurred was, “Oh, crap.” And then: (waving around a potato chip in her hand) “See, this is what happens when you ask me to work.” Laziest Quality Checker on earth, but the best super-mom on the planet.

Current Project(s): ON HIATUS


Aerial (Typesetter)

Typesetting Ninja Extraordinaire. Pours her heart and soul into picking out fonts, only to have that tyrant Hatsumimi swoop in and limit her freedom. Currently dealing with the likes of Nishi Keiko, George Asakura, and Moyoco Anno – ALL of them SFX/text-heavy Queens. Deserves a crown for achieving that impossible feat, sanity intact.

Current Project(s): Ane no Kekkon, Meoto Safari

amatsu (Typesetter)

Funky Typesetting Diva who disappeared into the strobe lights of Seoul. We have a hard time retiring her… JUST IN CASE. She made Principal (Ikuemi Ryo) look so damned good, that it actually elevated the reading experience onto another level.

Avelys (Editor)

Admin of Shoujo Hearts and Carnivorous Shoujo Reader, who devours all shoujo in sight. OK, perhaps “all” is an overstatement. Just as a fruit bat prefers its fruit, or an Oryx Beisa its patch of grass, this Carnivorous Shoujo Reader thrives on her fair share of good shoujo to keep her heart beating, her soul touched, and to feel truly alive.

Current Project(s): &-and-, Futago, Hakkoiri Musume

Badzphoto (Proofreader)

Faceless Grammar Nazi who brandishes a red pen like a fencing sword. For the past several years has never forgotten a comma, period, or the English language, but constantly forgets to upload a profile picture. We imagine badz as a penguin, one that takes secret pleasure in highlighting, underscoring, and especially crossing out.

Current Project(s): Ane no Kekkon, Hakkoiri Musume, Kiyoku Yawaku, Natsuyuki Rendezvous, Principal, Teke Teke Rendezvous

CanaryBlue (Cleaner)

Earned herself the title of Ninja Cleaner. She stepped in all fresh-faced and new – a rookie, almost – and we handed her one of the most DIFFICULT authors to edit. (Read: George Asakura.) And with her ninja skills – shwip! shwip! – we got ourselves beautifully cleaned work.

Current Project(s): Meoto Safari

Filli (Typesetter)

A whimsically artistic typesetter who doesn’t know that we stalk her on twitter, or that we have now come to the belief that she is obsessed with amateur artwork and whimsical stuff because we stalk her on twitter, and especially doesn’t know that we can’t read Greek and uses BabelFish to interpret for us. Never mind that we have a hard time pronouncing her name, or that we mistakenly thought she aspired to be a teapot, Filli churns out some good stuff for the team.

Current Project(s): &-and-, Torch Song Ecology

Gracie (Typesetter)

Our very own Heels’ kouhai/maknae/rookie. We’re still trying to dig up some dirt get to know you, but it won’t be long. 🙂

Current Project(s): 3 AM Terrible Zone

Jel (J-E Translator)

A superhero(-ine) in our eyes. Possibly owns a cape, though we haven’t checked. Swooped in to rescue a dying project, swoops out to work on it, and then swoops back in to drop it off.

Current Project(s): Natsuyuki Rendezvous

jyuu viole grace (Typesetter)

Mysterious typesetter that arrived in mysterious circumstances, requesting mysteriously to work on Otoko no Isshou, when hardly anyone else wants to touch it with a  10-foot pole, and then mysteriously pops up here and there to mysteriously hand in work. Now if only we could less mysteriously give her something to do before she mysteriously runs away from boredom!

Current Project(s): Otoko no Issho, Toribako House

Megan (Cleaner)

Ah, Megan! Our overly optimistic, wonderfully apologetic, and eager cleaner. Who else could we depend on, if not her? If Heels Team were a depressed teenager standing under a dark cloud, she would be our silver lining, our ray of sunshine. If Heels Team were the bumblingly quiet and aging Matthew Cuthbert, she would be our Anne. Megan, we love you!

Current Project(s): Anything and everything!

av-2052octopus (Proofreader)

We’re not sure what this animal trend is with staff, but where there is owl and fowl, there is also a place for octopuses. While her cold and slimy relatives live in the sea, or are cloistered inside piping hot puffs of cooked wheat dough on Hatsumimi’s plate and smothered in Kewpie mayo and bonito flakes, she has managed to escape from the ocean, surpass hungry human detection, and somehow learn American English. It’s her eagerness to do so much that we think is so, so, so cute. If only we didn’t love to eat takoyaki so much, and therefore would be less of a threat to her very existence on the team.

Current Project(s): Whatever comes her way.

skippyskippy (Typesetter)

If every army needs its loyal soldier, then skippy would be ours. About the damned finest typesetter a scanlation team could ask for. ‘Nuff said.

Current Project(s): Sekine’s Love, Torch Song Ecology

av-2081Swirly Owl (Cleaner)

A fine-feathered friend who lives in a place we can barely make out on the US map. (Geography has never been one of our strong points.) With the amount of manga she has stockpiled in her (are they owls, too?) parents’ war-zone garage, she could probably open up a library. But as with every other vicious manga hoarder, we know that they will be kept safely tucked away in container upon container upon container, unmolested by grimy fingers, drifting human follicles, and silverfish. Her recent TV favorites are BBC’s The Fall and Canada’s “The Orphans.” We trust her judgement and you should too!

Current Project(s): Futago, Heibon Ponch, Nina My Love, Suppli

zakkyliar (Typesetter)

Poor zakky. We continually drum up your hopes, and then dash them to the ground.


Current Project(s): Tsukikage Baby