It’s Our Party And We’ll River Dance If We Want To!

Dear Friends, Lurkers, and Stalkers alike (especially you Stalkers), July 31st is the night where we Heelians gather together as pustules of excitement to commemorate five years of “sloth-paced” industriousness. With releases, yes, but more importantly, with many thanks to you, the readers, and especially the wonderful staff here at Stiletto Heels.

Can you believe that five years ago, on July 24th, we nearly gave up the idea of keeping up the group? /waits for the collective screaming to subside.

We did a bit of tug-of-war with another group over Oboreru Knife, but lost our bearings under the galvanizing pressure of their kind admin’s glowing halo. However, little did we know that this ill-timed scrapping of a shoujo project proved to be a blessing in disguise, as Stiletto and I next turned our rapacious, roving eyes toward the treasure trove of untapped Josei. /wipes drool

Stiletto: Gee, Mimi, what do you want to do tonight?
Mimi: The same thing we do every night, Stiletto – try to take over the world!
Stiletto picks up a tanko and pretends to smash it over Mimi’s head. Unfortunately it was George Asakura’s Oboreru Knife, a sober reminder of their failure to secure a decent project.
Mimi (fingering the dust jacket): What about her other project – Heart o Uchinomese?
Curtain opens and the angels start to sing, bathing Mimi in a swatch of soft light.

Well, it wasn’t exaaaactly like that, but a week later, on July 31, 2009, we were bringing bra-snapping Josei goodness to the world in the form of Negishi: Our very first release (Does it count that she’s only in middle school?)

Every year – and I really mean it – every year that I try to do something special for the anniversary, something bad happens. Like the year I decided to secretly trim the money tree into the shape of two hands “raising the roof,” or the year I had to break up the releases into two days because we couldn’t finish everything in time, or last year, when the release was a day late! This year proved no different.

I ordered a heel-shaped cookie cutter (lame idea), so that I could bake chocolate-filled pastries for the staff. The cookie cutter never came. (Curse you, Ebay!) Determined not to lose out, I ended up using heart-shaped cookie cutters over a bit of leftover pastry dough. I had enough to make one – uno, ichi, ein – heart-shaped pastry. mygifttoyou(Oh mah gah, so lame!) But after it was finished baking and left to cool, my nephew nabbed it off the counter and ate it while I was busy abusing my eyes over a thank you card for the Balancing Toy staff.

It would have been delicious, I kid you not. I can’t bake for crap, but it would have been! /so unconvincing.

So my lovely girls and guys at Heels – lurkers, readers, stalkers, and staffers, alike – never mind that the anni gift was a big failure (lame!), that I’m too frikkin’ tired to make a decent anni card (lame!), and that I forgot the date until very last minute (lame!).

The releases are just a click away. Go get ’em.

3 AM ch.13: Ugh, the fringe-head is so getting on our nerves.
[Read It Online]

3 AM ch.14: Momo and Tagaya…put on their boxing gloves…?
[Read It Online]

And ch.13: Shiro, we sympathize with you, we really do.
[Read It Online]

Ane no Kekkon ch.8: Who said sexy librarians are a thing of the past?
[Read It Online]

Balancing Toy ch.10 – Final Chapter!: Oh, my god! Oh, my god! Ohhhh, my gooood! Can these people get any cuter?!!! /dies
[Read It Online]

Nina My Love ch.9: Michael, I hope you’re happy. Atsushi may be miserable, Masa may be miserable, and Nina may be, if not miserable, then less anal, but you will definitely be happy.
[Read It Online]

Omi-Sensei no Binetsu ch.1: I wonder if the abandoned undies have a side story of their own…
[Read It Online]

Otoko no Issho ch.7: Fuuuuuuuuh-, this chapter got our hearts racing. Thank you & welcome xx_Niellified to the team btw! You did a wonderful job typesetting.
[Read It Online]

Otoko no Issho ch.8: Damn cliffhangers! (-‸ლ)
[Read It Online]

Teke Teke Rendezvous ch.9: Everyone seems to be living the motto: Too sexy for our shirts.
[Read It Online]

Tsukikage Baby ch.1: We know close to nothing about traditional Owara, but this chapter’s got our hands clapping. ƪ(˘⌣˘)┐ Oh- ƪ(˘⌣˘)ʃ wah- ┌(˘⌣˘)ʃ rah!
[Read It Online]

By hats99

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

Comments (43)

  1. shuyiin August 16, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    thank you for all the hard work and still best scanlation group on the internetz.

  2. Emrys August 9, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    HAPPY FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!! I ALWAYS, ALWAYS look forward to your new releases and projects–they continually make my day so thank you all very much <3 Cant wait to dive into these updates!

  3. filli August 5, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Happy anniversary! Thank you for Balancing toy and Nina! (I will wait for new chapters) ^^

  4. Polly August 4, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Nothing from the Stiletto Heels Team is lame in my book, Happy 5th Anniversary!!

  5. Kusamochi August 4, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I don’t know how to cope with balancing toy ending. Also still trying to figure out what was at the heart of all that introspective fretting from Haru.

    Happy Anni and thank you!

  6. Kuro August 3, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    3 AM, &, Ane no Kekkon, Otoko no Issho, Omi-Sensei no Binetsu~~! Is it Christmas, yet? 😀
    Thank you very much for your hard and diligent work and – of course – HAPPY ANNIVERSARY~! YAY~! ^^

  7. imaai August 3, 2014 at 3:43 am

    Hello, Team SH! Congratulations on your 5th anniversary♡ I haven’t been following (lurking) your group for long, but everytime I saw a manga released by SH in the latest update section I’d vow to myself to go to your site and check it out (because it always looked and sounded promising) then one time I did, for Sekine-kun’s Love. And now the rest is history c: Of course, I love Omi-sensei no Binetsu already♡ thank you so much for the releases guys. Very much appreciated! Here’s to more years to come with SH! Cheers☆

  8. Jill August 2, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Thank you so much for all your hard work over the years! Your releases have introduced me to the great work of josei manga and to some of my new favorite manga-kas; I’m just really grateful that you guys exist. Cheers to you guys and good luck in the future 🙂

  9. Sesame August 2, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Y’all are awesome! THANK YOUU

  10. Ixtli August 2, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    We can dance if we want to, we can leave your friends behind. ‘Cause your friends don’t dance, and if they don’t dance, well they’re, no friends of mine ┐( ˘_˘)┌

    Happy anniversary!! What a delightful gift you’ve prepared (for me) ( *´艸`) Thanks very much!

    I’m sorry your anniversary plans always fall through. You probably have to trick it and say you’re definitely NOT making anything for the anniversary (out loud, to no one, angrily) and then make something. P.S. The heel idea is ttly cute!! ;a; U R KAWAI

    SIDE NOTE/QUESTION: Did you end up perusing Seinfeld at all? I’m curious if you liked it or not, or possibly hated it with a fiery passion.

    • hats99 August 9, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      Honestly, I have not had time to watch any new shows. (Blame it on Downton Abbey Season 3!) But Seinfeld’s on my to-buy list, along with House M.D. and House of Cards. I prefer to buy the series so that I could watch it on my nice big-screen Samsung TV in the middle of the night when I get into one og those “laying down and eating potato chips” moods. I think it’ll do well to balance out the creep factor I get from the other two series. I know I shouldn’t be buying any more stuff, since I have such a tiny room and it’s already filled with movies and books and comics, but- but- I gotta have Seinfeld. I actually caught a couple of episodes on the net. I think what’s great about the show is that they’ve brought together the right people. The cast easily makes this a 5-star series.

      Julia Louis Dreyfus is in a movie that keeps popping up btw. “Enough Said”? I think I want to watch that. Her performance as Elaine is a crack up, and I think she’s great.

      • Ixtli August 10, 2014 at 8:07 am

        Oh, oops, I actually just meant the clips;;; Yeah, Seinfeld is a pretty huge undertaking–!! (I still haven’t seen all of it, myself OTL)

        Yeah, the cast IS great. Not only the main cast, but a lot of the re-occurring characters. Also the fact that Larry David is a weird guy whose weirdness was the basis for pretty much everything that went on, and also that he insisted the show had “no hugs, no lessons”. It certainly made it interesting since I’m pretty sure up to that point almost every show had been the opposite…

  11. Sogno August 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    wooo! Thank you! Here’s to many more~

  12. svines85 August 1, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Cool, thanks a lot!!

    And congratulations on your anniversary!!

  13. Senna August 1, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Happy anniversary, and thank you for all the lovely releases!! Y’all are seriously the best *_* I have read and approve of practically everything you have released /stalker

  14. Hisui August 1, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Hello, lovely Stiletto Heels staff. Just a lurker (stalker?) here coming out of the shadows to say congrats on the five year anni! I seriously read every single title you guys put out there. I love them all. <3

    Ahh, the Balancing Toy feels. Thanks so much for the series.

    Congrats and thanks so much for all the hard work!!! To many more years, yes? Cheers.

  15. Rabidslee August 1, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Oh my fuckingggggg god yes thank you sweet team!
    You are all the best.
    The very best

  16. Esther August 1, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Thank you guys for all the lovely releases. For five years of Sunday afternoons filled with so many chapters, emotions and tears. Uhh, I have so many feels for you guys and the manga you give us readers!

  17. Sandy August 1, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Happy 5th year anniversary! I haven’t been following this group for that long but ever since I stopped reading crappy shoujo and switched over to josei, I’ve been following everything you guys released (guess I’m in the stalker group :P).
    And thank you for this treat, I’ll definitely enjoy reading all of these! 🙂

    • hats99 August 1, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      But – But – Please don’t tell me you’ve stopped reading ALL shoujo? Oh, my god, my poor brain cannot process that bit of information. I have been trying to convince people to read Ikuemi Ryo’s Principal and stuff by Sato Yukie all along. Oh, wait, nevermind. You said “crappy shoujo”. Phew!

  18. cloverminx August 1, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Has it been five years ? Wow! Your releases always made my day countless times. 🙂 I hope your group will continue to bring great josei releases since there’s very little translated josei manga in the English language market right now.

    Anyway, congrats on completing Balancing Toy and have a very happy 5th anniversary!

    • hats99 August 1, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      You’re right now that I think about it. There’s so very little Josei groups who actually do…Josei. (Probably because we took all the good stuff? Eep!)

      Another anything-goes scanlations group that works on similarly great projects is Raw Distro. They did Okazaki Mari’s “More Than Friends”, which is a fascinatingly erotic piece of work, and will be doing some stuff by Nemu Yoko, Kawachi Haruka, and Tanikawa Fumiko. All great Josei manga arists imho.

  19. drheh August 1, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I’m still very new to reading josei goodness thanks to you guys, but Happy 5th anniversary!!

    Thank you so much for the releases! Specifically Tsukikage Baby, I’d been looking forward a lot to read it for some time and I completely loved the first chapter :´¨) Can’t wait to see more of how the story develops!

    • hats99 August 1, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      Bruno’s freaking fast. Bruno being the male editor on the Tsukikage team. Faster than I can scan, really. He’s already turned in chapter 2 typesets, so it won’t be long before you’ll be seeing more.

      Oh- Wah- Rah! ┌(・。・)┘♪

  20. cats August 1, 2014 at 3:42 am

    Happy Anniversary!!! Thank you so much for all your hard work, and thank you for sharing this with us!!! I really love you!!

  21. chilli August 1, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Happy Anniversary Stiletto Heels! *screams loudly and throws a horse*

    Reading about the George Asakura story I realized that I might have been here from the beginning, considering I found you guys when I started to bingeread every Asakura manga available. 😉

    You guys are my favourite sloth-group, no question or doubt, and I hope you will continue to bring us joy and happiness for at least another 20 years (I plan to read mangas in my grandma-chair while poking my future grandkids with sticks) Cheers!

    • hats99 August 1, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      /catches horse with a baseball glove big enough to catch a converging horse
      Actually, yes, I was starting to miss your zaniness after not see you around for so long. For some reason, when I think of “chilli”, instead of the tongue-burning spices, I think of you belly-dancing while juggling coffee, lol. Brings back memories. When you get old enough to start poking grandkids with sticks, hopefully we’ll be around to distract you with stories to save your poor grandchildren, like Scheherazade in the One Thousand and One Nights.

  22. Rexy August 1, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Ha and aww! I’m laughing and drowning in the wave of warm fuzzy feelings. Yay for Josei! (I feel like that should be on a tee that they sell at anime cons haha!) I remember coming here looking for Sukimasuki and then I stayed to gush over Regency romances and Netflix queues. I never did get to see In The Mood For Love, but at least I finished Poirot! Here’s to many more years of gushing! Minelauva and I are in love with Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series. Jump on the bandwagon!

    • hats99 August 1, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      Guuuuuurl, don’t even get me started. /snaps fingers
      How did you manage to invade my kindle? You- You-! Actually, a friend introduced me to the Outlander Series, so that’s what I’m sticking my nose into until it’s over. And then last night, after the anni, I rewarded myself with the last episode of Downtown Abbey s3. My eyes are still burning because of poor Matthew. And season 4 is on its way here in a pretty little package for me. So you see, my plate’s quite full. But there’s no harm in tying one foot to the bandwagon so I don’t lose sight of it, is there? (。◝‿◜。)

      And just so you know, I remember asking people for alarm clock recc’s, and for whatever reason, After School Diva did not do the trick, damn you! /shakes fist Though I had to agree it was pretty catchy, lol.

      • Rexy August 2, 2014 at 10:52 am

        That’s because I recommended After School’s “Bang!” The cheerleader chants were supposed to jolt you out of bed, but if you’re like me, it probably wouldn’t have worked either. (Nothing short of a fire alarm and/or a concentrated effort can induce me to leave my bed.)

        Remind me how I managed to invade your Kindle again? *mischievous grin*
        You’re totally welcome to have a go at mine. I’ll check out any of your recommendations. I need a new series to devour so I guess I’ll definitely be looking into the Outlander series.

  23. ranran July 31, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    I’m a full-fledged lurker-fan of your awesome group and website. I would like to wish you a Happy Anniversary and thank you for all the josei goodness you’d been handing to us so far! Cheers!

    • hats99 August 1, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      “Full-fledged Lurker-Fan” is an awesome title, and it deserves a badge made out of it and pinned to your shirt.
      /pins on shirt against ranran’s will

  24. xlilim July 31, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you for 5 years of Josei goodness! I will be looking forward to stalking you for many more years! 😀

  25. Aki July 31, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you so very much! And Happy Anniversary!

  26. olinatasha. July 31, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Happy Anni, Stilleto heels team! Wow! 5 years is a long time, and I’ve appreciated all your dedicated hard work and generous sharing all this time! Thank you so much for the new releases to celebrate your fifth year of awesome accomplishments! Yay! It’s a truly happy occasion, eh? You should be proud of all the wonderful work you have accomplished over the years. I for one am utterly grateful that you as a team have stuck together through it all. Thank you again! *hugs*

    • hats99 August 1, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      Yeah, it’s been so long, and omg! I still remember you! Thank you for all your sweet compliments throughout the years.

      Though I love and miss the retired people, I just can’t help gushing over our current staff. They are all such great people to work with, and I love their dedication to the team. Heels may have been a pet project of mine, but it’s expanded to encompass so much more than that. I’m grateful that these five years have made longtime friends out of the old-timers (readers and staff), and brought in fresh new faces that are so eager to set the stage on fire with these awesome stories. I can’t wait to show you all some of the new chapters our staff have been working on. (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

  27. Ally July 31, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    WoW! Happy Anniversary & Thank You for the stupendacular new chapters!! Time flies! I do believe that if Stiletto Heels is getting older than I must be too. So I have decided to stick with “Happy 1st Anniversary!” That way I’m still in my twenties. ^o^

    • hats99 August 1, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Urgh, you’re right. I never thought of it in that way. OH, man, now I feel so old! (/□\*)・゜
      “Happy 1st” it is then, lol.

  28. Kurini July 31, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    (bet I’m part of the Stalkers team)
    CONGRATS TO YOUR 5TH ANNIVERSARY! Josei manga rocks and you girls don’t know how grateful I am to be able to read so many of your josei manga! Really, thank you a lot Stilettoheelsteam! :’)

    I didn’t know Knock Your Heart Out! was your first release, I read that series twice!
    And, great, one last sweet chapter left for 3am. I can’t wait to see the days I could read the sequel. 😛
    Oh, Balancing Toy ended! Oh, Bonta, he makes me heart squeeze. What a peaceful manga, I loved it.
    Wooo, I don’t know where Omi-sensei’s Slight Fever is heading, can be interesting though.
    And omg, Tsukikage Baby! I’ve been keeping an eye on this series! Awesome! I’m crying of happy tears.

    Also, really love the new layout!

    • hats99 August 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      I’m a lazy bum and haven’t updated everything on the website yet, but Knock Your Heart Out! is in our “dropped” list. My brother went into hospital around the time we were working on it, so I parted with it to ensure that it would be left in capable hands and not fizzle off into obscurity. Evil Flowers’ Tessa’s hands to be exact. (She’s a sweet person.) Anyway, I actually peeked around after the release and saw you floating in the chatango for a while. You were there for so long, I thought to myself, “Man, Kurini must be reading them already!” My suspicions were correct, weren’t they?

      …And by that confession alone, I guess I now qualify to join you in the ranks of the “Stalkers team”, haha.

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