Something Old, Something New, and Something Borrowed

Not to overshadow today’s release, but we just can’t get enough of Nemu Youko, which is why our team is working on the entire 3 am series: 3 AM Dangerous Zone, 3 AM Terrible Zone, and the spin-off, 3 AM Discord. With the return of billybare, we were able to get the cleaning done for nearly the entire third volume, so you can look forward to seeing more of Momoko and her intrusively zany cohorts shortly!

But it’s not just us. Apparently the Japanese readers can’t get enough of Nemu Youko either because after concluding the 3 AM series, she has been putting out a few new series, including a josei comic in Feel Young called Trap Hole (now on its third volume), which we (read: me/Mimi/Hats) had decided to pick up a while back, but couldn’t find the right moment to address it.

I was in the office and under a time crunch, so I couldn’t translate the entire May 2012 interview, but here’ s a snippet between Nemu and a Feel Young editor.

Editor: What can be expected from your new series, “Trap Hole”?

Nemu: I think that, while perhaps it may not be upbeat, it’s a very energetic tale. I’d like for this story to be so ridiculous that people will laugh and think to themselves, “How stupid!”, but will come to love it just the same. Please…give it some love.

Editor: Can you tell us how you came up with the story?

Nemu: Personally, when something very, very painful happens, I’d think to myself, “Oh, right now, I think I can illustrate the feelings of people who are going through something very, very painful.” It made me want to draw about it.

Editor: What shall we be looking forward to from now on?

Nemu: Porn in every chapter. (Just kidding.)

Editor: Don’t toy with us! (Laughs) Now then, in conclusion, please give our Feel Young readers a parting message!

Nemu: I’m really, really grateful for those of you who loved the 3 AM series. All of your support has really cheered me on. I’ll be starting a new series in this month’s issue, and will give it everything I’ve got in hopes that you will all enjoy it, too.

Before we continue to our releases, I’d just like to point out one thing, and that is that we did not give proper credit for the editing work of Dangerous Zone chapter 10. /omagah!/ Though we simply adore you, billybare, you had not cleaned this chapter. In fact, you were away on hiatus at the time, which would have made it simply impossible for you to have done the cleaning. And therefore, it was our dear SwirlyOwl (whom we are just as crazy about) who fought tooth and nail to make the chapter look as spiffy as it did… And though it’s no consolation – I mean, how can we not even get our staff’s name right? – I’ve gone ahead and fixed our download and reader to show said changes.

Come to think of it, I screwed up on the creds for an Al and Neri release as well. (Sorry Minelauva!)

But all this talk of Nemu Youko isn’t for nothing. We actually have a new chapter for Dangerous Zone today. Just a few days ago, I was commenting with our reader, kurini, about how there’s only five chapters left, but now that I actually have the first chapter of the last volume in hand (which I am about to bestow on you salivating munchkins) it’s starting to sink in that Zone is really going to end very soon… I’m not exactly sure whether I’m feeling joy or sadness. Maybe a little of both? It’s so complicated!

As for other great news, we are so freaking stoked to be able to bring you guys the first chapter of Watanabe Peco’s seinen manga, Nikotama.
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It’s been a while since we’ve put out seinen, but Nikotama holds a very special place in my heart, especially now that both Lilanar and I are/will be turning the same age as the main characters. Chapter One is a bit of a dark comedy that moves at a languid, contemplative pace. Check it out and let us know what you think!

And moving right along, we also have two new riveting chapters from Ane no Kekkon and Futago. (Though I’m using the term “riveting” loosely, because all that riveting goodness is rather low-key.) Still I’m sure you’ve missed these projects, because I sure did. Especially Futago, which is like our team’s own prodigal son. While reading over the latest chapter, my heart quelled with nostalgia. It was like a swift kick in the emotional nuts.

Anyway, usually I have some crazy thing going on in my life that would provide you sadists minutes of pure entertainment, but, well, it’s nice to have a break from all that wackiness once in a while. Tonight, I just want you all to enjoy manga together with the team.

With Love, From the Gals @ Stiletto Heels:

3 AM Dangerous Zone Volume 3, ch.11: Download || Read Online
Ane no Kekkon Volume 1, ch.6: Download || Read Online
Futago Volume 4, ch.19: Download || Read Online
Nikotama Volume 1, ch.1: Download || Read Online

By hats99

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

Comments (27)

  1. Mirtika April 1, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Oh, and Ane No Kekkon is TERRIFIC. I really really always look forward so much to an update of that manga. THANKS.

  2. Mirtika April 1, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Love 3AM Dangerous and looking forward to TRAP HOLE. THanks so much for your work.

  3. Sen March 18, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I’ve been waiting for Niko Tama!
    Thank-you’s for all these releases, all the continued hard work, & the team!

  4. Ixtli March 13, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    More 3 AM?! So soon?! Kyaa ( *´艸`) Thanks a lot, guys!

    In addition, I also can’t get enough of Nemu Youko. I’m so glad you guys are gonna work on more of her stuff ( ゚ヮ゚)/

  5. mia March 13, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Thank you for the ANE NO KEKKON update, it was a great surprise! I’ve been so curious as to how this will play out… hoping Maki will have some redeeming qualities and some answers as to why he continues his marriage (beyond saving face.) And that Iwatani will find love… even if it is with another man.. (actually, after some of these chapters, I think she deserves more and someone better…. it sucks that Maki is so sexy.) Thanks again!

    • Hats March 15, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      This manga continues to go against all my expectations. I loved how the relationship between Maki and Yori is not as simple and clear cut as what we’re used to with other stories. I know Maki’s borderline creepy obsessive, but Yori’s not as faultless as we’d like to think. Just know that you will definitely not be disappointed. (And I’ve been reading until Volume 6 in the Japanese, and still feel that I want moooooore.)

      • Mirtika April 1, 2014 at 1:24 pm

        I was creeped out by Maki until I saw more of his past. He is crazy sexy. 🙂 I hope it works out ofr them (ie, he and wife part and he ends up with his always-love). I kinda have softened up to him. I like the art a lot and I like the surprising little things. It’s fun.

  6. Rexy March 12, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Woot! Another chapter of Dangerous Zone! The interview with Nemu Youko was cracking me up. “Porn in every chapter”! If only I could think up something like that to say all deadpan-like! Thank you!

    • Hats March 12, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      Haha, in any case, it’s definitely sexier than 3 AM. (ノдヽ) 3 AM would be like Audrey Hepburn, while Trap Hole would be Marilyn Monroe.

  7. Alexis March 12, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks so much for the releases and especially Futago! Hopefully maybe it won’t be another year for the next chapter? Ack, I sound so ungrateful, it’s just that it’s been a great series and I’ve been dying to read it’s conclusion. However long it takes though, thank you very much for working on it at all.

    • Hats March 12, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      Whoa! Whoa, whoa, whoa. You’re right. It has been a good long year since the last release. And, well, sorry to say you’ll have to wait even longer for the next-… No, I’m kidding. The next chapter has been typesetted; Just the sound effects need to be filled in. You should be seeing a release for it shortly.

  8. rifter March 12, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Thank you for your work on this series, I really enjoy it.

  9. Brandon March 12, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Any news on Heibon Punch?

    • Hats March 12, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Brandon, good thing you asked. Totally forgot to update this. Thanks to some staff & readers, I was able to locate the raws, so now I’m translating the first volume. Since there aren’t any other available staff, I’ll try my best to do the editing for it myself after I’m done with the scripts. (We’re down to, like, 3 ~ 4 active editors.) This means, none of the sound effects will be edited ’cause my editing skills freaking suck. If you know of any editors around whose fingers are burning to work on it, please introduce them to me! Anyway, I can’t make any promises, but for now, I’ve set the bar to April/May.

  10. A.V. March 12, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Thanks for the chapter. I really appreciate your efforts in translating this series. Have to say that i love it!

  11. Lilyuuka March 12, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Thanks a lot for this chapters. Thanks also for the new entry…about zone serie I really like it, and I’m very very curious to read Trap Hole, Nemu sensei is very original, and you guys, always made a great job with scans.
    THANKS AGAIN!

  12. kurini March 12, 2014 at 7:17 am

    It made my day to see a new ch of 3am! It made me even smile more when I saw my name in the post XD I wasn’t expected that lol The main guy in the cover of the manga by Nemu Youko looks handsome hehehe
    I’m really happy to hear that I’ll be able to read the rest of 3am!! Thank you so much Stilettoheels!! Banzaii!

    And I like the artwork of the new series (Nikotama), can’t wait to read it once I get home! 😀

    • kurini March 12, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      I have to say, the last page of Nikotama made me breathless for 2 sec. And it does make me want to read the next ch asap. In general, I liked it. Seinen does have some special charms to it. 🙂

      • Hats March 12, 2014 at 6:15 pm

        I have to admit, there’s not much seinen on my bookshelf. Naoki Urasawa’s comics are probably the only ones I’ve collected, next to the ones we’ve worked on here. Kind of the polar opposite of my anime and film collection, which men would be more likely to enjoy than women. So if you know of any seinen similar to Nikotama, feel free to impose them on me!

        As for Nikotama, I was very shocked to read the first chapter and find out that I didn’t know much about my own reproduction system. You’d think you’d have known your own body after twenty-eight years… but just like Ah-chan, I really haven’t thought much about getting married or having children. It kind of made me take a step back to re-evaluate my current situation. That’s how great this manga is, really. Hope to bring you more of it soon!

        • kurini March 13, 2014 at 6:46 pm

          Oh same here, I find myself liking anime targeted to males than romance anime! I’ve only read seinen that were available online in english, the good ones that come to my mind are Kami-sama ga Uso o Tsuku, Bonnonji, D-ash and Natsu no Zenjitsu. 🙂

          Now you say it, when the character said that the eggs do age, it made an impact on me, because I’ve kind of forgotten this fact.

  13. Frou March 12, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Thank you for the new releases, so excited to read more Ane no Kekkon 🙂 I’ve been stockpiling 3AM for a while now…definitely time to read it all!

    • Hats March 12, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      omg, Frou, what have you been doing all this time?! Hurry up and start reading it, I say! It’s going to make you suffer sleepless nights, but read it!

  14. Breizh March 12, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Thank for ane no kekkon 🙂

  15. Hats March 11, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Aw shucks, and here I was about to crawl into bed and sleep without commenting… But now that I’ve come and seen, I feel the fuzzies knowing we’ve got so many awesome readers around.(ノ)´∀`(ヾ)

  16. opy March 11, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I love this group so much; you all work so hard and put out the best manga. I can’t believe how much I enjoy the works you scanlate; you guys have wonderful taste! Thank you for these releases, they made my day!

  17. Anu March 11, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Thanks for the release. I am loving Ane no Kekkon <3

  18. Indi March 11, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I just discovered this site and it is perfection. Thank you

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