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Hakushaku manga 1 colour imgs and v15 snippet

November 28th, 2008 (11:01 pm)

Minor misc post of nothing. Just got Hakushaku to Yousei manga vol 1 today. Yay. No energy left at the moment. Boo. ^^;; In any case, I did manage to read through the thing, and it follows the novel more closely than the anime in that yes, Ermine is there. ^_^ There are some changes and snips though. Going strictly from memory, I'd say vol 1 covers the first half of novel 1. My one comment from when I was reading would be this: Langley?? What happened to you?! I could've sworn you were supposed to be 27, but you look like you're 17! >.>

JLPT studies went nowhere last night. >.> Instead I read vol 15 (shorts stories) for Hakushaku. Ah, Edgar, you really are a rogue. :P

From Unmei no Akai Ito wo Shinjimasuka? (Do you believe in the red string of fate?) Post novel volume 10; Lota is a former pirate introduced in vol 6. She and Edgar met when Edgar was still in America and they don't get along very well. Edgar doesn't view Lota as female whatsoever, and Lota sees Edgar as womanizing slime. Lota and Lydia have become good friends, and Lota tends to be somewhat protective of Lydia.

This takes place just after Edgar comes into Lydia's work room and kisses her hand...

As Lydia looked down, she couldn't help noticing Edgar's other hand on her desk. Wrapped around his pinky was one, ......two, three, four, five, six......


Lydia blinked and stared at his hand. There were countless threads in a bundle hanging from his hand. She couldn't help wondering what she should do.

Does this mean I'm not the only person fated for Edgar?

Flustered, Lydia stood suddenly.

"Is something wrong, Lydia?"

"I-it's nothing......"

"Are you unwell?"

Worried, Edgar drew near and reached out to touch Lydia's cheek, but Lydia drew back away from him.

Edgar stubbornly drew closer and Lydia was forced to use both hands to keep him at bay.

"Edgar, ......am I not enough for you, after all?" she asked miserably.

"Eh? What are you talking about?"

"......N-no doubt I'm not. I can't even decide on the wedding dress......"

"What are you talking about? That's okay."

"Th-then, is it because I refused to let you kiss me when you saw me home the other day? And you realised that there are lots of cuter girls out there?"

"Umm, Lydia, certainly I'd like it if you'd settle on your wedding dress soon, but......"

"I didn't think you were that unhappy with me......"

Lydia noticed a figure appear in the doorway.

"Lota!" she cried and ran over to her friend for help.

"Lydia, what's wrong?" Lota held Lydia. Lota noticed Edgar standing in the room, and glared at him. "Edgar! What did you do?"

"I haven't done anything yet."

"Yet? So you're planning on doing something. You really are the worst!"

"That's not it, Lota. His hand; look at his hand!"

"Hand? Yeah, they're the hands of a pervert."

"You really are very rude. How about being honest and saying they're sensual?" Edgar asked annoyed. He drew close to Lota and took her hand to annoy her.

"What are you do--"

Lota started to knock Edgar's hand away when she suddenly froze and stared at his hands.

"What is this?"

Apparently you couldn't see another person's red thread without touching their hand first.

"Edgar, you really are the worst!"

Lota, noticing the numerous threads on Edgar's hand, shoved him away. She wrapped an arm protectively around Lydia. Unfortunately for Edgar, he still didn't understand what was going on.

"Lydia, you're not making an sense. And neither are you, Lota. Just what's going on?"

"So, you do see the same thing I do, don't you Lota? I don't know...... what should I do?!"

"You might not have a choice but to break off your engagement."

"Wait! What are you saying I did? Lydia, won't you please explain things in a way I can understand?!"

"Try asking yourself that!" Lota shot back.

"Umm... is something the matter?" The gentle voice that interrupted them was that of Edgar's friend Paul. "I heard the earl was here in Lydia's office......"

"Hey, Paul, you've come at just the right time." Edgar felt like he'd just been thrown a life saver and dragged his unlucky friend into the room. Paul became dismayed when he saw Lota and Lydia standing there with their arms crossed glaring at Edgar.

"Having two girls against just me isn't fair. Now, it's two against two."

"Umm, if you're busy, I'll be leav--......"

"Now, Lydia, and you too, Lota. I'd suggest you start talking if you don't want anything to happen to Paul."


Paul shrieked as Edgar wrapped his arm around Paul's neck.

Lydia and Lota glanced at one another. They couldn't help feeling sorry for Paul having gotten caught up in things.

"Umm, Edgar, actually......"

Ahhh, I've been wanting to translate that tidbit ever since I first read it. ^^; There are other later bits as well, but I'll try to be good and go back to some of the earlier stuffs for now. :P

*sigh* Time to try sitting down with the books again. >.> There's just *so* many kanji I don't know. >.<;;


Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: November 29th, 2008 08:40 am (UTC)

...Umm...Lydia, darling... you should talk to Yuuko about red strings of fate. Really, you should.

Would that traumatize the poor dear? I might actually write that!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 29th, 2008 10:18 am (UTC)

......Who? ^^;

Personally, I love how Edgar turns the tables on the girls in this--dragging Paul into things only to take him hostage. :P That's okay, Lota gets even later (book 16) in another hostage taking. ^^;;

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: November 29th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)

Yuuko - xxxholic

I'm with Edgar... someting more understandable needed... can have more than one red string?

Is the manga new started (only 1 volume so far) ?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 30th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)

Ah, that explains it. I haven't followed Clamp since ~ Gouhou Drug or so. FSU reads Tsubasa and XXXholic, but I haven't bothered since ~ vol 1 or 2. ^^;

*laughs* Ahh the reason for it... ^^;; That comes out at the very end. So yes, apparently, it's very possible to have more than one string. ^^;;

Manga's very new. First vol came out on... the 25th? I had it on pre-order and it was shipped separately from the rest of my things. ^^; I think it's serialised in the monthly Margaret mag. I need to try hunting down Nov's Cobalt. It's supposed to have a Hakushaku SS in it... *_*

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: November 30th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)

Try Iwase maybe for the issue maybe?

I wouldn't be able to answer much else about xxxholic ^^

Interesting! Not sharing the reason? *pouts* Gonna be awhile before this bit makes it to manga form... Nov 25th is very new ^^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 30th, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)

Hmm... maybe. Depending on how things go in Toronto, I'll send them a fax. ^_^

The reason... ^^;

"By the way, Godmother, even though people can't see it, does the red string of fate really exist?" Edgar asked.

'Of course.'

"Everyone was saying that I have several threads, but do you also see it that way?"

"Edgar, that doesn't matter anymore."

It's something that people can't see in the first place. Even though they thought they could see it thanks to the godmother's magic, that didn't mean that was really how things looked.

Lydia figured that it was okay not knowing the truth. Because there was no greater reality than her promise with Edgar.

"But Lydia, I simply can't let this go. It's like I've been branded as being unfaithful even before we've gotten married."

Lydia considered him as unfaithful right from when they met, so it was a lot late for that. But Edgar showed his hands to Godmother who stared at his hands in amazement.

'I see, the earl has a lot of love.'

"Like I said, it doesn't matter any more."

Lydia had decided to believe in Edgar, so she didn't want to hear anything that might endanger that.

'You have much love in you. So much so that one thread simply wasn't enough. Still, for numerous threads to come together into one like this... the lady fated for the earl will likely have her hands full with being too loved.'

Eh? As Lydia frowned at that information, the fairy hurriedly bowed.

'Well, I'll be leaving,' she said vanishing quickly out the window.

Lydia slowly looked at Edgar.

Edgar grinned as he moved towards Lydia. Placing his hand on the back of her seat, he looked at her from behind.

"I'm glad that's been cleared up," he murmured so close that his lips brushed her ear.


"I'm sorry Lydia, but you alone are going to have to live with being the focus of countless people's worth of my love from here on."

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: November 30th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)

Squeeee... and still poor Lydia ^^;; Thanks!!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 30th, 2008 08:19 am (UTC)

Poor Lydia, indeed! ^^;;

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: November 30th, 2008 05:36 am (UTC)

Yuuko from xxxHOLiC. ^_^

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: November 29th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)

Everything still good for weekend in Toronto? I'll get to kidnap you for a couple of hours on Saturday afternoon? *hopeful*

Good luck with the studying!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 30th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)

Yep. I'll be sending you my travel details and contact info just as soon as I look up my phone number. I've had that number for 5 years now and still don't know what it is. ^^;;

Ugh! I need all the luck with that thing that I can get. >.<;;

Posted by: yamikakyuu (yamikakyuu)
Posted at: November 29th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)

oh my Edgar in that top pic *_*

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: November 29th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)

I like the manga style. It's a combination of the novel style and the anime style. The pure novel doesn't appeal to me as much as I thought it would. So I like the slight difference in the manga's style.

As always, thank you for the snippet.

Posted by: wanderingdreamr (wanderingdreamr)
Posted at: November 29th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)

Yay snippet time and I am really going to have to see if I can at least find the raws for the manga on the internet...

Posted by: Miharu (k4gh)
Posted at: November 30th, 2008 07:35 am (UTC)

May I ask...where'd you order the manga? The scan group I belong to is looking to scanlate this one you see xD

such a pretty cover... *_*

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 30th, 2008 08:04 am (UTC)

I got it from Amazon JP. ^^; It should be possible to order from regular bookstores or even pick up from regular J bookstores soon. Mine was on pre-order but got separated from the rest of the order, hence the quick receipt. ^_^

Posted by: Miharu (k4gh)
Posted at: November 30th, 2008 08:06 am (UTC)

Ohh we're on the right track then. Hoho~ Thanks for the info :)

Posted by: サヤカ (sayaka86)
Posted at: November 30th, 2008 07:35 am (UTC)

ooh I love this snippet :p thanks for this..

it's interesting that he has so many threads... so if i get this right.. lydia is going to be very loved??? ermm by countless people?? o_O' okay sorry for being baka :p hehe

but this is sweet :)

good luck with the books :)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 30th, 2008 07:57 am (UTC)

*laughs* By countless people's worth of *Edgar's* love. (Sic Edgar's got more love (for her) than a person normally has for another. Hence the many many threads on his hand.) ^^;

Posted by: May (sinmay)
Posted at: December 18th, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)

Can I use one of those scans to make a wallpaper?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 18th, 2008 09:51 am (UTC)

Sure, go for it. ^_^

Posted by: May (sinmay)
Posted at: December 19th, 2008 05:09 am (UTC)

Thanks! And just in case you want to see: http://sinmay.deviantart.com/art/Come-Along-my-Faerie-106645807

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