Translator’s Account: Ninja Shinobu’s Pure Heart by Yuzuchiri

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“I am not a ninja. I’m just an average high school girl” – Shinobu

When you are translating a series, you tend to end up appreciating a series more than usual because you get to pick up a lot more than you do on your first read through. Here is my (uber long) post-translation overview of the adorable ninja girl series.

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[Newcomer] Smile at the Runway by Inoya Kotoba

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A hot new rookie on Weekly Shounen Magazine, Smile at the Runway, starts with the story of Fujito Chiyuki, an aspiring fashion model and daughter of a fledgling Modeling Agency, Mille neige. Ever since she was little, Chiyuki’s dream was to be the star model of her dad’s agency and perform at Paris Fashion Week. With great looks and a gifted environment, it seemed like she was on the right track to fulfill her dream, but she soon found herself faced with a seemingly insurmountable wall when her height stopped growing at 158cm (5’2″), hopelessly too short to be a professional model.

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[HiddenGem] Chihaya-san wa Sonomama de Ii by Kuzushiro

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Chihaya-san wa Sonomama de Ii (Chihaya is Fine the way She is) follows the life of an average high school girl, Chihaya, who thinks she is overweight and wants to lose weight. Unfortunately, its impossible for her to keep her appetite in check, especially with his childhood friend, Shima constantly bombarding her with food. Can Chihaya resist her urge to eat and succeed in her diet?

This adorable little series starts off looking like a cute slice-of-life food manga, but slowly morphs into something more special.

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[News] Mizukami Satoshi’s new work begins next month! (June 30th)

The cult favorite Mizukami Satoshi (known for Lucifer and the Bisuit Hammer, Sengoku Youko, and Spirit Circle) just announced via twitter that his brand new work will begin serialization next month (June 30th) on Young King OURs:

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[Newcomer] Akairo Crossroads by Hino Natsumi

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Akairo Crossroads (あかいろ交差点) is a lighthearted school-life romance about timid but friendly highschooler Keita, trying to become better friends with his classmate Tamaki who has always been cold to him ever since they met on the first day of school. When Tamaki confesses that she can see the “red string of fate” and that the reason she tries to avoid is because he is her partner, Keita pledges they will always be “just friends”…..

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