Regarding My Translations of Yoko Taro’s “Thou Shalt Not Die” Manga

I haven’t been able to be as in depth and up-to-date with writing posts here as I would like, but I’ve had several people ask me this recently:

“Are you still translating ‘Thou Shalt Not Die’?”

→No, unfortunately I’m not. I had to stop and delete everything because it was officially licensed by Yenpress, as it was stated at Anime Expo last year. Please check out the clip of the official announcement (and my editorial about it in the comments) on YouTube below!

Yoko Taro’s Doujinshi from Comiket 93 with Moriyama Daisuke

 


This post is a work in progress. I will add additional information when I can.

Copyright Notices: All copyrights belong to Yoko Taro and Moriyama Daisuke. I don’t intend on making raw scans available. All images in this post were either taken by me or scanned, translated, and edited by me.

Yoko Taro’s OL Doujinshi Literally Features a Little Penis Alien Named “Dick”

Today was the final day of the winter Comic Market aka Comiiket! Although I arrived a little later than I wanted, I was still able to pick up the three new books sold at Yoko Taro & Moriyama Daisuke’s booth!!

◼️ A Brief Look

The fake game is called 「OL戦記」and was even given an English title: a Record of OL War. Of course, OL = Office Lady.

On the front cover, we’re told It is a “Survival OL Action” game for the PTA, the PlayTerminalAdvance. It has a “GERO” or “Vomit” rating and is geared toward 47 year olds (note that Yoko Taro is 47).

The basic gist of the story revolves around an alien invasion in which researchers have determined that unique and powerful waves radiate from “Japanese OL”. These waves are able to penetrate the enemy alien shields, and so OLs become the world’s only hope…

Among the battling OLs, the strongest 3 make up the final stand against the aliens.

  • Kato Uzuki (24)
  • Tachibana Yayoi (20)
  • Minazuki Akane (27)

Interestingly enough, Yayoi has an alien friend… who’s literally a little dick.

…and its name is “Chinko”… aka Dick.


Alien Navigator, Dick

 


This post is a work in progress. I will add additional information when I can.

Copyright Notices: All copyrights belong to Yoko Taro and Moriyama Daisuke. I don’t intend on making raw scans available. All images in this post were either taken by me or scanned, translated, and edited by me.

Kimi Shini Signed Poster by Yoko Taro and Moriyama Daisuke

Big GanGan and Square Enix recently hosted a giveaway for a large signed poster by Yoko Taro and Moriyama Daisuke for their manga series “Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare // Thou Shalt Not Die” that was advertised in this live broadcast:

Toward the end of the broadcast, they introduced a hashtag on twitter to participate in the giveaway, which of course, I did!

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3rd KimiShini Signing Event

Today was the second book signing event in the Tokyo area for the release of Book 4 of Yoko Taro’s manga series “Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare // Thou Shalt Not Die”.

I managed to get a participation ticket back in March and I knew this day was coming for a long time… but my brain is super stupid sometimes, especially when my usual rhythm gets thrown off. I haven’t worked on Saturday in a long time since I’ve been busy with chorus practices and concerts, so for whatever reason, I was thinking that I had today to just lay around the house and do nothing, then tomorrow would be the signing event. Turns out, this was wrong, today was Sunday, and I had already missed the first session that I was scheduled to attend. orz

I read the fine print on the ticket and nothing said that if I missed the time that I would not be able to attend either of the other two sessions, so I threw clothes on quick and ran out the door. orz orz

Luckily enough, I got there just as the 2nd session was beginning and they allowed me to join it. I was taking my seat just as Yoko Taro and Moriyama Daisuke made a very brief greeting before starting the signing event. WHEW!! So, yay!! I was able to get the 4th manga volume signed by both of them! <3

There was also a little time to chat, but… I’m horrible with small talk and I get really nervous sometimes. Hopefully, I didn’t seem too nervous this time, but I still felt a little at a loss of words. We talked a little bit about the stage play…and that I went to every, single show. haha And we talked a little bit about the last manga all-night event and how I’d really love for them to do another one. I told them that I stayed at a hotel that night since I live in Yokohama and the event got out well after the trains stopped for the night. I probably could have just gone to an internet cafe or a family restaurant for a couple hours before the morning trains started, but I already had plans in the early afternoon the following day in Tokyo, so it made more sense for me to stay in town.

ANYWAY, it’s always a pleasure and a joy to meet with my favorite director/creator no matter how brief. I completely, honestly, sincerely hope that he’s not sick of me stalking him to all these events. LOL

Here are a couple photos that I took at the event!

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Thou Shalt Not Die / Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare Chapter 23

Mangaka Moriyama Daisuke just tweeted out a preliminary sketch from the up-coming chapter 23 of Thou Shalt Not Die / Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare and states that we’ll finally get an idea WHY young kids with special abilities were created in the first place. I suggested… THE LEGION!! lol I suppose we shall see!!



Regarding my fan English translation work on this series:

I have been extremely busy since the end of the year last December and things have not changed in the new year. I hope to work on Chapter 21 soon but cannot give a definite date when I can get that chapter out. I have it all ready for translation, though, so it should be a little faster than starting from scratch. 😛

Lawson and HMV Merchandise Collaboration

During the 2nd Live Broadcast tonight, we were shown some new merch available through Lawson’s online shop:

12 piece Limited Cookie Set, 2,250 yen [Loppi #214267]

Mini Emil Table, 4,320 yen              [Loppi #214266]

Smart Phone Case, 4,536                  [Loppi #214263]

Emil Pillow Cushion, 4,104 yen       [Loppi #214262]                                             Diameter: 300mm, Width: 100mm         Polyester cover with stuffed beads

Yoshida Akihiko Reproduction Genga Illustration, 16,200 yen [Loppi #214258] Acrylic, with unique serial number, Size: 328 x 415 x 22mm

 * I’ve already ordered these items and it looks like they’re planning on shipping things out on May 9th for free! Cool! No shipping fees!! 😀

This is what the display looks like for ordering the cookies on the Loppi system at a Lawson convenience store:

So, it looks like the delivery box that the cookies will be packaged in is the same design as the smartphone case!


 

In other news, Yoko Taro was asked to make a comment regarding the new Fantasy RPG in development from Atlus*.

* I was a little quick to write about this, so I apologize for getting your hopes up that he would be directly involved. It does not appear that is the case at the moment.

Thou Shalt Not Die / Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare ZERO Stage Play – Begins Tomorrow!

The opening show of Yoko Taro’s Thou Shalt Not Die / Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare ZERO stage play opens tomorrow evening at 7:00pm at Shinjuku Mura LIVE and will run through Christmas Day!

Thou Shalt Not Die – 3rd Signing Event

October 25 marks the Big GanGan 5th Anniversary, kicking off events all across Japan including the Kochi Manga Festival (mansai).

Thou Shalt Not Die / Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare writer Yoko Taro and illustrator Moriyama Daisuke will take part in their 3rd signing event for the series since 2015.

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Additionally, The Wedding Ring Story / Kekkon Yubiwa Monogatari mangaka Maybe will also take part in this signing event.

Between October 15-28, you can receive an admission ticket to the signing event when you purchase one of the participating manga fair books at the main Kinkohdo store or the Tosayamada-cho branch Kindohdo store. Tickets will be available until October 30th at 11am when you buy a book at the Manga Festival booth. There are other Kinkohdo stores participating in this anniversary fair; please call the stores directly to make a reservation.

You can get a ticket to the signing event by purchasing any of the following books from the aforementioned stores:

Thou Shalt Not Die / Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare, Vol. 1-3
The Wedding Ring Story / Kekkon Yubiwa Monogatari, Vol. 1-4*

* Vol. 4 will be released on October 25th.

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When:
Sunday, October 30
Thou Shalt Not Die / Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare: 11:30am~1:00pm
The Wedding Ring Story / Kekkon Yubiwa Monogatari: 1:00pm~2:30pm
Location: Kochi City Bunka Plaza “Karupo-to” (Culture Port Community Center), 7th Floor
Address: 高知県高知市九反田2-1 (Kochi City, 2-1 Kutanda)
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More details on this event is available on the official Big GanGan event page.