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🎉🎉 Vol 7 fan-translation (Discord) RELEASE! 🎉🎉

Amber, @junekusabi​ and I are proud to present to you the fan-translation of Vol 7 (part of the AnK restoration project), now available on the Amoi Discord server on the # pet-salon channel!

-> https://discord.com/invite/K6BJyZA ! <-

Come grab your copy of the brand new, 183 page long fan-translation of Vol 7 of the Ai no Kusabi series, including the unreleased colored illustrations scanned by @kaikold​! 💕

A must-read and big event for all AnK-fans: If you’ve read the official English translation of Vol 7 before, you have missed on a lot of content that was cut/possibly censored from the Japanese version, especially on those last two chapters 😉

A read-along is planned on the Discord server where we’ll talk about each chapter separately, so come join the fun! -> (You feel that after reading Vol7, some mysterious events leave you with more questions than answers? 👀 Secrets, part of the elusive subplot of AnK, will be revealed there on the server!)


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Ai no Kusabi: Vol7 Retranslation Project announcement

What were your first impressions when you read Vol7&8 of the AnK paperback series?

You may have noticed the illustrator had changed, but did you know the English translator had too, and that less than 50% of the book you’ve read is accurate, and that 45% of the original Japanese text has been cut/censored compared to the English version? Would you like to read it?

If so; then allow me to present to you the project that started on the Amoi discord server in August 2020: the restoration/retranslation project of volume 7&8.

Thanks to Kaikold who scanned & uploaded the Japanese original volumes on GGdrive, the official English version was compared to the Japanese in tables and a first draft of the retranslation has been completed.

The project will now enter the proofreading stage for Volume 7(checking the accuracy of the fan-translation & some editing), and I’d like to share the results on this first stage:

During translation, 3 different colors have been used to “rate” the official English version of vol7:

Green is for the text that is correct (だから——というわけでもないが。ここ五日ほど、リキの足は別館から遠のいていた。Official: But this is not the reason why, for the last five days, Riki has not set foot in the salon.)

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Entering the space between: Do you want to read the novels with us?

Hi folks!

A few months ago, the members of the ANK discord server joined forces to organise a read-along event beginning in January 2019.

So how does it work?

Well, we start with Stranger, then in February we read Destiny, and so on. The idea is that everyone will read the novels on their own schedule during the month and join a designated chat to share their opinions and discuss the books with other fans of the series.

To join the book discussions you need to be a member of the Discord, so here's an invite! Join in, confirm you're 18+ and request access to the NSFW channels, and you're all set!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or utauda14 - we're happy to welcome you in!

In the meantime, please spread the word about the event, and don't worry if you don't have the books on you: we're going to share online copies of the English translations with anyone who asks!

See you then!

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Where to buy affordable AnK original novels?

Hi everyone! :-)

So I've been searching for the original AnK light novels by Reiko Yoshihara online, but I only managed to get my hands on affordable copies of volumes 2 and 3 on Amazon. I just can't seem to find any affordable copies of any of the other volumes anywhere online, be they new or used. I did find them on a couple of sites f.e. on Alibris but it said they were unavailable or out of stock so...

Can anyone give me some advice as to where I can find volumes 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 and/or 8 in an online bookstore for an affordable price? I'm willing to go up to around €30 = $35. Thanks for the intel! :-D

grtz: Wraith Fan -xXx-

"Ai no Kusabi" Master List (Part I): Novels, OVAs, Drama CDs, and Translations

While there is a Master List on the LJ already, I wanted to do my own version and include some new materials that I think will benefit the Ai no Kusabi fandom. I was able to find a lot more official Ai no Kusabi content a few years back and want to share it with the fandom. I know how many fans have been desperately trying to find them for years.

However, because the series is old, the fandom is small and scattered all over the world, and content is only available in Japan, there will be some materials that will not have any links or sources to them. If any fans know where to find some of the missing content on the list or wish to include additional info, please contact me so I can update it. Due to the word limit on LJ, the Master List is split into three parts. Part 2 can be found here and Part 3 can be found here.

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Ai no Kusabi e-books: COMPLETED!!!

Hello, everyone! It took me more than half a year, but I finally finished porting the Ai no Kusabi series from scans to e-book format!

Again, you can download the books in both EPUB and MOBI formats in here.

You can find other interesting links regarding issues in the official English translation in my previous posts, here and here.

Everyone is free to download, re-upload, modify and share these e-books. Please, do so! That way they won't get lost like it happened with many scans (that's why it was so hard for me to find them in the first place!).

Also if you like the series and JUNÉ were to publish the books again, please support the author by buying them!

Have fun!

Project: Ai no Kusabi e-books

Hello, everyone! First of all, I want to say I'm not only new to this community but also to ANK. I watched the anime a couple of years ago and I loved it, but after that I didn't pay much attention to it... until now.

A couple of days ago I decided I'd read the novels, and not only did I find that the books can't be purchased anywhere any more, but also that only a couple of volumes were available for Kindle. And then there were all these weird links to partial fan translations... 6 volumes? 8 volumes?... What the hell was going on?... Until I finally found the clean official English translation of the 8 volumes... and they turned out to be scans. 

I kind of got upset at how much time it took me to sort things out and find the novels. And when I get upset, I can't stop thinking about what got me upset until I find a solution. So, eventually, I thought... What the heck? If no one else is creating the e-book version of these novels, then *I* will. 

And these are the results:

Folder containing the e-books (EPUB and MOBI):

  • Volume 1, Stranger
  • Volume 2, Destiny
  • Volume 3, Nightmare
  • Volume 4, Suggestion
  • Volume 5, Darkness
  • Volume 6, Metamorphose
  • Volume 7
  • Volume 8

My plan is to create an e-reader version for all 8 volumes, and then finally put them all together in a single book (and then anyone that decides to read the novels in the future can get ALL books, in their OFFICIAL English version, in just ONE link, and read them on ANY device, yaaaay!).

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