This is the successor of JanimeS. You can visit the history section of the site to find out why I had to move and changed the name all together.
Sura's Place is mostly a scanlation site with little bits of culture articles and Japanese game reviews. I also have a tiny forum here for chit chats. I have no team here. All scanlation works have been done by me with very few exceptions where I borrowed some hands in editing; it's only few and I no longer have any editors working for me at the moment.
This entry will be the last entry with a dedicated Issue magazine update, meaning next entries, whenever that may be, may or may not have any writings related to Issue magazine. It also means this entry will be the last one with detailed Issue magazine update.
Love : Madness is the word I'd use. Chang-Won (The crazed out-of-control once-banished prince) is showing clear signs of total madness. Lord Han is ready to ditch him except the prince ditches him before that, declaring that he is on his own.
Another madness is that -
Our little king feels strong urge to dress in a female dress and dares to meet Misu in that dress under darkness.
Nobody knows : A lot of actions in this episode and not much of progression in plot. Nothing to say about this episode.
P.S. Issue magazine is slowly starting to carry web toons in place of one-shots.
Now, let me introduce you Comic Concert magazine.
Before I go further, let me define three terms for you.
1. Professional manwha author : Easy to understand. Professional author means their main source of income is from drawing manwha (comic). Almost all professional authors are associated with a publishing company (a comic magazine). These authors receive a monthly wage from these publishing companies as long as they carry a series in a magazine.
2. Semi professional author : Semi professional authors are similar from professionals. However, drawing comic is not their main income and they draw on their own time frame. Not being full professional means they have very loose deadlines to meet.
3. Amatuer author : Amatuer authors are a lot like semi professionals with one major difference. To stay as an amatuer author, they must not earn any form of profit over their drawings. This also prevents them from being associated with publishing companies.
This comic concert magazine you see on left is based on semi professional authors. And this is a fairly new magazine with it being only few years old. The release of this magazine is not firm but average release seems to be every 2 or 3 months.
This is actually the first time I've read this magazine and it is carrying a very good series called "4-Rang" which has the same pronunciation as "love" in Korean. Unfortunately, this no 15 has episode 2 and no 14 cannot be bought anymore since it was released 3 months ago.
P.S. Most of manwha from this magazine is in full color. And most are short, ranging from few volumes to maybe 5 volumes max. Some of series being carried in this magazine never get published as comic books.
Furthermore, target audience of this magazine is about 5 years older than Issue magazine, meaning there are some mature-rating contents.
Before I begin the usual Issue magazine update, let me give you a situation update. The original post below is from a forum thread I made few weeks earlier which can be found @ http://www.surasplace.com/index.php/forum-2/regarding-the-future.html
If you have read my entries on the front page, you know what has been going on.
If you are clueless as to what is happening, I will simply refer you to a blog entry which sums everything up @ http://www.surasplace.com/index.php/323-a-little-too-late.html
My first step was removing projects, narrowing it down to bare minimum. Right now, I have only two projects left to do. All else have been either dropped or have been pushed to completion.
My second step was trimming down the site. I removed the articles/reviews sections. I removed some of unused portions of the site.
My third step was to reduce running cost of the site. I removed Socialize section and removed the old traditional style forum and this forum was put on. A positive side effect is that the site is now 100% compatible with mobile devices.
The fourth step is to relocate the site to a cheaper web hosting plan. This is to be done in next month or so.
You may question me why I am doing all these when I could just shut the site down and be all done. The thing is that this site has been running since 1998 and like or not it has been a part of my life.
Make no mistake, I want to stop scanlation. There are those who are making tens of thousands of dollars with scanlation. That was never the intention of scanlation. No one is supposed to make any profits out of this.
Once the last two projects are done, that is it. But as it stands now, those two projects seem to have some ways to go before its end. Until then, my preparation for the final will go as usual.
However, a thought occurred to me that just working on one-shots exclusively in a casual manner may keep the site alive. Those aggregator sites don't handle one-shots well and authors of one-shots in general favor scanlation since they crave any kind of increase in their renown.
Now, I've done my share of homework on this. I've talked to 10ish professional manwha authors (manwhaga) and none of them supported scanlation of any kind.
On contrast, I've attended few manwha festivals and talked to numerous amatuer manwha authors. They, having no fame or whatsoever, would gladly accept scanlation of any kind. (Probably until they turn pro.)
Thus, at this point at least, I am looking into working on one-shots & web toons casually. I say casually because there will not be any more regular updates once the two projects are done. And supply of one-shots are not steady nor is quality. I am probably looking at no more than 5 updates a month.
In addition to the above copied and pasted post, I am working on a system that will effectively archive and display the one shots because, as it turns out, I have a lot of them scanlated and quite a bit of unscnalated ones to be scanlated as well.
With that out of the way, Issue magazine update begins.
Nobody knows : Ban-Ah's mother is cornered and she is about to be raped. Ban-Ah, realizing things have gone too far (Well, duh), attempt to stop the whole crisis she caused, but Ryun disagrees and wounds Ban-Ah critically, leaving her bleeding to death. Meanwhile, the guy companion for Ryun senses that Ryan will soon betray him and kill him. (How perceptive of him, he was probably spot on.) He sneaks out and calls the police.
Love : The king confronts Lord Han face to face, revealing her intention of revealing her father's cause of death. Lord Han, for the first time I've seen, actually panics from inside for a second. He firmly believes that the cause of previous king's death must not be known to anyone.
Meanwhile, crazed (which is normal for his standards) Prince Chang-Won, visits Jeong Misu's mother...
This month's edition carries a pretty good one-shot. I will be saving this one-shot for the future.
In addition, this month's edition also carries a web toon which I find it okay but not great.
Love at first sight is finally, I shall repeat, finally completed. With that out of my way, the only project I have left is the Issue magazine. To be exact, Nobody knows & Love.
I've been removing some of really old downloads from my project. This is done to prepare moving the site to a smaller web hosting plan package. At the same time, despite of me stating that I would not update my project section, I've in fact updated Love at first sight page with volume 10 and 11 as well as Issue magazine 2013 April.
I've removed Issue magazine 2008 ~ 2010 archives. I believe I will be gathering one-shots from Issue magazine 2008 ~ 2010 and eventually put up one-shot section which I had up earlier. The one-shot section has been removed for now to decrease the site size (in preparation of moving the site) which currently sits at over 11GB, reduced from 14GB.
Nobody knows: The plot or the protagonist (Ban-Ah) is becoming ridiculous. Ban-Ah is showing every sign of childish madness. She shows no perception, no intelligence, no nothing. To put it bluntly, she has too much time and too much powers in her hands. She is now determined to get back at her mother by trying to kill her in the most gruesome way. "Kill" may not be the most accurate word here. "Rape" might suit better.
Either word shows how maddening it is. Having no perception and intelligence makes it worse.
Love: I know i keep saying this but I would have loved to see this manwha adapted to a much mature rating. I am probably spoiled by hentai games where brutality and extreme come naturally. While most of hentai games are perverted to no-end, few select gems are there. Being a hentai game means there is absolutely no boundary to plot restrictions. Characters die really sadly, often graphically showing guts flowing out. Making out happens when it should.
Yes, I do feel I am spoiled by hentai game's no-restriction of plots.
Now onto the plot, for past few episodes, it had been peace before storm phase. This episode remains in the peace phase still. Schemers are doing their things and the king has little clues. She knows they are out there but doesn't really have a firm gasp of how serious they are.
Either way, we all know that the king does not have much time. As stated in the series numerous times, she stands on a thin ice. Her true gender will eventually be found out. It's only a matter of time. And, if the beginning holds any truth, this manwha will have a sad, but natural, ending.
Seol Hui volume 9. Just showing you the front page. I am not going to scanlate it, so I am not bothering with a plot summery or anything.
I've dropped I am at end of your sight upon completion of volume 3. I just don't have the willingness to go on with it anymore.With that out of my way, there are three remaining series I am working on now. One of which is about to end (Love at first sight).
Some have questioned me why not just close the site and be done with. What I am trying to accomplish here is a proper closure.
So, here is Issue magazine September 2013.
Nobody knows: The pattern is pretty typical for the author. Everything is going haywire which means the plot is entering its last part. The daughter has gone pretty much insane with her newfound powers.
There is a phrase that a fool should never be given overwhelming powers. This is such a case. The daughter is a fool and is given too much powers. The result is that she is attempting to bring everyone down just because well she can.
Love: Se-Ryu-Gi is killed in this episode. She dies a painful / slow death. Her death reveals her connection to Lord Han which makes Lord Ja-Ul join Misu to hunt him down.
With that said, I may drop this manwha. Unlike Nobody knows, I can see this manwha going for a while and I am not sure if I want to spend that much time just to do this one series. I will make the decision on the next magazine update.
Some have asked me which website they can buy the issue magazines from online. My answer is that I have no idea. I buy it locally so, I wouldn't know. There, you have your answer.
If you are going to ask me which local store, it's somewhere in Suwon. Suwon is in Korea.
Before I start, this entry could well be my last. I've been taking gradual steps away from maintaining this website. My first step was no longer updating downloads in My projects section; that's correct. No matter how much you ask for those downloads, those will never come, at least not by me.
My second step will be removing unnecessary sections of the website which includes misc pages and articles section. Between 2nd and 3rd steps, there will be this: this monthly update entries.
Keeping these monthly entries requires me to purchase the books since I need to scan the fronl pages as well as scanning its content. I didn't have to buy Siesta volume 5 but I bought anyway to scan the front page. I am not going to scanlate Siesta, so don't bother asking.
Issue magazine 2013 August
Nobody knows : The plot is heading toward yet another predictable pattern. Actually, the author is starting to show the bad quality that is shown from the author of Nabi and Hot blooded woman; repeating pretty much same plot patterns over their works.
The mother, who now realizes that she has lost everything, slips into a remorse mode, revealing what we already know: She cared only about Jin-Whan. She did not even care about her own daughter. She turned her daughter into a vampire only to bind Jin-Whan.
Her ex-husband is also found completely knocked out due to massive blood loss. In other words, the daughter is out of control. I'd say the out-of-control daughter (Ban-Ah is the name. If you have any decency, at least remember the main lead's name.) is a younger version of Ryun.
Ban-Ah harms Jin-Whan when she encounters him to reconfirm that he cares only about her mom. And Ryun shows up and takes her away from him, leaving Jin-Whan to feel at loss, or rather leaving him in a similar state of mind as Ban-Ah's mother.
Love : I will state this again. The rating (or age restriction) is ruining this manwha. It could have been so much better if it involved more blood and skins.
The way the king is behaving, she is surely walking toward her own demise. Basically, she is turning everyone around her her enemy. But then, if you are in her shoes, you might as well since you have no chance of any future; might as well go nuts while you are able.
Meanwhile, Lord Han plans to kill off Se-Ryu-Gi whom he thinks he may have used for too long and questions her loyalty. It does seem that Se-Ryu-Gi holds some degree of earnest feelings toward Lord Ja-Ul. And, if she does, it actually wouldn't hurt assisting Lord Han since their current king seems unfit. The successor in line is Lord Ja-Ul's brother and Ja-Ul himself. See where I am going? Se-Ryu-Gi could never been an official queen due to her low social status but she could hold enormous powers as long as she produces a heir and manages to keep him alive.
However, at this point, Se-Ryu-Gi's feelings appear more earnest than that.
Siesta volume 5
What a lame ending, I will say.
The plot doesn't even end. It ends where it should actually be beginning. It is not the worst ending I've seen though since it does offer some level of closure, but this should really not be the ending.
The worst ending so far has been Marichen Chronicle. But the ending of Siesta comes close.
Think like this, a grand adventure is about to commence after a long preparation. The manwha covers the preparation part and ends when the grand adventure is about to begin.
Actually, it might be okay to end at that point if preparation phase covers characters growth and plot advancement properly, but Siesta offers none of those elements.
It just ends. That's it.
In some sense, you should be glad I am not going to scanlate the volume 5.