Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Steel Ball Run chapter 65

Well would you look at that! For once I'm not writing about delays!

This chapter is short, sweet, and delightfully confusing. It's like spicy chocolate. You'll be trying to piece together the events on the streets of Philadelphia for weeks. Who is the Steel Ball Run shadow man villain? What is Wekapipo doing? Where is Dio? And what on earth is up with Disco and his crazy Stand? Read it, enjoy, and try to puzzle it out without resorting to spoilers!

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And as always, back chapters are at if you need to catch up.

Special thanks to Frequency for saving my butt and doing the joins for me this time. It made this chapter an absolute delight to edit.
Friday, June 11, 2010

JoJo Project now presents Vento Aureo! Volume 47

Part 5's translation existing translation is, quite frankly, pretty terrible. It leaves stuff out all over the place and outright makes things up in places, not to mention how it doesn't preserve the charm of the original very well at all. Plus the image quality was rather bad. Freshy and I have wanted to redo this ever since the first day we teamed up to work on Stone Ocean, and have been secretly working on this for months. We're proud to present the first volume to you.

We will be releasing part 5 in full volume batches. The first one, volume 47b (the first part of volume 47is taken up by the very end of part 4), is here.

Steel Ball Run chapter 64

It's been way longer than I would have liked but it's finally here - the seventeenth volume of Steel Ball run starts here!

You know, normally I love writing crazy summaries to hype up the upcoming chapter. It's one of the highlights of chapter releases for me. But this one... most of what makes it so awesome is also incredibly spoilertastic. So all I'm going to say is that...



And as always, back chapters are at so you can catch up easily!
Thursday, April 8, 2010

Steel Ball Run chapter 62 and 63

It's been far longer than I would have liked it to take, but the next two chapters of Steel Ball Run are out!

When we left off, Lucy thought that the President might just be the Devil. Why is this? What is happening to him, and even more importantly, what's happening to Lucy? It's scandalous and scary and it might just blow your mind. Then we take a detour to the wild streets of Philadelphia, where a vicious battle takes place atop a runaway carriage as two old favorites return to duke it out.

Then we have chapter 63. It's five pages. Five hilarious pages. You'll love it, I promise.



And as always, you can go to to catch up.
Sunday, March 7, 2010

Steel Ball Run chapter 61

It hasn't been very long since the last chapter at all, but since I had had this chapter cleaned for a while and it's such an important one, I couldn't resist working my tail off to get it out faster than I even thought possible.

This is quite possibly one of the most plot-heavy and overall important chapters in the entire series; coupled with the upcoming chapter 62, more will be done to advance the plot than in the last two or three volumes combined. In this chapter, the history of how Lucy Steel married Stephen Steel is revealed, before we start to unravel the mystery of the President's involvement with the race. And what about the corpse? What will become of it? You might just need a napkin to wipe the sweat off your face after this one.


And as always, back chapters are at and you can go to to track our progress.
Saturday, March 6, 2010

Upcoming Projects: A Tale of Assistance

As some of you might have guessed, those of us at JoJo Project aren't always working on JoJo 100% of the time! Freshy and I work on a few side projects assisting other groups, which I'd like to pimp out.

Freshy, who is not just a fantastic translator but also one of the best people I've ever met, is helping out or good friends over at The Invincible Trio with their ongoing effort to retranslate part 4. As much as the current translations have a certain quaint charm to them ("What a beautiful Duwang!"), the series really shines when you have a proper translation, and these wonderful people are trying to make that a reality. Check them out!

As for myself, I'm currently in a three-way collaborative project with Hox (the translator of what feels like 1/2 of the manga I read) and the good folks at Anonymous Delivers (the team who works on Litchi Hikari Club) to bring you a newer and lesser known manga by Usamaru Furuya called "La Croisade des Innocents," a semi-historical manga which tells the story of the apocryphal Children's Crusade of 1212 in typical Furuya fashion. Those of you who like that sort of thing will want to check out Volume 1 when it's finished.

...and don't worry, guys! We totally know what we're doing and this won't hinder the speed of your SBR releases in the slightest.

Steel Ball Run chapter 60

At last, the long-awaited chapter 60 of Steel Ball Run. It's the start of volume 16. This is my personal favorite volume so far, because it is the most plot-dense action-packed revelatory volume so far. I wish I could hype this chapter up as much as I normally can, but that would involve some pretty major spoilers... so without ruining your experience, you can look forward to the return of an old friend, the return of an old enemy, a white-knuckled battle atop a carriage careening through the streets of Philadelphia, and a revelation that will determine the entire plot of the manga for volumes yet to come.


And as always, back chapters are at

Translation: Freshy. Editing: Frequency and Shizuka Joestar.


I would also like to make a small comment about why this chapter is incredibly special to me personally, and to JoJo Project as a team. Back when we were a brand new team, assembled ragtag from a series of late night threads on /a/ and anonib and a few personal connections, we wanted to see if it'd be possible to do the SBR magazine chapters as they came out while waiting for Stardust Crusaders to catch up their backlog, so the end result would be the English scanlations finishing at about the same time as the Japanese. This was the first SBR chapter that I ever personally cleaned, because at the time it was the absolute newest magazine chapter; when I got to help out Frequency with a few pages, there was this amazing sense of nostalgia when I was retouching page 37, where the text goes over Magenta's hat. I remember being frustrated and having nightmares over it a year or two ago when I first found it, and while it was still hard, it really helped me realize how much I've grown as an editor as I comparatively flew through those pages.

With this, we've come full circle and have finally accomplished almost everything JoJo Project set out to do. We put out Stone Ocean at the best quality we could. We caught up, if not to SBR, to where we were before we abandoned magazine chapters as infeasible. From here on out it's new territory for us; it's exciting and wonderful, and I hope you can share in our happiness.
Sunday, February 7, 2010

Steel Ball Run chapter 59

Hey there! It hasn't been very long but because Frequency and I got our scripts at about the same time, I'm delighted to present to you Steel Ball Run chapter 59, the last chapter of Volume 15!

This is it, folks. This is the series' turning point. After that crazy cliffhanger from last time, how can this chapter possibly end? It's thoughts more than actions that have the chance to win this battle, and how it plays out will have you at the edge of your seat. And even crazier, the end of the chapter has a twist that will leave your jaw hanging and set up the rest of this manga's plot. Buckle up and enjoy the ride, guys; it's going to be one fun roller coaster from here on out.


And as before, has all your back chapter needs.

Translation: Freshy, editing: Shizuka Joestar.
Saturday, February 6, 2010

Steel Ball Run chapter 58!

It's been a long time, but we're proud to present the third chapter in Steel Ball Run volume 15. It's Chapter 58, the third chapter of the Civil War arc!

Sin and regret are tricky things to think about. What do you do when you're being attacked by the things you thought you left behind? Johnny's past comes back to haunt him as Axl Ro attacks with something you probably never saw coming. The Corpse's identity confirmed, the sadness laid on thick, and to top it all off, the ending will have you clutching the edge of your seat and begging for chapter 59.


And as always, previous chapters are at so go ahead and catch up if you need to!

Editing: Frequency
Translation: Freshy