Welcome to the Lost Universe of Birdcage Manor?

So at the moment I imagine a lot of you are making a face not unlike our dear Kizuna’s (see below) at the moment, and you know, that’s totally justifiable, considering it’s, uh… Well, it’s been a while since our last release, hasn’t it? As far as excuses are concerned, I don’t have much of one. Melly and the majority of the Turtle crew, including myself, have been swamped in exam hell and the overload that entails for the last month or so, leaving us precious little time to do anything other than stuff cheap and unhealthy sustenance down our gullets every now and again.

“But Reb,” you say, “What about bathing?

F*ck bathing.

All excuse-making aside, we’re really getting into the homestretch of Birdcage now with only five chapters left (two of which are already in QC, HOLY CATS), so we’re going to be exposed to some real end-game action (coming soon, to a reader near you.) But you know what makes Birdcage so boss? Even in end-game Birdcage, the character development never stops! HURRAY!

The Sleepy Residents of Birdcage Manor chapter 16:
“Home: The Reasons We Run, and What it Means to Stay (I)
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Typeset this time around by ZippyZippy, edited by Sakana-san (with her fishy, fishy eyes, teehee), and QC’d by both Melfra and Clov3r.

And speaking of character development and end-game progress, Lost Universe is right up there with Birdcage. We’ve only got four chapters to go at this point, and certain characters are going to start doing things that will shock the hell out of you. Chapter 17’s in QC at the moment, and after Melly read that one, well… She was inconsolable. With RAGE! So if this one dropped off your radar, it’s time to put ‘er back on.

Lost Universe Lost 16: Sacrifice
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This chapter has been brought to you by the speedy typesetting skillz of Zippy, edited by dexterous and nimble hands of c0de_da1sy, and QC’d by Melfra, because she makes me sound smrt. (Clov3r was too busy being awesome.)

On that note, I’ve recently had the, uh, dubious privilege of watching the Lost Universe anime for the first time, and I can see where some of the initial doubt came from when we first announced we’d be picking up this title. If you’ve been hesitating to pick the series up because the anime left a bad taste in your mouth, stop. Right now. And start reading the manga. You will not regret it. One of the more heinous omissions on the anime’s part was its adaptation of the manga equivalent of chapters 12-14, featuring Jess and Melina, which seriously glossed over their deal to the point where you weren’t quite sure what everyone was freaking out about by the time shit hit the fan. I’m not sure which is closer to the original novel, but either way, the manga is vastly, vastly, vastly superior to the anime and definitely deserves a chance to stand on its own without prior bias.




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