I want to do another Tetsuya Saruwatari series because he’s really one of (if not the) favorite mangaka’s.
For those of you who don’t know, Tetsuya Saruwatari is the mangaka that currently works on the Tough series and it’s prequel, Koukou Tekken-den Tough that we are currently scanlating. He also has a set of side stories to these two manga’s, Oton. We scanlate that as well.
Prior to doing the Tough mangas, Saruwatari was known as the mangaka who created many over-the-top crazy action series. One of his most notable works, a series he was only the artist for, is Riki-Oh. We scanlated that once upon a time.
The point I’m getting at is, I miss doing Saruwatari’s old-school, ultra violent stuff. I miss doing his ridiculous mangas with people literally just blowing up and near-invincible protagonists. So I want to do a new series of his and there’s just too many to choose.
These are the series I have raws for and would be more than willing to do, so I’m going to list them and I want you to tell me which one I should do:
Bad Police – A series about an ex-biker turned cop who’s basically a cocky prick that fights evil in his own way. It’s a one volume series, which is good for me because there aren’t long-term commitments attached with it. (I haven’t scanned the volume yet)
Damned – Saruwatari’s series that resembles Riki-Oh the most. You could even call it Riki-Oh in a parallel universe. This is the front-runner because I loved Riki-Oh so much and it’s only three volumes. (I’ve scanned volumes 1-2, just procrastinating for v3)
Dog Soldier – Simplest way of describing it is… Japanese Rambo. The protagonist is called John K. Hiba and does jobs for secret agencies like the CIA where he has to kill dictators & blow shit up. This is the series that got Saruwatari his recognition as an ultra-violent mangaka. (I own v1-3 & haven’t scanned any of the volumes yet)
SOUL – It’s a street fighting manga where the protagonist offers his opponents a coat full of money if they defeat him. At least, that’s what it looks like seeing as I don’t speak Japanese. (I own all four volumes, but haven’t scanned it yet)
The Hard – If you’ve read Riki-Oh, then you’ve probably read the NY Dust short story at the end of volume 12. This is the prototype that eventually led to the creation of The Hard. If you haven’t read it, go read it now, we have it on the Online Reader. The Hard is the story of a bounty hunter named Kenji Hado (Nicknamed The Hard) who hunts down bounties to pay his divorce bills. Big guns, huge explosions and lots of Jack Daniels to pass around. Doesn’t get much more manly than that, does it? I’ve scanned volumes 1-4 and own the 13 other volumes.
So let me know what you think.
Have a good one.