Hidan no Aria (Aria the Scarlet Ammo)


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    Name: Hidan no Aria (Aria the Scarlet Ammo)
    LNDB

    Publisher: MF Bunko J (Media Factory)

    Author: Chuugaku Akamatsu

    Illustrator: Kobuichi

    Synopsis: In response to the worsening crime rate, Japan creates Tokyo Butei High, an elite academy where "Butei" or armed detectives hone their deadly skills in hopes of becoming mercenary-like agents of justice. One particular Butei is Kinji Tooyama, an anti-social and curt sophomore dropout who was once a student of the combat-centric Assault Division. Kinji now lives a life of leisure studying logistics in order to cover up his powerful but embarrassing special ability. However, his peaceful days soon come to an end when he becomes the target of the infamous "Butei Killer," and runs into an emotional hurricane and outspoken prodigy of the highest rank, Aria Holmes Kanzaki, who saves Kinji's life and demands that he become her partner after seeing what he is truly capable of.

    Reason: This is good series for those who love/obsession about guns, and I think it can replace Bluesteel Blasphemer series. I don't know if it's possible to licence this because it was licensed before by DMG
    Digital Manga Guild but I'm not sure if they still hold the rights for this LN plus this is a lot volume compare to Bluesteel Blasphemer.

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    The cover is little uh obscene, for most volume cover.


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    I have wanted this one ever since I have watched the anime.


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    Remember, if you really desire license rescues, you must show your support to convince JNC that there is demand in numbers.

    From Curiosity Cat:

    With regards to series previously licensed, is the reluctance of JP publishers the biggest roadblock? Or are rights issues severe enough that my dumb brain doesn't understand?

    People overestimate the demand for license rescues.

    I don't know if I personally want this or no. Someone was saying it's not that good (which again, I try to hold off on judging from something as vague as that) and I don't really like to invest in really long series.

    But it's just knowing there's a series out there I can only read two volumes of in English legitimately that irks me, lol.


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    @terrence said in Hidan no Aria (Aria the Scarlet Ammo):

    But it's just knowing there's a series out there I can only read two volumes of in English legitimately that irks me, lol.

    It really irks me too. I am sure part of the reason I up-voted this is because that irks me, but I still do really want this.


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    If J-Novel were to get this, they would only be able to get it starting from volume 3 and beyond since the first 2 are still on digital platforms.


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    @legitpancake I think they can still start from Volume one, but they would need to do there own translation. Verticle has Zaregoto. Also, I think going by your logic, JNC would start at like Vol 5 or 6, I think the first 5 volumes were licensed. nvm, I think I just got this idea from how Bak Tsuki does things.



  • @drone205 I completely agree with you both as well. This is on my rescue wishlist next to Full Metal Panic. There most likely quite a few Decent LN out there who were licensed but abandoned for one reason or another when the US market was first developing. This is just an example of that happening. Good or bad, it would be great to have work done to 100% before deciding its not worth it.


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    Given that DMI are still selling it, I assume their license is still current, for the two volumes they released at Any rate.
    It was be of the first Light Novels I looked at in the Kindle store, and one I rejected due to the relatively high price and poor quality of the sample pages alone.



  • Oh how I've prayed for the day that someone would take this from DMI and do it justice. How I would rejoice if this got picked up by a good English publisher to the point I'd pay double standard e-book prices. Of course that's just me.


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    If DMI have a booth this year at AX like they did the last few, I’ll ask them about the status of this. I expect blank stares, but it’d make me happy to have this resurrected. Maybe now that LNs are bigger business they’d give it another chance?