Les Misérables Manga: The Not-Scanlation, 2.1.3

bobcatmoran:

Previously on Les Misérables Manga: Cosette was sent to fetch water from the spring in the middle of the dark forest.

Coming up: Going into the middle of a dark forest at night is even less fun that it sounds like.

A big thank you to this chapter’s guest translator, vapaus-ystavyys-tasaarvo, and my apologies for taking so long to post this!

As always, beneath the cut are scans, followed by the translated script. Translations of previous parts and overviews of more recent chapters can be found at the [manga masterpost]. 

And I highly recommend purchasing the manga if it’s within your means! The art is amazing in person, and there are now five whole volumes for sale in Japanese, and the first volume now has an official translation into French! You can find links for ordering the Japanese manga [here], or purchase the French translation on amazon.co.fr (if anyone knows of any more resources for buying the French edition, please let me know, and I’ll add it to the buying guide, crediting you, of course!)

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Yay for more posts! And for Aslan!Valjean! Finally something nice for Cosette…

Btw, they’re already taking pre-orders for the second volume in French now it seems! (Voilà !) I’m debating myself whether to order the two volumes or not… I kinda want them but also I already have the Japanese ones so it’s kind of ridiculous.

Okay so… I’ve read about two thirds of the book so far? Not counting the letter itself which I’ve already read before or the annexes which I just skimmed, mostly for the pictures and the headings or whatever you call them. Also I didn’t read in order, I just picked the topics that interested me the most first. (I’m so bad at reading things in order seriously.)

I really need to go to sleep now so leaving the rest for tomorrow.

Just… wow, that was even more depressing than I expected. And it’s not like I expected fun times while dying in prison. So… very depressing.

I mean there was also a lot of cool information that I want to talk about whether anybody else cares or not but… man I feel so down now. D: I have all these feelings and I’m really not ready to talk about them rn.

Guys, don’t make a barricade survival au based on this. Or if you do, don’t expect me to read it.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :DDDDDD THIS ARRIVED EARLY TOO! *makes ridiculous noises*

So yeah, I thought there was a Kindle version available but I was wrong so whatever, I didn’t need that money anyway… And now I have a physical book! I have to admit it’s kinda nice.

*bounces* Omgomgomg this is awesooooome. I only just took a peek at the annexes (yes, I like to start with the annexes of books, don’t judge me) and already I’m absolutely delighted. Maps! Clear maps! With relevant stuff! And the blueprints of that one house that was mentioned many times! And the café! And a handy timeline! And another picture of Jeanne that I hadn’t seen before! (in which he has huuuuge eyes xD) And scans of the first and last pages of his letter!

pilferingapples:

vapaus-ystavyys-tasaarvo:

pilferingapples:

…Now I want to see a LM project like DM of the Rings, with all screencaps and stuff, but (a) which adaptation to use (b) hahahah wow what a lot of work.

…I want such a thing to exist. I do. I don’t wanna have to MAKE it.

Omg this is an…

See, I think Javert, Fantine, and Valjean’s players were the original members of the group,  along with DM Hugo. It WAS just gonna be a short little story about these two nemesis and their story arc; Fantine’s death was plotted in because her player knew they’d be having to leave soon…

and then just after the drama with the convent, Valjean’s player had to bail too.  So Hugo started another campaign for a while, with Javert’s player taking up another character (everyone’s going to WANT that to be Enjolras, but I think its FUNNIER if we assume it’s Marius, and this is all about Rule of Funny, right?), and bringing over some of his friends, and Fantine’s player shows up and wants to play again too (”Hugo this is my old character sheet with the text changed.” “ALL the text is changed! You can’t know that!” “…I’ve got the same physical description. And reaction bonuses and penalties.” “…” “And facecast.” “Do you want to play this session or not?” “…Fine.” and there’s WAY too many people for just the Marius and Javert crimegfighter story Hugo HAD planned so then it’s time for a revolution quest?? He guesses?? And, uh, you two don’t want to play revolutionaries?  You want chaotic underworld characters??…okay, we can do this, NPC Thenardier is in the story, you can be his kids! IS EVERYONE SET NOW–

– and then Valjean’s player comes back to the game and EVERYTHING IS A MESS. After Valjean’s player decides to take off for England (”It’s the only logical character choice! He should have done it years ago, really”) the DM just goes HECK WITH IT and starts playing for maximum dramatic ending. “BARRICADE FALLS! EVERYBODY DIES! – I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU TWO MADE YOUR SAVING ROLLS.”

…Yeah, I want this. 😛 

This would totally work too! 😀 This needs to happen!

For a second I was like “wait, same face cast for Fantine and Cosette? So basically the Italian miniseries!”  until I realised who you were actually talking about. xD (Which I totally approve of, btw.)

Edit: There’s your adaptation decision made, btw.

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Although Shoujo Cosette is SO LONG. It’d take forever. xD

vapaus-ystavyys-tasaarvo:

pilferingapples:

…Now I want to see a LM project like DM of the Rings, with all screencaps and stuff, but (a) which adaptation to use  (b) hahahah wow what a lot of work. 

…I want such a thing to exist. I do. I don’t wanna have to MAKE it. 

Omg this is an awesome idea.

And I am now trying to think how to make it work. xD

The switching between characters thing might be a problem… and many characters having their separate adventures. Hey maybe Marius becomes the main character just because everybody else is always a bunch of no-shows to sessions? 😀 Like poor Marius-player is the only one who always turns up so the GM just has to keep inventing stuff for him to do with the NPCs. Like this was supposed to be an RPG about revolutionaries  in France but the Amis-players are ALWAYS TOO BUSY TO PLAY. (Totally not imagining the 1972 miniseries for this what are you talking about I never talk about that adaptation, ever at all.)

If Valjean was a player character… I’m not sure how that would work, because he’s never a part of a group really. The whole tabletop RPG thing really kinda needs at least an attempt to have a group I think? Unless they’re just playing alone. Oh, hey idea: if the GM and Valjean-player start out alone like “haha, let’s just play a short game by ourselves to kill the time” AND THEN IT LIKE TURNS INTO THIS RIDICULOUS EPIC WITHOUT EITHER OF THEM ACTUALLY MEANING FOR THAT TO HAPPEN. And then other players want to join! 😀

It’s kind of hard to find some of the pretty relevant stuff for Valjean’s actual plot/actions/development in adaptations, though… (or in the book for that matter) Like how he became Madeleine etc. Of course you could start at Montreuil-sur-mer. Have him already be a character with a lot of background. The Paris time jump could just be a time jump in the RPG too, I think.

Or hey you could actually try to do it as a forum/LJ/tumblr RPG sort of thing? Try to emulate that somehow. That might be interesting. Then you could have as many players as you want. Maybe use Shoujo Cosette in that case for maximum random sideplots. 😀 I’m not sure how well that works for the epic storylines, though… they don’t usually happen that much in these kinds of RPGs, they’re more interpersonal sort of thing.

Maybe it would work better if the players were just the kind who like to roleplay a lot and have romantic sideplots and stuff. Although all the DM of the Rings style stuff seems to have some sort of conflict between the GM and the players… but maybe you could work without it too. Ohh, what if the group is a bunch of history nerds and they’re like trying not to make this too complicated and elaborate but they can’t help themselves? 😀 And there’s no real conflict except how the story is getting out of hands. And it’s just a bunch of warmhearted riffing on some of the silly stuff and some of the ridiculously epic stuff.

Idk, I’m just thinking out loud. xD

I just realised the Valjean player would totally feel like the GM has it out for them:

Valjean: WHAT?! Javert?! Oh no that’s bullshit how did he find me? I’m supposed to be dead!

GM: He got a transfer to Paris for catching a famous fugitive. That’s you.

Valjean: This is like a city with millions of inhabitants! No way!

GM: It could happen. You’ve been acting pretty weird, going out looking like a poor guy but then giving people money.

Valjean: Oh come on, Vic, can’t a guy be eccentric in peace?

GM: Not if you want to keep a low profile!

Valjean: Fine…

Valjean: …..

Valjean: You just didn’t want to let go of your favourite villain, did you?

GM: Yep.

Which French Revolutionary Are You?

Which French Revolutionary Are You?


“Clemency is also a revolutionary measure.”

CAMILLE Desmoulins was born in 1760 in Guise, Picardy. At the age of fourteen he gained a scholarship to the prestigious Collège Louis-le-Grand in Paris where he proved an exceptional student, excelling particularly in Classical literature and politics. After graduating he pursued law; however his serious stammer and frequent outbursts of furious emotion meant he was never very good at it. Instead he turned towards writing as an outlet for his talents, his interest in public affairs leading him to a career as a political journalist.

Camille was one one of the original radicals that led the republican movement, delivering the impassioned speech that led to the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789. However, as the Revolution took an increasingly bloody turn under the Terror he began to write articles condemning the government’s actions, even comparing Robespierre to a tyrannical Roman Emperor. Probably he banked on his past friendship with Robespierre being enough to protect him, however, not everyone shared his sentimentality. On the 5 August 1794 he was executed by guillotine along with Danton, by the order of his once closest friend.

Known by his contemporaries by his first name, Camille’s infamous good-looks and sexual ambivalence caused scandal among Parisian society. His erratic genius and incredible sensitivity meant he was prone to fits of emotion, procrastination and regular bouts of depression, leading to whispered rumours of madness. However, he was also incredibly charming, a notorious example being his affair with the married woman Annette Duplessis which ended in his engagement to her daughter, Lucile. Despite the odd circumstances of their marriage, the couple loved each other to their dying days. It was the thought of her in danger that prompted his famous breakdown on the guillotine.

Like Camille, you are fiercely passionate, sensitive, creative and empathetic; however you sometimes have a tendency to feel things too strongly which might get you a little worked up and upset. Chill out, have a glass of wine or a cup of black coffee and remember; suffering makes for the best writing.

Yeah, sounds about right actually. xD Aside from the good looks.

This is one subject/fandom I really want to get into but which also really, really, really intimidates me. I wouldn’t even know where to start.

Which French Revolutionary Are You?

pilferingapples:

…Now I want to see a LM project like DM of the Rings, with all screencaps and stuff, but (a) which adaptation to use  (b) hahahah wow what a lot of work. 

…I want such a thing to exist. I do. I don’t wanna have to MAKE it. 

Omg this is an awesome idea.

And I am now trying to think how to make it work. xD

The switching between characters thing might be a problem… and many characters having their separate adventures. Hey maybe Marius becomes the main character just because everybody else is always a bunch of no-shows to sessions? 😀 Like poor Marius-player is the only one who always turns up so the GM just has to keep inventing stuff for him to do with the NPCs. Like this was supposed to be an RPG about revolutionaries  in France but the Amis-players are ALWAYS TOO BUSY TO PLAY. (Totally not imagining the 1972 miniseries for this what are you talking about I never talk about that adaptation, ever at all.)

If Valjean was a player character… I’m not sure how that would work, because he’s never a part of a group really. The whole tabletop RPG thing really kinda needs at least an attempt to have a group I think? Unless they’re just playing alone. Oh, hey idea: if the GM and Valjean-player start out alone like “haha, let’s just play a short game by ourselves to kill the time” AND THEN IT LIKE TURNS INTO THIS RIDICULOUS EPIC WITHOUT EITHER OF THEM ACTUALLY MEANING FOR THAT TO HAPPEN. And then other players want to join! 😀

It’s kind of hard to find some of the pretty relevant stuff for Valjean’s actual plot/actions/development in adaptations, though… (or in the book for that matter) Like how he became Madeleine etc. Of course you could start at Montreuil-sur-mer. Have him already be a character with a lot of background. The Paris time jump could just be a time jump in the RPG too, I think.

Or hey you could actually try to do it as a forum/LJ/tumblr RPG sort of thing? Try to emulate that somehow. That might be interesting. Then you could have as many players as you want. Maybe use Shoujo Cosette in that case for maximum random sideplots. 😀 I’m not sure how well that works for the epic storylines, though… they don’t usually happen that much in these kinds of RPGs, they’re more interpersonal sort of thing.

Maybe it would work better if the players were just the kind who like to roleplay a lot and have romantic sideplots and stuff. Although all the DM of the Rings style stuff seems to have some sort of conflict between the GM and the players… but maybe you could work without it too. Ohh, what if the group is a bunch of history nerds and they’re like trying not to make this too complicated and elaborate but they can’t help themselves? 😀 And there’s no real conflict except how the story is getting out of hands. And it’s just a bunch of warmhearted riffing on some of the silly stuff and some of the ridiculously epic stuff.

Idk, I’m just thinking out loud. xD

Sorry about the multiple big pictures. This is what I was talking about earlier. I very naughtily used the scanner at work for my own purposes. x)

Idk, you can use this for French practice if you want? :D; The text is really easy. Or I can translate the weirdest bits:

6. Why does Fantine leave her daughter with the Thénardiers? Find three correct reasons

There’s nothing particularly interesting about the options but this question is just terrible as far as I’m concerned. As it happens, in French “correct” in this case is the same word as “good”. Making it sound like they’re asking for “three good reasons”.

7. If Cosette knew how to write and was able to, what kind of a letter would she send her mother? Imagine that letter while completing the following text

My dear mummy,

My live with the Thénardiers is ……………………..

I’m dressed ………………………..

To eat, they give me …………………. 

Eponime and Azelma are ………………..

Mme Thénardier ………………..

Also, I have to ………………..

Mummy, I am ………………….

Somehow the dots just make it even worse.

10. Complete the phrases while making calculations.

You need to know that: 1 sou = 5 centimes of franc and 20 sous = 1 franc

Fantine earns ………… per day.

If she works for 30 days, she earns ……………….. per month.

She has to give ………… per month

to the Thénardiers.

So she has ……………. per month left for food and lodging.

Calculate the level of desperation!

There’s also a little bit of background for the story and other stuff at the end. I didn’t scan more than that one page that was on the same spread as the last of the activités. It’s pretty basic stuff about the book, it’s history and it’s influence and the adaptations and all that stuff.

No wait, okay I need to lol at how they call the 2000 miniseries “très fidèle”. I mean, seriously, you just mentioned like three much more faithful ones.

Oh and also there are links at the end. Surprisingly many of them still work:

http://victorhugo.bnf.fr/

http://www.victorhugo2002.culture.fr/

http://www.victor-hugo.lu/

http://www.gavroche.org/vhugo/sitemap.shtml (not the same address as in the book but the same site.)

I know I’ve run into gavroche.org before but the other three are new to me, I’m pretty sure.

pilferingapples:

vapaus-ystavyys-tasaarvo:

pilferingapples:

I got my vol 4 & 5 of the manga! (up through the end of the whole Gorbeau affair) 😀 Quick notes about it (no pictures)

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And we get the whole time at the convent, from Valjean’s POV, mixed wonderfully with ongoing events. (I am seriously impressed with the pacing in this; Arai is adapting a LOT of text walls into acting scenes, and doing it really well.)   SO MUCH CONVENT HUSBANDS, oh my gosh, Vajean and Fauchelevent are the best and they feed each other apples and I can’t get over iiiit

Omg, this, so much! I mean I’m not sure why this thing stood out to me the most? Maybe because I wasn’t expecting it + it doesn’t show up a whole lot. But oh my god FAUVENT! And I mean… okay just… They’re talking about Cosette’s happiness versus Valjean’s happiness and then Fauchelevent is like I’ve been happy too. “I got a little brother and a niece. I was lonely and then I got a family… Truly, thank you.”

AND THEN HE DIES.

*wibbles*
THEY’RE SO SWEET. And I can’t read the dialogue but it’s so clear what the general discussions are just from the art, and argh, they’re just so happy and take care of each other

AND VALJEAN’S FACE AT THE FUNERAL. ARGH.

I can imagine! The art is amazingly expressive. And yeaaahhh. Although for me it’s even more their happy faces at the start of the flashback that kill me… especially re-reading. I mean have we even seen Valjean looking that happy before? Like ever?