Sannen Kimengumi: Vol. 6


Here’s the last volume in its entirety. See the Download Links section for the rest of the volumes.



Sannen Kimengumi: Chapter 78 [END]



IT. IS. DONE. Every last chapter of 3rd Year is now available in English. Thank you for reading to the end, and I hope you’ve enjoyed the series. We’re not going to run out of Kimengumi related material to translate any time soon, though; in the grand scheme of things, 3rd Year is just an appetizer before the main course that is High School… And I guess that would make Flash the dessert? It’s going to take years do it all, of course, but hopefully we can make it to the end without losing our sanity.

For me, Kimengumi has been a challenging yet fun series to work on. I feel that compared to other genres, comedy puts slightly more pressure on the translator as not only you have to get the meaning of the lines across, but they also have to be rendered in a way that is funny to the reader or else the jokes will lose their punch. Then there’s the additional challenge in the form of constant wordplay and sometimes rather obscure references and parodies, but despite all that, working on this series has really felt like a fun hobby rather than an obligation, which is the way things should be.

Just a few things to wrap up now: the volume 6 batch will be up soon, and I still intend to translate the two pre-serialization chapters somewhere along the line.


Message from Jing Wu:

I just want to say upfront that I hope you folks have a Happy New Year. Here comes another 365 days of just plain ol’ sillies.

After three long years of translating, writing puns, researching 30 year old Japanese pop culture, typesetting, and erasing literal human hairs of indeterminate bodily origin from old manga scans, Third Year is over. We’re finally graduating.

Thanks for giving this series attention. I hope you guys have enjoyed reading Third Year Kimengumi as much as U-Q has enjoyed bringing it to you and I’ve enjoyed helping him do it. I think we could both say it’s been a shibby time. Now, on to High School.

Flash! Kimengumi: Chapter 1


Before we finish Third Year, here’s a special Christmas present… The first chapter of Flash! Kimengumi!

“But hey, isn’t that the third Kimengumi series? Why would you do this before High School?”, you might ask. Well, Flash is more of a reboot or midquel rather than a sequel, with the first volume taking place during the 3rd Year era and the rest in High School. It’s rather self-contained so you can really read it at any point you want. Not that the timeline matters a whole lot in a mostly episodic series, but hey… In any case, once 3rd Year is all done, my main focus will be on translating High School, but I’ll try to drop some chapters of Flash every now and then. Enjoy!


Sannen Kimengumi: Chapter 1 (Shonen Jump version)


You may have noticed that some chapters of Kimengumi visually stand out a bit from the rest – this is because said chapters were originally printed in color, and then (sadly) turned into black and white for the tankobon release. Finding these colored chapters these days is fairly difficult as you have to seek the issue of Shonen Jump they were first published in, but I was lucky enough to come across the one which might be the most important of them all: issue 41 from 1981, containing the very first chapter in all of its colorful glory. So here it is, chapter 1 scanned straight from a 38-year old issue of Jump!


For the sake of reference, here’s a list of 3rd Year chapters that had color pages – if anyone of you happen to have these volumes, scans would be appreciated!

Full color pages:

  • 1 (Issue 41, 1980) – scanned and translated
  • 60 (Issue 50, 1981)
  • 75 (Issue 14, 1982)
  • 76 (Issue 15, 1982)

2 color:

  • 13 (Issue 1, 1981)
  • 21 (Issue 11, 1981)
  • 23 (Issue 13, 1981) – I own this one!
  • 25 (issue 15, 1981)
  • 32 (Issue 22, 1981)
  • 35 (Issue 25, 1981)
  • 38 (Issue 28, 1981)
  • 46 (Issue 36, 1981)
  • 53 (Issue 43, 1981)
  • 67 (Issue 6, 1982)
  • 71 (Issue 10, 1982)
  • 74 (Issue 13, 1982)
  • 78 (Issue 17, 1982)