はじめまして、Nice to meet you! I'm Icarusbride, founder and sole proprietor of this tiny corner of cyberspace. Here I scanlate and/or summarize manga series I enjoy, sometimes alone and sometimes as a group effort with others. You can always contact me at icarusbride at gmail dot com.
Contrary to the most logical conclusion, the inspiration for my username did not come from the figure Icarus in Greek Mythology, but rather from one of the main characters in a book called "The Darkangel" by Meredith Ann Pierce. In this story, the Icarus is a vampire-like creature with 9 sets of black wings that survives by consuming the souls of it's brides-- a new one every year until, after consuming the soul of it's 13th bride the creature comes into it's full power and becomes an invincible force of evil. In the book, the Icarus's would-be 13th bride, a slave girl without any great beauty or special powers, saves him before the transformation can be completed, by cutting out his heart and melting away the lead coating applied by a wicked witch many years before. One of the things I liked about this book was that it was set in a pre-industrial society on the moon in the distant future, and according to the author she got the inspiration to write this novel from the delusions of one of the patients at the insane asylum where she worked as a nurse many years before.
Now, if you're wondering about my "credentials" as a translator, I learned Japanese at university in the US for 3 years and studied abroad in Nagoya, Japan for 1 year. As of February, 2014 I now hold a Bachelor's Degree in Japanese language and literature! From May 2014 on I'll be living in Shiga prefecture in Japan, working as an Elementary School English teacher. I'm planning to take the JLPT N1 in July.
Things I like are cheese, laughing, manga, light novels, cream puffs, baking and cooking, music, nature and snow. Things I dislike are sweating, selfish people, politics and my feet getting wet when it rains.
Japanese Language Resources: http://icarusbride.blogspot.com/2014/01/japanese-language-resources.html
Books for Studying Japanese at the Advanced Level: http://icarusbride.blogspot.com/2014/03/books-for-studying-japanese-at-advanced.html