Slightly later than I initially said at the last release… My bad. We worked hard, very much so!
Hekikai no Aion will be continued by just Overload scans now, but I’d still like to thank Elcausa from Fairy tail for his dedication towards the series, he has been working on Aion since chapter 20. We’ll hope to bring the series to an end… Will try to keep releasing a chapter every ~month, at it’s slowest. If you want faster releases, bring us another translator.
(Editors for things other than Aion would help too!)
It seems like we’re heading for the tragic end which I am hoping for. Hah.
Sendspace – No Mediafire link. Some funny guy reported Aion chapter 35 and Mediafire locked that chapter away. Because I didn’t want to risk losing the account with most of our chapters, I removed all Aion chapters uploaded there. You can grab older ones on IRC or look at me with puppy eyes and ask. Know that you can also find Aion chapters on fairy tail’s irc!
-Now I can’t confirm anything, but this might be, just might might be, a sign that another publisher is planning to pick on Aion after TokyoDROP went kaput. Who knows-
You can also grab this chapter on IRC with !Aion37
Enjoy. And now my wall of text.
As Kutsuzure Sensen readers will know (no, I don’t expect the reader base for Kutsuzure and Aion to overlap very much… Aion readers, give Kutsuzure sensen a try even though it’s a completely different kind of manga!) the chapter was about a Rusalka (kind of like a Russian Mermaid) and I talked about how the view on mermaids differed. Because mermaids are always related in an Aion release post, I’ll continue here. Now what I failed to mention was that one of the very first mermaid stories (at least that I know) actually sketched quite the negative view of mermaids. I’m talking about Homer’s “Sirens” in his Odyssey. These evil beauties would lure ships towards the cliffs with their enchanting songs. Something which very well connects to this would be Heinrich Heine’s “Lorelei” (German kind of Mermaid), a charming poem which ends with the unforgiving accusation “Und das hat mit ihrem Singen die Lorelei getan.” (And that, with her dulcet-voiced power, was done by the Lorelei.) The Lorelei has been the subject of many songs, operas and as an enemy in games. The daughters of the Rhine seem to be Lorelei as well, which seem surprisingly “good” in “Das Rheingold”, which is why Alberich managed to trick them in the first place, I suppose.
Delving further into myths of water nymphs surfaces the unavoidable question, what compels one to create a half-fish half-woman creature who seduces men after which she drowns them / sinks their ships? (Yes, there are positive views of mermaids, but the majority of myths sees them as an ill-omen) Another curious point: What has caused the enormous spread of mermaid-related myths? There are even African and Eastern mermaid myths. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you any more about the origin of these myths – perhaps some women-deprived sailors began seeing things.