View Full Version : Shounen Rookies by Morita Masanori

Alan Smithee
November 22, 2007, 06:01 PM

Professor Kawato is the new japanese teacher in the ill-famed Futagotamaga high shool, Kawato has a bad stain on his teaching record. Unknown to his new class of juvenile delinquents, Kawatou resigned from his last teaching role after almost killing one of his former students! Kawato soon takes over as advisor of the baseball club which is made up of thugs and bullies who have been suspended for a year from all school competitions for causing a brawl during an official match. Now that the supension is over, the only club's members left are interested only in women, smoking and doing nothing until, under professor Kawato guidance, they discover a new dream called Koshien. The road to Koshien is far from easy, as they have to get back in shape, to learn how to play baseball and to win everyone else mistrust, including the principal's and other professor's one, with only a few months available. Sweating and fighting, the baseball club will find his determination and strenght, as they proceed towards their dreams, while Kawato's enthusiastic and non-conventional ways slowly change the attitude of everyone near them.

There are 24 volumes in total and it's a complete series, however, only 6 of these have been scanlated which I think is a great shame. The characters are enjoyable and the story so far has been very good I guess you could call it GTO with baseball and some more grit! I only have one criticism (aside from the fact that nobody is scanlating it) and that is it seems to me the characters cry too much especially for would be tough guys!

So is anyody else a fan of this series? I'm hoping so.

November 22, 2007, 07:16 PM
Yeah, I'm definately a fan. And GTO with Baseball is exactly how I'd describe it as well! (Although, maybe it simmers down from that and becomes more Baseball later on?).

Anyway, I know that SabiQ, who did some Whistle! scans is interested in doing Rookies, but is busy with School or something so progress is slow.

November 23, 2007, 06:13 PM
yup =.=....exactly right...the chapter i was supposed to release has the end of the match that they were playing it's actually hardly any script but i still havent got to it and it probably looks like ill try and do it in the end of year holidays XD

Alan Smithee
November 24, 2007, 06:43 PM
Well I am glad to see someone was thinking of doing it! I posted in th scanlators request section one person has replied they were thinking about doing it but looking for a translator. It's made me chuffed to see that there are people out there who see potential in this series.

January 02, 2008, 12:12 AM
Yeah... I hope that someone would be able to translate this series, since Jinmen Juushin has disbanded... sadly. Thx for trying SabiQ .

Happy New Year Everyone

January 02, 2008, 07:58 PM
loool well im in holis now...the onli problem now is i have to get photoshop again since i got a new comp =p

Alan Smithee
January 29, 2008, 07:24 PM
Well it seems like there are a few people out there willing to help bring rookies to the english speaking masses! All we need is a translator as we have a good few people willing to typeset and edit...

Also higher resolution raws or french scans would be good... if anyone wants to help then just pm me or post in this thread (http://mangahelpers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21840)

January 31, 2008, 04:05 AM
i got jap raws...i was gonna translate/scanlate it but after my final year in school started i find that i havent really got much time =[ if u want i can send u the raws but =D

p.s. the raws are tank =]

p.s p.s. i did some already but neva actually totally finished the chapter XD...

Alan Smithee
January 31, 2008, 05:57 AM
Hey sabiQ whatever you can send would be so awesome!! Thanks for the offer.

January 31, 2008, 06:38 AM
RAWS = http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=5f12e554a96393d7ab1eab3e9fa335caea189174397ac186

btw i did NOT upload this, i got it from another site so like im not liable for anything.

for how much i've done, i'll zip up the psd's and put it on a filesharing thing sometime on the weekend =D

Alan Smithee
January 31, 2008, 07:16 PM
That would be so awesome!! Thanks sabiQ I look forward to it..

February 03, 2008, 01:11 AM
well here it is (psd's) i told u that i neva finished it, would be really great if someone picked this up. You'll notice that the text is all over the place but yea i use to open up random pages and just translate lool.


enjoy =D
no probs =D

February 04, 2008, 04:09 PM
Chapter 55 is out wooop wooop!! Just noticed it in the latest scanlation section... Over here (http://mangahelpers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25359)

February 04, 2008, 10:59 PM
how very awesome =D im glad that someone picked it up cause now i get to read haha

February 14, 2008, 05:02 PM
I love Rookies!<3
It's one of my favourite manga, Kawato-sensei is absolutely adorable and his students (Aniya, Shinjou, Touko, Imaoka and the others) are very strong and funny!!! ^___^

March 31, 2008, 07:26 PM
Rookies is the shit. Much love to the Legendary 5th Rookies Group for pumping out chapters like gangbusters!

I just wish someone would pick up Rokudenashi Blues, by Masanori Morita.
It's long, but it's hot.

May 16, 2008, 01:06 PM
Seems like Deadbet are back to it, I'm glad it's grabbing people's attention again; Rookies is awesome :)

P.S: I didn't like Rokudenashi Blues as much as Rookies. Apart from the story-telling, the artwork has really improved from R. Blues to Rookies.

May 16, 2008, 03:13 PM
The later volumes of RokuBlues are flippin' awesome, though. It just takes 10-20 volumes to get to the really good art.

I follow L5RG's releases, myself. They're usually ahead, and I like their typesetting/translation much better. (not that this is a contest, jus' sayin')

May 17, 2008, 07:16 AM
I admit I read whichever is out before...

About Rokudenashi, I've only read a few early volumes, guess I'll keep reading if any group retakes the project.

May 18, 2008, 02:40 PM
Well, v11 is out now in its entirity. Long live L5RG! :D

May 18, 2008, 11:37 PM
is rookies have the anime version?
(i only know the dorama version)

May 19, 2008, 08:55 AM

Is there any subbed version for that dorama you said?

May 19, 2008, 09:09 AM
There is, just do a search on tokyotosho.
I warn you though, they royally screwed up Shinjo.

Alan Smithee
May 19, 2008, 09:36 AM
In the J-drama Shinjo is a dick and Hiratsuka is a retard in the truest spasticated sense...

Apart from that it's pretty good I think it works better as a drama then it would as an anime and I say that as a strong hater of J-drama's. Download link for the eps in English here. (http://subs-scans.skewedstudios.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=53&Itemid=)
Rookies is a funny series in as much as it doesn't translate as good into English, although it's mostly just the colloquialisms and jokes that don't translate so well. The story/characters are still just as good but all the English translations have a very White american dude slang feel to them which doesn't do it for me or match up well with the characters I always hear the voices sounding like the "american" voice actors used in the Sam cham baseball ep.

June 28, 2008, 08:07 AM
Well well well! Let's bring this thread alive to get attention:

For those who're interested to read Rookies:-
+ Find the scanlations of volume 1-13 @The Legendary Fifth Rookies Group's (L5RG) blogspot, located here (http://legendary5throokiesgroup.blogspot.com/).
+ Or @Deadbeat-Scans for volume 6 (from chapter 55 onwards) - volume 10. Their website is currently re-made and had me all WOAH -- right here (http://www.deadbeat-scans.com/?s=Rookies).
+ Or if you're more comfortable with IRC (they offer torrents at L5RG), go to lurk (http://gotlurk.net) as usual.

barbapapa has also kept the updates of L5RG to MH - latest post was here (http://mangahelpers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33182).

Hope to see a lot of people read this awesome manga.

July 08, 2008, 08:14 PM
ROOKIES....yeah it`s a good manga.
I watched the TV drama in Japan but it was awsome!!
that was the best japanse TV drama i ever watched!!!

October 08, 2009, 10:55 AM
I really like this manga but is it possible to find chapters above 175? I looked a lot but can't find even 176 :(. This manga is great but still didn't watch the drama :/ need to find a good source to download it.

July 30, 2010, 02:01 PM
I've been checking MangaUpdates and L5RG's blog for the past months and no new chapters have appeared. The raws are easy accessible, so I guess we should just wait for them to release new material...
Sorry for the double-post; but... Deadbet Scans & Illuminati seem to pick up Rookies again. Although the chapter they released was already available online, I hope they keep releasing new chapters.


In Illuminati's words, they're planning to release a chapter / week. So yeah, great news! :)

July 30, 2010, 03:14 PM
Deadbeat's blog said they intend to finish the series "once and for all" so I'm hopeful them and Illuminati will finish it this time :tem I literally fangasmed yesterday when I saw the release on Mangaupdates :wtf