My name is Melora. You can find my contact information here.
First: No, you can not have the RAWS, please don't ask. Read below if you'd like me to elaborate. If you want to just make fan stuff with images from the publications, I'm usually really cool with that, so find more info on it below.
What is the "relaunch" date?
The site first opened on May 22, 2002. Due to my health it closed for about 7 years. The relaunch date is December 15, 2011. Otherwise known as date I re-opened it.
What is considered "---" on this site?
I had to break it down somehow, this is how I chose to do it:
Manga: A book, a volume, of comics originating from Japan and usually read from right to left.
Comics: All sequential art from every country other than Japan, usually read from left to right. All WebComics will be in this section as well.
Doujinshi: a fan drawn comic. Something without an ISBN or a major publisher. On this site I am using the term for volumes of Japanese origin that have been fan-published and put up for sale.
4koma: This is like Sunday Comic Strips. Usually of Japanese origin and read from right to left.
Books and Novels: Text based publications usually in the forum of a volume.
Magazines: Usually periodicals that aren't a type of comic. Go to Zelda Dungeon for a more complete list.
Guides: As in "Game Guides" Go to Zelda Dungeon for a more complete list. I'm only posting certain ones.
Misc: Miscellaneous publications. The odd and extra publications, like Artbooks.
Link's to Products and Publication Creator's sites.
What is the translation project?
An effort to get all the manga and doujinshi translated into every language. Read more about it here.
When are you going to translate "---"?
If you would like to see something translated, please just leave a polite comment on that publication's forum thread saying how much you would love it and look forward to it. This might inspire people with the needed skills to offer their time and energy to getting that work translated for the rest of us.
I am not in charge of anyone except myself. For the translation project: I meerly attempt to organize and get material to people. I can not translate. Any translations, localization, and editing that's done is done out of love and the desire to share. Expressing your admiration for this goes a long way in making others feel like their time was worth it. Expecting or demading it just turns people away. When someone offers to translate a doujinshi (or other work) I usually let them pick out which one they'd like to work on. It's this way because it is quite a bit of work.. and most of the publications require a greater knowledge of Japanese than most people who are just learning it have... I want people to enjoy the work: hopefully ensuring they finish it. So, it never hurts to let us know which ones you would be the most excited about.
Do you want scans of something?
Yes! If you have scans (or images) of something not found on this site, please email me. Or read more about it here.
I have seen a publication not on this site!
Let me know~! Even if it's just a link to an auction (screen cap it!) or another website, Even if you're not sure if I already have it, I would love to know about it! Email me.
I have more info on a publication found on this site!
Please, email me with it! I try very hard to keep a really detailed listing of publications -and I know I can't do it alone. I would love the help.
Do you have a.zip/archive/.rar of the pages, or do I have to download them one by one?
Unless otherwise noted, everything has a .zip containing all the pages. They are all named pages.zip. To access one for a particular volume, go to that publication's page reader and click on this icon near the top:
Where are the larger scans?
I usually wait about 10 years from the date of release before I post large scans. Sometimes I don't even do this.
Unless the information section says they're in the main .zip folder, this icon at the bottom of the page means there are no large scans currently available.
This icon at the bottom of the page means that there ARE large scans available. Click it to begin a download. Do not download these frequently. There is a chance I will have to remove this option if too many people abuse it and it starts eating up the site's monthly bandwidth allowance.
Can I have the RAWS?
No. I made a site so the stuff I'm willing to share is already accessible. If I haven't posted them then I'm not going to give them out.
Can I have a larger version of a page to make something?
If you want a larger version of a specific page to make something simple like wallpaper, just email me a link to the smaller page file. I may then email you a larger version. Do not describe which page you want: send the actual link to the smaller page you want a larger version of. Don't ask for a bunch of pages. I'll send a large one to be nice, because I like it when people can make things they like- so please just don't test my patience. Also, don't get pushy or act entitled about it. It takes a lot of time to run this place. I want to help you but other things will probably come first.
The page readers will usually tell you when I do not have scans that are any larger than the pages that already appear. Like this.
Can I use this publication to make things like avatars and wallpapers?
Just give credit where credit is due; when you can. I would certainly appreciate the "advertising," if you would link back to this site, (and I find people like to know where the source material originates from,) and giving the actual scanners and artists of the doujinshi credit would be even more appreciated.
I would also love to post anything you create in the fanworks section! So, if you make anything with something from this site, please send it in! At least send me the link so I can see the awesomeness.
I want to print out some pages to use at home, (for a real-life project,) may I?
As long as you're not selling or distributing them, if they're just for your private enjoyment (or a minor project among a smallish group of friends/classmates,) how would anyone know, and better yet: why would anyone really care?
Do not attempt to sell or re-distribute the work found on this site though. A lot of people visit it. You will be creating a headache for yourself if you think no one will notice.
Can I download (save) the pages to my computer?
It's why there are zips. I save everything I see. Most everyone on earth would be cool with you doing that.
You're taking sales away from the publishers!
Whoa. Step back for a second and stop jumping to conclusions. Have you even looked at the site? All the manga on this site is out of print. Any manga still in print only has its sales info posted exactly because I WANT publishers to make money. If they don't make money, they're not going to greenlight more manga- and we all loose. So, if you want to read something, and it's in print- buy it, dammit! All I'm doing is actually trying to help people find it! Now, if I have mistakenly posted something that is still being printed or reprinted, just let me know and I'll remove it.
As for doujinshi, I can't always tell when it's still in print, since it's fan made and self-published: So I wait 2 years from the published date before I will post it. The turnover rate in Japan seems fairly quick so this seemed like it might be a decent amount of time for a fan work to fall out of print.
Why do you post Doujinshi?
A couple of reasons. Here are just a few:
So I can lure translators to it? If people can't see it, I don't know why would they'd want to bother.
We're all broke: It's very expensive to collect outside of Japan and it's often not freely accessable unless you can go to the doujinshi markets within Japan. It's rare to see something listed for under $20.00 on ebay. And with charges around $16.00+ for shipping still needing to be tacked on? You can imagine. If people want to collect for those prices, they still can and I don't want to take away from that... But that's just too much to pay for curiosity.
I, and a lot of other people, love it but: having to have to fight over one copy on ebay just to see what is inside became too ridiculous and just beyond expensive. If it didn't cost so much, was easy to access, and wasn't so elusive and rare, then I probably wouldn't be posting it. It's why I don't post web-comics.
The most I've personally paid for one doujinshi volume is $80. I've seen them selling for (not just be listed at) $120 each. Here's a recent example of how much someone is trying to get for something that should be maybe $15.00. Oh, and so you know: Someone bought the first volume of this that was also going for $99.00.
Why don't you post larger pages on the site? Why do we have to read the small pages?
Ah... long answer: Ethical reasons. Read more here.
It would eat up a ton of bandwidth and I wouldn't be able to afford the site any more.
Because I like for people to be able actually see the pages on one screen so they can get the overall effect of the page. I hate it when people post only large pages that I have to scroll around just to read. If a book was bigger than your field of vision, it might be pretty hard to take in.
Can I have the un-watermarked pages?
Why do you watermark the pages?
So people can find their way back to the source if they want more content. It's always been a pet peeve of mine to find something I like and then not be able to find out where it came from, more of it, or more info on it. Because of that I watermark almost everything.
To make it slightly more difficult for other people (thieves) to claim it's theirs and then accuse me of stealing (yes, that has happened. Nothing surprises me anymore.) We don't bother using huge ones, I don't want to ruin the pages. I know this means theft becomes impossible to prevent, but that's not the point. So, it can at least keep it from being super easy for others to claim.
To give credit where credit is due... and to let people know how awesome this site is ;) I kid. But really, it's because some people don't seem to realize that the people scanning may have spent a ton of money to get the item and a good deal of (very boring time) time to get it online, because I pay for hosting it, and because the people editing and translating spent a good part of their life making something enjoyable for you.
May I post the manga/doujinshi/comics on my site?
You may use the covers of the original volumes, and a few sample pages per volume, on your site without asking (but please link back to History of Hyrule.) Otherwise, I would appreciate it if you linked back to my site instead of posting the full volumes on your site or another site. I, and my friends, have spent a huge amount of money and time bringing this content to the web. Keeping this content exclusive to History of Hyrule gives people a reason to visit. So, I think that would be considered an understandable request. This isn't a walkthrough site, it isn't a news site; it's an art and rare content site. Keeping these volumes here is a way in which I keep my site unique and distinct. If these publications were everywhere, there really wouldn't be a point to keeping this site and it's projects going. The other reason is because, if I ever need to take a volume down, for whatever reason, I will have no control over what is posted on another site. You can also read more here. Thank you for understanding and for not posting the full volumes on another site.
I saw another site with your content on it!
Email me with a link and I will check it out. I would appreciate that a lot! But, don't write anyone a nasty email yet. Some sites, mainly friends and contributor's, do have permission to host certain things. In fact, I do trades quite often.
You have a new Doujinshi, why aren't you posting it?
I wait 2 years from the release of a Japanese doujinshi before I will post it publicly. This is because I do not want to take away from the artist's sales etc... You can also read more about this here.
This means someone can (please do, actually!) send me scans of any new doujinshi they've obtained; I'll post the cover, and the information for it, and then I'll just hold onto it to post the whole thing when the time is up.
Why is there a Japanese AND English version for Manga but not for Doujinshi?
I have ethical issues with posting fanworks, such as doujinshi, without permission. Offering something other than the original isn't really any better- but it sorta, kinda, seems like it's at least not as bad.
However, most of the manga I post is out of print. People may remember it from their childhood and may have been searching for it for 20 some odd years. They may have never known about it until now. So, I want people to be able to enjoy it in every language and, since a corporation isn't making money on it any more, my hope is that they will not mind that it is available for fans all over the world to enjoy.
LGBT Friendly: (Yaoi and Yuri)
There's this odd trend in which people expect people who host doujinshi and fanart to have "warnings" on romantic themes featuring men sans women. That's not happening here and, again, I suggest that if you are intolerant on such issues that you avoid the fanart, 4koma, doujinshi, comics, and webcomics sections altogether. I will also ask that you refrain from leaving comments that in anyway indicate you are intolerant of this equality. Continued abuse will go past warnings to having your IP banned from being able to view the site.
Who sent in "---" doujinshi, it doesn't have credit for anyone, just the url "historyofhyrule.com"
That would most likely just be me, Melora. (Unless I messed up and used the wrong tag.) I don't put my name on things that I've done for the site unless other people were involved and I want to keep the work credit clear. Basically "History of Hyrule" = "Melora" and vice versa. This site was made with love from mai heart. It IS me. I see no need to distinguish myself any further, like by adding my actual name to every little thing. I just add a tag so people know where stuff came from. (..and to keep web-tards from thinking they're clever and entitled.)
Do you have any way of sorting by artistic style?
The best bet will be for you to use the "sort by artist" sections.
How the "Sort by Artist" works for comics and doujinshi:
I don't always know the best name to use for an artist at first. Sometimes it becomes clear that I should have used a name other than the one I picked. It's a lot of work to change though: Please use this list if you are trying to locate someone based on a specific name.
For the most part the comics/doujinshi are listed under an artist's name (which is in blue.)
If there's only one artist, and they have a circle name, I tried to use the artist's name.
If one artist has worked with another artist on just one doujinshi/comic, and no more, and I couldn't find a circle name: Then I was lazy and just picked one of the artist's name to list it under.
If there were a lot of artists, and not many doujinshi/comics, I might have listed it under the circle name (which is in green.)
Artists with no work obtained for the site are not listed on the main lists. Here's their list.
A yellow-tan paper background means we have the doujinshi/comic (even if it is not posted).
A blue-green paper background means that doujinshi is unobtained.
Many unobtained works were placed with an artist based on assumptions.
Non-Japanese artists webcmomic's are in the comic's section in order to keep the doujinshi list manageable. Dojinka with work on the site have their webcomics listed with their other works in the "sort by artist" section.