Just so you all’s know, there’s no Gintama chapter this week or next week. There was a notice in Shounen Jump saying that Sorachi-sensei got sick suddenly so there’s no chapter this week despite nothing about it being announced in advance. They’re planning for it to return in the following issue (that would be 2 weeks from now) but they’re not 100% sure. If I hear anything else I’ll let you guys know.
Ok, so here is the second of the two volumes we’ve been working on for the past 9-10 months.
For more info on the current situation, check out this post:
The Toriko volumes project has gone similar to the Gintama volumes project. The main difference being I translated these early chapters several years ago, so I needed to go back and totally re-translate them. The whole volume has to be cleaned all the redraws have to be done, then Hish has been typesetting it (from scratch). I have to scan them and give them the final check, too. So it’s quite a process to do these. So because this is largely done with staff regularly doing weekly chapters, including me, it’s really seeming like too much for me to keep going with these at least for now. Originally I wanted to get Toriko volumes done on a regular basis and eventually catch up with the current one in Japan, but it’s really just not feasible. Not unless Toriko were the one and only project we were doing, which me and the rest of the staff don’t want to do, honestly. As I said in the other post, I think I’d rather spend my time doing other things, and if we’re going to scanlate things we’d rather do things that haven’t been scanlated already. And yeah, a lot of the early scanlations of Toriko aren’t very good, but they’re at least readable. Maybe someday when my life is a little more in order and I don’t have a huge backlog of things to do both in scanlation and in real life, we could try to do more. Or not, I dunno. I’d kinda rather work on Seikimatsu Leader Den Takeshi, to be honest. Well, we’ll see.
If you’re interested at all, I’m currently working on a lot of projects in other groups. And a bunch of them are probably gonna move to this group because of problems with getting the jobs filled with the other groups. So whenever that gets done, it’ll be announced here.
Anyhow, enough of that stuff. This volume is a really interesting one. It’s really fun to go back and read after you know how extreme Toriko gets to see the old story of meeting Coco and catching the Puffer Whales. I think it’s also worth pointing out, to anyone interested, that originally I started translating Toriko in chapter 17. Back then Mangahelpers was still in the form where people just publicly posted raws, translations, and cleans. So you could kinda scanlate as a community. It was also the first series I ever tried to translate, since it was a new series and I wouldn’t be scrutinized that much (Though I guess it is now). Anyhow, later I went back and translated the first 16 chapters in like 2010-2012. But any plans I had back then to get the volumes scanlated fell apart. Buuut now, with this release, there’s officially a released version of Toriko for every chapter translated by me. Woo. I’m pretty happy about that, at least. Even if Toriko volumes don’t keep going, that’s one goal I really wanted to reach.
So I hope you guys enjoy it. We all worked really hard on it and I think it turned out dang good.
The moon will rise again.
Ok, well, it’s been quite some time since we finished the last Gintama volume, hasn’t it? This one is all made up of chapters we already released all fixed up with a better translation and using the volume raws, which are much higher quality. We all worked really hard on it, and I hope you guys enjoy it. Especially for those who haven’t read these chapters so far.
Originally I was hoping that we would be able to get HQ volume versions of the Gintama chapters we scanlated fairly quickly. But when you consider how reality always gets in the way, that really didn’t happen. Since they’re already translated I was hoping they could get done with minimal effort on my part so we would have a nice side project going while I focused on other things (Specifically, the 2 weekly series here plus 6 or so other projects I do with this group or others). I scanned this volume in early January of this year. We were only able to get one cleaner to work on it for the most part and that took from January to mid-June to finish Manhai did that. Then I transferred over all of the old typesetting from the issues to the new version. Then then had to be scaled/shifted into the bubbles because the dimensions of the pages weren’t identical. Tochiru did most of that but I did some, too. Meanwhile I had to translate all the extra stuff in between the chapters (The FAQs and Sorachi’s handwritten essays and all that), which took a while. And since then I’ve been meticulously going through the chapters and fixing up the translations and the typesetting. And that took few weeks, too. Often working on nothing but this every day. All this whole thing also involves me managing things, making sure everything is moving and helping out when someone couldn’t do it. And honestly it’s waaaaaaaay more stressful than I’d hoped. So really I don’t know how much more of these we can do. It’s simply more work than I have time to do and managing it is more stress than I can handle at this point in my life for something like this. I’d really rather spend my energy working on series that haven’t been translated at all rather than working on high quality versions of stuff we did 3+ years ago (We released the first chapter of this volume, chapter 381, in December of 2011 by the way. To give some perceptive on that, which also means I was that much less experienced when I translated it so it was that much more work to spruce up. Especially for a series as wordy as Gintama).
We’re part-way through Volume 45 already, so I do plan to see that through to the end. After that I dunno. It’ll depend on if there’s fan interest, if there’s staff willing to do it (Feel free to volunteer if you’d like to help by the way. Shoot me an email at email@example.com but please only do so if you’re experienced. As I said, it’s really more than I can handle right now). So yeah, that’s that. We’ll keep doing the weekly chapters until the series ends, of course. Whenever that is. Ok, go read it now.
Edit: There were a couple minor errors. One being it should’ve said “Tamaki” and not “Tamaru”. Sorry about that. All the links are updated.