Because eventually, the sun will shine again.
Whew. All right. So here we have this.
If you don’t care about the process at all, just scroll past this. Cause I’m gonna explain a lot.
Like I said in the last couple Gintama posts, the system we’ve been using to try to catch up in the series hasn’t been working. Gintama is an extremely wordy series. That takes a huge amount of time to translate, translation check (which basically means translating again and adapting the original script to a correct version.) and typsetting. And there’s a decently large amount of time cleaning, too, because of all the redrawing. So in order to get this series done faster those jobs need to be done in parallel as much as possible. So now we have 2 active typsetters working on this, Kitty Shinigami and MooNi. One cleaner, Benii, and me. Bomber D Rufi did the original translations a long time ago, but they take extensive editing in order to be scanlate-able. Which is what I’m doing, and that takes a very long time. No matter how much I try I really can’t do more than one chapter in a day, and I have several other projects I work on weekly. Also, I need to check through the typsetting when it’s done and edit it so it’s consistent and every English font matches the Japanese fonts. That and manage everything and distribute the work to the people who need it. Also I scan all the volumes and translate Sorachi’s long rants and Q&As in between the chapters. So in order to get this series done faster, from now until we get to the end of what’s released in volumes, we’re gonna release these as entire volumes (There’re just 2 more. 40 and 41. 42 comes out in November).
This way, rather than doing them one or two chapters at a time, then sending them to be typeset or waiting for the next one to be cleaned, and stopping, everyone’s working on their job more or less constantly. Before it was getting too much into the trend of “Get to this point and wait for the next person so we can release 1-2 chapters.” For this, the cleaning got done mostly in advance, and I started translation checking early on without waiting for them to be finished. Then when both the translation checking and cleaning were done I sent that to the typesetters to typeset, alternating with each person so they had a few days to do them. And I would keep going on translation checking and I knew that I wouldn’t end up having to wait for a job to get done later on, or switch to editing the typesetting, so I wouldn’t be wasting time delaying a release. Then in the last 3 days I did all the typesetting editing and translating the chapter in-betweens. In short, this way it’s more efficient because jobs can be done in a row without stopping and also without wasting time waiting for other people to finish. And people get less demotivated to work ahead because things are moving in parallel and get done faster. The only downside is that the actual release doesn’t occur until the end of the volume. So I hope you guys understand. This way it should take a lot less time per chapter in the long run. And this should be the most realistic way we’ll be able to catch up with this series.
Moving away from all that, this volume contains chapters 335-343. It’s got the other half of the Hedoro Bathouse arc, it has the Gin Fucks Everyone arc, and the Corrupt Warden arc. Also a one-off chapter. That’s what I call them anyways. Enjoy guys.
Volume 40’s already scanned and being cleaned. I’m gonna go get to work translation checking it now.
I”m putting the whole volume to download here. But I’ll put up links to the individual chapters, too, for consistency’s sake. Really, I dunno why’d you’d wanna download 9 different links otherwise.