This week I had a bunch of problems besides the ones delaying this already. I’m pretty damn frustrated. But at least this is all done and I can go get a few hours of sleep.
The answer is nano-machines did everything. Don’t question it.
Ok, this is all done. I’ve been pretty frustrated this week because of all these problems. And I had a bunch of really depressing real life problems I’ve had to deal with recently, too, so that didn’t help. But anyhow, this week’s chapter’s done. Go enjoy it everyone.
For circumstances beyond our control, we will not be able to get scanlations of new chapters of Toriko and Gintama done until Sundays/Mondays for the foreseeable future. So a few days later each week than we have been for the past year or so. I’m pretty bummed out about it, but there’s nothing we can do right now. If this changes I’ll let you guys know (This won’t affect any other projects).’
Edit: Apparently Jump comes out early this week so this week we’re aiming for Friday/Saturday hopefully.
Time, time, time, time, time…
He goes by many names. The Noble Youth of Madness, Runaway Kotarou, but those close to him know him by one other name…
You want more revelations? We got ’em. Liquidation sale, everything must go. What else do you want to know about?
Aaand moving right along, here’s our next project! It’s a series called Innocent by Sakamoto Shinichi. It’s about executioners and intrigue and weird crazy-ass shit in the run-up to the French Revolutionary Era. And probably eventually the French Revolutionary Era itself, too.
The scanlating of this series ALSO has a huge story to it. So everybody get tucked in and Kewl0210-sensei will tell you yet another tale of scanlation hell.
Ok, so I’ve translated this entire series. I also translated all of the author’s previous series Kokou no Hito which I highly suggest you all check out, because that’s my favorite manga of all time. I was scanlating this series with the group that is currently scanlating Prison School, Utopia Scanlations. They’ve also done a whole ton of other series in the past. I worked with them on a few chapters of Hunter X Hunter I translated years ago and the beginning of 81diver (Which is a whole other story I’ll share with you guys when we get to that). Anyhow, they were scanlating the series really well, they were all high quality and ended up being released around when the next one was coming out in Japan. That was until this volume, Volume 6. I finished translating this December 24th 2014, and it’s took until today, November 4th 2015 before it finally got done. And thaaaaat is because of about every problem I could imagine.
First the head of their group M-Hario was basically working on Innocent on his own. I think it may have been him and one other person for a while. After a while he didn’t have time for that outside various personal life stuff. But it took until February to get in contact with him and get all the files he worked on. After that I had to search for another group to work on it because, as you might know if you read the rest of this blog-ish thing, I totally overwork myself and spent way too much time on this shit. So the group that was gonna work on it was Habanero-Scans. Or at least one of the leaders of Habanero-Scans, Iruyily, was going to work on it and maybe they were going to release it as Utopia Scans? I’m not sure at this point. But he was working on it for a good couple months. And then he had his own problems. He realized he didn’t have time to do all the redrawing and everything and he wasn’t able to find the help to do it so I spent a bunch of time getting other people to help him and was making very slow progress on his own. So at that point I had finished scanlating Ring, and I decided we were gonna have to try to scanlate it ourselves if we wanted to get it done. It’s really hard to do that, because that means I need to manage the staff and usually do 2 or more jobs myself, but it just wasn’t really getting done. Luckily high8sky and Yakusho were pretty enthusiastic about working on it and tochiru said she would help out when she could. It was around this point when Iruyily’s computer got messed up for something like two months and we couldn’t get in contact with him. Now, after waiting months to try to get just one volume of this done about 3 more had come out. At this point we were just trying to get Iruyily to send us his files he had spent months to do so we wouldn’t spend a huge amount of time re-doing parts of the volume he already did. And although we got some contact or another with him a few times it took months before we actually got all the files he did. I think one of his hard drives got messed up and that’s why he couldn’t send them, it wasn’t totally clear. So he sent us the files he did and then high8sky, Yakusho, Tochiru and me have been spending the last month or so doing all the rest of the cleaning, redrawing, and typesetting. Which was actually quite a lot, despite all the people that had worked on it. Probably around 65% of it.
So there ya go, that’s the fun-filled story of how this project got tossed between groups for the last year or so. Finally resulting in today, when it’s finally totally done. So it has a happy ending, yay. Everyone party like it’s 1753. We were able to make some progress on V7 in the time we were waiting and I’m working on translating volume 8 now. The first series ends at volume 9, then starts the sequel series “Innocent Rouge” which just came out a couple weeks ago for the 10th volume (Though the volume numbering starts back at 1). Also the series moved from Young Jump, a weekly magazine, to Grand Jump, a bi-weekly magazine. So chapters are longer, but come out less frequently. As do volumes. So we’ve got time to catch up. Which is what we’re trying to do right now. Not sure how long it will take, but we’re all working really hard on it.
So, I really hope you enjoy this series everybody. A lot of people worked really hard on it, and I honestly think it’s really great. Check it out.
The beauty that overturned a nation.
Ok, so, I discussed most of the situation regarding volume scanlations of Toriko and Gintama here:
But to reiterate a bit, this is the last volume scanlation we’ll be doing for either series for now. I’m not gonna say I’ll NEVER do more, but at the moment I’d rather use my time on other series and I’m not planning to go back to these as of now. Even if we’re just doing a HQ version of what we did in the magazine, it requires debinding and scanning the book, getting it all cleaned and redrawn, then the typesetting from the original chapters has to be copied over and shifted so it’s in the right places, then I need to go through the whole thing and update/improve the translations as well as any translate any extras that are only in the volumes. All that is very time-consuming and can be really stressful, largely because it never goes smoothly. Especially when you need several people who are working on a non-regular basis to do those jobs. In volunteer groups, people tend to fall off the map part-way through when you do that sort of project. In that way it’s no less difficult than any project done from scratch. So because of that I’d rather use my free time and resources to work on series that hasn’t already been scanlated. And honestly, I think there’s way less fan-demand for doing HQ versions of things we already did than there is for doing new stuff.
Pretty soon, we’re going to be moving the projects of Innocent and 81diver to this group. I was previously working on them with other groups but they kept falling apart. Hopefully they do better in my group with the group of people we managed to get together who all want to work on them.
As per this volume, let me talk about it a bit. It’s a really great volume. This contains the conclusion of the Courtesan of a Nation Arc. A large reason I wanted to get this one done in volume form is because a lot of the art was re-done in the first couple chapters. You may have noticed that the Shinsengumi’s uniforms weren’t inked-in, so it looked like everybody was in the Mimawarigumi in the magazine version.
Here’s an example:
The other thing is the last chapter has an extra 4 pages. It didn’t change the story before like it did in V43, (With making Kintoki seem like he has a change of heart at the end.) it basically just makes the last scene longer and more pretty. There are probably more art-related changes but they’re all very minor. Though I am really glad we got this volume in HQ because the art in it it looks so good.
Anyhow, I think that covers everything I have to say on that subject. Thanks for everyone that’s supported our volume releases of Gintama up to this point, and I hope our future projects go well. I hope you all enjoy.