Gintama 505

I’m sure Shou-chan is fine. I’m sure we’ll see him again soon.
Hanran
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This chapter’s probably got the least amount of text in any Gintama chapter… Also both this chapter and the last one have had 19 pages. That’s all weird.

K, there’s no Jump next week and the next issue comes out the week of the 17th. Sooo see you guys then probably.

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Gintama 501

The glasses in your heart make you see best. Or maybe the ones on your face.
Congrats on 10 Years
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Ok, so go read this it’s the epic conclusion to the Shinpachi Gets New Glasses Arc. Will Shinpachi get those new glasses? What is the origin of the Hijikata’s V-Shaped bangs? All will be revealed.

Also, at the end of this chapter, and in the next Jump issue preview it indicates that there’s going to be an announcement regarding Gintama in celebration of the 10th anniversary in the next issue of Jump. Which should be leaking onto the internet in a couple hours from the time of this post. My theory is collectable Shinpachi-style glasses. Imagine how awesome that would be? I guess we’ll all find out soon.

Edit: The news is there’s gonna be a one-episode anime special this year.
Also one of the pages of 501 didn’t save or something so it was missing. It’s been added now.

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Gintama Volume 42-43

And the sun will rise again.
Let the Raindrops Echo
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Ok, so, this is finally all done. And thus, we’ve filled in the last gap between our first full volume, volume 36, and the current chapter in Japan. That’s nearly 200 chapters, now. For those who haven’t been keeping track, we’ve been working on this for nearly 2 and a half years. I originally scanned volume 42 in March of 2012. I could get into a long explanation about why this took so long, but I’d rather keep this relatively short. We started doing scanlations from Shounen Jump in 2012, and then I had to get the last 2 volumes and a few chapters from volumes done on top of that while not falling behind on those every week. Basically, almost every chapter of V42 which I had to translate, were ultra-dense, very hard to translate chapters with a lot of difficult-to-understand and phrase colloquialisms and pop culture references. During that time I was also doing (at least) 2 weekly chapters every week, plus 2 anime episodes every week, plus a metric fuckton of other stuff which I worked on every single day without anyone to fill in for me if I couldn’t fill any role. A lot of the time this can be really stressful and require a lot of work besides translating and typesetting to make sure you keep up schedules and also make sure the scanlations/fansubs actually get released. Some were in groups like this that I’m the lead for, others were groups led by other people. Keep in mind these groups are all done by volunteer, so a lot of the time people don’t do their jobs but you still need to get someone to do it if you want it to get done and done on time. Also, note I was either going to college full time or working a full time job during this time. A lot of these Gintama chapters would take me over 8 hours to finish. Some way more. And there were 11 chapters to translate, 20 chapters to have cleaned, 20 chapters to be typeset, and 20 chapters to check and edit at the end. Plus all the bonus things between the chapters. It’s way harder to motivate yourself and others to work on something when you know it’s gonna take 100+ hours to finish and using all of your free time in a week is only going to get like 1/10th or so of it done. So really, I had to put a lot of this off for a while. Doing one chapter of a lot of these took as much time as doing an entire volume of many other series for me. So I had to only do it when I felt I had time, and a lot of the time that meant “This is too much, I can’t do any until I completely finish this other project”. Like with Doubutsu no Kuni and such, where we got 10 volumes done in about a year.

Anyhow, that’s all done. Finally. This really feels good. Even though this part took 2.5 years, I’ve been trying to have all of the Gintama chapters from where we started scanlated all the way up to the current one in Japan for a much longer time, like 3 and a half years. Now I’ve finally got time to get back to a few other projects I had to put off for a year or two.

A lot of this is a HQ version of chapters we did using Shounen Jump scans. A lot of the translation is revised a bit too to improve the phrasing and that sort of thing. Everything from chapter 372 to 380. Sorachi also added a few pages to chapter 380. Our plan going into the future is to do HQ scanlations of V44 on. Right now the newest volume in Japan is uh… volume 55. So that might take a while. Though it’s all translated and typeset already, it’s just a matter of cleaning it, shifting everything over, and fixing it up and doing anything added for the volume compilations. Plus I have other series I want to work on. We’ll see how that goes. Originally I was gonna go back and do HQ versions of earlier chapters, but I don’t know if I’m gonna do that at this point given how much time this’s taken. I’ll have to see where my life is once some of the other things I want to do are done. Thanks so much to everybody that supported and worked with me on this. Benii, Mooni, Rufi, MB, Azevedo, high8sky, all of you guys. Now go enjoy it.

Gintama Volume 42 (Ch361-370)
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Gintama 497

There’s more text in this chapter than in the Dragon Quest game it’s parodying.
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Sometimes I think to myself “That gorilla can’t possibly squash any more text into a chapter than he already has. There’s just no way.” And yet somehow, he continues to surpass my expectations. I feel like maybe if he just wrote novels it would cut down on the total amount of text per page. Also it’d probably be a lot easier to translate. Aaah….. he drives me insane but it’s still fun.

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