Gintama 525

I dunno who told you Gintama was a happy, comedy manga. It’s a sad manga where people suffer. Whoever told you that must’ve been trying to trick you.
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Ok, we’re back. The story doesn’t let up one bit.

I’m finishing up Ring so I have some time to do a little work on some other projects. So if possible, was to do more volume scanlations of Toriko and Gintama. We’d do more earlier volumes of Toriko and HQ versions of the Gintama chapters we did of the magazine but now using volume scans. I have the books and I can scan them, I can handle translating the stuff that’s added for the volumes between the chapters, and I can handle checking at the end and editing, but that’s all I have time/ability for, really. Right now we don’t have any free cleaners that can dedicate themselves to cleaning entire volumes. If people who are experienced enough to do that want to volunteer, email me at kewl0210@gmail.com. So if we get volunteers that are able to manage themselves, we can possibly get some done fairly quickly. But if not, we’re just not gonna do them, because we really don’t have the means. If you’re not aware, the image quality is much better than the scanlations done using magazine scans, we can fix up the translation a bit, plus all the extra stuff and changes that are only in the volumes. I hope we get some volunteers, because I’d really like to do more of these.

Edit: Fixed typos.

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Gintama 523

If this is what we’re gonna get, then we don’t need it
We wanna be laughed at and hated
We can’t smile properly, nobody loves us
But that’s the way it should be, that’s just right for us
Kaze Akago
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As mentioned in the last post, there are 2 weeks with no Jump in the coming few weeks. Either there’s no Jump next week (Week of the 21st) and 3 weeks from now (Week of the 4th), or 2 weeks from now (Week of the 28th) and 3 weeks from now (Week of the 4th). Depends on how Shuueisha distributes it. Eeeeeenjoy the end of this arc.

Update: Apparently they announced a new season of the Gintama anime at Jump Festa that’s gonna start in April of 2015. Cool.

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Gintama 522

Over there, over here,
a skilful toddling walk
Stopping at the coffee shop, I decide to take a rest
I can’t go back, I don’t go back

On the path of cloudy weather,
wandering aimlessly
two timid people
walk like foot soldiers
pretending to be people who like danger

On the path of cloudy weather,
she who forgot her umbrella
is fearfully walking in the rain
and so I, too,
carry my cowardice
as I stare up at the sky
Taba no Aida no
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Here’s Gintama 521+ if you missed it from last week. It’s just one page and it’s not necessary to the story.
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Gintama 521

Making an all-knowing face, the crow stares down at the plight of humanity.
Naraku Kaimaku
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Apparently there’s some sorta Gintama-related bonus thing in Jump+ this week. So when that comes out I’ll check what it is and we might work on it if it seems worth it.

Edit: Ok, here’s that. It’s just one page.
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Gintama 520

We want our lives to burn out while they are still pure white
Roaring at the days that just seem to pass by
We want to run across the pitch-dark road
Ah, we want to be madly engrossed and put our feelings across
So that we can live in the present called the status quo
And that is why
Even if we disappear
Surely, nothing will change
The bustling streets, people coming and going
The changing seasons, these things will keep repeating
Rikue Tsumi 16
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Hey, just a quick PSA. You can just scroll down past this to read the chapter, but please come back to read this once you finish. Or you can just read it first, whatever.

As a lot of you know, they aired an OVA of Gintama at the Jump Festa Anime Tour a couple weeks ago. It’s of the Lake Touya Hermit story in chapter 312 plus some anime-only stuff. Anyhow, everyone who went to that was given a pamphlet that had some quotes from the voice actors and also one from Sorachi-sensei:

That says:
“People forced me to write a final episode for the anime (the movie), so now I dunno how the hell they could be talking about something like reviving it, but if the manga volume sales revive now, too, I think we can forget all about that. I’m looking forward to it.”
There’s a lot of people online who post things like “When is the anime hiatus gonna end?” or “I’m waiting for the anime to come back so I’m not reading the manga” or “I can’t wait to see this Takasugi fight in the anime” that I’ve seen in the past few months, which all seems really weird to me given the “Final Chapter” in the title of the movie and the fact that the TV anime ended almost 2 years ago.
So, basically what I’m saying is if you want to support the return of an anime, what you’d have to do is buy the manga in Japanese, where they show up on the Oricon and the Japanese publishers take notice of it.
So in case anyone wants to do that, I figured I’d post it here. Amazon.co.jp has international shipping and it has English versions of its pages.

http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/switch-language/product/4088801725/ref=dp_change_lang?ie=UTF8&language=en_JP

There are also English sites like Yes Asia:

http://www.yesasia.com/us/en/home.html

And Kinokuniya:

http://www.kinokuniya.com

I usually use honto.co.jp, which ship internationally and pretty fast/cheaply, but the site is all in Japanese:

http://honto.jp/netstore.html

This site has some good guides and recommendations for buying stuff in Japanese and how to get them shipped to you internationally (Including a guide to using honto.com if you want to do that, which he says is the cheapest/fastest):

http://kaizora.wordpress.com/where-to-buy-japanese-manga/

The title in Japanese is 銀魂 so you can do a search for that or some sites might have it in romaji.

Every week a company called Oricon publishes the top 50 best selling manga books of the past week:

https://mangahelpers.com/forum/showthread.php/50703-Weekly-Oricon-Comic-Rankings/page128

Usually Gintama only ranks for a few weeks when a new volume comes out. Though occasionally when a series gets really popular several volumes are on the top 50 at once, like Nanatsu no Taizai is now.
And Oricon also posts the best selling manga books by year and the best selling by series each year at the beginning of the new year.
To give you some perspective, this is how Gintama’s sales of total books as a series have gone in the past few years:
2009: 4,733,511
2010: 3,978,439
2011: 4,415,491
2012: 2,850,072
2013: 2,864,734
First half of 2014: 1,424,484

Sources:

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-12-04/2009-top-selling-manga-in-japan-by-series

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-11-30/top-selling-manga-in-japan-by-series/2010

http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=370525

http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=526586

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-12-01/top-selling-manga-in-japan-by-series/2013

http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=1193297

So, if you want to support a new anime being made, the way you’d do it is buy purchasing the manga in Japanese where the publishers notice it and help bring those numbers up a bit more to where they were when anime seasons were starting. Even a little would help. If people pass this information around Twitter and tumblr and Usenet or whatever kids are using these days, it might make more of an impact. It would certainly make an impact if a lot of people who weren’t buying the manga at all suddenly started buying it. If your problem is it’s in Japanese, well there are plenty of translations available on here and Batoto and all that sorta thing. The artwork generally looks better on a physical volume page than it does when we were scanlating from scans of Shounen Jump magazine. And they have digital versions available, too, that you can view on PCs and that sorta thing (I dunno if the versions for mobile devices work on foreign devices, but I’ve personally downloaded digital versions you can read on PC). Personally I don’t mind if the anime comes back or not because I really like the manga, but I just felt as I translator I should point some of these things out. And I’ve bought the whole series plus doubles of a few to replace ones I debound and scanned. So maybe, if you can afford it, give a little back to the gorilla who’s given you sooo sooo much. So much material to write lewd fan fiction about.

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