Okay, well, here we are at the end of this series. I covered most of the saga that was getting this series scanlated in that earlier post where we released 10 volumes at once (https://hiwamatanoboru.com/2013/10/31/doubutsu-no-kuni-volumes-3-12/). Scanlating this volume went pretty well, we got it done from start to finish in about a month and a half.
This series is seriously awesome. There was an interview at the end of the last chapter that we also included in this release. That’s between Raiku-sensei, the author of this manga, and Isayama Hajime, author of another series running in Bessatsu Shounen Magazine, Shingeki no Kyojin (Insert your choice of Engrish translation of the title here). And it really makes you realize what a great philosophical work this is. It felt like there was a real arc to the story, it didn’t drag, and explored every theme it tackled very well. I’ve been working on it since it started in 2009, despite the fact that we went on a hiatus for a few years due to not having staff to work on it, and I honestly enjoyed every bit of it (And I collected all the color pages from the magazine, as you might’ve noticed). Spread the word! Let other people know about this series, and check out Konjiki no Gash!! if you haven’t. Raiku-sensei’s works are what got me into anime and manga in the first place. There’s a spirit to them that no other works really capture. I hope you all enjoy them. And support Raiku-sensei by buying official copies if they’re available to you! You can also thank him directly if you want: https://twitter.com/raikumakoto
I’d really like to work on Raiku-sensei’s next work if I’m able given whatever sort of situation my life is in when it starts. There was about a year and a half between when Konjiki no Gash!! ended and Doubutsu no Kuni started. Maybe this time we won’t fall 3 years behind.