Hataraku Maou-sama! Licensed

A bunch of people were asking me what I’d do, so I’ll just answer the questions here. As you probably heard by now, Yen Press has added The Devil is a Part-Timer! (Hataraku Maou-sama!) to their Yen On light novel imprint, with the first volume scheduled to be released in April 2015. (The manga was licensed too, although what I’d honestly like to see is the High School spinoff). I see this as the best possible thing that could happen for people who want to read the series in English, and as with Akame, I plan on buying the series. Yes, the first volume won’t be out for another six months, and then it’ll probably be one release every three months or so, but that’s honestly faster than we were doing it, so the end result is that you’ll get new volumes faster eventually. Yen Press is releasing quite a few other things I’ll be buying at least the first few volumes of (Index, Dungeon, Akame, NGNL, etc.), not to mention all the stuff from Seven Seas and other publishers I’m waiting for, so the six-month wait isn’t that big a deal. I already own the first volume in Japanese anyway, so maybe by then I’ll even be able to read some of it.

Anyway, regarding the translation of Volume 3… since we’re on the last chapter anyway, the current plan is to finish up the volume, edit the pictures, and do one final proofreading run. Chapter 4 is the longest one in the book by far though, at around 100 pages, so it’ll still take 3-4 more weeks at the very least with our current pace. If the translator wants to keep going with Volume 4 after that, and we have enough time to finish it before April, then we’ll go ahead and start that. It’s not looking that likely though, given the amount of work it takes and the fact that he already translates a bunch of other stuff. I might try getting Volumes 2.8 and 5.5 translated it if doesn’t look like Yen Press is going to do them, seeing as they’re both extras from the anime Blu-Ray releases, but the only reason we aren’t getting 3 done even slower than we are now is that we have a text file for the whole volume which makes translating it much easier; the extra volumes don’t have that luxury.

Once Yen Press releases the first volume in English, all the content will be taken down. If at any point they ask me to stop translating and do take it down earlier, I will do exactly that. If anyone from Yen Press is reading this and wants to tell me to do whatever, just let me know. If anyone who wants to complain about how licensing is killing manga/light novels/anime is reading this, I’ll probably just ignore you so don’t bother.

Slightly related note: Next month’s issue of Dengeki Maoh is going to have the High School spinoff on the cover for the release of Volume 4 (can’t wait to get that), but more importantly, it’s going to be coming with “Hataraku Maou-sama! Magazine” as a special bonus, which looks like it’ll have a bunch of art by the artists of the original LN, plus both manga series, as well as some other stuff, so if you like the series, might want to pick that up.

Akame ga KILL! Chapter 52

I do not want to go through that again… Just got the raws a few hours ago, here you go. Short chapter this month because the artist is working on Volume 1.5. Notably there’s no actual chapter number or title this month, so I’m guessing it’ll be merged with next month’s chapter. If that happens, I’ll change this one’s chapter number to match.

All my thanks go out to everyone who helped me marathon the redraws, especially Naselare for whatever the hell black magic he did on the cover.

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Tonari no Seki-kun 60th Period

Been waiting to do this chapter for a very long time, and it’s finally out. Not much to say otherwise, so enjoy.

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I’m on vacation right now before uni starts again next week. I was hoping to be able to release a lot of stuff this week, but it turns out that the internet here is absolute crap. I’ll probably be able to work on stuff, but I’ll have to wait until the end of the week to release anything because it literally took me two hours of trying to just get WordPress to let me make a post.