Right, was just going to reply to a couple of comments, then realized it got long and…yea, just read the title 😄
Anyway, I never figured that a regular release schedule would bother people XD, would have thought it would be the other way around. I guess the saying is true, you really can’t please everyone. To answer your questions, nope, I haven’t received any commissions for this manga. Would be happy to receive any though if only so I can get volume 4 when it comes out ^^ *hint hint* (Plus, regardless, if you can, buy the manga to support the author, a bit sad he doesn’t include random lol 4-komas on the cover like Hayate, which omg, next chapter is coming out soon! Hina <3!!! But I digress…derailed by Hina, totally justifiable)
As for how long it takes to scanlate this manga. Well, there are advantages and disadvantages to working solo. I’ll pop up the disadvantages first. More people generally means that whoever is doing whatever is probably going to be specialised at whatever whomever is doing. Would probably be faster in that task and be better as well. People will be less susceptible to burnout and I guess there’s the wonderful option of working multiple pages in parallel.
And as for the advantages, well, stuff is more streamlined I suppose. Since everything is done by one person, I can typically just clean the pages, then directly pop in the text all in one go. In a sense, unless it’s a really difficult and annoying manga requiring haxskillzors to translate and clean, I suppose this is slightly faster since there’s no need for the translator to write everything onto a script, the typesetter to read from the script and type it in, sending the files back and forth etc. I’m still pretty new to this (lol, not sure if I can still say that after these couple of months) but generally it takes me about 1.5 to 2 hours for a chapter, sometimes more. Depends how much I’m slacking when I’m doing it, how focused I am and a bunch of other factors. It’s not a particularly long time, but I guess it’s not trivial either. I guess it’s about the length of an average movie. Recently, I’ve been doing the chapters in one whole shot, as opposed to when I was doing Aku no Hana, a couple of pages at a time. Well, that required some research anyway as well, for all his poet references. Anyway, you can thank stopping WOW for giving me the time to do this XD. And lol, I just went to read the latest patch notes, of course, now that I’m not playing anymore, you buff rets, thanks Blizzard… -_-” And….I’ve gotten derailed again.
Right, to answer another guy, yes, there have been 3 volumes released. But that’s pretty meaningless in terms of how many chapters are out there. Currently, there are 45 chapters. Not including the oneshots and specials. The series is published by GANGAN online, which means the raws are already online when they are released and awesomely clean but they use a flash player and that makes grabbing the pics a slight pain (for me anyway at least, if anyone knows of an easier way to do it other than printscreen, feel free to inform me XD) Jcafe, last I checked, (about 5 mins ago) has the raws up to chapter 40. Not sure why they don’t have 41 to 45. New chapters come out every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Basically every 2 weeks. Each chapter remains online at GANGAN for about 5.5weeks and is then taken down. Chapter 44 is due to be taken down today so I screengrabbed it just in case. It still leaves 41-43 though but I suppose there are always chinese scans for that. Would really prefer to work from the raws though. Anyone who’s done a multiple translation back and forth languages using google translate knows that’s a bad idea. Well, I don’t think it’d be that bad but the less corrupt it is the better I suppose.
I’ll probably be slowing down slightly since decent progress has been made. Plus apparently, variety is the spice of life and I don’t particularly want to burn myself out.
Finally, thanks to all of you guys supporting me with your kind words! They are very much appreciated. And also for pointing out mistakes I make, because I sure as hell am not perfect. I’ll stop now because I don’t want to turn this into a 1000 word post…lol, getting close though.
Also, chapter 21’s the longest one so far, 18 pages. It’ll be out soon. ^^
tldr; well, if you’re only going to read this bit, you probably aren’t going to be interested in it anyway.