No, this is not a joke of any kind. I am officially announcing my departure from the hentai scanlating community. Why, you may ask? Is it because my job is getting too stressful to juggle this hobby? My girlfriend found out and doesn’t want me to do this anymore? Have I gotten bored? I honestly wish these were the reasons behind my exit, but the root cause is actually something many of you will probably consider very petty. It’s sheer frustration at what I perceive to be a lack of mutual respect between the various scanlating groups and the impatience of the readership.
This is one of many annoyances I’ve had during my tenure as a scanlator, but I’ve always been able to downplay these feelings for the greater good, providing more quality translations for the community. That is until this recent NaPaTa release by Life4Kaoru, http://exhentai.org/g/599556/7cdb9470c5, which effectively drove me over the edge and zapped all of my passion for translating.
I’ve made it very known throughout the community that I planned to translate as many NaPaTa releases as I possibly can. I’ve given news updates about the artist, insights, translated pretty much everything since day one including the interview, and then some. This is not the first time another group decided to jump on NaPaTa either, but considering how evident I was intent on working on this artist, the least anyone could do is send a simple email asking if they can work on it.
I mean, that’s what I do when I see another translator who’s worked almost exclusively or have been translating a series of works by a particular artist. Remember the Gunma retranslation project I did in early 2012? Even though Ryuutama was on hiatus, I still had the decency to ask for his permission before proceeding with my own personal project. It’s small acts like this that helps solidify trust and respect, and this applies to both online and off!
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had the pleasure of scanners, readers, and even some other scanlators communicating with me when it comes to NaPaTa related material and other stuff, be it news, raws, and other misc. information. But they only represent a very small portion of the community, I feel. The majority, on the other hand either wants things done NOW NOW NOW or wants to get some e-penis added to their rep. Yes, that’s a very general statement and I’m rage typing here.
Anyway, I don’t want to dive into this any deeper than I have to. It’s quite ironic that the artist I absolutely adore and who probably brought me the most recognition as a translator is the same one who’ll be ending my amateur translating career. Thank you Palaxius and Nandeyanen of Life4Kaoru. It’s unfortunate that a group I respected is also ironically the source of my departure as well.
So what does this means in terms of my current projects? All of my requests are effectively cancelled. To those out there who have been waiting patiently for me to translate your goodies, I’m terribly sorry. There are still a few releases pending from my editors, so I will publish them as they become available. For all intent and purposes, I’m closing up shop.
I wish I could’ve ended on a higher note, but this latest event really drove a nail through my heart. Looks like I’ll be going down in history as whiny little bitch. But then again, I’ve always had trouble fitting in with the rest of my peers. Perhaps this is for the best. To everyone who’s been a loyal follower, I thank you for your comments, critiques, and overall support. I’m sorry I can’t provide you more fappage material. And to those few peers who still have my respect, I wish you all the best on your endeavor.
To my editors, no amount of words will ever be enough to express how grateful I am for your support and help. I will miss working with all of you.
To Shadkatz, my one and only donor, you are an unsung hero who has graciously provided me with the means to bring quality scans and translations to the community. I thank you deeply.
To those scanners who were kind enough to provide me with exclusive scans, you are the life blood of the community who also supported me greatly from behind the scenes. You too have my thanks.