And that about wraps up the year of 2014. Actually with how the volume ended, I’m not sure if it’s a happy way to end the year. Oh well.
So now to reflect back on my progress of 2014.
I completed volumes 6, 6.5 BT, the second half of 7, 8, 9, and 10. Surprisingly, I made some good progress, putting aside the quality of the translations of course. I started translating volume 7 back in May 2013, fast forward to the end of 2014 and we’re caught up on the latest volume. I was really slow at first, since I sucked, but at some point, my speed just blew up somehow. I have no idea how or why, but in retrospect, it’s pretty amazing. My writing has gotten a lot better too though there’s still a lot of headroom to improve. But I didn’t think I’d actually be pumping out a whole LN volume within a month and a half after its release, a wordy LN to boot, translation quality aside.
I remember falling in love with the series after episode 11 of the anime and after some encouragement from some anons on 4chan, I ended up diving deep into translating. Glad I did it and I don’t regret it since this series is really enjoyable. Admittedly, I’ve kind of cast my social life aside to get this all done, but hell, I’m out of college and have a full-time job, it’s totally fine to be a loner now, right!? I should mention I’ve spent an ungodly amount of money on Oregairu merchandise too, oops.
In any case, thanks again for reading my translations. While I get the feeling my translations will be overshadowed whenever Frog-kun catches up, I don’t think I’ll stop until everything is translated with my own hands, just for that sense of completion. I guess it doesn’t hurt to have alternatives on the scene like fansubs of ages past (thanks HorribleSubs!). I’ll only stop unless the series gets licensed and they officially tell me to screw off which I will reluctantly have to do. Damn shame.
Anyway, my plans until the next volume:
Make PDFs of volumes 6-10.
Edit/rewrite volumes 6-10 to be more consistent with my current writing style, especially volumes 7-9 (which may actually warrant retranslations instead).
Do volume 5 in conjunction but at a slow pace.
Hopefully pump out more chapters of the manga.
Do all this before season 2 hits since I’m expecting a surge in readers. By the time I finish volume 5, all main volumes will be translated before season 2. Hopefully.
Damn it, there’s so much to do, so little time.
Without further ado,