If you’re still following this blog (which I hope you aren’t), volume 11 was completed a few days ago, but not by me. It was finished by FatFluffyFish and I wanted to redirect people who aren’t up-to-date to go check his work out. You can find it on the Oregairu subreddit on le leddit or whoever wants to post the link in the comments.
Read further if you want to read my blogshit (but this is a blog!).
As for Kyakka’s future or mine, even…
I said I would keep going, but honestly, you might as well consider me dead. As Anzu would say, “If you work, you lose.”
I think this is what you call being burned out. I started the novel on June 15, 2013 and I think it hit me hard officially around the same time 2 years later. During that time frame, I think I spent 4-10+ hours everyday just trying to get up to speed, and that’s before I got a full-time job where my time to translate everyday was effectively reduced to about 1-3 hours a day starting around May 2014. I didn’t have a very active social life (not that I had one before I started the novel, but I digress), but I couldn’t do anything else without Oregairu being stuck in the back of my mind. Couldn’t play my vidya, watch anime, etc. I think I spent a couple months translating volume 10 operating on 3-5 hours of sleep, too. Then there was season 2, which I think kind of killed volume 11 for me. While the direction of the series did irk me a bit, I’d say the actual reason in the loss of motivation was the anime just running through the volume in two episodes. It’s like how I started off with volume 7 instead of volumes 1-6 because the anime had already covered them. I guess I just didn’t want to translate what’s more or less already been adapted in the anime (though I did eventually end up doing volume 5 and 6, so maybe this point is kind of hypocritical). But anyway, it’s similar to how I drop an anime adaption of manga after I catch up on the manga. I just lose interest.
Nowadays, I don’t find myself even watching anime all that much or even reading manga, though there are a few I’m still enjoying like Souma or World Trigger or comfy SoL shows like Non Non Biyori. I’ve been doing random translations here and there on /a/ (bonus points if you know what) to maybe rekindle the LN translating spirit, but it’s not working out too well. On an unrelated note, I’ve been hooked on watching the Colbert Report. That’s been a lot of fun. Bless the man. I’ve also been wasting a lot of money on buying unscanned doujins and scanning them, too. I feel pretty good about this, at least.
I don’t want to call this an official statement of dropping the series, but you shouldn’t expect anything from me anymore. My tentative, tentative, tentative plan is to finish volume 11 by December because volume 12 won’t be releasing in November, but absolutely no guarantee, and I mean it. In retrospect, I’m the kind of person who never keeps my word (something I’ve realized only this year).
My apologies to those who are still waiting or still are expecting something from me, I let you down. Perhaps getting a job was the worst thing to happen to my passion for weeb stuff (I’m all about those JRPGs in 2016, though) or maybe I’m getting old (but I’m still only 23!). Sometimes, I wonder how that js06 robot does it.
Thanks for the support and reading what I churned out. Maybe I’ll rise back up like a phoenix one day. One day. On another note, someone pass the info to FatFluffyFish that he can use the blog as a vehicle for his translations if he wants.
Yeah, so basically, sorry. I am kill. If only I won the lottery…
I’d totally do a Tobe spin-off where he tries to woo the Ebina, though. Side couples are always good.
TL;DR – The 40-hour work week standard (or even worse for other countries like Japan) is one of the worst concepts of human history ever.