Thursday, March 11, 2010

Kabu no Isaki chapter 7

Nothing much to report. The project is moving along. Thanks to Soyokaze for doing the scans.

I've made the decision to stop doing the sound effects in this series, for several reasons. First is, I'm lazy. Second is, they're mostly plane sounds and you know what planes sound like. (Not to mention it's quite easy to find out what these particular planes really sound like.) I do have mixed feelings about leaving them out. I don't want to sound too weeaboo about this, but part of what makes the Japanese language rather suited to manga is its usage of onomatopoeia and related things. So I prefer to transliterate sound effects rather than substituting English equivalents. But at the same time, transliterations can be strange and distracting to readers of English. In this chapter, the Blacknoses go "ohhhh", which I interpret as some sort of hum. And in a later chapter, the Cub goes "bonyoyoyo", which I think you'll agree is pretty weird. To sum up, leaving them out altogether is a way of sidestepping the issues.

Of course, in scanlation nobody handles sfx the same way. It ranges from the hands off treatment (i.e. "learn the kana"), to putting a translation in the border/corner, to full-blown redrawing. Every approach has a drawback, I feel. We don't live in a perfect world, after all.

7 comments:

HoaX said...

Awesome. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I love you man <3
Thank you so very much!!!

(Ps: May I ask you what will be the period of release for this series? Monthly? Bimonthly?)

John said...

It's wonderful someone has picked up Kabu no Isaki again! Thank you for your work. I just wanted to let you know that it is appreciated.

Jiji said...

Thank you for doing Ashinano-sensei's manga and also for doing Discommunication as well. To the anon who asked about release period, KnI comes out in Kodansha Afternoon, a monthly, BUT Ashinano-sensei is not required by the editors to submit anything each month. His great success with YKK insured that much for him. So, KnI comes out...whenever he feels like it.

okc-ok said...

Thank you very much for continuing with KnI. It's such a delightful, relaxing read.

lepinkäinen said...

Thanks for taking up KnI.

Sage said...

Thank you very much for taking Kabu no Isaki. Very good quality, keep it going :)