I first picked up scanlation as a favor to a friend. Since then, I’ve found it a joyful and rewarding experience. Picking up Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken may have been one of the best decisions of my life. Not only could I read the manga beforehand, I was privileged enough to be allowed to share it with everyone else on the internet. I had only gratitude for the scanlator who had dropped it for three months.
However, it has been two years since then, and some things have changed. I truly enjoy scanlation, I do. And I’m glad the manga has blown up to be one of the most popular ones on the internet. What I don’t enjoy is competing with someone else to translate the same manga. It makes everything hasty. I cannot focus on the quality of translation if I do not have the time.
In the end, there’s one thing that anon and I can agree on: what matters is that you, the readers, can enjoy more manga at the highest quality possible. Competing makes both of our work hasty and the duplicate releases don’t add to the variety of manga available on the internet.
So I want to thank everyone who has accompanied me this far into my journey. Anyone who has given a glance to any of my translations has bolstered my sense of purpose on the internet. Finally, I would like to thank the anons for picking the manga up. I hope they can bring you even faster and higher quality scanlations that you, the reader, can enjoy.
tl;dr I will be taking a break from scanlation. I’ll be back if I can. Anyone’s welcome to pick up any of the projects I’ve dropped.