So we have a new series called Raqiya by Boichi today and I already know what you’re thinking,
“Another new project? Again? Really? Go fuck yourselves, gimme my [insert other neglected series here], you assholes.”
Listen, there’s a little backstory here. I like Kotonoha a lot. I have a hard time naming a bad series they’ve done since they’ve started. They’re (or were, seeing as they’re inactive now) the cream of the crop when it comes to quality scanlations and series choices. So much so that, they started 4 series that I had concrete plans to work on. Hideout, All Rounder Meguru, Before Dawn and the End of the World and Raqiya. For all the series mentioned, I had bought volumes & had planned to scanlate them in the near future before Kotonoha picked them up and as some of you might remember, we even released chapters of Before Dawn and the End of the World the day after they did, so we actually had scanned the volume, started the translation process & editing. By the way, speaking of that series, can one of you find me a better looking double page than this one? http://i.imgur.com/XhJLUn4.jpg because that just might be the best looking double page I’ve ever seen. It’s literally perfect. Editing perfect and the scans are top quality.
Raqiya 16-20 (!Raqiya17 to !Raqiya20 & !Sanctum17 to !Sanctum20) So anyway… From our previous relationship & project Hotel, Weaper from Japanzai & I had plans on to work on Raqiya. I bought all five volumes, had ’em shipped and literally the day I get them, Kotonoha’s released chapter 1. Late to the party again. Damn. So we dropped our plans and I sent the volumes to Weaper and he did some sort of contest with them for his Boichi worship site. So because Kotonoha became inactive, we started talking about it this summer and we started “officially” working on it not too long ago. In September, I believe. So the end result is, we have volume 02 wrapped up. Because I have a great deal of respect for Kotonoha, moreso than any other active group out there, I made a great deal of effort to find all of the fonts they used for their work and our releases should look nearly identical. We’re even using their page sizing for this volume & going with 1,800 height for volumes 3-5.
Anyway, for the next 2 weeks, I’ll be working mostly on (sigh…) Rookies and the jumbled mess that is the last volume. The last volume itself is awesome, but the work I’m going to have to put into it… Not so much.