This is the end~
Full Metal Panic Sigma v19 (End) (!Sigma19 !FMPS19) – And here it is, the conclusion to Full Metal Panic Sigma. We starrted on the series in late 2008, so it’s been a little bit over five years. It’s gone through using shitty pub raws for the first three volumes to me scanning volumes 4-19, from having a short lived joint because of the lack of staff to finishing the series in good, proper fashion, from having some crazed super-religious faggot acting righteous by stealing our script and making a scanlation – cue the irony… It’s been quite a ride. Funny enough, if you look at the credits, there hasn’t been all that much staff change from the first few volumes. Same typesetter (me), same translator (Avatar), same editor (Nitouryu). Pretty cool. Wish I could have staff working long-term on all of my projects, but alas…
Edit: I fucked up page 202 and those of you who downloaded the volume early got the volume with the shitty page. Only ~50 or so of you downloaded it early, so if any of you want the fixed page, the link is here: http://www.sendspace.com/file/q3eamw – All you need to do is open the .cbz with Winzip, click & drag the page into the volume, let it overwrite, and you’re done. The vast majority of you already have the proper version and don’t need to re-download the page.
So in this final volume of FMP Sigma, the volume is roughly 50% bigger than the regular volumes. The regular volumes are about ~160 pages each while this one comes out to 240. It’s a great volume to boot.
I had originally picked up Full Metal Panic Sigma because the original anime was what got me into the world of fansubs. I was young and new to torrents and a guy I knew sent me to this site where they had a few series. I hadn’t heard of any of them, but I notice a series called “Full Metal Panic!” and thought, huh, that’s a pretty neat sounding series, let’s try it out. I watched it and got hooked. Watched the whole thing in two sittings, only because I had school the next day and had to go to bed… Had it been on the weekend, it would have been one sitting. I loved it, thought it had concluded, and moved on to watch another series (I think it was Last Exile). A year or so later, I heard that there was a side-story anime called Full Metal Panic! Fumoffu and naturally, I downloaded that in an instant. Loved it even more than the original anime. Wanted more, but couldn’t find any. At this point, I was really into the scanlation scene. I knew which groups were good, AonE, A-Kraze, zx, K-F, etc and which were the shitty ones (Too many to name, actually). And when I heard that they were making a new series (This is well over tenyears ago, goes to show how old I’m getting), I was so extremely excited. The Second Raid was my favorite of the three series because it had a lot of the things I like in stories. Mature, dark, gritty, sometimes hard to watch, emotional content. It was the last anime I ever followed on a weekly basis, waiting for new episodes to come out. Who knows, maybe I’ll follow along again if they ever make another series, but that seems to be more and more doubtful as time goes on. Whole point of this is, Full Metal Panic is what lead me to fansubs, which lead me to the fansub community, which lead me to the manga scanlation community, which eventually got me to scanlations. So a big, big chunk of what Illuminati-Manga’s done over the last eight years is thanks (indrectly) to Full Metal Panic!’s anime. And because I’ve been a big, big fan of Full Metal Panic for well over a decade, I couldn’t pass up a chance to scanlate the series. We did the first series, ended up dropping it because BYAAAH just scanned the official ADV volumes. But even when I didn’t have staff for the second series, I still picked it up, because fuck you, that’s why.
A big, big thank you to Avatar for translating the series and to Nitouryu & dh85 for doing the vast majority of the editing for the series. They’ve been working on the volume almost since day 1, so I have a great deal of appreciation for them and so should you, dear reader. Also a big thank you to Psi for proofreading the final volume. Love you, buddy.
For future plans… I’m only going to say this once as to not repeat myself over & over. We have no plans to pick up Full Metal Panic Another. There’s a multitude of reasons. 1) I don’t know if the translator, Avatar, would be interested in it. His real life is keeping him busy with a whole bunch of stuff and I don’t even know if he’d be interested in translating something else, let alone the sequel. It’s something I’ll need to discuss with him. 2) The editor, Nitouryu, isn’t interested in it at all. So I’m down a translator + an editor, not looking good. 3) I’m personally not excited by the choice of artist they used for the series. I looked through volume 1 a while back and it looked just mediocre on all ends. Now, does that mean we’ll never work on it? No, because if some of my other staff want to do it, then I’ll buy the volumes and we’ll work on it. But right now, it looks unlikely.
Lastly, as always, if you want to support the author & the artist, please consider buying the volumes if the series is licensed in your language. The job of manga author/artist is a very, very time consuming & difficult one and at often times, an unlucratic one. Every little bit helps with royalties. If they’re not available in your native language, buy them in Japanese.
That’s all for tonight, I’m tired of typing.