Differences in Translating Eyeshield 21: Viz Media vs. Amateur Scanlations

Preface: I cleaned and typesetted five pages of manga for this post. Read it, damn it.

Eyeshield 21 was one of the first manga I ever started reading, and I own 36 of its 37 volumes in English. That’s a price tag of over $300 for one single manga series… why? Why not just read it online, where I wouldn’t have to spend a cent? Well, initially the reason was that I didn’t know about reading manga online. I was in middle school when I got into Eyeshield 21 – gimme a break.

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Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun 02

[HorribleSubs] Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_13.03_[2014.07.14_01.43.36]

Hey Nozaki-kun, your 4-koma is showing.

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Re: Scamp’s rant on Gintama, or Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun 01

Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun is a shounen shoujo-manga parody. The titular character Nozaki-kun is the love interest of heroine Sakura, and holds a secret double life as a shoujo manga artist. This one aspect provides the material for all of the show’s gags, and I could see this show getting pretty old pretty quickly. (But then again, there have been dozens of successful anime about four girls doing absolutely nothing.)

Regardless, I want to respond to a post by Scamp in which he goes off on a rant about how Nozaki-kun shouldn’t turn into Gintama, which in his words, “spends 20 episodes parodying goofy shounen logic and then goes and pulls a 3-4 episode arc of goofy shounen logic with a straight face. They are always the worst parts of Gintama.” Scamp then makes a blatant attempt to troll people into arguing for Gintama, but I’ll bite at the line.

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Anime Expo 2014

I didn’t go. Instead, I went to Japan.

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