Seven Seas: Never Again (and other anime and manga thoughts)
I've been mostly away from anime, manga, and even video games for a little while. I've been slowly working my way through the Zeta Gundam TV series, and I haven't gotten any new anime since Christmas. I've been focusing more on dolls lately. I've been putting off picking up manga for a while, and the only anime release on my radar is Maria Watches Over Us season 3. Alternatively, I got a few dolls already this year, I have a large doll purchase lined up for later on this month, and I'm excited for subsequent dolls and clothes.
Thinking I should check back in on anime and manga stuff, I decided to start by hopping on over to the Seven Seas site to see if the third Strawberry Panic light novel got a date yet. It was gone from the main site. I looked in their forums, and it was announced that the light novel line is dead and the topic for it was locked.
Not on hiatus. Dead and buried.
So... whatever. I haven't been away from anime and manga because of Seven Seas, so I don't want to make them out to be my whipping boy, but this doesn't help my enthusiasm.
In that same topic, Adam said that a professional translation might cost anywhere between $2000 to $5000, or even more. I'm assuming that's the translation itself and none of the printing and distribution costs. It's completely insane, but dammit, sometime in the near future, after we're out of this economic downturn, I think a number of fans can pool together some money and try to find somebody to do it for $4000. That seems... viable. And to make it an online digital PDF abortion, no matter how much I and other fans would have hated it, would have been more viable for Seven Seas as a pay model. It's just going to end up in a digital format if it ever gets done anyway. Charge $10 a copy, and they would only have had to sell 400 to break even. Easy money.
I'm glad I never started reading Hayate X Blade. I don't care about continuing Tetragrammaton Labyrinth anymore. He Is My Master is just going to come to a premature end anyway unless it ever comes off hiatus in Japan. I've given up hope on Last Uniform. I don't know what else, if anything, is coming, and I don't care.
Everybody has their own "shit lists" of companies. People don't like Funimation encoding. People don't like ADV stripping extras. Me, Tokyopop has been on my list for a while. Like I've said before, they're only going to be getting my money for the porn they publish due to their canceling of many series and the massive layoffs. Not that I have any objections to porn (I am buying it, after all), but by the same token, it would be hilarious if Tokyopop only survived because it became a porn company. So far all I know is Manga Sutra, but if they've gotten more porn books out there, I'll be sure to pick those up.
Anyway, Seven Seas has joined my list, and I've become more and more apathetic about this hobby in general, no thanks to them.