Hello, everyone, I’m Hita, the long-standing boss/empress/queen/supreme commander of SKD Scans. Tonight, I’ll try to be brief.
As of today, we’re effectively dropping the scanlation for Saintia Sho.
Well, I actually took the decision a couple months ago, I just haven’t had time to make a proper announcement. There’s a number of reasons for this, but the main one is that I don’t have the energy nor the time to continue doing this. Most of you might not know this, but I’ve been scanlating for about 11 years, while our little English team began only 5 or so years ago. I enjoy doing this as much as when I began all those years ago, but the toll of this little hobby of mine is too big for my personal life right now.
Fortunately, there are now several official editions readily available for anyone interested in following the series! They are for the most part worth the money you pay for them, so I encourage you to acquire them. Of course, you can always purchase the Japanese edition from Amazon Japan if you live overseas since they offer international shipping to most countries.
When I began, I would have never dreamt of Saintia Sho getting an English release, let alone that our little scanlation would have any sort of impact in the official product, yet here we are. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished in this time, and I’m really happy that Saint Seiya (and, of course, Saintia Sho) is slowly, but surely, making it’s way into broader audiences who are enjoying the franchise as much as I did a long time ago. The mindset of the industry is changing ever so slowly, and I want to believe more positive things are coming in the future.
Now, I’ll allow myself a little complaint about the fandom. Man, aren’t some of us toxic? Walk away if all you want to do is complain from your high horse. What do you even do for the community besides “sharing news” from your high horse? Just let people enjoy what they want, the way they want, in every way they can. If you don’t like it, change it. If you tried to change it and failed, then you can complain. Although, I don’t see much point to it. While I don’t believe in blind support for anything (and some of us could use their heads a bit more), I also don’t believe in shaming anyone for something while judging from afar. There are enough assholes in the world already (or maybe some are more asshole-y than others?) and we could always be nicer to each other. Unless you’re a proper asshole, but I already know enough assholes in the Spanish fandom and I don’t have the energy for any of them either.
In any case, Next Dimension could still use some more love in English, but as usual, that remains our irregular project so it will continue to be released every now and then, although right now I’m taking an indefinite break. At least, I’m quite excited for the upcoming season. Also, the patreon will remain available for anyone interested in having something else translated for themselves, and I’m open to comissions as well, so do contact me if you’re interested in that.
I’m also directly asking Seven Seas to license the upcoming re-edition of the original series by Akita Shoten, as well as Next Dimension. I’m readily available, just someone let me know where to send my actual resume, please.
Well, see you around everyone!