on28 January 2014at12:00 PM
Hello all. Your friendly neighborhood Antagonist here. Hopefully everyone had a safe and happy holiday. TM asked me to update you all on the status of the final Gantz tank release. The volume has been scanned, translated and typeset. The only thing left to do are the redraws, which are quite time consuming. And unfortunately TM is very short on time. Rest assured, progress is being made, it's just taking longer than expected. This is where a kind soul might be able to help out and volunteer. Get in touch through the usual means, and your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Either way, the release is coming along.
Update, I got the tank
on3 October 2013at11:45 AM
Just wanna say that I bought the tank. lol There is an interview at the end of the volume. Not sure how much I wanna have it translated...xD But we will see. Will unbind it...later...tod-morrow...maybe? xD
What I have to say...
on10 September 2013at7:59 PM
Hello everyone, this post is not directly dedicated to Gantz; its main purpose is solely for me to articulate my thoughts to you and possibly my plea to some of you that might interest in whatever I have to say. This is a special occurrence since I do not often find it in me to express what I have in mind to anyone. It will be quite long and if you don’t want to bother about it, you don’t have to read.
I have come to the final decision and it is that I will discard those remaining magazine raw regardless how much my redrawer might have already redrawn them. I will, however, order the tankobon and scanlate it even if I have to do it by myself. You were probably expecting something like, ‘guys, I give up. farewell.’ Frankly speaking, I actually surprised myself for not saying that either.
I am sure it is apparent to you that my passion for scanlation has died down long time ago. The truth is I think it had dissipated many years ago, it was sometimes at the height of it. The only reason this group had managed to come thus far was because many members were supporting it. I have not been active at all in the recent years. All I did was gathering people together and saw each chapter through. But every time I became busy, my members would gradually disappear. I long noticed that my presence is important because I have to hold Whatever together or the fervour inside the group will die out. In fact, I have not a single member left at this point. From having over active 30 members at one point, this is a little sad. *laughs dryly* Unless there is another person who can replace me, Whatever will never be as active as before. If anyone interests in managing this group, do contact me anytime. I will help you with all I know.
I owe many people a lot of things: Luffyah the redrawer, who is occasionally active, the same goes with Rossic the translator, S4d who can never find it in his kind heart to truly abandon me when I need an immediate typesetter/cleaner, TheAntagonist the proofreader who can never truly retire due to that he is very weak to my plea. At some point, Kei who was also very weak to my pleading had to run away because he did not know how to say no to me, and there is our mysterious benefactor who supported us regardless of how fickle I am. If I were to list all of them it would go on forever. And then there are you leechers who sometimes came out from lurking to say hello to me. There is no way I could just throw Whatever away and left you there without completing your Gantz collection, could I? I wonder if this is not your plan all along; manipulating me indirectly and inculcating me with this idea through these years. You should know that I do purchase everything I read regularly and don’t truly rely on the scanlation scene. I don’t know how I ended up scanlating these mangas I don’t even read online without gaining anything; for an evil selfish person like me, it’s a miracle. At some point I only scanlated these chapters just to tease you with my photos every time I posted a new release. *grins*
Let’s talk about my life. I am torn between many things which is the very reason why I cannot give undivided attention to Whatever. My study/career and hobbies--I don’t think I can even honestly call them hobbies really, they are more like my second job now, but in want of a better word, ‘hobbies’ they are--have nothing in common, yet they both steal most of my time and I am unable to find the best solution for either because I am not willing to give any up. They are equally important to me. I have been thinking about writing a web manga for the longest time but could never find the time to do it. I was involved in an actual published work before but my heart wasn’t truly in it. This, however, is on a completely different level, I could not sleep because of it, I constantly think about it for over a year now. Nothing can slake my desire of seeing it materialised. I will have it done even if I won’t profit anything from it. So is there any English out there with time on his/her hand that are willing to look over my script and edit it with me? I don’t mind whoever you are as long as you think you will have the passion to do this with me and see it through together. I want to create something novel that surpasses any recent works out there in all its contents—be it art- or story-wise. I know it sounds questionably ambitious but I will try my best if anyone at all interests. I am dying to do this. I want to publish my work here. Please download the last released chapter of Gantz and write a mail to the e-mail address in the credit page if you interest. Or if you know someone who interests, please tell him/her to contact me. I will be most grateful.
I probably didn’t say it properly above: I will not close this group down after Gantz, if I find something I think is interesting and want to share it with you, I will scanlate it, even if it is not going to be any time soon. I will take those titles you suggested into consideration. And hopefully there will be some people who want to join me in the conquest when the time arrive.
Time for me to lower the curtain for the night. Goodnight everyone.
on1 September 2013at2:54 PM
Well, I shall report our progress.
The translation for all the chapters are complete. We have proofread all the scripts twice. We are good.
I have precleaned the raw for 381-382. We are good on that as well.
The redrawer is working on the precleans...
The typesetter is typesetting...
At this point however, I think it might be better if I just buy the last tankobon and release the tank-version for the last volume? What do you think? Can you bear to wait one or two more months? xD I will still include the colour pages from the magazine of course, but it will be a lot easier for the cleaner and me to work on the tankobon raw than the mag raw. You will also get the extra pages as well.
About the Osaka chapters. You see, translating the osaka dialect is...so...painful... xD I'm not sure we feel very enthusiastic about that. T.T We will see.
About the suggestions (hopefully I didn't miss anything):
1. Hakkenden - Touhou Hakken Ibun >> I'm interested, if the old group won't scanlate it anymore.
2. Terra Formars >> I have cockroach phobia. No.
3. Hakaijuu >> I will read it first. Then I will decide whether I like it or not. Yes, I have no problem with mutated humans but creepy crawlies...nuhuh never
4. Higanjima >>> interesting. After I read it I will come back with a feedback
You have to understand that I also have a personal web comic project I want to focus on as well. So don't expect any improvement in term of speed from us.
on10 July 2013at11:54 AM
Guys, I'm going to ask you this simple question and you just need to tell me yes/no. Do you still want me to scanlate chapter 380-383? If at least ten people want them, I will do it. If not, I won't do it. I want to scanlate something else. I don't know what I want to scanlate yet but probably some new unknown series. Your suggestions are welcome.
I'm also working on some of my own project right now. so depends on your answers I might not scanlate the last few chapters after all.
Edit: Yes, I heard you. I'm working on it. :>
on20 April 2013at11:45 AM
I made Temari a few weeks ago. No, I know it's not very relevant to Gantz but it definitely makes more sense than the physics in Gantz.
I originally thought I would have a lot to say about this release. But I have already said everything I wanted to say below. So please read the thread below as well.
Next month I will have my finals. So you can expect the same speed I have been going with. It will be faster if someone will kindly join the group and help.
Come on guys!!!!! Join the group, you know you want to. As a super ultra extra number 1 awesome incentive for joining Whatever, TM will mail you one of the wonderful treats above (though I don't expect it'll be the most fresh bit of food once it arrives but hey!!! That's not what's important lol). You can have the rewarding feeling of giving back to a community that has given you so much. :)
on18 April 2013at10:59 AM
...is almost ready for release. (You see what I did there XD)
Four new chapters will be released very soon. I promise. TM is slaving away on them as I type this. They would have been along much much sooner, if we had some more help around here.
SO with that said, we need you!!! We are desperate for help with proofreading and typsetting especially. We could also use another cleaner. So if you love Gantz, and would like to give back to the community, and you think you would be a good fit for any of these positions, please send a message to whateverproject(at)gmail(dot)com to apply.
Unless TM gets more help in the form of proofreading and typesetting you can expect the same kind of delays that you've experienced over the last few months. Help us help you.
From me (TM):
What happened you asked? Allow me to elaborate:
All the effects I have to recreate. All the redrawings my redrawer and I have to do. And mind you, we are JUST TWO PEOPLE. Two people with an ocean of tasks to do. Not to mention that the translating and proofreading have become a painstaking task with this silly 2-chan lingo. A poor Japanese English literature student who should have been spending her time finding a better translating job got stuck with me trying to figure out what is the best way to deal with all these Gantz dialogues. For our main translator, well, his wife is pregnant so he is ever so busy! The substitute translator who should be spending her time dealing with her professional translating job had to translate Gantz for me during her working hours. I have a huge pile of assignments and works to do yet here I am, proofreading and typesetting on my day off the uni. You asked me what happened?????
Please save us from our misery and apply to help. I need two proofreaders, two typesetters and one more cleaner.
Three chapters behind.
on6 March 2013at8:37 PM
Yes, I see that. I will get to them this weekend. T.T Sorry.
Gantz 374 & 375
on17 January 2013at4:43 PM
Edit: Alright, here is the thing: I have been very busy travelling and dealing with my exams. My life is hanging on the line and I have a lot to do with both my work and my study. Please try to understand that I will not sacrifice my life for this free contribution in case somebody fails to notice, it is free and it taxes on our members' effort and kind heart. We don't even put on advertisement here.
I will try to release the next chapter within seven days from its first release date from now on. I have many things to keep up so I shall attempt to arrange my schedule properly. Please be patient with me. Thank you.
I knew that shit in chapter 375 page 16 would happen, damn the forseeable plot!
By the way, I baked brownies few days ago.
Gantz 372 & 373
on19 November 2012at11:50 AM