Update, I just consult to BT page as well as contact the active translator. They said the WHOLE project will be dropped once the first volume published and will only be repicked up later on when the publishing stops and the community demand is high.
Damn, well I got all the volumes by B-T somewhere so I'm good, but I'll miss it. Still this is a good sign in a way it means SAO is gain more global traction and that will mean it will continue to survive and thrive which means more anime, manga and other media publications.
It's not Damn, it's DAMN... I'm going to go make my own copies of the novels so that I wouldn't be forced to wait years for the official release. And, if the company with the license doesn't mess up anything to "make it more suitable for Americans" (and I manage to find a way to get the English novels to my country), I'll probably buy the English novel versions, as I did enjoy the series. However, if they do mess up, I'm just sticking with the fan translations then.
Argggggg I hate you Yen Press.... I mean it's great that they are making an official English translation and stuff.... But to buy it I would have to go to the anime/manga/shirts/gunpla store, which is no problem since it's like next to my school... But they get things in through ship since it's cheaper... And that'll mean it'll be like 6 months late and still cost like $30 for a 200 page LN anyway -_- why must you put me through this agony!!!!!!
Hmmm, when I heard "Early 2014," I was expecting something BEFORE April, hah... Well, this just means it'll be a bit longer before Baka-Tsuki removes their translations. Hell, Volume 14 will be out by the time it----
Oh... Volume 14 will come out 10 days prior XD
Definitely high way robbery. Since I live in Canada...yeah, it's gonna be pretty expensive. Oh, and more terrible news; BT DELETED the first volume. Wanted to read it over again and...poof. Not there. ...I have no clue what kind of discussion resulted in that decision, but it doesn't make me happy. I did find it on wattpad while looking for it...but I LIKED the BT version.. Why oh why does BT do this to us?
Love Psycho wrote: Definitely high way robbery. Since I live in Canada...yeah, it's gonna be pretty expensive. Oh, and more terrible news; BT DELETED the first volume. Wanted to read it over again and...poof. Not there. ...I have no clue what kind of discussion resulted in that decision, but it doesn't make me happy. I did find it on wattpad while looking for it...but I LIKED the BT version.. Why oh why does BT do this to us?
On the page there's a link linking to a forum post that explain why and how they are removing those contents
I find it interesting to compare price of different version of books in different place...
Take SAO 11 as an example
Japanese version on Amazon Japan:578JPY (5.89USD)
Japanese version in local(i.e.Hong Kong) book store:578*0.125=72.3HKD(9.32USD)
Extra addition of price over original:58%
Traditional Chinese version (for taiwan/hk) published by taiwan publishers:200NTD(6.8USD)
and its labelled price in terms of HKD: 55HKD(7.1USD)
extra addition of price:4.2%
Simplified Chinese version (for mainland china) labelling price: 23RMB(3.76usd)(neglecting that china online book store frequently provide discount like buy one get two free)
local simplified chinese book store selling the book at:35HKD(4.5usd)
addition of price:20%
as sao11 still not yet have english version, so let use another manga's price to compare
listed price: 11.99USD/12.99CAD(12.5usd)
locally selling price: 120.0HKD(15.47USD)
29% addition of price(originally the manga japanese version was about 500-600yen)
Some interesting point to note after I typed all this out:
1.The particular japanese book store i frequently visited seemed to be way overpriced - they get books from marine but some other japanese magazine store even they get their product via aviation they won't charge as much as 58% above original
2.Seems like logistical distance have little impact over how books are priced when they are away from where they published. in term of distance it should be mainland china closest to HK and then TW and JP and USA but at the end...
3.Mainland China publishers (in fact branches of kadokawa) selling books even cheaper than original japanese version quite a bit... even thought they need to obtain the license and translate
4.However there seems to be a relation between publishers location and Japan...
All, I received the official English version of the LN yesterday, and read it last night. (fast reader, short book) I did truly enjoy the story, saying it was a better story than the Anime, because of all the extra they explained. Please note I don't have the foggiest idea what the Japanese versions says (I only know English) so can't compare the 2. It was very well written, so I think the person(s?) doing the translations did a great job.
About the only negative I have after seeing the anime, were skipping the beginning side stories. I know they were not in the orignal novel, but it still felt weird without those. I assume they will be in volume 2?
Yeah, 4 of the stories from the anime are in Volume 2. Episode 5 and 6 are in Volume 8 (and the beginning part, where they're arguing about killing the NPCs or not with the boss isn't even from the main novels, so we likely won't be getting a translation there..)
And yeah, most people here can't read Japanese, though we can use fan-translations to compare some things, such as content changes (which from my look through the book isn't very much.) So far I've noticed about 2-3 naming mistakes (SAO's name system uses latin characters, so there are characters who should have official intended names) For instance, the Anime says ゴドフリー is supposed to be "Godfree," but the novel says "Godfrey". Similarly, the novel named the leader of that Army group as "Corvatz", even though the author already said it's "Kobatz".
Yen Press still falls under "semi-official", as it still makes its own translations (with several misakes) which are even Americanised in some aspects. So, the raws are the ones we use, as there's no point in duplicate images anyway.
I recently went on holiday to a place with the kinokuniya store and bought the 3 sao progressive volumes currently available... too bad i dont have that store back home - its like heaven with all the manga and stuff. and then theres amazon, where they are selling the LNs for quite a bit less than i bought the sao progressive ones (they are roughly the same pirce). rip if only i could really be bothered to spend my money and buy the LNs, but then i again i dont really trust online shopping so idk lol