How Many Parts for Volumes do you Prefer?


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    I wish they do what they did with smartphone and put out 6 parts till we catch up with the main story line. Smartphone is near or is caught up, realist hero is caught up for the most part. But just my thought


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    I actually prefer that they don't put these out too fast. I don't want the translator and English editor to get burnt out. I was glad when I heard this one would be 10 parts not 8. It means it will be a longer time before we have to go without a section of spirit chronicles every week.

    Thank you for this part author, editors, and translator. It was really good and exciting to read. I can't wait for next Monday to come around. My brother also really loved reading it as well.


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    @malloc said in Seirei Gensouki Vol. 7 Discussion:

    I actually prefer that they don't put these out too fast. I don't want the translator and English editor to get burnt out. I was glad when I heard this one would be 10 parts not 8. It means it will be a longer time before we have to go without a section of spirit chronicles every week.

    Thank you for this part author, editors, and translator. It was really good and exciting to read. I can't wait for next Monday to come around. My brother also really loved reading it as well.

    We have 14 books in the series, we are on book 7.
    If we look at it from purely numbers perspective, fewer parts means you will get more out of your premium account.


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    I think 8 parts were good, 10 parts are to many and sometimes leads to short parts like the last one


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    I don’t think the number of parts is important. I prefer that editing is applied intelligently so that each part has enough “meat” to be an interesting read and begins/ends is a logical place.

    (Maximizing each parts length)

    Sometimes I bet that means 6 parts, other times I suspect 8 or more. In general it seems to me that JNC is chunking up the volumes appropriately.



  • I read fast so the longer the part, the better from my perspective, otherwise it ends too quickly. That said I'll read whatever they give me so it's not a major concern.


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    I prefer to read books when they are fully translated, so the less parts the better. But JNC is already quicker than everybody else, and there are more LN coming out every month than I can read, so it doesn't really matter in the end.


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    If we're still talking about Gensouki v7 being 10 parts, that was unavoidable. It is the longest volume in the series so far at 382 pages, according to lndb. Potion Loli volume 2 was only 340 pages, but was divided into 12 parts. You can't expect the translators to translate a longer volume in the same amount of time as shorter volumes, unless they're Steiner, Hikoki, Quof, etc. Anything over 350 pages, expect it to be 10-12 parts.


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    From what I know some translators work full-time, but others only translate as a secondary job. So there's that to consider, too.


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    8 parts is fine.

    Even 10 parts of fine due to length of volume.

    Caught up series can take longer due to having to wait for Japan to release more.

    It would be nice if each part had some plot progression instead of setup, but that's highly dependant on the series. Some series like Rokujouma where the first half is fluff and the other half where all the action is.

    The thing that I don't like are super short parts followed by super long parts. It would be nice if they're more consistent.

    Translating takes time. Many of these translators are also working on multiple series.

    The last thing I want to see is quantity over quality and translators being burnt out.


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    @zing I already feel I am already getting plenty out of my subscription. I feel that the amount and rate that J-Novel translates is insanely good already. I buy about 90% of the premium editions they release. I am mostly concerned about burning out the translators and editors.

    I really don't care if the book is divided into 6, 8, 10, 12. I care that translation progresses and doesn't halt and the quality doesn't drop. For that reason my highest concern is for the translator's mental health.

    However everyone is welcome to disagree with me over what is most important, I don't think everyone has to think the same way I do, and I don't have to think the same way others do.



  • Apparently this came from a Gensouki discussion, a series I chose to drop, so I can't really comment on that. But, if it's about division by parts of titles, my experience with Arifureta, Bookworm, and Ragnarok, fits in. I don't mind a 10 and up number of parts, I just wish they were more evenly distributed.

    There have been times where we get a slew of short parts week after week, and then get a substantial part dump at the end. In one discussion of a Ragnarok volume, there was an estimated 40% of that volume all stuffed into the final part, hypothesized by someone who had read the Jap release.

    That's my two cents, just don't be too lopsided in the distribution.


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    Length of individual volumes aside (assuming a range of 200-250 pages), when taking release speed into account, my preference is 8 for titles that we are catching up to JPN release, and 8-10 for current volumes. As long as we can avoid what happened with Clockwork Planet vol. 3-4 (16 parts? each can't remember), I think its fine to go up to 12 in rare, extenuating circumstances. Proper distribution of the volume is also an issue since some parts (drawing from Clockwork Planet's case) ended up being about 3 screens worth, while some volumes towards the end have the last two parts equal to the length of the first 4-5 parts combined. If they end up longer, then more parts at about ~25-30 pages per part is fine.


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    @technizor To be fair, the issue with Clockwork Planet was due to real life issues of the translator at the time.


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    Hmm, here is some spreadsheet magic to put things into perspective.
    spreadsheet
    All of the numbers are for digital releases pulled from bookwalker. I cross referenced a few series with amazon dates for the sake of sanity.

    So far, I would say that The time that I got reincarnated as a sword has fast and consistent release rate and I am loving it. Volume 7 isn't released yet, but its date is set for November 02.

    Judge for yourself.

    P.S. Month per volume is calculated like this: (B2-A2)/30


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    @zing My judgment is that you have way too small of a sample size to make any meaningful conclusions.


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    @stardf29 said in How Many Parts for Volumes do you Prefer?:

    @zing My judgment is that you have way too small of a sample size to make any meaningful conclusions.

    If you are unsatisfied with what I did, you are free to go and get a bigger sample, friend :)



  • @Zing Not to downplay Seven Seas' release pattern--if that's their long-term release plan and they can maintain it then good for them--but they announced the license in January and released the first e-book in May. Obviously a quicker turnaround than Yen usually does, but also means they had 5 months to frontload the translation and editing, if they didn't start even earlier than when they announced it. You should take a look at Average Abilities to see how they do over time (maybe they still publish ebooks super fast, who knows :x).


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    @myskaros I get what you are saying, but... Does it really matter what mental gymnastics they performed prior to release of volume 1?

    What is important to me, at least, is that get to read a new volume every 2 month. That is way better than waiting 4 month for another instalment of slime. Even if it means longer delay before the series publication start.

    I think there is a good reason why they choose to do it that way.



  • @zing I mean... it matters because outlier data skews things. If let's say they're done frontloading, that means they did 3 volumes in 8 months, so v4 would be in November, and you might not like that as much.