How Many Parts for Volumes do you Prefer?


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

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

    Nah, don't have time for that; just saying that if you're doing the statistical equivalent of dropping bread crumbs, if you ask me, you shouldn't have even bothered.

    If you ask me, it doesn't matter all that much if a volume has 8 or 10 parts, as long as each part has a good amount of content. Sure, adding or reducing two parts per volume adds up when it comes to catching up on a series, and if an individual translator wants to go for fewer parts in a concerted effort to catch up like with Smartphone or Bookworm, that's great. But am I going to lose sleep over it taking an extra six months to catch up on a 12-volume series just because it was translated over 10 parts instead of 8 per volume? Nah, I'll just go read some other LNs or go play some games in the meantime.


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    Also, some of your sample data is over books that are caught up. It's not the translation company's fault that the time between releases of a volume is long when the book hasn't even been released in Japan until several months after the last book was fully translated.

    There are 2 things to evaluate in my opinion that need to be kept completely separate.

    1. Catch up translation speed over several months. Compare date one translated book is published to when the next translated book is published.

    2. For books that are caught up you should evaluate the translation speed after a new product has been released. You'd need to compare the release date in Japan with the release date of the translation.

    For all of the above I'd use days and not months because not all months are equal.

    Both of those need another factor in there to be truly fair.

    It's not that I feel the need to aggregate the data myself and make my own spreadsheet, I just want to point out that we should always be careful when looking at any kind of statistics, because the true meaning of the statistics can be misleading if the way the data has been accumulated is not evaluated as well.


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    @stardf29 if you cant be bothered doing it yourself, dont complain about somebody else trying to do it. I simply gathered information for the novels I've been reading for the past 6 month. Because I was interesting if my own perception of time was skewed or not.

    There is a big difference between 8 and 10 parts. With 1 part per week, 8 parts would be done in 2 month and released in 2.5 month, give or take. 10 parts will be finished in 2.5 month and released in 3 month, give or take. You get the idea behind what am trying to say.

    In the end, what matters is page count. Novel with 300 pages split into 10 parts will naturally have less content than 400 pages novel split in the same amount of parts. To make it fair, you say that a single part consist of 30 pages. Novel with 300 pages will be split into 10 parts. Novel with 400 pages into 13 parts and so on.


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

    @stardf29 if you cant be bothered doing it yourself, dont complain about somebody else trying to do it. I simply gathered information for the novels I've been reading for the past 6 month. Because I was interesting if my own perception of time was skewed or not.

    If that's what you're wondering, then the answer is yes, your perception of time is skewed because it's based on a very small and non-representative sample size.

    But yes, as you said, the main thing is that there is a minimum average length for a part and the novel is divided into at most as many parts as needed to satisfy that minimum (though one can choose to go for fewer parts). Of course, translators are human and circumstances may make it so they ultimately need an extra part or two, and that can be allowed here and there, moreso if the title is already caught up on, and less so if it keeps happening. That said, translators are paid by how much they translate, not how long it takes them to do it, so translating slower just means they don't earn money as quickly and as such is inherently disadvantageous for them.



  • Hello everyone, seems things are getting just a bit too heated here, it started off as a pure opinion topic but has since gone into the realm of facts charts (scary stuff-charts).

    By all means continue talking about how parts is the magic number but if it stays on this one way heated talk I will just lock this topic down for a 24 hour cooling off period.


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    I personally am fine with how many parts that they provide whether it be 6, 8, 10, or 12 it gives me something to look forward to even if they get delayed I can wait a couple of days for a series I’m engaged into


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    8-10 parts is usually the ideal numbers for me but if it's a really long one, 12 parts is also good. Regardless, it doesn't matter how many parts they put out for a series I really like and actively following.


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    @malloc - you are one kind individual. I also agree with your opinion wholeheartedly. =D


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    After reading reincarnated as a sword volume 3 for a bit, I noticed that some words like magic stone is different from the previous volume. Might be because they are using two different translators?



  • @zing v1, 2 & 3 All list Mike Rachmat as the translator, the proofreaders have changed but the editors have remained the same as well.


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    I'm not concerned so much with how many parts there are as I am with them being similar in size. I find nothing quite as annoying as having 7 short parts, then the final part is half of the LN. Even Rentt's monologues are preferable to that.


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    @paul-nebeling said in How Many Parts for Volumes do you Prefer?:

    I'm not concerned so much with how many parts there are as I am with them being similar in size

    agreed -
    I'm greedy, I am. Anything less than the equivalent of 30 pages +/- feels too short. I realize that for reasons of where chapters end or logical stopping points due to plot that can't always happen...in those cases I'd prefer a slightly longer part to story being more chopped up.

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  • I prefer 7 parts...
    10 parts(70 days)+ Final proofreading (20days) take way to much time.Then we have to wait longer for next volume.


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    @ayush-deep said in How Many Parts for Volumes do you Prefer?:

    I prefer 7 parts...
    10 parts(70 days)+ Final proofreading (20days) take way to much time.Then we have to wait longer for next volume.

    Well, doesn’t help when the next (Japanese edition) volume isn’t even out...

    But over all, I have to agree. Weekly parts should be roughly the same page count +/- 2 or 3 pages.