Any Chance "New Life +" Will be back in 2020
@Jon-Mitchell There were 3 volumes translated by JNC, with the third pulled just days before its official release.
Pulling #3 after Amazon and others had been taking pre-purchase orders for it was problematic for JNC; apparently Sam decided to allow the pre-purchase orders to be filled as part of fixing up the relationship with Amazon. That's how I got my copy.
2 vs. 3 translated volumes doesn't really change the calculus. It doesn't seem that (to the publishers/JNC) this series is important enough to fight for or over. I suspect it is a dead project. I predict that if someone were to FTL, the copyright holders wouldn't enforce it too hard
@SomeOldGuy Really? Because mine got canceled and was never reinstated or filled. I still have the cancelation email (I’m a little obsessive with financial records).
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@Jon-Mitchell The fan translator picked it back up again right after JNC dropped it, as they had dropped it because it was licenced.
It's safe to assume the series was retired under the label of "on hold". No chapters of the web novel have been published since May 2018. Without new web novel chapters, there won't be more light novels.
As much as I enjoyed the series , I would be very surprised if it ever started up again. Take this a good lesson as to why you should never post stupid things on the internet.
FWIW, the series is still listed under "suspended" on the Wikipedia page. That's more of an expression of optimism than any official status. As has been pointed out, there are 18 volumes published in Japan. Unfortunately, it would take a major change of heart by Hobby Japan to allow JNC to resume translation. I'm guardedly optimistic that translation will resume, but honestly, I'm thinking a Phrase attack (Smartphone reference) has a higher probability.
Someone asked about licensing Mine's other work during the last J-NC Stream during the Q&A. The response honestly just sounds like he's done with Mine and I wouldn't get my hopes up for the series resuming translation.
@Aruseus493 Understandable. This series brought much headache to Sam. Although I would like to see a continuation but the more time passes the more unlikely it will get.
Ain't it because of the speculation that the racist ideals of the author was incorporated into the series?
For those that forgot or not in the know, the main reason why this series stopped publishing was that at the time of writing of this series (when it was still a WN) the author kept on posting racist things about China on twitter. After few years passed and when an anime adaptation was green lit some Chinese SJW actually took the time to review all of the authors old and I mean years old twitter post and somehow connected it to the setting of the MC. Wherein he hypothesizes that the MC was part of some war between Japan and China some years ago and he killed a lot of Chinese people. This is because the setting of the MC states that when he was still alive in Japan he was a killer who killed thousands of people.
Thanks to all this facts and coincidences the SJW guy slammed the author as a racist and it trended to the point that the Chinese companies who were part of the anime project were backing out followed by their Japanese partners and it became a huge scandal in the anime industry.
IMHO, I couldn't care less if the author is a racist or if he inserted some racist ideals on his work it's still the readers decision if he/she will take to heart the racism implied in the book. When I was reading the pre-pubs before I didn't even notice any racist thing in the story. Even after the incident I still couldn't pinpoint anything racist in the story. People only said it was racist because of the speculation of the MC's setting by the SJW dude based on some twitter posts by the author so many years ago.
Really? This is all it takes to destroy a popular series employing dozens of people, some ancient twitter posts and a very dubious and convoluted argument that maybe, possibly, if you squint really hard and look at it in just the right light, the enemy forces some soldier killed offscreen in a briefly mentioned war from his backstory could have possibly been implied to be Chinese?
Even if it was outright stated the fictional war was with China what does it even matter? It would be like banning and blacklisting anyone who has worked on any of a million different movies where the Soviets or Germans are the enemies.
Racists and bigots suck, but who cares what somebody does off the clock and years in the past? Even if the guy was some overt white-supremacist Qanon cultist, what does it even matter as far as publishing his work goes? I mean it would be one thing if the guy's books had some outright racist ideology they are peddling, but it doesn't even sound like this is remotely the case.
Edit: I just noticed how old this topic is. My bad on the necromancy.
@melting-sky Yeah, bout that...
From Book 1:
See also: historical murder contests. It's really hard not to see the protagonist as taking part in the Rape of Nanking, especially when the dates match up too. Not exactly a great look when you're about to push the series hard with an anime and it's right when China is becoming a larger target market.