So you'll remember that we recently told you all about Viz's great efforts to put manga in your pockets, but that's with Shonen Jump, which is the easiest sell since trying to sell chocolate in a school playground. The real effort is when you start going into the lesser known classics and niche genres (and occasionally the stuff that's unknown for no good reason); the stuff that no big company wants to translate. That's what Manga Reborn are trying to fix with their fully legal collaborative translation website and, now, with their new KickStarter.
Unlike the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter, which breezed through its goal before the event where it was announced was even over, this is going to be a much harder slog to get done. It's very much a labour of love but if it gets traction it may well prove that the world is ready for the real breadth of storytelling that Japan has to offer.
I know what you're thinking, "but shadebug, you hate manga. Why would you care about this?" And I would tell you that hate's a pretty strong word, I just prefer my pictures to be moving. Regardless, I have a healthy respect for manga and am well aware that without a manga industry there is no anime industry. Manga has so much more to offer than stuff that's made it big as an anime or a film and people who are into that kind of thing deserve the chance to have their horizons broadened.
Having helped translate both anime and manga before in a very legally dubious context, I very much appreciate the spirit of this project. I hope that any of you that love manga, and especially those of you that do dabble in scanlations, will put something towards this or at least spread the word.
While you're doing that, I'm off to see what else is on.