We’ve had a huge amount of comments on Karate. It’s really amazing how much you guys have pulled through. So here’s comments from the staff:
kyuubi654: It’s been nine days now since we released KSKM 215 and asked you all to leave a signature in our little plugin. Well… what can we say, we’re absolutely amazed at the 3,450 signatures we received and even more so by the 450 comments left on that release. Absolutely AWESOMESAUCE given that we set a goal of only 150 signatures (should also tell you how low our expectations were ^^).
Seeing how the number of signatures kept growing by the hour and reading ALL your comments was a real motivator you can all rest assured that we’ll continue releasing the awesome ass-kicking Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru in the fashion that you’ve gotten accustomed to.
cmertb: Given the unexpectedly overwhelming response, we’ve decided to forgo any further petition drives for the foreseeable future. But take heed, if we ever feel lonely again, these petitions will resume. Don’t make scanlators feel isolated, or they weaken, wither, and die, taking your manga with them.
Also, you might note that a number of your suggestions have been implemented (e.g. a “thanks” button). Additionally, the full text of the post doesn’t show up on the front page anymore, all to make it easier for you to find the comment box for each release post. これからもよろしく。
crazy_horse: I must say, the target number of signatures was positively smashed and shattered. Nobody expected these numbers, because the general reviews for the series weren’t very good, to say the least. And yes, we knew that a lot of people do read it on Batoto and the whole lot of online readers, but there were very few comments on the site itself. This was somewhat confusing, seeing as another niche manga series that was recently picked up by Deadbeat got way more than KSKM.
Anyway, enough rambling. If you want the scanlators to feel that they are doing something worthy with their spare time (or their lives, for that matter), for the love of Batman, comment on their releases!! This applies to every series that you are reading, every group that you are following. Or, at least… You know, click the “Thanks” button, where available….?
someone2040: Well looks like our readers absolutely smashed the expectations that we had around how many signatures we’d get on the petitions. So colour us surprised at the amount of fans we actually have on the series. It’s a fair few more than the average 500~ or so direct downloads we get on the Karate chapters. But I think it’s a lesson to be learnt, we do enjoy scanslating our series, but we want to know that others appreciate it as well. So chime in your thanks on every release, even if it’s a monotonous task. It makes it all that much easier to continue to do the job knowing that there are plenty of others out there enjoying the same works we do.