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Anonymous Confessions of a ScanlatorI've wanted to write this since I saw the scanlation guest article almost a month ago.
At this point, when it comes to obscure series without much of a chance of release in English, I honestly find none of the options to be worthwhile. I don't speak enough Japanese to just buy the original edition and read them myself. Sometimes there are other foreign language editions, but often I can't read those languages either. And while manga is a privilege and not a right, I don't want to be limited to only the sort of thing which is financially feasible to publish in the United States. Scanlations, whether the ones I shamefully create or the ones I read on the internet, are the only regrettable option, and I wish this weren't the case.
I won't tell you what I work on, but if you somehow read any of my series, I hope you're enjoying them, and I hope you'll consider at some point if not buying the actual physical series, at least buying any merchandise or artbooks that come out that tickle your fancy. If your monetary support can help convince a publishing company to take a leap and license something unusual, I'd consider every scanlated page I've put out to be worth it.