Saturday, March 6, 2010

Steel Ball Run chapter 60

At last, the long-awaited chapter 60 of Steel Ball Run. It's the start of volume 16. This is my personal favorite volume so far, because it is the most plot-dense action-packed revelatory volume so far. I wish I could hype this chapter up as much as I normally can, but that would involve some pretty major spoilers... so without ruining your experience, you can look forward to the return of an old friend, the return of an old enemy, a white-knuckled battle atop a carriage careening through the streets of Philadelphia, and a revelation that will determine the entire plot of the manga for volumes yet to come.


And as always, back chapters are at

Translation: Freshy. Editing: Frequency and Shizuka Joestar.


I would also like to make a small comment about why this chapter is incredibly special to me personally, and to JoJo Project as a team. Back when we were a brand new team, assembled ragtag from a series of late night threads on /a/ and anonib and a few personal connections, we wanted to see if it'd be possible to do the SBR magazine chapters as they came out while waiting for Stardust Crusaders to catch up their backlog, so the end result would be the English scanlations finishing at about the same time as the Japanese. This was the first SBR chapter that I ever personally cleaned, because at the time it was the absolute newest magazine chapter; when I got to help out Frequency with a few pages, there was this amazing sense of nostalgia when I was retouching page 37, where the text goes over Magenta's hat. I remember being frustrated and having nightmares over it a year or two ago when I first found it, and while it was still hard, it really helped me realize how much I've grown as an editor as I comparatively flew through those pages.

With this, we've come full circle and have finally accomplished almost everything JoJo Project set out to do. We put out Stone Ocean at the best quality we could. We caught up, if not to SBR, to where we were before we abandoned magazine chapters as infeasible. From here on out it's new territory for us; it's exciting and wonderful, and I hope you can share in our happiness.


ArtVegan83 said...

I share your happiness indeed. I will definetely donate soon.

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