This is where I will put the answers to frequently asked questions so I don’t have to answer them for the billionth time and waste time doing other productive things.
As always, if you have a question, please LOOK before you ask. The answer is usually right in front of your face. orz
1. Where are chapters 2-8 of Utahime Five and 1-5 of Shi ni Itaru Aka? I can’t find them on your site. When will you put them up?
Chapters 1 through 5 plus the prologue of Utahime Five and Chapters 1-5 of Shi ni Itaru Aka have already been translated by other groups, therefore, I will not work on these chapters. If I accidentally worked on a chapter also done by another group, this was due to oversight.
Chapters I have worked on and are available in the Image Gallery include Chapters 6-20 of Shi ni Itaru Aka and Chapters 1, 6-7, 9-12 of Utahime Five. I have the physical copies of all past chapters and will –WHEN I HAVE TIME– work on completing Chapter 8 of Utahime Five. Shi ni Itaru Aka will end with the final Chapter 21 to be released on August 1st, and I don’t see Utahime Five lasting much longer either. I expect it to end around Chapter 15.
I have noticed on some manga Web sites, it states that these series have been licensed, however I have been unable to find any tangible proof of this. Should this turn out to be true, I will discontinue my production of the manga and remove these items from my site. I am merely working on these translations for my own enjoyment and for the good of the DOD community.
2. I want to translate the manga into my language. Can you supply me with the raw pages to do this?
I’m very sorry but no. I will not supply raws. I have personally purchased the magazines in which the manga is published in order to do this. I would hope that others who want to translate it will do the same. When at all possible, please support the creators by first purchasing the material.
3. Oh, cool! She’s put up more images of characters I can look cool by adding them to the Drakengard Wiki! Yay!! *click* *save as* There, now all I have to do is crop out the watermark…
THIS IS STEALING! Please do not click and save my images with the intention to alter them for use on another Web site. This includes cropping, editing out watermarks, or whatever. I am a nice person when I am given the appropriate courtesy. If you ask to use whatever images I will more than likely say YES, given that you do not EDIT or CROP OUT my watermark, and give me the appropriate credit for making them.
If anyone is curious exactly how much time goes into scanning, translating, and editing images like I do, I recorded a very lame video of me working on a SINGLE page. As you can see from the video length, it takes about 40 minutes. 40 minutes for one page! Granted, there was a great deal of text on the page with vocabulary I was not sure of, but still… Times that by the usual 20-30+ pages and you’ve got anywhere between 6-12 hours working on one chapter. I am a solo producer, so I have no one to pass off the work to. So, please respect me by ASKING before you TAKE!!
4. If I ask to use your images, can I use them however I like, without citing where the image came from?
No. But thank you for first asking. If you ask to use my images and I agree, you still have to CITE YOUR SOURSE. This is no different than citing a resource in a research paper. You haven’t forgotten about bibliography pages and works cited pages, have you? If you have, let me remind you: You may not take and use another’s work without giving proper citations.
If you were working on a paper, you would have to cite the author’s name, the title of the book, the pages you used, and the date(s) published.
If you use a Web site, you have to do the same. Here’s what is necessary for citing an online source for your paper:
Author or editor (if available), article name in quotes (if available), title of the Web site, any version numbers available, publisher information including name and date, any page numbers (if available), medium of publication, date you accessed the material, and finally the URL.
This is much more in depth than I require. All you have to do is cite my name and Web site as shown below:
MLA Format for Research Papers
Citing Web Sites
5. I’d like to help you however I can! I can edit raw scans of the manga to help you with the work load.
This is very kind of you to offer your assistance, but I like to work alone. I could probably get a lot more work done in a short amount of time if I had other people helping me out, but this is a project that I took on by my own volition. I want to see it out to the end. This also gives me a chance to learn by doing. I’m not the best translator nor photo editor, but I’ve learned a lot through this process, and that’s what I love. Please understand that I will not–cannot–accept any outside help.
If you really want to do something to help me, you can donate to my Paypal account at this E-mail address. If you like the material I’ve been able to put out or enjoy discussing with other fans through my Web site or on Facebook, I would greatly appreciate any support you could give me financially, especially since EVERYTHING comes out of my own pocket.
6. Since you live in Japan, can you help me get some DOD related goodies?
First of all, if you are looking to purchase DOD related items from Japan, I have a shop page specifically for this. Please go there to make your order.
I’ve set the shop to allow you to order items even if I am currently out of stock. Upon receiving your order, I will contact you to let you know whether or not the item is in stock. Should the item be out of stock, I can usually obtain the item within a week.
Shipping is already included for any given item that you should order. This price includes a slight Paypal usage fee as well as an order fee so that I can make a buck or two profit from your order.
I can only receive payments via Paypal. I will not accept any other forms of payment. I must receive your payment before purchasing your item (if it is out of stock) and/or shipping your item. I will not accept cancellations for any reason. Please be sure of the item and price of your item before going through the check out.
7. I’m looking for some hard to find DOD collector’s items that are pretty expensive. Can you help me out?
Sorry, but no. As you said, these items are really hard to find and usually cost hundreds of dollars. I don’t have the extra time to do the hunting nor the energy to get a ton of cash from you in order to pay for these items. It’s simply too much of a headache for me to deal with in the little free time that I have.
If you’re really interested in getting these items, you may have luck looking on Yahoo Auctions Japan, however most sellers will not ship overseas, and therefore, you will need a deputy service. There are many deputy services out there you could research. A couple that I know of are Rinkya and SMJ. Also, Amazon Japan is a good place to find both new and used items, however, you must know Japanese to use it. Check them out!
8. Oh, I’m also a huge One Piece fan, can you help me get those items, too!?
No, sorry. There’s just too many goodies here in Japan. If you’re looking to purchase other non-DOD or Nier related items, I would suggest using the deputy services listed above.
Well, that’s all of the frequently asked questions that I can think of at the moment. If there are more, I will continue to add this post.
So please, if you have a question, check here first before taking your time and possibly wasting mine to ask your question… THANK YOU!!!