So I recently found out that Arifureta was now selling English hard copies. I’d never bought any Light Novels in English before because I never liked any of them enough to bother, but Arifureta is like a drug to me, so I decided to get it even though I already had all the books in Japanese. All I can say is… regret.
They blew up all the images, which is actually surprisingly nice as the quality didn’t really seem to drop. I also really liked how they actually had tables for all the stats and stuff too. That was neat. Those, unfortunately, are all the compliments I can give.
The paper they used for the English version was clearly much worse. I felt like I would tear it if I was even the slightest bit careless. The stuff barely felt attached to the spine of the book. The Japanese version, on the other hand, was decently well printed. I mean, I guess I should’ve expected this. LN aren’t really popular in the English speaking part of the world, so whatever, I can live with cheap paper.
If that was all there was wrong with it, then I wouldn’t have really minded. I mean, it’s still at least fair. But then there’s everything else. The Japanese one gives you a free (really shitty) bookmark. This is convenient. It makes it so I don’t have to rip a piece of paper off some random other thing and stick it in the book.
The translations were…
Couldn’t they at least have edited the first page…? The translations themselves are fine, but the editing is ughhhhhh.
WHERE IS MY GOD DAMNED SLEEVE. WHY DO THE ENGLISH ONES NOT COME WITH SLEEVES!? WHERE’S MY SHITTY ONE LINER THAT HELPS SELL THE SERIES!? AKSDJFKADSJFKASDJFKDSAJF WHAT’S THE POINT OF EVEN BUYING A LIGHT NOVEL IF IT’S NOT GOING TO COME WITH A SLEEVE? LOOK AT THIS! LASDKFJDASKFHASDIKFUAWESIOFUISDJKFASDKFJASDKFJSD
K, rant over.
Oh yeah, Happy Chinese New Year!