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Making it to the big leagues - Translating professionally.

+ posted by njt in Shout-Outs on Jan 21, 2009 06:48


A short while back Hisshouburaiken mentioned on his translator page that he got a killer gig translating anime. I asked him to give some more details but at the time he wasn't allowed.

But now that his project has been released he was able to give me more info! Apparently he's one of the two new translators for the anime Eyeshield 21! So one of our own translators is part of the new collaboration going on with TV Tokyo and Crunchy Roll!

When asked how he feels about making it into the big leagues for translators he said:

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It's indescribably satisfying to be able to translate professionally, but I never would've gained the experience and notoriety (or perhaps infamy) necessary to get this job without the resources and support of the MangaHelpers community. A million thanks to everyone who helped this site, and me, achieve as much as we have.

So that goes out to all of you who's helped support the translators on the site with your appreciation! With our help we can help make those dreaming to get into the professional field a possibility too!

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Comments
#1. by manu ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
OMG Congrats to the man!

I love Hisshou's work and only wish there was a was that my leeching could some how be turned into income and now that realization has come to past.

Now I love eyeshield 21, but viewed the anime as a bastardization but with HBK on the job I'm definitely giving it another shot.
#2. by Blazin_Cha0s ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
Congratulations. I know you'll do a great job with the Eyeshield 21 translation.
#3. by kroden ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
Congratulations.
#4. by Dragon04 ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
Congrats
#5. by Axass ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
Congrats Hisshouburaiken! I'm following your translation works since Narutofan forums. ;)

Too bad ES21 anime kind of sucks... :/
#6. by night_wolf ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
that is great news. im glad for both MH to help the ordinary. and im glad for hisshu that he is doing something he love and getting paid for it. it is really good.
#7. by zefur ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
that is great hopefully i will be able to join in that profession in the future
#8. by thiagojoe ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
Hisshoubouraiken, congratulations on your new job!!! This acknowledgement is the result of your hard work and dedication all this years here at MangaHelpers. Success on professional translating!!!
#9. by Cipo ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
Congratulations =D
#10. by AlphaOmegatron ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
That awesome! So happy for you, i always was a fan of your translations. All the best for the future!
#11. by eQuek ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
Congrats! :D
I happy that all your hardwork during these years has led to a chance like this. Needless to say, I'll miss your translations but I wish the best of luck to you :)
#12. by NaruJunky ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
congratulations!!!
#13. by kiribaty ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
Congratulations man!! And good luck !!
#14. by mathi36 ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
Hey Man, congrats and good luck!
#15. by molokidan (Hidden Boss ΣΣ(゚Д゚;)ナヌッ)
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
Congratulations HBK!

This is a big step for independent translators; hopefully the trend will continue in a positive manner.
#16. by ssjohn ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
Congratulations!!!!! and best of luck!
#17. by Viewtiful ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
Congratulations for HisshouBuraiKen with his new translation! :D
#18. by Magaritu ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
Congratulations and good luck! Do your best!
#19. by squirrellord ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
Very awesome, congrats man
#20. by coungpow ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
Fantastic news! congrats on going pro!
#21. by BerylRaven ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
Congratulations!
#22. by matsyes ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
That is awesome NEWS!!! Congratulations Hisshouburaiken!!! I have always loved your naruto translations and the eyeshield 21 team is really lucky to have you.
#23. by jaimacando ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
Congratulations!!!
#24. by bittman ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
This guy was great, I was wondering where he'd been.

Grats to you HisshouBuraiKen, I'm sure I can expect quality translations from you.
#25. by slippy ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
well done well done
#26. by MadDog ()
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
Very cool. Congrats man.
#27. by Mou Wang ()
Posted on Jan 22, 2009
Omedetou gozaimasu! Yeah, I wish I had kept up on my Japanese because this is the kind of work I would love to involved in. You do great work Hisshouburaiken and I really want to thank you for your translating efforts!

#28. by Atani ()
Posted on Jan 22, 2009
Congrats!
#29. by Feanor ()
Posted on Jan 22, 2009
Congatulations. You certainly deserve it. And you take the good road. Let's face it, you could also make money by translating stuff for people, and taking up to two dollars a page, like many other translators do. Not that I think commissions are bad, I just think 2 dollars for a page is too much.

And I have to say that I hope this won't happen too often. There are already not enough jap-eng translators as it is and I hope we won't loose more of our finest.
Not having Hisshou's translations anymore is already a huge blow to the community. Imagine cnet and other translators would score such a job too and they'd stop translating. I hope I won't see that day (they'd deserve such jobs though).
#30. by limited328 ()
Posted on Jan 22, 2009
Congrats. Your translations were always top-notch!~
#31. by Absolutio ()
Posted on Jan 22, 2009
That's amazing! Congratulations and good luck with the "new" professional career. :D
#32. by eni (MH's Socialworker)
Posted on Jan 22, 2009
<Feanor> "And I have to say that I hope this won't happen too often. There are already not enough jap-eng translators as it is and I hope we won't loose more of our finest."

The more of our 'finest' translators working on the official released manga and anime, the less we need to illegally compete with the publishing companies about crappy translated licensed series >.>;
#33. by juUnior ()
Posted on Jan 22, 2009
gratz Hisshou!
It's good for the community to read such news xD
#34. by martigan ()
Posted on Jan 22, 2009
Hey Congratulations Hisshou -- you're an inspiration to the rest of us out there who are working towards that same dream.

Very few people work as hard, put out as good quality translations, and have done this consistently for as long as you have, so what else can we say but that you deserve it. Keep it up!
#35. by Susanoo ()
Posted on Jan 22, 2009
Congrats to my favorite translator!!!
#36. by Feanor ()
Posted on Jan 22, 2009
<Eni> "The more of our 'finest' translators working on the official released manga and anime, the less we need to illegally compete with the publishing companies about crappy translated licensed series "


That's ture.
I take the translation of a scanlation over the text from a published version any day of the week (although I can only speak about german published versions). So it would certainly improve the quality of the published versions if more translators from the community would get such jobs.
But that's only one of the reasons why I scanlate myself and read scanlations. I think any manga should be scanlated in the best quality possible with a fan translation.
Not only because of the translation quality but also because of money and time.

I have 100 mangas on my reading list and sadly I can't buy them all at once. Until then, I can at least have the scanlation.
And time is also a factor. You know how long it takes until the newest chapter is released in published versions in other countries. With scanlations I can read it immediately.
So while having our translators score jobs and imrpove the quality of publishers is a good thing, losing translators is not good for the community. Because scanlations are still needed even if the publishers did as good a job as the community does.
#37. by Tahir ()
Posted on Jan 22, 2009
Congrats man :D

I have been reading your Naruto translations for quite some time .... Love those :D

I dont watch eyeshield 21 but I am sure it will rock now that a veteran like u is there :D :P :)

Rock on Hisshouburaiken :D
#38. by qwan3356 ()
Posted on Jan 22, 2009
CONGRATULATION!!!!!!!!!
#39. by zerocharisma ()
Posted on Jan 22, 2009
Congratulations!
#40. by ensngre ()
Posted on Jan 22, 2009
Grats Hisshou, been a fan of your translations for years.
#41. by mukaiba ()
Posted on Jan 22, 2009
Congratulations to you! That is absolutely awesome, and, in a way, validates all the fan translations you've done in the past! Best of Luck!
#42. by Sagara ()
Posted on Jan 22, 2009
Congratulations! You deserve it ^^
#43. by Nimloth (よろず屋 / Yorozuya)
Posted on Jan 23, 2009
Congrats my good sir!
#44. by hanamaru ()
Posted on Jan 23, 2009
congrats broo..
i hope your trans, can make ES anime seems more better than before..
just now, very hard to find HQ ES fansub...

CMIWWWW...
#45. by FullmetalFlamingo ()
Posted on Jan 23, 2009
Wow that's awesome! Congratulations to him! That's a dream come true to be able to have a job that you both earn money at and enjoy. Mad props to him too for being one of the best translators on the web!
#46. by Tsubasaholic ()
Posted on Jan 23, 2009
Yay! Good stuff! I always find the interface between the illegal and the legitimate absolutely fascinating. . . very cool. Congratulations!
#47. by zidanezaith ()
Posted on Jan 23, 2009
congrats man!!!!
#48. by Do Kesubei ()
Posted on Jan 23, 2009
Congratulations.
#49. by dedi2s ()
Posted on Jan 23, 2009
That is a WONDERFUL news to hear (or rather, read).

Best of luck on your professional translating,
I'm certain you'll one of the best in the field.

But I do wish that you don't forget to keep supplying pro-bono translations as always.

And please....please.... what of sazan ?
#50. by 4ghost ()
Posted on Jan 23, 2009
Congratulation. I'm so glad to hear of your success and I wish you continued good fortune. I, like I'm sure many others here, look forward to supporting your professional work.
#51. by ScaryRei ()
Posted on Jan 23, 2009
Congrats!
#52. by Card ()
Posted on Jan 23, 2009
Congratulations Hisshouburaiken! I love reading your translations. :D
#53. by Vash812 ()
Posted on Jan 23, 2009
Congrats
#54. by Sportgal1 ()
Posted on Jan 23, 2009
congrats!
#55. by shrimpy ()
Posted on Jan 24, 2009
I'm more curious to hear the story behind the story.
Did the panel help in scoring this gig? What channel exactly helped you achieve this?
I highly doubt any of the big companies are going to read online scanlations, find one they like and say, "gee, let me check the credits page and contact people who don't even use their actual names".

...i've always wondered, how in the world are we supposed to use our "alter egos" as any sort of resume-builder?

Best wishes, H.
#56. by njt (Last Boss ♪~( ̄。 ̄))
Posted on Jan 24, 2009
Actually I know to pretty well known "scanlators" (they did the trans part) got jobs based on their work online. Akoftroy and Stephen.
#57. by shrimpy ()
Posted on Jan 24, 2009
Wow, really? But surely those people had to proactively go to the companies--the companies didn't come to them, right?

Maybe you can convince H to do a lil interview for us on professional work and how to get into it.
#58. by njt (Last Boss ♪~( ̄。 ̄))
Posted on Jan 25, 2009
Yeah of course they don't just come to you :p. I'm sure they have better things to do :). But contacting professional companies with a portfolio works really well :).
#59. by HisshouBuraiKen ()
Posted on Jan 25, 2009
Exactly. All it takes is a lot of creative resume writing and a portfolio with your best work.
#60. by segua ()
Posted on Jan 27, 2009
Congrats man.
#61. by genkizen ()
Posted on Jan 27, 2009
Congratulations!!!

I always look for your trans if possible!
#62. by molokidan (Hidden Boss ΣΣ(゚Д゚;)ナヌッ)
Posted on Jan 28, 2009
Yes. NJT and HBK right, you have to go looking if you want to find professional gigs. There are all sorts of chances out there, it just has to do with being clever and having the right timing. And, of course, being a good translator :P
#63. by Panda ()
Posted on Jan 29, 2009
hihi, I recently got a gig to do sales and translating for a real estate brokerage servicing foreign investors in Shibuya. Its a coincidence that we got the offers around the same time! The year of the Ox (Cow) must really be great for us!
ganbare!
#64. by murani-san ()
Posted on Jan 29, 2009
Congrats are definitely in order HBK. I am always citing your translations whenever Naruto chapters come out. You hold very true to the characters and their personalities and I totally respect and admire your work. Congrats again on the professional gig.
#65. by HikaruYami ()
Posted on Jan 29, 2009
He's been at/beyond (damn you dubs!) the pro level for a really long time now. It's about time he gets paid full-time for his godlike work!

I hope you don't stop translating for us, HisshouBuraiKen-sama!
#66. by Dragonzair ()
Posted on Jan 31, 2009
Ahahah, this is so awsome. Congrats, Hisshou :D
#67. by kyubisharingan ()
Posted on Jan 31, 2009
おめでとう!頑張ってね!
#68. by kisit ()
Posted on Feb 4, 2009
OMG I take a hiatus and come back to see this! That is absolutely wonderful Hisshou, congratulations and the best of luck! It could not have happened to a more respected translater imo.
#69. by Haynes ()
Posted on Feb 6, 2009
Congrats man. Now you get paid for what most do for free!
#70. by Kusachu ()
Posted on Feb 6, 2009
That's pretty awsome! :D I always read and trust your translations most. It's pretty cool that the "pirates" are getting legit jobs now...but where will all the pirates go?? lol
#71. by seme-_-uke ()
Posted on Feb 13, 2009
Congrats!!!! That is my big dream to and I was wondering what process you went into getting where you are now?

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