Hello there, this is Glasses-kun here.
I am a casual Korean guy who translates mangas, hoping to spread happiness+fun. Currently, I collaborate with Mangazuki (Projects:Prison Lab, Tomodachi Game) and Soda Scan (Project: Real Account, Perfect Classroom). I independently handle Hajimete no Gal and Minamoto-kun Monogatari (Occassionally, I get some help from my buddies in different scanlation groups. Mainly Kei from Soda Scan). My other translation project (Busou shoujo Machiavellianism) is on an indefinite hiatus.
Motto: “Embrace despair. Despair is nothing but a stepping stone for hope.”
To be frank, I picked up translating mangas just for the sake of new experience; I was curious to see how it feels to be a translator. I was honestly going to drop it after having translated 2-3 chapters of Hajimete No Gal (My First Translation Project). However, as time passed, so many interesting things happened during the journey that I came to enjoy translating. It’s extremely fulfilling to see people have fun, get excited, feel happy, get rid of their stress and thank me. With just 7 chapters of one eechi manga, I was able to make tens of thousand people worldwide happy…and I was like,” Wow….this feels awesome.” There is this pleasure of sacrificing oneself for an art that can make people happy; it feels noble and fulfilling. This is one of the main reasons why I enjoy translating. (My opinion regarding the vice and virue of scanlation is basically found here—the article itself and the comments. Disclaimer: It’s not my article though)
Also, translating mangas have helped me meet new people, undergo a myriad of interesting experiences, open my eyes to new things and grow/mature as a person; it will continue to do so, most likely. I will make reflections as a translator once in a while to keep a track of all the memorable experiences. If you are interested in checking them out, click on the ‘rambling’ in the category list.
Once in a while, I do get burnt out by the sheer amount of translation work to do (I hope for your understanding. I’m just one guy. Unlike other eminent translation teams, I do everything by myself. Finding raws, cleaning, translating, typesetting, etc..). So to replenish my motivation and prevent myself from collapsing, I do other stuffs. Like swimming/going to gyms, coding, socializing, searching for interesting culinary experiences and trying out new stuffs. If you have any recommendable activity, please suggest it to me as I usually enjoy doing new things. Exploring into unknown feels thrilling and refreshing.
There were many occasions, in which I wanted to stop blogging due to several rude/hating comments. I thought, “Why should I translate…when all I’m getting is disses from people who treat me as their servant?” If it weren’t for the kind support and understanding from many of my dear readers, I would not have lasted this far. It is all thanks to you that I am here as who I am today. Thank you very much.
I personally think that these two are pretty interesting mediums of storytelling. It’s truly a shame that there is strong social prejudice against them; I do acknowledge that it is reasonable to a certain extent though.
Request for you
I don’t mind you guys making perverted jokes in the comment section; however, Just don’t cross the line or go too far. And Let’s Have Respect for each other, regardless of one’s gender or race, and be polite. That’s all I will ask for.
I don’t mind you leaving constructive criticism or your opinion in the comment, but let’s try to be as friendly as possible. Happy Happy Happy.
Translation Request from you
If there is any series you want me to translate, feel free to ask me. Just check whether the original translation group dropped it first though. Also, because I am merely one human, I have my limitations. I won’t be able to guarantee you that I will be able to do it. I hope for your kind understanding and cooperation.
To the readers:
Thank you for stopping by at somebodymonologue, and I hope you enjoy your stay. It always warms my heart when someone new decides to follow it, likes one of my posts or comments. I find it fun to interact with other fans, so don’t hesitate to speak up and share your thoughts. Let’s just be respectful of each other. That’s pretty much all that my glasses and I can think about for now.
How to support Glasses-kun?
Anything is greatly appreciated. Nothing beats that fulfilling feeling you get when you receive strong support from those you help in return. This was a monologue from Glasses-kun. Thank you for your valuable time and hope you have a nice day.