Yen Press is expected to release Volume 14 of Watatemote on September 2019

Watamote Volume 14

however the scanlations have already been translating Volume 14 and beyond

Chapter 150 Page 1

The above is the first page of chapter 150 that was scanlated and was uploaded to the site i got it from a month ago while the same site lists up to Chapter 152.

also said site also posted a Bookwalker special edition chapter Chapter 144.5 and this was posted 4 months ago

Chapter 144.5 Page 1

and as you can see in the image it says Volume 14 went on sale in January (assuming this year).

these 2 pages suggest that in Japan Volume 14 is already out and being sold. yet despite this for an official translation we have to wait 9 months for. but since Yen Press already has the licenses why does it take them so long to release when a scanlation group, which doesn't get paid and done in the group's free time (since they have lives and their jobs) can release it much faster? is this some sort of bottle neck that all licensed releases have?


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This might be a case-to-case basis but here's what I noticed and what I think:

As we know, the Japanese release of manga is always the first thing that happens before it is licensed for an English translation. Using your example, the first chapter of Watamote released on August 4, 2011, and the first scanlation released two weeks after. Yen Press, however, did not announce that they licensed the series until on Sakura-Con in March 2013. That's a gap of almost 2 years. This gap cascades and builds on until the recent volume release. This gives scanlations quite a lead in terms of time since they started earlier in translating the series. This I think is the reason why the release is much later than scanlations.

Also, using Watamote again as an example, the scanlation team and the Yen Press team more or less have the same manpower (around 2-3 persons; Yen Press has Krista and Karie Shipley doing translation and Lys Blakeslee on lettering in Watamote), not to mention that the official release has an additional job of lettering (especially on Japanese 'sound effects' in some panels which scanlations usually, if not always, leave it as it is), stricter proofreading and sometimes, censoring.

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