This is mostly a compilation/edit of a tweet thread I had made earlier this week, but now on a single blog update so that it can be read more easily.
To all our Yuwu Readers:
Just a note that I (seal) will be slowing down my translation pace for Yuwu, to around the pacing I’ve been translating at lately. I’ve thought about it long and hard, and it’s extremely disheartening for me to see here and there that there is a growing group of people reading the novel because of a release of an edited mtl (machine translation), and that they are perpetuating the notion that it is “good enough”.
I’ve never had issues with mtls until now, and I know many people who have followed me on Twitter for a long time have known this as well, but with the distribution of an edited mtl, all I’ve come to see is suddenly people care about this novel that I previously had to BEG people to read. It made me feel like our effort was basically worth nothing in in the grand scheme of things when compared to an almost complete edited mtl, and that just, really sucks. Maybe I should have just done an edited mtl from the start, since it was “pretty good” after all. It would have taken me less time, energy, effort and sleepless nights, less discussion between me and liyou on what the best way to translate something, less crying about how some sentences just can’t be translated, the list goes on.
I won’t be dropping the translation, as I hold this novel very close to my heart and I would like to see it to completion, but it’s very unlikely that at least on my chapters, I will ever pick up the pace back to how I used to be (maybe in time, when the hurt is less fresh). I’m also extremely busy with irl work as well, and there are better things I could spend my time on instead (such as reading new novels, or picking up a new project) since the Meatbun fandom seems to think that reading mtl text is “good enough”.
For those who have read our translations then decided to finish off the novel via the edited mtl, all I ask is that you maintain a respectful and comfortable fandom space for those who aren’t following – please refrain from posting major plot spoilers in the fandom hashtags on social media and spoiling the enjoyment for those who choose not to do so. If people who have previously been reading raws or their own mtl can do so, you can too.
For those who have been following the translation, I’m so sorry, you guys haven’t done anything wrong, but I have to prioritise what makes me feel good first and foremost since it’s meant to be a hobby for me, and lately, it hasn’t been fun.
I hope that you all will be able to wait patiently for new chapters nevertheless, and that you continue to enjoy the novel!
P.S. This may have absolutely no effect on the chapters that my partner, liyou, is in charge of, since I know they haven’t taken as bad of an emotional beating as I have, so I’m only speaking for myself and my part of the translation work.