I would like to officially announce a decision that I’ve been sitting on for a couple of months now. Namely, I will be demoting Rain as a secondary project and switching Adonis as my primary project. The relevant changes to my website will be made shortly after this post is published. I do not anticipate that things will change much in how Rainy is currently being run aside from a few logistical updates.
I started translating Rain way back in 2016 in the summer after my sophomore year in undergrad. I had a little bit of experience editing for other JP to EN fantranslation projects, and I was also comfortable enough with my Japanese to start translating on my own. I picked Rain as my project because I remembered reading and liking the manga in high school, and there just so happened to be an (incorrectly formatted) thread on NovelUpdates asking for the series to be picked up. The first five chapters of volume 1 had been translated by Bakatsuki in 2013, so I thought it might be a good idea to start with a project where I could go back to the Bakatsuki translations for reference if I ever got stuck on something.
To put simply, the first few chapters were rough. It took me hours just to polish one page to my satisfaction. But I enjoyed the work. And I enjoyed it even more when people started taking notice of my work and started commenting on it.
I picked up F in 2018 because I was comfortable enough with my translating by then to work on multiple projects simultaneously and because it was getting a little boring to stick with just one project for so long. I chance across The Daybreak while I was translating F (it popped up in my kindle recommendation) and I fell in love with it instantly. I adored both stories, and I absolutely loved translating them. I was especially thrilled to work on The Daybreak, and, insofar as I can tell, a lot of readers shared my enthusiasm for it. I first tried my hand at KR to EN translating with my Light and Shadow teaser, since I am better at Korean than I am with Japanese. I decided against picking up that project for reasons that had more to do with the project itself than it did with my willingness to translate Korean. And I finally decided to pick up Adonis because I absolutely loved the manhwa and I was getting a little fed up with all the hiatuses the manhwa was taking (lol).
In short, I love and have loved all of my “secondary” projects. To the point where I chose to spend what little free time I have between work and law school on translating without a moment’s hesitation.
I cannot say the same for Rain.
I certainly like Rain, but I have never been in love with it. Its writing style doesn’t quite mesh that well with my own, I’ve never felt very strongly for any of its many characters, and, while I do at least enjoy most of the story, there were some parts where translating felt more like a chore than a hobby that I loved. On top of that, there are far fewer readers for Rain, so I have less external motivation on this project than I do for my other projects. Now that I look back on it, I can’t help but feel like Rain was simply the most convenient starter project for me at the time –but I was never as passionate about the story as I was with my other projects. I am not dying to know what happens next and to see how other people react to it like I am with my other projects.
Time is a luxury that I currently do not have, and I have decided that I do not want to prioritize a project that I’m not in love with what little spare time I do have. That being said, I am not going to drop Rain anytime soon. Though I can’t promise anything, I’d like to finish translating the series to the end if my life allows. Rain will always have a special place in my heart as my first project.
Updates for Rain will get slower. I will no longer be prioritizing this series over my other projects. I will still try, however, to keep to at least 1 update per month –which is what Rain updates originally looked like anyway. In the meanwhile, I am considering speeding up Adonis updates. I have over a full volume’s worth of translated (but not proofread) chapters of Adonis that I don’t really want sitting around. I did not anticipate that I’d be translating Korean this much faster than Japanese when I first picked up this project. It also helped that I personally am dying to read the story, which is not something I can say for Rain. I will get back to you when I’ve made a final decision on how I want to handle this change in a future post.
Thank you so much for sticking with Rain and Rainy, and a special thank you to those who’ve been commenting on my website. I hope this decision will not deter anyone from continuing to read Rain.
TL;DR: I am not dropping Rain. Rain will be only updating slower, at around 1 update/month. I will probably speed things up with Adonis in exchange, and will have another update on that later.