Hurray! Almost almost 4 years since starting the whole re-scanlation project, I've reached my original goal of getting everything up to the end of Alabasta in good quality (yes, there are a few Alabasta chapters left in v24, but let me pat myself on the back for now). Even though my original goal is complete, like I said before, I'll continue on with the Skypeia arc. Translating is an enjoyable hobby of mine, and I had actually never read the One Piece raws before starting this project. As a consequence, I've come to realize there were quite a few things about the original work that had been either mistranslated or overlooked by fan-translations in both the anime and manga.
One example of this would be is Tashigi's lines in p116 of this volume, where she says the World Goverment revokes Crocodile's shichibukai title as well as the special permit of "Lawful Seizure of Enemy Assets" which was granted to him. This is the special law allowing shichibukai to keep plunder taken from enemy pirates or enemy states (those fighting against the WG, presumably) that Oda mentioned allllll the way back in v8 p131. In the horribad manga scans that we've had to deal with until now, the "Lawful Seizure of Enemy Assets" was entirely omitted, and in the kaizoku-fansubs anime, it was mistranslated as a law that allows the government to revoke his title. I'm not sure how Viz did it, but considering that they are a professional company, I can only hope that they did translate it correctly.
Update: Missing page 95 has been added and the subsequent page file names have been fixed. Thanks for the pointing out the error, guys. Update 2: Apparently, p96 and 97 were still switched around so I fixed it again. Sorry for the sloppy release this time, guys.
Download: One Piece v23 (fixed version 2): Download
Really sorry about progressing so slowly with these volumes, but my free time is quite limited. But enough excuses, v23 will be out in the 2nd week of March. Probably by the 13th or so. Could be a few days earlier depending on how things go. That's it for now.
One kick-ass volume served! As always, if you're wondering where to get the earlier releases because some of the download links are now dead, go get the torrent on bakabt. Now v23 is when the Alabasta arc ends, so let's talk about future plans a bit.
Right now, v23-25 and 30-39 don't have tankoban scans so my plan is to work on them next. If anybody has any related suggestions or wishes to inform me some of those volumes actually do have tankoban scanlations already, go ahead.
Volume 22 is gonna be a first week of December release. Wish I could get it out earlier but such is my schedule. Also, if you can't download the volumes on this site because the sendspace links are dead, please google bakabt One Piece and use that torrent instead. Or email me with a specific thing you need.
And here's... Volume 21, released a day earlier than I had originally planned! An excellent volume all around with both hilarious and serious-as-fuck fights that One Piece is well known for. I'm sure everyone will find it a pleasure to re-read Zoro vs. Mr. 1 but in actual good English this time. I can't say when I'll get to v22, but it'll probably be within 3 months time. I'll make another post once I decide on a release date. Enjoy for now!
Woohoo, managed to get it done it a couple days earlier than I intended! Hope you're having as much fun as I am re-reading the Alabasta arc. I'm noticing a lot more things now that I'm actually translating it. Feel free to comment on anything, such as if my decision to type most of Merry Christmas' lines without spaces makes her lines too hard to read.