As you might know, Baka-Tsuki got a DMCA slap to the face by Kadokawa Corp. If you didn’t, well, you do now. Affected’s pretty much everything under the Dengeki Bunko imprint, meaning Haganai. And theoretically also Usotsuki, but apparently they didn’t bother to do a thorough job: the latter series didn’t get listed.
There isn’t much information to what their motives are, and while there’s no doubt that they’re entitled to do this, they didn’t care to for the longest time, so why now? Personally, I support any attempt on bringing stuff from Dai Nippon to the West, so licensing and official translations of any sort. However, you can guess by yourselves that they’re not gonna translate their whole imprint now.
People who can read Japanese won’t bother with these – infamous for their quarity – translations and rather pirate so-called raws. And people who can’t read Japanese and had to rely on these – infamous for their quarity – translations still can’t read Japanese and there’s nothing gained. It gives them literally nothing. It’s not like they’re gonna buy the raws now just to look at the pictures. Looks more like a “we do what we must because we can” DMCA to me. Or maybe one of the Japanese higher-ups is good at English and got tired of their stuff being done in the butt. h4h4, fat chance.
So here’s what I’m gonna do: nothing. We received nothing, we do nothing. Here’s what that means for you: nothing either. Because if our admin gets to know and wants to act, then Dengeki Bunko stuff’s gone. And I’m not gonna act up, as it’s his goodwill to host us and his liability, so clench your buttcheeks.
Just a rough note to everyone confused out there. Anyway, now you’re in the know, and now you know how Japan wishes you a Merry fuckin’ Christmas.
P.S. Well, seems like they only picked the biggest series under the imprint. I don’t get these guys.
P.P.S. Judgement’s been passed down: Haganai‘s to be taken offline for now.