Baka-Tsuki Shuts Down

January 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm 9 comments

It’s official, Baka-Tsuki shut down…….the “Haruhi Suzumiya” and “Spice and Wolf” light novel projects.

What? You thought for a moment I meant the entire site? Dear heaven’s no! lol

But in all seriousness, the projects are gone, at least that is, in English.

Why? If you really have to ask, you’re quite out of the loop.

Here’s the official announcement as taken from the front page of Baka-Tsuki:

On Jan 20, 2010 a cease and desist letter was sent by Hachette Book Group in regards to the copyright infringement of series 1. Suzumiya Haruhi and 2. Spice and Wolf. As per request, Baka-Tsuki has immediately deleted all infringing pages. Should you have any question or concern, please contact (e-mail removed).

Thank you for your cooperation.

Thelastguardian 23:28, 20 January 2010 (UTC)

I think anyone who understood the playing field that B-T was on, understands that this was inevitable. But in truth, the biggest surprise is that it took so long.

Or rather, its a surprise to some, but not to me.

It actually makes a lot of sense.

For one thing, anyone who DOES understand the playing field, realizes that Baka-Tsuki is a major player in the Light Novel Industry. Some could say its one of the remaining things keeping it a float in this sea of uncertainty. But of course, that’s an entire article for an entirely different time.

The fact is, Hachette didn’t ask for them to be taken down till now for several reasons.

1. Baka-Tsuki was part of the main reason there were fans for the books in the first place and it helped to give a lot of immediate sales for when the books came out officially (yes, this is all guessing, but I would say it’s an educated guess that anyone could come to. After all, without B-T many wouldn’t even know there WERE light novels for Haruhi or Spice and Wolf.)

2. It costs around $4,000 to issue a C&D order. So you have to feel pretty motivated about your product in order to spend that cash. And if you notice, they didn’t issue it until now, as they are preparing for the 3rd book of Haruhi and 2nd of Spice and Wolf. The reason is that its successful, its selling almost as well as many manga. So its actually a profitable item for them, something they want exclusivity to.

Should you be mad about this? I don’t know why.

Fact is, it was bound to happen. Hachette legally owns both series. And honestly, you should be buying them already if your a fan. The whole idea of the B-T translations were never to allow you to skimp on buying the books, but to be able to read them since they were unavailable.

So don’t get mad, just go out and buy them.

Either that, or if your lucky enough to have an Android phone, go and download a certain book app that will go unnamed and search for Haruhi and Spice and Wolf. Oh my…they’re all there. Shhh… Don’t tell anyone. (But seriously, were telling you to BUY them. Only use the floating PDFS and e-book versions as secondary ways to read them. )

If your a fan, support the series.

So what’s next? Could we be seeing other book series on B-T get cut?

Well, there’s really only two that are in trouble.

1. Shakugan no Shana (licensed by Viz, 2 books released, no announcements of further books)

2. Zero no Tsukaima (licensed by SevenSeas, no books released, is on indefinite hiatus)

There are currently rumors that Shana will be taken down from B-T within 24 hours. *hint**hint*

In other news though, some new projects are being added to B-T such as “Dantalian no Shoka”.

Many fans will be watching the situation closely, only time will tell how it will all turn out.


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Back…Again Update: Shakugan no Shana Is Gone

9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. TheDQN  |  January 27, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I agree, the C&D letters were bound to show up on B-T’s doorstep sooner or later. Though it makes one wonder how future projects will be handled in light of this development:

    Consider a light novel series so wildly popular that it will almost definitely get an official English translation. B-T picks up the series anyway and the translators are making great progress on the project when all of a sudden a C&D letter makes its inevitable appearance. The text up to that point is removed in its entirety, and all translation work on the project from that point on is forbidden.

    Now, I’m not sure if all companies that typically license light novel series will be as stringent as Hachette Book Group, but if the above hypothetical progression of events ends up repeating itself consistently for current and future series it might discourage translators from working on such projects to begin with. Maybe.

  • 2. Throne  |  January 27, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Well, this sucks.

    And now even Shana? Pure bull. I hate the way Viz handle the SnS translation. No honorifics, no lexicon, the titles aren’t left untranslated and so on. They could easily do a lexicon for the jargons and a list for each of the characters name and their Lord’s title and so on, but nope.

    Someone should contact Viz and tell them fans demand such and such. Cough…

  • 3. kafkafuura  |  January 28, 2010 at 8:35 am

    It’s no problem as long as they keep translating. Everything sort of dies when someone gets rights to something and then sits on it.

    I suppose we should support Yen Press/Hachette Book Group as they’re moving along with their translations and trying to knock out a professional job of it, and hope that they won’t end up like Viz and Seven Seas. Hell, if they sell well enough and enough support is garnered they might be convinced to buy the rights for Shakugan no Shana and Zero no Tsukaima and get actual work done on them.

    Still haven’t read my copy of Spice and Wolf yet, but I’ve heard that Yen Press’s translations are overall decent, so we should take this as a good direction.


  • 4. charizardpal  |  February 14, 2010 at 3:39 am

    I wouldn’t care so much if Viz didn’t CENSOR the pictures in the Shakugan no Shana translation, and who knows what other crap. I can’t stand that crap, between paying to read a censored book, or reading a fan translation that’s more accurate, its a no brainer which I’d prefer (and heck, rather pay to read…)

  • 5. E-Q  |  May 4, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Finally it come to the worst situation, not only haruhi but SnW got dropped too…
    its really suck.. because in my country they didn’t sell LN.. and myself cant read japanese…
    I already try to buy the english trans via online,, but as the other say its really disapointed me… its made me sick!!

  • 6. imercenary  |  November 21, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I wouldn’t be so annoyed if they at least made an attempt to advertise the stuff. I used to work at a bookstore and if you didn’t read up on the Haruhi series beforehand, you’d never know the novels were licensed AND released (and in stock) in the U.S. (Seriously, why the hell do companies license the stuff and then not release it?).

  • 7. Samuel  |  December 9, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Anyone knows how to contact Viz… if a lot of people nagged them m8b they’ll at least think about releasing it next year lol…

  • 8. Supperbsonic  |  August 20, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Well im glad that i archived the H-S series befor it got taken down hahaa

  • 9. d c=403  |  July 28, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    well what the hell am i supposed to do with the rest of this summer??? i was just around the end of a new anime’s light novel and the site goes down… i knew this was comeing but where the heck am i supposed to go in my edge of my seat determined to finish to novel state now…


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