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That's right, the long wait will be finally over soon. And before anyone else points it out - yes, I'm a week late with this, but I just found out and I'm super psyched about it, so cut me some slack.
From the looks of it, the new season will cover all the way up to Takamura vs Eagle and, of course, include Ippo vs Sawamura. There's no word on how long exactly it will run though, but those two fights are worth it alone and it's gonna be awesome, I just know it.
There is only one thing that kind of worries me; and that is whether the new voice actor will do coach Kamogawa justice. If you haven't heard, the old voice actor, Kenji Utsumi, died of cancer this past June, aged 75.
To answer the inevitable nagging: No, we have not stopped working on the manga. And since I'm tired of people asking us for Ippo I'll even let you in on a secret. Or well, I'll tell you something about the internal process of getting the series out for everyone's reading pleasure.
We've been working with Ignitione-One (another scanlation team) since we picked up the series about 100 chapters ago. They have actually worked on it for science knows how many chapters; 500? Lots. Someone go on their reader, find out and be easily the smartest person in the comments list please? But anyway, the point is that two parties are involved in delivering a new chapter. They have since been responsible for the translation and the proofreading of said translation, while we've been acquiring the magazine, cleaning the chapters, redrawing and typesetting - and of course hosting it.
All of us at mangastream have tremendous respect for the work they do, how natural and realistic they make the dialogs sound, and we'd not want to work with any other translators on this series. Unfortunately, they've been rather busy in the last couple weeks and months, with all sorts of private troubles and problems. Essentially, we're waiting for translations to arrive in order to release more chapters. There's no way to speed up the process at our end and thus there's nothing we can do. All we can do, just like you readers, is wait - and occasionally send out naggy emails.
Since I know you don't have their email addresses and wouldn't dream of sharing those, I'll share something else with you. This is their forum. I'm posting it for two reasons. One, it's a pretty fine forum to discuss anything related to Ippo and a bunch of other things and two, you can nag at them instead of at us - letting them know how much you want new chapters. However, please understand that it's not like they consciously choose to be "slow". So keep that in mind, be respectful and encouraging, instead of brainless, raging and annoying.
And since this blog post is getting way too long now anyway, I'll close it by saying: YATTA YATTA, NEW IPPO COMING SOON!
PS: Who else is gonna rewatch the first two seasons in the meantime? *Raises both hands* "Me me me!"