Caleb Cook, translator of My Hero Academia and soooo many others has been harassed off Twitter by toxic "fans" who were objectively wrong about his translation choices. Caleb has been nothing but a force for good in manga. To all of you who harassed him: Fuck. Off.
Fans could not wish for a better translator than Caleb, in every way. Passionate about the material. Engaged and open with fans. Absolutely skilled in translation. You should have all been wearing Caleb t-shirts instead of nitpicking single words you learned last week.
The idea amongst some "fans" that professional translators are somehow out to actively destroy manga is bonkers beyond belief. Do you really think we go into translation for any reason other than we love it? Like, with all our hearts and souls? That's. Why. We're. Here.
Here is the truth for you: Its takes an immense amount of effort to get good enough at translating that companies are willing to pay you for it. The pay is... minimal. We spend our lives deeply involved with these comics. The reason we do it is passion. We are the UBER FANS.
Just know that no matter how much you love My Hero Academia, Caleb Cook loves it more. I promise you that. And in return for his love, passion, learning, and skill, you took a big shit on his head. Repeatedly. For no reason. So again. Fuck. You.
Gyah, I am pissed off about this. Me inside right now.

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