Happy Fourth Birthday, Novel Updates!

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  1. Westeller

    Westeller [Maid] [Cat boy] [Girly] [Watchu Looking at?] Staff Member

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    It's hard to believe Novel Updates has been around for a short four years. -- Indeed, I said short!

    It feels like so much has happened. Far too much for such a short length of time. ... When Novel Updates was conceived, this community was in its infancy. Translations of Japanese web and light novels had been around for awhile, but Chinese and Korean were essentially nonexistent. Novel Updates wasn't the first step in bringing those translations forward and building a community around them, but it was, I think, one of the most important. Just a short four years later, and we're completely flooded with quality (and not so much) translations, from thousands of translators.

    We've had our fair share of drama, and eaten a lot of popcorn watching it. We've seen familiar people come and go, losing friends and gaining new ones every year. ... And we've taken great pleasure in driving those new friends insane!

    But most of all, we've read.

    We've read novels from Japan, novels from China, novels from Korea, and even a few novels from other places. We've read about arrogant young masters, the lords of the largest harems in the multiverse, and the saving of that multiverse from every threat imaginable. Some of us have also enjoyed our fair share of steamy romances, and the kind of mysterious wonders only fujoshis can understand.

    Our interest in, passion for, and love of these novels has brought us together here, and driven an absolutely incredible amount of progress in translation over the past few years. Progress that I dearly hope to see only grow much further, much faster, in the years to come. .. and I'm not just saying I want faster releases!

    It's my pleasure to have been, and to continue to be, part of this community.

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    Some quick Novel Updates statistics for fun:

    There are currently 2,294 groups listed on Novel Updates, translating 4,899 novels. The majority of these novels are Chinese -- a whopping 2,448 Chinese novels, just under half of all the novels currently listed! Not far behind, there are 2,096 Japanese novels. Despite their recent and overwhelming upsurge in popularity, Korean novels remain a very distant third. As of right now, there are only 267 Korean novels listed. Hopefully, we'll see many more in the future!

    Of all of these, there are 815 Completed novel translations currently listed on Novel Updates!

    Now, since I mostly wanted to create this thread to advertise one particular form of celebration for Novel Update's birthday, these stats were gathered in a rush. If you notice any inaccuracies, please inform me and I'll correct them ASAP (I don't want other people to see my mistakes, so be quick!). If you have other interesting facts about Novel Updates you'd like to share, please do!

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    If you've read to the end, or skipped straight here, then I hope that if there's only one thing you take from this, it's that you should be wearing this avi. The other stuff is indescribably less important, trust me.

    Happy birthday, NU! :blobparty:
     
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    leegood Well-Known Member

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    Da~
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  3. Pyoo

    Pyoo ☀ Summer Melody ☀

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    Happy birthday NU!
    Thanks @Tony for making this site!
     
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    SquadCammander354 〖Stormy's Better Bro〗『Lord of Storms』『The Expert』

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    :blobcat_rawr: I'VE BEEN HERE FOR THREE YEARS, and it's been pretty good so far. :blobsweat:
     
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    astaterix Well-Known Member

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    Happy Birthday NU
     
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  6. Osamaru

    Osamaru 『Shem's Best Pal ✧ Lexi's Ani ✧ Hamster's Keeper』

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    Where's my Present?!
     
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  7. Varno

    Varno True Member

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    Yah!

    Well, I've been here long, and it has been fun.
     
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    SquirFail The One Who Forgets, Dreamer, Observer

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    yah without this site i would scour the whole internet to find something to read, this site have been a lifesaver
     
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  9. Osamaru

    Osamaru 『Shem's Best Pal ✧ Lexi's Ani ✧ Hamster's Keeper』

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    O___O wait, there's only 267 Korean Novels?! Why does it feel like its a lot more?
     
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    Happy Birthday NU! :blobparty::blobparty::blobparty::blobtaco::blobtaco::blobtaco:

    Hope the numbers are ever growing! Thanks for everyone's hard work! :blob_pompom:
     
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    Happy birthday, NU!!:blobparty::blobparty::blobparty:
     
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    Devon Well-Known Member

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    Pyoo ☀ Summer Melody ☀

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    honestly i would have sticked with manga instead
     
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    Harry You don't see me

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    Happy birthday NU :blobparty:
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    Of course this feel short and still infant :blobcozy:, because never heard someone actually able to purchase "get Tony tease parth"
    I think when that happens, NU already teenager
     
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    checkman123 [Nez] [The Bystander][RAWR FEAR ME]

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    Kalto [Somewhat meticulous]

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    I haven't been here for long, heck this is the first NU birthday to me, and honestly I won't say that without this website I wouldn't find something to read but still NU is helpful and NUF is a fun place to me :blobsmilehappy:
    So, happy fourth birthday to Novel Updates :blobparty:
     
  17. Westeller

    Westeller [Maid] [Cat boy] [Girly] [Watchu Looking at?] Staff Member

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    I feel like there's a lot less! I've only even seen a fraction of those! :blobastonished:
     
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    Hello my kouhai with more messages then me.
     
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