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. ________________________________________ 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! ________________________________________ 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!