BT, the person in charge of the 07th Expansion website and one of the editors for the games, as well as one of the first members of 07th Expansion, passed away
From Ryuukishi's diary:
Today, I have some very sad news to report.
On July 10 of this year.
BT passed away due to an illness.
I decided to wait for the character poll, made possible by all of those volunteers, to finish before making this announcement.
After all, it was an event which BT poured all of his heart and soul into.
Now that it has passed smoothly, I feel that it's right time to make this announcement, and I sincerely apologize for not explaining his long absence previously...
He was not only my very best friend, but also my very first reader.
I wrote both Higurashi and Umineko because I wanted to surprise him.
During the several months that passed since that day.
I forgot the joy of writing.
However, I know better than anyone else that if I stop writing because of him, he would be the most sad.
So I must write.
But he will no longer read it.
I think I'll use today as a chance to set my heart back to square one.
No, perhaps it's just the same as always.
I think I'll start writing again for him to read.
BT left behind more than his heart and feelings.
The debug system he frequently remodeled is now an essential part of the way we complete these complicated productions in such a short period of time.
We'll use that system in the upcoming crunch time...no, we'll probably keep on using it forever.
I plan to continue working on these along with him forever.
To all of you who socialized with BT at special events, thank you very much.
He truly treasured all the unique gifts given to him, and he always had them arranged by his side.
Also, he said that he enjoyed socializing with you more than anything else, and he would always participate in doujin events no matter how busy he was.
I am deeply grateful to all of our fans.
Thank you very much.
BT, thanks so much.
If I hadn't met you, I wouldn't be who I am today.
So, if I stop writing, it will be as though I never met you...
So, I'll grit my teeth and write.
As I remember what you taught me.
Y esto es lo que expreso witch hunt frente a esto:
we can't emphasize BT's role in this series any better that Ryuukishi can, but I can add that BT also did an incredible amount for our translation team, despite the incredible demands on his time elsewhere.
Every time we sent him an email to confirm spellings of names or ask permission to do this or that related to the patch, he always responded quickly and answered all of our questions. Every time, he would cheer us on and encourage us to keep spreading the story around the world. For that, we are extremely grateful.
BT was our contact with 07th Expansion, and the only person who wrote to us after Ryuukishi's original letter. Our patch will always be indebted to him, and his loss will hit us very hard. We hope that by following Ryuukishi's lead and translating the rest of the series with all we've got, we can repay just a bit of what BT did for us.
un garron la verdad.