Hey everyone, Sir Champion here!

Some time has passed since the last time we’ve done one of these update posts. Similarly to the previous post, now would be a good time to do this. Many readers seemed to want more of these so we’ll be doing one on the 5th of every month, while patrons receive them weekly.
Yet again, I’ll try keep my level of English on a basic scale so that all readers should be able to understand everything.
This is gonna be a long one…

First and foremost, we’re in a bad situation.
My eyes are in a dire state right now. Matter of fact, they have been since Ragna Crimson – ch2 released. I haven’t been able to sit and look at a monitor until only recently. And the absence of chapters is quite evident of that. At first, I dismissed it as simple eye-strain caused from me being at my desk for about 9 – 13 hours (some times more) every day for the last year. Problem is, eye-strain usually lasts for hours – days. Not weeks (in most cases). My eyes have been getting worse over the weeks and right now, I’m forced to choose between recovering my eyes or scanlating. Needless to say, the choice is obvious.
However, there is some hope, albeit small. We’ll be going on schedule for the next week or so. This schedule will mainly be a test as to whether or not I can continue editing to the extent that I was before. If this schedule does fall through, then yes, I will be stepping down as an editor to recover my eyes – ultimately leading to a huge decline in releases. The schedule is mainly composed of chapters in the typesetting stage anyway, and it’ll continue until the 15th/16th. No release dates are set in stone. This will allow me to push a chapter back if It’s impossible to edit that day. Likewise, chapters can and probably will come forward a day or two. As long as everything gets released by the 16th latest, then it’ll be a success.

We’ve had a lack of typesetters since the very beginning. I’ve been able to carry the typesetting team by myself for the last year – which is why it hasn’t been as much of an issue that it is now – but unfortunately, that’s simply not possible anymore. The workload is too much for me in the state that I’m currently in now.
We strive for quality over quantity. I won’t accept just anyone looking to become staff. It has always been that way. That being said, I’ve lowered my standards tremendously over the last few months – as the lack of quality checking on chapters should be evident of that. If taking even longer to release chapters will allow us to maintain our current level of quality, then that is what will happen. Before some readers say that quality doesn’t matter, we actually take pride in the work we do. For that reason alone, we always push ourselves to get even better and will continue on that path.
So now more than ever, we ask that any experienced typesetters that can match the level of quality (or just beneath it) of our chapters, please apply to join us!
With my eyes at 100%, I can easily do up to 90 pages a day (depending on the length, roughly 3 – 5 chapters). Just imagine how much more we would be able to release if we had just one other typesetter able to do even half that amount! And for the new guys looking to become typesetters, I’d be more than happy to s̶p̶a̶r̶t̶a̶n̶ train you up to scratch. Just that, that won’t be able to happen unless more typesetters join as all the free time I have nowadays goes straight into typesetting.

Onto other news.
With Batoto closing, my plans for a new site have been pushed forward 7 – 9 months. I don’t believe I ever publicly stated it, however, both this site and the previous one was supposed to be only temporary sites. I’ve been meaning to start designing the perfect site for the longest of time, and with Batoto closing that plan has now been pushed forward 7 – 9 months. The project is kinda large, so if any web Dev’s (and maybe a designer or two) would be interested in working on it, please send me a message on discord! (Sir Champion#0527)
We’ll see an influx of readers once Batoto fully shuts down, so the reader in the current state it’s in will 100% crash/slow down more often. Thus, we’ll be looking towards upgrading the server in hope that the next one will be able to handle the traffic y’all throw at it. Which leads me into the next point.

Over the last two months, we have received so much support in donations/patrons that we’ve actually been able to pay for all our necessities without me having to reach into my own pocket. For this, I personally want to thank every single one of you who has donated between now and November. As I’m moving into a new apartment in the following weeks to come, knowing that the group will still be able to afford our monthly needs without me needing to chip in means a hell of a lot. Thank you so much!
Server cost is only going to get more and more expensive now, so it would be much appreciated if you continued supporting us as you have already. Be it $1, or $3, everything helps us towards offsetting costs!
Here’s some patron news, everything mentioned in the previous patron post will begin effective immediately. There will be another post coming tomorrow on patreon so be sure to look out for that!

Well, that pretty much wraps up this update post. I’ma head to sleep now.
Good or bad, changes will come!

We hope you continue to support us and enjoy reading our releases!

Sir Champion | Champion Scans

23 Comments

  1. I’m a fan of the quality you guys make and I don’t care if its one chapter per month on any series (or nothing) as long as you get well. 🙂
    Also! I’m pretty interested in being a typesetter. I’ll try contacting you in discord!

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  2. So first off, see an optometrist. I have eyeglasses, and when I get eye strain that lasts more than a day that is my que to go see the optometrist. Usually results in a new prescription for my glasses, then no more eye strain once I have a new pair of glasses.
    Regarding batoto’s closing and your desire to improve your reader, I have recently been updating my current reading list for manga to link to translator’s chapter lists instead of batoto’s chapter lists. I noticed while doing so that some translator’s sites don’t have a read online option, and that you have the best reader out of all of them, so thank you. Of course if you plan to expand the series list of your reader site it will need some improvements and I hope you have great success in doing so.
    To help pay for your optometrist visit and future web master aspirations I sent you $25 through paypal. Good luck.

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  3. Think long term, if you don’t take time off now, you might have to take forever off in a few months or years. Do you want to still do this a few years from now? Take a goddamn break!

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  4. Thanks for all you have done so far. Rest as long as you like. A few chapters aint worth your eyes going bad.I hope you get better soon. Do you think it would be possible to contact the batoto admin and tell him of your plans for a new site? In the batoto closing announcement he mentions that the other staff may choose to create a new site. If you reach out to him with your plans he might be able to work something out with the other staff or even be able to advertise the web dev thing more than here. Either way best wishes

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  5. How bad your eyes sir, I hope your condition doesn’t like me, My Lacrimal Glands Damaged because 3 PC LCD Monitor with high contrast. I hope you get better soon

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  6. I hope you get better soon, whether that means continuing typesetting or not. I wish you good health. Thank you and the team for all the work you guys do.

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  7. See an Optometrist.
    use “Night Mode” on your monitors/OS.
    Leave the lights on in your room.
    Enjoy some wifu’s.

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  8. Most modern operating systems have a “night mode” that removes blue anyway.

    Dude really needs to see an optometrist. He aint got “eye” strain.

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  9. I’m a bit in awe of your ability to edit 90 pages a day. You’re an editing god. Thanks for all your hard work. I can only imagine the amount of eye strain that would cause.

    On that note, and if you just can’t stay away from work long enough for your eyes to properly recover, have you considered trying a projector? You could throw the page up on the wall in huge resolution. It would be easier to see, there’s no monitor glare, and it would put the object you’re focusing on much farther away. Try it out: look at your screen, then look at the wall ten feet away. Does that feel better?

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  10. Hm, best of luck in your search for typesetters, you might want to consider doing collabs with some other teams –
    I gather majority of them are way more cleaning/redrawing blocked than typesetting.

    Well, not sure how far you went in trying to support your eye destroying hobby of spending bunch of time in front of bright flashlight so here goes some advice.
    First of all, making sure that you are blinking is immensely helpful. When we focus we tend to stop blinking for prolonged periods of time – you can imagine that is not too great. If you are doing this on windows, try getting something like eyeleo installed, it’s fairly annoying tool which reminds to do eye exercises and similar, which helps to mitigate.
    Getting a screen protector/tinted glasses/flux/etc as other poster noted should (maybe surprisingly) also help. Too bad eInk tech is still dead in the water :/
    Finally, proper lighting is extremely important – you might even want to adjust your monitor’s contrast as the medium you are working with is not too helpful for your eyesight. Maybe even work with toned down/resampled pages – that might not be great, but for typesetting it shouldn’t matter that much.

    This is coming from a guy who had similar eye problems and tried to make it work while doing software engineering. It is not the best ride to be honest. Display technology is shit.

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  11. I don’t mind late releases from you guys so long as we just get releases. Get some rest bro I think the majority would rather have you well rested and later releases than fast releases and making you get worse. Need to take a hiatus thats cool too. Just make an announcement post so people don’t think you guys are dead. Love the quality you guys put out and the pace you do it in, but its not worth killing yourself over mate. Get better man, sending good vibes.

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  12. Take your time, no need to rush.
    Thanks for letting us know and not leaving us in the dark. Otherwise we’ll be left wondering whether something happened or not.

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  13. TAKE YOUR GOD DAMN TIME TO RECOVER! The Fuck You Mean The Choice Is Obvious And Then Talk About Continuing To Scanlate Before Letting Your Eyes Get Better! Yes, New Chapter Releases Are Nice, But So Is Making Sure You Are Able To For The Future Is Better! Get Some God Damn Rest!

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