[Update] Upgrade Status

Improvements and upgrades are underway.

As we already have a new database/reader 80% complete on a different server, the batchathon will be delayed so that we can finish, setup and transfer onto it. Additional image servers will be coming shortly to further performance and stability.

At this moment in time, I can’t say with certainty the length of the delay. We could be back up and running as soon as the 24th if things go smoothly.

Thank you for your understanding.

05/12 Edit: Soon done. Taking longer than expected due to time constraints.

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Celebrating Two-Years Scanlating!

Holy S***…

Another year has gone by already?! It felt like I was typing a post similar to this only a few months ago! Despite everything that’s happened this year, same as our first one, this year has been something special… To think we’ve grown so much over the course of a single year is out-of this-world!

For such a feat, we had to go all out. We weren’t content with releasing a mere 20 chapters and calling that a ‘batch’. This year we’ll be doing a 7-day long batchathon which tops our biggest batch by almost double! So, for the next 7 days, chapters will be released (at least) an hour apart after the first release that day. Staggering releases like this should (hopefully) keep our reader from dying.

We have a few new additions to our active project list! One releasing daily will be ‘Kono Shima ni wa Midara de Jaaku na Mono ga Sumu’. We wanted a change from the typical Isekai stuff, and this just happened to fall within reach. We, uh… Did far too many chapters of this and almost finished the story already… As for the other new pick-ups, well, look forward to ’em (one of them is an Isekai at least!).

Stepping into our third year scanlating, there will be many changes to come. The first being today, with the release of our final State of Scanlation update post. I, Sir Champion, did this in audio to make our final conversation (originally, the SoS series started as a chat between us) actually feel like one, where you hear my voice. I had to remove a bunch of background noise which left my voice soft, but oh well.

Click here to watch/listen.

Anyways, let’s wrap this up. Thank you so much for your support!
Here’s to another year strong!

Let the batchathon begin!

[Update] Moving Servers (Reader Down) + Ubau Mono’ Hiatus

This will be a short post.

Our online reader will be down for a few days while we transfer everything to a different server. The main site (this one) won’t be affected, although you will receive an error upon attempting to load any past releases once transferring is underway. Downloading past releases will still be available.

Regarding Ubau Mono Ubawareru Mono, no, we haven’t dropped the project or put it on hiatus. The series hasn’t been updated by the Japanese Publishers since March. It could be a health case from the author, the artist not having enough time (his own manga was serialized last year after all) or an internal issue. We don’t know. If the issue was from the artist dropping off the series, then we could be looking at a reboot from Chapter 1 with a new artist doing it. If an official statement was given to which we’re unaware of, please message Sir Champion#0527 on Discord and this post will be updated promptly afterwards.

One thing we can say with certainty is that we’ll never drop the series and will continue it even if it’s rebooted from Chapter 1.

Hopefully this answers your questions and clears up any misunderstanding.

Edit: Hiatus was due to the author being hospitalized.
Click here for the Japanese post on it.

Update: Hiatus & Dropping

Good Morning/Good Evening/Good Afternoon,
I’m struggling to stay awake after this 24-hour editing session, so I wanted to announce this before falling asleep. We are putting 4 series on Hiatus, dropping 2 and we’re uncertain whether we want to continue doing another 5. Why? Mainly due to a lack of interest.
Unfortunately, among the active staff, hardly anyone is interested in continuing the older projects. We have an abundance of staff doing little – nothing because there isn’t a series they want to do. As a result, we’re only going to do series we actually want to work on. That’s understandable, right?

The series going on Hiatus are ones we still have some interest in continuing but currently can’t due to a lack of a certain role for it (translators mainly). The Hiatus could be long-term or short-term. As soon as we have the role(s) for it, we’ll continue it right away.
Now on Hiatus: Devilchi, Next Life, HxEros and Oshioki X-Cute (Hiatus Extended).

The series being dropped are ones we have a general lack of interest in continuing.
There isn’t much more to say than that…
Now dropped: A Witch’s Printing Office and Hakoniwa Oukoku no Souzoushu-Sama.

No longer worried, right? Most of these barely had a following to begin with, but we were interested in them nonetheless. The other 5 series we’re uncertain in continuing is like the ones above – they’re rarely requested and haven’t been updated in many months. As of now, 6 projects are off the active list, and that number could increase to 11 depending on further discussion. So… What now? Well, we have 5 – 6 newish translators open for more projects (not sure how much each can do yet), and as said before, we have an abundance of staff in every role looking for series to do. We are going to prioritize the active projects, but we are looking to start new ones. I’m probably going to regret saying this; feel free to DM me (on Discord: Sir Champion#0527) suggestions of what we can start next!

Requirements
Type: Manga (Not Manhwa or Manhua)
If Ongoing: Make sure to check if the previous group has dropped it before suggesting. We aren’t looking for trouble.
Licensed: Preferably not. (http://prntscr.com/kkyxvo)
Genre: Any. Preferably non-isekai.

I’ll read every DM but probably won’t respond to it.

I don’t believe the chapters I typesetted during the 24-hour period are release-quality worthy yet. I’ll fix ‘em up and release ‘em whenever I wake up tomorrow (there’s a lot).

Thank you for your understanding.
P.s Apologies for no releases. I didn’t have a PC to edit on because my PSU (Power Supply Unit) died.

Downloading Removed & Changed + Donating

It’s as the title says.

All existing download links no longer work, and the option to download from the reader has been removed due to server cost.

We pay by server usage which usually totals $30 – $60 monthly. However, 7 days into July and our bill is already exceeding $40. We’re not entirely certain on this, but we believe a drastic increase in downloads to be one of the reasons for the current bill cost. Summer vacation also bringing in a lot more views isn’t really helping our situation, but that’s not something we can exactly control. On the other hand, disabling downloads from the reader was an option we could do.

We’re sure this change doesn’t matter to most people, but it does effect some. Downloads were enabled due to many requests [mainly] from people traveling that tend to download chapters for their flight/journey. In light of this, from now on downloading will be done directly through our storage instead of the server/reader. While unfortunately, this does mean; 1) Storage will fill faster 2) Download speed will be slower 3) You can no longer download past chapters and 4) More work for me to do, It’s our only other alternative to keep downloading available.

There’s no way in hell I’m going through and fixing every download link on all 270+ chapters, so maybe once a month we’ll announce a day in which we allow downloading from the reader. This is a huge maybe. Probably won’t happen if we can’t get this server cost situation under control.

On a different note, I’ve received many questions regarding donating that I’d like to answer here. Patreon is currently our only method of accepting donations due to the safety of it. Paypal is susceptible to chargebacks that could really screw us (mainly me) over for multiple reasons, so we removed that form of donating. On the upside, Patreon removes all worries, is more consistent and safe. On the downside, apparently Patreon isn’t a valid option for some people due to payment methods (I’m not entirely sure on this).

Thank you to all that do adjust to Patreon’s payment methods as it keeps us afloat and operational.

State of Scanlation – July Edition

State of Scanlation – July Edition

Heya!
It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these. Did ya miss it?
Our Hiatus is over! We come bringing new chapters (releasing later today) and new features!

Project Status

Almost an entire year ago, we removed the Project Status section from our site.
We’re finally bringing it back!

Trello is an amazing service that removes all inaccuracies previously seen on the old Project Status (refer to the FAQ page for more information). It’s simple to understand, so I’ll skip the in-depth tutorial. Any chapter tagged with {Translated} has been translated, anything that hasn’t been tagged, hasn’t been translated. Simple, right?
This way readers can see exactly what stage their desired chapter is in.

The main feature, some (not all) readers would appreciate – is mobile notifications on the progression of their ‘watched’ project. (You have to manually select which projects to watch for notifications. Of course, you aren’t forced to follow anything). A member of staff will comment on a chapter card something like, “{Insert Role}: Done,” once they’ve finished their part. Just know that you probably won’t see an update for the completion of typesetting as I always typeset and quality check at the same time, then release right after.

Overall, this is an improvement for everyone, not just keen readers but for also us staff.
It makes the quality-of-life just that bit better around here.

Click the [Status] tab on our site, or you can use the link here: https://trello.com/b/fYyacQTG/cs-project-status

 

Weekly Voted To-Do List (New System. Discord Only)

Once a week, we’ll give out a realistic, numbered list of chapters that will be done throughout the next week. The list will be comprised of chapters that will 100% be released that week, it’ll probably only contain chapters within the editing stages.

By reacting with numbers, everyone will vote on the indefinite order of which that list will be released in. However, joint projects and staff dedicated projects will not be affected by the votes outcome. For example: If Dungeon Nursery was to receive the lowest votes thus putting it as the last chapter to be released that week, as it’s currently the only project with a full list of dedicated staff on it, those staff will still work on it – more than likely first – concluding in it being released much earlier in the release order. As joint projects are series shared between multiple groups working together, naturally we wouldn’t include these in our release order.

Voting: Thursday – Friday night (Not factoring in time zones)

Patron increased votes applicable.

 

How We Function

In light of recent events, I thought it would be a good idea for everyone to know how we do things. This way, you know precisely what you’re in store for if you apply to join.

We are different to most groups in how we operate. Staff are extremely free and do what they want. No deadlines, no schedules. Just try get the work done as soon as possible. As such, any form of management doesn’t exactly go to plan in practice. Honestly, we question have we’ve made it this far quite often, but it works for us.
Not all our projects are updated frequently, a lot of staff have been sitting around with nothing to do lately. So, I decided a change was in order and we’ve scrapped our old way of doing things. Well, mostly that is.

In a sense, staff are even more free now.
Assigned projects are no longer a thing. Technically, you can work on whatever you want as soon as it becomes available in your role. Translators have and will stay dedicated to their project(s) – you won’t see a change happen here. Proofreaders are under the control of their recently appointed Queen, so they have the least freedom amongst staff. My condolences.
Aside from that, the only projects off-limits to the rest of staff is those with a dedicated-staff [member] on it. Currently, Dungeon Nursery is the only project with a full roster of dedicated staff. You’ll see releases of it much, much more often compared to any other project because of this.
Instead of being assigned projects, available staff will now claim pages from a chapter and will work together to get that chapter done as fast as possible. This is a more common way of doings things and should increase releases drastically.

This new system will work for us because of who we are. We are all skilled enough to take on almost every project we do individually. Naze boku no sekai being one of the few exceptions. We aren’t blinded by pride and will gladly accept the help of others should we ever need it – even if this means having someone go over our work. Scanlating is supposed to be a fun and enjoyable hobby. If any of the above rubs you the wrong way, then it’ll probably hinder you from having fun and enjoying what you’re doing here.

We have a somewhat large backlog of chapters. With the new system in action, we will work towards getting everything caught up asap. If you’re interested in applying, please do asap! Our time is limited, and we can only accept good, [mainly] experienced people because of this. Maybe one day we’ll open our doors to newcomers and teach everyone from the ground up again. Until then, keep practicing!

Use adblock on our reader!

We recently found out that ads have been appearing on the reader despite us not running any ads on our sites. The ads that appear on the reader is from Disqus (chat feature) to which we must pay to remove. As I recently exhausted the remainder of our funds renewing WordPress premium (Premium removes ads placed by WP), we don’t even have enough to order all our monthly raws let alone now additionally pay to remove ads on the reader. We’ve lost patrons due to our hiatus last month, so money is kinda tight right now. We’ll start removing the ads from Disqus monthly starting from the next Patreon pay-out on August 2nd. Until then, use adblock!

We are aware that some readers intentionally disable their adblock to support scanlators, but please do the opposite for us. We want readers to enjoy reading our releases with an ad-free experience. This may be a weird request, nonetheless, please follow through with it!
Thank you for your understanding.

Other

  • The actions and beliefs of one member doesn’t reflect that of the entire group.
  • Position tests are now available on [Apply] / #recruitment
    – Submit your final pages (w/PSDs) along with your application.
  • I wanna see more activity on the reader and Discord. Make it happen!
  • Never expect anything from us.

Gonna sleep for a bit then release later.
Thank you,
Sir Champion | ChampionScans