Kingdom Chapter 428

GTA V – 60 GB… SSD – 200 GB… Wut.

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Ad Astra Chapter 9



A new project!? We’re finally picking up another series. One or two of of you guessed it in the comments earlier that we’ll be scanlating Ad Astra – Scipio and Hannibal from now on.

A big thanks to Rebel and Manga Syndrome who originally began scanlating this series and helped us start working on it after he handed the project over to us. Also, thanks to Ace from the comments who let us know about the manga in the first place. We never meant to pick up another historical war manga but hey, it looks like a pretty interesting read.

We’ll be keeping the fonts and styling of the manga fairly similar to the previous work done by Rebel and will release 2 chapters per month at the very minimum in order to eventually catch up (Ad Astra is a monthly series with 6 volumes currently out).

We’ve both forgotten most of the ancient history on Rome we studied in secondary school but hopefully we won’t make too many mistakes.

Some other admin stuff, the file server will be turned off at the end of the month. Groups that are using it for our PSDs to translate it into another language, feel free to contact us via email or in the comments if you’re after the latest PSDs or cleaned raws and we’ll send you a dropbox link.

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Kingdom Chapter 427

ryofuifacepalm

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Kingdom Chapter 426

If I had a Time Machine, I’d kill whoever came up with Daylight Savings Time. Screw Hitler, that shit never works.

On a serious note: looking for a raw provider for Kingdom~ (please don’t link or email me with the Chinese raws)

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Kingdom Chapter 425

Must be something in the water. Everyone trippin’ out.

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Kingdom Chapter 424

Ryofui: Utilitarian Ubermensch

Magic pre-release blues. Boring sealed format and cracked nothing. Bring back Innistrad draft please :(.

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Scanlation Ethics Rant

We get quite a few comments on this site and via our email. The main 3 categories can be broken down in as:

  • Thanks (we always welcome this :P)
  • Scanlation Speed / Quality
  • Money

Typically I write up some long-winded reply in the comments (e.g. last one on scanlation quality can be found on:

https://turnipfarmers.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/kingdom-chapter-422/#comments

but in the interest of laziness, I’ve decided to post a response here for once just so I can refer to it in the future.

Scanlation and Money (Warning: Long ass rant)

The problem with scanlation is that the mangaka (in this case: Yasuhisa Hara) does not receive any money from us translating it into English or from it’s increased popularity outside of Japan.

One hopes that raising awareness of a manga would entice an actual publisher to take a chance and publish this in English or other languages but on the other hand, the existence of free translations somewhat counteracts this.

Translations accepting donations or running ads is something so ubiquitous nowadays that it’s hard to take issue with it. Personally, however, I have mixed feelings about this.

Essentially we’re operating in a grey area here, a sliding scale of what is ethical and what is not. Who’s to say how much compensation in donations or ad revenue is ethical before we cross the line into profiteering off of the authors work. Sites like Mangajoy and ReadManga.today are clearly attempting the latter but what about other scanlation groups like mangastream or even smaller groups?

Recently, while bored when commuting to work, I read a few chapters of a Xianxia novel called Coiling Dragon from Wuxiaworld. The site makes roughly at least $500 a month (my estimate) from donators and promises more chapters for each new milestone in donations that is reached.

I have no idea how much mangastream makes but they release shonen jump flagship titles so I’d assume a damn lot. I’m interested if any of that flows down to the people who actually work for them (doubt it).

What excellent business acumen! Except for the fact that it’s not actually legal for them to do so (especially on licensed titles). I vaguely recall a time when Naruto became licensed and mangastream temporarily shut down scanlation on this but then picked it back up due either to its popularity or how much lost revenue it would cost them.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I actually have no problem with this. After all, if mangastream didn’t scanlate Naruto, someone else would have (and they would have made a killing doing it too).

But if a reader asked me whether I thought they should donate to a translation or not, I would tell them absolutely not. We’re not doing this for money and if they are, they’re making money via ads and not relying on your donations anyway.

If you’re really interested in helping out the scanlation scene, learn to actually clean, redraw or typeset. I’m pretty damn sure anyone over the age of 16 should be able to learn how to do these. Unless you’re dyslexic, in which case, stick to cleaning. You will need 2 hours a week to contribute so don’t give me any excuses about not having any time unless you work 3 jobs and are up to 100k in student debt.

But as to whether a person does end up donating or whether translations want to accept money, that’s their prerogative. In the past, we’ve accepted donations to help pay for our raws and server (which I might shut off soon). If we wanted to, I’m actually pretty confident we could have made at least ~$8000 over the last 2 years, particularly if we kept it open when we were doing 8 chapters a week.

Eventually I might turn donations back on just because people keep pestering me and now that we’re no longer working on Kingdom at full speed but if I could turn back time, I still would have deleted the donation widget from the site back in 2013.

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