All right, big news: we’re happy to announce that we’re now working with Sense Scans on Kingdom!
Hopefully this is going to solve the recent unreliability of our release dates. woo.
Since we’ll be releasing this as a joint, we’re abiding by Sense Scans wishes to delay Batoto releases for a week. We’ll be using their online reader instead.
Also got to have them credit pages apparently. Though I do find it sort of funny that there’s a big “oshit” and “gongitraped” plastered on something that’s meant to be serious.
Anyway, hop on their site and chuck them a thanks!
Chapter 473: MF | Read Online
Just an update on what’s happening.
Share raws are still missing for 472. Probably due to Golden week.
We’re currently working on finding an alternative source of some reliable early raws.
Hopefully, if all goes to plan, we might have a big announcement in the upcoming week and less delays.
Alright, so I’ve gotten a large number of emails this week linking me raws online so rather than replying, I’ll just address them all here.
- Going forward, we’ll only be using raws off Share.
- The latest I’ve ever seen a Share raw come out is Thursday the following week.
- We won’t be doing any releases off Chinese scans.
- I will not be replying to any emails linking me raws.
- Only email me if you find a Japanese raw. I still won’t reply but I’ll take a look at it to see how good it is.
- If you can’t tell the difference between Chinese, Japanese and Korean, go here – http://www.wikihow.com/Tell-Chinese,-Japanese,-and-Korean-Writing-Apart
- If you STILL can’t tell the difference, do not email me.
- This is going to piss off some people. Oh well.
If you are a godly cleaner that wants to clean raws from web sources like at http://raw.senmanga.com/Kingdom/472/1 contact me. You will need to be able to redraw to stitch the double pages together and check / search for the raws yourself.
If you are able to purchase the Young Jump magazine every Thursday or obtain it by questionably legal means earlier, contact me. You provide the scanner and we’ll pay for your magazine subscription.
If you are neither of these, thanks for your offer but we probably aren’t hiring you. I’ve had offers from several people to translate from Korean and Vietnamese. I believe I’ve replied to you all but if I missed any, we aren’t looking for any other language translators. We don’t have any way to TLC your translations and re-translating from another translation is like playing Chinese whispers.
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Hi all, just an announcement about how we’re going to go about releasing Kingdom chapters from here onwards.
First off, we’re only going to be releasing chapters from the earliest raws that meet a certain standard of quality.
Generally, this means ALL Share raws and SOME early Chinese raws.
For example: the Current Chapter – 446 (Tieba Link) meets this standard.
This means that we really should have released this weeks chapter off these Chinese raws already but for this week only, we decided to just use Share raws.
The reason for this is basically due how difficult it is to clean out old LQ releases from various manga aggregator sites outside of Batoto. A large number of readers don’t use Batoto at all and for me personally, this standard of quality (Mangafox Link) is simply not acceptable. Even if the majority of those readers don’t care about the quality at all, it matters a lot to me.
If we DO release a chapter off a Chinese raw that meets our standard of quality, we will still release another HQ version off the Japanese Share raws simply due to them not being completely up to scratch e.g. this page appears to have been leveled too far as well as to re-check and fix mistranslations due to the double translation from Japanese to Chinese to English.
For Chapter 446 for this week, we’re still waiting on a Japanese Share raw. Not quite sure why it isn’t out yet but hopefully it should be out tomorrow.
edit: added chapter release to this post so that people hopefully actually read this…
Chapter 446: MF | Read Online
Baidu Tieba Kingdom group Cliff Notes
- Previous group that was working for leshen.com (Chinese aggregator) dropped it
- Random speculation that they weren’t making enough money
- Some other group has picked it up
- No idea if the new group has access to leaked raws or not
- The new group just released the latest chapter last night off of Share raws (what we use for our HQ release)
- Their image quality is actually good and way better than the previous groups (leshen)
- i.e. their cleaner actually cares about doing a half decent job. Alhamdulillah!
- We’re going to continue releasing off of the first available raw.
- If the new group has leaked raws, I’m going to have to make an Ouki dance sequence watermark or some shit to cover theirs.
In other news, I’ve re-opened the donations for the hell of it and also as an experiment. You can donate using the button on the right. I’m going to continue tallying up the total donations on our wallet page and on the widget on the right. I’m manually editing these when I see them so don’t panic if you don’t see it update immediately. Make sure you flame me or mention it in the comments though if i forget. I’ll probably screenshot my paypal account statement as a monthly review thing if we actually get anything.
So, the experiment. Well, what’s going to happen is that all the donations over the year will be donated to a charity (probably Cancer Council Australia) maybe we can have a vote at the EOFY. I’ll match every dollar donated up to some sane limit and I’ll frame the receipt and post it or something.
So why donate if it’s just going to go to a charity? Well, charity is tax-deductible so really, you’re donating both to the charity as well as us! Sort of anyway… Technically, we’ll be running at a slight loss if I match every dollar… What other site offers to go broke and homeless from your donations!?
The thing you actually came here for
Anyway, here’s the chapter.
Chapter 433: MF | Read Online
So, we’ve been thinking about this for a while and finally gotten off our asses to do it. We’ll be releasing a draft each chapter a few hours after the Chinese raw comes out based on that and re-releasing a HQ version off Japanese raws after a week (as normal). So a few things to note.
- We’re translating from Chinese to English for these drafts so it may be slightly inaccurate and will be TLC’d on the HQ version from the Japanese raw.
- I’ll simply be updating these posts with the HQ version when it comes out rather than making a new one all the time.
- You can tell it’s a draft because the raws look like ass, it’s marked as v0 on batoto and we also helpfully included this awesome watermark! Seriously… anyone who watermarks manga deserves to be shot.
- If you see any errors (grammar etc.) you can leave them here in the comments and we’ll fix them in the HQ release.
- Still looking for a raw provider. E-mail us if you can help out. We can offer you many turnips.
Chapter 431: MF | Read Online
*Added proper Chapter 320 (previous one had a typo on page 76)
Chapter 320 will be uploaded on Monday or Tuesday (tomorrow or the day after) depending on time.
We’ll likely be cutting down on chapters to 5 a week too (2 mid-week and 3 on the weekend) as I’m moving from a part time to full time position starting tomorrow.
My new job (below).
Chapter 318: MF
Chapter 319: MF
Chapter 320: MF
We will be going on break over Christmas until the 2nd of January 2014.
Happy Holidays everyone.
Chapter 290: MF
Chapter 291: MF
Chapter 292: MF
Sorry for the misinformation on our release status,
Have decided to take a break until the 27th to get things organised: ripping / cleaning volumes 25+ , cleaning up the side story chapter, building a new PC etc., and also because tryign to scanlate on my old laptop is incredibly inefficient.
We will be back on the 27th hopefully with Chapters 249 – 251 as well as the side story.