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Farewell

So after 7.5 years of scanlating Kingdom, we’ve decided to bring this chapter of our lives to a close.

Sense Scans is scrambling right now to organise a new translator, editor and typesetting team to pick up where we are leaving off hopefully without any delays to the next chapter (apply at their website at: https://sensescans.com/), and while I regret not giving them more notice, this decision has been in the works for some time.

Turnip Farmers began as a random Skype conversation back in 2013 between gongitraped to me (oshit) that effectively went like this:

ggr: “Hey you fuck, let’s translate this manga”
oshit: “Dude, wtf, I’m bored but not THAT bored. wth”
ggr: “It’s great”
oshit: “The heck is it?”
ggr: “Kingdom”
oshit: “I read like 10 chapters 2 years ago or something”
oshit: “That manga fkn sucks”
ggr: “If you keep reading, it’s amazing”
oshit: “We’re too fkn old for this wtf”
(At the time, I had graduated from university the year before and was floating in between Malaysia and Singapore on work internships. I’m over 30 now, a veritable dinosaur as far as the average age of a scanlator is concerned.)
ggr: “Trust me, you gook. I’ll translate and you can figure shit out”
oshit: “Literally what. the. fuck.

And so, the very first chapters of Kingdom were released after reading a brief tutorial on how to even use Photoshop out of a capsule hotel in Downtown Singapore.

We’ve come a long way since ripping shitty raws off Japanese p2p networks, and perhaps the scanlation of 600+ chapters of a random Japanese manga by a pair of morons from Sydney, Australia could speak for itself but this is my last post damn it so I’ll type whatever the hell I want.

Part of the reason for us even starting to scanlate Kingdom was gongitraped’s insistence that this manga was genuinely something good and that it was ridiculous that no one had bothered to bring this to the English speaking world when something like 300 chapters were already out in Japan.

I bow down to his wisdom. It’s crazy to me how the Kingdom audience and fanbase has grown over the years to now even having an entire subreddit and discord of users yelling at each other about the most inane shit.

And yet, this is also partially one of the reasons we’re comfortable with leaving now, on this note.

Scanlating is stressful. Scanlating a weekly series even more so. I’ve lost count of the number of arguments we’ve had from the very beginning regarding Japanese vs Chinese names or using suffixes to even recent spats in the last few months about organising time to do all of this even in the middle of a vacation.

At a certain point, you really ask yourself what you’re doing all of this for. I live in the US now, on the other side of the world from gongitraped; “why am I waking up at 4 a.m. to typeset this chapter before going to work?”. And as far as both of us are concerned, there’s really nothing that drives us to do this any more other than the fact that we’ve been doing it for a while and perhaps are halfway decent at it by now.

We’ve accomplished everything we set out to do which was simply to bring attention to a manga that in 2013 was undeservedly unknown in the West. We’ve lit the fire so to speak and hope the community will continue to tend to the flame. Whether it’s Sense Scans that continues to carry the torch or some other group of anonymous pirates or Kingdom actually gets licensed some day, I think I’ll be able to look back on this period of time and be happy that we had a pretty good run at it.

Thank you all for your support over the years. Some of you have been leaving messages in our comments section for aeons and while I rarely reply, know that it was definitely appreciated.

Joining all the rest of you in F5-ing for the next chapter and signing off,

– oshit


P.S. Some last words and a video from gongitraped:

“Holy fk I spent more years on this than high school” (Grade 7-12 in NSW)

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Kingdom Chapter 473

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

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Kingdom Raws Update

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.

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Kingdom Raws and Admin Stuff

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.

Hiring

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.

Spoilers in Comments

Please do not post spoilers in the comments. Linking to spoilers is fine but don’t say what happens in them. We don’t have any spoiler tags because this is a free site so play nice.

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Kingdom Raws and Kingdom Chapter 446

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

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Kingdom Chapter 433 and Stuff

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.

Donations

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

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Kingdom Chapter 431 and Drafts

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: MFRead Online 

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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.

Chapter 9: MF | Read Online

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Kingdom Chapter 318-319

*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

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Kingdom Chapters 290-292

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

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