Okay, for once not a manga release but just a plain, boring announcement/rant/request that most leechers might not even be interested in. I`m not too fond of it either, but it has to be done. First of all congratulations to all who managed to get another school, uni year over and yes I know that many others have just begun a new one. Congratulating there might sound strange though…
Still, recently the manga world has taken another blow and I doubt that it will get any better rather than worse. Raw Distributors disappear and make it tougher to get them. Imangascans tries to distribute scanslated manga free of charge. We are in no way interested to make any business out of this and all the money we get is pushed into our raws or the server for all of this “fancy stuff”. The more money we receive the better the equipment. It doesn`t mean that we will stop working if the server money is not there, we will just have to tune it down again.
Many could see a result of having the wrong “partner” the last time when we had to close the DDLs thanks to overreaching the limit. Servers are unfortunately costly and so are raws when you have to get them in piles, because you can`t get them any other way anymore. I`m especially stating this because I have in the past received pm concerning recruiting of staff where people really asked how much we pay. We are not a business. I think many would be happy if they could also earn money through this, but it does not work and somehow would also go “at least against my honor”.
Manga Scanslation is a timeconsuming work and takes effort in all stages. Translating can be a pain as well as cleaning, typesetting and proofreading. Nothing is just a piece of cake and many had to evolve through hard work to actually get something out that can reach MQ or HQ status. It is some sort of strange volunteer work and other than some sites that really have members pay for their membership and do not even scanslate anything by themselves I would not know any scanslator who would seriously `sell` manga. This horrible procedure would just be stealing.
Scanslating is meant to show people what they can have on the market, spoil them and lure them into the net of manga marketing to purchase the original goods once they come out in each individual region. Many people would never even hear about a manga series, if not for scanslators. There were already many and are still many ongoing discussions concerning this topic of some wishing to get rid of scanslators and I do not want to begin one here, while also hoping that they will leave IMS alone.
Growing groups certainly can become targets… and wrong accusations like “You take money for scanslation” can really start bad rumors and are totally unfair towards everyone who gives their best (even if some just seem to be continuesly pissed off and try to eat leechers for which I openly apologize as one who carries a part of the responsibility here.) Not to mention that they are like throwing a dagger at someone who at times wonders why don`t I just read a book instead ? (Well me at least)
The previous paragraphs were long and more of a rant than anything and the more important part begins here. We have summer again in several areas of the world and this also means that staff leaves their homes to get a rest from work and of course also this `hobby`. This means that they are unavailable for the time being and that we also need to redistribute work to get anything out. Many others also have to suffer through the hard tests at the end of the year and need to prepare themselves, which has the same end result. This slows us down and yet I think that IMS still brings out most manga relatively fast.
If someone actually pays attention to the credit page, they might note that the projects always concern the same members and not exactly many different names to be frank. I as such hope, that people will stop with their requests. I can understand that some are extremely curious about the development, but asking several times won`t change anything.
Projects will come out once we find the raws and get staff on it. Projects that are dropped are on the dropped list. You do not need to ask if something is dropped and why, if it is not on that list. We are understaffed for what we wish to do. Members have left us for obvious and also less obvious reasons. In the less obvious fact so bad that they did not even tell that they would quit. I can only assume that they either got bored of it but want to use this chance to request some information from them.To all members who have not done anything in the past couple of weeks, have not written anything concerning their temporary leave or have left this temporary leave as undefined like (few months) I would like to ask you to get on the forums and take a look at the Staff Section.
And it is also a request directed to all leechers who wish to do something for the manga community… no money, sorry … have the time and hopefully some skills. Everyone can get better, so it is not necessary to be an expert, but it would be great to have more cleaners and typesetters to split the work accordingly. I don`t read too much manga, but it always amazes me when I see some 20 pages chapters with 6 different cleaners. Knowing too well what a hassle some projects can be, it quite freaks me out seeing some of our scanslation members work on similar projects completely alone. So please apply.
Some series were on a hold, that is partly my fault because I fit in the Test Stress Category. I`m not completely through but back to business. This concerned projects like Rebirth, Change 123, Itsuka no Tenma, which will become more active again from now on.
Concerning Nyan Koi, as many have asked. I do not know much either. There are too many rumors going around to find a trustworthy source. We could previously just grab our raws fairly easily, but the last chapter also marking the end of the last volume was the end of this. There are as of yet no new chapters out. Not on the net and not in Japan either. We currently hope that the project did not die completely and to see some tank (volume) in the next month that we can get and continue. That is all.
Thanks for your attention.