What gives.. Saru Lock and Holyland
some of you might have noticed that we haven't released seri.. well nothing for some good 24 days.
In this particular article I wanted to talk a bit about Saru Lock and Holyland. If you care about them you WILL read it till the end. (Sounded mean? Good!)
It has come to my attention that these series have a well established fanbase so to say as they are the most downloaded from bot and DDL. Numbers go into thousands, not counting online readers.
What I want to say is - this sums up quite a crowd. I'm sure that within that many fans there are some capable of helping us out.
I.. this puzzles me to be honest, if there are guys who can help with redraws and love these series why are they choosing to agonizingly wait weeks/months for a single chapter if all it would take is some few hours from their time per week to see new chapters come out more often.
People working in this group are no different or more special than you, we are just fans who decided to do something about things we like. We have jobs, family, school/uni, other hobbies etc. we are no machines created to work on certain manga scanlations and we have no wonder pills or chinese sweatshops to get out new releases everyday.
Q1: Why slow releases?
A1: It's because of the excessive amounts of redraws in these series.
We have 1 guy working on SL and he's busy with university right now.
And we have 1-1.5 guys working on HL redraws.
Q2: What are redraws?
A2: Outside japanese text that we need to remove and make it look like it was never there to begin with. Here is an example: Holyland
Q3: Oh, but you need to be an artist or professional Photoshop user to do that!
A3: No you don't. I consider myself a good redrawer but my ability to draw something on a paper limits to a kindergarten level(yes, I'm that bad). Also our best redrawer(illiteracy) had a similar state, he could only create things with a mouse. Therefore you don't need to be artist, what you need to have is ability to perceive elements around redraw and how to correctly clone from those places to fill it, also some line drawing skills(brush tool).
Prior PS experience? Not really, it's just like MSPaint + clone tool(and maybe Path tool in some rare cases).
Q4: How do I start?
A4: Borrow Photoshop CS2-CS5 from a "friend", no GIMP. Then visit #cleaners channel on irc.irchighway.net link. In following channel topic you will find link to numerous tutorials and actual videos of redraws being done, it should provide you with a clear picture how things are done. There is also this guide http://www.ruinevil.com/ it is good, but don't take everything it says to be carved in stone.
Q5: How do i contact you if I think that I got what it takes?
A5: Make an application on forum (Your post will have to wait for confirmation) OR come to our irc channel and talk directly with me or GGpX.
That's about it, enjoy your weekend.
Oh, did I also mention there is a 90% chance of us dropping Saru lock after we finish v4(2 more chapters). Doesn't really matter how many fans, whiners, downloads and what not it has, if nobody wants to work on it - series are dead. And I don't really feel like dragging corpse around anymore.
Because of your stooooooopit script that you said would make my life easier, I had to make the release a day later! Stupid Latvian! Just because you think you're Russian doesn't mean you have to make shitty contraptions that look like they were made by Russians!!!
Also, it's not a toaster. It looks like a fucking TV. End of story.
Nit edit: Baby bro got confused? I made a script with a whole ONE button and input field and that was too complicated? Just WOW!
My face when i read your text: ಥ_ಥ
Before the releases, here's a mini-announcement:
1) We aren't dead, so quit asking. The day we'll die is the day we'll announce it on the front page. 'Til then, even though our releases might not come out frequently, we're still alive.
2) We're lacking a lot of staff lately in just about all positions, except proofreaders. So... If you want to help increase the release speed for some projects, apply. We specifically need skilled redrawers for series like Holyland and Saru Lock. We could also use some cleaners for series like Full Metal Panic Sigma and À La Carte.
So, yeah. Apply. ;)
Here are the releases.
Full Metal Panic Sigma 23-24. (!Sigma23 !Sigma24) Our first FMP release in a while. Big thank you to Purgatos for translating both of the chapters.
Holyland 76 (!Holy76) Don't have much to add except that the chapter has a pretty funny moment at the beginning.
Have a good one.
You can kiss my shinny metal toaster ass, you flaming frenchie ass-nugget.
How about you stop drinking like a 40-year old chronic alcoholic over the whatever-team won and start being useful to society?
Idiot section chief ch006 (!Idiot06) on irc.
In other news:
Looking for Holyland jp translator and Jackals typesetter (experienced) and, and a redrawer who knows how to redraw(Holyland & Saru).
What the hell is that TV-looking thing
So I asked Nitouryu; his answer?
"It's a toaster you dumbass."
What the hell, that ain't no fucking toaster you blindass wanna-be Russian! Unless do you make your toast with the TV. Weirdass Latvian.
Also, my Habs win, am super happy.
Fack you, Ovechicken!
That nazi-canadian never lets me post anything.
So I waited until he fell asleep and here we go:
Idiot section chief ch005 (!Idiot05) on irc.
Releases, April 24th 2010 and some announcements
First, the announcements;
Sekai no Owari to Yoakemae is dropped. Kotonoha picked it up virtually at the same time we did and they did a great job with it.
Eden is dropped. Long time coming. illiteracy wanted to finish volume 13 a while back but it's dead pretty much.
Oshitone Tenzen is dropped. All of the people working on the series has quit or retired and the remaining staff doesn't care much for the project.
Koukou Tekken-den Tough is stalled. I just don't have enough time to translate, scan and typeset/qc it. When I do, I'll restart working on it.
Mephisto is stalled. The translator is busy with real life stuff - school, job, online novel, girlfriend and occasionally translating - and other projects of his. So when he has the time, we'll continue.
My Street is stalled. There just hasn't been any work or effort towards working on the series in a while.
Sengoku is stalled. We have a lot of scripts, but nobody to work on it. Until we have an editor for the series, it'll remain stalled.
If you have questions about the projects, ask in the comment section.
Speaking of which, we're looking for another typesetter for Shonan Jun'ai Gumi. We've currently translated up to chapter 92 in volume 11 and I'll be translating quite a bit these days because of my bandwidth limit. We also have a few a chapters already cleaned out. If anybody's willing to help us out, we'll be able to finish the current arc rather speedily then start the best arc in the whole series, the Midnight Angels arc. Apply on the forums or PM me on IRC.
Now, the releases.
Holyland 74-75 (!Holy74 !Holy75)
Shonan Jun'ai Gumi 87 (!SJG87)
Long time coming, of sorts.
"Hello Peter." is what a wise Russian once said.
What is wise about it, you may ask? Hell if I'd know.
So today... We have some releases. We didn't get everything that we wanted out, but we got most of it out.
Boku to Issho 28 (!Boku28) - Visit and thank the people at MangaScreener when you have a chance.
Idiot Section Chief 04 (!Idiot04) - Chapter four, about joining a select club and fees. Very interesting.
Saru Lock 36-38 (!Saru36 - !Saru38) - This has been a long time coming. We're releasing three chapters today, which means we only have two more chapters until the end of volume 04 and the current arc. The redrawing is still as difficult as always, so if you're a skilled redrawer and want to help out... We'd greatly appreciate it.
Shonan Jun'ai Gumi 85-86 (!SJG85 - !SJG86) - Here are chapters 85 & 86 as things start to heat up. The current typesetter is on vacation so there'll be a tiny delay for ch87.
That's all for today.
Jackals is (finally) out.
This has been a long time coming, but it's finally done.
This will be Strays's final release. They'll be closing down their site at the end of the month. So go visit their site and give them a big thank you for everything they worked on in their three year existence. We'll be working on Jackals solo from this point on.
We're releasing Jackals Volume 03 (!Jack03) today. Come and get it.
Be online for Friday afternoon, we'll probably have another release then.
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