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  • Interview #6: Boredom Society Scanlations

    Please introduce yourself and your group. Hi, I'm NorthAway. Interim leader of Boredom Society. Boredom Society was actually created with the name *Boredom Society Scanlations* while there wasn't a main purpose of doing scanlation at the time, a little fun fact i guess, and there were already two members in the group when I joined in, so I can't call myself the true leader. But these days I'm the guy who's dealing with group affairs hence interim leader. We're doing a variety of series, not bound by the demographic or plot, and try to bring them to readers at best quality. In fact, we have a series from each demographics. Second fun fact about our group. If not to do scanlation, what was the original intent of boredom Society? Boredom Society was created by power uploaders a little bit after MangaDex was launched. MangaDex had a few problems with uploading and chapters, and since power uploaders were the people who upload the most and test new and old stuff, something convenient was needed. Of course, being in the manga community makes you want to take the challenge and actually do scanlation, so doing similar things in the future was something that'll happen eventually. Right after I joined, we got a translator, Freylan, and started to appear more and more in the scene. Let's get to the good stuff. You've released some great titles, several of which I am personally very fond of. Boredom, however, chooses to stop scanlating titles that have been licensed. This is not exactly a new practice in the history of scanlation, but tell me why Boredom chooses to do this. Oh my, that is a good question. We have some unwritten but set rules in the group. This is one of those rules. We can look at it this way, readers aren't fond of two different groups doing the same series, and this time the other "group" is a legitimate company that'll give the author what s/he deserves. Another thing about is that we pick up a series to raise awareness, and deliver it to a bigger audience. Licensing message means that we did our part and rest is on the readers because going any further as group will make us go out of that grey area where scanlation stands. We wholeheartedly believe what we do is the right thing, but it's still sad to say goodbye to a series we loved, and had good moments while working on it. That's a pretty noble sentiment and one fairly uncommon on the scene. How would you respond to readers who feel that this is hypocrisy on the part of Boredom considering that most people believe that, morally speaking, scanlating is still pure theft? I would probably response with our other rule which is no donation. We decided on this way before getting into scanlation. We will spend our own money, and do what we like. Because taking money binds you, you get that money for a certain series, so you need to work hard and release more. It removes the transparency between group and the reader. Readers send their money, and the rest is unknown. We're very much aware what we do isn't legal, or the fact that we never took author's permission. And that is why we're trying to minimize the damage we might cause. We want more people to know the existence of the series we do, but also try to restrain ourselves and don't act like the real owner of it or take advantage from the readers of those series. I guess we're the necessary evil of the manga world. That's an interesting take on what a scanlation group should be. Is there someone in particular who chooses your projects? If so, is there any criteria beyond "Ooh, that looks cool!" The handful I've read always seem to have an interesting premise or gorgeous art. Key word is interesting. I always promise that to group members while looking for a new series. I honestly don't understand how can someone work on a manga with mediocre art and story. Finding series with gorgeous art and interesting plot also motivates us to work on it. So I view it as a win-win situation for us and readers. We're also working with a few freelancer translators in our group. They also brought unique stories to our group. In short, an interesting story is what we're after in Boredom Society, whether it's josei or shounen. Do you believe that scanlation hurts or helps the Asian comic industry overall? I use the word comic to refer to multiple industries because it's become increasingly clear that Korean comics and Chinese comics are becoming more popular among readers. Hmm, it's really hard to say a definite thing about it. There are groups who hurt the industry really bad, but then we can see examples where scanlator and author work together. Scanlation gives a series fan base, and that fan base can take the chapters as a preview of the series. When the series get a license, those people will become customers to get the full thing rather than be satisfied with the preview. Of course, this is an optimistic approach. We can say people won't buy it because there's already a copy for free on the internet. However, i believe that isn't the case for true fans. We, as Boredom Society, try our best in delivering the chapters so that we can turn readers into true fans who'll support the series when we part with it. What are your thoughts on the current scanlation scene? Anything in particular that you like or dislike? Anything you'd change if you could? General quality of the scans seems better nowadays. This is mostly due to discord's existence I believe. You can just join a group's server, and chat with the people who worked on the chapter you just read very easily. Discord is the hearth of scanlation scene in a sense right now. While things have been improved, we can still see some awful releases, and low efforts. The thing I dislike is not those bad chapters though, it's readers who thank for those chapters. I want them to point out things, and say what needs to be said. The thing I like is the fact that some people are getting fed up with this so called fluff thing. It's no different than isekai genre, yet no one points it out and say "Ahhh, it's another fluff manga." But we're ever slowly getting there, and it makes me kinda happy. I don't know what I would change, but I would want more people like _anq in the scanlation community. And maybe have pingu as the official mascot of the community. Oh? What qualities does @_anq have that you wish more people in the community had? Well, there's no need to talk about the series he does, literally everyone reads them. He also has a "Oh, yeah." attitude which I like a lot. You can talk with him and give either suggestions or point out things, and he'll listen to you and improve himself in the next chapter. When you add that to his taste in manga, he's like a complete package, an ultimate scanlator. Honestly, I would have proposed to him already if he wasn't a penguin. How do you feel about the injection of money into the scanlation scene? It feels like ever since Crunchyroll made it big, every group under the sun is trying to make bank. Personally, not a fan at all. I knew that if I ever did scanlation, I would do it with my own money. I view it as a hobby, I enjoyed reading many different stories that helped me to get away from reality or even made me question myself. For those reasons, I wanted to get into it, maybe give back something to the community. I'll do it as long as this feeling exist, and I hope our group will be self-sufficient in the future as well because I've seen groups that are making too much money, people who act like businessman with someone else's content. One of those, trashscanlantion, is gone these day. I guess they started with a similar feeling to mine, but money was too sweet to refuse. What do you think about the fairly recent push by Japanese publishers to publish a lot of their content online? Do you think it's an effort to combat aggregators? Japanese companies have been very vocal about their distaste with sites that are hosting raws. Even government is involved at this point, but I think we all know that fighting with the internet itself is like punching water. This might be the reason pushing them to take such an approach which I believe is working. People do want to read manga, and support it where they can. Sadly, even then you can't win over everyone, some people will continue to use those site regardless of the approach companies taking these days, but this is a big win for publishers in my opinion. @Plykiya: "What are some of the challenges you've had or advice you'd give other scanlations groups in regards to hosting your own website?" We didn't really plan on having a site for ourselves when we started. It was mostly a coincidence. One of our members, Verg, had a dedicated server he was using and a sale on domains happened to be at the time. And we just went with it, I paid for the domain, and Verg let us use his server for the site, and even coded himself. There weren't many problems thankfully since we had a guy who knows his stuff on board. Things might be challenging for people who're not familiar with it. In that case, I would probably suggest them to wait until someone who knows it comes along. Having a site shouldn't be their top priority. Especially if they're going to ask other people to pay for it in the future. @Lymus: "Why Hedgehogs?" They're lovely? Our main guy who's behind both hedgehog projects is Reversinator. He loves them, and we're happy to help him in his thorny journey. @Lymus: "Do you think Kodansha does a better job than you with Tenju no Kuni ?" I think they beat me in a few font choice. But I got back at them with my SFX redraws. Let's say it was a draw. I was pretty sad when I heard the licensing, but it also made me happy since we managed to do what we wanted in the first place. So, go support them guys, volume one and two are already out! @Lymus: "What did you do with SouthAway?" We had a nice talk, and I let him go under the condition to never visit north area again. Lastly, if you could tell our readers anything, what would it be? Support the industry. I mean it in every way. Buy it. If you can't, tell people who can buy it. Follow it through social media, be there for the mangaka. Just being in a scanlation group or donating one won't get you new chapters forever. Do something in your power. Otherwise, you don't get to be sad when the series you love gets cancelled.

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  • Interview #6: Boredom Society Scanlations

    nice

  • How can i find my own comments ?

    Thanks

  • why not make oneshot a type of genre?

    it may not be a genre in and of itself, but it is a type of release, and it would make it easy to search for oneshots, I tried earlier but its rather difficult, making it a tag would make it a lot easier to search. and Hi, I absolutly love the site and you all do a great job! just figured id mention this :) you are one of the VERY FEW places that have this many genres and it makes searching so much nicer, like you actually have an isekai tag, and thats fairly popular genre, yet, almost no other sites have it as a tag -_- I am so very sorry :( I realize now that someone has just recently brought up this issue and asked about a remedy, while my suggestion is not the exact same it might as well be, I apologize for this, this is a very novice mistake and I know it could have been easily avoided, again I apologize and will try my best to avoid making such a simple mistake in the future -_-

  • How can i find my own comments ?

    @Zalera Unfortunately this is currently not possible. However, it is planned to add a feature that lists all comments of a user. I went ahead and sent you a DM with with links to all your comments.

  • How can i find my own comments ?

    The title...

  • Cookie Revolution Scans and Watermarks

    @Cookie_Revolution_Scans Maybe it's because I don't really read shoujo manga so I don't care what you do with your scans, but if it's manga that I actually care, even when I get my hands on the raw I would never want to ask for your clean scans because in my mind you're already just a mere pityful scanlation that feel satisfaction by getting people who read your scans to buy the manga. Just my opinion tho. @jak @DANDAN_THE_DANDAN Let's bet whether admins gonna bombard their scans or not lol. Also, @Teasday or any other admins, I just noticed clicking on a manga page's demographic tag doesn't resulting search by that filtered demographic. Anyone reported this bug yet?

  • Interview #6: Boredom Society Scanlations

    @421cookies Sadly, no. But I would love to be in that group. I feel like we share something in common.

  • Request for group takeover

    Hello, made the Grand-Owl Scanlations group! User ID: 29636 Group ID: 7183 ___ done

  • Cookie Revolution Scans and Watermarks

    See, the thing is I don't believe that a person would necessarily stop reading a manga because it has a deficit such as watermarks, bad translations, cleans or typeset. If they really want to read it, they will. And if they start out with the story but then stop because they can't stand our watermark, they should be like sharks tasting blood when the official English version releases and snatch it off the shelves faster than you can say one-click-purchase. But in the end, those who are deterred by the watermark are only interested so-so and wouldn't spend their money on it in the end anyways. You can always argue that some may be turned off reading it, thus never discovering the manga, but on the other hand, I might argue just the same that an equal, if not greater amount of people would feel less inclined to purchase an official release if they could get a nice enough version for free (just look at all the people reading tapas comics on aggregator sites instead of heading over to the official site and purchasing the chapters – not even one). Over the years I have come to realize that while scanlation is nice on one hand, it has also given people an entitled attitude and festered the belief that mangas must always be available in perfect condition for free. As a result, sales are slow and series get axed/never picked up. Scanlators do, in my opinion, share a part of the responsibility here. Sure, it's the masses who have become entitled, but scanlators have to remember that they're part of the "problem". How they go about facing this, is something every group decides for themselves. Some only distribute in closed-to-the-outside-world forums or IRC channels. Others believe saying "Please support the author." is enough. Others put a stamp. We put the watermark. Scanlation does have a lot of positive aspects, yes. But ignoring the bad isn’t going to cut it. We chose to lessen the bad with our approach. If that's the correct way to go is anyone's guess. As jak has said himself, he wants to read some of the mangas we're doing. If he finds watermarks unbearable, he could just get the original and read that as is or receive our stamp-free version to read along the original. But he doesn't. He wouldn't spend money on the manga anyways, so why should I even feel discouraged over him not reading our release? Remember, we're not doing this for the brownie points, so whether or not he likes us, is of no consequence to me. When talking about people buying manga, you also have to consider the popularity of the manga, thus readership, in question first. We’re mostly working on titles few people know and/or have interest in in the first place. And it’s not like a lot of people actually buy those either. This is especially true for shoujo, I think. Which might also be the reason why merch is less common outside Japan for that genre when compared to shounen. And in case this is where you’re going with this… I will not publish a list of names of people who bought the Jap version. That’s their choice if they want to tell you or not and I'd never publish their personal info either. We don’t get thousands of request, true. But those we do get, we cherish. I could scramble across our various social media channels and re-read emails and count them all to give you an exact number of how many requests we’ve received. But 1) I’ve got better things to do and 2) I’m not sure what you’re hoping for. Number X equals a good result, number Y a bad one? That’s not how we see it. What % of people who read a scanlation –no matter which or whose- do you think actually purchases the manga (or even a part of a series)? Also I am mostly referring to the MD/batoto users when I’m talking about repetitive comments. Some of the comments can still be found on the vatoto remains while others have been deleted by moderators while it was still batoto. Seeing as how the names, avatars and comments are basically the same, chances that those are different people are considerably low. We couldn’t agree back then and we won’t this time around. That’s just the way things are. We believe in one thing, you in the other. I don’t see a solution other than walking away as we’ll never get to a point where both sides will be satisfied.

  • Interview #6: Boredom Society Scanlations

    I remember trying to scanlate myself once and NorthAway gave me a lot of valuable suggestions and motivation. Thank you guys for everything! Really appreciate your work!

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