Everything after the jump.
As many people are aware, around a couple weeks ago, several chapters of both Shomin Sample and DanMachi were released by ap through Batoto as "speed" scans. I add quotation marks to speed because while they were released with bad redraws and quick typesetting, they used scripts originally meant for our releases, and the Shomin Sample ones used the same exact cleans intended for our releases. Which makes the releases exceed the quality of many releases of actual scanlation groups. I requested the removal of the Shomin Sample chapters from Batoto mostly for those reasons, but not DanMachi because while the cleans weren't exactly speed scan quality, they weren't done specifically for our releases.
Anyway, this obviously angered me to no end at the time, but I mostly kept quiet regarding them, because I was mulling over what to do regarding the two series. My first thought and the loudest for some time, was to just drop the two series. Shomin Sample was a series I was going to pick up a long time ago, months before Loli Brigade or Nayuki Love did, but I wasn't able to get the people for it in enough time. So I was pretty happy when H_Dogma asked me to take it over, and DanMachi was a series I really enjoyed, and I wished to help Dragon & Griffin Scans at the time. We ended up taking that over because their leader disappeared and the group died.
I don't know why ap did what he did, nor do I particularly care at this point. Regardless, we will not be dropping either series as much as I considered it. Mainly just because I enjoy the two series too much. There's really not much of a reason for us to really continue either series besides that, as the point of scanlation is to be read by people, and the majority of our releases for the two series for several chapters now really won't be.
Yeah we're not going to be catching up to either really really fast like I'd like to, but the amount of work required to do that is a bit too much for the people and time available we have. However, due to the releases by ap, all future chapters of both series are going to be even further proofread than I've already had get done to them simply so I know they're as accurate and good as they can be. This might delay chapters a little bit more, even though both are currently stuck at redraws like usual, but I'm going even farther than the extra miles I already go to try and bring readers a good scanlation.
On this same accord, we will still be doing the Kimi wa Midara na Boku no Joou bangaihen.
For more specific updates regarding the two series;
DanMachi - Chapters 21 to 24 are clean. 23 and 24 have been clean for a while, with 21-22 being cleaned a few weeks ago. 23 and 24 are pre-typeset, but I haven't had the time to do 21-22 yet, chances are I'll end up TSing those once the redraws are completed. Past that we've run into the issue of raws. As our current method of obtaining HQ raws is buying the two Young Gangan issues at the end of the month, we've had more than a few times now where Amazon would be out of stock for an issue. We used to have a way around that, but that ceased several months back. It leaves us with two options, buying volumes specifically for 1 or 2 chapters, or using share raws. Neither of which I particularly want to do, though we'll mostly likely end up doing the former, but it's not a major problem currently as we're a bit ways off from that currently.
Shomin Sample - Chapter 26 is still mainly delayed by the opening color spread redraw. It's almost done, but hasn't been completed yet. Once that and the color spread for 28 are completed, it'll be smooth sailing from there. But until that time comes, we're just kinda stuck.