This is the successor of JanimeS. You can visit the history section of the site to find out why I had to move and changed the name all together.
Sura's Place is mostly a scanlation site with little bits of culture articles and Japanese game reviews. I also have a tiny forum here for chit chats. I have no team here. All scanlation works have been done by me with very few exceptions where I borrowed some hands in editing; it's only few and I no longer have any editors working for me at the moment.
I see that Mangafox has removed projects that many users were complaining about. Note that they did not remove all of my projects; they simply removed what people were complaining about.
It's obvious that they removed because of you, not because of me. Which means nothing has changed ultimately. If I pick up a new project, this vicious circle will start all over again. My words won't matter to them. They simply removed few of my projects to limit damage to their reputation for the clueless people.
I have to emphasize that I had been contacting them on regular basis for past few years. They only listened when I was going all nuts and calling it quits, and it wasn't even my words that dictated their decision; it was your words.
Well, all that means to me is that it's time to walk away. My decision to quit scanlation has not changed. In fact, I feel this is the right time to call it quits. To be honest, I want nothing of this whole crap.
Besides, I've been feeling guilty about scanlation for many years now after all scanlation itself is an illegal act which is one of the reasons I never put any ads here. Nobody, NO ONE, should make a dime on scanlation, and this includes scanlators themselves. No matter how you sugarcoat scanlation, it is in fact illegal.The authors never approve scanlation. I'd know since I actually consulted few Korean manwha authors personally regarding this matter but they are in fact powerless to legally stop scanlations outside of licensed countries. Scanlation outside of its licensed country is somewhat of a gray field. One of few consolations I have to work on scanlation is that it is in a gray area and that I actually buy books I scanlate. Lastly, I swore not to profit from scanlations. Alas, despite of such small consolations, scanlation is illegal and morally wrong depending on what type of moral codes you have.
However, your efforts should be rewarded, and I will reward you.
1. I will continue Nobody knows and Yeonmo until the end. And that's it. I will no longer pick up any new manwha from Issue magazine. Once those two series are done, I am done with Issue magazine.
2. I will finish Love at first sight. It ends at 11st volume.
I am unsure of Sieta and I am at end of your sight because they would take a long time to finish. Especially, in I am at end of your sight's case, I have like, what, 9 volumes on floor right now and the author is notorious for not being able to finish her work.
Why do I buy two books? I get to keep one, don't I? And the reason why you don't see duplicate for volume 3, 4, and 5 is that I've already scanned those volumes.
When I scan books, it becomes like this ...
After I release all remaining stuff I have, it will be over. While such news may be sad to you, it's not to me.
If you think about it for a moment, in fact, it will be better for me. I've been spending 1 hour (up to 1 hour and half) to scanlate almost daily (Probably 330 days out of 365 days) ever since 2002. I bought books from local book stores (In Korea, books stores equal to comic stores.), scanned them by ripping them apart, edited them out, and translated them. I will be getting those time back for myself.
It was a lot of work, but over years I became excelled at it along with my English. What took hours became a work of only one hours and few tens of minutes.
Within few weeks, there will be no more releases, which means no more traffic sources for this site. FYI, this site currently runs on a cheap dedicated server that currently costs 82 USD a month. I've had a dedicated server ever since 2005 for this site.
With the impending doom, a dedicated server would be overkill. I am planning to remove all downloads since Mangatraders have them all already, - again against my will -. I've contacted them years and I was mostly ignored. One of excuses were that ads were there to pay for the server bills.
I talked back, saying no one put a gun on his head to keep running such sites. I never got a reply back.
Yes, no one put a gun on my head to do scanlation. It was, at least, to be a hobby. Thus, I never intended making any money out of this. The server bills, book purchases were out of my own pocket. But when you are in my age, these bills are really nothing.
"Closure" is the title of this article. And yes, it's about closure. I am not going to renew the domain which expires some time next year. During next month, I will move this site to a cheap hosting plan and that's it. I don't think I will look after it anymore.
One of my daily routines used to be lurking inside of my favorite book store for hours on day-off. I suppose I will just enjoy manwha/manga alone now.
P.S. I thought about scanlating some decent hentai games some years ago, but the work required to do it was insane. So, nevermind that.
Mangafox has uploaded the latest release for Nobody knows and I was able to view it right away, meaning nothing has changed. It's not even worth talking about this any further. It's over.
Anyway, I've counted how many updates are left for each projects I have.
1. Siesta: It has two updates left and that's it.
2. Love at first sight: It has one update left, or two if I choose to scanlate the bonus pages which is actually quite important for understanding of plot (Like what happened to Han-Se).
3. Nobody knows: It's done. No further updates.
4. Yeonmo: I actually have 3 updates left to release, but it's done, no further updates.
5. I am at end of your sight: I will no longer work on this one but I do have some pages that I have yet released. It looks like you have 3 updates left for this one.
6. Ii Hito: I actually have one update to release on this one, and that's it.
I was informed by Mangafox today that my projects have been closed. I am not entirely sure what that means. They certainly did not listen to me when I was being nice. I feel it's already too late, but I will continue to observe to see whether my newest releases are uploaded or not. What've been already uploaded, the damage has been done; I see very little point of removing them, but if Mangafox does not upload anything anymore from my website, I will reconsider.
Mangahere is another issue, I am facing, but not as big as Mangafox. As long as Mangafox does not upload my projects, I am - somewhat - fine. Having said that, not all dropped projects will come back even if my demands are complied. I am already sick of the whole concept of making thousands (of USD) off scanlations.
I am currently in rather serious consideration at the moment.
I am thinking of quitting scanlation, not because I've grown tired of it, because it is not how it was used to be. The current situation of scanlation world is quite dire, I will say. My main complaint is the aggregator sites. There are a lot out there. And, for worse, they are making big profits.
When I started out in 2002, there were no such sites. People would visit scanlators' sites and view/download manga, manwha or whatever.
It does not work like that anymore. Having said that, Siesta will be dropped after volume 4 is completed. It's one of more popular projects I have and I see no reason whatsoever to continue working on it on my free time and let some jackasses make money off it.
Scanlations are done by others on their free time. It's mostly done for completely free of charge. Some groups may ask for donations, but that's it. If some specific scanlation group asks for donations, that is somewhat understandable. After all, people are free to charge for their time spent and some groups may have actually purchased the books. I have little problems of that.
But when someone just grabs scanlations, places them on one site surrounded by a bunch of ads, and starts making money off that, I cannot accept that.
I've always kept ads away from my site because scanlation is based on copyright works without proper permissions from its authors. Therefore, making any form of profits was against my moral codes. There are more than that reason, but it is my primary reason for not placing any ads.
You may ask, "Why now?"
I've known it for quite some years that those aggregator sites were earning profits, but I did not know the scale of their profit margin. I've recently found out that their profit is very large. It's big enough to make a living off it.
Some people are making livings off scanlations. This, I could not accept.
But I've been doing scanlation since 2002 and it's hard to just call it quits all of a sudden. What I think I will do is dropping projects gradually.
While those aggregator sites are clearly at faults, I also found their users tend to be really, really, ignorant. They truly think that they have scanlation for granted.
Time has clearly changed. And I think it's time for me to withdraw into shadows.