FoS has a Youtube Channel?!

Hey there, YuuMiiK here!

Unfortunately, we don’t have a release today. Instead, there’s good news to be spread! Thanks to our Flowersofmoe, FoS will be reviving our Youtube Channel! We’ll be posting various tutorials, including stuff on cleaning and typesetting. If you have a request, or anything, come over to the channel, our discord or our forum and leave a message! That’s all for my announcement!

Once again, we’re still in need of staff! See our recruitment page for more information!

Have a great weekend everybody!

-YuuMiiK

Kochikame Today

Hello readers,

As you may have already guessed from the title, we’re releasing a chapter of Kochikame today! Hooray! We’re also releasing a chapter of Atashin’chi. And we have some sad news for you guys–we’re dropping Full Ahead Coco. The project will now be picked up by Golden Roze Scans. A sincere thank you to the staff who worked on it to bring you Full Ahead Friday releases.

We’re always recruiting! Visit our recruitment page to learn more. We especially need J-E translators and cleaners! Don’t forget to stop by the forum, chat with the staff, and leave a comment if you liked the release!

A huge thanks this week to Matsumo, DokuHana, Vigorous Jammer, Lyxania, Inkyfingers, The Midnight Dreamer, and Shally for working on this week’s releases! Congrats to Lyxania for her first release at Forgotten Scans! And finally, happy birthday to our very own YuuMiik!

Have a great weekend, everyone! (And a happy 4th of July if you celebrate it.)

Yours Truly,

Flowersofmoe and the FoS Staff


Atashinchi - Volume 01 No. 17   


Kochira Katsushika-Ku Kameari Kouen-mae Hashutsujo - Volume 178 Chapter 1676
Kame-Golf
   


Doraemon’s going full ahead…

Into a castle in Germany.

Hello everyone! It’s still Friday over here, so it’s still a regularly scheduled release. :P Well, we have three new chapters for you today: 2 of Full Ahead Coco, and 1 of Doraemon!

We have an announcement for you — we’re moving from Chatango to Discord! Discord is an IRC-style chat, and you can come join us at our many channels. Click here to chat with us and learn about the staff.

We’re always recruiting — visit our recruitment page to learn more. We especially need cleaners and translators, so if you’re willing to help, or you know anyone who’s willing to, please contact us! Don’t forget to stop by the forum, chat with the staff, and leave a comment if you liked the release!

Finally, a huge thanks to NoodlesCW, Harllama, Shine, Vigorous Jammer, MinoSpelgud, and Captain Crunch for working on today’s releases! Have a great weekend, everyone!

Yours Truly,

Flowersofmoe and the FoS Staff


Doraemon - Volume 12 Chapter 225
Buying a Castle at Germany
   


Full Ahead! Coco - Volume 11 Chapter 95
Suicide
   


Full Ahead! Coco - Volume 11 Chapter 96
Justice
   


Noodles.

Hey everyone!

We have an important announcement for y’all. Because our team was so engrossed with food, we decided to rebrand. From now on,  we shall be known as Noodles Scans. Today, we present to you two chapters of Doraemon.

It’s never too late to join the Noodle life! Repeat after me: No noodles, no life. Easy, right? So check out our page on how to join us. GO NOODLES! Don’t forget to chat with all of our staff here. And browse through our newly updated forum!

This week, a huge thanks to myself (Noodlesofmoe), myself (Noodlesofmoe), and NoodlesCW. And of course, Noodles, for giving us life.

And finally, a Noodle pun! What do you call a fake noodle? An IMPASTA!!

Have a great weekend, everyone! See you next Friday!

Yours Truly,

Noodlesofmoe (formerly known as Flowersofmoe) and the Noodles Scans Staff


Doraemon - Volume 13 Chapter 226.1
Coat of the New Anime
   


Doraemon - Volume 13 Chapter 227.1
Telegrabber
   


Friday Classics

Hello readers!

First of all, to those who celebrate the Holy Week, happy Good Friday and early Easter!

We have two classic series today: Atashin’chi and Doraemon. But dear readers, we have a request for you. We’d like to purchase digital raws of Doraemon for easy cleaning. Each volume is about 400 yen (3.54 USD). If you’re a fan of Doraemon, consider donating to us! If you’re interested, check out this page.

We’re always recruiting! We especially need editors and translators. We really need Japanese translators in order to release your favorite projects. Visit this page to learn more!

Don’t forget to stop by the forum, chat with the staff, and leave a comment if you liked the release!

A huge thanks this week to Inkyfingers, Harllama, Genxlegacy, YuuMiik (who has risen from the dead), and Noobcw! Have a great weekend, everyone!

Yours Truly,
Flowersofmoe and the FoS Staff


Atashinchi - Volume 01 No. 15   


Atashinchi - Volume 01 No. 16   


Doraemon - Volume 12 Chapter 222
All-In-One Rein
   


Website changes and other news~

The FoS-Scans website can definitely use some improvement, don’t you think? I’ve begun my campaign to do just that, and the first thing that I tackled was the Donation Page, located here (link).

I hope to tackle other pages such as…

  • the About Us page, which says practically nothing about the group aside from a very basic description
  • the Join Us page, which is kinda…boring and it only covers the directions to join and nothing else about the group itself
  • the Kittybot page, which is very old and outdated…
  • and the staff pages, which need some updating and improvement

In other news…

  • We hope to refresh parts of the website with new pictures… we can always hope, right?? ^_^
  • We are working to make more improvements to the Kitbot on IRC.  You can find our IRC details under “FoS Network Links” –> “Web IRC Chat” in the top menubar ^_^.  The Kitbot really can do a lot, but it’s still under development and so could be considered a very young little bot.  You can, however, pull up our release information with it:  simply say “kitbot fos_search [insert series name]” in our channel and it will return the most recent release for that particular series that you searched for :D
  • We have begun week 5 of our polls!  YuuMiik filled in for me this week and asked the question… what are your favorite genres of manga/anime?  Now I know that’s a very basic question, but hey, it’s really quite difficult to come up with a new poll every week!!!

Weekly Poll, Week 3! “What is your favorite game?”

Friends,

Weekly poll, week 2 is now over.

Here are the results:
There were 34 votes, cast by 10 voters!

The rankings are…

  1. The “FoS Private Anime and Manga Adventure” with 5 votes.
  2. Milan, Italy with 4 votes.
  3. Osaka, Japan with 4 votes.
  4. Hong Kong with 3 votes.
  5. I’d rather spend the money on more hard drives and a faster internet connection with 3 votes.
  6. England, outside of London with 2 votes.
  7. Everything else got less than 2 votes.

The new poll is up, go here:
http://forgotten-scans.boards.net/thread/344/weekly-poll-week-3

Regards,

Radioactivekitty

Weekly poll, week 2!

Our first weekly poll was a success!

The question was… what is your favorite variety of cat?

There were 13 voters, with each person casting 1 vote.
The poll can be found here:  http://forgotten-scans.boards.net/thread/328/first-weekly-poll-favorite-variety

Each poll starts on Sunday (CST) and locks the following Sunday.

The results are as follows:

  • “All cats” won by 1 vote, with 3 votes total.
  • “Persian”, “Radioactive”, and “Undecided” all ranked 2nd place with 2 votes each.
  • “American Shorhair”, “Munchkin”, Siamese”, and “Russian Blue” all ranked last with 1 vote each.

The new poll for this week is “If you could go anywhere, where would you go?”, check it out here:  http://forgotten-scans.boards.net/thread/339/weekly-poll-week-2

In this poll, each person can cast up to 5 different votes!  (This will make things interesting ^_^).

Everyone is welcome to come vote!*

Regards,
Radioactivekitty

To vote, you will need to join the forum, but doing that is pretty easy.

The Curious Case of Doraemon

Fans and staff,

Before we dive into my post, let’s take a step back….In case you missed the news, I discovered in late January that Doraemon is available at Amazon.com for the Kindle.  You can see the original post here:  http://bato.to/forums/topic/21682-doraemon-is-available-digitally-at-amazoncom/

Now that you know what happened…

TL;DR:  We will not be halting work on the Doraemon manga.

If you are unfamiliar with licensing, make sure you read this post first:  [Why did you drop this manga?]

When I learned that Doraemon was available on Amazon.com before this group was even formed, I was stunned.  I asked myself…why didn’t they contact us and ask us to drop it?  Like, seriously!?  Do these people even know what scanlation is and what that has been doing to their sales!?  In any case, regardless of the mystery behind situations like these, I decided that I should adhere to my policy of dropping any manga,  regardless of whether or not it was my favorite, that has been licensed.  Much to everyone’s dismay I announced my decision immediately and without much debate.  After all…why should I have double standards in my group?  Why should I spare only Doraemon from the fires of licensing?

The crutch of the problem was where should I draw the line?

In consideration of drawing the line, I have come to terms with the following points that can be universally applied to any project:

  1. To even consider the licensing issue, there must be evidence that…
    1. The manga is available for sale in the scanlators “home country”…
      1. The home country is the country that the group leader lives in.
      2. Legally speaking, the group leader will be the party held accountable for copyright infringement.  Other countries can hold the group leader accountable but that is only possible if the home country does so first (usually).
  2. To cover the various types of licensing situations…
    1. There are those publishers that have high popularity.  These publishers will pursue scanlators and hold them accountable.  Therefore if they announce that they are going to publish a manga in English we know that they will send a DMCA to any competition upon release of their version of the manga.  These publishers have a lot riding on their investment and they will do what it takes to protect that investment.  More importantly, perhaps, is that they are well aware of scanlators and they have experience dealing with the issue.
      1. Such examples include Viz Media, Orbit, among many others.
    2. There are more obscure publishers that add unexpected complications to the situation.  These publishers may have very little experience with scanlation (or not even know about it) and they may never send a DMCA to those individuals.  These publishers may have to convert the manga due to some contract that they have with someone else or they may simply attempt to make a profit off of this new kind of enterprise.  In situations where a defunct Japanese publisher needs to make a little cash they may auction off the license to other publishers and the license may sell to someone just now looking to enter this market.  In other cases the Japanese publisher may be looking to publish to a new format, such as a Kindle, and in that case they might seek out a company like Amazon to convert this manga for them.  Alternatively, the Japanese company might simply put the conversion on such a low priority that it gets converted in a low quality but in a quality that is “just good enough to make it profitable”.
      1. Such examples include Eleven Soul’s publication on the Amazon Kindle.
  3. The type of issue…
    1. Has there been email communication between you and the publisher?  If so, did the publisher demand that scanlation be stopped and links be removed for the series?
    2. Has the publisher not contacted you, but rather, contacted the file host for removal of download links?
    3. Has there been no action whatsoever by the publisher for the series?

There are as many situations surrounding licensed material as there are projects themselves.  The vast majority of these issues arise and the decision to drop them is clear when the licensee sends an email demanding that the scanlator stop working on the series.  However, when that does not happen and there is no communication between the licensee and the scanlator, things can become murky.  My *now defunct* policy of no-licensed-manga regardless of communication circumstances leaves no doubt as to my intentions:  I simply don’t want to face a legal problem.

In the case of Doraemon, the situation can only be described as “grey”.  After all, Forgotten Scans started releasing chapters well after date that the English version was available on Amazon.  Why didn’t they say something?  Do they really not care?  Do they think that Amazon shoppers won’t know anything about the freely available scans?  After all, to contact us the publisher merely needs to read our credit page in our scans, go to our website, and send us a message.  If they don’t want to talk to us directly, they could simply issue a DMCA to the file host to demand that the Doraemon chapters be removed.  This, in particular, has always amazed me: our file host has received DMCA’s before on our Psycho-Pass links, but we ourselves have never actually received a DMCA email about the chapters that we have on our online reader.

Because we never received any communication about the Amazon chapters, we never knew they were for sale.  Thus, like other manga that we have worked on before, we had no idea that the manga in question was licensed.  When I did discover this I was shocked and took immediate action.  After I announced my decision I realized how much this weighed on my conscience and I really did not like the fact that we were going to stop working on this series.  There are so many people out there, including me, who are huge fans of this amazing little manga.  Eventually I decided that there was no way I would be able to kill the very thing that we all enjoy so much without a very good reason to do so.  However, if we get a an email ordering us to stop work on this project we will have no choice but to stop.

Here are the deciding factors that has led to my current decision:

Reasons to drop Doraemon

  • The manga is being published in English.

Reasons to continue scanlation of Doraemon:

Group reasons:

  • The manga is great for new staff who have little experience.
  • The manga is extremely popular with many fans who enjoy reading it.
  • Everyone, including the staff, would be disappointed to the extent that they would be in or near a state of depression if we stopped working on it.

Other reasons:

  • The English version of the manga is not a straight-from-original-publication-to-English conversion:
    • There are many chapters that have been left out, and they have “completed” the conversion of the series a long time ago (thus there will be no more English releases).
    • The chapters that have been chosen are in no particular order – so we cannot provide a guide to which chapters are in which volume of the original Japanese publication.
    • The publisher has no actual remarks about how the chapters that they published are in relation to the original chapters.
    • The “new” version of the English Doraemon is in color and has differences that make it of no direct relation to the original material that we publish.
  • The publisher has not contacted us about Doraemon nor has it taken any action to stop distribution of the Doraemon scanlation.

Based on this point-by-point analysis, I REVERSE my decision to drop the series.
  If the circumstances change, everyone will be made aware of the new decision at that time.

Regards,
Radioactivekitty

Doraemon Screenshot

We now have an IRC channel & Forgotten Scans Forum opens to the public

Friends and staff,

We have long sought a good alternative to our Chatango chatroom and we have decided that the future is with IRC.  IRC has a reputation for being a stable, secure platform that is flexible and allows for an incredible amount of customization.  However, that does not mean that we are closing our Chatango chatroom, rather, we will be keeping it for the foreseeable future.  Many staff enjoy the Chatango chatroom and there is no point in removing it at this time.  Therefore, IRC will, for now, be an alternative to the Chatango room for those who find IRC to be more convenient.  I should point out that IRC will be the home for the 2nd generation Kittybot which uses more advanced bot technology and offers more than the old Chatango Kittybot has been able to provide.  Our channel is #forgotten-scans on the irchighway network.

For the first time since access was restricted nearly a year ago, I am pleased to tell you that I have decided to open the forum to the public.  Naturally, some sections are member- and staff- only, but most of the forum will be viewable to everyone.  If you have a question you can now post in the Public Forum as a guest!  You do not need to make an account, all you have to do is give a guest name and ask your question :)   By opening the forum to the public our staff chatango chatroom will also be available to you, thus, you now can chat directly with any of our staff members.

Best regards,
Radioactivekitty