After several years of maintaining the top of the manga foodchain, Batoto’s closing down within the next week and another great site is lost. Originally we weren’t affected by it’s closing at all, however there are many groups that don’t have websites or 3rd party domains to host their most up-to-date scanlations. It would be a crime to ignore them, so for a while you’ll see a small amount of new scanlations from other groups on our domain. These people contacted us and asked if we could lend them a hand, and we thought of no reason not to.
As of now however this hospitality towards some groups won’t be extending outwards to many other groups. We’d love to help everyone, but keeping up with with uploads from other groups is going to be a little more difficult.
To sum it up, if you see a chapter from a series that we haven’t done or announced in the past, it’s likely from another group. Team listings under the series page and the credits at the end/beginning of the chapter will give you a good idea on who actually did the work on it.
Enjoy reading some new titles!
Grand Blue was licensed in English back in September and will have both digital and physical versions up for sale. Many staff members decided to not want to work on it anymore, so because of this we’re dropping the series instead of finding replacements for most of the jobs. We’d rather not insult some of our staff’s decisions on top of going through a tedious and frankly haphazard recreation of the original team. While we sadly won’t be releasing any more chapters of Grand Blue, we’re taking this opportunity to pick up several new titles that we’re extremely excited to release.
Fallen Angels, another great group we’re friends with will be picking up the series starting the November issue. We suggest checking out their scanlations of future chapters since they’re phenomenal with everything else they do. They’ll be using the same scans we used, most of the fonts we used, and also have a member who’s part of both Helvetica and Fallen Angels help keep things organized. Because of this, the quality you’ve grown accustomed to should be incredibly similar, following the important idea that the transition between two scanlation groups should be as smooth as possible so the reading experience isn’t damaged in any way.
Even with them picking up the series, we still suggest to purchase the official releases if possible. You can purchase both volumes 1 and 2 currently from any online ebook store such as Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, and Comixology. Physical editions of Grand Blue will be available summer 2018.