Moving On…

Hey all,

As you may already be aware, I graduated from university at the end of March, so I have been very busy trying to find a job, which I found and have started today.

I originally started Troll Nation aiming to bring you quality translations of your favorite webtoons. I hired a professional translator from day 1 and have continued working with him to bring you your favorite series. What started off as a group quickly got reduced to just me and has been that way for nearly half a year now. I had always intended for the group to grow, but the opposite happened instead. I had trouble with DMCAs, getting the website up again and so on. And basically there was nobody who offered to help out at that stage so I have been continuing on my own up till now.

Going back to where I was, I have decided to move on with life as it is more important to sustain life and look after my ill mother as you know from the car accident I had last year. I cannot confidently say that I can continue to run the group the way I have. With the busy work life, I may only be able to get chapters done on weekends, so it is basically pointless.

Financially, I have not been able to grow the group. I do not know what it is like for other groups, but I forever struggled to come across fan translators and was therefore paying the professional translator I hired $10 per chapter, a sum I do not regret or hesitate to pay given the quality of his translations. I actually find it laughable to pay someone less than a happy meal and proclaim yourself as being someone generous by paying them with a small fries.

Let’s be realistic here, if you were truly good at your craft, would you slave away for a small fries?
I was willing to hire a professional translator because there were people out there who were more concerned with counting their money than reinvesting it into the group, claiming they did not have the funds too. Funnily enough, one of their now former-staff members supported the claim, but is now saying that the former group he was with were well-off financially and with traffic. Go figure. But I digress.

When I started the group, I financially supported the group on all fronts by paying the translator myself except for Lilith’s Cord and Aharoo which you guys were so supportive of. After my car accident, I really got stuck in a rut, and a lot of you came to my help, such as Takupol, which I am forever grateful for, and every other patron as well as reader of course. I read all your comments.

More recently, finances got tighter and tighter with people who actually created fraud Patreon accounts, and most people being less enthusiastic (which I do not curse them for, it is “donate for what you see value in” after all) I have NEVER enabled the “Charge upfront” function on Patreon. It has always been I do the work, then Patreon charges my patrons the following month. I did that for two reasons:

1) So that everyone had an opportunity to experience my work before deciding whether they wanted to continue supporting me or not.
2) So I would be delivering the work, before I would ask for payment.

Going back to my main point, I cannot continue scanlating on top of full-time work and caring for my ill mother all on my own. Reality is not that generous. And as much as I would have liked to continue with more Bastard’s Dead Man and Aharoo season 3, it is unfortunately not possible. Sorry, I need to live life first, and have decided to move on to prioritize it.

What now?

I will be leaving the website up so that you can read the series on the site. I will also be contacting Patreon to have the account closed in the next few days (that’s their working time, not mine).

Patreons: You will be charged one last time on the 1st May (US time and date) which is for the releases in April, and then as the account will be shut-down by Patreon on their end thereafter.

If somebody wishes to pick these series up where I left off, feel free to, there’s no need to contact me or anything, I don’t have a trophy or something to give you. Somebody will also most likely re-host these series, probably the same ones crying that sites like Kissmanga are re-hosting stuff, because that’s how logic works. Have you heard of the self-serving bias?

I’ll still be checking back to answer any questions you may have, so ask if you must.

Thank you for all your support up until now!

Sami Hyoudou
PS. I am actually quitting scanlating, there will not be a post in a few days saying I changed my mind and am staying.

Am I Picking Up Blah Blah Blah?

This morning I got a lot of people asking me if I am going to do Brawling Go, Sweet Guy, Ghost Love… whatever else because another group is dropping them, and I’m probably going to get asked again so this post is to answer it.

The short answer is “NO”.

1) I don’t have a translator. I hire a translator. So I work with a budget, and right now, I’m using all of it for the current series I’m doing. I don’t have the financial means to do it. It costs me $10 for a chapter, imagine how much I would need to cover for all those series monthly.

2) I am one man, with two hands and 24 hours like you. I have school and part-time work to handle. I am doing all the editing work for every series on my own at the moment. I can only manage a certain workload on my own, not that I could start doing more series, because the limited budget issue.

3) All the series I’m working on are voted on by my generous patrons, and it’s only fair, because they’re the ones helping me cover the cost of getting the translations.

Good News! Bastard’s Dead Man is Safe!

Hey all,

Thank you for your unbelievable support. I’m completely overwhelmed at how you all jumped in to help. Special thanks go out to:

  • Henry Yam
  • Rama Witjaksono
  • Icos
  • Wendhy Novizar Rigo
  • Wp
  • Delon

Thank you once again guys for jumping in to help me, I appreciate it greatly.

Thanks to these guys, I will be able to continue with Bastard’s Dead Man and stay updated with the raws (which we already are). Thank you once again guys.

To see what other projects I have lined up, check out the patreon page.

Important notice

Hey everyone! I was trying to think of a good way to say this, but sadly nothing comes to mind… So I’ll just go ahead and say it.

I ran out of money for translations… The 100 bucks we get a month from patreon was a big help, but they are gone now! The truth is, ever since day 1, I have been putting money from my pocket to cover expenses, mainly to pay our translator who charges us 10 bucks per chapter, the coins to get raws…etc, the patreon helped reduced greatly the amount of money I had to put, so right now we are basically going half-half, since the cost per month to keep releasing all the chapters of our current series is around 200 bucks a month. We planned to do He has a fiancee, one room hero, mom cafe, peek and other series, and hoped for donations to eventually come to help us afford them, while I kept sponsoring them for the time being, but shit happened, I crashed my car, and had to fork out money for some health related stuff, and those 2 things drained my savings away. So the money I have left at this point is only enough for food and living basically. At this point I’m not even looking forward to getting the money back, but in keeping the site afloat and give poeple what they want, but given the current situation, that’s really hard to accomplish. We got enough to translate 3 more chapters next week, and then would need to wait until december 1st to get the patreon money for another 10 chapters.  And well… That’s our current situation! We would truly appreciate it if people could help us out with whatever they can! If enough people decides to help us with even a dollar, we would easily get off this deep swamp we are currently at! And if any of you know korean and would like to help us out translating, that would be of great help too!!

With that said, I really thank you all for taking the time to read it, and especially for your unconditional support this whole time… even after all the falls we have had!

Just wanted to give you all an insight of what’s truly going on right now and hopefully with everyone’s help we can make it through! Let’s hope for the best!

See y’all later people!