Saturday, August 10, 2013

Ichiro Heian chapter 5

At this point, I don't think there are many groups that can beat us in terms of delaying releases (lol). In fact, most of the comments I saw on batoto and elsewhere are about if someone will pick this series up because we "dropped" it. Well, this time it's mainly my fault since I has only resumed this project recently even though the chapter had roughly been typeset more than a year ago. I must admit that it was a tough job to start fixing the typesetting after a looong time. I had to spend a lot of time checking the psd files of previous releases, making notes on the typesetting layout, re-reading previous chapters a few times to keep consistency while scrapping some bad fonts we have used in those chapters.

This release officially marks Ph.D's retirement as an editor of McDonald, making the editor slot for IchiHei empty as of now. I'm not sure how many of you will be interested in helping us, but we are currently looking for people who can replace him. It's okay if you have never used Photoshop before, as long as you are willing to learn how to use it and are patient enough to stick with us for at least a year. We really want to release faster, but it's very difficult to do that because the only editor we have right now is already busy working on two series while doing a part-time job. In addition, we are also looking for another typesetter for half of our projects, so feel free to visit #mcdonald on irchighway and apply if you are interested. Now enjoy your long-awaited Chinese girl speaking Japanese with her thick foreign accent.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Porphy no Nagai Tabi 03 released

It's been quite a long time since our last anime fansub release, so let me explain in details. First thing, our scanlation division has become quite inactive lately due to the lack of cleaners. In a scanlation group, when a core member lacks time to do his job, the whole group will be slowed down dramatically. Since I only know how to translate and typeset, there's nothing I can do when we just don't have enough people to clean the raw and redraw stuff. Second, I recently got a laptop after using a certain trick. Although it's kind of a low-end gear, it's still plenty enough for watching 1080p and doing fansub. For these two reasons, I decided to once again return to fansubbing after a long break, starting with Porphy no Nagai Tabi. From now on, our source will be from Raws-4U, not the old Rawka's encodes, and our releases will be in H264 8-bit with softsubs. There should be no need for XviD unless we receive enough requests. There will be no 10-bit version for this series either, because it's just pointless considering that our source is 8-bit and that 10-bit eats lots of CPU power during playback. Finally, the joint with Licca will start from episode 4. We will be incorporating their scripts in our translations, but with necessary modifications to fit our style. For now I hope you will enjoy this episode, and see you again on our next release.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Jashin-chan Dropkick chapter 1

If you have read my personal blog, I assume you have already seen this coming. Anyway, there's a few reasons why we are doing this manga, despite the fact that another group has been working on it:

1. This manga is very short for being released monthly (only 8-10 pages a chapter), so it is very suitable for our new typesetter, Terrabyte, to practice his skills, unlike Otoboku 2 or IchiHei, which require a lot more experience and effort to typeset.
2. I have translated 5 chapters, and it's a waste to leave my scripts unused.
3. I don't like the other group's translations. No offense, but I just don't like them.
4. This year is the year of snake.
5. Yurine is alpha as fuck.

In general, this will be merely a side project since we don't expect many people to follow this. The priority will still go to Otoboku 2 and IchiHei, in which we are putting our effort. Here are links to the chapter:


As for anyone who has been wondering why it is taking us so long with Otoboku 2, well, the answer is that the raw is extremely difficult to clean despite being provided by a private raw scanner (same raw provider as Idol Pretender). His raw is definitely high quality and very detailed. The problem is the author's art, because it is very fragile against filters. So far only akinator has been struggling with it (he even had to redo it once). Another two cleaners I asked gave up immediately after 5 minutes. I even had to ask an experienced cleaner for help, but even he couldn't come up with ideas for better and faster cleaning with this kind of raw. Moreover, the first page is the only success so far. If you are interested in helping, you may give this pic a try. Basically we are aiming to turn it into 1600px, retaining as many details as possible while removing ugly patterns on clothes, hair, ceiling, wall, etc. Right now this is the best result we can get, but it's still nowhere near enough. If you can come up with a way to do that, please visit our IRC channel and talk to akinator. It will be even better if you can join us as a cleaner or redrawer, though, since we need more people with those skills.

For IchiHei, well, since it had already ended in Japan a long time ago, we will try to finish it as long as we get more cleaners. Out of our two cleaners, one is already busy with Otoboku 2, and one is too lazy to even touch a manga page, let alone editing the whole chapter. If you are interested and know cleaning, you're welcome to join at any time.

Oto x Maho 18

As promised in my recent comments, here we bring you the most wanted release: chapter 18 of Oto x Maho. And since it's now the biggest holiday in my country, please allow me to write a long post.

First discounting retards who have absolutely no fucking idea where there shit comes from, we find it interesting (and amazing) to see how there are people who like the series we've been scanlating more than we do, and even waited for us slowpokes faithfully. We especially give kudos to /a/ for being patient, because it has been nearly 2 years since our last OxM release. Thank you for giving me a good laugh. Your threads are exactly what inspired me to stop wasting time lurking eroge forums and start scanlating again, and now I feel great that I have abandoned my worst habit in recent years.

With that, I decided to resume most of McDonald's projects, starting with OxM 18, which has been lying in my HDD for half a year, and I was surprised at the number of mistakes I made in my old translation for this chapter. IIRC, I finished my translation a few days after I started doing it, which means about two years ago according to this. Surely my Japanese has improved in two years, but there was no excuse for getting the wrong idea of more than 10 lines, given that I didn't screw up on 16 and 17. Anyway, this long delay turned out to have a good side, giving me the time to consult my sensei and correct all mistranslated lines.

While QCing this chapter, I also found out that the author changed the character page since chapter 17, which means we used the wrong character page in our last OxM release. We will make sure to fix this issue in the volume release.

Another thing to note is that we originally planned to have all proofreaders check my TL, but for some reason one of them has been busy recently and hasn't received the RC file. Since it is already the Tet holiday, plus the current TL is already okay to read, we decided not to let you guys wait any further. If there is any change that should be made when Macurai is back, we will give you a v2 by then.

Finally, I have asked shadow2810, one of our original OxM editors, to edit the final chapter, and he said that he would be able to do it after Feb 20, so this is definitely good news. Enjoy the release and let's hope BakaGrappler will do 19 faster.


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Ha-Oh New World

Although it's late, I still would like to wish everyone a happy new year. Right now my condition hasn't improved much, but I will try my best to come back to fansubbing since our scanlation projects aren't getting anywhere (akinator has been buttraped with assignments from his professors for 4 months, so he barely has time to watch anything, let alone editing manga). I will try to push some chapters which have already been typeset out, but after that we will need fresh blood to keep our scanlation projects going, especially manga editors. It's a shame that McDonald is nearly 5 years old, yet it still hasn't gotten many releases out. Anyway, enjoy our small new-year gift while waiting for real fansub and scanlation releases. I will also be seeding the full LQ batch of SRWOG DW for all people who are waiting for it, and sorry for the long delay.

Editing: mymy0201 (VN), Macurai (EN)
Encoding: Ph.D
Everything else: delacroix01