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Have you ever wondered what the Demonlord is like when he’s at home in his own Dungeon deep in the bowels of his huge castle? How about discovering the sordid hobbies of Rex, our shovel loving, professional gender-bender and Grand Master of the Kim Dazzi Cult. Perhaps you’d like to get some tips on effective torturing… whups… I mean *experimentation* from our resident expert and evil scientist, Ich who regularly colloborates with Estoriel to create strange creatures. Maybe you want to know why Tsukiko is always surrounded by piranha? Come meet Sinros, trainer of Ninja-cats, Tima, the elite Ninja-stalker and Ri, the demon-glomper at the Cave’s Halloween RP event, being held on Thursday, October 31st at CET/GMT+1 at 1pm (13:00); all access data will be posted on Halloween in an extra post when it starts!
Just because we aren’t above bribery, the Cave Staffers will have Halloween treats to give away too! Illustrations and drawings, short project previews, links to some Automata drawings and more are all meant to entice you into our grasp (and lead you deeper and deeper into hell…ehm the cave from where you can’t escape… alive…)!
Who knows, if you let slip that you can translate Japanese, Korean or Chinese or that you have even the tiniest bit of interest in cleaning or typesetting, Tsuki’s pet piranhas may grab hold and never let you surface again! *rubbing her hands together!* Provided that you don’t enter a secret lab… or get buried alive by Rex…. or worse… end up as a sacrifice on the Demonlord’s dinner table.

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Tsukiko & Estoriel

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Yeah, we had only problems over the last weeks with the server, so now we move to a new website hoster. We don’t know how long it all takes so meanwhile we’ll use this old website in case we release something!^^

We won’t use the website on the hcpsgc servers any longer and the website will be gone in 24 hours so if you want to downlaod some chapters please hurry. Our new website can be found on www.cavescans.tk when we’re done. If we release anything new in that time we’ll make  a post here with download links.

Edit: Meanwhile we transfered the old posts+pages here, please note that all flash+PDF releases aren’t uploaded on this website (will be on the new one), but you’ve at least some of the downloads available!^^

Edit2: Server moved and up working! From now on please visit: cavescans.tk! We’ll work on the flash+PDF files next so they are readable again.

New release: Automata prologue in german (joint with YingYang Scans), will be uploaded on Batoto today and their website. Download links will be available on our website when more chapters are done as a bundle (on the new server).

A couple of days ago when the Demonlord should have been industriously studying for his final exams, he was happily skipping through the internet and found himself on one of the large manga aggregate sites. You can imagine his shock and fury to find one of our most recent releases splashed up on their website, all our credit pages, recruitment pages and art contest winner pages heartlessly stripped away. It’s taken Kinoko, Rexenik and Tsukiko days to clean the Cave up after the Demonlord’s rampage.

He has vowed that all releases, with the exception of Under Prin, will henceforth be released in flash format with a delayed release on Batoto.net.

What’s the Demonlord blowing a gasket about now? Flash releases? Is he crazy? Why should you care? Let me take a moment of your time and explain it to you. You should care.

Manga aggregate sites, particularly those owned by NOEZ make huge amounts of money off the mangakas, the publishers and the free labour of the scanlators through very unethical, unprofessional and dishonorable business practises. NOEZ uses bots to rip fresh manga releases that scores of people have spent weeks and months working on without regard for honouring delay periods, without abiding by scanlator requests to pull manga titles that publishers have purchased licenses for or even simply asking for scanlators’ permission for the releases first. The loving attention to detail and quality the mangkas and scanlators pour into their work is destroyed in mere moments when the manga aggregate sites start reducing image quality and slapping their watermarks willy-nilly all over the place as if they owned the work. NOEZ sites have even gone so far as to under-handedly promote themselves as the translators/scanlators in social media sites and engaging in DDoS with those who attempt to publicly express their discontent with NOEZ’s questionable ethics. Nice way to make a couple of bucks, right?

If you’re like me, you’re beginning to think: “Yeah, this is a crappy way to do business. But how are they getting away with it?” This where the uninformed, manga-hungry readers come in. There are millions of us – using their sites, purchasing their stuff and clicking through on their advertising. It all generates income into their pockets – not the mangakas, not the publishers and definitely not the scanlators. If manga aggregate sites are allowed to continue this way, the future of online, translated manga looks pretty grim. If you, the reader, don’t know about what NOEZ is doing, then you won’t know to make a change will you?

Hey! I’m not being melodramatic here – think about it a sec. If manga aggregate sites continue to treat the scanlators callously by ignoring tiny delay periods or ripping out our credit pages and recruitment page, scanlators will feel as if their work isn’t being appreciated and will cease operation. Already, scanlation teams have been having difficulty recruiting fresh team members and you have been noticing (and commenting) that the time between chapter releases is getting longer and longer. Which means you will have to wait until the publishers purchase licenses to distribute them in your country, and with the volume of manga I read that becomes an exceedingly expensive hobby.  I’d likely not make as many purchases which will, in turn, impact the mangakas too. Not to mention, you can kiss your less-than-mainstream titles good bye in foreign markets.

Let’s not forget the scanlators are playing in a grey zone here legally too. If the manga aggregate sites piss off the publishers by refusing to remove legally licensed titles, there may be legal repercussions to the scanlators that would likely involve the dissolution of the team. Not cool.

Okay, so you want to help but, like me, you’re lazy and you don’t want to put a whole lot of time or effort into your show of support. It’s okay – I get it and completely understand. Start off by never going back to the manga aggregate websites – please! I could send you all over the internet in search of your favourite titles at different scanlating websites, but I remember that you are lazy like me. You can find all of your favourite titles available for easy reading at the scanlator-friendly site batoto.net. Tell all your other manga-addicted junkies about NOEZ and batoto. Why do I like batoto.net so much that I promote it over Cave Scans online reader? Because they have just about every manga title all in one, handy-dandy location, they display the manga as the scanlator uploaded it without adding or removing anything and has a stellar reputation of respecting the scanlator’s wishes. By all means, when you have a moment, visit your favourite scanlators’ web pages and say “Thanks” or even “Hi!” – that’ll give them the moral boost they need to keep going. Lastly, I know it’ll be hard, but try not to complain when the scanlator’s have to resort to releasing their titles in alternative formats. They aren’t doing it to piss their loyal readers off, but to save their work from the hell of NOEZ and maybe even the future of online manga!!

Thanks!

*climbing off the soap box now*

Wanna read more?  Check out:

http://japanzai.com/index.php?topic=1619.0

http://foolrulez.org/blog/2011/06/mangafox-sucks-readers-say-scanlators-are-greedy/

http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?page=1&tid=40846

http://www.experienceproject.com/stories/Love-Anime-And-Manga/2166469

http://omaris-sister.blogspot.de/2011/09/please-boycott-mangafox.html

http://cavescans.hcpsgc.info/blog/?p=399

http://cavescans.hcpsgc.info/blog/?p=1003

http://www.batoto.net/forums/topic/5527-mangafox-co-how-noez-does-business/

Because only a few people know about it, I thought it was time to spread the word about this dire situation more.

Right now inside the EU is a new law being discussed which allows the privatisation of water (the basis of life itself), which we as human beings shouldn’t accept and stand up to! Water should be a common good for everyone and not monopolised by huge company which could then set up the prices for (clear) water as high as they want. A good example for what can happen if water gets privatized is Portugal. This concerns all human beings, your family, friends and yourself! After all we all live by drinking water!

More information1

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If you don’t want this to happen and want to stand up against it, please sign this petition: http://www.right2water.eu/

And some  more depressing stuff, a new attempt of a law similar to SOPA/PIPA/ACTA: Indect! (yep, this time it has 5 letters instead of 4…)

新年快乐!

Preparations for the holidays are in full-swing and “peace on earth” is oozing from everyone’s pores. But what is the staff at Cave Scanlations dreaming about? A festive dinner and stockings hung by the chimney with care? Polished shoes filled with treats? Nine blazing candles? No way!! We’re already thinking about that auspicious day – February 10th, 2013!! Yup! We’re eagerly awaiting Chinese New Year and we want to celebrate with you!
According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2013 will usher in the Year of the Snake, the Water Snake specifically. Throughout history and across many different cultures, the snake has been both revered and feared as a powerful symbol of wisdom, fertility, youth, rejuvenation, power and temptation. Chinese astrology sees the snake as a good omen, as an image of bounty and the harbinger of good fortune.
So, in honour of Chinese New Year and the seductive Snake, Cave Scans will be hosting its first-ever art contest. Submit your original artwork celebrating the sixth animal of the Chinese zodiac, the influential Snake, by February 28th, 2013 to take part in this fun, new event.
What’s in it for you? Prizes include the rar/zip file of your favourite Cave Scans release, advance access to new releases*, a link to your website and your artwork displayed on our releases*. The creator of the winning piece of artwork will also be invited to pick the theme of the next art contest and receive a 2013 calendar of their favourite manga or anime created just for them by our own Demonlord Estoriel. Here’s hoping the Snake brings good fortune to you!
Please, keep in mind all artwork should be original creations, celebrating the dawning of the Year of the Snake and Chinese New Year. Art thieves beware – submitting works that you did not create yourself is grounds for immediate disqualification and a lifetime membership in the Cave Scans’ Secret Basement Torture Chambers and fed piece by miserable piece to the piranhas. (<–Refer back to the CS Halloween Game if you need a reminder about them.)

-Tsukiko (text); drawing by Soul (tiny edits by Esto)

* For some of our future releases

 

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English releases: UP ch 60, Automata ch 2-4, Bloodline ch 3, Kaijidou ch 1, KnH vol 2 ch 1 & HAL ch 02// Spanish releases by SYFS: Infinity Game ch 13 (end) & Satou-kun no Juunan Seikatsu ch 1 // Russian releases by Kinoko: Scratch ch 3 & Infinity Game: all chapters scanlated// French releases by MnO: Kirara no Hoshi ch 2 // Italian releases by Lovely Scans Italia: HAL ch 1 // Thai release by Darknessz Scans: Automata Prologue

As we previously mentioned in a post, our member Tsukiko contacted Vexed Scans via e-mail and unfortunately, no response was ever received. She happened across their blog a little while ago and found a rather unfriendly comment that they will not consider a joint project with us. So, we’ll officially drop SY now as we said we would.

We released these past three chapters of SY, despite Vexed scans also releasing  so as to not waste any of our cleaners hard work on the project (which was done up to ch 39 long ago but couldn’t be translated cuz we lacked the man-power). One scanlator per project is more than enough in our eyes as there are so many other fun projects waiting for us. While we are disappointed that Vexed Scans hasn’t sent us a simple e-mail reply, we are happy that they’ll continue the project for you and hope that they don’t drop it mid-way. Well, SY has finally found a good home after being on hiatus for more than a year, so we are all happy about that! ^^

Edit: They finally answered. Though we’ll still drop it, so pls head over to Vexed scans homepage for new releases of SY!^^

One of our members, Tsukiko (cuz Estoriel was busy with exams), wrote an e-mail to Vexed Scans about a potential joined of SY some days ago, so we’re waiting for a reply now!^^ We’ll inform you as soon as we get an answer from them!

We don’t know how much coffee, music and cacoa was needed to keep us awake but  our staff did an all nighter to finish this chapter off as soon as possible (to have more time for rl stuff at the weekend, this will be the last release for this week!). Now that it’s released we finally can fade away (going to sleep) and rest in peace that the work of our cleaners wasn’t for nothing.

Download: zip & rar; read online (PDF)