I’ve been getting some questions why I decided to pick up To LOVEる ~Darkness~, so I think I need to clarify some things about the project.
The primary reason being that I didn’t find the quality of the releases CXC was releasing to be good enough. Should be easy to tell, if you take a look at the raw and compared it to their release. I don’t mean to disrespect CXC Scanlations, but after CXC released Chapter 13.5, and I finally took the time to compare all the releases to the equivalent raw from share for each chapter (I checked with my tankobons I have at home as well), I found CXC’s quality not to be good enough. It’s rushed, redraws are partly done (check page 7, 8, 11, 17, 18 of chapter 14), showing clear signs that it’s rushed, and not quality checked. All of the pages show clear signs of overleveling, and especially page 14 of CXC’s release, compared to my page, and the raw, looks so overleveled.
It also seems as there are unburned spots in CXC’s cleaned pages, and white spots as well. Looks strange to my cleaner eyes. I won’t analyse the cleans further here, since it’ll take too much of the spot for the rest of this post.
I respect CXC for doing To LOVEる ~Darkness~ for so long, and I don’t mind them continuing, I read their releases of To LOVEる ~Darkness~ (not counting the two first chapters, since I read the ones RedHawk released) from chapter 3. But honestly quality should always be preferred over speed. I could rush any chapter if I wanted, but it would only hurt my intentions as a cleaner, and the release for you, the readers.
The reason why the release came without no prior statement saying: “I’m picking To LOVEる ~Darkness~ up, starting from chapter 14”, is because it just happened. I got the script from Finestela thinking: “I can’t clean this faster than CXC”, but my proofreader and typesetter proved me wrong. We got it powered through the system of scanlation, and out came the result, shiny and in a new kind of light, a surprise for everyone.
Hopefully this has shed some light behind the thoughts the staff and I had before releasing this chapter. If not, you’re welcome to ask me in the comment section below, and I’ll answer in a timely fashion (I had too much stuff going on this weekend, hence I hadn’t been able to answer the questions in the comments section).