Who is who in Death Toll
I wonder how important Meet the Staff sections are. I know few people read them. However, I figured out they can at least give a visitor a notion of how big the group is, which is something potential applicants consider. So while this may turn out to be a major exercise in futility, it could also end up tickling the curiosity of someone enough for them to make a decision to join us.
When I say that we are a skeleton crew, I'm not lying. We can hardly fill a bus. What follows below is not a comprehensive list, but one of the members who are currently active in the team (that is, committed to a series), plus a few hangers-on. People currently in hibernation or MIA are left out, as are some about whom I don't know much to even make a credible introduction.
Some of what follows is fiction or stretching the truth, so if any member takes issue with it, let me know and I'll edit the profiles accordingly. Also, if I forget anyone, make sure to tell me and I'll correct it. Instead of making new posts, I'll just update this one over time.
Momimomi is the Head of the department and translates from Japanese. He is a creature of secluded habits and his primary source of dietary intake are seals. He is also a One-Man-Army and general pain in the neck because nobody is perfect enough to meet his standards, at least to meet them without unbearable nitpicking. He tends to give rookies nightmares, so we keep him hidden in our IRC channel. For whatever reason he came out of retirement a while ago and has been in charge of Sprite ever since. People who get their instruction on scanlation matters from him generally go insane, but because at Death Toll the difference is hardly ever noticed, it doesn't matter much.
Our freelancer is Royal, whose translations from Japanese are as good as his name implies. He is only with us for the moment, and has no lasting association with Death Toll other than his gracious commitment to Teizokurei Monophobia. He is incredibly well-connected in scanlation, has a very down-to-Earth attitude to it and is probably better known than Death Toll itself. Currently buried in real life, that's why you haven't heard much of Monophobia recently.
Our rookie translator from Japanese is Ringo, who made his debut in scanlation with a bang! by helping us bring Underdog to completion. He's in charge of Shounen Y now.
As for Koala, he's our black swan event. He turned in seven scripts of God, you bastard, I wanna kill you in his first 60 hours after joining, and he's also the driving force behind our newest project, Ichigeki. He's experienced, accessible and a real cool cat. So we're now scrambling to keep up with his pace, but that's a good pinch to be in. We hope he stays around and contented for the foreseeable future. Besides being a marsupial, though, he's a pervert (in the good, harmless sense of the word) with a taste for weird manga, so that's why we've been releasing Cutie Mutie.
Then there's Chlorine. It is a very competent, self-taught translator, and chose "it" as its pronoun of preference. So we don't really know who or what It is. Only the It's alive, very much so, and in charge of Impossibility Defence and Rain, the latter just for the practice on mediaeval vocab.
Sacchan is currently on a break, which we hope will be short because we miss her. She's a translator who isn't afraid of very long chapters. But she's very busy in real life, so you'll find her name in low-turnover series, like monthlies.
Roughentumble is a key member of The Moeblob. And if you don't know what The Moeblob is, good for you, I wish I didn't. (But read below for details.) Anyway, he joined us for a series with short chapters, Alice or Alice, and doesn't talk much, but is accurate, fast and dependable. Like some cool secondary character the protag looks up to in action manga. Only he's into… Moeblob.
IlPalazzo-ojiisan taught himself Japanese by translating hentai, so who knows how or why he ended up here… also a creature of The Moeblob, he's translating Alcohol is for Married Couples. He has a great musical taste.
Our translator from Chinese is ttcchen. (But he's living in Japan, so maybe we'll get a multipurpose translator in the near future!) He discovered Nanba MG5 and didn't rest until we agreed to do it. He's fast pace and motivated, and so should he be, because that series spans 33 volumes!
And that leaves me, Wraith, as the remaining translator from Japanese. I happen to be Death Toll's admin, that is, everybody's all-so-obliging amanuensis and the person who does the drudgery. I am a terrible Quality Checker, and as such have been entrusted to quality checking just about everything here. Yes, our train of thought has long left the station of logic. I am in charge of Ouroboros, Suicide Island and our joint with Silent Sky, The moon is beautiful tonight, but first, die.
Our Head Cleaner is O.O-Amy. Only right now she's the Head of herself, because there's nobody else in the department. A multitask young lady with ambition and a view, before joining us she rose to the co-leadership of Mugen Shoujo, an up-and-coming rookie team with a wide selection of projects. Be sure to check their stuff out! Other than that, she's a nice and proper girl… but ignore the rumours! She's cleaning Suicide Island and you may also see her name here and there, in connection with other series.
Our team of redrawers is exceptionally skilled. Many of them passed our ridiculously hard full redrawing test, all in their first attempt, and they can take on the most demanding jobs. They are actually so good, despite being all rookies, that the Redrawing Department has been without a Head for quite a while without problems.
The main redrawer for Ouroboros is æmiz, a young lady of distinction that redraws to soothe her mind and improve her sleep. (Did you hear that, you people who are constantly whining about the stress of redrawing? This lady here redraws to relieve stress, and is in charge of one of the hardest manga out there!) She dislikes redrawing much further ahead not to spoil herself, which keeps the pressure on me to translate Ouro regularly, so be thankful to her for that as well!
ILikeTurtles decided to defy the jinx that hovers over Suicide Island and applied spontaneously when I wasn't even recruiting. A little of a porcupine, writing in terse messages but always delivering near flawless redraws, he debuted in scanlation with us and has hung around ever since.
TheShittyWiz joined to redraw cute stuff (I forget what) and ended up redrawing two of our hardest, most hardcore series, Saru Lock and The moon is beautiful tonight, but first, die. I may have to find something cute for him to redraw eventually…
Achyif taught herself to redraw after I told her we needed a redrawer for Nanba MG5. In like, less than a month. Then she taught herself the other edition skills, found a translator faster than I ever could and founded a duet team to scanlate Desert Punk to general acclaim. Now she's working with quite a few groups while helping us with Saru Lock, too. No-nonsense and with little patience for gits, I've been thinking of making her our Discord watchdog…
Losian is the crazy uncle in the attic of redrawers. We gave up on trying to stop him from burning himself out when he started joining other groups because we weren't giving him enough redraws. Now he can redraw until he croaks for all I care. Eight series and counting, and that's just for us, but I won't list them here because he doesn't even read them. Go figure. He redraws for its own sake. He's fast and accurate, and always redraws prior to typesetting, or regardless.
Our Head of Typesetting is Yothen, a rascally sarcastic, thick-skinned fellow whom Ouroboros and Deathtopia readers know for his witticisms in the margins. He is also a seasoned scanlation veteran who is no longer impressed by anything and a high priest of the Real Bubble Centering Church, and will be implacable on heretics who center on imaginary bubbles. His vision is genetically modified to detect 1-px deviations at a glance, which causes much dismay among applicants. Fortunately, he couples that with amazing leniency on miscreants, more often passing them on probation than outright failing them. He is also a decent cleaner and sometime-redrawer.
Realmruler1 is the Sprite typesetter. Also one who was good enough to pass Momimomi's standards. He has a to-business attitude, and delivers his typesets reliably and without much talk. His motivation never wanes and he never disappears, which is essential in a series that has gone through long spells of inconsistent releases like Sprite.
Pochacco is the perfectionist in this department (after our dear Kuroto left). She is a scanlator through and through, and is an admin at iMangaScans - go check their work. Aside from her work on Cutie Mutie and Teizokurei Monophobia, she's also a great cleaner and a talking partner of mine for scanlation issues.
Drax is very persistent. In order to join us for Suicide Island, he went through a gruelling probation period under Yothen and Pochacco's tutelage. He came out a little ruffled, but has been a reliable, consistent typesetter ever since. And I'm always feeling guilty that we don't keep him entertained with chapters to do as much as we wish…
Daruchow is a typical scanlation hero in that he contributes with typesetting Funouhan even though his connection to the Internet is, in his own words, horrible. He passed our test on the first attempt, too. Committed and polite, he's a great addition to the team.
AshRa's applied just to typeset Shounen Y, but because the turnover of that one is low, he agreed to do Rain if for no other reason than to get practice typesetting. He's incredibly tolerant of criticism and took our test several times before passing. Simply amazing, and very social fellow who's always hanging out in our Discord.
Our Head of Proofreading and oldest member of the team (both in age and time of service) is PervySageChuck (PervySageCharles for respect), a nutjob we cannot get rid of for fear of being sent to jail for releasing pestilence unto the world. So we keep him in the dungeon, since nothing else seems to work. He is notorious (and that's the appropriate word) in the scanlation community for… well, perversion and strange deviant behaviour. He originated our wicked habit of leaving abusive or sarcastic margin notes, and takes pride in that. He is in an extended break right now.
Zeroaintdead is our other proofreading machine, a veteran who takes pride in revising a page per minute. He is very well-connected in the scanlation community and is currently in charge of too many series to count. He can be a little scary to rookies for his blunt way with words, but delivers extremely polished proofs. He's also the main perpetrator of The Moeblob, a sting operation to make DT into a moe outfit. Over my dead body
Comicryan is Pervy's creature, a rookie trained by him and as such strives not only to correct grammar, but to improve style and flow. He was my partner in crime in Deathtopia and is learning Japanese as well. He lives in sweet idyll with his wife, who helps him proofreading on occasion and doesn't mind his doing ecchi series. Currently deployed to God, you bastard, I wanna kill you!, Ichigeki and Suicide Island.
MaHa9392 was originally recruited as a temp after Pervy left, but she turned out to be enthusiastic, patient and a great partner in crime, so now she has the distinction of working on our flagship, Ouroboros. She is probably the politest person around: if you put Pervy and her in the same room, they will annul each other in a huge explosion. Unfortunately, she'll be retiring soon.
EvilLittleThing the scanner
EvilLittleThing is the sole member of the team in charge of generating raws. She does it for Sprite, as our other series either use public raws or are stalled. A very enthusiastic rookie, she was ensnared into becoming a team member after a very quick exchange of comments after I announced we were out of high-quality raws. One moment she was asking about what it takes to generate raws, the next moment she was checking her scanner specs and learning to use a hairdrier to debind books, the next I had forced her hand to sign the dotted line. She is our newest member, too, so welcome her!
And that's it. A bunch of people ripe for the madhouse, ain't we? Ready to join?