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#1 Jul 22 2010 at 12:06 PM Rating: Good
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OneManga.com is being shut down at the end of the month by the site owner due to the decision of the major manga publishers to no longer allow scantilations. Does anyone know of any other sites with a large library of main stream manga scantilations?

According to this post on their forum 1000manga is being shut down as well.

Edited, Jul 22nd 2010 2:07pm by Shaowstrike
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#3 Jul 22 2010 at 12:14 PM Rating: Good
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I don't normally read manga, but I've used Manga Fox before.
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#4 Jul 22 2010 at 12:18 PM Rating: Good
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I would say MangaFox is pretty good, and I use MangaStream for Bleach and Fairy Tail (they only carry a few series though).
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I feel MangaFox has a larger selection of manga available, and MangaStream has always been speedier with the "Big Three" mangas, as well as with Fairy Tail. Which, I feel will make it the Big Four.
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#6 Jul 22 2010 at 12:53 PM Rating: Decent
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I've always wondered this. Wouldn't the plural of Manga just be Manga? "Mangas" sounds weird.
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#7 Jul 22 2010 at 1:33 PM Rating: Decent
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PublisherWeekly wrote:
Japanese, U.S. Manga Publishers Unite To Fight Scanlations
By Calvin Reid
Jun 08, 2010

An international coalition of Japanese and American-based manga publishers have joined together to combat what they call the “rampant and growing problem” of scanlations, the practice of posting scanned and translated editions of Japanese comics online without permission of the copyright holders. The group is threatening legal action against 30 scanlation sites.

The effort brings together the 36 member Japanese Digital Comic Association—which includes such major Japanese houses as Kodansha, Shogakukan and Shueisha—as well as manga publisher Square Enix, the Tuttle-Mori Agency and U.S.-based manga publishers Vertical Inc, Viz Media, Tokyopop and Yen Press, the manga/graphic novel imprint of the Hachette Book Group.

A spokesperson for the coalition said the effort shows that Japanese publishers—who license the majority of manga sold in the U.S.—are taking an aggressive interest in combating manga piracy outside of Japan as well as inside the country. The group charges that the former fan-driven practice of scanlating—begun in the 1970s, fans later began to scan, translate and post manga online at a time when it was difficult to find manga outside of Japan—has been transformed by “scanlation aggregators,” heavily trafficked, for-profit Web sites that host thousands of pirated manga editions and offer them for free to readers.

According to a spokesperson, these sites are among the most heavily trafficked sites on the web attracting millions of visits each month while earning advertising revenues and even soliciting donations and sometimes charging for memberships. The group also charges that pirated manga is now beginning to turn up on smartphones and other wireless devices through the use of apps developed “solely to link to and republish the content of scanlations sites.”

A spokesperson said that “we are left with no other alternative but to take aggressive action. It is our sincere hope that offending sites will take it upon themselves to immediately cease their activities. Where this is not the case, however, we will seek injunctive relief and statutory damages.” The group is also aggressively reporting violations to the “federal authorities, including the anti-piracy units of the Justice Department, local law enforcement agencies and FBI.” While the group has yet to file any lawsuits and has declined to name specific scanlators, sites such as MangaFox and OneManga have long been identified as major scanlation aggregators.

After several years of booming manga sales in the U.S. that drove the popularity of comics and graphic novels in the traditional book market, sales of manga in the U.S. have declined more than 30% from a high of $210 million in 2007 to $140 million in sales in 2009, according to pop culture news site ICv2.com. Many manga publishers and retailers who used to believe that scanlations actually attracted new readers, now blame the sales decline on the rise of giant for-profit scanlation sites that have allowed a new generation of fans to grow up reading manga for free online.

“Go back 2 years and track these sites and you’ll find an inverse relationship between the rise of traffic on these scanlation sites and the decline in U.S. manga sales,” said Kurt Hassler, publishing director of Yen Press and a former graphic novel and manga buyer for Borders Books and Music. Hassler points out that early fan-driven scanlation sites were aimed at making manga available overseas at a time when English translations of manga were rare. Indeed these fan scanlators would remove their online translations when the books were licensed for the English-language market.

That’s no longer the case, said Hassler. “These sites are run as businesses and include direct scans of licensed English-language manga editions. Some even include our copyright notices. We don’t want to have to do this but publishers are now focused on this problem.”




Most likely MangaStream and MangaFox will be shut down as well or face lawsuits.
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#8 Jul 22 2010 at 1:45 PM Rating: Good
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This sucks. I have no problem buying manga. But they need to get off their asses and port it over here faster.
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The One and Only Poldaran wrote:
This sucks. I have no problem buying manga. But they need to get off their asses and port it over here faster.


And to more places than California and Barnes & Nobles.
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Shaowstrike wrote:
The One and Only Poldaran wrote:
This sucks. I have no problem buying manga. But they need to get off their asses and port it over here faster.


And to more places than California and Barnes & Nobles.
As long as Amazon or Rightstuf get em, I'm good. I just don't like ordering and then waiting 3-6 months for the next one when it has been out in Japan for more than a year.
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Sure, threaten the websites. That worked so well for fansubs and mp3s.
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Shaowstrike wrote:
OneManga.com is being shut down at the end of the month by the site owner due to the decision of the major manga publishers to no longer allow scantilations. Does anyone know of any other sites with a large library of main stream manga scantilations?

According to this post on their forum 1000manga is being shut down as well.

Edited, Jul 22nd 2010 2:07pm by Shaowstrike


Bound to happen, fun while it lasted (edited to add: it also sucks bad!) but it just doesn't seem like the best move they could do though. (I refer to the companies, not onemanga who don't have that many options)



Edited, Jul 22nd 2010 10:55pm by Zieveraar
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***** you guys for getting me hooked on it a scant few months before it closes down. Smiley: bah
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Belkira the Tulip wrote:
***** you guys for getting me hooked on it a scant few months before it closes down. Smiley: bah


One week left, you could wrap up several series before then.
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Time and time again, I find out people are simply out to kill the many simple joys of life. So far, they're doing a bang-up job.
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Zieveraar wrote:
Belkira the Tulip wrote:
***** you guys for getting me hooked on it a scant few months before it closes down. Smiley: bah


One week left, you could wrap up several series before then.


It's difficult when you have to work. Smiley: frown
#17 Jul 22 2010 at 3:59 PM Rating: Decent
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Just managed to finish Zatch Bell today, so now I can avoid the site with no feeling of regret.
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Wanted to post this when I read it this morning, but didn't feel like looking up my password while at work.

So disappointed! The only lucky break is that I've read MOST of the series I wanted to completion. I'm really disappointed I'll miss the end of Mirai Nikki, have to wait several months to a year to get the US manga caught up in Negima, and I was looking forward to Nononono getting back to the main storyline soon.

Alas, all good (free) things must end (or get more expensive). Was bound to happen at some point, but it doesn't make it suck any less.

That said, I'm going to be a LOT more productive at work now :-P
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#19 Aug 02 2010 at 1:04 AM Rating: Decent
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I happened to be reading just a few moments ago as the site went down. Onemanga is now dead for most purposes.
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Mangafox still seems to be up and running.
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#21 Aug 02 2010 at 4:16 AM Rating: Decent
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R.I.P OneManga
Onemanga was the website that got me hooked on most of the manga and anime series I follow now. It will be missed. :(

I as well know a pretty good website for free online manga, though; I usually read it at Mangareader.net, a website which I believe works together with Animefreak.tv. I'm not sure how many manga series Mangareader.net actually has, but it's got my series at least. :P
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Mangastream also still works, so at least I can continue Bleach and Fairy Tail =/.
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#23 Aug 02 2010 at 9:58 AM Rating: Good
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Karlina wrote:
Mangafox still seems to be up and running.


True, but a lot of the manga has been "Licensed" which means you can no longer access it.
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I noticed this for several of the sites as well and wondered. They should make a Manga Kindle. Who buys paper things these days anyway?
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Animefreak.tv has alot of manga.
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Onemanga at facebook got about 500.000 fans, that's huge. There's got to be something the big companies can do instead of just going after the fansubbers. How about for instance releasing translated versions of Shonen Jump on a paysite every week? The anime is free at crunchyroll (although Bleach is not available in Europe for some obscure lousy copyright reason, most likely France related), after a while and with limits if I understand the site correctly.

I have no problem buying my manga, within limits, as I'm already buying Bleach and Naruto, but there's a tremendous amount of manga out there, and the anime is simply too expensive at times to purchase.
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How about for instance releasing translated versions of Shonen Jump on a paysite every week?
Not a bad idea, really, and one that could be expanded after showing how well it works to include other series.

Out of curiosity, are today's platforms like the Kindle and such capable of doing the manga thing?
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Formatted as PDFs, there's no reason that they couldn't. I don't know how large the text shows up on an e-reader, since I don't have one, but I imagine you could show a full page of a traditional manga and still have it be legible.
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The screen of the regular sized Kindle is about the same size as a typical printed manga page.
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