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OneManga will remove all manga from the site this week

Sorry, scanlation fans!



Well, maybe not according to plan ... but really, who can ever resist a chance to use that photo in a post? Anyway, the big news this past few days seems to be hovering around the shutting down of scanlation website OneManga,com. Visitors to the website have been greeted with this pop-up message: 
 

 "There is an end to everything, to good things as well."
It pains me to announce that this is the last week of manga reading on One Manga (!!). Manga publishers have recently changed their stance on manga scanlations and made it clear that they no longer approve of it. We have decided to abide by their wishes, and remove all manga content (regardless of licensing status) from the site. The removal of content will happen gradually (so you can at least finish some of the outstanding reading you have), but we expect all content to be gone by early next week (RIP OM July '10).


The issue of reading manga and watching anime for free rather than use paid services has been a hot one for some time, but it seems that OneManga will now follow the same path that other free services such as MangaFox and MangaTraders  have followed. Will it turn into a pay site, however? We don't know yet. Future plans are in discussion according to further detail from the same announcement.
 
What are your thoughts? Would you pay a monthly premium to read manga, or do you feel you should be be able to read scans at no charge?
reinon July 27, 2010 at 3:15 p.m.
So long as the manga that i read online is good, i will almost always buy it myself. It's annoying since the only places near me that sell manga rarely have more then 5 or 6 different series and reading them online allows me to see which series i want to order. Their are two other reasons i like scanlations 
  1. The story is far ahead of the ones i can buy in English
  2. They tend to be translated More closely to the source material *cough* one piece *cough*
So basically i think we should be able to read manga online for free.
Kelleth moderator on July 27, 2010 at 3:17 p.m.
Neither, i only used to read the occasional scanlation manga if it was rare or something i might be interested in buying. Now if that's gone i'm going to need to put more effort in choosing what manga to buy, that's all.
metalsnakezeroon July 27, 2010 at 3:19 p.m.
Its really hard to say what is the right thing to do with manga. The reason why we have scanlation sites is that so we can view manga that hasn't been release yet in the states. However we got so use to this that even if the manga got here we still go to these site because it was free. In the end we, the customer, must give our respect to the owners by paying up and publishers must find a way to easily let us view manga without digging in to our pockets too much. 
FoxxFireArt moderator on July 27, 2010 at 3:24 p.m.
I wouldn't have a problem paying a fee to read manga online. What I don't like about the idea is that we will only get edited versions of series and not the authentic story. Putting up with idiotic alterations such as when VIZ Media renamed God Eneru to "Kami" Eneru. That is one of the most idiotic and pointless alterations they have done. Thoug,h there was also when they renamed Gin and Vodka from Detective Conan to "Melkior and Kaspar".
I would be willing to support VIZ if they would either stop making stupid alterations to series or offer an unedited alternative.
 
I want the actual story. Not what a US publisher decides to change it into.
 
I used to only watch One Piece on fansubs, because it was the only way to get the real story. Eventually, FUNimation took over the license. They posted the latest episodes out of Japan and offer episodes in both dub and sub versions. I haven't used fansubs for that series since. FUNimation is offering the authentic product,
 
In all honesty. The only real scanlations I read anymore are One Piece and Negima!. On occasion I check in on Naruto and Bleach, but I became bored with those two.
 
When it comes to the Negima! manga. I normally read the latest in scanlations to stay current. I'll read the chapter once or twice, and wait for the next volume to be released. 
 
This really wont effect me too much. I know enough scan sites that still cover the series I really want to read. OneManga was just one of my favorites.
 
@rein said:
" So long as the manga that i read online is good, i will almost always buy it myself. It's annoying since the only places near me that sell manga rarely have more then 5 or 6 different series and reading them online allows me to see which series i want to order. Their are two other reasons i like scanlations 
  1. The story is far ahead of the ones i can buy in English
  2. They tend to be translated More closely to the source material *cough* one piece *cough*
So basically i think we should be able to read manga online for free. "
That's the biggest Pro for scanlations.
Eelcireon July 27, 2010 at 3:40 p.m.
My main issue is that some publishers aren't following through with a series; not even giving fans of the series an explanation to delays or if it has been canceled. I bought into Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase manga from Tokyo Pop and have been waiting on volume 13 since I ordered it, December 1, 2009.  
 
Several series were put on hold, but since then no word on what is to become of them. What is bad is that the manga ended at volume 16.
G12LMOon July 27, 2010 at 3:47 p.m.
As long as I get the real story translated from the Japanese as flawlessly as possible and clean scans, then I don't mind paying to read it. (Well... that's what parents are for XD) I want my chapters every week on the days they are expected. At least keep Mangastream- it only puts the newest chapters online strictly for the fans that want to keep up with the origional story along with the Japanese. I know it's hard to carry an entire franchise over to half way across the world and into a different language and culture, but we should try to preserve the cultural quirks, humor, and drawing styles that come with original Japanese manga.
sotyfan16on July 27, 2010 at 4:15 p.m.

This is sad. The manga I read are all not licensed and probably never will be in the US so I can't go anywhere else but to scanlations. Scanlations also provide so many more titles for readers to find interest in and possibly buy when it becomes licensed. All-in-all I just want the original material and more availability (but that's hard to ask when most manga I read is hentai). Besides, free stuff can promote us to then buy stuff.

godeateron July 27, 2010 at 4:23 p.m.
there will be ways around it.
InfiniteGeasson July 27, 2010 at 4:25 p.m.
I'm sad to see the site go. I read plenty of great series on there that may never even come to the US or be officially translated, which is  a real bummer since I would probably pay for them if only they came out here. There are still other sites that I can go to and I hope they don't go down too. I really wish they weren't taking it all down, but I guess it was bound to happen eventually. I'll miss you OneManga.  If they were to become a pay to view site where you could pat a monthly fee to read everything and then give that money to the authors or something then maybe that could work.
obscurefanon July 27, 2010 at 4:33 p.m.
It is sad to see the site go but I do understand why its happening, but I do have to say I think the manga distributors and translators in America who are cracking down on this are really going about it all wrong. I'd say more but I already wrote a blog about it so I'll just say if you want to know my opinion on it check it out here.
gla55jAwon July 27, 2010 at 4:52 p.m.
Although I only found OneManga a few months ago, it was nice being able to read manga that isn't out in english. I myself actually prefer to read my manga from a book but I buy mine off ebay in bulk lots anyway so I'm not supporting publishers that way either.
Landonon July 27, 2010 at 5:11 p.m.
I read most of School Rumble there. It was fun while it lasted.
ninjadude853on July 27, 2010 at 5:57 p.m.
you gotta respect onemanga, for being willing to close down like that on request, and not just in this situation, they took down all their Rave Master chapters when asked like, years ago
 
i always have enjoyed reading the actual book in my hands more than seeing it on a screen (i own every US released volume of Naruto, among other series) but it was nice to keep up with Japan
 
but hey, there are still other sites, so we still got a few more weeks or months before those get shut down
 
am i the only one who thinks that Shonen Jump should offer scanalation services internationally? because i'd totally pay for that, like, a small monthly fee to read the chapters as they come out, and then delete those more than a month old, seriously, i'd pay
 
of course, i could just start watching the anime on hulu
Gaseroon July 27, 2010 at 6:10 p.m.
In related news. A new website called 1manga.net will appear in a couple weeks and the process will start all over again.
 
Seriously though I hope publishers and scanlators are able to establish a balance. Kinda like how the sub group Dattebayo treats the series that they translate. Now that Bleach is on Crunchyroll they've stopped. It's those jerks that steal the Crunchyroll streams for distribution that make things worse.
 

@FoxxFireArt:


I would be willing to support VIZ if they would either stop making stupid alterations to series or offer an unedited alternative.

When I first saw this post the first thing I pondered was whether or not FoxxFireArt had already delivered his scathe of VIZ.
ShadowKnight508 moderator on July 27, 2010 at 6:11 p.m.
@InfiniteGeass:  Agreed...most of the manga I read on scanlation sites never make it to North America, and the site (even if illegal) still allowed for the average manga reader to discover new series. Kudos to OneManga for closing down upon request like that (as Ninjadude stated)...it must have been very tough upon them to shut down the result of all of their efforts.  I would love to see a manga site that you pay like $5 a month in order to read all of the latest manga series hot from Japan.
secretzfanon July 27, 2010 at 6:14 p.m.
Yea I saw shucks. I can't go paying money for manga scans. Plus I will have to wait till they come out in stores or at least into I can buy them online. I guess I can only hope other sites don;t go down. Shoot it all began with mature scans then this. I have been using OneManga for awhile I guess I will just continuing using Manga stream, but what about other manga like yugioh and DBZ and the old Bleach chapters
DocHauson July 27, 2010 at 7:23 p.m.
I see it as a similar situation to when Napster was shut down awhile back: it wasn't that Napster itself was stealing music and sharing it online for free, but they made it real damn easy for others to do so by providing an easily-accessed index of files. 
 
That was OneManga's sin as well: though the site itself does not steal, translate or publish manga, it provides an easily-searchable hub for those who do to display their work. This won't mean the end of "scanlations" (God, that word makes me cringe), but it will make it harder for those who don't know where to look, and possibly even send a message to some that they should play by the rules and pay for their manga.
 
Of course, this overlooks the fact that only a fraction of manga titles are officially licensed and translated for the US market, and even fewer elsewhere around the globe. This won't wipe out scanlations for good, just as the Napster decision hasn't wiped out free music sharing, but it will force both sides to dig a little deeper.
 
tl;dr, if it's licensed in your country and you like it, then pay for it. Otherwise, take a deep breath, this ain't the end of the world.
reinon July 27, 2010 at 9:11 p.m.
ten more sites will probably spring up within the month, so i don't think we have to worry just yet.
Necrotoxinon July 27, 2010 at 10:46 p.m.
 If I could get unedited, well translated, and same day as Japan manga I would pay. Until then I shall be a pirate! King of the Pirates :P     
hitsusatsu11on July 27, 2010 at 11:10 p.m.
This is stupid, we should be able to: 
 
Watch Anime 
Read Manga 
Download Music 
 
All for free. 

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