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?