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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?
Fabeon July 27, 2010 at 11:27 p.m.
@hitsusatsu11 said:
" This is stupid, we should be able to:  Watch Anime Read Manga Download Music  All for free.  "
And the creators of said anime,manga and music will earn money how?
hitsusatsu11on July 27, 2010 at 11:32 p.m.
@Fabe: Advertisements.
Count_Zeroon July 27, 2010 at 11:40 p.m.
I'd prefer being able to legally read translated manga online. However, OneManga going under won't stop people from scantilating manga, which means that there will still be people scantilating unlicensed stuff like Rose of Versailles.
cfatalison July 28, 2010 at 1:05 a.m.
@hitsusatsu11 said:
" @Fabe: Advertisements. "
you want a tankobon filled with 70 page of adverts?
hitsusatsu11on July 28, 2010 at 1:07 a.m.
@cfatalis: I just wanna read stuff for free. And viz volumes already have shit ton of adds in em. I have the complete series of stuff I really like that is over, but I wanna read up to date weekly Bleach and Naruto.
cfatalison July 28, 2010 at 1:10 a.m.
@hitsusatsu11:  well it's not exactly reading if you are only left with 50 page on a book with 70 page of advert..... 
 everyone wants free stuff that is why we pirate
hitsusatsu11on July 28, 2010 at 1:15 a.m.
@cfatalis: Yes, pirating is good (for us)
FoxxFireArt moderator on July 28, 2010 at 1:59 a.m.
 @G12LMO said:

" 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.  "

As much of a supporter that I am of scanlations. I would never go so far as to claim they are flawless. They are just much more likely to remain authentic.
@Necrotoxin said:

"  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      "

I feel the same way. I'm open as to when the chapters are released. I just don't want to deal with alterations and poor translations. That's all we get from VIZ Media.

@Gasero said:

" @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. "
So, what did you find?
Gaseroon July 28, 2010 at 5:28 a.m.
@Necrotoxin said:
"  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      "
You keep saying that, but typically people with that attitude just want to make excuses for not paying. No matter how quality and fast the official translations are you will probably continue to use the scanlation site if its still there.
Fabeon July 28, 2010 at 6:36 a.m.
@hitsusatsu11 said:
" @Fabe: Advertisements. "
That might work to some extent,it's just I don't think anime and manga is popular enough that  a free ad supported  systeam would work with out the additional income from old fashions sales.
Whiskeyjackon July 28, 2010 at 7:29 a.m.

 Manga publishers have recently changed their stance on manga scanlations and made it clear that they no longer approve of it. 

 Ha! Oh that's rich. I'm sure those companies before were just tickled pink that people were illegally copying and distributing their works. If OneManga actually believes that I've got a bridge in New York to sell them.
CharredKnighton July 28, 2010 at 7:29 a.m.
@hitsusatsu11:
You can't make money off of that, CrunchyRoll has been profitable for one month, and that's just  getting the streaming rights, you can't make money off a 200,000 dollar per episode anime unless you sell it.  Do you even pay attention to what is happening, anime is barely surviving now, and you honestly expect a niche product to be able to make money entirely off of advertisements? 
 
Please for the love of god do some research.
Dream moderator on July 28, 2010 at 7:59 a.m.
The great challenge faced by the anime and manga industry in America at the moment is finding a means by which American readers and watchers can see or read anime and manga at close to the same time they are released in Japan. After all, a good number of folks don't have the patience to wait months or years at a time for a title to get picked up by American distributors or waiting on it to be up to its source material if still airing and published in Japan. On the anime side, simulcasting a number of titles has helped to somewhat ease this issue with Crunchyroll, Anime Network, Funimation and Viz Media picking up the rights to titles still airing in Japan and streaming them close to the same time they air in Japan. On the other hand, manga doesn't have such a means for which manga distributors can jump the gap at the moment where one has to wait for a couple years or not at all (if said title faces delays and cancellations) if they choose to go the legal route of purchasing manga volumes. Besides getting rid of manga aggregation sites, American manga distributors need to come up with a means similar to anime simulcasts where the international community can read a manga chapter close to the same time it's released in Japan if they wish to reduce online piracy.
ninjadude853on July 28, 2010 at 12:35 p.m.
@hitsusatsu11: well, the world doesn't work that way, people aren't entitled to everything
FoxxFireArt moderator on July 28, 2010 at 2:46 p.m.
@ninjadude853 said:
" @hitsusatsu11: well, the world doesn't work that way, people aren't entitled to everything "
People are entitled to the best product possible. One that isn't edited and changed from the authors original design. You can't get that from a US publisher such as VIZ.
 
Scanlations are often much more accurate then the product VIZ releases. Scanlations don't make idiotic alterations.
ninjadude853on July 28, 2010 at 4 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt said:
" @ninjadude853 said:
" @hitsusatsu11: well, the world doesn't work that way, people aren't entitled to everything "
People are entitled to the best product possible. One that isn't edited and changed from the authors original design. You can't get that from a US publisher such as VIZ.
 
Scanlations are often much more accurate then the product VIZ releases. Scanlations don't make idiotic alterations. "
i know, oftentimes reading officially released naruto pisses me off (lees supposed to be a natural and the drunken fist!)
 
but no ones entitled to just get it for free
hitsusatsu11on July 28, 2010 at 6:07 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt:
I agree, in the VIZ of DBZ, they refer to Majin Buu as Djinn Buu, and Vegito as Vegierot. Not to mention the name changes in case closed, and I don't like some of the translation choices in their Evangelion manga.
CharredKnighton July 28, 2010 at 6:58 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt:
Cry me a river thief.  The translations of Fullmetal Alchemist is as good if not better than the fan translation.  The only problem I have is with their translation of Xerxes.  Your just looking for an excuse not to pay money for them.
Dream moderator on July 28, 2010 at 7:20 p.m.
@CharredKnight:  Piracy of manga's not dead just because 30 manga aggregator sites are gonna potentially go dead. It's just gonna be harder for anyone to track the material unless they are familiar with the scanlation sites who do all the work. As long as American publishers are months to years behind a manga source, are published in a way different from the original version or niche and older titles remain unlicensed, scanlations will always be around.
CharredKnighton July 29, 2010 at 1:02 a.m.
@Dream:
Piracy isn't going to die because the vast majority of the "fans" don't actually care about who they get the material from, as long as it's free.  I have stated several times that I think it's only a matter of time before anime stop's getting made period.

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