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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?
Dream moderator on July 29, 2010 at 3:20 a.m.
@CharredKnight:  Even the anime and manga industry have relied on fan piracy to figure out what to license as not knowing what the fans want would be like blindly dunking in a barrel of apples as they've relied on it long before the economic crisis. Unless you know of alternatives that can appease both fans and the distributors, complaining's not gonna settle anything as the issue of anime/ manga piracy isn't so black and white and simple as you seem to be implying. I also think that the current economic crisis is effecting the industry as a whole as more titles made in recent years are pandering to the otaku crowd to reduce risk. While such titles do well at attracting the present otaku fanbase, they are also alienating new and older fans which puts the future fanbase of anime and manga at risk with fewer people willing to watch and buy the material.
Spacebirdon July 29, 2010 at 5:13 a.m.
I believe the only Mangas I read one OM were Elfen Lied and Kanokon.  Seriously though, I recently bought the first season of Strike Witches after having seen the fansub last year, and the english dub from Netflix. Why buy it? I do believe the folks making these properties deserve to make a living. I will certainly continue to view free fansubs, as I've not seen licensed english distribution of properties like Spice & Wolf, or Kyouran Kazuko Nikki (funniest thing I've EVER seen/read). It's a fine line, but I believe if the publisher/producer has no english version in the works, they're not losing money as I wouldn't buy something I can't understand, however when it gets licensed they need to be supported, otherwise we'll never see/read anything except Speed Racer re-runs.
And god bless Adult Swim Saturdays, even though they could use some help with the titles they elect to air.
Sonata moderator on July 29, 2010 at 6:22 a.m.
Well people that means we have get off our butts and open our wallets abit more. I dont mind to much about that I occasionally splurge on anime box sets.
Dream moderator on July 29, 2010 at 8:29 a.m.
@Sonata: I hear there are some manga titles now available in omnibus format which is a potential money-saver.
agila61on July 29, 2010 at 12:10 p.m.
@metalsnakezero said:
" 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. "
If that was the reason, then the scanlation sites would not have so many rips of the manga that has been published in the US. Indeed, if that was the reason, then when manga chapter samples or series became available on legal publisher sites, the bootleg manga viewer sites would link to the legal titles.
The reason we have scanlation sites is so that the owners of the sites can pocket the advertising revenues, while the mangaka, script writers and publishers in Japan do the work of creating the manga, and the scanlation groups or US publishers do the work of translating the works.
agila61on July 29, 2010 at 12:13 p.m.
@hitsusatsu11 said:
" @Fabe: Advertisements. "
Sitelogr's estimate of the revenue of OneManga, which is far and away the biggest of these sites, is $2,647/day, which would be $0.97m annually. While that will generate a tidy bit of pocket change for the OneManga site owner, its not enough to pay for the actual production and translation of the manga.

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