A coalition of Japanese and U.S manga publishers is coming together to get aggregation sites like Onemanga and MangaFox shut down.
Bottom line, the companies are well within their rights to do so. After all considering these sites run ads they are making money. But are they only hurting themselves by shutting places like this down?
I am currently buying Kuroshitsuji, Butterflies Flowers, Ghost Hunt to name but a few of the mangas I have come across online and liked enough to continue reading and then buy when they have become available to do so.
I don’t know about the majority of you, but I don’t actually enjoy sitting at my computer to read manga, I’d much rather have a nice book in my hands.
So I squealed with delight when I found out Kamisama Hajimemashita had been licensed by Viz. Not happy about the translated title, but the cover art is cute and I look forward to December when it will finally get released and I’ll pay cold hard cash for it.
However had it not been for the aggregate site I found another manga on I would never have known about it. Because I found the manga on that site and then followed it back to the scanlator site and ended up discovering it.
But what of other titles that I enjoy that have no upcoming release date? I adore Love*Com to the extent that I searched out more of Nakahara’s mangas. Sure enough I am really enjoying Nanaco Robin, which isn’t available in the U.S, nor has anyone mentioned licensing it as far as I know.
Well I can’t really bitch, because its not like the scanlators themselves are being targeted, so that means it might be harder to come across and not as nicely set up to read. But you should be able to still find it online, unless they also start going after the scanlators themselves.
I think there is good reason they will leave the scanlators alone. After all much like subbed anime helps companies figure out which animes are worth licensing, I’m sure it works much the same for downloaded, scanlated manga.
So what is a solution that would make everyone happy so I still get to read those obscure one-shots that no company over here would probably even bother to publish. For example the little extras I know exist for Hana Kimi and Koukou Debut but have yet to be published over here if they ever will.
One of the commenters at ANN brought up the idea of a manga type crunchyroll. I would certainly pay a monthly fee to read online manga content. Is it ever likely though? Probably not, after all you have to get a lot of companies to all agree to have their content on the same site.
Hubby mentioned the simple idea of putting links on the pages of licensed manga. So that if you go to the Naruto page on OneManga, you’ll find a button that will link you to a place where you can purchase a copy.
Or have the ads that they run on the site be links which make the manga companies money. Like running ads for Viz.com etc I think for the vast majority of fans, if the companies can provide a legitimate way for fans to get to the content, the fans will use it.
Much as Funimation has done by having episodes of anime to buy from their site or Itunes, or like both Funimation and Viz have had episodes of their show streamed free on hulu for all to watch.
Why can’t something similar be worked out with manga. Isn’t it common for people in Japan to read manga on their phones? Wouldn’t you pay a monthly fee for an ap that would let you read manga on your iphone or ipad?
Hell if I could do that with both manga and American comics, I’d find the money for an ipad right now!
Whatever happens, if you go to one of these sites and are currently following anything or keep going back to something you liked in the past. Looks like you’re going to have to find out who is scanlating it or who did scanlate it and if they have it available for download.
Because it doesn’t look like you’ll be able to read it from these sites for much longer.