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22Jul/1021

Thar She Blows: One Manga Signs Off

Well, it has finally happened. One Manga, one of the biggest scanlation hoarding websites on the internet today, is closing up shop at the end of this week due to 'publishers recently changing their stance on scanlations'. It was only a matter of time before the popular website submitted to pressure from the multi-national manga anti-piracy coalition, which aims to reduce the huge amount of manga piracy on the internet. Indeed, the scalp of One Manga will be a big victory for the coalition as, according to ANN, One Manga was ranked #935 on Google's 1000 most visited websites on the 'net. This is quite a staggering thought; to think that a website that relies on such blatant piracy could rise to become one of Google's top 1000. No wonder it had to go.

Do you visit One Manga frequently? I know I did, yet as I said in my previous article, and I say again now: lets pull our fingers out and start supporting the industry we love. Consider the death of One Manga the final wake up call.

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Chris (aka Kagami) cares for only two things; cars and women. As an engineer, he appreciates all things mechanical, such as hot rods and giant transforming robots. He also collects various anime figurines.

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  • I love how they put it to “publishers recently changing their stance on scanlations” I’m pretty sure they were totally against them in the first place, their stance hasn’t changed at all; it’s just that action is finally being taken >.>

  • Rose

    I used onemanga because let’s face it, there are manga out there that will never be published in the US, ever. How can I support an industry I can’t even read in my own language?

  • deaky

    If it wasn’t for scanlations and communities like onemanga I wouldn’t even know that my favorite manga existed. I wouldn’t even be into manga, because it’s incredibly rare that I come across an official release I actually want to read. Which is a shame, because I’d be more than willing to pay for high-quality prints of some of my favorites, especially collector’s editions and limited releases. I even wish the mangaka and related artists would accept donations, because I want to support them directly.. the publishers seem to actively not want my money anyway.

    • So buy them in Japanese and learn the language.

      You could support the industry and get manga hard copies cheaper at the same time.

  • @Rose: You could follow the people and blogs who originally scanlated all those series.

  • Think about it in another way; Why should you get to have one part of the culture without another? Why should you get to you pick and choose?

    Manga is part of their culture, why must they let you have all of it without what comes with it? Learn Japanese.

  • Or just learn Japanese. It wouldn’t hurt now, would it?

  • Rose

    If you’re trying to say that Japanese is an easy language to learn, it isn’t. Not everyone has a brain geared towards bilingualism, nor does everyone have the time and money to learn a new language. Manga was an escape from everyday pressures for me, and learning a language for the sole purpose of reading manga wouldn’t be lessening the load in any way.

  • Rose

    If you’re trying to say that Japanese is an easy language to learn, it isn’t. Not everyone has a brain geared towards bilingualism, nor does everyone have the time and money to learn a new language. Manga was an escape from everyday pressures for me, and learning a language for the sole purpose of reading manga wouldn’t be lessening the load in any way.

  • Rose

    If you’re trying to say that Japanese is an easy language to learn, it isn’t. Not everyone has a brain geared towards bilingualism, nor does everyone have the time and money to learn a new language. Manga was an escape from everyday pressures for me, and learning a language for the sole purpose of reading manga wouldn’t be lessening the load in any way.

  • Yes, because it’s SO easy to learn Japanese just like that. Everybody has TONS of free time and money to waste on learning a new language! >_>

  • Yes, because it’s SO easy to learn Japanese just like that. Everybody has TONS of free time and money to waste on learning a new language! >_>

  • Yes, because it’s SO easy to learn Japanese just like that. Everybody has TONS of free time and money to waste on learning a new language! >_>

  • While I agree that buying Japanese-language manga is a good way to support the industry, I’m getting a little sick of your preachy ‘learn Japanese’ blathering. I happen to know that you don’t know a lick of Japanese, so piss off and stop telling other people what to do.

  • While I agree that buying Japanese-language manga is a good way to support the industry, I’m getting a little sick of your preachy ‘learn Japanese’ blathering. I happen to know that you don’t know a lick of Japanese, so piss off and stop telling other people what to do.

  • You know who’s happiest about the demise of One Manga? The scanlators themselves.

    Think about it. They go to all the trouble of translating and uploading manga to the internet for free, and sites like One Manga rip off their scanlations and make money off them, without even bothering to give the original scanlator credit. I hate to say it, but these guys were con artists, and it’s high time they were shut down.

    If you still need your unlicensed manga fix, download ’em from the scanlators instead. Support their work!

  • Did I visit? Damn right. Habitually, it’s how I got a chance to read One Piece, Bleach, Naruto, The World Only God Knows, Bakuman, Team Medical Dragon and on and on. But by the time this announcement came out I had mostly stopped using it. One Manga going down isn’t a big deal simply because it was taken out, it’s a big deal because it shows that the manga publishing industry is caring, paying attention and being thorough. I’m actually surprised it lasted this long. I’ve seen other less popular sites with scanlation go do down or just stop making scanlations available. I thought a very popular site like One Manga would be their first target.

    In the end, if the more popular series get licensed and are made available here then it will be fine. The scanlators themselves will keep going with their beloved hobby/obsession and the more savvy of us will just have to work harder for our rare/unlicensed manga fix.

  • I know it’s a good thing, but it’s the first of many to close and I’m sure it’s the end of an era and that many people will no longer be able to read their favourite manga as like me I adored the small manga companies that would never translate their mangas into other languages as they wouldn’t make a large enough profit anyway.

  • Azar

    Well it was only a matter of time, I’m surprised the sight lasted as long as it did. Though thanks to that sight an a few dozen others. I got into manga several years ago and haven’t looked back since.

    I know this may sound a bit far fetched, but i think the publishers are finally cracking down on these sights is because of the economic turmoil we’re in right now. Think about it.

    I’m all for supporting the industry and such, but the main issue is that most of them don’t have English translations and the ones that do are rather pricey. If they offered an alternative, to this. The industry wouldn’t be in the same it’s in.

    Anyway it looks like i’ll have to find another sight for my manga.

  • well if you ever want to get in contact with me old-members of One manga, i play runescape alot KagomeChaos you can find me anywhere with that name 🙂

  • Justin

    does anyone know where everyone went to instead? I’m looking for a site to chat about and share ideas for my own story. so far I’ve come up dry.