Ken Akamatsu Starts Free Manga Download Site

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Ken Akamatsu, king of harem manga, is starting a free manga download site for out-of-print titles called “J-Comi,” and has announced all 14 volumes of Love Hina will be its first release.

The key points:

The service is completely free and without any time restrictions

Authors receive payment based on ad views/clicks

J-Comi themselves take a 0% commission

The comics will also be distributed as PDFs so anyone can read them

There is no DRM and copies can be made freely and given to friends

The beta test, consisting of all 14 volumes of Love Hina, is to begin on the 26th of November. Further manga (seemingly intended to cover mainly out of print titles) should follow, and Akamatsu himself says he expects other mangaka to take advantage of the service.

Judging from the screenshot provided, the comics will be accessible through a simple web reader as well as in PDF, a not infrequently despised format, and the comics themselves should be available in high resolution PDFs.

J-Comi’s official site is not yet open, but will be coming soon.

The background to the move is of course a publishing industry in rapid decline yet still refusing to realistically embrace new technology or loosen its control over mangaka, and an increasingly loudly voiced feeling amongst mangaka that in the Internet age they should be the ones pursuing new opportunities.


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    Avatar of AngelsThesis
    Comment by AngelsThesis
    17:32 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    ALL HAIL HAREM KING!

    Avatar of Chiaki H
    Comment by Chiaki H
    17:27 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Akamatsu, stop being so good at what you do.

    Avatar of The Kiss
    Comment by The Kiss
    21:24 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's what he said...

    Yes, I speak of Tite Kubo.

    Avatar of yaku
    Comment by yaku
    17:25 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Ken Akamatsu, he's the man.

    Avatar of icecoldgangstaa
    Comment by icecoldgangstaa
    17:38 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Hallelujah!

    Our savior has come!

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    18:57 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Jesus is coming.

    Grab a towel!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:20 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    heavens just around the corner...

    thats a good thing...right?

    Avatar of fffan1
    Comment by fffan1
    17:03 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    What is this Feeling...

    Avatar of Peter Barton
    Comment by Peter Barton
    18:06 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    >>"What is this Feeling..."

    That tonight's gonna be a good night?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:36 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    wrong song Peter....

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:13 22/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Epic comment Peter.

    Avatar of Kai
    Comment by Kai
    17:10 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The numbness from getting super punched by Naru.

    Avatar of angus
    Comment by angus
    17:05 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    A refreshing tingle on your toes from hell freezing over?

    Avatar of Yoshii-kun
    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    17:24 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Need to get back to bed.
    Must be dreaming....

    Avatar of yuriphoria
    Comment by yuriphoria
    17:57 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    i feel a sudden urge to buy al issues of love hina

    Avatar of TNinja
    Comment by TNinja
    00:00 18/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This is a very interesting news, indeed. Now, will there be any english release? This, I am curious about. The answer will entertain me nevertheless.

    But in any cases. I put my points to the "Respect" skill and uses it on Ken.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:28 18/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "Nobody would pay to see ken akamatsu's garbage.... "

    In which false reality are you living in?

    Avatar of Schrobby
    Comment by Schrobby
    20:12 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They did it! The mangaka revolution finally started! ^_^

    Avatar of Risui
    Comment by Risui
    18:35 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    No wonder Ken is my hero. Breath-taking harems, that's his signature, simple but no one else got the formula right like him.

    I'll send him one of my daughters when I got one for all the good work.

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    Comment by Sorrior
    17:47 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    My sentiments exactly Seele. Now everyone adorn your ceremonial vestimants and celebrate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:40 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Now we just need the Hentai/Doujin version HAHA.

    Avatar of SOTER
    Comment by SOTER
    17:55 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Argh! The ships surrendered without a fight.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    17:27 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I... I am... in love! I cannot... words... Should have... sent a... poet!

    Avatar of ו═╣═flood══›
    20:50 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Negima~~~~~~~~~~~ One of the best manga I've ever read. One of the worst anime I've ever watched.

    Avatar of Misakite
    Comment by Misakite
    22:09 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.7)

    A God has shown himself among us.

    Avatar of cerberus
    Comment by cerberus
    02:37 18/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.7)

    what kind of douche calls Ken Akamatsu's manga garbage?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:13 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.7)

    All I can say is thank you. :D

    Avatar of Seele
    Comment by Seele
    17:30 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I bow before my god! We are not worthy! Our lord has graced us with our hope and dreams!

    Avatar of Schrobby
    Comment by Schrobby
    20:12 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    They did it! The mangaka revolution finally started! ^____^

    Doesn't matter if there's no other language yet. They are going to realize they can profit from it soon enough.

    Avatar of Shippoyasha
    Comment by Shippoyasha
    18:39 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    It's kinda like a manga equivalent of Youtube. Where they get by with ads.

    It'd be funny if I look at a character's face and it's tattoo'd with an ad.

    Avatar of Schrobby
    Comment by Schrobby
    02:03 18/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Why free? They just might get a small piece of the manga sales. Everyone profits. ^_^

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    Comment by NeverSleep
    21:48 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Ken Akamatsu is a genius. That is I can say.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:13 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    anon 02:07, you fucking troll-shit, learn to respect your God and beg forgiveness!

    Avatar of Vitamin
    Comment by Vitamin
    13:35 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    *boom*
    Great, now I need to pick the rest of my brain that got stuck on the ceiling :/
    Brb.

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    Comment by Sukudo
    01:13 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    thats going to be huge. I hope it will be made that fan scanlations can be submitted for other languages and the profit goes to the mangaka. Its could be hard for the fanscanlations but i think it would be a good idea because the editors would get the money and the scanlators do it for free like always

    Comment by Anonymous

    official legit japanese version of mangaone for out of print titles

    Comment by Anonymous

    Is the manga in english?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:07 18/11/2010 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Nobody would pay to see ken akamatsu's garbage.... I mean, this guy created love hina ¬_¬

    Avatar of Mizushima 水島
    Comment by Mizushima 水島
    17:27 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    i think its snowing in hell. i get laid it froze over and the devil is sick in bed

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    Comment by OhYeah
    05:36 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And once again, Ken Akamatsu has saved the day against the evils of evil corporations!

    Remember folks, he gave for you, so remember to give to him in return. ^_^

    Avatar of Schrobby
    Comment by Schrobby
    20:38 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Sooner or later they are going to sell new manga, other languages will be follow, then the publishers will finally fall.

    We'll get cheap new manga fast, the mangaka will earn more than the slave wages they get now. Everyone is happy.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    17:25 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Do no exaggerate or fool yourself.

    It's not now, but in the future.
    It's not lots of manga, but love hina.

    If this was the year 2000, I would second your comment. Now it's kinda too late to be happy so the feeling is difficult to describe.

    It's like,... imagine yourself to be a woman, 10 years after some war. Your then missing boyfriend finally comes home, but you're already married to a rich guy and have kids. It's that kind of feeling now.

    Avatar of moqadmodar
    Comment by moqadmodar
    17:26 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    so you got two guys to choose from to jam it in?

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    Comment by Thomus
    22:10 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    i bet they are doing this for the sake of marketing, since Akamatsu probably made f*ck load of money anyways, posting old stuff on the web makes him look a bit... generous (Even though a large sum of money has already been sucked from us)

    Avatar of Chen-04
    Comment by Chen-04
    21:48 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No, it's more like the rich guy stays rich and can offer you anything, while the poor guy can only offer you the past. Of course you can take both but if you stay too long with the poor guy he will grab _your_ money.

    Hope everyon got that the rich guy means pirating manga while the poor guy means getting only few manga for free and to be expected to buy manga later on.

    Comment by Anonymous

    don't forget to add that the rich guy is getting poorer along that past 10 years as well, and the kids have aids.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:15 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow... am I dreaming? It sure is refreshing. And he's my new idol. =/

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:41 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    GO! GO! GO!
    Go, Ken, Go!
    There must be a chance for us all to pay only for what we like and to have a guarantee that the money go directly to authors.
    I have a dream that one day all these parasites like major labels and major publishers go to hell.

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    Comment by Renzo
    03:13 18/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    This era is truly the decline of book publishing which will be replaced by online and electronic reading

    Avatar of Dia
    Comment by Dia

    Deep hate for PDF. IT'S WORSE THAN DRM!

    Avatar of Rakshasa
    Comment by Rakshasa
    17:50 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Wait, what?... Why the hate for PDF?

    Easy to convert to any other format (if you got *nix at least), no DRM worth its salt and well... just nice with the right reader.

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    Comment by onitake
    20:29 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    let's see how successful the service is gonna be.
    i'm certain the site admins (i.e. ken) will listen to people if many ask for cbr instead of pdf.

    i hope this isn't an elaborate hoax!

    Avatar of Schrobby
    Comment by Schrobby
    20:24 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The PDFs are without DRM, so converting should be no problem. I'd prefer CBR or simple RAR.

    Avatar of Dia
    Comment by Dia

    What's wrong with jpg? It's so easy to read with irfanview.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:09 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    right click, save image, ctrl+v in mspaint, save in whatever format you want. That's the crudest but one amongst millions of other ways to turn a pdf into anything else you want... why did you say you hate pdf again?

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    Comment by Rakshasa
    18:15 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Congratulations on suggesting the lamest way ever to copy a PDF...

    Avatar of Rakshasa
    Comment by Rakshasa
    20:48 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    ISO/IEC 32000-1:2008

    Your trolling sucks ass, Anonymous.

    Avatar of Schrobby
    Comment by Schrobby
    02:11 18/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    There are tons of alternative readers. Try PDF-Xchange or Foxit Reader, both are better, faster and smaller than the original bloatware.

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    Comment by onitake
    20:41 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    # mkdir comic
    # cd comic
    # convert ../comic.pdf page%02d.png
    # zip ../comic.cbz *.png
    # cd ..
    # rm -rf comic

    I bet there are more elaborate ways to do the job, but this one is easy to understand, scriptable and needs only ImageMagick and Info-Zip plus a Shell. And I'm sure you can even do it with cygwin.

    Comment by Anonymous

    The official reader sucks balls and introduces tons of security vulnerabilities for it's users. Not to mention it'ss a pile of over bloated crap that takes forever to start (or at least it did on my old P4). The format itself is neither open, nor standard, making available alternative readers less than ideal.

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    Comment by SaruDa
    03:04 18/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    PDF is indeed quite a pain. All adobe products are like blood-sucking leeches on your computer.

    Comment by Anonymous

    seriouely people,
    i understand that this makes you happy and that this guy indeed is awesome but it's not like this is gonna change anything.
    we all pirate our stuff anyways so it won't really matter for any of us.







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