One Manga Shut Down by Manga Publishers


A coalition of manga publishers have successfully forced top manga piracy site One Manga offline for good.

The site’s administration posted a statement detailing their decision:

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.

It probably comes as news to manga publishers to hear that they “approved” of scanlations in the first place, although the rise of P2P-based scanlation was most probably directly responsible for the medium’s huge growth in international popularity in recent years.

Publishers for their part have stated they are under no illusions about the impossibility of stamping out piracy completely, but that commercial sites hosting vast amounts of scanlated manga simply tip the balance of convenience too far in favour of free and online.

Whether they have the good business sense to now offer a superior legal alternative, or instead cling to the delusion that scanlated copies will translate one to one, or even a hundred to one, into paper copies, will likely determine the prospects of the international manga market for some time to come.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    14:03 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Time to go underground my friends.
    Thank god for hidden websites. MF is good in all but they aren't going to last long. They aren't "hidden" at all :[

    Love you OM <3 R.I.P.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:14 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm glad Sankaku made this a topic. I'm soooooo heart broken :[

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:02 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think this topic needed to be made, personally.

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    15:16 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you're being sincere, you really ought to kill yourself. :|

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:04 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    omg, then i have to finish reading like 10 series this week... not going to work tomorrow i guess

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    Comment by SIN REKA
    11:53 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea, I found this out when I went to the site this morning. Sucks to see it go. Found out about alot of manga there, most notably Air Gear. But, like many have said, there are plenty of other sites out there to get my manga fix.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:35 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I want super cheap IPAD manga! Only then will I pay for it.
    LAst thing I friggin need is tons of paper volumes laying around, collecting dust, pages turning yellow over the years or molding.
    Paper is DEAD.
    And who wants to drive out to the book store, when you could just download new chapters each week in hi res instead of on pathetically small books.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:09 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Absolute Justice- Aikanu agrees :)

    But seriously people, go buy the manga, and yes U were never entitled to free manga, even if your country has none.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:51 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Had the majority of visitors to the site been looking for unlicensed manga, I might be somewhat dismayed, but seeing as most were clearly there for Bleach, Naruto, and etc, I have little sympathy for them or the site's closing.

    Of course, I say this having also worked at a bookstore, and unfortunately anticipate many of these socially inept leeches to start spawning on the floor in the manga aisle.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:37 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    there's still 10000manga....

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    Comment by jayizdrunk
    07:15 25/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea but 2 things about that site

    a) it only shows mature or ecchi manga
    b) if they want to replace OneManga, they'd have to dump everything on that site. I don't think they'd do that just yet.

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    Comment by animehorror
    16:26 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol, well i guess if they want to play that game i never buy a manga and just download from sites, lol if music and movies can not stop it. then they do not have a hope

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    Comment by ACelfnlied
    17:01 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    argh thats bullshit, ive been using that site for the longest time, makes me sad to see it die.

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    Comment by eksuterru-kun
    17:51 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    RIP OM.
    but i say this is ridiculous. they're just blaming scans for their bad sales. sites should opt for server hosting out of US. most publishers doing this are US i'm guessing.

    As if they can ever extinguish practice of scans... some scanlator groups put officially published manga to shame in quality of translation anyway...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:55 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "some scanlator groups put officially published manga to shame in quality of translation anyway..."

    You're kidding right? Most of the scans I've seen have been so terrible that I wonder if the scanlators themselves know English.

    The only group I know of that puts out consistently high quality work is Saha.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:47 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    My friend was like : "let's think of onemanga's death as Gol D. Roger frm one piece and let the hundreds of other scanlation sites roll in. Let the new age of PIRACY(lol) begin!"

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    Comment by PoppaRockz
    17:38 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, they certainly have the right to shut down Onemanga, but i don't think this will help their manga sales in the slightest. People who buy manga volumes usually only do it for series they know and love. People won't just buy randomly, sites like Onemanga help me find what series i enjoy enough to buy. With out sites like it i probably wouldn't buy manga at all.

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    Comment by Kelvin
    15:13 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol, so what if you shut down One Manga. There's hundreds of these website providing free manga. Good luck shutting them down.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:43 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn... this is the end of the anime and manga bubble.... no one will read manga anymore.... those publishers.... LETS ALL BAN THEIR BOOKS!

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    15:15 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Inorite! Then we can read manga for free again! *A week later* Hey, where are my new chapters, man?!

    Btw, I was 12:51. Forgot to log in.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:57 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    why can't they think of these site as a positive result? Each scanlation save the usage of paper. 1 tree produces 8,333 paper (estimated). Producing paper also resulted in paper pollution and also cutting down more trees. Cutting more trees requires more oil (chain saw.) and chain saw produce smoke. Think of how much damage will it do to the environment just by using more paper, convert it into comic, and left it on the shelf and not recycling it. If the paper demand is lower, hence the paper production should be lowered due to lower demand. Just take is as reserving all the paper for the mangaka and scrip writer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:40 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unfortunately, there is a down side for the publishers.

    One Manga is and was a fantastic place for less popular manga to be found. I know I would never have ever found Freezing or Vinland Saga without it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:14 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even MangaToshokan which had an even larger manga database is removing all of their Japanese manga (apparently the Korean/Chinese-origin stuff will remain). They have a list of the publishers on their site who asked that their stuff not to be up for viewing irrespective of the licensing state in the US.
    Unfortunate considering that many a good series go unlicensed outside of Japan.

    The main issue is that these sites have US servers, so they are targets for takedown based on the copyright laws. Any websites with servers based in Turkey, Russia or Europe may fare much better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:50 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who draw this pirate girl? Have pixiv gallery?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:47 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Manga is getting translated into English for everyone to enjoy. These publishing companies are not putting English words in all of these various anime. When they can match the scanlators then i will approve to pay money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:13 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It costs a lot of money for a publisher to translate a manga into another language and develop a licensing agreement with a regional distributor. They're not going to translate a title into English unless they can see a profit on it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:11 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shutting down a free mangascan site is like trying to take control of the internet. Trust me it wont work...

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    Comment by MidnightTide
    09:38 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the powers that be are already working on taking control of the internets....most of the industrial countries have already agreed on it (the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement)

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:36 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually in most cases you are correct but in onemanga's case you would be wrong.

    The owner of onemanga attempted to sell the site. It is possible that the publishers began hitting hard because they heard about this. The owner would have made a few figures if he would of sold it.

    Besides taking down the scan sites means nothing. The manga will still be translated by alternate groups they may just no longer be loaded onto scan sites. You might have to go directly to the source. They won't stop even if these host sites will...and publishers can't do anything about it because the origin of the translations do not make money, are extremely hard to find, and are numerous in the millions.

    This may be the end of manga share scans sites but not the translations. They will still exist if you have the resources to find them. which will probably become harder if they hit a number of sites...not to mention google may try to move them elsewhere when you search for them.

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    Comment by sevennights
    09:00 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    My god this has been one of the longest articles in a while in terms of postage.

    All i can do is laugh at all of the people who use OM. The site sucked. Learn japanese, go to scanslators, buy manga, or find a better site to dl from. Quit bitching about the "death" of a site that will soon be forgotten.

    Note that i said dl from and not stream or w/e its called. Honestly there are soooo many better alternatives.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:11 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    maybe you should just go die in a fire?

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    Comment by MARl0
    08:46 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good news indeed. It's always fun to see pirates bitch about losing one of their favorites sites. :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:59 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh tell me whats good about it, if it wasnt for scanlators popularizing manga and anime you probably wouldnt be reading the manga or seeing the anime that you probably enjoy now, your just a f****** hipocrite

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    Comment by MARl0
    11:30 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How am I a hypocrite exactly? I don't watch or read pirated crap. All anime that I watch I buy. And I barely read manga at all (what little I do read, I again buy). I don't have that ungrateful sense of entitlement like most of the ungrateful swine here. I actually support the people that make this stuff, not steal from them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:14 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    your mum is a horde

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:32 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stealing is believing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:50 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    fuck you douche

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:25 24/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Again if it wasnt for pirates tou wouldnt be watching the anime you watch now, legal or pirated, and it makes you a hipocrite because you think that everyone as the same access to manga and anime as you do

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:25 24/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Again if it wasnt for pirates you wouldnt be watching the anime you watch now, legal or pirated, and it makes you a hipocrite because you think that everyone as the same access to manga and anime as you do

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    Comment by nazel212
    08:25 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I personally loved the site and its hard to know its going down next week. Hopefully they get one more WSJ releases out, it would be like going out at their greatest. I've read so many new manga and discovered so many anime from just browsing the site.

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    Comment by MidnightTide
    08:19 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Didn't most people notice that most scanlators hated the fact that their work ended up on these shit sites?

    I will admit the only benefit these sites had was I was able to skim over a manga to see if I liked it or not (and then I would find out who scanlated it and got it from their website)

    and yes, if I liked a series, and it was available to buy in my area I did buy it...(the same goes with anime)

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:08 24/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    dude buying is overated and om is not a shit site

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:25 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pretty soon all my leisure activities will be stomped out by copyrights. I guess its time to go back to the library.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:31 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    When I read the announcement on the site this morning, I didn't believe it. I had to read it three times over before it sunk in. Looks like I'll have to find another site to read my manga on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:27 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It`s good one manga is gone now, too bad them and other black sheep acting like that made the japanese companies angry at the scanlator scene as a whole.

    Seriously, to all the people crying a river because they missed their naruto or bleach fix, 2 minutes of searching lead you to about 6 other similar sites, half of them with better resolution or a bigger (or at least more varied less shounen-oriented) database.

    Also one manga was crappy.
    They had shitty resolutions, specifically on double pages.
    It`s one thing if you can`t appreciate the artwork fully (buy the original for that), but if you can`t freaking read the text bubbles it`s way too much.

    One manga was also making profit of it.
    So they got what they deserved, since they ignored the copyright holders and creators rights.
    You might say, well, which fansub distributor doesn`t do that, but usually people just spread it and refrain to make a profit from it.)

    They also screwed with the scanlators, who put the actual work into translating all this stuff, but were well aware that this should be a non-profit endeavour or the japanese will get angry with the entire scanlation scene for abusing their property.

    And that`s what`s happening right now, isn`t it?
    You have to thank one manga and similar sites that made profit instead of just distributing, that the japanese companies now declared war on scanlation in general.

    Add those whole "adult series" taken off from reading (for a while) shenanigans they pulled of instead of just adding an age verification on the site entrance like many doujinshi, porn site or even just seller sites like j-list use and I really can`t see why people make a fuss about them being closed down.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:03 24/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    go suck a dick dude a lot of people are sad about this site a guess what it was faster than waiting months for a new volume coming out so get a life u loser

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:06 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dam, this is a sad day for manga. I loved that site and well RIP One Manga. TIME TO MOVE ON TO MANGA FOX!

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    Comment by Gilgamesh
    10:29 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    sad, i read around 300 manga in onemanga, wanted to finish at least 100 more.....

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:48 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Glad to see all the feedback on this sad notice.. I visit OM multiple times daily, so it's really sad to see it go. First Chaosangel092 gets the boot from youtube, and now OM gets the hammer from manga publishers. Sad sad week so far.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    10:59 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    one down thousands to go...

    they should really consider making a legal site that actually provides high quality, translated with multiple language subs manga. not to mention i have been looking for old manga's and such.kinda like steam were they can update it if there's any wrong spelling and such. sadly that would be a long time

    better check this site for those who want to buy "legal" manga's

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    Comment by Kei-chan
    15:34 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That would be a good idea, IF the mangaka did it directly and cut out the publishers. I'd pay for a subscription there if the translations were good, the uploads have good resolution, and its fair pricing. The only thing i see having trouble is the pricing, because if they gathered manga from large quantities of mangaka the sales would be split oddly, i've thought about an overall charge that might work, or split credits for whomever you read from...but its all just a thought.

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