In a degree of unexpected shock to people like Romulation shutting down its Nintendo DS downloads, visitors and users of One Manga were shocked by almost a similar announcement: that scanlated manga will no longer appear on the site. If people visit OneManga.com, they will be greeted by a pop-up titled “There is an end to everything, to good things as well” that announces this week will be “the last week of manga reading”. Announced by Zabi, the notice goes on to say “manga publishers have their stance on manga scanlations and made it clear they no longer approve of it.” One Manga is ranked #935 on the Internet’s 1,000 most visited websites gathering in nearly 4 million users each month.
On the One Manga forums, members expressed disbelief at the news. Many railed against the manga publishers’ “greed” and reasoned that scanlations could not possibly have a huge effect on profits in manga sales especially when “most of the manga” aren’t in the least popular “over there [Japan]“. “Sorta feel like a piece of my heart has been ripped out. . . . I don’t want some other manga site. I want OM. OM was in all ways the best, about everything” posted a member, eightdollarwater.
“Oh well, it was good run” stated a forlorn member. However, members began to support each other and tried to be optimistic. “These guys might be able to shut this site but I am sure new ones will come up to provide us scantilations, just keep looking guys…we still get pirated music don’t we?” encouraged another member, Indian_Shinagame.
Japanese companies have lately started to take a firm stand against piracy in games, mangas, movies, and television shows. With the help of foreign assistance in countries where the pirate servers are located in, the Japanese companies in all cases “request” to have its licensed contents removed.
One Manga decided to remove both licensed and unlicensed content from its website. One Manga and other scanlation sites encourage their members to buy the actual copies of the manga which usually provides a few people a reason to keep working in a gray area even though the practice of scanlating is illegal.
One Manga and other such sites are hosts to teams of scanlators putting their “finished product” of English-translated manga on the websites allowing millions on the Internet to view manga without buying the comics. Popular series such as Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach are among the manga available. OneManga visiters usually wait a week or so for a new chapter of the manga series they read unless the artist of the manga declares a hiatus.
Teams of manga providers work very hard to get a well-done English-translated series or chapters of manga out in the Internet. Renowned teams of manga providers are Sleepy Fans, FrankyHouse, and IEatManga.
Teams are usually made up of:
Raw providers – Individuals who provide raw copies of manga chapters by scanning and storing them on their computers. Providers send the scans to the translator(s) of the team.
Translators - Individuals who can translate Japanese (Korean in some cases) to English and insert the translation into the manga chapters.
Cleaners/Moppers – After the translator inserts the translation, cleaners or “moppers” clean up any mess the translation has left behind.
Editors - Individuals who can “clean” the manga up after the above members finish their job.
The One Manga team and many members have decided to continue using the forums of One Manga as “OMF has developed into a great community and it would be a shame to see that dissapear”. Zabi thanked every OneManga member and visiter “for unwavering support over the years” and has hinted that the team has “some ideas we would like to try out.”
Meanwhile, other manga scanlation sites have been declining at the requests of Japanese publishers. A few sites remain untouched by the Japanese publishing companies such as MangaStream which has only a few manga series available on its site in contrast to One Manga.
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