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A web and popular mobile app based manga reading service, Mangarock is shutting down its service

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    ThyMrMan
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    Well this is something I never expected to happen really. But I guess I could see it happening with the subscription, normally with piracy related stuff the minute you try to make money from...

    Well this is something I never expected to happen really. But I guess I could see it happening with the subscription, normally with piracy related stuff the minute you try to make money from directly you start to run into issues.

    Honestly I'm more and more worried about scanlators as the manga industry tries to update to the more modern internet and world. Most of them gain their money from patreon and donations, and I could see more legal action occurring against them due to what they do. Do hope the scanlators stick around somehow though, wouldn't have discovered so many older or unpopular manga if somebody wasn't doing it in their spare time cause no manga magazine would make enough from those manga to bother translating officially.

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    1. Deva
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      Yeap. There are so many series that will never see official release in the west owing to their niche circle. Heck, big names like City Hunter never got complete EN release save for French volumes....

      Yeap. There are so many series that will never see official release in the west owing to their niche circle. Heck, big names like City Hunter never got complete EN release save for French volumes. I finished Jiraishin few months ago and when was sad when I read on Wikipedia that they released like 1 or 3 volumes in US before dropping it. Some of these series were probably done during the IRC era. Scanlation is just like a hobby for scanlators and can never transition into a full-time job because of which many groups disband and the series gets dropped.

      I do hope publishers look into the possibility of getting these scanlations proofread and released for English speaking audience.

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  2. Deva
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    A recent Twitter thread that was trending in Japan (it is in Japanese)- https://twitter.com/OnTakahashi/status/1166320355025117185 Some translations that were pulled from a Reddit post-...

    A recent Twitter thread that was trending in Japan (it is in Japanese)- https://twitter.com/OnTakahashi/status/1166320355025117185

    Some translations that were pulled from a Reddit post- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oJMVrlNcCpbchL5Y9qQoeCTmF75XIu3DNRqgjz5hmCg/edit

    I guess their monthly subscription month was the main catalyst that lead to their downfall.

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    Ephemere
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    The intersection of international politics here is pretty fascinating:

    The intersection of international politics here is pretty fascinating:

    ・While countless manga authors are struggling to make ends meet, MR workers have a fancy office in Vietnam, decked out with Macs.
    ・Vietnam is considered a close ally of Japan, and we have fostered very strong diplomatic ties with one another.
    ・They also love Japanese anime and manga content. So it’s heartbreaking to see that a Vietnamese company is bringing suffering to the very Japanese authors that the Vietnamese people claim to love.

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    1. Deva
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      "Dread it. Run from it. Politics still arrives." Sorry for the shitty pun

      "Dread it. Run from it. Politics still arrives."

      Sorry for the shitty pun