This is a major blow to most readers who got into scanlations in the late 2000s. Many fans are reacting to the closures as though they signal the end of all scanlations. Readers who are familiar with earlier eras of the scanlation community or who mainly follow alternative types of scanlation groups (those that still operate on IRC or distribute via Livejournal, for example) are less affected. Inside Scanlation covers the history of the scanlation movement in great detail. A small device installed inside her right ring, functioned to increase the power of magic and attack abilities. Inside Scanlation, “The ‘Raw’ and ‘Speed’ Movement”; accessed July 30, 2010. Inside Scanlation describes the effect: “MangaHelpers became one of the main sites enabling and supporting the excessive scanlation of Shounen Jump manga by the many groups that arose with the help of the site’s large community of raw providers, translators, and editors. The site’s popularity has resulted in Friday becoming the most important release day of the week for scanlation. The race to scanlate Shounen Jump manga the fastest has resulted in skyrocketing release numbers on the weekends.” Shounen Jump officially comes out on Mondays, so large bookstores and people with subscriptions often get it a couple of days early.

I’ll use this to introduce myself and tell you some things, so you get to know me. If you’re new to futanari hentai manga and didn’t get the chance to use MangaStream or KissManga, then this website is a great introduction to the community. In late 2010, Digital Manga Publishing began to gather participants for its Digital Manga Guild, an attempt to use scanlators to produce licensed, legal digital manga. In mid 2010, a major crackdown on scanlation aggregation and online reading sites is underway led by a coalition of US and Japanese publishers. This is one of the reasons why many consider the closing of this scanlation site a big loss to the community. Their content is kept up to date, making for one of the best MangaStream alternatives around. While most of its content is accessible without sign-up, you might be asked to register after a while. The content is free, but some of the premium features are only available upon registration.

2000-2001 – Other early groups like MangaScreener, Toriyama’s World, SnoopyCool, Studio Robb, MangaTranslation (run by FuguTabetai), and Suou Jima (aka Random Manga Translations) are founded. 2001 – FuguTabetai writes GMAO (Great Manga Application Onidzuka). Manga Jouhou begins reporting on manga industry news in addition to scanlation releases. The scanlation community begins to be organized around new aggregation/database sites like DailyManga and Manga Jouhou. 2000 – Mangascans, the “first modern scanlation group” is formed. 1989 – There is a usenet group for Ranma 1/2 translations. 2002 – Korean Manhwa Translations (KMTS) is founded. Many groups begin to scanlate comics from outside of Japan, particularly manhwa. At the same time, many shoujo and yaoi scanlation groups communicate, organize, and distribute through sites like Livejournal or require readers to sign up for their forums. At the same time, the large number of groups and leads to scanlations of many niche genres such as yaoi and doujinshi. One thing to note, however, is the limited number of available genres. It’s still one of the better manga reading sites available.

It’s got mainstream and even yaoi manga to suit discerning tastes. Many sites such as OneManga and Manga Fox are closing, removing all of their scanlations, or attempting to reposition themselves. Newer shounen groups like Binktopia, Red Hawk Scanlations, Japflap, Franky House, SleepyFans, and Hueco Mundo produce competing speedscans of the same Jump titles. Raws, especially raws of new Shounen Jump chapters, are increasingly easy to find. Many small groups focus on the same few contemporary Shounen Jump series, especially Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach. Many new scanlation groups form, often starting with projects already being scanned by established groups, especially bestselling Shounen Jump titles. High profile direct download and online reading sites supplant IRC as the main form of distribution, particularly for speedscan groups of mainstream shounen. Groups with a more traditional focus (like older shounen or seinen titles) often remain on IRC. They frequently focus on speed rather than quality.

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