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is this the end of anime/manga?!
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Posted 1/22/12 , edited 1/22/12
Put it this way. If the site is legal and demands membership to watch anime/manga, the site will never go down (eg. CR,FUNimation,ect. ect.) but some that don't really require you to have a membership that have videos from megaupload.com or filefront.com will probably go down. BUT REMEMBER! Once one site goes town 5 different ones pop up so you'll never be out of luck :D

And Manga... Just get an Itouch or iPhone and download the app called MANGA STORM. it requires you to pay $2.99 but you can read as much manga and it's always updates with the newest manga released (example: Sora no Oshitomo, Nozoki Ana, GE- Good Ending, Air Gear, Worlds Mightyest Disciple Kenichi + more.) the one thing they don't have is BLEACH and Naruto but alls good
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Posted 1/22/12
Well if you watch or read manga or anime on sites illegally you are hurting the anime and manga industry because if there isnt any money to be made there wont be any more.
Posted 1/22/12
Haha it will never happen .
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49 / F / Center of the Uni...
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It's not the end of Manga or Anime. quite the opposite. The end of FREE/stolen anime or manga might mean new life to the companies that make/distribute it.
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25 / F / Chesapeake, Va
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How can you say it's not gonna be the end of anime and manga? Does everything you read or watch even come out where you are? You're effectively cutting your fans off from stuff you weren't even going to attempt to translate anyway. I don't wanna be stuck having to watch only Naruto and Bleach cuz that's what everyone else wants and will probably make the most money. If it's translated here, i buy it. Sometimes even if i don't know what it's about but there's still plenty that'll never see the light of day. Things are changing and it's gonna be one crazy change...
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Posted 1/22/12
i doubt it.
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22 / M / sleep
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Posted 1/22/12
The era of free manga/anime will soon come to end.
like the era of samurais ended!!!!!!!
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31 / M / England
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I doubt anime and manga will stop any time soon, what i really want to stop is crappy licensing issues and let all anime and manga be worldwide on sites like CR and FUNimation, all the illegal sites can be gotten rid of then and show the owners of the anime and manga that we really do enjoy there works more then they think. But that's just my view on the matter.
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26 / M / Pandemonium
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Posted 1/22/12 , edited 1/22/12
Are you kidding me?
Making free Manga/Anime distribution will mean the end of the medium? Seriously?
I see nothing wrong with people having to actually pay for the media they enjoy.

In fact, free online Manga/Anime is what killed it in Norway. It had a nice run for a couple years until everyone figured out they could get it for free online. Now it's been like three or four years since the last volume of anything was sold here.
Not even One Piece or Naruto survived.

The only stores here that sell Manga and Anime now are import shops.
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26 / F / The great not so...
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Posted 1/22/12 , edited 1/22/12
If you are going to remove all the illegal anime then Japanese companies should do what they did with Haruhi simulcast upload the new episodes on their youtube channel in english subs then remove them after a set number of days.

Also CR, Sentai, NIS and Funi/Funico should try and get their hands on as many series as possible each season. Which they have been doing a good job so far, but they didn't get good series like Gundam AGE or Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou. Which upsets me seeing as how I doubt the streams will last for each of these much longer if this bullshit keeps up. So I hope NIS or Sentai gets both these series soon same for Code Geass: Akito when it finally starts to air. Cause Code Geass and Gundam are too popular to pass up and probably Bandai's best selling franchises.

Then we have more companies like Discotek to release classic series subbed on DVD. Also if CR can acquire more classics aside of simulcasts.

When that happens I won't need fansubs anymore and I will never import a series unless its an OVA or movie since those are cheaper than buying the actual series.

For manga the only two I really care about is 07 Ghost and Pandora Hearts and both of those are available in English through Yen Press and imports. As for the others I'm reading I'm pretty much screwed.
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30 / M / New York City
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Posted 1/22/12
I like free stuff but i feel sorry for the creators they gotta feed their family somehow
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30 / M / Florida, USA
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Posted 1/22/12
The anime and manga industry is going through a transformation. With the legitimization of Crunchyroll, as well as other distribution services such as Huluplus and Netflix, Anime producers are beginning to find that it is more profitable to allow subscription-based or ad revenue-based access to anime, rather than trying to sell overpriced DVDs in a VERY niche market. For every fan willing and able to pay $80 for a season of anime, there are probably hundreds, nay, thousands who still want to watch it. With sites like crunchyroll, they are able to watch their anime, while at the same time the producers are making profit in the western markets with little or no cost to themselves.

It is by opposing pirate sites like Megaupload (and admit it guys, the real purpose of Mega was to distribute pirate material), and supporting legitimate distributors like Crunchyroll that we'll get access to a broadened, and above all else legitimate anime market outside of Japan.
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