Thoughts on J Manga
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Posted 8/23/11
I for one think it won't get rid of scanlators.People go to those(including me) for what I believe to be reasons(not necessarily in this order)

1.They're free
2.Latest chapters
3.To read the alternative translation(meaning if they don't like the American publishers)

I understand it just started but if it goes in the direction it looks like it is going to work in my opinion.
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Posted 8/23/11
for now it doesnt seem that they have much of a selection on hand so ya ill withhold my opinion for the time being
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Posted 9/5/11
My main concern is that you pay $10 a volume to read something online, and only online (no digital download option). Also the way you actually buy stuff using points you bought before hand seems like an unnecessary step.
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Posted 9/6/11
JManga is getting a bunch of licenses quickly, including cancelled and previously untranslated works. But I'm rather worried. I'm not sure how much I would pay to just read translated comics online. For about the same prices, a person can buy digital comics for tablets, and be able to read the material anywhere. And there's always trade paperbacks, which can be traded, borrowed, and purchased in used condition.

Also, if JManga closes, then where would the purchased content go? It might be lost forever...
Posted 9/6/11
I'm not sold on them yet, I'll stick with the free scans for now.
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Posted 9/8/11
They need to make an iphone and an android app. I have an android, and I download manga to read offline on my phone all the time for free. If they offered perfect quality scans I could also download for enjoying offline, I might be convinced to pay for series I love. If an Internet company wishes to become successful these days, they need Apple and Android apps.
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Posted 9/8/11
That was another concern I had about JManga. I read through their Terms of Use, and I did not see anything saying that even after buying access that they guarantee the manga will still always be on their website. I am quite sure a series will be on JManga only as long as the original publisher wants it too.

Honestly I wish Crunchyroll would start a service for manga like they do now have for anime and drama.
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Posted 9/8/11
Yes, I've heard lots of negative things about it, which makes me hesitate to register. I think you're required to pay at least $10 a month as a member whether or not you want to purchase anything, a lot of the images are not cleaned beforehand so the image quality is a lot lower than you get for published manga. And personally I find it ridiculous that each digital volume costs almost as much as a paperback volume of manga does in the US. It should be a lot cheaper considering that you don't get to "keep" the volume, and that there is no printing costs associated with it. I've also heard it doesn't work with the iPad.

I do support J Manga's idea. I DO want to support the original creators, but I'm not a charity and don't want to break my bank for cruddy stuff while I'm at it.

I would join if there was a flat fee for membership, and you could read all you want (like CR does with it's anime/drama). I don't know how they do their translations, but it would be interesting if they recruited members to make the translations/cleaning/typestting (in exchange for free membership?). That way they might be on par with the output and quality of scanlations (and put all those displaced scanlators to good use, lol).
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Posted 9/8/11 , edited 9/8/11

Nick_Toryu wrote:

That was another concern I had about JManga. I read through their Terms of Use, and I did not see anything saying that even after buying access that they guarantee the manga will still always be on their website. I am quite sure a series will be on JManga only as long as the original publisher wants it too.

Honestly I wish Crunchyroll would start a service for manga like they do now have for anime and drama
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I agree with you here, and that was something I actually sent a feed back about to JManga. I suggested that if they could use the same sort of methods as Crunchyroll then that would be great. I'm only a free user on here, but I've looked several times at membership fees (and heck if I get a better paying job, I may just join) but I feel like it is pretty even and fair on here for free & paid members. You're not really left out too much if you are a free member (in my opinion).


The idea of JManga is great and if you ask me, we (anime/manga fans) could really enjoy a "manga version" of Crunchyroll. Looking at their selection they have a lot of mangas I've never heard of, however they need to give the free/trial accessed users more to see to want it. Their previews are hardly anything (Justmanga.com gives you more page previews) to decide if I want to buy something or not (which..honeslty I dont because for $10, I'm going to Borders (til their gone), Barns & Nobles or online and getting a paperback copy). If they lowered the price (or gave more for it maybe?) or had different pricing options.


That all being said, I like the layout and the managability (? not sure what I'm trying to say there lol). I go on there and I want to use it...I do! But I feel like right now there is nothing for me as a non-paying user.





PS - and no, it does NOT work on the iPad (or Iphone really unless they have an app now?) I have one..I tried. Nothing happens. I guess they use flash?
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Posted 9/8/11
Even people that like JManga complain about the extremely short previews. Who is going to want to spend that much money on something that might be bad? I don't remember off hand if JManga will give refunds for series you bought and didn't like.
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