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Posted 4/27/12
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That's crazy.... it should be free
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Many are saying they hate jmanga but dont really say why. Would be nice if people expanded on why they hate.
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$20? Lol
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Color-iustitiae wrote:

This would be a good contest if you didn't have to pay for a J-manga membership. Jmanga has such a horrible business model.


Not as bad as Funimation's.
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Posted 4/27/12

Evanjs wrote:


Color-iustitiae wrote:

This would be a good contest if you didn't have to pay for a J-manga membership. Jmanga has such a horrible business model.


Not as bad as Funimation's.


What do you mean? WIth funimation you pay a monthly fee and you get access to all their videos. Dub, sub, and in HQ. If their video player wasn't so messed up, I would probably be an elite subscriber.
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Posted 4/27/12

Color-iustitiae wrote:


Evanjs wrote:


Color-iustitiae wrote:

This would be a good contest if you didn't have to pay for a J-manga membership. Jmanga has such a horrible business model.


Not as bad as Funimation's.


What do you mean? WIth funimation you pay a monthly fee and you get access to all their videos. Dub, sub, and in HQ. If their video player wasn't so messed up, I would probably be an elite subscriber.


I mean their licensing, Funimation waits for people to buy their boxed sets of show X, and if the sales aren't "satisfying", Funi doesn't license anymore more of said show (e.g. they haven't said anything about doing Fairy Tail season 2 yet). Sure I can see why it's to avoid total flops (licensing a show only to have nobody watch it), but here on Crunchy they license all they can, and while they try to license shows that people will like, they don't license a portion of a show and tell people to subscribe or else they won't get any more of it. And yeah, I can't stand Funi's video player, but I have an elite membership (though I disagree with the way they do things) because I can't stand Hulu (ads). I might be a little more ok with Funi's site if everything they licensed was available on their site (compared to only dvd or only on Hulu etc.).
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Posted 4/27/12 , edited 4/28/12
So, largely out of curiosity, and partly to do a tiny bit to support an up and coming venture, I threw my $10 at a paid membership.

On the plus side: it's not quite as expensive to try it out as some have been saying. Yes you need to spend $10 to get that first month, but right now, until May 30, that first $10 (which normally gets you 1000 "points" to spend) gets you 2000 points due to a promotion where you get an extra 1000 bonus points. I also noticed in browsing through a few things that while the usual price for a volume is about 899 points, there seem to be a fair number of items that have been marked down considerably. You don't have to spend all your points--you can carry them over month to month. Even if you change to free membership (during which time you can't use your points) you still get to keep the points so if you go back to being a paid member later, they are still yours to spend.

On the negative side: The manga currently available at the moment is quite limited, and there isn't any free access to manga other than previews. I expect the first of those negatives will improve as the customer base grows and they can afford to acquire more titles to sell.

What some don't like, that I'm fairly neutral about, is the business model. Paying money every month to get points with which you can buy specific content (which must be read on JManga and their reader--which is rather like how we access shows on CR) is more like eMusic than Crunchyroll (though with eMusic you can download the music and then play it on whatever device you like, without having to be online). For some reason I do prefer to have this kind of reading material be something I can download and read offline, but it's not that big a deal, and seems to be how many publishers handle their digital comics--you buy access, but you need to read online.

I don't have a lot of experience reading manga or other comics online, so I don't know how their viewer compares to others--but it seems to work fairly well, and pretty much like that at some other sites. This isn't so great when viewed on a small screen (like my netbook--my primary computer) and so far in just looking at previews I haven't been able to get guided view to work (which I expect will be the best option on a small screen)--so I will be contacting their support about that.

Will I pay $10 next month? I don't know. It largely depends on if I can get the viewer to work in such a way that the print is legible in all titles, and I find enough content that I feel like buying with the next 1000 points. Chances are good that I'll change to a free membership, and periodically look at the offerings and bounce back in as a paid member only when I can see they have something I want to buy.

ETA: Turns out only some of the manga is available in guided view mode, and based on a bit of poking around it seems like most of it is not. Looks like everything from Futabasha works in guided view mode, but I haven't come across anything yet from another publisher that does. That pretty much rules out JManga being very useful for me--even less content for me to choose from.
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Posted 4/27/12

erialolita wrote:

Many are saying they hate jmanga but dont really say why. Would be nice if people expanded on why they hate.


Limited selection, you don't technically get to keep what you purchase (it only exists on their website), it's overpriced, and for the money that you have to pay I read too fast for that. I'm better off with something like Marvel comics digital plan or crunchy roll, which is like a buffet instead of paying per item.
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Posted 4/27/12
Wow that is expensive!! I will go buy my manga the old fashioned way LOL
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Posted 4/28/12
Equivalent to being rickrolled.
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Posted 4/28/12
$10 a month to read everything would be good.
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Posted 4/28/12 , edited 4/28/12
you know 10 dollars a month can be abit pricy .but

I dont buy manha or manwa every month and I have signed up for Shonen Jump via Viz already , I year membership and I can go back everytime I want to read the chapter.

So the point system, do you accumulate those? Is that for buying stuff? Or for able to read the manga? They dont seem to have an explanation what the free membership can do and the premium membership can do?

But they seem to have the newer release manga dont they so the release of the next volume manga depends on the release dates of the publishers? Is that case here.
I have a friend who works for some of the Japanese publisher and she does the english translation as well. So I guess they wait for that beofre releasing the digital copy I guess.


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Posted 4/28/12 , edited 4/28/12

iashakezula wrote:

So the point system, do you accumulate those? Is that for buying stuff? Or for able to read the manga? They dont seem to have an explanation what the free membership can do and the premium membership can do?


Points are for buying digital manga, that you can then read on JManga. It's not a subscription where you can read everything/most everything on the site--you can only read what you buy.

If you don't spend your points in a month, you can carry them over to the next month--but you have to be a paying member in order to use the points.

With regard to access to the manga:

No membership: can read previews
Free membership: can read longer previews
Paid membership: get points; buy digital manga with points

Since the listed price for most volumes is 899 points, and a $10 monthy payment gets you 1000 points, it can be pretty expensive. But some of the manga is marked down, and you get bonus points the first time you sign up, which makes it slightly less expensive.

You can also buy points in addition to the points you get with your monthly payment.

All of that info actually is available on their site.

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Posted 4/28/12
When I first heard about JManga it pissed me off. I personally am a supporter of independent scanlators who translate unlicensed manga for free, and JManga's policy of taking the manga that they translated and then selling it to people is despicable to me. I also don't agree with paying a membership fee for the chance to buy one manga a month that I wont get to keep if I decide to leave JManga. I'll just continue reading all the manga I want on MangaFox, etc.
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