Post Reply The method of manga establishment in the west
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I've been thinking for a long time now on how far anime has come for digital distribution. You have incredible support like yours truly, Crunchyroll and various other websites that have weekly updated simulcast support. Overall, anime has been established very well, wouldn't you agree? What about Simulpubs for manga though? Sure, you have websites like Viz Media & Yen Press that offer a monthly subscription for the latest issues, but that's just it. The "latest issues". I've seen titles like My Hero Academia, Black Clover, Tokyo Ghoul, etc. that interest me, but I can't legally read any of it online from the beginning anywhere. "But Lemon, that's what the physical volumes are for when they get released in your region." Okay, you make a fair point. As a matter of fact, I actually decided to drop over 100 dollars on all the available volumes here in North America for all three titles I listed. Not that that's preferable nor cheap whatsoever, but I did so I could read them legally. However, what about the rest of the volumes that aren't available in English yet? Take My Hero Academia for example. There are currently 5 volumes available to buy in English as of right now, but there's a total of 9 if you also include Japan's original releases. I think there's a couple more if you have a Kindle, but you get the point. With Viz Media only offering the latest chapters, how am I supposed to read all the chapters in between the end of volume 5 and the latest chapters Viz Media offers me w/o having to resort to fan websites? This is the issue I have w/ the way Manga is handled. Though I could be wrong since it's just my opinion, but what do you guys think? Do you think we need more options like what Crunchyroll offers or are you completely content w/ the way it's established? I'd love to read everyone's opinion on this discussion.

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Shouldn't this be in the manga section for discussion, not in General Discussion..? >.>
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Yeah i agree it can be tricking and annoying at times to find the manga's you are looking for. What i'll do most of the time is read them illegally for what ever reason like not released in hard copy or i can't find them any where else, then when ever i get the chance ill buy the hard copy's even after already reading them, to support them and to just have a copy cause its cool.
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BlackRose0607 wrote:

Shouldn't this be in the manga section for discussion, not in General Discussion..? >.>


If you believe so then it's up to you to report it.
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Shouldn't this be in the manga section for discussion, not in General Discussion..? >.>


I contemplated this. I didn't know if it should have been in the manga section since I'm just generally speaking about manga and its establishment in general, not necessarily a specific manga.
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hemicuda2 wrote:

Yeah i agree it can be tricking and annoying at times to find the manga's you are looking for. What i'll do most of the time is read them illegally for what ever reason like not released in hard copy or i can't find them any where else, then when ever i get the chance ill buy the hard copy's even after already reading them, to support them and to just have a copy cause its cool.


I can't bring myself to read fan scanlations. Not only is the quality pretty rubbish half the time, but the translations are usually sub par as well. I'm more than happy that Crunchyroll has started the $/month plan for manga. I just wish there were more options, but hopefully this is the beginning of something that can inevitably open up more possibilities.
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Before I talk about manga, I should ask some interesting questions about anime: Why are very few anime sold in American stores compared to Western cartoons even when Western cartoons need to imitate anime to be successful? Also, why can anime be viewed online for free while Western cartoons have to be bought in stores unless they are outdated?
The only explanation that I have is that the Capitalists are setting up economic sanction to protect the oligopoly of the few big noncompetitive American cartoon companies. To explain more, ‘innocent’ kid’s cartoons like Disney cartoons are actually secret Capitalist propaganda. Many anime of this decade, on the other hand, promote diversity of worldview and counteract the secret Capitalist worldview in old cartoons. The economic condition in Japan has allowed many low class people to establish successful small anime companies and their anime produce a worldview which counteract the Capitalist worldview in Western kid's cartoons.
Manga threaten Capitalism even more than anime due to its lower production cost; many more small companies can afford to produce manga than anime.
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