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Round 1 - Part 4:

We finally have our poll up (at least the first one...)! As the title of this news post says, we are going to get a mascot for our site in preparation for the next version of your beloved MangaUpdates! Remember, this mascot determines our future as a site!

To vote, you must be a registered member. Then you can vote in this poll:
This is only the first of several polls that will determine our mascot winner (tournament style).
Contest ends clue actually...We'll figure that out later.

For a full description of every entry, look here:
And here's the thread that started it all:
Posted by lambchopsil on May 14th 9:54pm Comments ( 6 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
MangaShare/Binktopia and BleachExile Dispute over Bleach Scanlation Issues
In earlier April, manga download site MangaShare, on behalf of the scanlation group Binktopia, posted an announcement criticizing BleachExile for removing the credit page from their work on BleachExile's online reader.

BleachExile is currently one of the largest Bleach fan sites that offer downloads of Bleach anime, manga and numerous other series and medias.

In mid-April, Binktopia, enforcing their re-distribution policy found in their credits page, sent a request to BleachExile to remove Binktopia scanlations from their website, stating MangaShare is the official distribution site for all Binktopia releases.

However, Binktopia received an "unsatisfying" response, leading them to putting up a public service announcement regarding BleachExile.

In response, BleachExile began removing the credits page for all releases from MangaShare, Binktopia, bludshock, and #blood, and stated that without an apology, they would continue to remove the credits page.

Although threads on the topic has been removed from BleachExile's forum, (due to claims of a PHP virus in the thread that runs on vBulletin) their view regarding this incident can still be viewed here: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3.

MangaShare’s administrator, Blud, and his crew has put forth a lot of effort on going against websites with rules and actions that are found to be questionable among the scanlation community, with last year’s StopNF.png page (seen at the top of the site) being the most well known.

Currently, with no agreement reached by both sides, MS/Binktopia has come to an unanimous decision to watermark random pages of their scans.
Posted by Gum on May 12th 8:44pm Comments ( 0 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
Happy Mother's Day! (+ New Poll)
Happy Mother's Day to everyone! Go wish all your older female relatives a happy day~ Hope you got nice presents for them too (manga, anybody?)

And to celebrate the occasion, we have a new poll with "motherly" as the first choice.
Question: Which type of person/role do you like seeing most in manga?
(I thought of the poll on the spur of the moment, so apologies for some lame choices...Also, I'm a day late with the new poll, so sorry about that. I was busy the whole day yesterday...)

You can discuss the poll here:
And if you choose "other" as an option, feel free to tell us which unlisted type of person you like seeing most!

Previous Poll Results:
Question: How do you generally like the endings of series?
It couldn't have ended in any better way! - votes: 844 (12.7%)
It was good, but could've been better...But I don't think I could write a better ending - votes: 3563 (53.6%)
Man, I could write a better ending than that author! - votes: 1167 (17.6%)
I hate all endings! Let the series continue forever! - votes: 1069 (16.1%)
There were 6643 total votes.
The poll ended: May 11th 2008

Yes, I knew all the problems with that poll, but oh well...I guess most people are generally satisfied with the endings, but don't have the writing talent or creativity to make it better.
Posted by lambchopsil on May 11th 9:29am Comments ( 0 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
Recent site availability and downtimes...
Hi everyone,

I apologize for the recent downtimes of the site. I've made some changes and hopefully it will not happen anymore. I'll keep watching.
Posted by Manick on May 10th 10:02am Comments ( 10 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
Endings Poll
I did a poll of my own for once in honor of the ending of certain series that I loved...Question is simple enough:
How do you generally like the endings of series?

You can discuss the poll on the forum here:

Previous Poll Results:
Question: How well do you draw? (Manga or just pictures in general)
I can draw as well as the leading mangakas - votes: 303 (3.3%)
I occasionally do doujinshi (and/or sell my own works) - votes: 151 (1.7%)
I am a moderately good drawer that can do my own work - votes: 2255 (24.7%)
I need a picture in front of me to copy - votes: 2016 (22.1%)
I need to trace a picture - votes: 607 (6.7%)
I CAN DRAW STICK FIGURES!!! - votes: 2900 (31.8%)
What's a pencil? - votes: 885 (9.7%)
There were 9117 total votes.
The poll ended: May 3rd 2008

One of our more popular polls, I would say. A lot of people seem to think they're all that with their mad drawing skills...but who can say if they're lying or not? I bet most people just had fun with the stick figure option, haha
Posted by lambchopsil on May 3rd 7:05pm Comments ( 6 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
Two Ribon Series Ending
kajitsu writes: It's finally official: TANEMURA Arina's Shinshi Doumei Cross will end with the next issue of Ribon. So it will be completed with 47 chapters (supposedly 11 volumes). Nevertheless, in the next Ribon issue (7/2008) a new series from Arina will start: Zettai Kakusei Tenshi Mistress Fortune

Also, OOUCHI Natsumi's Aozora Pop ended in the recent Ribon issue. This series is now 25 chapters (5 volumes)
Posted by lambchopsil on May 1st 7:10pm Comments ( 10 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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