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Your favorite series was dropped by the only group scanlating it, so you...
Find the raws and look at them without understanding the words
Ask other groups to pick it up
Bug the old group to pick it up again
Try to start your own scanlation group
Learn the language so that you can read it yourself
Look for summaries or synopsis to spoil yourself and feed the urge
Do nothing and wait patiently (sadly)
I already read the original language, so no worries
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Upcoming Policy Changes (Doujinshi and Novels)
Several of us admins are currently in a discussion on the focus and direction of MangaUpdates. The more immediate changes would deal with how we treat doujinshi and novels. These policy changes are currently not in effect, but that could change at any moment, pending comments from you guys. Feedback is welcome.

Currently there is no limit on what is considered a doujinshi. We feel we need to narrow the scope instead of allowing anything. We will only be accepting doujinshi that are published and/or sold in stores (whether offline or online). A basic guideline would be that a release/series will only be approved if it can be found on This means we'd be rejecting many of the shorter works, especially those from artists on

Please note that the MU definition of doujinshi is a derived work of an actual series. Original works are considered oneshots. There is no such thing as an "original doujinshi" on MU. This distinction has existed here for many years, so this last point is not a change in policy.

We feel we need to bring the focus back to our primary purpose: manga/manhua/manhwa. Lately there's been a huge increase in web novels (I just did a CTRL+F with "Novel" on the main release page, and there's 114 instances). We will only be accepting novels that are directly related to existing manga, manhwa, or manhua (according to MU). This means most web novels will be rejected.

PS: We are still in discussions about what to do about artbooks and webtoons.
Posted by lambchopsil on June 15th 6:48am Comments ( 248 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - Demographic Hate 2
This week's poll is from residentgrigo. It's similar to a poll we did way back in March 2013, but with some pretty major differences. The previous poll had stuff like yaoi and hentai, which are pretty polarizing, so we took out all those options and left just the main 4.

Edit: Really guys? Fine, I've edited the question slightly to fit your more sensitive needs.

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)

Previous Poll Resuts:
Question: Have you ever camped out overnight or lined up for a long time to buy something right when it came out or for a large sale?
Yes, I camped out and I'd do it again - votes: 349 (3.9%)
Yes, I camped out, and never again... - votes: 156 (1.8%)
I lined up for a while, but not overnight - votes: 1254 (14.1%)
Not yet, but I'd consider doing it - votes: 1448 (16.3%)
Never, and let's keep it that way - votes: 5672 (63.9%)
There were 8879 total votes.
The poll ended: June 13th 2015

I'm surprised a lot of people would consider camping out overnight. I wonder what would convince you to actually do it?
Posted by lambchopsil on June 13th 8:37am Comments ( 54 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - Camping Out
This week's poll was suggested by kitty1826x. It's not exactly manga-related, but I like it anyways. If you got a story about camping out (like for Black Friday), comment below!

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)

Previous Poll Results:
Question: You're reading a series and suddenly you hit a gap of chapters where no one scanlated them, but someone scanlated the later chapters. You...
Stop reading and wait for missing chapters to get released - votes: 4653 (52.8%)
Skip the missing chapters and just continue reading - votes: 953 (10.8%)
Find the raws and try and try to figure out what's going on - votes: 1700 (19.3%)
Look around for or text translations - votes: 987 (11.2%)
Ask someone for a summary of the missing section - votes: 236 (2.7%)
I can read the series' native language, so there's no gap for me - votes: 291 (3.3%)
There were 8820 total votes.
The poll ended: June 5th 2015

So scanlators, don't skip chapters. That's evil, and don't be evil.
Posted by lambchopsil on June 6th 6:51am Comments ( 8 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - Release Gap
This week's poll from Toushin is a bit wordy and could potentially be confusing. We're talking about the case where you're reading a series, and suddenly you discover that chapters 45-50 were never scanlated, but someone else scanlated starting from chapter 51 and on. As a reader, what do you do about the missing releases? I'd personally just stop reading and wait. But it sucks...sigh...

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)

Previous Poll Results:
Question: If you were an assistant for your favorite mangaka, what would you love most about the job?
Getting paid - votes: 1410 (14.7%)
Touching the mangaka - votes: 184 (1.9%)
Being the first one to see the next chapter - votes: 2342 (24.5%)
Witnessing the mangaka at work - votes: 788 (8.2%)
Seeing the mangaka's face - votes: 19 (0.2%)
Breathing in the same air as the mangaka - votes: 96 (1%)
Having the mangaka's phone number - votes: 20 (0.2%)
Talking with the mangaka about his/her manga - votes: 1278 (13.3%)
Knowing the mangaka on a personal level - votes: 942 (9.8%)
Being the mangaka's idea bank - votes: 680 (7.1%)
Adding/refining drawing details - votes: 127 (1.3%)
Cleaning artwork going out of panels - votes: 32 (0.3%)
Being listed in the credits for a series - votes: 191 (2%)
Gaining experience as an artist - votes: 1258 (13.1%)
Other - votes: 210 (2.2%)
There were 9577 total votes.
The poll ended: May 30th 2015

I should've modified the "first to see the chapter" option to include the idea of spoiling the chapter for everyone
Posted by lambchopsil on May 30th 3:52pm Comments ( 14 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - Mangaka Assistant
For this week's poll from StaticHD, you should be able to realize that this isn't a serious poll due to some of the weirder options. Although I guess I could've done something like "Being able to stare into the eyes of the mangaka"...

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)

Previous Poll Results:
Question: If you could magically change your primary language to Japanese right now, would you do it?
For sure! - votes: 2542 (22%)
Maybe... - votes: 2771 (24%)
Sounds cool, but no thanks - votes: 5304 (46%)
No way, not even if you paid me - votes: 860 (7.5%)
My primary language is already Japanese, but I'd prefer changing to something else - votes: 37 (0.3%)
My primary language is already Japanese, and I wouldn't switch - votes: 20 (0.2%)
There were 11534 total votes.
The poll ended: May 23rd 2015

Looks like half of us would consider it at the very least, while the other half wouldn't wanna do it at all. I wonder what the poll would look like if it was English instead of Japanese?
Posted by lambchopsil on May 23rd 7:24am Comments ( 17 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - Switching Japanese Language
This week's poll is from oGaga. If you had a chance to magically change your primary language to Japanese (and be totally proficient in it), would you take that opportunity?

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)

Previous Poll Results:
Question: What's the most likely reason you'd stop reading a series you initially liked?
Favorite character dies or isn't in story anymore - votes: 603 (5.2%)
Favorite character changes for the worse - votes: 306 (2.7%)
Too many unlikable characters - votes: 691 (6%)
No character development - votes: 679 (5.9%)
Plot veers off into a bad direction - votes: 2295 (19.9%)
Boring plot - votes: 2721 (23.6%)
Too many surprising moments - votes: 20 (0.2%)
Story too confusing - votes: 457 (4%)
Series just never seems to end - votes: 965 (8.4%)
Increase / decrease of fan service - votes: 148 (1.3%)
Increase / decrease of violence - votes: 27 (0.2%)
Pacing is too slow / fast - votes: 311 (2.7%)
Art style changed - votes: 83 (0.7%)
Irregular releases - votes: 1072 (9.3%)
I just didn't have time to keep up and forgot about it - votes: 1140 (9.9%)
There were 11518 total votes.
The poll ended: May 15th 2015

Seems like more people voted for the plot related problems
Posted by lambchopsil on May 16th 6:55am Comments ( 31 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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