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New Manga Site Offers Scanlation-like Service, Detective Conan Ending? and More...
New Rival to Scanlation?: A new site called Manganovel has been launched by Toshiba Corporation. The new service provides Japanese manga to its readers, who can then translate the manga into another language, either for free or for a small amount of fee as "reader-translators". Will this new service affect the world of scanlation?

Detective Conan to End? Goushou Aoyama hinted during an interview with Sankei Shimbun that Detective Conan (also known as Case Closed) may be ending soon.

Light Novels to be Adapted into Anime: Three of MediaWorks' light novel series will be animated. They are: "Alison" and its follow-up "Lilia and Trais" by Keiichi Sigsawa (author) and Kohaku Kuroboshi (illustrator), and "Wagaya no Oinari-sama" by Jin Shibamura (author) and Eizou Houden (illustrator).

Jump SQ Releases New Promotional Video: Jump SQ has updated its official website another promotional movie called "Burning!!!", downloadable versions can be found here.

11th Japan Media Arts Festival Nominees: The nominees for the 11th Japan Media Arts Festival has been announced, nominees for the manga category:

- "Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru" by Masakazu Ishiguro
- "Kayo-chan no Nimotsu" by Sumako Kari
- "Aria" by Kozue Amano
- "Yasashii C++ Part 2" by Takahiro Yonemura
- "Chimuchimu Parade" by Shiho Suzuki

Serialization Updates:

Ikki December issue (10/25)
Starting:
- "Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga 2.0" by Kentaro Takekuma and Aihara Kooji

Morning No.45 (10/11)
Starting:
- "Angel Bank -Dragon Sakura Gaiden-" by Norifusa Mita

Nakayoshi December issue (11/2)
Starting:
- "Moonlight Himejion" by Moyoco Anno

Ribon December issue (11/2)
Starting:
- "Hikari no Su he" by Fumi Eban
Posted by Gum on October 8th 4:31am Comments ( 15 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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» magicbulletgirl on October 7th, 2007, 11:56pm

I don't see how it would affect scanlators unless some moron goes, steals and uses translations that were posted there. Or uses raws from there (which from the sound of it isn't even possible).

My suggestion: don't use it. It doesn't seem too worthwhile anyway.

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» Phias on October 8th, 2007, 12:40am

It really depends I can see where this might be helpful to series that are not as popular and don't get scaned by groups. So yea this has it's uses but the price has to be low to be usefull.

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» reanimated838uk on October 8th, 2007, 1:03am

Only had a quick glance but it looks like a proprietary software is needed to view the manga and edit it.... Pain in the arse format, and software, or jpeg/gif/png, and 1000 alternative image viewers to choose from?...


tough choice.

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» UberZombie on October 8th, 2007, 7:40pm

im not really in a position to say anything, but i looked at it and the, i don't know, typesetting? was terrible. Just not on par with most scans i would read. Good idea though, my question is how much/ what kinds of manga will they stock up on. because that could be a good way to read rare/hard to find manga.

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» bell3080 on October 13th, 2007, 9:33pm

ye i tried out this program......it sucked bad........u have to download from the site provided.....and that site has a bunch of bad/not even worht reading/not famous../stupid manga overall.

i don't think this program can affect the scantion ...world....
unless..they come up with a program that can just translate say..a whole vol or chapter or manga for you.......with a few clicks or something....or else...don't think anyone will bother with it.........

my suggestion: ....dont' use that dumb program.....its stupid...yep..

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» unnes on October 8th, 2007, 2:48am

I can't help but make a parallel between this and the attempts by the record companies to sell music online back in the heyday of Napster and Share via overpriced and crippled services. It's like this company realized that "Hey, there are a lot of English-speaking manga fans" and "Wow, skeeves like Narutofan can make money distributing scanlated manga". This scheme might have been successful prior to the advent of easy and distribution (namely bittorrent), or if it offered already-established manga that was popular with a less tech-savvy crowd (Naruto, Bleach), but since it meets neither criteria, it's already dead in the water in my eyes.

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» unnes on October 8th, 2007, 2:49am

Err, Scour, not Share.

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» ginenbijnoam on October 8th, 2007, 1:19pm

Manganovel won't work.
-You need to download a software that only works on windows.
-there's scanlation too.
-They don't have any extremely popular titles
-you have to pay for it
-when translating, you can only gather a max of 5000 points. Seems like a pain to me, because that would mean you'd have to keep on translating if you want more more manga. No translator can keep up with that.

Also, the typesetting is done by a computer and it totally sucks. (check the sample viewer)

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» oriana3k on October 8th, 2007, 1:44pm

The only news that resonates with me is the beginning of Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga 2.0. Yay. Manganovel: in my experience, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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» akakaka on October 8th, 2007, 2:29pm

i don't see why anyone would like to use this "service" (5 dollars per manga, proprietary viewer, drm, you can't download, typesetting, etc, etc) when there're scanlations but doesn't this mean that EVERY manga that a user uploads a translation to on their site should be considered LICENSED?

people who exclusively download unlicensed manga do so with the excuse that there's no english publication they can buy - they better keep a watchful eye on that site since now they can.

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» Maian on October 8th, 2007, 10:14pm

C++? Hackers invading manga world?

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» arnoldstrife on October 9th, 2007, 3:12am

Toshiba? now thats an odd company to be doing this. I was thinking ADV or something would try something like this.
I think they had good intentions. Also for a couple of bucks a book, thats not bad, cheaper than a manga. I would pay for it. But they need to have a good selection. The quality looks better than scanlation picture wise (Well they probable have the original copy, not a printed then scanned copy like scanlators). However I do agree the typeset seems odd, and not that great. Also i like normal picture files because then i can edit it in photoshop and do some random stuff with it. Well they are new and starting. I'll give them a year and check back to see if they have a better selection and fixed the other problems.
It seems to me that this might be for Toshiba to show off it's DRM software. Kinda of a "Hey this site uses our DRM, it works." kinda advertisement. But I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and hope it's not true.

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» Frostman on October 9th, 2007, 9:13pm

Looks like a gimmick to me, even though i don't understand exactly what it does.

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» VampireBanana on October 11th, 2007, 3:08am

Hmmm... aside from the other points mentioned above, there have to be measures for checking the quality of the translations.

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» Eeled on October 12th, 2007, 10:54pm

For now, I can't say much about Manganovel. I've read the previous comments, and decided to see how the translations are. but what in the world?! you have to register just to see the SAMPLES? o__O and FIVE DOLLARS A BOOK?! that's such a rip off for ONLINE READING! x___X

I just have this feeling that I'll basically never do anything for them D: I'd rather go to a good bookstore and just buy the actual book :/ I'd really doubt there's much future for this site, but as one says, let's wait and see how it develops :3

(am I mistaken, or is Toshiba a "electronics" company? o_O)

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