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MU, You're 14!
Greetings all,

It's a few days late, but I just wanted to say Happy Birthday MU! It's hard to believe that it's been such a long time. I know I don't do this usually, but this birthday is special. Read on to find out why...

Some interesting facts from when the site was founded:

- In 2004, cell phones were still just barely in their infancy. Flip phones were the norm, and the first iPhone wouldn't be released until 2007, almost 3 years later.

- There were no javascript or css frameworks. There were no php frameworks. PHP 5 was only released 7 days earlier on July 14th. Wordpress was only recently founded. (This site is primarily written in PHP, JavaScript and CSS. Imagine what 14 year old code looks like under the covers...)

- IE6, Netscape 7.2, Firefox 1.0, and Safari 1.2 were the primary browsers. Chrome wouldn't launch for another 4 years in 2008. Developing this site usually involved having IE6 and Netscape open, and ensuring that every change (written in notepad) worked in both browsers. Those were the days ...

- Facebook was founded in February. Google is at $85 a share. Social media site Digg launches. World of Warcraft launches. Reddit and YouTube aren't launched till a year later. Twitter doesn't launch until 2006. MySpace was only launched in the previous year.

Fourteen years before 2004 was 1990. In that year, the first website was launched at CERN. The first web-browser was created by Tim Berners-Lee. The Internet was fourteen years old when MU was created, and it's been exactly fourteen years now since then. After today, there will officially be more time since MU was created and now than between the time the Internet started and MU began.

How long can she go? Here's for another 14!

Posted by Manick on 
July 22nd 11:56pm
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» lambchopsil on July 23rd, 2018, 12:06am

Only if we can update the design a little


» blackkittycat15 on July 24th, 2018, 1:02pm

Remember when it use to be 800 x 600? Those were the days.

Honestly I love the site because they don't move things around and it's so lightweight. Facebook's perpetual load on my old Firefox will crash the browser because it never stops loading and runs out of memory. That's poor design (and I haven't logged on in a month and want to see everything).


» punchmanga on July 26th, 2018, 6:33am



» eirini_kl on July 23rd, 2018, 12:15am

Happy birthday! Here's to many more years of MU! ?


» deadphoenix on July 23rd, 2018, 12:51am

Happy Birthday!
Lol, I thought the site was older, but this is still an important day.
Hopefully, their are many years to go!
lambchopsil is right, it needs an update. As well as the design as some functions are outdated.


» PlumJuiceFlashback on July 23rd, 2018, 1:23am

Happy birthday!!


» Soljanka on July 23rd, 2018, 1:39am

Happy birthday MU!


» Great on July 23rd, 2018, 2:31am

Wait, what? Internet is only 28 years old? I'm older than the internet?!! ?


» calstine on July 23rd, 2018, 5:11am

And I'm only 1 year younger ? Damn, now I feel ancient!


» HikaruYami on July 24th, 2018, 6:20am

The internet protocol was in use for significantly longer--computers talking to each other is all that "the internet" is. But yes, the first actual website, and therefore the point of an "internet browser", was made that late. Actually it was August 1991 that it went live, not 1990.


» calstine on July 23rd, 2018, 5:15am

It's kind of amazing to think that I might be one of the longest-active members here apart from the admins. I had no idea that MU was so young when I first started using it back in 2008.

Anyway! A Very Happy Birthday, MU, and thanks for always being awesome! Here's to many more years of being the best manga info site on the web!


» RoxFlowz on July 23rd, 2018, 6:03am

That's quite amazing! Happy birthday MU


» naafx8 on July 23rd, 2018, 6:47am

WOW, that was quite amazing fact to know. Especially how much difficulty to develop this site a that time. When there are no sophisticate development tools available in this age.
I hope MU will be there for infinite years later ?


» svines85 on July 23rd, 2018, 7:41am

Heh, cell phones...? I remember having a pager and pulling over to catch a pay phone whenever I'd get beeped and that being the cutting edge of technological advances. The first cell phones I remember seeing looked like old-style field walkie talkies and they came in like a briefcase set-up they were so big and bulky. Yeah, don't get me going on feeling "old" ?

A very happy birthday, and much thanks to everybody for helping keeping it going and wishes for another 14+ years or so ?


» ForeignerChan on July 23rd, 2018, 8:13am

This little message really makes you think about how things changed in such a short time and how time flies. Also, you put a lot of effort to create this wonderful place where our community can unite and discuss about manga. I really want to thank you for working so hard for such a long time. You have come a long way and I hope we will be able to celebrate many more anniversaries together! Happy birthday, MU! User Posted Image


» Bog Initiate on July 23rd, 2018, 10:56am

This is one of my favourite manga websites all time, and it's nice to see how dedicatedly admins and contributors put their efforts to make MU a better place for readers everyday.
Happy birthday! ?


» Akatsubaki on July 23rd, 2018, 11:02am

Happy Birthday, MU!


» magnet_dance on July 23rd, 2018, 11:39am

Happy Birthday! Man, time sure does fly. In less than a year I'll have been a member for 10 years ?


» david on July 23rd, 2018, 1:11pm



» david on July 23rd, 2018, 1:12pm

Has been a member for more than 10 years now.


» iamssjvash on July 23rd, 2018, 1:21pm

Holy crap does time fly. I can't believe I've been using this site so long. Well, there have been many changes (some bad, some good) but I don't know what I'd do without this place. Thanks!


» Axatema on July 23rd, 2018, 3:08pm

Wow, happy birthday!
I don't think I'd be reading manga anymore if not for this site so thanks a lot for your work.


» Eeled on July 23rd, 2018, 4:20pm

Happy birthday MU! Been lurking since '05 – when I was a kid in 4th grade!


» Suxinn on July 23rd, 2018, 5:06pm

Happy birthday, MU!

Man, I remember when I first joined MU, I had just gotten off dial-up and while my internet was still slow as molasses (I literally brought a book to the computer room and read it while waiting for pages to load), it was still a treat not to have to reconnect the internet whenever my grandma decided to use the phone. (And, yes, I was one of those rare kids who still had dial-up into 2008... My mom still used floppy disks back then.) I used a flip/slide phone up until 2013 too, so I guess our family is just really slow on the technological updates.

On that note, while an updated MU design would be great, I'm still fond of MU's current design. It was one of the few sites that loaded with little problems back when I was on (extremely slow) DSL.

Thanks, MU, for always being here even in the "old" days of the internet!


» F_J on July 23rd, 2018, 5:54pm

Wow. It's been 14 years?? Amazinggg. Here's to 14 more!


» crossyuuki on July 23rd, 2018, 6:26pm

Happy Birthday, MU! ?


» Nisem0n0 on July 23rd, 2018, 6:45pm

And the site still looks as ancient as it ever did (not a bad thing ?). Kinda hoping nothing changes aesthetics wise but at the same time a revamp would be nice. Its a pretty conflicting feeling. Looking forward to looking back again 14 years from now!


» Binturong on July 23rd, 2018, 8:03pm



» Pikapu on July 23rd, 2018, 8:10pm

Beautiful post. I've met some great people through this website. ? (including the person above me)


» waftingwish on July 23rd, 2018, 8:51pm

Happy Birthday MU! Thanks for the trip down memory lane ?


» Rainy Days on July 23rd, 2018, 10:10pm

Happy birthday MU! It's been a long ride. Started lurking on this site in my teen years and now here we are. I am not as active as I was before, but lots of good memories were made.


» eccentrrick on July 23rd, 2018, 10:23pm

Awww :,)

~*~ Happy B-Day~*~


I love MU. Thank you all for all these years. <3

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3


» Anima on July 24th, 2018, 5:35am

I've been here for 11 of those 14 years. Man I miss the old firefox, when it wasn't the bloated pos it is now today.


» amaranthine on July 24th, 2018, 9:17am

Happy birthday! I've been here since '07. Crazy.


» Kurapica on July 24th, 2018, 11:36am

Happy birthday mangaupdates. Its a well deserved 14 years. It's a great website still and i hope it will be here for many more years!! I have been here for 11 years already. Crazy!! ?


» cecropiamoth on July 24th, 2018, 2:52pm

Congratulations! I've been reading manga for fun and as a way to understand Japanese culture ever since 2009. For most of that period I could not have found a tenth of the fun and interesting manga I read without consulting Manga-Updates. Thanks so much!


» tokkei12 on July 24th, 2018, 7:37pm

Happy birthday to MU, and may there be many more to come <3 Thank you for all of your hard work on creating/running/maintaining this site!


» The New Flesh on July 25th, 2018, 12:33am

Happy birthday MU!! Been with this site, under one name or another, for well over 10 years. Even in the years where I wasn't reading much manga, I could still rely on MU to keep track of the few series I did read. Thank you guys for keeping this project going.


» NeNee on July 25th, 2018, 6:26am

Happy Birthday, MU!!!❤

I remember I was still using Windows XP when I first joined here.


» purfect_kutie64 on July 25th, 2018, 8:45pm



» kayue on July 26th, 2018, 9:55am

Happy belated birthday MU!
I can’t believe I’ve been searching here for 10 years. Thanks for the great idea, and great service. ??♀️


» Solsus on July 27th, 2018, 9:13am

Congrats MU, it was been a long Journey!


» NostalgiaGoddess on July 27th, 2018, 10:47am

Can't believe 2004 was 14 years ago. I wasn't even into anime and manga yet at that time, let alone a visitor of MU.


» demonluo on July 28th, 2018, 12:05am

pls don't make any changes, i love this site current design, youtube, facebook, twitter & many other sites keep making big changes when its already near perfect & i hate it whenever they make unnecessary awful changes...


» KadraDS on July 28th, 2018, 12:49am

Happy Birthday, MU!

So happy I found this site and even more happy that the site has not changed. I love the way it is and honestly, hope it doesn't change. Viva la MU! ?


» VawX on July 28th, 2018, 1:02am

Man, I'm already a member here for more than 9 years mmm...


» butako chan on July 28th, 2018, 9:45pm

Happy bitrhday MU!! I appreciate the continued effort the staff have poured into it over the years. I don't know how else I'd keep track of my manga consumption if this site didn't exist.


» catandmouse on July 29th, 2018, 9:49pm

Happy Birthday MU!
I think I've been following this site for at least 10 yrs. things change....I'm about to age myself, but I graduated high school in 2004. I remember MySpace being all the rage, AIM was also going strong...
Ok I'm old...


» chueisha on July 29th, 2018, 9:57pm

Happy birthday friends!!


» Felo1 on July 30th, 2018, 4:04pm

I couldn't possibly live without MU!
That being said, I'd love seeing an android version of the site!
I have to ask, why didn't you guys ever run ads? I love the site so much I wouldn't mind it having ads crawling ALL over the humongous free space on the sides of the page which probably would amont to way more than donations.


» hiei_luke on August 5th, 2018, 10:28am

How time flies.

Happy belated birtday, MU.


» vietangelix on August 17th, 2018, 8:33am

Wow, I hope this site continues forever. I still use it even if I don't post much anymore ?


» marina84 on December 19th, 2018, 11:13am

Can't believe this much time has passed! So many famous sites have come and gone and MU is still standing and thriving. I've been here for 11 years and hope MU will be around for another 14 more!


» Rennui on December 19th, 2018, 9:24pm

Happy birthday! It looks like I've been here for 11 of those 14 years. I haven't been active the whole time. I took some breaks here and there. You guys have no idea how excited I was to find out this site still existed, when I decided to catch up on all my manga series after years of neglect!


» residentgrigo on December 20th, 2018, 8:59am

This version of MU is only 3 years older than my account. I used the site from nearly the start but mangatraders and a custom Word doc sufficed back then.

About the site´s design. It´s fine and there are scripts that improve on all sorts of things, outside of aesthetics, but a new header wouldn't hurt.