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Post #590423 - Reply to (#590398) by dosetsu
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4:09 pm, Mar 11 2013
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Still taking from the Netflix model, they manage to purchase the rights for movies and tv programs that must support actors, directors, and a host of other people. Or Crunchyroll which does the same for anime and dramas and its equivalent animators, voice actors, et al.

Why couldn't a similar service for manga work to support the mangaka, editors, translators, etc?
Heck, with digital, there's not even a physical publishing or distributor any more.

Post #590452 - Reply to (#590423) by kayue
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7:08 pm, Mar 11 2013
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Read what I said again.

Post #590528

5:52 am, Mar 12 2013
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The new poll is tough! It's not really a Yes or No answer. It largely depends on how copyright, licensing, and publishing laws will evolve. It's going to be annoying when some very good series potentially go exclusive to specific distributors. Imagine paying $10 a month to several different companies. It'll add up.

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Post #590561 - Reply to (#590423) by kayue
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1:54 pm, Mar 12 2013
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Non-Japanese publishers earn all of the profit from their sales. Netflix is different. Netflix is generally an English licensee for other English shows or movies. They can actually share their profit. English publishers of Japanese manga do not. They offer a flat price or percentage of sales (usually the former) and sign the contract at that offer or rate. Moreover, they don't license it directly from the author and/or illustrator (since they can't); they license it from the original manga's publishing company, which already has a deal with the author and/or illustrator for a similar contract. Essentially, at the end of the day, all the author and/or illustrator earned was their initial offering of their Japanese publisher's contract, and a possible fan base outside of Japan.

The question of this poll more directly relates to you as a reader, and not so much the authors and illustrators, on the matter of would you pay for this kind of a service. If you're looking to support the people involved with the manga, then no, this model would not support them.

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Post #590580

5:52 pm, Mar 12 2013
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It would really depend on the size of said library. It would have to be quite huge to be worth it in the long run, considering that only a fraction would be interesting enough to read and time for reading manga is limited.

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Post #590591
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7:45 pm, Mar 12 2013
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Depends on the publisher and the range of manga.

For me to subscribe, they must:
- Not tamper with the original SFX's--dealing with them like Del Rey does would be perfect.
- Keep honorifics.
- NOT TAMPER WITH THE ART like Viz does to censor their series. (I was so pissed when they blacked out the yuri and yaoi henge of Konohamaru's, and when they put a towel on a formerly naked Rangiku.)
- Have a BL, or BL subtexted (Kuroshitsuji, 07 Ghost, etc) selection. Well, of course.

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Post #590607
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11:58 pm, Mar 12 2013
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Well... I'm going to say yes, although I've modified the question a bit (I'm ignoring the single publisher part). The reason is that I'm thinking of companies that sell digital manga (currently, it's per volume prices), such as ebookjapan, rentapapy, or amazon (via kindle). They have a large library from multiple publishers, and I'd be willing to pay a reasonable monthly fee for access to their whole library.

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Post #590678

12:46 pm, Mar 13 2013
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From a single publisher? Not a chance.

The distribution medium, whatever it is, needs to be less painful than pirating, and only then will people use it (and mangaka will be better off). That means cheap, simple, and extensive (not a single publisher ... in fact, how about making publishers optional altogether? One should be able to choose if they want a filter between them and the mangaka. If one wants something "more reliable," they could look in the publishers' category, which I imagine would be pretty popular). To be frank, the medium needs to be designed from the standpoint that it's competing with piracy. Anti-piracy measures can make getting what you want a little bit harder, but since piracy can never be entirely eliminated, one needs to accept that reality and make something better.

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Post #590729

12:57 am, Mar 14 2013
Posts: 354

I'm ambivalent b/c we all know that north american publishers censor stuff and rephrase things that make certain parts of mangas lose its initial meaning. Even for things that aren't that bad, they censor.

So....if it was translated by the country of origin where the meanings and context and such weren't censored then maybe. But translate in context of the setting in the story like for honorifics, if it takes place in japan, use japanese pronunciation of honorifics. If it's an english speaking nation, use english.

Post #590738
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2:15 am, Mar 14 2013
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I agree with the last poster. This would be a good idea, if done right. However, I doubt that it will be.

I can only read manga in English, and one reason I read it is to see the world of stories from a point of view other than that of the USA (When you can't afford to travel there's no better way to see what the world looks like through the eyes of another culture.)

If the choice of manga, and the contents of translations, on such a site routinely get narrowed, distorted, and censored to cater to the narrow puritan demands of American publishing, I won't use such a service much. I already have subs to the Jmanga and Vizmanga online reader sites, and I don't actually use them much for that reason.

When you live in the USA, it turns out that the whole world is Disneyfied, even on the Internet.

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Post #590759
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6:40 am, Mar 14 2013
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For me it's a No. I would pay money for the manga volumes I like, but I want to have my own collection if I'm paying for it. So I prefer to buy the Original Japanese tankos instead, no matter how much it costs me. That way I can support the mangaka, too. Not only that, some of the online publishers don't really do a good job on translating those manga series while the scanlators are doing a much better job on it. So it's hard to subscribe to those sites while you know their quality is not that good either.
One more thing I didn't like about those sites is, I had this feeling before that Some of those sites are taking advantage of scanlators.They sometimes pick up a manga that's already being scanlated and has proved to be popular. And after strating to publish it, threat the scanlator group to drop the series. This has happened so many times already. Not that scanlators have any rights over the manga, but I could bet that some of those series would never get published if it wasn't for the scanlators that introduced those series to English readers. Then again if they were keeping the quality I might have subscribed to them, but not like this. Sorry for my bad English btw.

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Post #590760
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7:31 am, Mar 14 2013
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Just got this email today, and considering it's rather relevant to the current poll: Retail/Viewing Service Termination and Refund Notice

Dear JManga Members and Supporters,

It is our deep regret to inform you that will be concluding its retail and viewing services on May 30th 2013.

Below is Service Termination Schedule.

JManga Point Distribution and Sales Termination:
March 13th 2013 at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time)

Digital Manga Purchasing Service Termination:
March 26th at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time)

Manga Viewing Service Termination:
May 30th at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time)

All JManga Members will be issued Amazon Gift Cards for use on as a substitute the amount of unused JManga Paid Points (*1) possessed at March 13th 2013 at 11:59pm.

Refunds will be processed between March 21st 2013 to March 25th 2013 (US Pacific Time).

For further details regarding retail and viewing service termination, please visit

As of March 13th 2013 at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time) has concluded its services. JManga7 Premium Members who signed up between February 14th 2013 and March 13th 2013 at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time) will be refunded. For further details regarding service termination, please visit the Jmanga7 FAQ at

Thank you for your support and understanding,

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Post #590780 - Reply to (#590760) by CatzCradle
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1:02 pm, Mar 14 2013
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Got it as well and made a forum thread about it. It surprised me how short the service lasted and how JManga didn't further comment on why they're ceasing activities.

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Post #590805
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~*Yaoi Lover*~

5:18 pm, Mar 14 2013
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I'll pay for it, the subscription, if they offer something that interest me, that is worth spending the money on it smile

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Post #590806 - Reply to (#590092) by lambchopsil
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5:27 pm, Mar 14 2013
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That means that not everyone that loves yaoi vote in the sad cry

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