The Dark Age of Manga Sharing

March 18, 2013


Some things have changed in the scanlation world. It has been some time that I wrote an update on my manga blog, and I was negatively surprised how immensely difficult it has become to find download sources. A huge number of scanlation groups seemed to have closed in the past 24 months, almost unnoticed from the public. With their websites also whole forums have vanished into thin air. Seeing how many forums of smaller groups were originally hosted on free services, it supports the argument that many groups ceased work out of fear and not because of natural reasons (like getting a job, low activity). When we also consider how big irc channel bot networks are struggling to keep user and big sites like lurk and stoptazmo continuously fail to meet donation goals, one has to expect that the number of sources offering volume downloads will slowly but surely become extinct.
I would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness among both manga readers and scanlators that online reading sites do not provide high quality hosting solutions and can and will never replace original hosting sources. It is important to continue supporting both the scanlation website and the manga hosting aggregator sites.
Yes the manga aggregater, although not directly involved in the work of the scanlation group, will play a pivotal role in the distribution and storing of scanlation works. Often we take the freedom that comes with the internet for granted. But let’s make sure to contribute to the community back by keeping active copies of all great series we like to read. In times where 2TB HDs only cost 80$ and it no real effort to find storage for those little things, that we all do love! Long live Manga Underground!


onepunch man c26 (full colour) by mangaburn

Sun Ken Rock Volume 1-2 & 6-18+ by Japanzai

Sun Ken Rock Volume 3-5 by Random Scanlations

Toriko Volume 1 & 10-24+ by Hiwamatanoboru
Toriko Volume 2-9 by Various

New Manga


In August of 20XX, a portal to a parallel world, known as the “Gate”, suddenly appeared in Ginza, Tokyo. Monsters and troops poured out of the portal, turning the shopping district into a bloody inferno.

The Japan Ground-Self Defence Force immediately took action and pushed the fantasy creatures back to the “Gate”. To facilitate negotiations and prepare for future fights, the JGSDF dispatched the Third Reconnaissance Team to the “Special Region” at the other side of the Gate.


Gate ch 01-20 by Ak Scans – Online Reader

Front Mission

Huffman Island is a land that emerged from the deep due to volcanic eruptions over three decades ago, now, it is split by an uneasy cease-fire between two major world powers, the USN (United States of the New Continent) and the OCU (Oceania Cooperative Union).

The cease-fire has held for 20 years, but now tensions are mounting, and it looks like open war will break out again soon. Matsuda Akira has gone to join the on-site reporting team for NNTV.

Are he and his colleagues really ready for the horrors they may face if they’re caught in the middle of a war?

Front Mission Online Reader ch 01-29 by Sakicow and BidHangingAddNine – Online Reader

20 Responses to “The Dark Age of Manga Sharing”

  1. Laplace Says:

    ” I was negatively surprised how immensely difficult it has become to find download sources. ”

    Err…mangatraders ?

    ” big sites like lurk and stoptazmo continuously fail to meet donation goals”

    When was the last time lurk cold be considered “big site” ? Last time i checked, the bots were offline for at least 4 years.


  2. Hm Says:

    I must say that I have definitely noticed some of the things that you mentioned in the last entry you made.

    I’m glad this site has not become defunct. I religiously check for updates. There have been very few manga that have been recommended here that I have not enjoyed. This is easily my favorite manga blog!

    Always wonderful to see an update, and thank you for the links. I have been meaning to read sun ken rock for some time ^_^

    Take it easy



  3. mono Says:

    personally i dont- care about water marks and high res images. if it’s readable and you can appreciate the artwork that’s fine. i dont read manga on a super huge screen so i dont see why it matters.

    on downloads, i used to be a religious downloader and hoarder, but now it’s so much easier to read online. a lot of scanlator groups even have their own readers on their site which have full res images. i dont see the need to download stuff when i can access it whenever i want anyway


  4. Spreadanime Says:

    Tnx for the update. I agree that offline storage is really cheap, but i.m.o. it is difficult to share it online. I still have large archives that i used to easily share with e-mule by simply checking a folder. It seems to me that nowadays the sharing has become more difficult. suggestions are of course welcome.

    On a side note, read Front mission yesterday and it just blew me away. A very powerful anti-war statement. Highly recommended.


  5. mono Says:

    and also, the thanks are appreciated K :3


  6. nagi Says:

    Thank you for the update. Yeah, it is a shame so many groups are disappearing. Personally, I also dislike the move to online readers. There is just something about having the manga locally, safe from the eventual shutdown or takedown. Even if I did just recently lose a very sizeable portion of my manga hoard due to a borked windows install.


  7. jojo Says:

    Agreed, I hate Onlinereaders and I even more hate sites like jmanga, who actually charge money for online reading. BakaBT however is still doing fine and it’s still my No. 1 source for scanlations. ;)


  8. jojo Says:

    Also, regarding all this talk about money, sure it’s fine to support sharing of scanlations, however to keep our hobby alive it’s also necessary that we buy our favorite series when they get an official release in our native language. ;)


  9. silverado Says:

    Agreed, we would all be better of if we supported our LOCAL manga distributor as well. I just wished my local publisher would also offer online reading, but the Japanese Publisher hate the idea of online publishing and forbid other licensees from distributing it online. Also from a financial side an online subscriber probably would be willing to pay 990 Yen (~10$) for a monthly online subscription for two magazines, but if you take 2 weekly magazines for 250 Yen (~2,7$) per issue, that’s 2000 Yen per month in revenue p. c. compared to 1000 Yen.
    A company is better of with higher revenues than higher profit, when it comes to bank loans. Would they go online, their book sales would drop and their production price per unit would raise, theirfor cannibalizing their own revenues longterm. It is also still difficult to prevent copying and account sharing with online readers. And Japanese (after Pearl Habour) are not known for being risk takers, which is also why their eBook Reader has never conquered the world, like it was supposed to do.


  10. crazyankan Says:

    Don’t forget to upload the latest Vagabond chapters :)
    I have been helping out(and with Boti)

    I download complete mangas and save them om my iPad. Then I can read them before I go to sleep.

    New mangas, I mostly read them on mangafox and simular sites :/


  11. silverado Says:

    I don’t read Vagabond, but I think I will add Billy Bat. After waiting so many years for this series to evolve, the story has finally reached a state where it starts to make some sense.


  12. Anon Says:

    I appreciate the update, would love to see more frequent ones. This site was great in its heyday, I discovered so many great mangas from it. Recently I’ve started going through each entry on the RSS feed, looking for something worthwhile to read, that is not ideal.


  13. silverado Says:

    Well many authors now have full time jobs. It would be great to see some new authors registering and helping us. If you want to join, just leave a comment with your email address in the email field (will be hidden from public).


  14. silverado Says:

    Onepunchman: “Well I guess that takes care of it.” Hahaha, what a great way to conclude this arc.


  15. mono Says:

    its a very good series isnt it!


  16. Bran Says:

    I so love this series. It hits the nail right on the head with all the shonen clichés.


  17. Long Says:

    . It’s hard to find excellent writing like yours these days. I really appreciate people like you! Take care!!


  18. madthejoint Says:

    So i’ve registered as an author and made a post ,waiting for your review !


  19. alzou Says:

    why don’t u make some ‘manga storage’ like LURK few years ago…

    it’s hard 2 find something like that anymore

    stoptazmo is the best for now, even if it doesn’t provide all manga with volume-based.. even if some manga doesn’t updated regularly…


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