The Dark Age of Manga Sharing
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!
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.
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.