*sigh* Stupid Manga Site…May 22, 2008 at 11:00 am | Posted in Rants | 17 Comments
Tags: Arina Tanemura, noob, WTF!?
I really didn’t intend to have a rant on this blog so soon, but…*sigh* What can you do? You can’t control when things will piss you off after all. I debated about whether or not to even post this, but…well my blog is so plain and boring right now anyway. A rant is still a post, right? Heh.
For some quick background. I’m a really big Arina Tanemura fan. She is my favorite manga-ka. I adore her and her works. 3/4 of her manga are in my top ten list. I have never, ever disliked anything she’s done…ever. Admittedly, I am probably blinded by pure fangirl love, but that is just how it is.
Readers from my livejournal are probably already very well-aware of this. However, things need to be established when you start something new.
I am sick of OneManga.
Whoever runs it are a bunch of attention-seeking posers who only put up what makes them popular.
I’ll admit it, I go to OneManga. I don’t like downloading manga I’m only vaguely interested in reading and OneManga is really handy for that, especially with longer series. And instead of wondering, “When is that new chapter coming out…?” I can just check OneManga’s “recent manga” list every day and easily find what I’m looking for. Really, the site is a good idea.
But as previously stated, I’m sick of them now.
Half their news posts seem to be about “Hey! New Bleach and Naruto!” or explaining why Bleach and Naruto may be late that week. I’d really like to completely ignore the news for this purpose, but sometimes they have news on manga I actually read. Though that is very rare. And I can deal with that. Naruto and Bleach is popular. I get it.
However, when I woke up and found Kanshakudama no Yuutsu up on the site…my fangirl wrath was awakened. It’s an Arina Tanemura manga, shouldn’t I be happy? Maybe…if I and every other Arina Tanemura fan hadn’t already read it way over a year ago.
You see, Kanshakudama no Yuutsu’s official translation is being released by Viz in the beginning of August. Now, I wonder why after missing out on Kanshakudama no Yuutsu’s translation for so long they’re deciding to post it now?
It’s simple of course, they only spread around what’s popular and what people will go to their site for. They did the same thing for Arina Tanemura’s recently released work, ION…a week before it came out. A week.
This wouldn’t bother me as much if they didn’t have this plastered on the page:
Kanshakudama no Yuutsu is licensed in the United States by Viz. Please support the publishers that bring our favorite manga titles to the US by purchasing the official Kanshakudama no Yuutsu manga volumes when they are available in your area.
Who’s going to listen to this? If you really want them to buy licensed manga, don’t give it to them for free! Obviously!
Alright, I read and support scanlations of licensed manga. But I only read them because it would take forever to be able to read the latest chapter of Shinshi Doumei Cross or Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle or…any of those others!
But what’s the excuse of releasing something that will be coming out in about two months? Do they intend to take it down once it’s all available for sale? No, that can’t be it. ION is still up there. Hana-Kimi is up there. So is Zettai Kareshi, Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, Full Moon wo Sagashite, Alice 19th, Death Note, and so much more! Yup, everything except the TokyoPop manga they were ordered to take down is still up there.
And the sort of manga that’s up there? Well, there’s a few exceptions, but it’s basically anything that the common, out-of-the-loop, noob anime fan might want. There’s always a bunch more manga when a new season’s gonna be starting up (Zettai Karen appeared on the site shortly before the anime began). But that’s just the manga that there’s anime for? What about the rest? Quite simply, if they get licensed and then announced in magazine (like Shojo Beat where Arina Tanemura’s manga get announced to common fans), people will say, “Oh, I want to read that.”
OneManga isn’t one of those sites that’s doing it to “bring manga to the fans!” like some scanlating groups and sites. Scanlations generally work like fansubs, “Stop distributing once it’s licensed” and all that. OneManga is in it for the twisted fame and attention you can get from silly little noobs. I have experience with this sort of attention as I’m sure my livejournal readers remember from my rants about CrunchyRoll.
This isn’t my first problem with OneManga either. I can’t count how many times some one on YouTube sees a comment on one of my Image Shows/MMVs about how I need more scans and they go, “Hey! Check out OneManga!” Or when someone is asking for scanlations for a series and someone goes, “Hey! Check out OneManga!” Morons! Give them the site of the actual group! For the latest scans of ShinKuro go to Endless Youth & Co.! You can give them OneManga for the sake of easiness as well, but honestly!
So, that wasn’t so much of a problem with OneManga, but a problem with the people who use the site. But that just proves my point. The people who use the site most are silly little noobtards who fully don’t intend to pay for something that they can get for free. I know! I get messages from them all the time asking me where to get Shugo Chara!
“Um…try the store. My local B&N and Borders always seem to have it in stock. It’s a popular manga so it’s easy to find.”
“Oh…well I was looking for a site actually…Could you tell me where I can get the manga starting with chapter one?”
That’s an actual conversation through PMs by the way.
It’s especially annoying now that the content available in stores has surpassed the readily available scanlations. I still see people asking and got a message the day volume 4 came out in stores. Annoying.
At the very least they can just hang out in the stores and read it there. Or google the manga! If you’re getting it for free at least put a little effort into finding it!
Agh! My arguments are all over the place, but this is a rant and I’m just speaking in anger, so that’s to be expected, right? No one is actually going to challenge me on this stuff, right? They’ll simply let me feel angry, rant to get my frustrations out, and be done with it…won’t they?
Of course not, this is the internet. I fully expect to get a flame from someone who is in love with OneManga. But I’m venting. I feel a little better now. But the blog is so small now that it probably won’t happen for another two months or so.
Oh and to state finally. I don’t have a problem with helping people get scanlations, usually not even for licensed manga (though I really do go out and buy it myself). I just have a problem with the way OneManga does it. And as always, I have little patience for noobs who never try to figure things out for themselves. It is how I am.
My rant is over now. Sorry for those of you who read through the whole picture-less mess.
*sob* My beautiful blog has been tainted with a rant on the third post! Oh well, fangirl wrath needs to be shared. Otherwise it’s unhealthy (it’s unhealthy no matter what though).
Thanks to those who read this all the way through despite the stupidity. Here’s a picture of Haine in a maid uniform as a reward.
Awww…let the healing begin. The fangirl wrath just melts away.
Well, at least until OneManga posts Time Stranger Kyoko. I expect to see that any day now…
…Or a week before the release in July…
*sigh* I’m done. I’m going to go get a cookie.
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