Daily Manga Thoughts 2: The Return

Discussion in 'General Manga Discussion' started by randomredneck, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. BrainBlow

    BrainBlow Well-Known Member

    Well I certainly totally do not engage with such lowly criminal scum, but there does seem to be more consistency. More series get regular updates than suddenly stopping by a pretty good margin. A series one picks up being canceled IRL rather early is a bigger concern.
    And the "big" series have scanlators falling over themselves to snipe series at the first opportunity.

    It's actually kind of a concern: there's people in the industry that leak the digital files used for the prints, which means the fastest pirates can get a translated chapter out literally before the Japanese version is available for sale. That genuinely upsets me, what with legal services like mangaplus literally letting people read the latest chapters for free, yet being undercut like this. It's probably just a matter of time before places like r/manga gets targeted by the ritual purgings that the industry does occasionally in order to protect the precedent of their copyrights. The mods are scared to confront the issue, and it's going to come back to bite them when the day of reckoning comes and the admins come a'knocking with a cease and desist letter they received from the manga industry.
     
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  2. HasseRovdjur

    HasseRovdjur Breast Claw

    Oh, right, legal day one releases are a thing now (as in, for years). I've forgotten about it since CrunchyRoll got neutered by Kodansha.
     
  3. BrainBlow

    BrainBlow Well-Known Member

    Yeh, but manga plus doesn't require a subscription or anything. You can read it through the app or in a familiar browser format just like if you were a degenerate pirate, for free. No signup or trial. The (quite cheap) subscription is for older chapters and other perks. It's pretty much the ideal format for online manga and does not gatekeep consumption and discussion of new chapters, so it makes me buttmad when lazy pirates abandon any pretense about the morality of customer convenience and elegant service.

    The translation quality is also better, so time is the only edge pirates have, and it's only an edge by virtue of actual corporate theft since the chapters are released on a consistent weekly basis. You don't actually have to wait longer for each chapter.
     
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  4. thor123

    thor123 Well-Known Member

    Mangaplus does have one big negative point though: the image quality...

    DMT: Tomo-chan is ending on the 14th of July and I can't wait for it to finally end. I used to really like it but now it's definitely going to become one of the many annoying romance manga that end when they finally get together...

    ...unless the author pulls a truck-kun on us, or decides to start a sequel of a slightly different genre (not impossible seeing his past works)
     
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  5. daisicles

    daisicles Well-Known Member

    DMT: There's a new subscription service for bl manga that's just launched and while I like having another publisher around and I like that they scored two Haruko Kumota licenses bc I love her work, I just want to be able to hand over money once and receive a copy of a whole book that's mine and that I can read even if the service shuts down. Bah. Subscription services are great in a lot of ways and Renta's model with cheap manga rentals is nice for trashy stuff I know I won't want to keep, but I want to own things too! I don't even need my books to be print copies (nice if I can have the option though), but I want to be able to keep them in a format that's gonna stay accessible.
     
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  6. HasseRovdjur

    HasseRovdjur Breast Claw

    Don't you just hate it when a manga sequel has a much shittier art style? Fucking hell, I was all psyched for Last Order, but it just looks so bad in comparison.
     
  7. Gens

    Gens Database Moderator

    Well it could always be worse, like battle royale's sequel:

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    *loud coughing in the distance*
     
  8. HasseRovdjur

    HasseRovdjur Breast Claw

    That's no too far off from what happened with Alita...
     
  9. BrainBlow

    BrainBlow Well-Known Member

    [​IMG]

    I could imagine he's gonna make a sequel series, tho. The current title would not really fit.
     
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  10. g3data

    g3data Well-Known Member

    The best shortcut to relatability

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  11. LinkSword

    LinkSword POPEE BELIEVER

    So, did anyone else bother reading all the way to the end of Mahou Shoujo Site's absurd wild ride?
     
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  12. g3data

    g3data Well-Known Member

    I did.

    It's going for a reset ending, which is something I hate in apocalyptic stories. I get that this was supposed to tie back in with Mahou Shoujo of the End, but I never finished that so the callbacks don't do anything other than spoil that series for me.
     
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  13. LinkSword

    LinkSword POPEE BELIEVER

    Pretty much the same here, yeah. Even if I had finished that one, though, this probably would have sucked all the same.

    The manga hit its stride when it stopped being an "Edgy Person of the Week" thing and sort of became an organized Girls vs Admins war. It was alright fun for a while and then whatever this was happened. Ah well.
     
  14. DarkLordSatan

    DarkLordSatan Well-Known Member

    Just read Pure Shadow, this was way too random, definitely not what I was expecting based on the description at least.
     
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  15. Fargo

    Fargo Well-Known Member

    DMT: Starting to really regret buying physical copies of manga.
    Looks great on the shelf, but...starting to take up a lot of space.
    I'm putting a hard stop on at least adding additional series so I only continue collecting what I currently have, but that won't help much considering My Hero Academia and Dr. Stone alone will probably continue racking up over the next few years.
     
  16. daisicles

    daisicles Well-Known Member

    I don't regret buying physical copies but I sure do think about how cranky I'm gonna be next time I move every time I have to shuffle books around to make room on shelves. I have a lot of digital manga too and every time I look at the full list of them, I imagine how much more space physical copies of those would take up... but I still want physical copies of some of them all the same bc I guess I just enjoy cursing as I drag my 14th box of books up a flight of stairs mid-move.
     
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  17. Fargo

    Fargo Well-Known Member

    I have a couple plastic tubs at my family's home that I have yet to bring to my new place, but lemme tell ya, they get heavy. I think one box can fit around 80-90 volumes and I have to push it or put it on a dolly.
    In retrospect, choosing to finish buying the rest of Naruto was really what did me in. Luckily I'm not masochistic enough to take the plunge on One Piece.
     
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  18. daisicles

    daisicles Well-Known Member

    I don't know where I could even put a really long series, esp something like One Piece, and that has definitely stopped me from picking up a couple of series, even though they're done and don't have a zillion vols still to come. Pretty much everything I'm collecting is under 20 vols and most of them are under 10, for which my bookcases are immensely grateful.
     
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  19. Fargo

    Fargo Well-Known Member


    ^I wish I had waited until this came out, I think it's a neat idea. It's like a Kindle specifically for manga and it lets you swap in SD cards per series. Not sure how the pricing would work out exactly, but a much better way to keep the bookcases condensed. Could be a neat workaround for those long series if not all manga entirely.
     
  20. thor123

    thor123 Well-Known Member

    ... or you can just rip the DRM from your manga, put the .cbz files on an SD card, and put the SD card in a larger-sized Kobo e-reader. No need for weird new stuff when there already exists a solution
     
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