The scanlation community has been under continued pressure from manga publishers for quite some time but it seems that OneManga has finally collapsed under it and has decided to discontinue operations. It will have manga up for a little while longer so that people can finish what they’ve already started.
From OneManga themselves:
“There is an end to everything, to good things as well.”
It pains me to announce that this is the last week of manga reading on One Manga (!!). Manga publishers have recently changed their stance on manga scanlations and made it clear that they no longer approve of it. We have decided to abide by their wishes, and remove all manga content (regardless of licensing status) from the site. The removal of content will happen gradually (so you can at least finish some of the outstanding reading you have), but we expect all content to be gone by early next week (RIP OM July 2010).
So what next? We’re not really sure at this point, but we have some ideas we would like to try out. Until then, the One Manga forums will remain active and we encourage all of you to continue using them. OMF has developed into a great community and it would be a shame to see that disappear.
You can also show us some love in this moment of sadness by ‘liking’ our brand new Facebook page. It would be nice to see just how many of you came to enjoy our ‘better than peanut butter and jelly’ invention.
Regardless of whether you stay with us or not, on behalf of the One Manga team, I would like to thank you all for your unwavering support over the years. Through the ups and downs you have stuck with us, and that is what kept us going.
As a certain Porky was fond of saying… That’s all folks!
Time for me to go lay down and let this all sink in.
As a result of this, I imagine many other scanlation communities will discontinue operations. What does this mean for us manga lovers? Purchase more manga of course! While helping out the companies that publish them can be a costly expense, there are ways of making it a little cost friendlier. I like to wait on 30-40% off coupons from Borders and go pick up manga from them then, use their rewards card and rack up the points and you can get a pretty sweet deal. I’ll do a writeup on that later though. In the meantime, finish up your manga, go! Like their Facebook page and thank them for their service.