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minakichan



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:14 am Reply with quote
THAAAAAAAAAAANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU this is an excellent idea. Ad revenue aside, do they take donations?!?

Hope they eventually allow fan translations (of course, with the creators rather than the fans taking the money) www
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ultimafullmetal



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:30 am Reply with quote
Great idea. I hope the site is a huge success.
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ZeroDemio



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:46 am Reply with quote
I guess I should plan a weekend where I would be flipping through volumes of Love Hina for free. Cool
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kgw



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:34 am Reply with quote
ZeroDemio wrote:
I guess I should plan a weekend where I would be flipping through volumes of Love Hina for free. Cool

I am quite sure LH is not "out-of-print" (in Japan).
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 5:11 am Reply with quote
Wow, this is such a nice thing for Ken Akamatsu to do for the fans. I hope everything goes well for both him(and the other creators he convinced) and the fans. Good stuff.
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Ringking



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 5:29 am Reply with quote
Sounds good, not much use for the non-japanese speaking among us, but with any luck the idea will catch on and a similar website will be created for english translated manga.

I don't think it would do a large amount to curcve the scanlations, but at least it would get some money back to the creators (ide use it).
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Kyaa the Catlord



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:59 am Reply with quote
Well, since this is pretty much obviously going to be in raw Japanese and out of print (aka OLD) manga, it will do nothing to halt the scanlations.

But it is still a good move and pushes Ken-sensei further up my list of favorite mangaka.
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edzieba



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:25 am Reply with quote
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Sudden breakout of Common Sense!

This is aimed at a Japanese audience, so has nothing to do with scanlations.
However, if a version was posted with good english translations, on high quality images (the site isn't up yet, but we can certainly hope that having the original files on hand should make this trivial, but the example of existing streaming sites has made it obvious that quality is always ignored), I can certainly see an official stable server being more popular than a scanlation site.
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ZeetherKID77



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:31 am Reply with quote
Great news, but I would rather have a physical rerelease of Love Hina (make it happen Kodansha USA...whenever you tell us what's going on with you guys)

It would be nice to see this in English though since I can't read manga raw.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:16 am Reply with quote
Meh, I'd still visit the site. Even if I can't read Japanese.
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prime_pm



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:24 am Reply with quote
Hallelujah and Shalom! or whatever. Now we're getting somewhere.
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DavidShallcross



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 10:03 am Reply with quote
kgw wrote:
ZeroDemio wrote:
I guess I should plan a weekend where I would be flipping through volumes of Love Hina for free. Cool

I am quite sure LH is not "out-of-print" (in Japan).

The article says
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A beta version of the site will launch on November 26 with 14 volumes of Akamatsu's hit manga Love Hina,

so I think I will be joining ZeroDemio.
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Ryujin99



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:49 am Reply with quote
Whether you can read Japanese or not, I think this sounds like a definite step in the right direction. If this site does well, which I certainly hope it does, then maybe we might start to see some similar sites hosting English versions of such series.

Either way, I guess it's time to put the 26th on my calendar, even though I'm still far from fluent in Japanese. Heck, it'll be good practice in my opinion. Very Happy
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Kruszer
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:38 pm Reply with quote
.....and completely useless, since it's in a language I can't read.
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PingSoni
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:01 pm Reply with quote
I'll be interested to see how this is handled, particularly the resolution and quality of the images. There's a lot of old stuff I'd love to get my hands on, and I'm willing to read it in Japanese.

I suspect that these will be scans from tankobon. It seems a bit much to hope that original page artwork still exists in usable form after ten or more years, and unlikely that the publishers would release the positives or negatives used in the printing process (assuming that those still exist in usable form).

It seems to me that if done properly, this kind of effort could be a good step toward preserving twentieth-century manga in digital form.

Looking ahead, I hope someone is giving thought to how to archive the original work for manga that is being produced in the digital era.
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