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Manga Creator Kohske Asks Scanslators to Stop Sharing Gangsta.

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Manga creators and publishers have made a concerted effort to eliminate piracy including campaigns to raise awareness of legal manga websites and spread information about financial losses due to illegal scans. Publishers also worked together to shut down the pirate manga site Mangamura in April and creators took to the web announce an uptick in sales after the site went down.

Some manga creators are still having trouble with piracy though, including Gangsta.'s Kohske. Kohske wrote on Twitter, in English, that scans rob her of her income and steal ad revenue from her publisher. She added that if she cannot earn money from her manga, she'll have to quit.

Kohske stated that, on the other hand, if her income improves she'd like to take a vacation with her "beloved family and assistants."

Shinchosha published the eighth volume of Gangsta. in Japan on May 9 and it ranked on Oricon's top 50 comic book volumes during the month of its release. The volume was the first released since Kohske's return after taking a hiatus due to poor health. Viz Media will release the eighth volume in English in March 2019.

The manga revolves around Nick and Worick, two men who take on jobs from both the mafia and the police in the town of Ergastulum, a rotten town filled with mafia, hoodlums, prostitutes, and dirty cops. Kohske launched the original manga in Shinchosha's Monthly Comic @Bunch magazine in 2010.

A 12-episode anime adaptation of the manga premiered in July 2015. Funimation streamed the series as it aired.

Pronouns corrected

Source: Kohske's Twitter account

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