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Nov 17, 2010 12:58 AM

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According to Anime!Anime!, mangaka Akamatsu Ken established a stock company J-Comi with Deguchi Ryusei. The aim of the company is to provide discontinued manga electronically for free. As a test launch of the beta version, all the fourteen volumes of Love Hina manga will be available for free downloading from November 26th. The full launch will be made on January 10th 2011 and scans of out-of-print manga will be provided in PDF format without copy protection.

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Akamatsu came up with the idea when he started to receive letters from fans, who obtained his manga by illegal downloading. He thinks it's impossible to eliminate the illegal scans from the internet and it would rather be beneficial if the authors put advertisements to the scans and earn revenue from them. Akamatsu has found the way to establish a "Library of Out-of-print Manga" independent of publishers because publication contracts of manga usually expire in three to five years. Akamatsu is also planning to enable the users to upload scans and to share them via J-Comi after the inspection by the staff and the addition of advertisements.

Sources: Anime!Anime!, Natalie, J Comi official blog
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Nows THATS the right way to do things.
Hope this idea does well.
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Nov 17, 2010 1:07 AM

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Very interesting idea Amakatsu sensei, hope it turns out well.
 
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That would be the best, especially here in my home country where most mangas are unavailable and most readers access them illegally. Thank you, Akamatsu-sensei, for coming up with such a great idea!! :D
 
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Good job Amakatsu-sensei! Lets hope the other mangaka follow
 
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thats the way! i want to see more do this!!!

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Koi-phan said:
Nows THATS the right way to do things.
Hope this idea does well.


THIS, hope other mangakas follow his step and not just complaining things.
 
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good luck with the website!! hope it will be a success!

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Nov 17, 2010 1:28 AM
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nice ye the internet is evolving the way media companies published things
 
Nov 17, 2010 1:39 AM

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Hell yea, now at least one of em is thinking straight. Whats the point fighting piracy if its no longer in print.
 
Nov 17, 2010 2:08 AM

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Hell yea, now at least one of em is thinking straight. Whats the point fighting piracy if its no longer in print.


Exactly. I could never understand why the publishers clamp down on stuff when copyright laws don't cover some of these works.

Anyway, I won't say if this is a good or bad move, but it certainly is interesting. I do know that there are some mangaka that are perfectly fine with illegal scans but this is the first time, I believe, that one of them has come out to openly upload their works on the net. Trailblazer? Subtle form of advertisement?
 
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now this is the first step to make this a better world for otakus and akiba
i am going to be the i the one with the biggest manga pocket collgection

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Koi-phan said:
Nows THATS the right way to do things.
Hope this idea does well.

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Nov 17, 2010 2:38 AM
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Great idea, hope he makes some money doing this, awesome.
 
Nov 17, 2010 2:42 AM

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Woahhh this is some awesome news... (^_^)
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Nov 17, 2010 3:06 AM

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Manga-Spotify? :D
 
Nov 17, 2010 3:23 AM

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Great News! I hope more authors make it.
 
Nov 17, 2010 4:04 AM

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What a legend.
 
Nov 17, 2010 4:06 AM
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Someone finally gets it, and thank god it's Akamatsu, he could actually pull this off.

Yes!

 
Nov 17, 2010 4:31 AM

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You never disapoint me, Akamatsu.
 
Nov 17, 2010 4:45 AM

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Koi-phan said:
Nows THATS the right way to do things.
Hope this idea does well.


I really hope it works out, it's such an amazing idea. It caught my attention that it was Akamatsu Ken, I love his series :P
 
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hallelujah!!! my prayers have been answered
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Nov 17, 2010 5:04 AM
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Now we need more people like him >.>
I hope it goes well
 
Nov 17, 2010 5:05 AM

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not a bad idea
 
Nov 17, 2010 5:22 AM
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Truly interesting. I'll be sure to check it out.
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Nov 17, 2010 5:25 AM

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that is great now all i need to do is learn Japanese
 
Nov 17, 2010 5:34 AM

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Koi-phan said:
Nows THATS the right way to do things.
Hope this idea does well.

Agree whole heartedly
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Nov 17, 2010 5:47 AM

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Oh great news

Hope it will work out, somehow
 
Nov 17, 2010 5:54 AM

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that is great now all i need to do is learn Japanese


Nope, now groups will be able to do legal translations without worrying that a nasty letter will show up.
 
Nov 17, 2010 6:21 AM

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Finally someone who realize how things should work.
 
Nov 17, 2010 6:56 AM

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Great Idea ! I hope he'll have a lot of good luck with it :) .
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Nov 17, 2010 7:05 AM

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Akamatsu is awesome. That is all.
 
Nov 17, 2010 7:29 AM

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The manga industry is getting up to speed with the trends and creating legal alternatives to read manga.


 
Nov 17, 2010 7:31 AM
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Another good news =d
 
Nov 17, 2010 7:46 AM

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An awesome news indeed ...
 
Nov 17, 2010 7:50 AM

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so is this why he is always taking breaks from Negima?
 
Nov 17, 2010 8:11 AM

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Good ol' Akamatsu Ken. We need more people like him.

 
Nov 17, 2010 8:14 AM

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Koi-phan said:
Nows THATS the right way to do things.
Hope this idea does well.


THIS

AWESOME!
Thank you Akamastsu!

Though i prefer the scalantion pictures over PDF xD
 
Nov 17, 2010 8:32 AM

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Way to go, Ken Akamatsu. And I want a good scans of Love Hina, too! The one I obtained "Illegally" is in poor quality! (But I still read it for about 3 to 4 times!) Lol! XD


 
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Chenoan said:
What a legend.

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That would be the best, especially here in my home country where most mangas are unavailable and most readers access them illegally. Thank you, Akamatsu-sensei, for coming up with such a great idea!! :D

same here, manga barely exist here.

this is great news as I have yet to finish love hina
and me don't enjoy my poor jpeg copy
 
Nov 17, 2010 10:45 AM

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so that's why he's always taking breaks for Negima
 
Nov 17, 2010 10:52 AM

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Personally I like to have my manga in my hand so I suggest that they still contact a publisher about paper, but once that contract expires about 3-5 years, they should upload it to the internet.

it's good news ^_^
 
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Definitely the right manga writer to do it, I think he was the first one to really get hardcore into the internet and knows computers quite well.
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Uploading ability means people could probably do scanlations and, pending staff approval, make other language versions available for those of us who don't read Japanese. Including, but not limited to, English, fan support allowing.

But I do wonder how annoying the ads will be. Considering that there is no copy protection, anyway, it'd be nice if they'd make an ad-free version available for purchase to those so inclined. Honestly I'd rather archive a quality, ad-free scan, than a free version with ads that will be out of date before the end of the decade. Either way, though, this sounds awesome. I wish them luck and hope it turns out well.

Although, erg, considering the quality of CR, I sincerely hope the quality of the scans isn't sub-par. I love legal means, but poor quality is a huge turn-off, even if it is free. The fact they they plan on making them downloadable is already a plus on their side, though, so here's hoping.
 
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Koi-phan said:
Nows THATS the right way to do things.
Hope this idea does well.

agreed. i wonder what will happen now........
 
Nov 17, 2010 2:15 PM

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Honestly, never had much of an opinion of the guy before, but he's officially awesome now. Best approach I've seen to the issue yet.
 
Nov 17, 2010 2:30 PM

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I hope this goes well. Good luck Ken
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Nov 17, 2010 3:08 PM
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Hope they do it with English translation, too :)
 
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Akamatsu's been promoted to my "Awesome List". Hopefully more mangakas will join his boat! :)
 
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Akamatsu will be a legend if this somehow passes...


 
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