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DMP Seeks To Collaborate With Scanlators

by dtshyk
Jun 20, 2010 9:20 AM | 83 Comments
According to ANN, Sasahara Hikaru, the CEO of Digital Manga Publishing (DMP) confirmed the report on Yaoi Review that DMP is preparing a "legal scanlation" site. They plan to acquire manga from Japanese publishers and provide the fan-made translations via the website. The income will be divided among DMP, Japanese publishers and the fan scanlators. The initial lineups will be hundreds of titles mainly Boys Love (Yaoi) manga.

After the release of warning by the Japan-US manga publishers' alliance, MangaHelpers announced to stop posting commercial manga and shift their activity to doujin manga. MangaFox removed VIZ Media titles from their list. OneManga hasn't reacted to the warning, but the top page has been under maintenance.

Source: Anime!Anime!, ANN

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The opening was good. Ending genre's blew the thrill away. Would've preferred Lolis and DFC over those.

EDIT: But it's still a good way if the genre spreads better.

Jul 29, 2010 8:02 PM by Celestz

JOY! I can't wait. :D I hope it's subscription based and not pay per chapter/title, but either is ok. <3 I wonder just which scanslation groups they've asked for help?

Jul 24, 2010 10:22 PM by thesilentsenshi

hoorah for BL! it's like a revolution!

EDIT: also, the population of Fujoshi is actually surprisingly high, though probably still underground. if sales of lolita and cosplays weren't an indication of this, what is?
--support for BL is probably really vast by now.

Jul 24, 2010 1:05 AM by minkie

mm. interesting. so the MangaHelpers idea is getting some attention -> http://mangahelpers.com/news/details/377

im a yaoi fan, so nothing there, but i am surprised to see that this genre would be the first to be used in this new thing.
anyways. good lusck to them, cuz they should have considered internet and scanlators a long time ago ^^

Jun 25, 2010 9:25 AM by Lariela

Hoppy said:
shinkeikaku said:
Anomalous said:
the_seventh_l said:
Also, LOL at people who don't know DMP publishes a bunch of yaoi manga.

Haha, I don't even read English manga and even I caught onto this.

It makes sense too--BL titles are often 1 volume long. Releases and quality control for these types of short titles would be easy to test the waters before they attempt longer series and have to worry about consistency. Not to mention there's a gazillion BL scan groups out there to tap into.


All this is true but this is a greater risk than going for Yuri, Shounen, or Shoujo, I can't see this being successful. Remember anime is still more male orientated from a market standpoint.


Tiny nitpick: DMP isn't an anime distributor. It's a manga publisher. Also, I don't see any evidence that yuri makes more money in the States than yaoi/BL does.

Jun 24, 2010 10:53 PM by the_seventh_l

If you can't beat them, make them join you!

Jun 24, 2010 8:18 PM by whiteday26

shinkeikaku said:
Anomalous said:
the_seventh_l said:
Also, LOL at people who don't know DMP publishes a bunch of yaoi manga.

Haha, I don't even read English manga and even I caught onto this.

It makes sense too--BL titles are often 1 volume long. Releases and quality control for these types of short titles would be easy to test the waters before they attempt longer series and have to worry about consistency. Not to mention there's a gazillion BL scan groups out there to tap into.


All this is true but this is a greater risk than going for Yuri, Shounen, or Shoujo, I can't see this being successful. Remember anime is still more male orientated from a market standpoint.

Jun 22, 2010 5:56 PM by Hoppy

Anomalous said:
the_seventh_l said:
Also, LOL at people who don't know DMP publishes a bunch of yaoi manga.

Haha, I don't even read English manga and even I caught onto this.

It makes sense too--BL titles are often 1 volume long. Releases and quality control for these types of short titles would be easy to test the waters before they attempt longer series and have to worry about consistency. Not to mention there's a gazillion BL scan groups out there to tap into.

Jun 22, 2010 4:40 PM by shinkeikaku

WHY YAOI WHY ?! could some1 pls explain?

another retarded step which will eventually lead to bankruptcy

Jun 22, 2010 12:34 PM by rmd12

Sabinlerose said:
I guess it's a step in the right direction.

Yaoi is always the wrong direction XD

Jun 22, 2010 12:16 PM by KuroLion

TheYaoiReview said:
dtshyk said:
According to ANN, Sasahara Hikaru, the CEO of Digital Manga Publishing (DMP) confirmed the anonymous report on Yaoi Online that DMP is preparing a "legal scanlation" site.


Just a few corrections to your post here. First would be that is was not an 'anonymous report', it was an anonymous tip that led me to confirm the details with the President of DMP, which was all reported right in my post. ANN didn't confirm the story, my site did. Also, the site is called The Yaoi Review, not Yaoi Online. It would be great if you could update your posting to something a little more accurate. Thanks :-)

oops. sorry for misspelling your site. not sure ANN really didn't confirm the story by themselves.

Jun 22, 2010 7:07 AM by dtshyk

JadeMatrix said:
Interesting news about MangaHelpers there. Also, MangaFox has recieved quite a bit of backlash for going PG-13, from what I hear. MangaHut recently had that big to-do, and so there's barely anything up, and a lot of people abandoned the site. OneManga is properly confusing me and probably everyone else by starting up 1000Manga.

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Jun 21, 2010 11:46 PM by chronarose

I think this really is a step in the right direction.

Jun 21, 2010 11:25 PM by pleman

holypoop said:
Damn, I feel like the only person being happy about it being yaoi..
But, yeah, would've been happier if there were "normal" tittles instead.


Agreed. I guess I need some normal manga at most times.

Jun 21, 2010 10:34 PM by MidnightSky

Sounds like its going to be a slow process.
Maybe (Hopefully) they will talk about other titles later...

Jun 21, 2010 9:26 PM by sorikai

I think it's a good step. Instead of being stupid and trying to strip the Internet (like, really?) of all licensed manga, they're providing competition against manga-hosting sites.

The only things I'm wondering about are how the quality of the scanlations will be maintained, how they'll earn decent revenue (though if the blog post was right, they'd never be losing money since it's speculative work), and why we readers would choose DMP's "breakthrough" solution as opposed to say MangaFox or OneManga. Perhaps they'll have stronger QC than some random scanlation group out there, but is that all?

Jun 21, 2010 6:28 PM by Keilis

I have mix feelings about this. My question right now is if I can still enjoy reading BL when that time comes......

Jun 21, 2010 5:45 PM by Lieila

Well, it has to start somewhere..

Jun 21, 2010 4:51 PM by Ilyaoh

JadeMatrix said:
Interesting news about MangaHelpers there. Also, MangaFox has recieved quite a bit of backlash for going PG-13, from what I hear. MangaHut recently had that big to-do, and so there's barely anything up, and a lot of people abandoned the site. OneManga is properly confusing me and probably everyone else by starting up 1000Manga.



I know of a place much better than Toshokan. :D

...for shounen.

Jun 21, 2010 3:05 PM by GZTC

Phanotak said:
Mammoth said:
Even if this affected manga I actually care about, I'd probably stick to piracy for convenience's sake. Still, official scanlations seem like a good idea.


official scanlations are only good if they have popular series loke naruto, bleach etc
not just yaoi manga


I don't get the logic behind this thinking. It's not like fujoshi aren't hungry for new releases and will pay for official scanlations when available.

Jun 21, 2010 2:41 PM by the_seventh_l