Where do you get your manga?



  • Hello all,

    I was curious about where do you guys get manga from? I'm kinda interested in English translated versions as I'd like to read the Heaven's lost property series. Like most I'm disappointed that it's ending so, I'd like to try to see the whole story again as complete as I can while waiting for the final movie. I figured some of the members here would know of some good sources for this.

    Thanks in advance



  • You can find manga at Amazon, RightStuf, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Robert's Anime Corner Store, and so on.

    Not everything has an English release though, very very very far from it. I don't think HLP has been licensed.



  • I always go through Rightstuf, although if I'm trying to complete a collection that's out of print I use Amazon.
    I also found ANN had a very useful search tool to find every copy released of a certain series, their price comparison tool allows you to directly link to pretty much all the major anime retailers.
    I always wished RACS would be listed on ANN, but for some reason (I'm guessing internal site coding) they aren't.

    Also if you're looking for a legal way to read manga without purchasing books there is Crunchyroll's new manga section, otherwise it's pretty limited. There are illegal ways to read manga, but that doesn't support creators who worked tirelessly to make the manga (Heaven's lost property was written and drawn by 1 guy and one or two assistants).



  • Doing a search I found one site that has it available to read(translated) online, it's called mangatank, has anyone heard of it?



  • @clutz1572:

    Doing a search I found one site that has it available to read(translated) online

    The sites that come up with those searches are illegal the vast majority of the time. HLP has no legal English translation, so if you found one it was a fan translation.

    Digital manga is rather limited. There are some sites that host legal English translations, but most of the time you'll be paying for an eBook version of the collected volumes or paying a small subscription fee for something like WSJ. Most of the manga I read I either buy the physical volumes or get them from the library so my experience with legal digital sources is limited. I use CR's manga service and that's really it. Viz, Kodansha, and Yen Press all offer eBook versions of their titles (not every title is offered digitally, however), and I think some other publishers do as well. There's also Shounen Jump that you can subscribe to, and Comixology. But most of the time you'll have to pay, there isn't much in the way of free AND legal options. Even CR's free chapters are limited to only the most recent one for each series.



  • @Firefly:

    But most of the time you'll have to pay, there isn't much in the way of free AND legal options. Even CR's free chapters are limited to only the most recent one for each series.

    There's also http://comic-walker.com/, but they're selection of English language titles is limited, and updates are irregular at best.



  • I see…. I shall keep searching I suppose but, it's a shame that legit English translations are so hard to find it seems. Although it seems a bit unfair, it is what it is I suppose.

    Thanks for all the info guys/gals .. I now have places to visit and see what's out there for me :)



  • Legit English translations aren't hard to find, go to any book, comic shop or website like Amazon, Barnes&noble rightstuff. Etc.

    And as stated most online manga scanlations sites are illegal scans, if you want legal digital manga go to Crunchyroll, or check comixology kindle, or the VIZ iOS app.

    As for Heavens lost property, no one has acquired the rights to release that manga stateside, sorry.

    Edit: if your wanting free legal translations, ain't gonna happen, you pay for luxuries/entertainment.



  • @Soundmonkey44:

    Edit: if your wanting free legal translations, ain't gonna happen, you pay for luxuries/entertainment.

    Did I give that impression? I'm sorry if I did, I have no issues supporting the creators.



  • https://www.emanga.com/ -Digital Manga, Inc store where you can purchase and read manga on multiple devices.
    http://www.yenpress.com/yenplus/ -Yen Press online serialized magazine
    http://www.crunchyroll.com/comics/manga -New program by crunchyroll, subscribe for a monthly fee and get access to their growing library
    http://www.viz.com/manga/digital -Viz's digital manga store
    http://en.mangareborn.jp/ -A sort of indi Japanese manga company that crowd sources content and translations.
    http://www.genmanga.com/ -Indi titles available for purchase
    http://shonenjump.viz.com/ -Shonen Jump digital publication
    http://www.kodanshacomics.com/ebooks -Kodansha digital store front
    https://digital.darkhorse.com/genre/8/ -Darkhorse digital storefront
    http://www.gomanga.com/ebooks/index.php -Seven Seas' digital storefront
    http://en-renta.papy.co.jp/renta/ -Weird little Japanese website

    That's about it, there are a few more under the radar Japanese sites but if you want to get manga online those will be your best bets. As was already said it's pretty easy to go out and purchase manga from your local bookstore, by putting money into the industry they get more money to license and release new manga such as HLP.

    Reading manga from Mangafox, or Mangatank, is of course completely illegal, they are fly by night criminal websites which steal the works of others, give it out for free, and make a ton of money from the ads and malware that get installed when you visit their site. If you run a search on Google for a manga you'll typically get illegal sites, or what ever new illegal site that took over, and a few DMCA take down notices from the dead sites.

    Interesting read from the creators of several well known manga about what they wish would happen to people who illegally distribute their work:
    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2010-08-22/black-lagoon-hellsing-creators-discuss-illegal-uploads
    My favorite one was from the creator, author, and artist of Hellsing:

    should contract a bizarre, previously unknown disease — therefore, the disease would be named after the uploader in medical journals, and that would be how the uploader would be remembered for posterity.

    Just make sure you legally purchase your manga, you want to be a fan of these amazing artists, you don't want to be someone they hope:
    @Rei:

    contract pancreatic cancer or something similar



  • I got threw BAM and there site so I can all ways get those discounts



  • I'm not a huge manga reader, but when I do, I usually find what I want on Amazon, or at the Hastings the town over from where I live. Between what manga I do have, and what I inherited when I got married from my wife; I have to keep building shelves just to hold them all.



  • I actually have a local bookstore that has some pretty good ones at random times. Just the other day picked up Knights of Sidonia Vol. 1 to Vol. 4 there. If not there Amazon, I do wish more places had it though to browse around. I just love picking them up and sifting through, let alone the reason I still buy them.



  • @St0ck:

    Reading manga from Mangafox, or Mangatank, is of course completely illegal, they are fly by night criminal websites which steal the works of others, give it out for free, and make a ton of money from the ads and malware that get installed when you visit their site.

    Actually this is what I had originally thought and hence the main reason why I asked about it in the first place. At first I thought oh cool.. just what I was looking for! then I thought.. well maybe I should ask around about it, I'm glad I did ask.



  • @Davidism:

    Between what manga I do have, and what I inherited when I got married from my wife; I have to keep building shelves just to hold them all.

    • This tickled me me some

    I'm not really a "avid reader" in general myself but my wife can go through books like water, so I can can relate about the endless shelf building. lol For my own sanity I had converted her over to digital.



  • Thanks all for these suggestions. I'm already a subscriber to the Crunchyroll manga service, but was looking for other sources as well.



  • There is only one store in the our city, Grand Island, ne to buy manga or DVD that is Hastings or Best Buy



  • ☆ ~('▽^人) I'm poor, so I rent manga from a local library. It's awesome cause I can read free hard copy manga - I'm not a fan of digital - paper is the way to go.

    The feel of soft paper, the smell of the glue and ink. This way, I can see the best detail of the art. I want to draw like all of these manga artist one day.

    But, like a lot of you I also buy manga from Amazon.ca (as often as I can), if it's not at my library. AND if the series is not being published in English anymore, then I use an illegal site that has it translated, to finish off the series.



  • I used to buy my manga at Waldenbooks, but it closed down a few years ago. A few months later, a Books-a-Million store was made. I almost fainted from excitement when I saw how much manga they had. Other than that, I rarely get used manga from the used book store and GoodWill (whenever Goodwill "had" any manga…which is "rare").



  • Just an update for those who might like the digital manga option. I've since tried out emanga, Viz, and Yen Press. All three have some interesting titles, and the latter two have iOS apps (not sure about Android and other platforms). Purchases on these go through the iTunes Store. Purchased emanga titles can be read online and/or opened and stored in iBooks. These, in addition to the Crunchyroll subscription, make for a decent digital manga collection.



  • there seem to be many legit ways to read manga online now I have tried a few non legit honestly and also shonen jump online (the latter format I like but the content less so) anyway I still and always will prefer reading mine in printed form either via library or places like BN nothing beats tankoubon


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