I’ll be announcing the next project this week and posting it next week, but first a little fun.
You might’ve heard that a couple of the bigger English scanlation sites were shut down recently.
And while it might be a long long time before anyone cares enough about this place to shut it down, I still found the whole mess interesting in the same way that car accidents are.
Clearly the English speaking fandom is growing up if we were deemed a worthy target for the scorn of 2ch, the monolithic Japanese messageboard. Someone posted about the demise of these sites, including translated forum comments. Not to be outdone, vocal peeps from our own side fired shots back across the bow in response to translated 2ch comments.
After reading the fallout on both sides, I never saw any source for any of these translated comments. Half of the responses on their side and on our side are dedicated to blasting apart straw soldiers. These comments or something like them were probably made by somebody at some point, but anybody who’s spent more than a second on the internet could tell these were either trolling and/or written by a 13 year old.
Over at 2ch, after all the comments that our tears taste sweet and other schadenfreude, and the never-passed up opportunity to get in a shot at Koreans, there was some pretty interesting stuff. That’s why I’ve put on my translating hat and cherrypicked the better comments, instead of the worst ones, and posted them here. I knew 2ch was full of trolls and threadshitting, but I never knew they knew so much about us.
My quickie translation from the site Itai News, an aggregator of 2ch comments to cringeworthy stories. So you can go ahead and verify that these comments were actually made, or take issue with my translation, but I don’t think this is going to start any more wars. You won’t find a whole lot of staged outrage here.
So sit back, put some tea on, and pretend they’re not taking about you.
If they can make money selling manga in other countries, by all means.
But it doesn’t seem to be expanding very well. I wonder why.
Just seems like a lost opportunity …
Japanese companies have always sucked at that.
If they did it right they could seriously cash in, too.
Yeah. Crushing these sites isn’t the be all and end all.
The real work’s in the business side.
Probably a language thing too, right?
I mean could you imagine them getting the jokes in gag manga?
Isn’t it obvious? It just ain’t selling.
Manga is popular over there because it is free, plain and simple.
If there’s that much demand, they should chuck manga online the second it gets done.
Five hundred yen a month.
The trades’d sell plenty.
Hey foreigners – if you don’t like it, how about making your own manga?
Why haven’t you been?
Of course manga’s free! It’s always been free!
… if this is what manga fans around the world actually think, the industry’s doomed
It’s what an entire generation of Japanese are thinking too. Music, games, manga are stuff you don’t have to pay for.
Seriously, I wish they’d crack down on these sites more.
I read somewhere that if you add up all the overseas sales of manga it doesn’t even come close to Japan
It’s about a 5 billion yen slice of a 2 trillion yen industry
(blue: USA, red: France
Y axis: hundreds of millions of yen, X axis: year)
This is a little outdated by now tho
（；^ω^） Are they ALL leechers over there?
Wow, do we even need these guys
The whole market does less business than one Pixar movie
And yet they’ll pay in the billions for Pokemon
What a shitty market
They can buy trades at five bucks a pop, right?
There’s gotta be people who are legitimately buying, which makes these guys all the sadder
Dragon Ball, vol. 3 (VIZBIG edition) [Paperback]
Akira Toriyama (author, illustrator)
List Price: $17.99
Damn, that’s pricey …
no way hahahaha
They’re just gonna make a new site anyway
Is it just me or do foreigners who are into Japanese culture have no morals whatsoever
The ones that do would buy in bulk from Japan
In the past, you would only get those who would at least be able to stick it out and learn Japanese
… thanks internet
The idiots are always the loudest
How’s that any different from us?
Yeah, how about an apology?
Haven’t you ever heard of modesty you fucking foreigners hahaha
They arrest Japanese people for this, when’s it gonna be their turn?
Anyway, foreigners aren’t used to paying for manga.
You suddenly start charging for it and they’ll be pissed.
It goes without saying that Japanese people are more aware of where manga comes from and what goes into making it.
If you set up a system where they can’t read if they can’t pay, I think you’ll find there’ll be less of these guys (freeloading foreigners) in ten years or so.
But they’ll pay for American comics, right?
If you think about it, how is this different from books or newspapers?
Anyone who would stop reading manga because of this would never pay a cent for it anyway, so who cares.
If you truly love manga, learn Japanese.
At a manga cafe you can read until you drop dead.
Better yet, write your own damn manga.
Write one that we’ll want to read too.
I’m glad I was born in Japan.