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January 21st, 2006 (12:07 pm)
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current mood: annoyed
current song: Red vs Blue

In another livejournal community, someone decided to post an anonymous message about my manga sharing:

no manga is free. all of us who scanslate these wonderful stories actually BUY the manga. and we encourage people to buy it in english, possibly in japanese too, to support the mangaka. 2 of the ones you have up as "free" are in fact licensed. wild rock is available and hybrid child will be available sometime this year. from one manga lover to others, please, go out and buy them instead of just dling the "free manga"....which some wonderful mangakas have worked so hard to create.

Which is very odd to me because I do buy manga. In fact, they know me quite well at my local Waldenbooks and are always quite happy to see me. But I figured you'd like some proof.

This is my shelf of manga. This is where I keep the stuff that I still like to read. Notice by this pic and this pic, that these shelves have two layers of manga on them. One in the front and one in the back. BTW, I have some manga stored in the bottom three containers here. And some in the basement which I'm not photographing because it's cold.

Here's some of my yaoi. Notice Wild Rock is in there. So is Love Mode and a few others I've shared. What's not included is the full set of Gravitation and the full set of FAKE. I also have From Eroica With Love 1-4, all of Petshop of Horrors, all of Demon Diary, 1-9 of Descendents of Darkness (Yami no Matsuei), and a bunch of others that hint at hot guys snogging but will probably never deliver. Those are on the shelf. And if I'm too lazy to clean my room, I'm too lazy to take them down. I pretty much have all the yaoi that my local Waldenbooks has put out. With the exception of the rest of Kizuna and Level C. I've lost interest on those and have stopped buying them. And no, I don't have the scanlations for either.

So what does this prove? One, yaoi_onna is a lazy bitch who can't clean her room. Two, those weren't ghost orbs, I just have a cheap digital camera. Three, yaoi_onna has been collecting manga for a long time now and needs to get a life. But the most important lesson is, scanlations work. They get people interested in a manga and will actually buy manga. The purpose of free manga isn't to discourage the people from buying manga. It's to get them interested so they will buy it. Why do you think that Tokyopop and Viz are still going strong? And why do you think they haven't been shutting down many scanlation sites? Because people are more likely to buy something if they know what they're getting. And scanlations make people interested in manga. I've converted several real life friends into mangaholics just from giving them scanlations alone. But enough with the ranting. You'll believe what you want to believe.

And you know what? Thank you anonymous troll. You've gotten me interested in sharing manga again. I think I'll do some uploading this weekend, if I get the chance.

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Posted by: warui_futago (warui_futago)
Posted at: May 15th, 2006 07:10 am (UTC)
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I'd like to first say thanks for all your effort in spreading yaoi. I stumbled upon your lj a long long time ago. That time I was just starting to discover a whole new world of manga...yaoi. I have been a follower of shojo manga but ever since I discovered yaoi it has become part of my manga collection. I have you to thank for that because if I have not read the stories you have on your lj it wouldn't have started my interest in reading more. You introduced me to one of my favorite Ayano Yamane. So *hugs* and *thanks* for all you've done. Sorry too for leeching & keeping quiet for so long. I haven't visited your lj but when I did today & read that someone is giving you some heat about scanlation I can't remain silent about it. I highly appreciate people who do scanlation. I hate people who sell other poeple's scanlation on ebay. People do scanlation bec. they love a manga & want to share it with other fans. Like you, if I like the manga I buy the JP and the english release because I want to enjoy my tankoubons whenever & wherever I want to. But thanks to scanlations manga has become a big industry in the US. Licensed or not I want to see a manga before I buy it bec usually yaoi is not accessible to local bookstores & if it is I feel guilty opening the shrink wrap in case it get in the hands of someone not old enough to read it. So heads up & you have a lot of people supporting you.

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