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Bootleg manga site goes back to its old ways

by  in Comic News Comment

Remember when the manga scan site Manga Fox announced they would stop posting scans of licensed manga?

Well, that didn’t last long. Yup, those are links to the latest chapters of Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach, all licensed by Viz. There is one Yen Press manga on the site, Darren Shan (released in the U.S. as Cirque du Freak), but the more popular series Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) and Pandora Hearts are still missing. I spotted some Tokyopop series as well: Maid Sama!, Deadman Wonderland, and Gakuen Alice are all up there and have been updated within the last month, and a number of other high-profile series, including Hetalia, Neko Ramen, and Hanako and the Terror of Allegory, are still posted but have not been updated recently.

Del Rey was not part of the publisher group that asked scan sites to remove their titles, and Manga Fox never took their series down. Consequently, the site is well stocked with manga that have been licensed in the U.S.

What’s more, they seem to be a little tired of vigilantes:

If you make it your goal to shut down Mangafox in anyway, via contact various companies, scanlators, members, organize a group, etc. you will be seen as obstructing the function of Mangafox and we will reserve the right to permanently ban you. This includes creating groups on and off MF, posting that your goals is to shut down Mangafox via on or offline sites, and sending and or hassling scanlators to have their content removed.

This rule doesn’t apply to publishers, creators, or scanlators, but only a member of their staff can contact the site to request that material be taken down.

Meanwhile, rival site Onemanga.com continues to play the straight and narrow, with links to scanlations but no scanned manga hosted on the site itself. And anyone who wants to read manga for free can find plenty to read if they are willing to spend five minutes using Google.