Seeing as how the Evil Empire has been down for a couple months due to harddrive failure, manga collectors are a bit in the rut when it comes to convenient manga depots. There was always the direct visit to the scanlation group (which is a good thing), but that also becomes very tedious and time consuming.
Therefore, I have compiled a few sites for those who haven’t already started using them.
Very large user-generated depot site for manga. The site also has some good weekly picks. However, this site is prone to inaccurate/unorganized manga chapters/volumes along with requests by licensing companies to take down respective manga series. Free membership required.
Very extravagant and useful manga warehouse. Some of the download links are third party. Although not as big as other depots, this place does tell the viewer which scanlator has done the chapter. Online manga viewing is also available for some of the series.
Another excellent manga depot. However, there are even more series available if one has the premium account (it’s not a very big fee either). This site just recently had a renovation so all one has to do is just register for a free account and pick from their selections.
This was one of my most frequented sites in the past. At the moment, the list of series has increased almost exponentially. This site also requires a free account registration. The nicest part about this site is that it tells the reader which series are complete from a quick glance at the homepage. Just recently, stoptazmo started hosting anime files.
This is one of my most favorite sites of all time. However, one must be familiar with internet relay chat (IRC) in order to download almost any scanlation available on the nets. Because it is IRC, downloads are relatively painless. However, the IRC channel requires a registered nick and it would be even better if one donated money to this site to keep the place running along with fast downloads. From what I remember, there is a beta FTP going around for those who donated money to lurk.
The gracious admin of Evil Empire has decided to lower the post count to seven non-spam posts. This means a post that is constructive and at least more than 30 words.
Also, the 60 days of inactivity (non-posting) still applies as of now. On December 15th, the admin will perform a mass deletion of accounts. Therefore, one should make a post anywhere in the forum to keep their accounts for a very nice Christmas, otherwise tough luck – get used to it.
As of October 8th 2008, the evil empire forums have come back online. This is good news for just about the whole public, excluding companies and such. For those who seem to hate DDLs or forums in general, stick with your usual methods (IRC) rather than being a prick to those who do not like IRC or just find it inconvenient. Anyway, one can find the site back at its original website address. Same rules apply before the site was razed to the ground.
MangaMeeya is a japanese program targeted towards manga readers on the computer. Due to its complexity and long list of features, japanese kids became confused with the program and the company had to shut it down due to lack of profits.
On the other hand, it is most likely superior to masses’ favorite image viewer, CDisplay. This is probably due to its extensive features and ability to read image archives within archives.
However, there were some problems when I tried the english version of this program from Silv’s blog. Frankly, the scroll function was completely broken (can’t scroll with mouse or keyboard). Also, the program kept viewing images from the bottom to top when absolutely nobody reads a book or comic that way. Therefore, I did some experimenting with the jap and english version of the MMCE and fixed them. On another note, do not ask me how I solved them for I am not some hardcore programmer who likes to complicate matters by discussing them.
Although I am a big fan of CDisplay (+5 yrs) for its simplicity and ease of reading, I am currently moving over to MangaMeeya CE simply because of its convenience and cleaner interface along with boosted performance. Also, it is the most versatile and robust image viewer that I have seen to date.
-New: Supports imbracted archives (archives within archives)
-Read Image albums ( Mangas, Comics, or any picture/photo album) in RAR (CBR) or ZIP (CBZ) formats, including password protected ZIP or RAR archives
-Read all common picture formats ( BMP, PNG, GIF, JPG), and can be used a standalone picture viewer
-No installation required
-Extract ZIP and RAR archives
Silverado’s post on MMCE: http://www.mydailymanga.com/?p=401
My updated version of the english MMCE: MMCE_English_v2 new link
Shoutout to MangaUndergound – You guys rock!
Simplistic, yet detailed art is probably one of the most attractive traits that this mangaka had for this series. The SFX and the details drawn into the battle scenes are most excellent. The trademark of this series is the burning buildings, not the burnt carcasses.
The story grows from original to completely unoriginal after 3 volumes into the series. Ninja wannabe with flame powers actually becomes ninja-esque. Ninja finds person who he wants to protect. That supposed person is captured numerous times. Ninja makes friends along the way as he continues to save his princess. The story also boils down to pure good and evil, to protect or to kill. In addition to this ordinary plot, the mangaka throws in the idea about weapons on how their purpose is to kill or to protect people. However, this concept is emphasized so much that it becomes redundant.
All of the main characters are static, meaning that they change very little over the course of 33 volumes. Even the mangaka pokes humor out of his characters by pointing out their flaws along with several gag jokes dispersed among his volumes. Indeed, the enemies switch to the “heroic” side after they have been defeated by the main characters, but that does not make the reader feel any more sympathetic for the opponent.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate this as a 7, which is the typical value for a rather unenlightening series. Indeed, there were numerous points where I could sympathize for the main character, but most of them reside within the last volume.
Value/Overall = 7.0/10.0
Honestly, do not read this series, because it is simply not worth 33 volumes of my time. There are far better shounen series within this genre. The manga-ka could have atleast cut the series down to 13 volumes to increase its enjoyment and nostalgic factor, but that’s it. If one must certainly read this series, just read the first few volumes and then skip to the last volume. Nothing much really happens in the middle volumes besides gaining the trust of the 7 dragons and the history of kurei’s hatred towards Kori Mouran.
As of today, Mangaupdates has eliminated the direct download links to licensed manga due to licensing companies. However, this event is quite troublesome for the scanlators who do not have any source for the readers to contact them (IRC, Site, forum). So what good is a chapter update when there is no way to contact the scanlator? The answer is absolutely nothing and just a waste of space. Hopefully Mangaupdates realizes this dilemma and figure something out.
As for those craving their manga fix for their popular manga, there should a few notable scanlators for each series.
Just when I thought the creator of MyAnimeList was good enough, the person just got around to integrating a manga database for any rabid manga fan to show to the world their extravagantly long list of manga. Since I read more manga than what a typical person should read and the fact that I should be shot for being to lazy and poor to buy any of the mangaka’s works (I still believe they get a small fraction of what I pay to the vendor), this site has made an incredible feat.
Despite the site’s accomplishment, I still think a few things need to be ironed out. The whole list template is craptastic when it comes to viewing what stuff people have seen, completed, dropped, and whatnot. Although the interface for writing reviews is superb, I would like to have them enable reviewers to use pictures (not stolen of course), because that has a huge impact on whether the reader wants to follow through with the anime/manga unless the reviewer is eloquent enough to persuade even the most jaded critic out there.
As for the manga aspect, I would like the creator to at least talk with mangaupdates to use their database and information so I don’t have to tag all the manga I have. Besides, I’m going to be busy for a long while now that I have the opportunity to rip/praise/comment on all the mangas I have read. The total number of manga series I have to add to my list totals up to…. 190!!! WTF…I’ll just comment on the ones I really like or hate.
Anyway, this is probably old news for anime fans, but I just watched the full dance choreography for Haruhi no Yuutsu and it looks nice…
Haruhi no Yuutsu – Hare Hare Yukai