Dear VIZ Media and Shueisha,
This is in response to what you have done to Mangastream.
You know, VIZ Media, the manga you licensed from Shounen Jump became popular because of the hard work of fans who spent time, money, and effort to translate and redraw these manga FOR FREE. They have been translating these manga WAY before you scum could get your dirty little hands on these manga. I don’t know if you guys realize, but you saved hundreds of thousands of dollars because of free advertising.
And to Shueisha, the publisher of many beloved manga– the hard work of your mangaka (God bless their souls) became international hits because of Japan-loving people who cared to share awesome aspects of your culture (i.e. the language– Nihongo– and manga). In other words, the anime and manga ecosystem and economy only work because of the love fans have for your anime and manga. The love of fans are so great that us fans are willing to buy overpriced merchandise like Blu-ray copies of anime, and/or figma and nendoroids that cost hundreds of dollars. To put it simply, the fans are your lifeblood. By attempting to exterminate the efforts of fans to scan and translate manga (“scanlating”), you impale the body of fans and suck the life out of them. And let’s face it– the way the international manga business is set-up right now is inferior to the way the community of fans have set-up their own “fandom”. So what is currently happening does not make much sense to us. Why would we pay for an inferior business model, or an inferior translation?
Of course, I do recognize that, in the end, the production of anime and manga is a business. I’m no business major, so I honestly don’t know how to reconcile art and business in a way that would make sense to artists, fans, and businessmen. But one thing is certain: fans love the anime and manga industry as much as you do (though perhaps for differing reasons). So please, don’t treat the fans like cancerous cells that need to be exterminated. The fans are your allies– we love the anime and manga industry as much as you do. Oh wait, I think I’ve said that already.
With both indignation and love,
a concerned fan (who can’t wait for the next chapter of Bleach and Naruto)
Post-script. Pardon me for my lack of eloquence and this “letter”‘s lack of sense and logic– I wrote this while there was still a huge lump of emotions in my chest.