Otaku Life

Searching for legal manga online

Scanlation is the fan initiated process of translating a foreign-language comic to your local lingua franca. This mostly done with Japanese language comics, manga. And the Philippines is one of the largest consumers of it.

I will not deny that scanlation has been a part of my life. It is a necessary evil for me and given a choice, I will buy the manga that I want. But the Philippines doesn’t have that much choices. Bookstores may be stocking some manga that we can read but not the manga that we want.

It almost feels as though scanlations cannot be avoided, but I’ve written in Champloo something hopeful. A lot of US localization companies are making some titles easy to read online. For now, Viz has allowed access to some of its titles, via SigIkki.
Hopefully, this is the start of something amazing.

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