MangaStream and Jaimini’s Box are no longer offering scanlations of manga, following a copyright sweep by Japanese corporations this past summer and fall. MangaStream’s site is completely down, whereas Jamini’s Box will only work on web toons and original work from here forward.
The news came via a number of places, but most manga fans noticed that you could no longer reach MangaStream. There was a thread made about the topic over on the Manga sub-reddit, but it was later confirmed by Jaimini’s Box, who made a post on December 18th, 2019 explaining the following…
“If you haven’t seen it already, Mangastream has decided to stop working on WSJ series overall. The important part is, We think it is a good place for us to end too..
“This may come as a surprise, but we have decided to stop working on WSJ series and focus on our Webtoons and other series from different magazines (YJ, WSM and so on).
“The idea is to let this turn of the decade change the scanlation scene, hoping services like MangaPlus (MP) can grow and put out more free content. Giving way to a new era of scanlation, fueled by the wills and wants of manga fans that want a free, accessible and legal alternative that supports the mangaka. We hope that this will improve the quality of both the scans and translations that MP offers (only time will tell).”
They also listed the projects that would be directly impacted by the sudden stoppage of scanlation, which you can view below.
- – Black Clover
- – We Can’t Study
- – My Hero Academia
- – One Piece
- – The Promised Neverland
- – Jujutsu Kaisen
- – Samurai 8
- – Dr. Stone
- – Dr. Stone Reboot
The news was quick to catch the eye of YouTuber SGSAMI, who did a brief video about the closure of MangaStream and Jaimini’s Box ending their run as scanlators.
Weirdly there was no announcement about the closure of MangaStream on the official Facebook page, which has basically become derelict.
This follows on a series of other reports throughout the year where manga reviewers such as Chronexia and MangaExplained have been hit with multiple copyright strikes from Japanese manga rights holders.
YouTube was even ordered by lawyers from a Japanese firm representing a manga rights holder to hand over the personal information of Kile Russo, Optimistic Neko, Anime FightClub, and LNDA.
These same rights holders also had Manga Rock shut down back in September, 2019, and some of them even went after some H-sites such as Rule34, Gelbooru, and E-Hentai.
Now we can add MangaStream and Jaimini’s Box to the ever-growing list of community-driven manga outlets getting muscled out of the ring by copyright enforcers.
(Thanks for the news tip msd)