Is Manga Rock Still Working

Epic Dope is the new home of streaming news, views and reviews. Even though 2019 was a convenient year for online manga readers due to the increasing popularity of manga worldwide some people were still resorting to pirated means to get their daily dose of manga. One such service was Manga Rock, the service allowed users to read manga online and even download it for offline viewing. Due to its presence on Android and Apple stores, it reflected a sense of legitimacy on its users, making them think it is entirely legal. Why is it shutting down? It's time to bid farewell to Manga Rock. Unfortunately, the company has closed down, and the Manga Rock app on the Android and iOS app stores have also been taken down. Although they are not closing their business for good, they are completely rebranding and remaking a new platform from scratch called MR Comics. Initially, they only region-blocked it for Japan and Korea, which means it was still accessible for someone outside Japan and Korea or for someone using proxy servers.

Still, now it has been completely taken down. It is being estimated that over the years, they had collected more than 50,000 works on their website and gained more than 5 million downloads on their mobile apps. The most significant cause of criticism was the fact that Manga Rock even had a premium subscription where they charged users $5 for access to freshly released manga. The series of events took place after Irodori Comics CEO, On Takahashi posted a series of tweets in both English and Japanese criticizing Manga Rock. This post was retweeted more than 60,000 times and even attracted a lot of outrage. Japanese Tweet thread explained in English. For those interested in wondering what I wrote regarding @MangaRockApp, here are some basic points I translated into English. Not a Basement Studio (parent company of Manga Rock) told J-Cast News that the Manga Rock project was started by a group of college students, and they had put scanlations on the web which were already released. "At that time, we didn't understand the manga industry, and we didn't know the origin of the scanlations (including things without official licenses). As time has passed, we have come to understand the damage being incurred by manga creators and publishers. Moreover, as Manga Rock's popularity increased more and more, the damage also increased. Therefore we are deeply reflecting on our role in accelerating the popularity of scanlations, and we give our heartfelt apologies to the victims, manga creators and publishers. As a result, we plan to shut down our scanlation website and app.

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We also recommend that similar scanlation sites (there are many) shut down as well. In the past, we had witnessed many such cases, such as Mangamura, which was removed in April 2018. When some Japanese publishers had filed criminal complaints against the website in 2017. Police even made several arrests in that case. Manga Rock was a web service that allowed its users to read manga for free and download it for offline viewing. Although the sources of manga offered by Manga Rocks were scanlations websites. Sometimes we include links to online retail stores and/or online campaigns. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here. 10 Best Anime Forums You HAVE to Join Today! Haki Types: Strongest Of All Three And Every Subtype Explained! Why are Mangas Black and White, not Colored? Top 10 Countries where Anime is Most Popular and Why! Top 15 Strongest Water Users Of All Time In Anime, Ranked! You must be logged in to post a comment. If you are logged in, please refresh. Our talented team of Freelance writers - Always on the lookout - pour their energies into a wide range of topics bringing to our audience what they crave - fun up-to-date news, reviews, fan theories and much much more. All content cited is derived from their respective sources. Epic Dope is the one-stop for all things anime, manga, webtoons, and more! We are building a home for otakus, nerds, and anyone sitting at home with superpowers likely to rule the world or maybe… We are a crew of obsessive and wide-eyed writers & reviewers who love putting out our views and opinions on the things we can't get enough of! Join us on our Epic Adventure!

In 2019, the manga won the award for the shnen category at the 43rd annual Kodansha Manga Awards.

The Quintessential Quintuplets (Japanese:, Hepburn: Go-Tōbun no Hanayome, lit. Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. It was serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine from August 2017 to February 2020, with its chapters collected into fourteen tankōbon volumes. The series follows the daily life of a high school student Futaro Uesugi, who is hired as a private tutor for a group of identical quintuplets: Ichika, Nino, Miku, Yotsuba, and Itsuki Nakano. At the very beginning of the story, it is shown that the events are being told in a flashback, while an adult Futaro prepares to marry one of the Nakano Quintuplets whose identity is only revealed near the end of the series. The series is published in English by Kodansha USA under the Kodansha Comics imprint. The anime series is licensed in North America under a Crunchyroll-Funimation partnership. An anime television series adaptation produced by Tezuka Productions aired from January to March 2019 on TBS and other channels. The series is a commercial success, being the 5th best-selling manga in 2019, and the 3rd best-selling manga in the first half of 2020 in Japan. In 2019, the manga won the award for the shnen category at the 43rd annual Kodansha Manga Awards. High school student Futaro Uesugi is an academically gifted student that leads a difficult life-his mother has died, he has no friends, and on top of all that, his father has incurred a large amount of debt. An opportunity presents itself when the rich Nakano family transfers to his school.

Throughout the series, Futaro develops special relationships with each of the quintuplets.

Futaro is promptly hired as a highly paid tutor. However, much to Futaro's dismay, he discovers that his five charges-identical quintuplet sisters of varied personalities-have no interest in studying at all and have abysmal grades. Some of the quintuplets are against having Futaro, whom they view as a stranger, in their apartment, but Futaro's diligent tenacity gradually convinces those girls to accept him and to improve their grades. Throughout the series, Futaro develops special relationships with each of the quintuplets. Through a flashforward, it is revealed that he eventually marries one of them, but her true identity is only revealed near the end of the series. The idea of ​​"a group of quintuplets falling in love with the same person" existed even before the serialization of Haruba's previous work, Karma of Purgatory (2014-2015), but was very simple at that time. The idea was denied by his editor-in-charge. A year after, after the end of Karma of Purgatory, he discussed with his editor-in-charge what to serialize next.

It was decided the protagonist should be quintuplets at the very beginning.

Among the few ideas being come up with, the "quintuplets" idea was included again, which was accepted by the editor this time. After failures in two to three serialization committees, finally, it was decided to have a one-shot manga published first. The one-shot received positive reviews and therefore went on to serialization. It was decided the protagonist should be quintuplets at the very beginning. When later the idea of ​​quadruplets and sextuplets was raised, it was rejected very quickly, around 30 seconds. Haruba said it might be a reference to Super Sentai when he came up with this idea. Similar to Super Sentai, Ichika (yellow), Nino (black), Miku (blue), Yotsuba (green), and Itsuki (red) are all represented by a color. The design of the quintuplets started from his favorite existing female characters from "some slice-of-life works only with girls", around 15 to 20 of them. The idea of ​​adding numbers in their names was after the design was almost confirmed.

The hair color of the Nakano quintuplets is different when being colored, which was suggested by Haruba himself, such that they are more distinguishable from each other. The hair color of the bride in the flashforward is, therefore, a colour-in-between. The flashforward showing that Futaro will eventually marry only one of the Nakano quintuplets was added in order to eliminate the possibility of Futaro marrying all five of them. It was also decided that all quintuplets would have negative feelings towards Futaro from the beginning, because Haruba wanted to write how their relationships improved from hate to love in the story, except Yotsuba, who acts as Futaro's guide for the development of the story. While it is often the norm for harem romantic comedy manga to have sexualized depictions of characters, Haruba has said that he tried to avoid this to some extent after Vol. In his opinion, showing panties which are being worn, ie To keep the characters interesting, the sexy scenes were intended by him to be ambiguous but not straightforward, leading to readers' imagination. The swimsuit appearance of the Nakanos was finally revealed in Ep.

92 as Haruba thought an episode of swimsuits should exist before finishing the story. The Quintessential Quintuplets is written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. Before the serialization, a one-shot manga of the same name had been published in 2017 issue 8 of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine on August 9, 2017, and received positive comments. On December 4, 2019, Haruba announced that the series would end on its 14th tankōbon volume. The series finished on February 19, 2020, with a total of 122 chapters. The series has been published in English by Kodansha USA under their Kodansha Comics imprint digitally since June 28, 2018, with a line of physical releases beginning publication on January 1, 2019. By August 2020 and July 2021 respectively, all fourteen volumes have been published digitally and physically. In October 2017, a television commercial for the manga was released where Ayane Sakura voiced all five girls. The series is directed by Satoshi Kuwabara and written by Keiichirō chi, featuring animation by Tezuka Productions, character designs by Michinosuke Nakamura and Gagakuga, and music by Natsumi Tabuchi, Hanae Nakamura, and Miki Sakurai. The series aired from January 10 to March 28, 2019 on the TBS, SUN, and BS-TBS channels. The series ran for 12 episodes. Crunchyroll streamed the series with Funimation providing the English dub as it airs. Although Tezuka Productions was the main animation studio behind the series, TBS producer Junichirou Tanaka stated that he asked for help from Shaft president Mitsutoshi Kubota for assistance in producing the series' 11th episode. It was ultimately decided that the studio would be outsourced to for the entire episode save for the episode's storyboards, which were drawn by series director Satoshi Kuwabara; however, all other animation, coloring, and compositing aspects of the episode were produced entirely at Shaft.

Kaori is Replacing Satoshi Kuwabara as the director of the season, and Keiichirō chi is returning to write the scripts. Bilbury Animation Studios produced this season. After the second season finished airing, a sequel was announced. On April 18, 2021, the sequel was revealed to be a film. Masato Jinbo directed the film, with the main staff of the second season returning to reprise their roles. For the first season, Kana Hanazawa, Ayana Taketatsu, Miku Itō, Ayane Sakura, and Inori Minase performed the opening theme song "Quintuplet Feelings" (五等分の気持ち, Gotōbun no Kimochi) as the group The Nakano Family's Quintuplets (中野家, Nakano-ke no Itsutsugo), while Aya Uchida performed the ending theme song "Sign". For the second season, The Nakano Family's Quintuplets performed the opening theme song "Gotōbun no Katachi" and the ending theme song "Hatsukoi". Children's Playground Entertainment licensed the series in Southeast Asia and streamed it on Bilibili. Characters from the series appeared in a collaboration event in the mobile video game Venus 11 Vivid! A visual novel titled The Quintessential Quintuplets : Summer Memories Also Come in Five (五等分の花嫁∬~夏の思い出も五等分~, Gotoubun no Hanayome : Natsu no Omoide mo Gotoubun) was developed by Mages for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch consoles.


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