While not strictly related to Strawberry Panic, we're all here largely because we read and watch manga and anime - that might be a specific genre of either, such as yuri only, or that might be a broad thing, with a range of tastes and favourite series. One way or another, though, we all ended up interested in Strawberry Panic through exposure to one of those two mediums.
Now for those of us in the west, it's often said that the range and availability of legitimate manga is extremely limited, and many argue that piracy-based sites are the only way they can access new manga volumes, particularly if they require translations. While everyone knows this hurts the manga community in the long run, and ultimately reduces the chances of further exports to the west, this, they say, is the only way they can partake. Wrong. All of that changed yesterday when JManga, the official western portal for Japanese manga, went worldwide.
JManga is extremely similar to many of the online reading sites people use for their pirated manga, with a flash-based reader, bookmarking, multiple language support, and notifications for series updates – the only difference is that the proceeds go directly to the volume authors, and the Japanese manga community at large, promoting the west as somewhere to sell their books, as well as increasing the chances of the kinds of manga we like to read getting made. It is absolutely the best thing to happen for western manga enthusiasts in recent years - our first real chance to have a voice.
More information about the service, as well as the range of series currently within its catalogue, (three major yuri already for launch day - Girlfriends, Poor Poor Lips, and Love My Life) can be found here -> www.jmanga.com/
This is the first real opportunity we've had to get Japan more interested in exporting for us. Do not let yourselves down by ignoring it.