Manga Stream has announced today that they will no longer be scanlating series licensed by VIZ Media. This includes popular series such as Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece as well as the D.Gray-man and Hunter x Hunter titles.
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Although Manga Stream will no longer be publishing VIZ titles, they will still be continuing their other series, though the list has has been cut in half. Manga Stream will be scanlating Fairy Tail (Kodansha USA) and Hajime no Ippo (Unlicensed).
This comes to no surprise for those who frequent manga reader sites, seeing the decline of OneManga a couple years ago. It seems that although VIZ Media has been making the transition to digital release, the numbers have fallen short of projections, leading to the conclusion that scanlators were to blame. How this news will affect other scanlation groups working on the same titles is any one’s guess.