Since the internet exploded, the number of manga chapters and volumes uploaded online has grown dramatically. Now the piracy of manga and anime is always at the center of Japanese laws, with the attempt to stem the phenomenon that is taking away many profits from the various publishing houses. In this compound, Shueisha is always on the alert.
The publishing house of ONE PIECE, Naruto, Bleach, Dragon Ball and many other titles is one of the most affected in the sector thanks to the many manga of worldwide appeal. This is why she is always the first in moving against pirate sites, often in the company of Kodansha, Shogakukan and more. This time though Shueisha moves with Viz Mediaits US subsidiary, with some very specific pirate sites in mind.
According to the TorrentFreak website, Shueisha and Viz Media are moving to obtain “documents and statements for use in a foreign legal process”. The first target is Manganeloa site that according to reports receives more than 24 million visits per month. The other site is instead Manganato, which in March 2022 even registered accesses for 180 million, a much higher traffic than that of industry giants such as The Pirate Bay and Fmovies combined. Shueisha’s purpose is to reduce global traffic to pirate sites.
Toei Animation is also taking measures against illegal uploads of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero.