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Manga Pirate Site MangaKisa Shuts Down as Anime Piracy Continues to Free Fall

As the movement to take down anime pirate sites continue, two more popular sites have been claimed; the sister sites to anime pirate site AnimeKisa.

Mr. Stark, I don't feel so good
Mr. Stark, I don't feel so good

2020 is seeing the downfall of many popular illegal Anime and Manga services, most notably the King of them all, KissAnime. The shutdown of the illegal streaming site has seemingly disrupted the industry and its users as a whole, with many similar services taking extra protective measures to shield themselves of any liabilities. Right off the heels of the last closure, it seems that another one bites the dust.

MangaKisa and HentaiKisa, illegal manga reading and hentai streaming services that are sister sites to anime pirate site AnimeKisa, have officially closed their doors. The news comes right after KissManga, another illegal manga reading site and the sister to KissAnime, was shut down. In contrast however, it seems that the site owners volunteerly took action before any trouble could arise.

"MangaKisa and HentaiKisa were DMCA risks so they were closed ahead of any copyright requests," a moderator wrote on the official AnimeKisa subreddit. "AnimeKisa will be fine, however, as nothing is hosted there."

When asked if MangaKisa would ever come back, the moderator responded with a firm "No."

MangaKisa and HentaiKisa were DMCA risks so they were closed ahead of any copyright requests. AnimeKisa will be fine, however, as nothing is hosted there. -InternationalIsopod7 via r/AnimeKisa

When users try to visit either site now they are greeted with a message that reads, "MangaKisa is shutdown" or "HentaiKisa is shutdown." At this moment in time the HentaiKisa website won't load, responding with a server error message.

Screenshots from the MangaKisa and HentaiKisa sites
Screenshots from the MangaKisa and HentaiKisa sites

As one would expect, fans weren't too pleased with the outcome.

Legal alternatives to manga reading sites exist, such as Viz Media, Shueisha MANGA Plus, Crunchyroll, and more. However, most of these services don't offer nearly as much content as illegal services, with the lack or slow process of translating manga being one of the largest turn offs. There are several projects in the anime realm that are looking to quell this thirst via free alternatives such as the AnimeLog YouTube channel for anime or Manga Library Z for manga.