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    frickendevil is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    Default I decided to spend the $8 to see what i got.

    I find what Tazmo is doing to be utterly unethical. However, i decided to spend $8 to get directmanga and too see how much of that $8 it might have been worth.

    I have split my review into several sections: Variety, Quality of manga, quality of service, Speed, Reliability, Convenience and Overall Cost effectiveness.

    Varitiety - 7/10
    I won't hide the fact that there is an absolute bucketload of manga on directmanga, I will never get through it all within my one month. That being said I don't know what i should be downloading and what i shouldnt be downloading, to save myself from the crap. Lost 3 points because of the phrase "too many chefs spoil the broth" and there are no obvious peer reviews of the manga series.

    Quality of Manga - 7/10
    Directmanga does no ripping themselves, so they dont control quality, however i do find it annoying that whilst downloading series i end up with many different naming schemes, and when im trying to organise my manga collection, its a pain in the ass to rename everything the same way. The variety of naming schemes is brought on by the variety of scanlators used for the same series. I have no option to download only from one scanlating group, im forced to use whatever they have. Which is alright, but usually different scanning groups use different naming schemes, Bleach for example, some leave it as shinigami, some change to death god. Lost 3 points for no organisation.

    Quality of Service - 3/10
    One of the 3 servers used to send me my manga wasnt working. So i used my support tool to find out whats wrong. I see a message in the submission section "It may take up to 24 hours to respond to your request." I want a refund for the time i spent waiting, thats ~$0.27 of my money gone down the drain. When i did get a response, it wasnt half of what i expected it to be, i quote:
    We have had a problem with this one, hopefully it is fixed very quickly.
    Thank you directmanga, i know you have a problem with it, i informed you of that. What are you doing to fix it, when is it likely to be fixed, and are you going to do anything to stop me getting an annoying timeout error each time your random server allocation scripts sends me to your ftp5?
    Gained 3 points because the form to submit a problem wasnt a pain in the ass to fill out.

    Speed - 1/10
    I don't have particuarily fast internet, 256k/64k to be precise. Normally i can get a download speed of about 24 KB/s over bit torrent, about 20 KB/s over irc, and 26 KB/s over http/ftp servers. Directmanga was sending my manga to me at an amazingly sluggish 14KB/s - 16 KB/s. I occaisionally get an alrite speed of 23 KB/s, but its not often.
    Gained 1 point because it is faster then dial up speed.

    Reliability - 1/10
    Sometimes the downloads start quickly, sometimes im left waiting for half a minute for it to connect to the server. Thats if it connects to the server. I have mentioned already my problems with ftp5, ftp3 and ftp4 work most the time, but its only by random chance i connect to those 2. I have no idea what happened to ftp1 and 2, i may find them one day.
    Gained a point because i dont feel mean enough to give 0's.

    Convenience - 2/10
    The website is slow, and oddly painful to browse, its poorly designed, because the alphabetic quick links arent available all the time. I also have to put my username and password in frequently, there is no overall site login that lets me just click a link to get my manga.
    Gains 2 points because it is in alphabetic order.

    Overall - 3/10
    Cost effectiveness - -5/10 (for those that didnt guess, 3 - 8 = -5)

    I do plan on requesting my $8 back because i'm not getting the speed and quality that is boasted by the site, wish me luck.
    -=Edit=-
    If i do get my $8 back, i will donate it to a worthy charity. Probably Maximum7, Cuz they do such a good job of bleach
    Last edited by frickendevil; 03-02-2006 at 11:08 PM.

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    AlmightyLING is offline Senior Member Respected Member
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    Interesting andi doubt youll be seeing that 8 ever again
    lings back

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    eternal_w is offline Senior Member Well Known
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    yeah...i doubt you will get it back...
    never pays for a fansub...
    沙漠的 Gaara

    砂漠の Gaara

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    ksjl92 is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    wow, thanks for spending 8 bucks to actually show us the inside of directmanga, i would send u 8 bucks, but im seriously broke and too young to know how to send money. ditto with ling and eternal, your never gonna see those precious 8 bucks again. i guess dont only good thing about direct manga is its large stock of manga, but you would be much better off buyin or downloadin somewhere, cuz i know you can find a lot of those mangas for free at other sites. 14-16 kbs? crap man, thats uber slow. wouldnt that take u like i donno 30mins to download one chapter ? also do they tell u who fansubbed the manga?

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    frickendevil is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    Quote Originally Posted by ksjl92
    wow, thanks for spending 8 bucks to actually show us the inside of directmanga, i would send u 8 bucks, but im seriously broke and too young to know how to send money. ditto with ling and eternal, your never gonna see those precious 8 bucks again. i guess dont only good thing about direct manga is its large stock of manga, but you would be much better off buyin or downloadin somewhere, cuz i know you can find a lot of those mangas for free at other sites. 14-16 kbs? crap man, thats uber slow. wouldnt that take u like i donno 30mins to download one chapter ? also do they tell u who fansubbed the manga?
    It was only $8 im not too phased. I have sent my request for a refund, if i don't get my money back, i won't hesitate spamming the support services.

    14-16 KB/s usually gets me a chapter (avg. 7 MB) in ~8 minutes. Not too bad, But most the time it wont finish downloading by the time i finish reading the chapter. That is the only annoying thing really, having to wait a minute to get my next chapter.

    They don't explicitly mention who fansubbed the manga, but the manga still has the little footnotes and credits bits in them. But if you are new to manga, you mightn't notice those pages aren't part of the normal manga. Eg.
    The latest bleach available on Manga PLUS! is chapter 215 (bleach_215.zip). The chapter was the M7 release, the only thing that had changed was the name of the zip file changed from Bleach_ch215_M7.zip to bleach_215.zip. Everything else was the same, even had the exact volume. It would have been nice that they left it as the M7 name, because when im downloading it, i know im not getting some dodgy scanlation.

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    krofax is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    if it was a fansub i guess a payment is not needed. donation would be okay since you are willingly giving any amount of money you want to... but paying for a fansub with a specific amount of money.... i thought fansubs have that "if you paid for this, you've been ripped off" statement?

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    frickendevil is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    Quote Originally Posted by krofax
    if it was a fansub i guess a payment is not needed. donation would be okay since you are willingly giving any amount of money you want to... but paying for a fansub with a specific amount of money.... i thought fansubs have that "if you paid for this, you've been ripped off" statement?
    The directmanga service isnt offered as a source of the fansubs, its offered as a source of consistent high quality http servers, as opposed to apparently dodgy ftps, irc and bittorrent.

    As i mentioned, directmanga licks balls.

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    krofax is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    oh i see... well i guess it wont hurt to pay 8$......

    that is, of course, if the services were rendered a little better than what you just experienced....

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    I as well would love to repay your discovery fees but suffer from a lack of funds. But I would also like to thank you for posting your ratings for the directmanga payment


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    frickendevil is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fayt01
    I as well would love to repay your discovery fees but suffer from a lack of funds. But I would also like to thank you for posting your ratings for the directmanga payment
    I dont want to be refunded, im going to get my $8 worth out of them even if i have to put all hell into it. Save your money and put the money towards something a bit more valid. I'm not rich but im not poor, $8 was worth seeing if it was any good.

 

 
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