If you are someone who is broke but wants to read a manga. Then you have probably wondered where you can read manga free of charge? Well, we have all probably come to that point, and I have. It all started when I stopped watching anime, and the reason for that is there were no good ones left. Certainly, there are some that exceeded my expectations, and that has forced me into binge-watching a tone of them. One of the latest I have seen was Hunter x Hunter.
There came a stop to all of it. I forced myself to move to the mangas. So I began to wonder, where can I find good free manga sites? And trust me the ones who rank in top 10 on the google search are not usually the best ones. It has been an intense search to find these. From different forums to Reddit, trust me I have tried them all. Please do notice that this list is my opinion, and as such the ranking might differentiate for others.
Top sites to read manga free
Even though it lacks in design, there are still a lot of things that Batoto brings forth for the readers. There are three major factors why a big number of readers prefer Batoto over other sites. No resizing, no altering the chapters and no watermarks. Even though this sounds as plain as it gets, there are certainly a vast amount of sites who do these. For example, kiss manga often puts bad translations for their chapters. As for them, delivery on time beats the quality of the manga translated by good scanlators.
However, if you are a fan of some NSFW manga, your pick will definitely not go to Batoto. As Batoto tends to remove all of their mangas that are NSFW. However, if you can endure no NSFW and chapters that are late, then you are in for a good ride. If you have thought that chapters being late are a bad sign, well then you are wrong. Batoto chapters are often late because they wait for good scanlators to post manga chapters, unlike some as I mentioned before whose only goal is to post first. Due to this quality, I put Batoto on top of my list for free manga sites.
As we can all see, again. This site has poor design same as Batoto. And I know a lot of people do not really care about the looks. But personally, it is often quite hard for me to get into something if it looks bad. Though, I will not criticize the looks too much because almost all manga sites are either poorly designed, have that old feeling to them, or get spammed with advertisements like KissManga.Currently, MangaFox ranks among the most popular free manga sites online, and will probably be in the top of your google searches when you try to look for manga. Its popularity is not there for jokes, unlike certain sites, you can download all the manga on this site for free.
You do need to sign up for a free account if you are planning on downloading it. One more thing we are certain of is that there is no virus on this site, and it is not some scam site that will hack your computer. Being old and popular certainly has its own benefits. The site itself earns revenue from the advertisement which is as I stated earlier not legal. But for those who have no money, any site will do to satisfy the hungry need of a good read.One more great thing that MangaFox provides is the “bookmark” option. This way you can keep track of the manga you are reading, I enjoy this feature as many other manga sites I used did not have this feature.
Here is a site that many fans of manga like, and you probably are wondering why. The answer is pretty simple, adult content. Unlike some manga sites, this site has no shame in delivering fresh NSFW for all the horny teenagers. Some may consider this as a con, some as a pro. Personally, I do not care about NSFW as I do not read or watch this type of content. Aside from adult-rated materials this site also provides quality content with fast delivery. The trending content gets updated every day. While this may sound good, although, it is not often that good. Sites like mangahere and other similar, well actually most of the free manga sites do not pay the scanlators one bit.
Who are the scanlators? I know we have used this term before in this topic so I’ll explain. Instead of using google-sama I can simply tell you that scanlators are people who translate manga. And most sites like mangafox, mangahere, kissmanga, mangareader and so on, do not pay scanlators and post without their permission. Unlike batoto who work closely with their scanlators. Though if you are thinking that working with scanlators is a good thing then you are wrong. Regardless of the fact that they work a lot to make manga available for English readers. It is still not legal.
Like all the other great sites for manga, manga panda provides a great range of trending and quality manga from all types of genres. What I have noticed that certain users like more about MangaPanda is that it puts its NSFW in a more private way. It is not displayed unless you really search for it, which is great for those who do not like being bombarded with adult content. You can also download all the content for free
Though there is one thing you should know. That is that manga panda is stealing manga from mangastream. They simply take the content and put their own watermark over Mangastreams watermark. This is not legal, as any other manga streaming site, but you should not care about that as you are already probably searching for it in an illegal way.
Even though it is only in the 5th place, I use this site very often, Batoto and Kissmanga are one of the two sites which I use most often. You already know why Batoto, however, why Kissmanga? It is the same reason I mentioned earlier. They release manga very fast and do not worry about good or bad scanlations. Now while this might seem bad when you want to read quality stuff, it also proves very useful when you are looking for new trending manga. Gotta keep up with the latest chapters.
One more reason I prefer Kissmanga and not only that but Kissanime aswell. Is that the navigation is very easy, such as when we are talking about Kissanime compared to Masterani, who certainly has better quality. Navigation is easier due to their latest release widget and top 10 currently airing anime or manga if you are on Kissmanga. This one reason is enough for me to skip over the more popular sites and spend more time on this one. If it only wasn’t for the annoying ads it would be even better.
Now that we have concluded our list of TOP 5 best sites to read manga free, we can move to some honorable mentions. I have one site that is somehow connected to manga and would love to share it with you guys, it is unique and interesting so read on if you got intrigued.
Nowdo is a very interesting site. The design of the site that you see after you enter it symbolizes the word elegant and smooth. It is easy on the eyes, has smooth scroll and explains everything about the site that you need to know. A friend which translates and makes his own manga recommended this site to me. Nowdo welcomes users from every aspect of the world. You can join it and find not only manga but web comics and web novels from all over the world. Most common languages on Nowdo are English, Japanese, Spanish, Korean and Chinese. Nowdo is constantly working on improving their site and making it a better place for their users.
Nowdo features an easy to use editor for you to create your web comics, web novels or fan-fics. You simply upload your pictures and add text. You can find much user-made content on nowdo. If you are willing to spend some time searching for good content, then it might actually be worth your effort. Besides the editor nowdo also offers a cool translator, for you to translate already existing content. And if you ever fall into some trouble and do not know what to do you can hop to Nowdos forum. Their forum is a host to thousands of unique users from all over the world. You can share your experiences and learn new things. So if you have some free time I would definitely recommend checking this site out.
So after going through this list, you have probably realized that these sites are illegal. Better say, you probably already knew they were all illegal before you even started searching for them. So what’s the difference between illegal sites and legal sites such as Crunchyroll manga. The first things we should look at are the pros and cons. The pros of the illegal sites are deeply connected to the cons of official manga sites that have licensed manga. You see, for sites like Crunchyroll to include manga they must have a license with the manga publisher/distributor or whoever has the rights to the manga. Due to this on Crunchyroll you can only find Kodansha series, Shounen Gahousha and Futabasha. Even for people who want to go through legal ways and get manga, this might cause a problem. So if you are in need of a legal manga site I would suggest Mangabox as it is home to the most licensed manga.
While that being said we can safely assume that the pro side of illegal sites is vast amounts of manga to read. The pro side can also be considered as the con of it. How come? Well, you see most of these sites have tons of manga because they don’t pay scanlators. No sir, they go and take manga from wherever they can just so they can put them first before others. Aside from Batoto who actually works along scanlators, even though this is also illegal it is not as bad as stealing fully. While both may be illegal I find sites who neglect scanlators wishes much worse. This is definitely the dark side of the manga reading sites, where they rip off others hard work to earn money for themselves. Anime streaming sites are no better than these. So be careful what you pick.
In my opinion, it is hard to decide which course to take, whether one should get manga through legal methods or read manga free, well that’s up to you guys now. I hope you have enjoyed the article. I would appreciate it if you would take a moment and give me your opinion in the comment section about the article. Some of the things I’d like to get feedback on is your own personal preferences when it comes to manga sites. Any manga sites you use that I might have missed and you think deserved the spot on that list. Also, your general opinion about this article ‘to read manga free on a website’ would be greatly appreciated.
If you are looking for a new interesting manga to read I’d recommend checking out crueler than dead.