Since then Tora Aman and Comic House (& Chuang Yi) have filed for bankruptcy leaving the major official player to be Gempak_Starz which have been acquired by Kadokawa in that time period. But since they are almost exclusively publishing Kadokawa Shoten properties, we are only really obtaining Light Novels, which are still something.
I still buy Gempak's magazine & manga(Comics/GN/Whatever) but those are our local produce which is not a part of this discussion.
I haven't touch Kreko for over a decade(might do it this week/mont just to see their MO),but I just found out that they still exist and publishing. I have not the slightest clue of their current legality status, whether they remained the same as before or not.
regarding to store such as Kinokuniya, I am ware that they sell officially licensed manga there but since they are imported product they can be quite expensive. And I'm pretty sure that they don't have any malay language releases.
So I am way out of the loop for physically released manga locally so I was wondering if the members of this forum could enlighten me.
On to digital,
(realised after typing everything that the stuff in the spoiler are not really important to the discussion but still think that they are valid points.)
Part 2: Anime
Anime distribution is in a slightly better condition than manga. with Animax offering both a channel on Astro and VOD, & with Aniplus being available to OnTheGo subscribers, we at least have some options albeit still very limited. But we still do need an Astro subscription.
are malay dubs still a thing outside of Doraemon and Shin Chan?
I don't have Netflix, so I can't comment on the selection there but at least somethings are worldwide but the amount that we get is still tiny compared to other regions.
Iflix is eh. amazon prime videos are available, but the fact that amazon prime is useless here, why even bother. other official site only offers old series. and Funimation and HiDIVE are non players.
Crunchyroll may seems not worth it at face value but Crunchyroll + VPN is still king.
Moving on to Movies,
we still get anime movies [thanks ODEX+GSC] (sometimes earlier than the US) but even then the screening are pathetic, at least get us 1 screening per state.
the DVD scene are also hilarious, filled with bootlegs and rips (lambaian filem anyone?), I'm not even sure if there are any malay sub Blu-Ray/DVD exist anymore. I feel more secure buying imports from japan (I suggest play-asia.com but you just use what you usually use) At least I'll feel like I am supporting the creators.
Before anyone said anything I know illegal sites exist.
I think I have said my piece. so on to you guys for thoughts and opinion.
sorry for a massive wall of text.
This post has been edited by Far-Eastern: Feb 14 2018, 12:32 PM