Since Baralover, a very popular site with lots of English-language scanlated bara manga, went down at the end of July, I’ve received a number of questions from users about what happened to it. I wrote to Kyo, the webmaster, shortly after I noticed Baralover was delivering a 404-error message and just now have gotten a reply:
unfortunately due to 110MB no longer supporting adult websites, I have decided to let the site be shut down.
it wasn’t a fun decision, but it was the conclusion I came to after a month of thinking it over.
I meant to put up a nice goodbye note on the site, but unfortunately by that time it was already too late (they took down the site a WEEK before the deadline!!)
i’m sorry to disappoint you guys but i’ve moved onto some other things in my life right now.
HOWEVER, if you know Saru-X, then you’ll be glad to know that he and a friend are hoping to make a site to be the next Baralover!
or at least they’re hoping too eventually…
in the meantime, just be sure to keep up on the Bara Board ( http://ib4f.com/board/bara0 )
and watch for anouncements – once my home server comes back from the dead, i’m going to upload ALL my bara manga onto a public Mediafire account for everyone to access.
also note that the Bara chat is still up and active, since it wasn’t run on the website itself. it can still be accessed by http://www.xat.com/baralovers
i’m hoping that stays alive enough to put into another website, if i ever make another one.
So, there you have it. 110MB was the hosting provider for Baralover and it looks like they changed their terms of service so it was no longer acceptable for Kyo to host bara scanlations there. These things can happen, but it’s a shame they took down the site before Kyo could post up an explanation for his readers. While I am somewhat ambivalent about scanlations in general, I wish to thank Kyo for his contribution to popularizing this genre. It is my hope that as interest catches on that it will be more likely that a Western publisher will print bara books and Kyo’s Web site offered a very nice, accessible introduction to bara to English-language readers. I wish both Kyo and Saru-X luck with their plans to create new Web sites and will let you know when they are up.
In the meantime, there are still some other nice places to find bara in English, which you can find (along with some other thoughts I have on bara vs. yaoi) in my post
If you haven’t already, feel free to give that a look!