15 August 2020 16:41
KissAnime is down and reportedly won't ever return, as DMCA copyright claims have forced both the anime site and its sister site KissManga to be taken down "forever." So what happened to KissAnime, and is there a chance the site will come back online? KissAnime was a site that hosted free, often pirated, anime shows and movies, with its parent company also running sister sites such as KissCartoon, KissAsian, and the now-defunct KissManga. Both KissAnime and KissManga have allegedly been hit by copyright claims that have forced them to close the sites, after years of hosting pirated content. What happened to KissAnime? KissAnime and KissManga were taken down due to copyright claims, which led to their servers being shut down in the process.
The announcement was made via the KissAnime Discord server, with the site's support account initially messaging followers to let them know that the site's beta servers had been taken down. Our beta servers have been taken down, this could lead to the close of the website," the support account messaged. "We will make more announcement after we have the decision." A later message confirmed that KissAnime had been shut down, seemingly for good. "All files are taken down by copyright owners. KissManga and KissAnime will be closed forever," the message reads.
So I just found out that kissanime got taken down. 2020 is really the worst. pic.twitter.com/Rz8tohT44K — #AcademicFreezeNow (@walangpasokfile) August 15, 2020 Inevitably, KissAnime being shut down means that plenty of scam sites are popping up in order to lure in users trying to access the site. Some are using the website's URL, while others are straight-up copying its branding and design in order to get users to pass over their personal details. The messages from the KissAnime Discord support account suggests that both the anime site and KissManga are gone for good, so if you were a regular user of either site, there's little you can do aside from watch your anime elsewhere. Watch Game Revolution on YouTube! One of the largest international piracy websites for anime has fallen: "KissAnime" is now closed forever, as the operators confirm on the website. Website offline since today Whoever wants to call up »KissAnime.ru« will only see a message since today at around 7:00 am, which indicates that all files have been taken offline by the rights holders and that the website will therefore remain permanently closed. This also applies to the sister site »KissManga«. »KissAnime« was one of the world's largest websites for illegal anime streaming and was particularly well known in the English-speaking world. The site offered series and films that were stolen from legal providers such as Crunchyroll and Funimation. Manga chapters were published on »KissManga« without permission. While the operators apparently still have access to their domains, it is currently unclear what exactly led to the two websites being taken offline. Some reports suggest that it may be related to the expansion of the copyright law in Japan. However, this is currently unconfirmed. According to SimilarWeb, »KissAnime« recently had around 95 million visits per month. In the Alexa ranking, the site currently occupies 531th place. There are copies under other domains that are not related to the original »KissAnime«. Share it: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Japan is gradually enacting increasingly heavy laws against manga and anime piracy. However, publishing houses have been moving in unison for quite some time against the giants of this underground sector, often mere thieves who take advantage of everything they can get. However, one of these had to close. Kissmanga is Kissanime they are two separate portals, one for manga and one for anime as you can see from the name, but which have the same structure and the same owners. The site hosted products in English, both the official ones and therefore stolen directly from the publishing houses and the amateur ones made by fans. The two have become well known in the industry but this night an operation was completed that marked the end of the two sites. In fact, the front of the two portals was hosted on servers still of unknown origin, but the image and video servers were instead those of blogspot, a platform purchased by Google. Discovered this, the legal forces have converged and they then had all the material removed from these two sites. This resulted in the loss of all the anime and manga database stolen over the years, forcing the managers to communicate the complete closure of the portals. Another blow then for those who used the pirate sites after the closure of Mangarock.