KissAnime and KissManga get DMCA’d
Saturday, Aug 15th, was a sad morning for all my pirate anime fam as they went to access both sites to be presented with a single sentence, “All files are taken down by copyright owners. The site will be closed forever. Thank you for your supports.”
Every bookmark, every episode, every ounce of data was wiped in the matter of minutes as a DMCA took down their videos and image files from Google Drive, their primary hosting service. With Google complying with the take-down, there’s not much the Kiss team could do.
For those who lost their bookmarks, I feel for you. It’s like we all lost a good friend. This has happened before in the past but it took 3 months to get the servers back online. There might be hope but it seems the team is rather demoralized or maybe there’s a huge legal battle ahead if they attempt to bring it back. What ever happens, it was good while it lasted. We really need a Netflix for anime already. Cheap, easy to access and does everything these piracy sites do but with less ads and faster servers. We can all dream.
The KissCommunity discord is still live as of this writing, so if you have questions or just want to hang with the community, here’s the invite: https://discord.com/invite/eCzUxNB If you visited on the day of the DMCA, Everyone was paying respects on the discord with massive emoji reactions on staff posts. It was a heartfelt and emotional scene.