Crunchyroll Launches 'Crunchyroll Manga' Digital Comic Platform
Crunchyroll, Inc., the leading anime and Asian drama streaming video service, announces the official launch of its digital comic service. The Crunchyroll Manga service is accessible online at http://www.crunchyroll.com/manga, with iOS and Android applications to be released today.
Starting today, both free and premium members can enjoy an exclusive selection of the latest and most popular manga on Crunchyroll at the same time it is released to newsstands in Japan, beginning with 12 titles licensed from Kodansha, the largest publisher in Japan.
The manga available at launch include hits such as ATTACK ON TITAN, FAIRY TAIL, MYSTERIOUS GIRLFRIEND X, SPACE BROTHERS, UQ HOLDER!, A TOWN WHERE YOU LIVE, YAMADA-KUN AND THE SEVEN WITCHES, MY WIFE IS WAGATSUMA-SAN, and COPPELION.
Kodansha's Executive Director of International Business, Osamu Yoshiba, says of the launch of Crunchyroll Manga, "We are very excited for readers worldwide to have access to our manga faster and more conveniently than ever before."
Crunchyroll Manga will simultaneously publish ("simulpub") the latest issues at the same time as these issues are released in Japan, meaning that readers will be able to follow their favorite stories with no time delay. All simulpub chapters will be available to both free and premium users in approximately 170 countries localized in English initially. The service offers a selection of catalog volumes at launch with more to be added weekly after launch.
The latest simulpub chapters of each manga title will be available for free with limited advertisements at the same time as Japan release. Additionally, the Crunchyroll All-Access membership ($11.95 USD/month), which includes premium access to anime, drama, and discounts on merchandise, will also be able to access all Crunchyroll Manga content, including supplemental catalog, no ads and additional premium features. A manga-only premium membership is also available ($4.95 USD/month) with access to all Crunchyroll Manga content including supplemental catalog, no ads, and additional premium features.