June 10, 2023

Viz Media, North America’s largest manga distributor, unveiled a brand new app, Viz Manga, which homes English variations of well-liked Japanese manga from Shogakukan and Shueisha. The launch marks the primary time English translations can be obtainable concurrently with Japanese editions from these publishers on a digital platform. And followers can entry them for simply $2 a month.

Viz goals to create a handy choice to fulfill demand in North America, the place typically the wait is so long as two years for a manga collection to be launched in English. The transfer may also assist curb piracy and guarantee authors and creators obtain correct credit score. Unlawful “scanlations” have grow to be prevalent and created a marketplace for impatient followers searching for unofficial translations of their favourite manga. Whereas Viz will kick off the app’s launch with works from Shogakukan and Shueisha, readers can rely on seeing titles from different publishing homes sooner or later. 

Subscribers can comb via greater than 10,000 chapters on the app, which is obtainable for Android and iOS. Viz Manga has 15 titles which are being provided in English for the primary time, together with the newest releases from Rumiko Takahashi, Haro Aso and Tomohito Oda. As a perk, the newest three chapters of those 15 works can be accessible without cost. 

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viz manga app showing chapters of zom 100 on green background

Viz Media

Manga followers also can faucet into Yashahime: Princess Half Demon and titles from creators like Junji Ito, Inio Asano, Arina Tanemura and Taiyō Matsumoto. This is an instance of what you may discover within the Viz Manga library:

  • Zom 100: Bucket Record of the Lifeless
  • Mao
  • Case Closed
  • Insomniacs After College
  • Komi Cannot Talk
  • Black Lagoon
  • GYO
  • Persona 5
  • Fly Me to the Moon
  • Sleepy Princess within the Demon Citadel

Viz plans to launch weekly chapters from every writer similtaneously they seem in Japan, permitting subscribers to select from numerous genres like fantasy, faculty life, comedy, horror, LGBTQ and drama. Customers have the power to mark their favorites, obtain titles, make purchases and sync content material throughout a number of units. 

viz manga app on 4 phone screens

A take a look at the options that Viz Manga gives.

Viz Media

This is not the corporate’s first entry into the app world. A earlier iteration of a Viz manga app enabled customers to purchase particular person volumes, whereas this new model will get subscribers entry to the entire library — for a single value. Viz Media additionally owns the Shonen Leap app, and the mixed catalog between each providers presently quantities to round 25,000 chapters, with extra to come back.

For followers of manga “streaming,” Viz Manga’s digital library could be an interesting choice in a market the place individuals are looking forward to English translations. Its largest rivals proper now are Crunchyroll‘s digital manga service and Kodansha’s upcoming English-language platform, Okay Manga. 

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