Kodanshathe Japanese publishing house known for bestselling manga series such as The attack on the GiantsAnd blue lockAnd Ghost in a bowlannounced a new manga distribution platform, exclusive to US readers, K MANGAIt will be launched in May 2023.
On March 21, Kodansha announced its official platform for serialization, called K MANGA, which will allow fans in the United States to easily access the publisher’s series. K MANGA will release the latest chapters of Kodansha’s serialized original manga, including hits such as blue lock, along with the publisher’s weekly and monthly magazines containing a range of different manga titles. The release will happen simultaneously in the US and Japan, making the latest stories available before any other competing US services. At launch, K MANGA will have approximately 400 titles available, including 70 titles from manga currently in serialization, all translated into English by a team of professional translators.
American readers will finally have easy access to Kodansha’s Manga series
Kodansha is Japan’s largest publisher, producing both literary magazines and manga. Kodansha publishes some of the best selling manga of all time, including The attack on the Giants And A fairy talealong with other hit series such as Seven deadly sinsAnd Edness ZeroAnd Tokyo Avengers. While physical copies of these books are distributed in the United States by Kodansha USA, the lack of a digital platform has made Kodansha’s series more difficult to access in the Western world, compared to those of major competitor Shueisha, which could benefit from the MANGA Plus service.
The launch of K MANGA is set to change this, making the Kodansha series more accessible to American readers. Features will include exclusive early access to the latest chapters of popular manga currently running in Japan, including Edness ZeroAnd blue lockAnd Hire a girlfriendAnd The Seven Deadly Sins: The Four Horsemen of the ApocalypseAnd Don’t play with me, Miss Nagatoro. Users will also have access to Kodansha’s library, which includes series like The attack on the GiantsAnd The seven deadly sinsAnd firepower. One notable feature is that K MANGA will be managed by the same editorial team that works on the manga series, ensuring the highest quality.
Just like with MANGA Plus, users will be able to read limited chapters for free, the amount of which varies according to the series. the The official Twitter and the website launched on March 21, while K MANGA The official app will be available from May 10, 2023. The launch date of the website has not been fully announced.
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