Dark Horse has expanded their digital offerings with the manga incarnation of Asuka Katsura's Blood+, Eiji Otsuka (MPD Pscyho) and Housui Yamazaki's critically acclaimed horror manga The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, and Housui Yamazaki's ghost story manga Mail. Four fantasy-action Korean manhwa were also added to the digital store.
The titles can be read online, or through iOS and Android devices.
About.com:manga points out that the manga (all licensed from Kadokawa Shoten) are region restricted to the U.S. (and some U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands) and Canada. If you fall under that umbrella, you can grab each volume for $5.99 a pop:
"Your body is their business! Five broke young students at a Buddhist university find little call for their job skills in today's Tokyo...among the living, that is! But their special skills give them a direct line to the dead—the dead who are still trapped inside their bodies, and can't move on to the next reincarnation! It may be tough to collect from a corpse...but whether you died from suicide, murder, sickness, or madness, they'll carry your body anywhere it needs to go to free your soul!
"A young singing idol finds she can't escape others' obsessions, even by killing herself...an elderly woman is discovered mummified within an altar...a single body may be the victim of multiple murder...people fall prey to strangely probable deaths...and this is just the first volume of The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service!
"Described as 'Scooby-Doo meets Se7en' or even 'Genshiken meets The X-Files,' each volume of Kurosagi combines dark humor with bizarre horror that touches on everything from the latest Japanese fads to the most ancient Japanese legends!"
"Private detective Reiji Akiba has a theory about those awkward moments and weird coincidences we all encounter in life. They are actually encounters with the dead—their way of sending us a message. But you may not want to open such strange mail from beyond—not unless you can see the ghostly attachment, like Akiba can. And not unless you carry a gun that can kill what isn't alive, like Akiba's aptly named Kagutsuchi, 'the tool between God and earth'…digging a divine grave to lay to rest the evil dead.
"Volume 1 of Mail opens with a model's photo shoot at what was a lovely riverside. But someone's thrown their trash away here: human bones. When the negatives in the darkroom reveal hidden horror, it's time for the magazine to hire Akiba. The answers lie in the secret basement of a shunned house…but they don't lie peacefully!"
"Several decades after the events in the popular Blood: The Last Vampire anime film, amnesiac Saya Otonashi lives as a seemingly normal high-school student with her adoptive family in Okinawa. Horrible nightmares are the only hints at the violent life she once led, but her past is about to catch up with her and awaken the merciless warrior within. Chiropterans—powerful shape-changing creatures who need and crave blood—threaten humanity once more, and a mysterious organization called the Red Shield needs Saya's deadly sword skills and mysterious powers to aid in the fight against these beasts. As her submerged abilities begin to reawaken and she seeks to regain her memories, Chiropteran warriors are guided by a mysterious leader to threaten Saya and her loved ones. Asuka Katsura's manga series successfully expands upon the original Production I.G/Aniplex feature, delivering moments of jarring violence and thrilling action in a tale that spans several centuries."
The manhwa titles below are also region restricted to: U.S., Canada, plus U.S. territories including Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands and the U.S. Minor Outlying Islands. Chunchu and Banya can also be read in the UK.
Chunchu: The Genocide Fiend by Kim Sung-Jae, Kim Byung-Jim
"In a time of chaos and war, a godforsaken era, twin sons are born to an emperor. Twins? But legend states that the son of the emperor shall be born a demon! Who is the demon, and who shall reign as emperor?
"Chunchu is the story of a young man saved from death by his mother, banished by his people, hunted by his brother, and tortured by the demons within. Living and fighting with a lowborn warrior tribe who can never trust him, Chunchu lives a life of blood and violence, every day a struggle to survive. But something mysterious lurks within his cold exterior, something that could be awakened by the touch of a woman."
Banya: The Explosive Delivery Man by Kim Young-Oh
"With a worldwide war raging between humans and monsters, the young delivery men of the Gaya Desert Post Office do not pledge allegiance to any country or king. They are banded together by a pledge to deliver. Fast. Precise. Secure. Banya, the craziest and craftiest of the bunch, will stop at nothing to get a job done. Known as the Explosive Delivery Man for his risk taking, bold resolve, and impeccable record, Banya agrees to complete a wounded soldier's mission to transport a parcel of great importance—not knowing what dangers lie in store for him and his friends! As their arduous journey begins, Banya promises, 'There isn't a delivery I can't make. I always deliver.'"
Shaman Warrior by Park Joong-Ki
"Presented in the original Korean format, Shaman Warrior is a dramatic fantasy series with a kinetic style that will appeal to fans of Blade of the Immortal and Vagabond! From the desert wastelands emerge two mysterious warriors, master wizard Yarong and his faithful servant Batu. On a grave mission from their king, they have yet to realize the whirlwind of political movements and secret plots that will soon engulf them and change their lives forever. When Yarong is mortally injured, Batu must fulfill a secret promise to leave Yarong's side and protect his master's child. As Batu seeks to find and hide the infant, Yarong reveals another secret to those who have tracked him down to finish him off—the deadly, hidden power of a shaman warrior!"
XS: Hybrid by Song Ji-Hyung
"In a strange future where gifted, 'hybrid' humans police the planet, Mina is a likable tomboy with growing psychic powers. When a young boy falls into a coma after gazing into her eyes, it's clear that there's more to Mina than her pretty looks. This young boy, Hinchang, grows up to be quite a daredevil, and his awkward, secret love for Mina fuels his protective fire when mysterious men arrive, bringing the violence of the hybrid world with them!"
Are you guys stoked about any one of these titles in particular?