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Posted 2/16/18 , edited 4/18/18
Hey everyone,

We've got some news regarding Crunchyroll Manga's catalog titles for our Kodansha manga.

As several of the titles have now ended serialization, they will unfortunately be removed from the service at the end of this month, February 28. However, they will all be available for purchase as ebooks in the Crunchyroll Manga shop (available on the Crunchyroll Android App) so if you have enjoyed any titles in particular, don't forget to purchase a digital copy to enjoy!

A Silent Voice
A Town Where You Live
As Gods Will The Second Series
COPPELLION
Fort of Apocalypse
Inuyashiki
Maga-Tsuki
My Wife Is Wagatsuma-san
Mysterious Girlfriend X
Persona Q P3
Persona Q P4
Princess Jellyfish
Unlimited Fafnir
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches


Additionally, we will also have several titles be moving to simulpub only, so while their catalog titles will be moving to the ebook store, the latest chapters will still be available online for Crunchyroll Premium members to read! This change will be made on March 1, 2018.

Ajin
Heroic Legend of Arslan
Attack on Titan
Fuuka
GTO - Paradise Lost
Kiss Him, Not Me
Space Brothers
The Seven Deadly Sins
Sweetness and Lightning
UQ HOLDER!

Fariy Tail, however, is a special case in which we will be offering 30 volumes of catalog available on Crunchyroll manga on March 1!


Not all is about manga titles moving to ebooks though; we are also working on a new batch of Kodansha simulpub manga to be added to the service soon, so be sure to check back for more new additions to the Crunchyroll Manga library!
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Posted 2/16/18 , edited 2/19/18
*runs off to catch up on Sweetness & Lightning*
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Posted 2/16/18 , edited 22 days ago
Such a bad news. We are losing so many titles included with our subscription. Also the prices of your digital manga is more expensive that anywhere else. I really don't understand why you guys keep cutting features instead of increasing the ones you already have.
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Posted 2/16/18 , edited 4/18/18
I really don't understand why you guys have so much trouble handling manga the same way you do anime. Even if we let the free-with-subcription model go, there is something very wrong when physical manga is cheaper than digital. I have zero incentive to buy into this.
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Posted 2/16/18 , edited 2/27/18
more simalpubs that mater would be good, a subscription dedicated to lets say an entire magazine catalog would be a good idea. I would pay for Afternoon and uh... what ever Kiss x Sis is published in. But removing manga that have been publish in favor of a more expensive model, only makes those that actually care about a legal alternative just go back to pirate sources. it's a good thing i'm caught up on all i care to read, and am in the process of buying physical copies of Mysterious Girlfriend X, because otherwise i would be rather pissed about this. still not happy because I really want a sub that gives me access to all the manga I can read for a lower price. Please CR, work with Kodansha to develop a service like that that also gives me access to my favorite author's new work. thanks.

p.s. my favorite author is Richii Ueshiba
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Posted 2/16/18 , edited 2/27/18
This is a western digital magazine subscription service: https://www.texture.com I can only assume that most manga publishers are (even) more resistant to change than anime publishers have been. I've heard a lot about declining sales of western print periodicals and anime physical media, I haven't heard of any problem with sales of manga... looking it up now, apparently print sales are declining, but digital sales are increasing in Japan. I assume most publishers are unlikely to switch to an all-you-can-read subscription model if people are willing to pay far more per title for digital purchases.

http://goboiano.com/manga-sales-have-fallen-by-31-for-some-publishers/


Print has long been the dominant medium for weekly manga magazines, publishers are starting to focus on digital publication. Last year, digital manga sales grew 27.1% with print seeing a 7.4% decrease.

Japan is slowly adopting digital distribution of manga, like English publishers.
Manga publishers are willing to put more effort into digital distribution due to the popularity of mobile devices in Japan. So while the big 3 have seen a decline in print circulation, there is no need for real worry as they adapt to the digital age.


https://goodereader.com/blog/manga-and-anime-news/japanese-manga-sales-declined-12-in-2017

http://postbubbleculture.blogs.wm.edu/2015/04/27/the-death-of-manga/

Interesting, but older:
https://www.quora.com/Is-manga-publishing-declining-If-so-why

I've always thought of CR's manga library as superfluous, potentially a nice extra but not a part of "what I'm paying for."
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Posted 2/16/18 , edited 3/5/18
i hate simulpubs and only read things upon completion so actions like this feel like a slap in the face >.>
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Posted 2/16/18 , edited 2/27/18
I always hoped for a decent manga service to convince me to sub to CR. If this is going to be the status quo moving forward I will no longer have any desire. A small catalog of titles is not appealing and if I have to buy volumes just to catch up to a manga in simulpub then pay a subscription just to read new chapters that may not even come out on time then how is that at all appealing?

The promise of new manga is nice but I've seen many occasions where 'simulpub' has been anything but with delays sometimes lasting months. There is also been unannounced changes to make certain titles' new chapters no longer available to free users as initially announced when CR's manga service was introduced.
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Posted 2/16/18 , edited 2/27/18
pretty disappointing considering we only have 12 days to read stuff.
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Posted 2/16/18 , edited 2/27/18
I'd like to know what I'm paying for manga-wise, because it sounds like after March 1 there won't be much there.
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Posted 2/16/18 , edited 2/27/18
Crap I have a ton of manga yet to read as I've been more focused on anime lately. And most of the good and big titles are by Kodansha. I guess we're lucky that you're still getting the Kodansha simulpubs, if I'm trying to find a silver lining here, given the nature of most publishers...

What format are the ebooks? Can we read them on PC or any device or not? I am assuming DRM as usual too?

Also I find it strange that the manga book shop is in the CR anime app and not the manga app.
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Posted 2/16/18 , edited 2/27/18
Y’all really ought to hint as to what y’all are bringing to CR soon, as this is pretty disappointing.
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Posted 2/16/18 , edited 2/27/18
idk whats worse, the fact that theyre getting removed or that we were given some glib reminder 12 days before they get removed....but wait, dont worry guys we can buy digital copies!!!
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Posted 2/16/18 , edited 2/27/18
I guess I know what I'll be doing all weekend.
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Princess Jellyfish...
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