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Hey guys,
This is an important day for us. For the past few years, we've been focused on bringing all of Anime to fans worldwide. Our goal has now expanded to bringing all of Anime AND Manga to fans worldwide~!

Today, we are launching a new Crunchyroll Manga service in partnership with Kodansha, one of the biggest manga publishers in Japan. We will simultaneously publish ("simulpub", similar to "simulcast"... get it? -_-), 12 Kodansha titles to over 170 countries localized in English. These titles include 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, The Seven Deadly Sins, COPPELION, and more.

The latest simulpub chapters of each manga title will be available for free with advertisements at the same time as Japan release! Yes, this means everyone can read the latest chapters the same time it hits newsstands in Japan for free!

Additionally, we are adding a new subscription plan, the Crunchyroll Manga membership ($4.95 USD/month), which allows Crunchyroll Manga members access to additional chapters beyond the latest simulpub chapter, as many as each publisher will allow us to put online. Manga members also will not see ads against any manga content.

We are also releasing a new Crunchyroll Manga app for iPhone and Android. Currently, since both Apps are in beta, only Crunchyroll Manga members can access the full selection of titles by logging in with their Crunchyroll account. However, anyone can still download both apps and sample the latest chapters (in the end of the 'Take the Tour'). So give both a try and let us know what you think!

Even better news, current Crunchyroll All-Access membership will receive all the benefits of Crunchyroll Manga membership at no additional cost! We are adding the all the benefits of the Manga Membership to the list of existing perks for All-Access members, such as premium access to anime, drama, discount to merchandise, and more. If you are currently an All-Access Member, head right over to the manga section or download the apps and start reading!

We are still in the process of adding more chapters to the existing lineup of manga titles. In the days to come, we'll add even more titles and welcome onboard any publisher who wants to work with us to simulpub their manga to the largest Anime audience in the world. This is a start, but we have a lot more work to do to reach our goal!


~ Shinji


P.S. While we try to secure as many countries as possible (and we are launching Manga in 170 countries!), there are a few that can not access the Manga service today (South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Algeria, Lebanon, Belgium, Brazil, China, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand), we apologize and will keep working on securing more territory rights!


10/30 - Update on Service:
We are working hard to make this launch as smooth as possible. Here are some issues that have come up:

- UK viewers: manga might not show up if you are coming from crunchyroll.co.uk (or other crunchyroll tlds such as crunchyroll.ca, etc). Please try login in from crunchyroll.com, this should work while we fix this issue!

- Layout issues on iOS/ipad: we are working on a update!

- Layout issues on web: we are working to fix some of these issues, as well as make the zoom/navigation/full screen options available to premium readers available for everyone!

- Account upgrade issues: please contact us

Let us know if you have any comments/feedback/anything that will help us make this service better for everyone!

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Yay
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So how do we know when a new chapter is being Simulpubbed, I haven't seen any dates or way to be notified
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Huzzah!
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This is awesome , but I read my manga on my Kindle Fire . Crunchyroll manga doesn't work on Kindle !! Fix That !!
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finally! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!
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I agree with Feia. Will you be posting the dates of the next chapters?
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good point, we'll add that -_-


Aokidanza wrote:

I agree with Feia. Will you be posting the dates of the next chapters?


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Even though this isn't available in my country, (not much of a big deal so far since I read my favorites in that list illegally already) this is a amazing advance for CR. Manga, in my opinion, is and always has been infintely better than anime, so I'm happy to see CR expanding to that area.

Also, I've sent a list recommending what I consider the best mangas from Kodansha to the support email. I hope you guys can bring at least a few of those to the readers!

Cya! Back to some scanlator until you expand to my country.





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shinji wrote:

good point, we'll add that -_-


Aokidanza wrote:

I agree with Feia. Will you be posting the dates of the next chapters?




Thank you kindly. Keep up the awesome work!
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I remember seeing you guys talk about this project at a convention over two years ago and after that not a peep. I thought the project was forgotten good to see it actually come to fruition.
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will definitely go check out the app

Crunchyroll world domination imminent
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Sweet. Gotta read some Space Brothers. Any chance getting this on the Amazon app store or as a download that we can manually install?
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Oi i saw that and im excited to see what youll upload next
PLEASE upload eyeshield 21's manga
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Yes, I saw that, and I really love it!

I might upgrade my membership to full-access next year!
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