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Posted 1/17/15 , edited 1/17/15
Before when I read manga, I would be flipping through the chapters at a breakneck speed, but this full page version really gets me more immersed in the manga.

Hats off to you Crunchryoll, although I do kind of feel bad for all access members.
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Posted 1/17/15
I don't see nothing bad with premiums having access to manga as well, we (All-Access) still have Drama which is good enough

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Posted 1/18/15
Yeah the site reader is great. I wish I could say the same for their iPad app. I've encountered many page loading errors (not much lately though), and worst of all, it still doesn't support double page spreads. It has become much better, but it still needs more tweaks.
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Posted 1/18/15
All you new manga readers should consider that you are reading it with ads. All-Access members should not be getting ads at all, and probably won't ever unless there is a bug or two.
Posted 1/18/15 , edited 3/3/15
is OP being sarcastic

CR manga reader is one of the worst manga readers there is...
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Posted 1/18/15

GayAsianBoy wrote:

is OP being sarcastic

CR manga reader is one of the worst manga readers there is...


Yep, it's clunky and kind of annoying to use. I get they want to do the whole "flip pages right to left thing" but that doesn't make it user friendly to folks in the west. I'd rather flip left to right and read right to left since that is way easier to do on a computer
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Posted 1/18/15
I can't say I mind having to read right to left and having to click the left arrow to go to the next page only took me a minute or two to figure out, but no way to bookmark where you quit or figure out what you've been reading? Really? Does that exist somewhere I didn't notice or did they just really really fail at how people read things? Sometimes people don't have time to read 40 chapters of manga uninterrupted...
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Posted 1/18/15
yeah i don't really like it, idk if it's my laptop or the reader, but when i move my fingers across my mousepad to slide the page over it turns the page instead >.> it's really annoying. Plus I have to zoom in a lot every page because of its double spread. Which wouldn't be a problem if i could use my zoom, but my zoom just does the webpage and not the reader, so i have click CR's zoom button several times until i get it big enough.

i read a lot of manga on lots of sites and CR really does not have the best. Quality wise it's great. But usability could use some work. At least from my end.
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Posted 1/19/15
Very happy that premium members are getting all the manga, although their catalogue doesn't seem to be too big yet
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Posted 1/19/15 , edited 1/19/15
I only just started looking at some manga since it got added to all premium memberships, but though I'd make a few comments. The reader application itself on the web seems fine to me. Being able to go full screen makes it relatively easy to read, and seeing two pages at once is nice, especially since there are occasional spreads designed to go across two pages. It did take me a moment to realize the manga read from right to left, but that's not a big deal since most manga I've read are that way.

Where I think the web reader falls short is in features: some relatively basic functionality is missing. I can't find a way to set up a queue like I can with anime, or otherwise have a quick way of getting to titles I'm interested in (e.g., a favorites list). I also don't see any sort of progress indicator to let me easily see how far I've gotten, again unlike with anime. If this can't/won't be automatic like it is for anime, it would be nice to at least be able to set bookmarks manually when we decide to stop reading, so that we know where we left off.

Interestingly enough, those features are in the Android mobile app. I can favorite titles, set bookmarks, and see just how many chapters I've read because they have progress bars on them like anime episodes do. I'm not sure why they can do this on mobile, but not on the web, and I hope that the web reader will soon get these features.

As for the selection, I counted 50 titles in the alphabetical, "view all" list. While that's not huge, especially compared to anime where CR's gotten dozens of new simulcasts every season recently, I think it's still a decent selection. I did see a few titles that immediately interested me because I saw the anime before (there are a lot of chapters to catch up on for them though), and some that sounded good from their descriptions (I've started on a few of them already). If they had nothing that interested me, I'd be more concerned, and my focus is on anime anyway, so I don't really need a huge catalog of manga titles. Plus this is a relatively new addition to the site, IIRC, so it will probably take them time to build up the kind of catalog that they did for anime.

Regarding all-access membership, they still get drama. For those interested in it, I'm sure it's still worth it. But I suppose people who weren't really interested in drama and bought all-access primarily for the manga will likely shift down to the anime membership to save some money. That may not be great for CR, but OTOH, some people who were free members might be signing up for anime memberships now that they'll get both anime and manga with it. I guess time will tell what effect this has on CR's membership numbers and income, but I'm still glad they're offering manga to all paying members (even if I may not use it as much as I do the anime portion of the site).
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Posted 1/19/15
I have All-Access that autorenewed at full price after buying into it at Black Friday discount in 2013.

For this: No ads on anime or manga (good), and drama that I didn't really want or watch, but that's it. Consider that most of the catalog title list has been stagnant over 2013-2014 and, while I'm grateful for the bounty, I would hope for a significant new selection of manga titles. It has been good, but consider that some of these titles (especially my favorite ones) are now complete. Well, there's always the new back catalog ... that everyone else premium got, too...
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Posted 1/20/15 , edited 1/20/15

Dronak wrote:

Regarding all-access membership, they still get drama. For those interested in it, I'm sure it's still worth it.


With regards to the drama, no, it's not really worth it anymore. Almost all of the new drama that comes out is now posted on Crunchyroll's other site called Soompi.
There's three drama shows that are kind of...sort of...simulcast (a couple of days later for two of the shows), but only one of them is actually a good show.

There's some older shows there if you want to watch those, and some older shows get posted from time to time.
Playback is choppy at times as you're probably already aware from watching anime here.

So basically it's not really worth it anymore for All Access members who at least got manga too. It wouldn't be so bad if the new content was actually coming here or if Crunchyroll and Soompi accounts could be combined. But double the price of a normal premium account just for (some) drama?
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Posted 1/20/15
Excellent manga reader but I just wish they had a bigger library of titles... gg cr
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