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Post Reply Crunchyroll Android App Update: Introducing the Manga Shop!
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Posted 3/17/17 , edited 26 days ago
Hey everyone,

We have an exciting update for all you Android users today! With this update, we are very happy to introduce the all-new Manga Shop (Beta)! In this new service you will be able to purchase, download and read even more of the manga you love directly in the Crunchyroll app. That’s right, you can now download and read your favorite titles offline! To commemorate the launch, all ebooks are 25% off for the first week!


In the Manga Shop you will find over 800 ebooks available today from our friends at Kodansha Comics and Vertical Comics, including some amazing series like Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, The Seven Deadly Sins, Knights of Sidonia, Welcome to the Ballroom, The Ghost in the Shell, Noragami: Stray God, Devils' Line, Fuuka, Chi’s Sweet Home, and many, many more!


Remember this is just the beginning, so keep an eye out for more ebooks and announcements coming soon!

Last, but not least, Drama fans you will notice in this update that we moved the Drama tab, but don’t worry! You will still be able to watch your favorite dramas like Death Note, Mischievous Kiss, and more by tapping Live Action Drama in the Genre section.


As always, the Crunchyroll App is free for download in the Google Play Store, so if you haven’t already, go download it and check out the Manga Shop now!



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Posted 3/17/17 , edited 2 days ago
Does this change or impact the manga included in the premium subscription? (Because I've been enjoying reading several series that way!)
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Posted 3/17/17 , edited 3/26/17
Need to have a series list. Hell, sorting would be nice. Right now it's like looking through a bargain bin for something interesting. After a while, nothing caught my eye.

800 books when a good chunk are just multiple volumes of a series (AND nothing is ordered) makes it hard for me to see if there's a series I want to read or not. Currently, everything I'm reading is through the manga app, and to my knowledge, (from the quick look of the shop at least), everything on sale that I would want to read, I'm reading the simulpub of
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Posted 3/17/17 , edited 3/30/17
Given my experience with your manga streaming service (app issues, delays, missing pages, lack of support) I don't think I could ever trust buying manga directly from Crunchyroll.

I don't know if this means you will be ending your streaming service when this leaves beta, but, if not, fix it and prove you can support manga both streaming and digital download.
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Posted 3/17/17 , edited 3/20/17
So, hey, this is all super neat, but when are the paying Australian users going to see even 1/4th of these 800 manga?
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Posted 3/17/17 , edited 3/18/17
My region (Australia) this is pretty pointless.
Fairy tail volume one for directly off google play store for example is $8.37 so 12 cents more (if the $8.25 includes the 25% off. If it doesn't then it would be handy for like 1 week.) and I can pay for it with my google play credit. Which can have anywhere from 10 to 20% off. Also the $8.37 includes 10% sales tax which you will have to start charging people here in July .

In saying all of that hopefully people in the forgotten regions will have more of a use for it.

Final note It it's nice to see innovation though. :)

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Posted 3/17/17 , edited 3/25/17
How does this work with Premium Subscriptions or lack thereof?
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Posted 3/17/17 , edited 4/2/17
The prices are the exact same as when i would buy a physical version from let's say bookdepository.com. What incentive is there for me to buy a digital version when it's not even cheaper then the physical version?

Also no Paypal option? Really?
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Posted 3/17/17 , edited 3/30/17
This could be really innovative but I feel it is lacking at the moment and I have a few questions about it.

1) When a title is eventually pulled from the store because the license/rights for the localization have expired, will we still have access to the volumes we purchased, or will that be removed the next time we connect via the app?

2) Why is this only available on Android? Is it just to get it done to see how it works? Apple and Windows Phone users are left out right now.

3) I understand that this feature is through the current phone app, but why was this route selected instead of an online shop that works directly with an e-reader? This seems like something that would be much more useful if it was developed to work with Kobo or Kindle or any of the other ereaders out there.

4) For that matter, why does this only work with the phone app period? Why is this not an option for the PC/laptop? Or why not be truly innovative and work this for your Playstation/XBox/Wii U apps too? Cellular storage is limited even with an SD card, and screens are already tiny. Why can't I at least download backups to my computer? Is the reason related to question 1?

5) I'm a premium member on an automatic yearly renewal at the highest price point. Why do I have to pay to read these volumes offline when I can just log on to my laptop and read them free via my Crunchyroll subscription? There are very few times during the day when I am not connected to the internet. Why the extra expense for the few times I am not connected?

6) Related to the previous question, why are the ebooks currently available so expensive? Some of them are more expensive than print copies, and that 25% discount isn't permanent. It is an absurd price to pay just to have the ability to read the volumes offline. As a Canadian customer potentially interested in purchasing some volumes, why should I pay these prices when I could order the physical copies from an online retailer or pick them up the next time I visit my bookstore for the same price or less, and am guaranteed of their permanence? I'm not trying to sound snarky, I genuinely want to know.

7) Some of the available titles (Fuuka for one) are from Crunchyroll's own exclusive catalogue. Is this being done to "test the waters" as the saying goes, to gauge interest before licensing physical distribution rights to complement your intention to foray into the DVD market (as announced last year)?


I understand this is a lot of questions, but I hope that you can answer at least some of them.
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Posted 3/17/17 , edited 3/18/17

Melicans wrote:
Why do I have to pay to read these volumes offline when I can just log on to my laptop and read them free via my Crunchyroll subscription? There are very few times during the day when I am not connected to the internet. Why the extra expense for the few times I am not connected?

The separate manga app still exists to read the available titles on CR for "free" online-only. Unless I'm mistaken, this is more for users who do want downloading as an option. In essence doing that is buying it, so that isn't the same licensing as just viewing.
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Posted 3/17/17 , edited 3/18/17
Will this mean more simulpubs too?
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Posted 3/17/17 , edited 3/24/17
I'm cautiously optimistic about this because I saw a couple titles that I like but have had a hard time finding (legally).

But I'm apprehensive if it's going through the crunchyroll manga app. I eventually stopped reading manga through crunchyroll because I kept finding missing pages, repeating pages, super long load times, and other issues that seem like they should be easy to fix but have persisted for months at least and make many volumes all but unreadable.

Is this going to be through a similar system to the current (broken) one, or is it something completely new? Is there any kind of sample I could use to see if it works or not before I pay money for something I can't rely on the quality of?
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Posted 3/17/17 , edited 3/19/17
Are these purchases protect by any sort of DRM?

Can they be exported to other reader apps and if so which formats? PDF? ePub? CBR?

What scanning quality? i.e. what DPI?

Are these going to be existing translations and scans from other companies or is Crunchyroll doing their own cleanup and translations?

Is there going to be any sort of localized censorship or modifications?

Seriously FAQ please.
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Posted 3/18/17 , edited 3/19/17
In the pre-FAQ betting pool, I am betting on:

disruption_grey wrote: Are these purchases protect by any sort of DRM?

Yes. Neither of these licensors is going to sell downloadable eManga without DRM.


Can they be exported to other reader apps and if so which formats? PDF? ePub? CBR?

Format, likely ePub version 3 ... Kodansha Comic's eBook distributors they list on their site include Nook and Kobo, which are primarily ePub3 venders. Exportability, though, that'd depend on which DRM they use. Just to have an entry in the FAQ betting pool, I'll go with "not exportable, at least not officially"


What scanning quality? i.e. what DPI?

What the publisher provides.


Are these going to be existing translations and scans from other companies or is Crunchyroll doing their own cleanup and translations?

Existing translations & scans from the publisher.


Is there going to be any sort of localized censorship or modifications?

Likely not, they treat downloadable manga like print manga.


Seriously FAQ please.

I'm looking forward to seeing what my hit rate is when the FAQ eventually comes out ... or as these questions are answered one-at-a-time in the next few weeks/months.
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Posted 3/18/17 , edited 3/25/17
can you add payment via google play
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