JManga To Shut Down in May 2013

Digital manga portal was launched in summer 2011 as an alternative to manga piracy

JManga, launched in summer 2011 as a result of the 39 prominent publishers in the Japanese Digital Comics Association working as a unified front to offer a legal alternative to online piracy, has announced that the online manga portal will be shuttering as of May 30th, 2013. Customers with unused JManga Paid Points will be compensated with Amazon gift cards.


From the announcement:

It is our deep regret to inform you that will be concluding its retail and viewing services on May 30th 2013.

Below is’s Service Termination Schedule.

JManga Point Distribution and Sales Termination: 
March 13th 2013 at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time)

Digital Manga Purchasing Service Termination: 
March 26th at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time)

Manga Viewing Service Termination: 
May 30th at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time)

All JManga Members will be issued Amazon Gift Cards for use on as a substitute the amount of unused JManga Paid Points (*1) possessed at March 13th 2013 at 11:59pm.

Refunds will be processed between March 21st 2013 to March 25th 2013 (US Pacific Time).

For further details regarding’s retail and viewing service termination, please visit

As of March 13th 2013 at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time) has concluded its services. JManga7 Premium Members who signed up between February 14th 2013 and March 13th 2013 at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time) will be refunded. For further details regarding’s service termination, please visit the Jmanga7 FAQ at



Did you use JManga? What do you think its shutdown says about digital manga?


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime

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