Members can avail of “simulpub” titles through Manga-only and All-access membership.
Japanese Anime streaming service Crunchyroll has announced on Wednesday that they have launched their digital comic service, which is called Crunchyroll Manga.
The service will simultaneously publish (or “simulpub”) issues the same time it will be released in Japan, which will be available for free & premium users in approximately 170 countries.
The service is accessible online, through crunchyroll.com/manga, as well as through its Apple iOS and Android devices.
Crunchyroll Manga will initially offer 12 manga titles from the Japanese publisher Kodansha, which includes popular titles like Space Brothers, Mysterious Girlfriend X, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Fairy Tail, and Attack on Titan.
Osamu Yoshiba, Kodansha’s Executive Director of International Business, says in a statement, “We are very excited for readers worldwide to have access to our manga faster and more conveniently than ever before.”
The latest chapters of each titles on the manga service is available for free with limited advertisements. Premium membership access to the digital comic service are at USD4.95 per month (about PhP220 per month), with supplemental catalog, no advertisements, and additional features.
Users can also avail the Crunchyroll All-access membership with Premium access to Anime, Drama, and discounts to merchandises, as well as All-access to the whole Crunchyroll Manga content, with supplemental catalog, no advertisements, and additional features. It can be availed for USD11.95 per month, or over PhP525 per month.
In a statement, Kun Gao, the CEO of Crunchyroll says, “We are truly excited to bring manga to all Crunchyroll viewers. We hope to give our users the fastest access to some of the most popular manga properties in Japan across a wide range of platforms.”
He is also looking forward to work with other manga publishers, so that they could bring all manga titles to worldwide audience as soon as the issue hits Japanese newsstands.
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