“Attack on Titan”, one of the most popular Manga Series chapters, will be released for English speakers. The Manga’s publisher, Kodansha, has recently teamed up with comiXology and Amazon to “make each chapter available in English”. The English version will be made available on the same day of release in Japan.
— Kodansha Comics (@KodanshaUSA) April 8, 2016
As per the Engadget reports, the followers of Manga series could download the latest chapters from comiXology or the Amazon Kindle App. Readers might even want to download the full series. Earlier fans had to wait for the English translation but now the wait could be over.
According to Polygon, a new chapter from “each of these manga will debut monthly”. Reports also stated that a total of 17 titles would be published on “weekly or bimonthly bases”, priced at $2.61 (US $1.99) per chapter.
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“English readers can now buy chapters of their favorite manga series the same day Japanese fans are picking up new issues in convenience stores,” said Alvin Lu, General Manager at Kodansha Advanced Media. “A simulpub initiative has never been done like this before—it’s effectively a new format and it’s made possible by digital publishing. Doing this through comiXology and Amazon connects the global readership for this broad range of series at a level we’ve never seen.”
“We’re so excited to completely cut the wait time for English-speaking manga fans to no wait at all to read same day as Japan releases of their favorite Kodansha titles” said comiXology’s Senior Director of Communication, Chip Mosher. “Immediate access to new popular Kodansha manga is something we know both comiXology and Kindle fans love and we’re thrilled to be able to provide that access to manga fans everywhere on the same day all around the world.”
The official Kodansha Comics website noted that the “launch of this unprecedented program on comiXology and Kindle worldwide” was an effort to make the manga chapters more widely available to English-language readers. However the English translations won’t be available in Japan.
Here are some of the other titles to be released.
- As the Gods Will: The Second Series
- Fairy Tail
- GTO Paradise Lost
- The Seven Deadly Sins
- UQ Holder
- Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
- Space Brothers
- Ajin: Demi-Human
- Attack on Titan
- Kiss Him, Not Me
- The Heroic Legend of Arslan
- Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Side: P4
- Sweetness and Lightning
- Princess Jellyfish