Kodansha is doubling down on its partnership with ComiXology with Monday’s announcement that the manga publisher is going day-and-date with the platform’s Unlimited subscription service. Anyone with a subscription plan will be able to read new releases of manga including Attack on Titan, EDENS ZERO, The Ghost in the Shell: The Human Algorithm, and more, same-day-as-Japan. Previously, only a handful of Kodansha titles were available through simulpub over a variety of services including ComiXology, Crunchyroll, and Kindle.
Recently, Kodansha also announced that all of Shaman King would be coming to ComiXology under its Originals umbrella, and is the second publisher in recent weeks to make the day-and-date commitment with ComiXology, following Archie Comics’ announcement in late September. The move increases visibility for Kodansha’s manga and, potentially, could move readers’ eyes away from fan translations and onto official ones, especially for those who already have Unlimited subscriptions.
Find the full PR below:
“Kodansha Comics – home to some of the world’s most beloved manga series, including Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card, Attack on Titan, The Drops of God, Shaman King – is expanding its availability on comiXology, the leading digital comics service. Starting this month, comiXology will release new chapters of ongoing fan-favorite manga like Attack on Titan, EDENS ZERO, The Ghost in the Shell: The Human Algorithm, and more, same-day-as-Japan!
Manga fans can now read even more Kodansha Comics series at no additional cost with comiXologyUnlimited or for purchase on comiXology and Kindle, giving readers maximum flexibility. To see new and recent manga chapter debuts visit comiXology.com. Today’s announcement follows Archie Comics’ recent day-and-date debut in comiXology Unlimited.
Members of comiXology Unlimited can access over 25,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial at comixology.com/unlimited.”