Kodansha, a leading Japanese publishing company known for Attack On Titan, FAIRY TAIL, among others revealed in their press release on March 21 that they will be launching a new manga platform called ‘K MANGA‘ exclusively for the US audiences on May 2023.
This is a part of Kodansha’s effort to increase the accessibility of their manga titles for US based audiences. The publisher’s manga sales has increased threefold in the country since 2022.
K MANGA app will be launched on May 10, while the release date for its website is yet to be announced.
K MANGA will release the latest chapters of around 70 ongoing titles of Kodansha simultaneously in the US, as well as launch new titles, making available approximately 400 titles of all genres including action, thriller, isekai, romance, and fantasy.
The users will be able to read limited chapters of manga for free.
“The K MANGA team is committed to continually creating content within the K MANGA platform, bringing many brand new stories to U.S. readers as they are simultaneously distributed in Japan. We hope that our audience will enjoy K MANGA through encountering many never-before-seen stories, becoming a fan of those stories, and then watching the journey of how those stories become popular,” Project leader Yuta Hiraoka said.
Given below are some of the unique features of the new platform:
- Earliest Exclusive Access to Latest Chapters
Chapters of popular manga in the U.S. currently ongoing in Japan, such as “EDENS ZERO,” “Blue Lock,” “Rent-A-Girlfriend,” “The Seven Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse”, and “Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro” will be available on K MANGA before any other competing platform.
- Access to Popular Manga in Kodansha’s Catalog
In addition to the latest manga, K MANGA will offer a myriad of beloved manga from Kodansha’s library such as “The Seven Deadly Sins”, “Fire Force” and “Chihayafuru”.
- A Manga Service by the Editors and for the Fans
K MANGA is managed by Kodansha’s editorial team – the same team that has been present through the creation of new manga every day, continuously editing and producing numerous worldwide mega-hits.
- Official Localization
K MANGA will deliver official translations by industry professionals familiar with each manga.
KODANSHA Ltd. is Japan’s leading publishing house based in Tokyo, having delivered stories into ready hands across the globe with a wide variety of content from manga to novels, fashion magazines, news journals, and picture books for children, as well as TV anime, movies, series, and video games since 1909 in the spirit of “Inspire Impossible Stories.” KODANSHA is globally recognized as the licensor of some of the world’s most loved manga IPs, such as AKIRA, Attack on Titan, and Ghost in the Shell. Their digital book platform, MAGAPOKE was launched in July 2015 and to date has been downloaded nearly 20 million times.
Source: Press Release