Crunchyroll is streaming Manga with Kodansha as their Partner

Topic started by takashichea on Oct. 26, 2013. Last post by DBZ_universe 10 months, 1 week ago.
Post by takashichea (12,290 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Hello guys and gals! I got good news. I'm just going to quote the article instead of rewriting it. (I'm running out of time).

Starting Wednesday, October 30, Crunchyroll will begin digital distribution of twelve (12) Kodansha manga titles via a new service called "Crunchyroll Manga", including Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, and Space Brothers, offering content to 170 countries, including the USA and UK, on the same day as release in Japan.

Edit:

I forgot to include this info. Thanks to Daniel for pointing out:

**Free users, and non-manga members will only be able to read the latest chapters with ads until the next chapter is simulpubbed. Manga members will have access to all manga including catalog titles. Crunchyoll Manga is included free with a Crunchyroll All-Access membership.**

2nd Edit:

Japanese financial news source Nikkei reports that subscribers will pay US$4.99 a month for full access to 12 titles on October 30, with the catalog expanding to over 50 titles by next summer.

Via ANN

List of Manga Titles

These 12 titles below will be available on launch day.

Attack on Titan” by Hajime Isayama

A dramatic action-adventure where humans must battle mysterious giants for survival. Currently one of Japan’s most popular manga, it has recently inspired a hit anime streaming on Crunchyroll now.

Fairy Tail” by Hiro Mashima

A guild of wizards-for-hire use their skills in an age of magic and wonder.This ongoing manga series, created by Hiro Mashima, has also been adapted into a popular anime series.

Space Brothers” by Chuya Koyama

Award-winning manga about two siblings struggling to fulfill their childhood dreams to become astronauts. Inspired an anime series now streaming on Crunchyroll as well as a live-action movie.

UQ Holder!” by Ken Akamatsu

From the creator of “Negima!” comes this fantasy set in a future where the existence of magic has transformed the world and a boy named Tota must leave his home village on the path of adventure.

Mysterious Girlfriend X” by Riichi Ueshiba

A tale of addiction and lovesickness revolving around a strange bond between classmates Urabe and Tsubaki. Also inspired a popular anime series.

A Town Where You Live” by Kouji Seo

School, relationships, and comedy are combined in this manga about a girl who moves from the city to the countryside.

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches” by Miki Yoshikawa

Two students – a boy and a girl – unexpectedly swap bodies and must uncover the secrets of the “Seven Witches” at their school, who each possess a different power. Recently adapted into a TV drama.

As the Gods Will - The Second Series” by Muneyuki Kaneshiro (story) & Akeji Fujimura (art)

What seems like just another boring day at school becomes a deadly and surreal game, and student Shun Takahata must find out who is behind it.

My Wife is Wagatsuma-san” by Yuu Kuraishi (story) & Keishi Nishikida (art)

One day, a girlfriend-less student wakes up 10 years in the future to discover he is married to the prettiest girl in school. How did it happen and where is their relationship going?

Fort of Apocalypse” by Yuu Kuraishi (story) and Kazu Inabe (art)

Accused of a crime he did not commit, a young boy is sentenced to life in prison only to find himself at the center of an outbreak of zombies!

COPPELION” by Tomonori Inoue

20 years after a nuclear meltdown devastates Tokyo, three girls who were genetically engineered to be immune to radiation are sent into the mysterious disaster area to search for survivors.

The Seven Deadly Sins” by Nakaba Suzuki

In this comedic fantasy adventure, a princess goes on a quest to reassemble a disbanded group of knights when her kingdom is taken over by the evil Holy Knights.

Sources

Post by takashichea (12,290 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Since I can't put my own opinions in the OP, I got to put it here. Crunchyroll is getting stronger. They're branching out as a company to reach the other audiences while promoting the manga legally. Viz Media has the HST, and it's a cash cow. Viz Media had started the manga simulcast earlier. Now, Kodansha, who has its cash cow, Sailor Moon, Attack on Titan, and Fairy Tail, enters the fray with Viz Media.

It's going to be interesting to see these manga publishing Titans clash.

Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,319 posts) See mini bio Level 19
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Fantastic news. Perhaps now I can finally get into the Fairy Tail manga (been on a Naruto Shippuden binge lately)

Post by Destinyheroknight (10,273 posts) See mini bio Level 21

Oh, come on. No Magi (happy seeing HQ Holder)

But glad, more digital Manga Magazines coming over. Crunchyroll have already beat VIZ in the number of Manga they have also beat them in more countries. VIZ need to step up there game. Be awesome if Shueisha allow VIZ to bring out the big guns, to counter this (Like Ultra Jump titles)

Anyway, look like I be getting back into Fairy Tail. I not happy about that, but at lease I don't have to buy the volumes anymore :)

So Crunchyroll, this video is for you

Even though you already have it, but take some more :)

Post by Destinyheroknight (10,273 posts) See mini bio Level 21

But I do feel sorry for Yen Press, who did the same day as release in Japan thing, before everybody else. But nobody notice because they don't have the big titles :(

Post by takashichea (12,290 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Destinyheroknight:

Magi is released by Viz Media. Yeah, I agree with what you said. I'll do something for Yen Press in the meantime. With digital manga, it saves space. I'm worried because there is one company that went bankrupt or something. Everyone lost their digital manga to them. That's why hard copies have the advantage in that area.

@ShadowKnight508:

I dropped Naruto, but I was helping a wiki editor who kept arguing over the name changes such as Ten Tails and Shinju and Hagoromo Ohtsutsuki's name. Coincidentally, I borrowed Naruto volume 60 from the library to look up the names. Unfortunately, the library is behind. Hopefully, Viz's simulcast will help me. God knows, I'm not a Naruto expert.

Your favorite manga is streamed legally. I just barely noticed it.

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches” by Miki Yoshikawa

Two students – a boy and a girl – unexpectedly swap bodies and must uncover the secrets of the “Seven Witches” at their school, who each possess a different power. Recently adapted into a TV drama.

Post by Daniel_Newton (3,226 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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**Free users, and non-manga members will only be able to read the latest chapters with ads until the next chapter is simulpubbed. Manga members will have access to all manga including catalog titles. Crunchyoll Manga is included free with a Crunchyroll All-Access membership.**

This is fantastic, you don't even have to pay to read the latest releases, though I guess they might hold them back a week like they do with some (all?) of the anime simulcasts. That's fair enough though, free is free!

They got Mysterious Girlfriend X! Yes! The fan translators do a great job with that series but sometimes they take a while to release a new chapter.

Crunchyroll is great.

Post by Destinyheroknight (10,273 posts) See mini bio Level 21

@takashichea:

I know, I was hoping someone would release it same day. The only way that happen, if VIZ make a US Shonen Sunday. Some companies let you download the Manga on to the phone or something, but I like the book to be in my hand (don't really like reading on the computer for books, manga and etc).

Also you can ask someone with a Shonen Jump subscription (like me), but I don't remember what issue they said his name (but the ten tails is correct)

Post by takashichea (12,290 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Daniel_Newton:

Folks tell me I never read the whole thing and rush in. Looks like I did it again. Thanks Daniel. I added that correction.

@Destinyheroknight:

I should subscribe to Shonen Jump. I'm doing a test run on Neon Alley since Tom Pinchuk is a friend of one staff at the Neon Alley booth (from the AX 2013 meeting with him). From the publicity of the company these past few days, I will do a review of Crunchyroll and Neon Alley this week.

You should do a review of the service if you have time. It sounds like a great service.

Regarding the Ten Tails, thanks for the confirmation. That one editor changed Ten Tails to Shinju throughout the whole article. It was a nightmare fixing his edits. I didn't want to reject his submission b/c he added new details to the character page.

Post by Destinyheroknight (10,273 posts) See mini bio Level 21

@takashichea:

Oh, that is the final form of the ten tails. Both of the ten tails and Shinju is correct. But only use Shinju for the tree form, not the beast form (so confusing)

It very cheap, it just cost $25.99 a year (but you did miss the $19.99 deal). Also you get a free Yu-Gi-Oh card. I sell my on ebay and it feel like I paying nothing for the subscription :)

I was thinking about doing that

Post by takashichea (12,290 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Destinyheroknight:

Oh, that is the final form of the ten tails. Both of the ten tails and Shinju is correct. But only use Shinju for the tree form, not the beast form (so confusing)

Oh that makes sense. All right, I better fix that page again. Thanks again.

That's cheaper than Crunchyroll. Crunchyroll was $6.95 per month for anime membership (12 * $6.95 = $83.40 for a whole year) see link. Though, most folks watch Crunchyroll for free since a lot of anime members (I'm one) provide gift passes to members. I give my 48 hour gift pass to both and . I feel bad because I get one free pass every month, and whoever gets it first. It's a fight between my two best teammates. I feel so bad. I tried looking for folks in Anime Vice who has paid membership.

We actually have an Anime Vice group in Crunchyroll. It was created by Daniel. Not much folks use it.

Also you get a free Yu-Gi-Oh card.

My little brother is still a big fan of the show. He'll like it. I grew out of it, but I still watch the abridged series.

Post by Destinyheroknight (10,273 posts) See mini bio Level 21

@takashichea:

Wait, I didn't know Crunchyroll been giving away 48 hours gift pass (I been wasting my)

Ok, I just join. But, I just only watch Anime on there

That good, I haven't been into Yugioh since High School (man, I feel old). That a cool, like the picture

Post by takashichea (12,290 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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I keep missing more stuff, but here is ANN's article:

Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that it will digitally release 12 titles from Kodansha's manga catalog. The service will launch on October 30 with chapters available to both free and paid users in 170 countries the same day the chapters are published in Japan. Free users can read only the latest chapters with ad support, while paid subscribers can read all manga including catalog titles. Readers can access the manga on their computers as well as Android and iOS devices.

Japanese financial news source Nikkei reports that subscribers will pay US$4.99 a month for full access to 12 titles on October 30, with the catalog expanding to over 50 titles by next summer. According to Nikkei, the manga will be available in 170 countries — including the United States and the United Kingdom, but excluding Japan, China, France, Germany, and Italy.

During our interview about your anime experiences in Africa, you wanted to support the industry legally. This might be available for African countries. I'm reading the news:

According to Nikkei, the manga will be available in 170 countries — including the United States and the United Kingdom, but excluding Japan, China, France, Germany, and Italy.

CR might have included your home country. We could just hope.

Edit:

Blog is updated.

Post by sickVisionz (4,288 posts) See mini bio Level 24
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Crunchyroll had some other manga service a while back but it was weird. This sounds like what I and many others would want from a Crunchyroll manga service: pay a flat fee for a time period and you get access to the whole library, similar to how the anime service works. Also great that they've got some heavy hitters. The old one was a bunch of super niche stuff.

@Destinyheroknight said:

Wait, I didn't know Crunchyroll been giving away 48 hours gift pass (I been wasting my)

I've wasted most of mine as well. I used to give them away but I saw the same dude taking them over and over. I was giving em away for people to try and buy, not to permanently circumvent being a legit consumer.

Post by takashichea (12,290 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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It's open. Time to test this baby out.

@sickVisionz: @Destinyheroknight:

We have an Anime Vice group at Crunchyroll. We should give passes to our folks in the community.

Post by takashichea (12,290 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@sickVisionz:

Oh, I forgot to say this. It looks like you have a stalker. (Okay bad joke)

I tried reading the manga on Crunchyroll. Though, I didn't read the fine print. I'm so stupid.

That means I have to pay more just to read the manga. I tried checking all of the manga titles after I couldn't read Fairy Tail and Attack on Titan. None of them were available to folks with anime memberships.

Post by sickVisionz (4,288 posts) See mini bio Level 24
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@takashichea: Yeah, I figured it'd be a separate thing. That's how their drama selection works.

Crunchyroll is stepping their game up. I remember when they first went legit and landed Naruto Shippuden. They've come a long way since then. The one last hope I have for them is that they get into some sort of crowdfunding scenario for shows. I don't think they should step on toes for brand new stuff, but any series that's been up on the site for 2-3 years and still hasn't been licensed yet should be open game.

If they added that and they finally gave me an option to buy stuff like School Days, Erin, White Album, Mitsudomoe, etc. I'm done. They would forever be saints and bastions of all that is right in the world in my eyes.

Post by Daniel_Newton (3,226 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@takashichea: @sickVisionz: You can read the latest chapter for free, you have to pay to read anything older than that. So if you're already caught up with a series you're good to go!

Post by Daniel_Newton (3,226 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@takashichea: @sickVisionz: Oh, if you haven't heard Crunchyroll also announced they'll be adding One Piece to their anime simulcast line up. Another big step in their bid for anime world domination :D

Post by takashichea (12,290 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Daniel_Newton:

My size in anime membership
My size in anime membership

I figured it out yesterday. Any chapters mark with the crown is not available for anime members like us. Took me a while though. Need to get more cash just to pay the extra 4 dollars. Are you an all access member, Daniel? I want to see how big the manga panel is your view. I found the CR scans smaller than those "other scans."

Oh, you don't have to reply to me in my own blog. I get dupe PMs.

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