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Three Manga Pubs Aim at World Mobile Manga Market

Including North America!


Word over at ANN is that three publishers in Japan-- Gahousha (Trigun Maximum, Hellsing), Takeshoubo (Gilgamesh, Sci-Fi Harry), and Mag Garden (Mamotte Shugogetten!, Peace Maker Kurogane, Your and My Secret) --are launching a new set of three manga magazines for mobile phones in Japan. They're Young King Alpha, Shin Kindan Grimm Douwa (The True Forbidden Grimm's Fairy Tales), and Blade Alpha, respectively.

"Big whoop," you might say, but they've ALSO announced that they're going to be working to get their manga on cell phones overseas, including North America. 

NTT, the mobile provider in Japan, plans to expand into China, India, Europe, and North America via smart phones, including the iPhone-- I guess they won't be offering any of their hard hentai or BL titles!

So, if that has you interested, here's a list of the titles going into the aforementioned mags-- which means they're probably the more likely candidates for overseas versions. 
 

Young King Alpha (Gahousha)

- Shougai Gokudou-den Fukurou: Ikebukuro Violence Graffiti

Shin Kindan Grimm Douwa (Takeshoubo)

From the press release 
From the press release 
- Ningyohime ~Ai he no Hatenu Omoi~
- Kuro no Cinderella ~Ai ni Ue Fukusuhuu no Honou o Moyashite~          

Blade Alpha (Mag Garden)

- Peace Maker Kurogane
- Akuma no Tsukurikata
lanaswifton March 1, 2010 at 8:17 p.m.

I don't know that even American comics have done that well on phones here. It's just too hard to cram our alphabet onto the screen in a way that's legible, compared with more-complicated but more-concise kanji.
DK1105on March 2, 2010 at 12:11 a.m.
If done right I would love to buy my manga through my phone.  I have a G1 so as long as they don't leave android out in the cold I might pick up a title or two.  I would guess they would be much cheaper that printed books to.  One thing that worries me is if there going to be DRMed so that I cant get them off my phone.  Shouldn't be a problem because im planning to stick with android phone for a long time.

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