Monday, July 25, 2011 Announced rocks, so why not rollout with the manga version … as long as it’s not only in Japanese

Love me some free anime so rocks and now it’s time for with a little twist. Where VizAnime hooks up free, non-dubbed content (some English), VizManga is an extension of the app of the same name which has been out for a while. The prices of each manga are less than the hard copies and of course there is no worries about storage but the free content is limited … oh well. It’s still as solid addition to what Viz has been doing and here is their official press release from last Friday …

VIZ MEDIA LAUNCHES VIZMANGA.COMExtension of VIZ Media’s Digital Platform Expands Manga Audience to All Web Users in U.S. and Canada San Francisco and San Diego, CA, July 22, 2011 – VIZ Media, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in the North America, announced the launch of at their 25th Anniversary Party last night in San Diego during the annual Comic-Con International convention. The website joins VIZ Media’s existing digital manga platform and launched with 40 series currently available on the VIZ MANGA App for iOS devices, including the wildly popular titles NARUTO, BLEACH, BLUE EXORCIST, OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB and VAMPIRE KNIGHT. With this expansion of the platform, fans can browse and access their digital manga from and through the VIZ Manga Apps for the iPad™ and iPhone™/iPod™ touch. With one account, registered users will be able to view their purchases across even more devices than ever.

“Our digital publishing team wants manga to be available to as many fans as possible, no matter what device or digital experience people prefer,” said Brian Piech, Vice President, Digital Publishing. “Making our extensive library of the best titles direct from Japan available on is a natural extension of our current VIZ MANGA apps available on all iOS devices. One purchase can now be read across multiple devices.”

VIZ Media’s digital manga platform allows for universal access for fans from their iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or now, Pricing for manga titles on the web will be identical to the VIZ MANGA app. The first chapter of all manga titles will be available as a free preview. Through July 31st, all Volume 1 manga titles will be 40% off.

The VIZ Media digital platform now has an online destination for reading manga on desktop/laptop computers and on Android-powered devices with built-in web browsers. The VIZ Manga App continues to be the top app for reading manga on iOS devices and features a rapidly growing library of the most popular manga series in the world, currently offering 40 series and over 300 volumes, with new additions and free Chapter 1 previews added weekly.”

So bottom line … owners of the App will love the site, same content they’ve already purchased in yet another format (buy once, read anywhere indeed) and there are 16 Shojo, 12 Shonen, 2 Shonen Jump Advanced, 5 Shonen Sunday and 5 Viz Signature series to be had with more on the way so plenty of manga goodness (I’d start with Blue Exorcist). It’s an excellent way to sample a full manga at a low price without the full paperback commitment (every dollar counts). Check it out and chime in.

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