Square Enix Launching Digital Manga Store In U.S. And France

By Ishaan . July 21, 2010 . 4:23pm


While pouring over Square Enix’s Comic-Con website earlier today, Spencer and I couldn’t help but notice the presence of several manga series — several published by Square Enix in Japan — on their “Products” page. After debating the matter over for a few minutes, we dismissed the subject, figuring Square simply wanted the fans at SDCC to know of their home market publishing involvement with these franchises, or that — like in the case of Bleach — they’re producing toys for them.


I guess we should’ve trusted our gut a little more, especially after their tease on Twitter. Square just put out a press release announcing the launch of a new digital manga store in North America and France this fall. Fullmetal Alchemist and Soul Eater will be among the first series released on the store. The press release also makes mention of Black Butler, Pandora Hearts, Record of a Fallen Vampire and O-Parts Hunter.


And while there’s no mention of it in the press release, the Durarara!! manga, too, is published by Square Enix in Japan, and the franchise is listed front and centre on their Comic-Con page.


In addition, the first chapters of Fullmetal Alchemist, Soul Eater, Black Butler and O-Parts Hunter are available for free previewing on the Square Enix website in advance of the paid service’s launch, with other series planned to follow. (French website here)


You’ll need a Square Enix Members account (free) to gain access to the manga store when it officially launches. No concrete details regarding pricing have been announced so far, but we’ll keep you posted as more news is made available.

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  • Are you paying to download and essentially own the files, or will you be paying for access to them from their website? The prior is acceptable, the latter? not so much.

    • PersonaBull

      I’d actually rather it be both. I don’t particularly like this digital ownership wave coming, as I enjoy having a physical version of whatever it is to be kept as well as possible..

  • endaround

    Never understood why SE with the amount of money they have never pushed.

    And what no Sekirei?

  • karasuKumo

    I’m surprised SE would be the ones to do it, then again what aren’t they doing :d

  • Wait a sec, are these downloads in Japanese? Or is SE using their own translations/getting them from their respective US localization company? SE has some pretty good titles I’d be interested in reading, but I’m a bit lost on the details. (I’d like to read the Durarara!!! manga especially, even if I’d prefer to read the novels).

    • These are translated versions. They’re going to be using the versions put out by their respective publishers in US / Europe. As for stuff that hasn’t been brought over yet…I’m not sure. The press release isn’t very informative, but I’m sure we’ll learn more at SDCC and over the next few months in general.

  • Hmm… I didn’t know Sumomomo Momomo was already localized by Yen Press until a few minutes ago, but I don’t want to go store hopping to look if the series is still on shelves. I guess I could use this instead if ends up being cheaper online retailers.

  • Soma

    This is awesome. This is what I’ve been wanting North America to get into. Flippin’ amazing! And if DRRR is going to be licensed here, even better!

    I just hope that I’ll be able to access the manga on my PSP. =3

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