DeNA Launches Free Manga App In Both English And Japanese

By Eugene . February 9, 2014 . 12:31pm

One of the bugbears of those interested in Japanese manga is how long it might take before a translated version finally hits West—if it ever even leaves Japan’s shores at all. DeNA have heard your cries and are branching out with a new service called Manga Box.

 

It’s a completely free app for your smartphones that has a host of manga currently available for reading in both English and Japanese. For free as well.

 

While there aren’t any absolutely famous ones on their list right now, excepting perhaps the 4-panel joke manga Spoof On Titan, there’s still stuff there that has titles too good not to at least take a peek at—including The Great Phrases Woman Fall For. Why would you not want to read something with a title that awesome?

 

Interestingly, the app bills itself as a weekly e-magazine, but puts out new chapters for different manga series every day. You’ll be able to swap between the Japanese and English translations at will, which  makes for an obvious comparison to train your language skills if you’re learning Japanese.

 

If the platform takes off, we might be seeing more and varied types of manga, making Manga Box an app we’ll be keeping an eye on. You can pick Manga Box up on iOS and Android devices.


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  • KoRLumen

    Sweet. I’ll definitely be using this a lot.

  • Lilith

    I’d love to read Freezing! Although I already read that for free on my tablet…

  • TheExile285

    Oh cool, I love reading manga on my iPad

  • God

    Damn, i thougt it was about that manga making app for the 3ds you announced a while back…

    • British_Otaku

      I was hoping it was that or something new on the 3DS, but I suppose more people will get use out of an Android app and there isn’t a high chance of English and Japanese manga being available on a Japanese 3DS.

    • PowerOfTheFlamesIori

      We ALL thought that.

    • Aerii

      What were you looking to hear about that? That’s getting a Western release. Were you looking for the release date or hoping it’d be free?

      http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-01-10/comic-studio-nintendo-3ds-app-gets-western-release

      • God

        Both…

    • SupaPhly

      wow, looks like someone doesnt like your comment enough to send the downvote bots on you

      • God

        Dude, What the fuck?! How come Aerii didn’t get any downvotes?! Unless…

  • http://moonlitasteria.wordpress.com/ Moonlitasteria

    Hmm, nice little service there. Some the title offerings aren’t that bad either.

  • Shiki

    I’ve been reading Spoof on Titan, Peephole, NadeNadeShikoShiko, Too Much Booty, Green Worldz, First Love Suicide Pact, Man’s Bestest Friend.

    Many of them are actually fairly good.

    • Kaitsu

      “Too Much Booty”

      LOL WHAT

    • neocatzon

      We have similar taste but one, put My Granpa’s Story Can’t be This Weird in that list.

  • Guest

    It just hangs on a blue screen :/

  • Callonia

    Inb4 it pulls same stunt as jmanga.

  • Micrll

    Darn, the article makes it seem like it is super fast to swap between the English and Japanese version, like a toggle you can activate per page but alas it’s not. You have to go all the way out to the main menu then into the settings and then wait for it to swap out the files. Still better than nothing but they missed out on a great opportunity to make this a better learning tool.

    • thaKingRocka

      I was just about to fire up the tablet to check it out when I read your comment. Thanks for the heads-up.

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