Kadokawa Will Let You Read Gundam, Evangelion And More In English For Free

By Eugene . March 15, 2014 . 12:30pm

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Publisher Kadokawa have announced that they’re going to bring the joy of reading manga legally in English to the world with the release of an upcoming smartphone and PC application called Comic Walker. The app will offer some 200 manga’s at first, including classics such as Mobile Suit Gundam and Sgt. Frog.

 

About 50 are intended to be exclusive to the app as well. At launch, around 40 of the manga series will be translated titles in both English and Chinese (which we assume to mean Mandarin).

 

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A Kadokawa exec at the launch event for the app also noted to the Nikkei Asian Review that the publisher is also looking to offer manga in French “before very long”, citing a lack of a network of bookshops in some French-speaking nations such as Africa. If you’re following the math, according to Nikkei this means Comic Walker will be dishing out up to 23 of the Kadokawa group’s printed and web-based comic mags. Not a bad haul for fans, since some recent ones such as Nobunaga the Fool will also be available on the app.

 

How the system works is, once a new chapter is released in print, anyone with the app will be able to read that same chapter online for free an unlimited number of times for two weeks. After that, it gets archived into Kadokawa’s online bookstore, appropriately titled Book Walker, where you’ll need to cough up the dough to read it again. The hope then is to get people hooked on a series and then either pick up past volumes and expand how many people are reading their stuff.

 

If you’re wondering if this will give DeNA’s Manga Box a run for its money, you’re probably on the ball. Manga Box has 38 titles on offer (including still my favorite, The Great Phrases Woman Fall For)  but already has over 3 million downloads. Color Kadokawa impressed.

 

Comic Walker will be available on PC, iOS and Android March 22nd.

 

Photo Credit: Nikkei Asian Revie


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  • ZeroV3

    Awww…. Bring it to PsVita too.. :(

    • http://www.lrdalucard.deviantart.com lrdalucard

      that would beeeee swweeeeetttt!!!

    • Takui Nanao

      mmm dunno about that cuz u can read manga on vita without it so no point really

  • OtoriGolden

    Is this somehow related to Book Walker?

    • D H

      If you read the whole article, it directly mentions Book Walker ^.^;

      • OtoriGolden

        Well, I feel like an idiot.

  • greeeed

    The only reason I have kindle was for manga and LN ^^

  • Spirit Macardi

    *notices Keroro*

    Well, I guess with ShiftyLook going down this will be the only way I can read a story about an anthropomorphic character that Kumiko Watanabe has voiced…

  • Archangel1789

    This is late comicwalker was announced on march 3rd.

  • Kaihedgie

    Gundam manga in English, you say?

  • Callonia

    Remember Jmanga anyone?
    They will shut down exactly one year later and then delete everything you bought and run away. Fuckign jmanga.

  • Shippoyasha

    Hopefully independent and small time manga creators can get aps like this and get a financial edge any way they can. The more exposure to the world and more money funneling to the content creators, the better. Of course, same goes for artists working under big publishers.

  • Aoshi00

    I still don’t like reading manga on the computer (iPad might be a bit better), and prefer the books even though they take a lot of shelf space.. by being translated into Chinese, you mean either traditional or simplified right (most likely the former, like the manga published by Taiwan or Hong Kong, or recent Chinese game localization). Mandarin is just a spoken language, written Chinese is written Chinese..

    Not sure who the other people in the pic are, but Furuya Tohru (original Seiya, Amuro, Yamcha, Tuxedo Mask) still looks like a boss :)

    • thaKingRocka

      Since I got my tablet, I have been reading so much more. I have limited space, and I was avoiding buying more comics because they always require so many issues/volumes/trades. Reading on the tablet means I can read comfortably on the couch in the evening with low, indirect light. It’s perfect for me.

      • Aoshi00

        I hear you, space is really the main issue for me.. I have mountains of manga.But like soundtracks I always prefer CD if i’m paying for it, digital just feels like getting less. I know the practical and convenience issue though, even games without switching disc. For some reason I use my phone a lot but not my iPad :( still tablet is definitely way more suitable than a 3DS, psp, vita etc. and of course reading books on kindle is so convenient now. Would be nice if digital manga is included if u buy the book, like ultraviolet for bluray and DVD, steaming on Amazon, vudu etc, but I don’t want digital only

    • DyLaN

      I can recognize Keroro and co, Nagisa and Shinji, Nobunaga, the girl frm H DxD with Hinata Hajime.

      • Aoshi00

        nah, I mean Furuya Tohru holding the tablet and I don’t know who the others are, probably just the host and Kadokawa suits :) buy yeah, I only know Sgt Frog, Ayanami/Shinji, Amuro & Gundam lol..

  • Greg

    If it means I can get faster and more releases of my favourite manga, I’ll be happy to be a subscriber(if they have) :) I was thinking about subscribing to Crunchyroll’s but they only have one manga I’m interested in, it would be better to just read manga normally from manga sharing sites.

  • Anime10121

    So, they’ll let us read manga for free, but wont let us have blu ray releases for months/years after their initial DVD releases in the west :(

  • katamari damacy

    Sounds awesome. I’d rather have the license holders in Japan give their blessing to the fan subbers and then have their work show up on the app too. They don’t have to pay for fan subbers and they increase attention to the work. If there’s an audience for it, the licenser just takes the translated text and sells physical copies. what’s not to love?

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    Glory to the Principality of Zeon!

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    BOKU WA KIRA DA!!!!

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