Crunchyroll, the leading streaming service for anime and Asian content, joined Viz and eManga as a provider of manga in digital format when they launched a digital comic service at the end of October 2013. Crunchyroll offers over 25,000 episodes and 15,000 hours of licensed content from leading Asian media producers translated professionally in multiple languages within minutes of it being broadcast on TV. Launched in 2009, Crunchyroll has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Tokyo, and is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and Licensing International Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA).
The manga service is accessible online at http://www.crunchyroll.com/manga and on iOS and Android applications. Both free and premium members can enjoy an exclusive selection of the latest and most popular manga on Crunchyroll at the same time it is released to newsstands in Japan. “Attack on Titan,” “Fairy Tail,” and “Space Brothers” are among the titles that are simultaneously published with the Japan release to readers in 170 countries.
Osamu Yoshiba, Kodansha’s Executive Director of International Business, said of the launch of Crunchyroll Manga, “We are very excited for readers worldwide to have access to our manga faster and more conveniently than before.”
The latest simultaneously published chapters of each manga title are available for free with limited advertisements at the same time as the Japan release. In addition, the Crunchyroll All-Access membership at $11.95 USD/month, which includes access to anime, drama, and discounts to merchandise, will also allow access to all Crunchyroll Manga content. A manga-only premium membership is also available.
Kun Gao, Crunchyroll’s CEO, said of Crunchyroll Manga’s launch, “We are truly excited to bring manga to all Crunchyroll viewers. We hope to give our users the fastest access to some of the most popular manga properties in Japan across a wide range of platforms. With a large variety of content from different genres, we hope that fans who currently enjoy Crunchyroll’s anime and Asian drama content will also find new manga titles to enjoy. We look forward to working with more publishers to bring all of Japan’s manga titles to the worldwide audience as soon as they hit newsstands in Japan.”