PR: Viz Digital Sale

Well, this is exciting and has me contemplating stocking up on digital manga for my winter vacation! Viz is putting their digital titles on sale until January 8 at 20% off. There are a few series that I haven’t been getting in print that I’m thinking of picking up in the sale like Blue Exorcist and some of the recent volumes of Cross Game. The digital VizBig edition of Fushigi Yugi might inspire me to replace some of my print volumes. What looks good to you?

Here’s the press release with full details:

December 4, 2012


Explore New Titles Or Catch Up On Ongoing Series With A Special Discount That Applies To The Entire VIZ Manga Library Of Over 1,000 Digital Volumes

VIZ Media has just announced a special new promotion to wrap up 2012 that offers 20% off on all digital manga (graphic novel) titles featured on and available through the VIZ Manga App, including top-selling titles BAKUMAN。, BLEACH, BLUE EXORCIST, NANA, NARUTO, ONE PIECE, VAMPIRE KNIGHT, and more. Enjoy the fun of manga throughout the holiday season with this special offer that runs for a limited-time only from now until Tuesday, January 8th.

Through the innovative VIZ Manga digital platform, registered users are able to use one account to view their purchased manga across more devices than ever, allowing for complete interoperability to read manga. The free VIZ Manga App is the top application for reading manga on the Apple iPhone®, iPod® touch, iPad® and supported Android-powered smart phones and tablets (including the Kindle Fire), and may be downloaded through the iTunes Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon Appstore. The platform is also accessible from for desktop and laptop computers.

The VIZ Manga platform features a massive library of the most popular manga series in the world, featuring over 1,000 volumes across over 100 different series, with new series and volumes added every Tuesday. All manga volumes are generally available for purchase and download in the U.S. and Canada within the application starting from $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) each.

Download the free VIZ Manga App for your Android and iOS devices at

To learn more about VIZ Manga, and to explore free Chapter 1 previews of every manga title, please visit


Great Deal for Shueisha titles from Jmanga

Jmanga is featuring shojo titles from Shueisha, with great deals when you buy both volumes.

Or, you can sample the titles Crazy for You and Pride over on Jmanga7, Jmanga’s new free site.

Crazy for You is by the author of Kimi Ni Todoke, which is published by Viz. Here’s the series info from Jmanga:

Brought up in an all-girls high school, Sachi is a natural airhead who has been single for her whole life. During her first match-making party, she meets a boy called Yuki-chan, and suddenly her history of being boyfriendless has come to an end…?!

And Pride sounds like soapy fun:

Shio Asami, the wealthy daughter of a famous, deceased opera singer, aims to follow the same path as her mother. Moe Midorikawa, a young woman working several part-time jobs, dreams of becoming an opera singer as well. What will happen when these two meet?! Volume one is full of drama, love and rivalry!

Both of these series rocked up my to-read list and I hope to read and review them very soon!

Jmanga7 signup contest

It’ll be interesting to see what does with Jmanga7, their new platform for ios and android devices with free manga content. Overall, I’ve been happy with the diversity of titles on Jmanga and their general responsiveness to feedback, especially on pricing. If you sign up now, you are entered into a contest to win a Nexus or free subscription.

Here’s the full press release from Jmanga:

JManga Co., Ltd., the company behind the world’s first official manga portal website, is proud to announce its brand new service, JManga7. will be beginning service in October 2012, however, in time with the 1 year anniversary of’s launch, manga fans worldwide may now pre-register for JManga7 for a chance to win a Nexus7 (7 winners) and a 1 year free subscription (7 winners). Pre-registration is free. For more details and to pre-register, visit:

On JManga7 manga readers and aficionados around the globe will be able to access a wide variety of manga chapters to experience online or on their preferred iOS and Android devices. JManga7 will be kicking off with a large variety of titles, scheduled to be announced in September 2012, spanning across all genres of manga from
the hottest to the undiscovered. JManga7, as the name alludes, will be updated with new manga chapters 7 days a week, giving readers the chance to read their favorite manga, or discover something entirely new, every day. JManga7 will include exclusive manga content and some new chapters will be bundled into manga volumes that will be available for purchase on after their release on

Loads of manga will be available to read on JManga7 for free, with even more available with a monthly subscription. Members will also be able to experience and enjoy JManga7 seamlessly using their existing JManga account.

Reading Wishlist on Jmanga

When Jmanga first started out, one of the things I was hoping for was more romance and josei manga. While it took a little bit of time for these genres to take off on the site, I have really been happy with the pace that they’ve been adding new volumes. My only wish now is for more multi-volume series, but I suspect that there will be plenty of those to binge on in the upcoming months. It is actually getting a bit tricky for me to keep track of what I want to read on the site, so I thought I’d share some of the series that are on my radar, so I’d be able to remember what I want to read when I have more points.

Dousei Ai by Setona Mizushiro. I was excited when I saw that Jmanga would be releasing this series, since Mizushiro’s series After School Nightmare is loved by many manga bloggers. I only tried a couple volumes of that series, but it was definitely interesting and a change of pace, so I want to check this out.

The Twelve Hour Ruler – This is a fantasy series from Ohzora publishing and two volumes are available! Here’s the series description:

One day, Koyuki, a girl who works at a tavern in the port city of Salim, is saved from the advances of a feudal lord by a pair of twin princes, the cool and collected older brother Eleven and the free-spirited younger brother Twelve. After they invite her to the palace, Koyuki begins to learn the truth and destiny of the Empire. A royal fantasy revolving around the myths of the desert empire Orchis!!

Evil feudal lords and twin princes sound fun 🙂

Pippira Note One day, a young woman named Kimiko meets a little lost bird named Pippira. Living with the little bird becomes a series of surprises and discoveries. Before long this little happiness becomes, to Kimiko, an irreplaceable treasure in her day to day life. – This looks almost unbearably cute. I think it is great that Jmanga is putting out so much work by Fumiyo Kouno, author of Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms.

SEREILA OF SILVER -The Kidnapped Princess Falls In Love With The Falcon King – I was lukewarm about the other Rin Koudouki titles I’d tried, but I’m curious to see if the story develops a little more depth in the sequel.

Tale of the Crescent Moon Dragon – The art in this historical seinen title looks stylin’. Also features a hero with an eyepatch, which can only be a good thing.

Odds GP! – I think this is a sports manga about bicycle racing!

More Harlequin/Romance Titles:

Passionate Fantasy – I want to read this for the sole reason that the hero’s name is “Darius Speed.”

Jack and the Princess – I will always read romance manga about princesses.

In the SAND DUNES where the black feathers dance – This initially caught my eye because the title is almost long enough to be a Fiona Apple album, but the creator Hashimoto adapted one of my favorite Harlequin manga To Marry a Stranger, which was also notable because the hero had an eye patch.

Prisoner of the Tower – I will also always read romance manga about towers.

Keeping Luke’s Secret – “Leonie is drawn to his cold green eyes…” of course she is!

What series on Jmanga look good to you?

Jmanga’s New Subscription model

I was happy to see that Jmanga announced their new subscription model today, where you have the option of paying for points as you go or a monthly subscription. I signed up for a monthly subscription shortly after the site was announced, but the volume of content for the types of manga I read wasn’t there for me at the time. Since then, Jmanga has been adding a bunch of new series, even though I do wish there were more multi-volume shoujo or josei series available. I’m much more likely to want to buy points on a pay as you go basis as opposed to the subscription model. It is nice to see Jmanga being so responsive. They generally have sales that brings the cost of selected titles down, and this new pricing model gives consumers a bunch more flexibility.

The first volume of Walkin’ Butterfly, a good josei series about an ugly duckling turned model is now available on Jmanga. This series was first published by Aurora.