Kodansha Ltd. launched its new manga distribution service “K Manga” for Android on May 10, 2023. The app is also scheduled to launch for iOS on May 10, 2023, and is scheduled to launch for browsers “within days.”

The app launched with approximately 400 titles including 60 simulpub titles, with their chapters debuting on K Manga before on other platforms. The first few chapters of most titles are available for free.

The company has revealed the service’s Ticket- and Point-based credit systems. The service will provide users with a free “Normal Ticket” once a day. Users can use Normal Tickets to read a single chapter of a single “K Manga original series” per ticket. Users can get 3-4 “Premium Tickets” per day from login bonuses and special campaigns, and can utilize both Normal and Premium Tickets to read about 4-5 chapters of a title per day. Premium Tickets have an expiration date. Note that although K Manga’s own infographics state that Premium Tickets allow users “to read as many chapters of your favorite series as you want,” Kodansha Ltd. has confirmed that using tickets to read 4-5 chapters per day is more accurate.

Users can alternately purchase points, with every 100 points costing US$1. The service also gives users points for reading the service’s “featured” manga chapter of the day or for watching advertisements. Users can then use the points to purchase access to manga chapters. The point-based price of each chapter varies according to both titles and individual chapters of the manga. Users can also choose to use their points to bulk purchase chapters of a series in order to receive a discount.

Kodansha Ltd. has stated that it will host a digital launch party for its K Manga service on June 22, 2023.

The service is launching exclusively in the United States. Launch titles on the platform include:

  • Edens Zero
  • Blue Lock
  • Rent-A-Girlfriend
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse
  • Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro

Other catalog titles on the service include The Seven Deadly Sins, Fire Force, and Chihayafuru. Kodansha stated that its editorial team is managing the service.

Source: ANN