Official Japanese Manga Site to Launch August 17

Posted on July 22, 2011

JMangaBack in November, we posted about a partnership between 37 (well, now 39) manga publishers to launch an official, legal outlet for North Americans to enjoy Japanese manga. Well, just yesterday the publishers, collectively known as Japan’s Digital Comic Association, put out a press release to formally announce that their manga site, JManga.com, will officially open it’s doors this year on August 17th! Currently it’s under restricted beta testing.

If our memory serves us correct, there will be free manga, manga that has to be paid for, manga artist interviews, articles, and social networking features on JManga. We here at Anime Games Online certainly hope the free manga includes the latest chapters of Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece. This hasn’t been confirmed, we are just hoping for that! Reason is those three series alone generate most of the buzz online. If JManga is to be a success, and we would love for it to be in order to support the industry, providing the latest chapters of Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece for free before scans of them hit the web is a must! Only time will tell what happens. For now, check out the press release by Japan’s Digital Comic Association.

Japan’s Digital Comic Association, comprised of 39 Japanese publishers, is currently testing out its new manga portal website targeting North America ­ JManga.com ­ in a closed beta as it prepares for the site’s official launch on August 17, 2011. The launch of JManga.com has also been announced at the currently in-progress San Diego Comic-Con in a panel and industry release reception on July 22nd.

JManga.com aims to be a manga portal website that can be enjoyed by as wide a readership as possible, with the goal conveying the interest and fun of manga to as many people as possible. Be sure to mark JManga.com’s launch on your calendars!

The JManga Portal is

  • An official manga portal website in which a concentration of Japanese manga publishers can release content.
  • A place for the release manga titles from the plethora of genres spawned by Japanese manga culture.
  • A site to read such diverse titles as; NARUTO, Kekkaishi, Crayon Shin-chan, Devil King, Cigarette Kisses, Dragon Girl, Tujiurauri, Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru, Young-kun, ADEKAN, Manga Science, and more.
  • A medium to provide services and content that only an official site can, such as, manga artist interviews and feature articles.
  • A gathering point for manga fans worldwide to communicate their activities, thoughts and tastes via social networking features to be integrated.
  • An official manga portal website operated by the Digital Comic Association supported JManga Co., Ltd.
  • The JManga Portal aims to become a hub to unite readers worldwide more dynamically than ever before.

    The Digital Comic Association The Digital Comic Association was formed to ensure the robust development of the digital comic industry while paving the way for a new generation of publishing culture. The Association promotes the digitalization of manga and manga culture, as a cultural treasure of Japan, aiming to propel the diffusion of digital comics, alongside manga artists, beginning with Japan and on throughout the world. www.digital-comic.jp

    JManga Co., Ltd. JManga Co., Ltd. was established on December 22nd 2010 with the support of the Digital Comic Association and its comprising 39 prominent Japanese publishers. JManga Co., Ltd. designs and operates the JManga portal with the goal of sharing Japan’s manga culture to as many people as possible worldwide utilizing an official platform that eases the minds of readers and publishers alike. The primary areas of business for JManga Co., Ltd. are manga promotion and digital manga retail, with the goal of contributing, alongside publishers worldwide, to the progression of the manga market as a whole.