Manga Plus

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Manga Plus
Manga Plus logo.png
Type of site
Digital manga
Available inEnglish, Spanish, Thai, Indonesian, Portuguese, Russian, French
OwnerShueisha
EditorShuhei Hosono
URLmangaplus.shueisha.co.jp
CommercialYes
RegistrationOptional
LaunchedJanuary 28, 2019
Current statusActive

Manga Plus (stylized as MANGA Plus) is an online manga platform and smartphone app owned by Shueisha that was launched on January 28, 2019. It is available worldwide except in Japan, China, and South Korea which already have their own services, including Shōnen Jump+, the original Japanese service. Manga Plus publishes translated versions of new chapters from currently serialized manga in Weekly Shōnen Jump, a big portion of manga from the Shōnen Jump+ app/website, and some manga from Jump Square, Weekly Young Jump, Tonari no Young Jump and V Jump. The first three chapters and the three most recent chapters of all titles on the platform are available for free, while all titles from Shonen Jump+ have all of their chapters for free, except in the United States where some are also limited to first and last three chapters, due to the license of some manga.[1] A Spanish version of the service launched in February 2019, and was followed by several other languages in the next two years.

History[edit]

Weekly Shōnen Jump reached a peak weekly circulation of 6.53 million copies in the 1990s, but the decline of print media has since been reducing readership. In response, publisher Shueisha turned towards digital distribution to attempt to reach out to a wider audience.[2] In 2012, they launched the online Jump Book Store. In 2014, Shueisha launched Shōnen Jump+, an online platform that allows users to buy e-book versions of Jump manga and a digital version of Weekly Shōnen Jump. It also has large samples that can be read for free.[citation needed]

Shuhei Hosono, the head editor for Shōnen Jump+ and Manga Plus, said that they were aware of the many manga readers overseas, and that they wanted to bring manga to more people around the world. They began talks about a possible global version of Shōnen Jump+ in 2017. Shueisha finally launched Manga Plus on January 28, 2019. The service was made available to every country except China, South Korea, and Japan, with the latter countries being excluded because they each already have their own separate services.[2] The Shōnen Jump+ editorial department manages overseas distribution through Manga Plus in-house. Yūta Momiyama, a Shueisha editor who manages the Shōnen Jump+ and Manga Plus online services, said this is with the intent of making the creation of hit manga on a global scale "a core part of Weekly Shōnen Jump's editorial approach".[3]

Until Manga Plus, Shueisha's titles were distributed throughout the world via local publishers or distribution lines. The launch was the first time that Shueisha had expanded direct service globally.[2] 50 manga titles were available at launch.[3] A portion of the revenue earned from advertisements goes directly to the original manga authors.[3]

At launch, English was the only language available on Manga Plus. The Spanish version launched on February 25, 2019, albeit with a different lineup of manga titles.[4] The Thai version launched in December 2019, only available in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.[5] In February 2021, some titles became available in Indonesian. The Portuguese version of the site launched in April 2021, only available in Brazil and Portugal. In August 2021, Manga Plus took away the region restrictions for all languages, and made it possible to switch to other languages from the series page. The Russian version of the website and app launched on August 9, 2021, with the French version following in September 2021.

In October 2020, Manga Plus started its own official Discord server.[6]

In February 2021, a redesigned web-app version of Manga Plus launched to commemorate its second anniversary.

At the end of June 2022, it was announced that starting in 2023, every new manga series launched on Shōnen Jump+ would receive a simultaneous English release on Manga Plus.[3]

In August 2022, Shueisha launched Manga Plus Creators, a website and app that publishes user-submitted manga from users inside and outside of Japan; the Shōnen Jump+ editorial department is running the service along with localization company MediBang.[7]

Titles[edit]

Current Weekly Shōnen Jump series
Finished series
Current Jump+ series
Finished series
Jump Square series
V Jump series
Weekly Young Jump series
Tonari no Young Jump series

Saikyō Jump series

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rafael Antonio Pineda (January 27, 2019). "Shueisha Launches Free Global MANGA Plus Service". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Kim Morrissy (January 27, 2019). "Everything You Need to Know about MANGA Plus by Shueisha". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "Jump+ Aims to Release All New Manga Series Simultaneously in English After 2023". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 30, 2022.
  4. ^ Karen Ressler (February 26, 2019). "Manga Plus Service Launches in Spanish, Offers Reborn!, Captain Tsubasa Manga". Anime News Netowrk. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Shueisha Launches Manga Plus App in Thai". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  6. ^ "Join the MANGA Plus Discord Server!". Discord. Retrieved June 2, 2021.
  7. ^ Morrissy, Kim (August 30, 2022). "Shonen Jump+, Manga Plus Launch Global User-Submitted Manga Service". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 30, 2022.

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