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3:20 AM on 03.14.2013

Woah: JManga shuts down operations

Wow. This came straight out of the blue. It seems that JManga, the Japanese publisher-backed digital manga portal, will cease operations, according to an announcement from the company. As of midnight tonight the site will hal...

Josh Tolentino

A Look @ Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteru Vol. 1 photo
A Look @ Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteru Vol. 1
by Brad Rice

With the premiere of JManga a while back, their flagship title to attract fans was Masakawa Ishiguro's Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteru. The anime version of SoreMachi proved to be a popular title amongst fans, and was licensed by Sentai Filmworks in 2011, released under the name And Yet The Town Moves.

In our A Look @ column, we take a quick peek into single volumes of titles to see how they stack up, and if they're worth a good read. It's a mini-review, but accepting the fact that this is an ongoing series.

So, let's delve into JManga's flagship title, and see what all the hubbub is about.

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12:00 PM on 11.21.2012

Reminder: YuruYuri figure contest ends Friday!

Just a quick reminder, faithful readers, that our JManga7 YuruYuri contest is ending Friday at midnight. If you want to take a shot at winning your very own figure, then be sure to sign up for your free trial of JManga7. That's all it takes to enter. While you're at it, give YuruYuri a read. I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

Brad Rice

Contest: Win a YuruYuri figure courtesy of JManga7 photo
Contest: Win a YuruYuri figure courtesy of JManga7
by Brad Rice

We've teamed up with the folks at JManga and JManga7 to give away a YuruYuri figure set, featuring Akaza Akari (visible and invisible versions) and Yoshikawa Chinatsu!

What do you have to do? It's quite easy: sign up for a free trial of JManga7. So really, all of you are winners already. While you're at it, you might want to give YuruYuri a read. The first chapter is free for everyone, so even if you don't want to sign up, give it a shot.

In addition to our grand prize, the YuruYuri figure, we have some runner up gifts: DVDs and YuruYuri hand towels. We'll select five runner-ups. 

For those who haven't tried out JManga or JManga7 yet, the sites are a legal way to read comics online. Backed by the major comics publishers in Japan, JManga and JManga7 give access to all sorts of titles, including ones not published in the US. JManga allows you to purchase individual titles, while JManga7 is more of a subscription service -- akin to Netflix Streaming or Hulu Plus.

So be sure to sign up today. The contest will run for one week, and will close on Friday, November 23rd, at midnight E.T. (GMT-5).

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1:00 PM on 11.11.2012

Get out the Vote: Pick JManga's Translation Battle winner

I'd think it's a fairly safe assumption to make that one ambition of pretty much any non-Japanese manga fan is to learn to become fluent in Japanese. And for many  an otaku, the first step down the road to Nihongo-master...

Josh Tolentino

3:00 PM on 10.15.2012

NYCC '12: JManga adds Yozakura Quartet, Elemental Gelade

JManga loves to have people scream at their panel. A lot. For just about any reason, too. Now that I have my hearing back, I can finally get down to their announcements! They've got a few titles coming up this week: My Heaven...

Brad Rice

12:00 PM on 10.05.2012

JManga adds Kodansha titles to its roster

In an attempt to become the Crunchyroll of published works, JManga has added another sizable feather to its cap: Kodansha will list a number of their series on the site, with more to come down the line. As of now, they've add...

Brad Rice

12:00 PM on 08.18.2011

Rejoice digital manga readers, JManga is now open

It is time, friends. Time for you to enjoy your manga in a way that is digital that just so happens to be legal, rather than lurking in the moral gray area of scanslations and illicit dealings.  Yes, JManga, the digital ...

Josh Tolentino