Kadokawa Shoten Publishing, one of Japan’s largest publishers, is set to roll out a new online manga service called Comic Walker. It is potentially a game changer in how people consume this very Japanese brand of literature, featuring a huge library of titles and not charging a single yen in fees.
Initially, Comic Walker is rumored to feature 200 titles on its online library, some of which will not be available anywhere else but on the online platform. Comic Walker also has the ability to translate the original kanji to English or Chinese. The majority of the titles will be selected from the 23 manga anthologies that Kadokawa is currently producing. News is also filtering through other sources about how the service will be available through smartphone, tablets, and other handheld devices, but nothing is solid yet. But that part should be very interesting, because the online library is practically made for this generation of gadgets.
But perhaps best of all is that Kadokawa’s digital manga service is absolutely free. On March 22, as the manga service’s teaser site shows, global manga hits such as Neon Genesis Evangelion and Mobile Suit Gundam, along with cult classics Suzumiya Haruhi and Sergeant Frog will be ostensibly available on the platform at absolutely no charge. More recent titles that are advertised on the teaser site include Haganai/I Have Few Friends, Accel World, and even manga with anime adaptations currently playing on TV, such as Nobunaga the Fool, D-Frag!, and Tonari no Seki-kun. Are you excited for this yet?