Crunchyroll to Add 8 New Kodansha Comics Simulpubs


Kodansha Comics announced today it has added 8 new series to the Crunchyroll Manga simulpub streaming platform starting March 1, bringing the leading manga publisher’s total on the service to 18. Subscribers to Crunchyroll can now read the latest chapters at the same time they’re published in Japan from even more Kodansha Comics manga series than ever before.

New additions  available for the first time on Crunchyroll Manga include A Silent Voice creator Yoshotoki Oima’s follow-up to her smash hit, To Your Eternity, and Netflix Original Knights of Sidonia creator Tsutomu Nihei’s latest, APOSIMZ.

Crunchyroll subscribers will be able to read the latest chapters of every series as part of their Crunchyroll subscription, including chapters the same day they are first published in Japan (“simulpubs”). Recent chapters that have not yet been collected into graphic-novel format are also included for all subscribers. A comprehensive list of series on the platform, and the frequency of how often new chapters come out, is provided below.

“Adding more simulpub’ed series on Crunchyroll Manga is just the latest development in Kodansha  Comics’s growing digital-first initiative, an exciting endeavor to broaden the diversity and distribution of manga series available in English,” said Alvin Lu, General Manager of Kodansha Advanced Media. “We’ll see more on this front in the near future.”

After March 1, Kodansha Comics will continue adding new series to Crunchyroll Manga in the coming months—more announcements to come. The following series will have new chapters released every week:

  • Fuuka by Kouji Seo
  • GTO: Paradise Lost by Toru Fujisawa
  • The Seven Deadly Sins by Nakaba Suzuki
  • Space Brothers by Chuya Koyama (biweekly)
  • To Your Eternity by Yoshitoki Oima
  • UQ Holder! by Ken Akamatsu

The following series will have new chapters released monthly:

  • Ajin: Demi-Human by Gamon Sakurai
  • APOSIMZ by Tsutomu Nihei
  • Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama
  • Drifting Dragons by Taku Kuwabara
  • Farewell, My Dear Cramer by Naoshi Arakawa
  • Grand Blue Dreaming by Kenji Inoue and Kimitake Yoshioka
  • The Heroic Legend of Arslan by Yoshiki Tanaka and Hiromu Arakawa
  • Our Precious Conversations by Robico
  • Sweetness and Lightning by Gido Amagakure
  • Toppu GP by Kosuke Fujishima
  • Wave, Listen to Me! by Hiroaki Samura

The above represents all series Kodansha Comics currently releases as English-language simulpub chapters. For readers who don’t subscribe to Crunchyroll, individual chapters, including simulpubs, from all of those series can be bought and downloaded on comiXology and Kindle. Crunchyroll Manga features official and authorized Kodansha Comics translations that are the same ones for purchase on comiXology and Kindle.

More information about Kodansha Comics’s “digital-first” initiative can be found here.

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