Simulpub Manga and Where to Find Them

Finding new legal manga releases online in English is sometimes complex, since the big name publishers offer their series on various online services. Most people will pay to support their favorite artist and series though! Here’s a list of simulpub manga and where to find them~

I’m including only websites/services that offer simulpub (released on same day as Japanese or up to a week later). They are: Weekly Shonen Jump, Yen Press Digital, Kodansha Comics, Crunchyroll Manga, Manga Box, ComicWalker, and Comic Zenon International. The series that they host are listed below the cut!

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Weekly Shonen Jump

(Website, Amazon, Comixology)

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$25.99 ($19.99 sale) for 12 months or $0.99 per issue. There are also several series that are published online for free if they were serialized in Shonen Jump+. The list below are weekly releases unless marked as monthly.

  • One Piece by Eiichiro Oda
  • Food Wars! (Shokugeki no Soma) by Yuki Tabata and Shun Saeki
  • My Hero Academia (Boku no Hero Academia) by Kohei Horikoshi
  • Blue Exorcist (Ao no Exorcist) by Kazue Kato*
  • RWBY by Shirow Miwa (Original: Rooster Teeth Productions)*
  • One-Punch Man by Yusuke Murata (Original: ONE)*
  • Seraph of the End (Owari no Seraph) by Takaya Kagami, Yamato Yamamoto, and Daisuke Furuya*
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generation by Mikio Ikemoto and Ukyo Kodachi (Original: Masashi Kishimoto)* (FREE)
  • Dragon Ball Super by Toyotarou (Original: Akira Toriyama) (FREE)
  • Astra Lost in Space by Kenta Shinohara (FREE)
  • Naruto: Chibi Sasuke’s Sharingan Legend by Kenji Taira(Original: Masashi Kishimoto)* (FREE)
  • Hunter x Hunter by Yoshihiro Togashi (HIATUS)
  • World Trigger by Daisuke Ashihara (HIATUS)
  • Black Clover by Yuki Tabata
  • The Promised Neverland (Yakusoku no Neverland) by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu

* = monthly release

Viz

(Website)

The other simulpubs for Viz are pretty limited. Most of them are offered free under the Weekly Shonen Jump label, while Platinum End is $0.99 and released monthly. This list includes some other manga that aren’t typically shonen.

  • Platinum End by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
    (Amazon/Comixology, Viz)
  • Boys Over Flowers: Season 2 by Yoko Kamio (FREE)
  • The Emperor and I by mato (FREE)

Yen Press Digital

(Website, Comixology)

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$1.99 – $2.99 per release. Individual chapters releases are taken down when volume become available. The list below are monthly releases.

Kodansha Comics

(Website, Comixology)

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$0.99-$2.99 per release. You can get a subscription for a particular series on Comixology. These titles are also available on Crunchyroll Manga. These are weekly releases unless marked otherwise.

  • As the Gods Will: The Second Series by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Akeji Fujimura
  • Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima
  • Fuuka by Kouji Seo
  • GTO Paradise Lost by Tohru Fujisawa
  • The Seven Deadly Sins by Nakaba Suzuki
  • UQ Holder! by Ken Akamatsu
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches by Miki Yoshikawa
  • Inuyashiki by Hiroya Oku**
  • Space Brothers by Chuya Koyama**
  • Ajin: Demi-Human by Gamon Sakurai*
  • Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) by Hajime Isayama*
  • Kiss Him, Not Me! by Junko*
  • The Heroic Legend of Arslan by Hiromu Arakawa and Yoshiki Tanaka*
  • Magatsuki by Hoshino Taguchi*
  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Side: P4 by Mizunomoto*
  • Sweetness and Lightning by Gido Amagakure*
  • Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura***
  • Farewell, My Dear Cramer by Naoshi Arakawa*

* = monthly release
** = biweekly release
*** = semi-regular release

Crunchyroll Manga

(Website)

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$6.95 per month.

You need to be a Crunchyroll subscriber in order to access the manga simulpub releases. However, the subscription includes their anime simulcasts. They include Kodansha simulpub series (listed above). Update schedules on any series not listed under Kodansha are listed by week on the website and RSS Feed for past updates.

Note: Some of these haven’t been updated in 6 months but they’re still marked as ongoing series.

  • Silver Nina by Itokatsu
  • Okitenemuru by Hitori Renda
  • ReCollection by Ichigo Takano
  • Arpeggio of Blue Steel by Ark Performance
  • The Tenth Prism by Masahito Soda
  • Joshi Kausei by Ken Wakai
  • The Legend of Onikirimaru by Kei Kusunoki
  • Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou by Ruri Miyahara
  • Donyatsu by Yusuke Kozaki
  • Tales of Wedding Rings by Maybe
  • Aizawa-san Multiplies by Seiichi Shiki
  • Father and Son by Uchiko
  • Momokuri by Kurose

Manga Box

(Website)

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The latest chapters of each series is available online, otherwise the chapters are viewable on their iOS/Android app. Their selection doesn’t include anything popular, but there’s a few interesting titles and it has a lot in the seinen genre. All of their series are available for free. Updates are irregular.

  • Love and Lies by Musawo
  • Peephole by Rahson
  • High-rise Invasion by Takahiro Oba and Tsuina Miura
  • Our Reason for Living by Kazuyuki Watanabe
  • Holiday Love by Eliza Kusakabe and Yukari Koyama
  • Online by Tsukasa Kyoka and Midori Amagaeru
  • Dolly Kill Kill by Yusuke Nomura and Yukiaki Kurando
  • Billion Dogs by  Naoki Serizawa and Muneyuki Kaneshiro
  • “Nisekoi” by Ayano and Aoi Sakaki
  • Zero by hakus and Seimaru Amagi
  • Kindaichi Case Files: The Mini-Vacation by Bako Awa (Original: Seimaru Amagi & Fumiya Sato)
  • Fling Girls by Ryuji Okita
  • Red Blood Red Legacy by Kaishaku

ComicWalker

(Website)

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The English site is mostly dead? There have been updates for 2 series in the past month, and the Gundam series has been already published in English and just being re-released for free with the Japanese site. I am not sure about the future of this site, but it looks like it will die soon unless someone invests time in 2017 to vamp up the series offerings, since Kadokawa owns a majority of Yen Press, which is doing fine by itself. Updates monthly and release schedule available here (change language to English).

  • Ptolemy’s Singularity by Mitsuru Osaki and Gun Snark

Comic Zenon International

(Website)

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There are 4 simulpub series offered by Comic Zenon International (via Silent Manga Audition website). They also publish original oneshots online and host a manga competition every few months.The list below are monthly releases.

  • ANGEL HEART by Tsukasa Hojo
  • Ikusa no Ko (Child of War) – The Legend of Oda by Tetsuo Hara and Seibo Kitahara
  • Arte by Kei Ohkubo
  • Nobo and Her? by Molico Ross

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And that’s it! Did I miss any series or services? Do you think that other English publishers will join into the foray of simulpub soon? And what other series do you feel would be successful as simulpubs? Personally, I think series by CLAMP and other famous mangaka would be easily sellable and if Viz would add shojo series to their simulpub offerings, that would be even more awesome


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