After their initial announcement back in December, digital manga store MangaPlaza now has an expected launch date.
Set to officially go live March 1 in the US, MangaPlaza will launch a beta version today, ranging from Kodansha titles (Fujita’s Wotakoi, Hatsuharu’s A Girl and Her Guard Dog) to Starts Publishing titles (Maro Fuduki & Punichan’s Cafe Happiness: Food from Out of this World) to Solmare titles (Nomo Marino’s I Wish You Happiness), and more. Founded by NTT Solmare Corp, who has run Japanese manga and eBook site Comic C’moA, MangaPlaza is slated to launch as a subscription-based service and a free service with a mix of genres, which will also include MangaPlaza originals.
Here’s the list of companies that are partnered with MangaPlaza:
- SHUSUISHA ORIGINAL
- Futabasha Publishers LTD.
- SHODENSHA Publishing CO.,LTD.
- Fusion Product Inc
- Julian Publishing
- Mobile Media Research
- Coamix Inc.
- Starts Publishing Corporation
- K.K. HarperCollins Japan
- PRINTEMPS PUBLISHING
- Kaoru Tada/minato-pro,M’z-plan
- Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha, Ltd.
- SHUFU TO SEIKATSU SHA CO.,LTD.
- Akita Publishing Co.,Ltd.
- NIHONBUNGEISHA Co.,Ltd.
- Love Pop
- SHINCHOSHA Publishing Co.,Ltd.
- MAG Garden
- TAIYOHTOSHO Co., Ltd.
- Booklive Co.
To kick off its debut, the service is launching a series of campaigns: first a pre-registration cash back bonus campaign that will run from January 24 to February 28. Depending on the amount of users that pre-register, the better the cash-back prize will be:
- If there’s 50,000 pre-registrations: $3 cash back.
- If 70,000: $5 cash back.
- If 100,000: $6.99 cash back — or the first month of MangaPlaza for free.
MangaPlaza’s second campaign involves the dating simulation game Obey Me!, which will also run from January 24 to February 28. Synopsis:
As part of the campaign, the first chapter of Obey Me! The Comic, drawn by Subaru Nitou, will be available to read for free; All of Obey Me! Misadventures, which is drawn by Yukina Okamoto and only available on the Obey Me! official social media, will be compiled into one volume and available to read for free on MangaPlaza. For those who take part, various prizes will be awarded throughout the campaign period; read here for more information on how to participate.