With the advent of the internet, online manga sites have risen in popularity fairly fast. They’re so popular in fact, that a large portion of manga fans prefer to peruse their favorite series through the internet rather than purchase manga compilations and the like. This has dealt a huge blow to the manga industry’s revenue and Viz has decided to remedy this.
A large problem with comics/manga distributors today is that they don’t offer convenient and efficient methods of spreading their product. In a world that’s as digitized as ours, people like fast (Read: super fast). By offering their manga online, Viz is hoping to entice viewers with ease of use and expedience and in a legal way, no less. They’re also offering free previews.
What’s That? Free Previews?
Yes, you heard correctly. Viz is offering free previews for a select number of series, with the most recent one being the Dogs: Bullets and Carnage manga by the amazing Shirow Maya. In any case, you can purchase all the manga you like online via VizMedia’s online manga store for reasonable prices.However, this service is only offered to users in North America so if you’re a fan from another part of the world, you’re going to have to hold your breath or search for another provider.
A few of the series offered at the moment are:
- The House of Five Leaves
- Arata: The Legend
- Hayate the Combat Butler
So how’s this new manga provider shaping up for you? Sound off in the comments. Oh, and feel free to request anything that you’d like our site to offer you. Of course, if you’re more old-fashioned, an email to our team email is always welcome.