With the figure of a pink rabbit reading a book, the Kodansha publisher, house behind Attack of Titan and Ghost in the Shellhas announced that it will launch a new digital reading platform in May.
Simply titled K Manga, the new app promises to launch with a portfolio of 400 titles, and will provide early access to new chapters of the publisher’s most popular series.
The announcement does not say whether K Manga will sell Manga in volume or have a paid subscription level, but users will be able to “read limited manga chapters for free.”
That, along with the promise that K Manga releases will be “official translations” seems to be positioning the app as an alternative to unofficial pirate sites sharing fan-translated manga for free online.
Kodansha highlights some contemporary series like The Seven Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse and Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro, but the company’s catalog has enormous potential. Although none of these series are officially announced for K Manga yet, Kodansha is the publisher of iconic hits like sailor MoonAkira and Battle Angel Alita.
The K Manga app will launch on May 10.