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MANGA Plus by SHUEISHA celebrates 30 million downloads

MANGA Plus by SHUEISHA announced that the app had been downloaded 30 million times in May 2024. To celebrate this milestone, a new, limited-time feature has been released. From June 3 to July 31, 2024 (JST), MANGA Plus app users can support their favorite manga authors by watching advertisements. The official website describes how this works:

  1. Read a chapter as usual in the MANGA Plus app.
  2. View an ad: At the end of the chapter you will be asked to watch an advertisement.
  3. Creators support: A portion of the advertising revenue goes directly to the manga author. This means that every time you interact with an ad, you are not just enjoying content, but actively contributing to the livelihood of talented authors. Your clicks, your views, your time – all of this is immensely important.
  4. Continue reading: Read more from the same author or find a new title and manga
    Ask the creator to send your support! By watching an ad, you're not just supporting a single creator – you're supporting a vibrant community of storytellers. (View limit of 10 views per 24 hours resets at 00:00 GMT.)

This initiative is possible because MANGA Plus is a service run directly by the editorial staff in Japan. The goal is to highlight the manga authors who put their heart and soul into their work, give foreign readers the opportunity to show their support directly, and ultimately bridge the gap between foreign readers and manga authors. In addition to the thank you message on their website, deputy editor-in-chief Momiyama also left a personal message:

We are very happy to have reached 28 million downloads and are incredibly grateful to our dedicated user base. Manga authors put their all into creating manga with the help of editors. But it is only thanks to fans that we can continuously create new stories. With this new feature, users can watch an ad to support their favorite manga author. We hope that this new feature will allow users to connect more deeply with our platform and have their voices heard by the manga authors and editors in Japan.”

Shueisha’s MANGA Plus celebrates 30 million downloads

Shueisha's MANGA Plus is an online manga platform and smartphone app launched in January 2019. It provides free and legal reading options for manga fans worldwide (except in Japan, China, and South Korea, which already have their own services). It also publishes ongoing manga titles in English simultaneously. A subscription service called “Manga Plus MAX” was added in October 2023.

Source: Press release, Official MANGA Plus website
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