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Crunchyroll Launches Digital Manga Subscription Service With Same-Day Offerings

Crunchyroll Digital Manga Now

Longtime on-demand anime streaming powerhouse Crunchyroll is entering the "simulpub" manga business in a big way this week with a new monthly digital comics subscription service. The Web, iOS and Android compatible service is kicking off with a set of 12 Kodansha titles translated for English readers in 170 countries the same day the material debuts in its native Japan. The first wave of material in the service includes Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, Mysterious Girlfriend X, Space Brothers, UQ Holder!, A Town Where You Live, Yamada-Kun and the Seven Witches, My Wife is Wagatsuma-San and Coppelion. What's more, Crunchyroll says even more manga is yet to come.

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Link Ink: The Mandarin’s Movie Future, ‘The Walking Dead’ Renewed And DCC’s Killer Croc

The Mandarin Ben Kingsley

Click through for a heaping helping of Wednesday links.

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‘Attack On Titan: Before The Fall’ Manga To Debut In Japan On August 26


It looks like the "other story" set to expand the Attack on Titan manga universe is set to debut in Shounen Sirius magazine in Japan on August 26. As revealed in the recently released second AoT anime Blu-ray, the upcoming Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga serves as a prequel to creator Hajime Isayama's main series and will be written by Satoshi Shiki, with the interior artist currently unannounced. Interestingly, Before the Fall is itself an adaptation of a series of light novels by writer Suzukaze Ryo, with illustrations by Thores Shibamoto, who is also credited as the character designer for the adpated manga.

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Diminutive Dinosaur ‘Gon’ Getting CG Animated TV Series in Japan


Masashi Tanaka's Gon will finally make its TV debut in Japan on April 2. Having been in the pipeline from Japan's Kodansha and Korea's Daewon Media since as early as 2010, the series is planned to last 50 episodes...

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Link Ink: ‘Negative Dad,’ ‘Library of the Living Dead’ and a Helpful Voice Actor Guide to ‘The Simpsons’


Music: Wavves frontman Nathan Williams is teaming with artist Nicholas Gazin for Negative Dad, a potentially 12-issue comic series about "...heshers, evil parents, cat people, juvenile delinquents with partially functioning mutant powers, aliens, dreams...

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Link Ink: The ‘Smallville’ Superman Suit, ‘Portal 2′ Tees, ‘Rex Mundi’ Movie Gets Writers


TV: Fans will finally get a good look at Clark's possible Superman suit on Smallville in the May 6 episode "Prophecy." So... Superman Returns with a polo shirt collar?

Cartooning: Daryl Cagle shares some optimism about editorial cartooning's place in the digital age...

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‘Sailor Moon’ Manga Returns to the United States with Kodansha


Kodansha USA announced last week the return of Sailor Moon to the American market in September. Created by Naoko Takeuchi, the manga has been out of print in the United States for six years. Sailor Moon will be remastered with new cover artwork and a new translation as well as bonus materials from Takeuchi and translation notes...

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Manga Giant Kodansha to Acquire U.S. Publisher Vertical


One of the largest Japanese publishers of manga, Kodansha, announced this week plans to purchase Vertical, an American publisher of english-language editions of Japanese books, including manga. Vertical is known to manga readers for its high quality reprints of material including work by Osamu Tezuka, among others...

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Link Ink — Tyrese the Time Traveling Inventor, ‘Wild Thing’ Art, Cerebus TV


Art: Vice presents the original illustrations of 24 artists inspired by "Where the Wild Things Are."

Idiots: Guys, did you know that shortly after Al Gore invented the internet and John McCain invented the Blackberry, actor slash R&B star Tyrese invented "the first-ever digital comic book in the history of comic books?" (...

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