Digital Distributor Animaru Publishing Give My Regard To Black Jack Manga

Sep 14th 2012
Seinen medical manga available for purchase in Facebook reader app

HELSINKI, FINLAND, Sept. 13, 2012 - Digital manga distributor Amimaru is publishing Shuho Sato's manga Give My Regards to Black Jack (Burakku Jakku ni Yoroshiku).

Also known as Say Hello to Black Jack, the 13-volume series ran from 2002 to 2006 in Kodansha's weekly seinen manga magazine Morning. In 2003, the series was adapted into a 11-episode live-action TV series.

The manga tells the story of 25-year-old Eijiro Saito, a bright-eyed young doctor who has just graduated and started his life as an intern in the university hospital. However, what awaits him is a world of greed, bureaucracy, corruption and office politics. Can he change the medical world of Japan for good?

Amimaru is publishing the manga in its Facebook reader app that is currently in open beta. The price of one volume is 12 Facebook Credits (conversion rate varies by region). From September 15 onwards the manga will be available for free, as requested by mr. Sato.


ABOUT AMIMARU LTD

Founded in 2011, Amimaru Ltd is a Finnish company that aims to provide manga readers all over the world a new and easier way to consume and purchase manga and receive the appreciation of their favorite authors.

As a digital distributor, the company currently streams manga from its Facebook reader app. Purchases are made using Facebook Credits. Future plans of Amimaru include expanding to more platforms.

Amimaru aims to distribute manga from a wide variety of companies in the future, eliminating the need for consumers to use multiple services for their online manga reading need. In the future Amimaru also plans to provide manga creators a way to get their works translated and sold digitally to readers all over the world without the need of a Japanese publisher as a middleman.

The service launched in May 2012 and is currently in open beta. For testing purposes Amimaru has been publishing manga from Field-Y, a publisher associated with Nihon Falcom Corporation.

For more information, visit amimaru.com


ABOUT SHUHO SATO

Born in 1973, Shuho Sato hails from Ikeda, Hokkaido. He dropped out of Musashino Art University to pursue his career as a manga creator, and made his professional debut in 1998.

Apart from Give My Regards to Black Jack and it's sequel New Give My Regards to Black Jack, Sato's other works include The Isle of TOKKOU and Umizaru. The latter has also received three live-action movie adaptations.

Sato has been vocal in criticizing the traditional manga publishing model and revenue sharing ever since 2009, and has since pursued digital publishing on his own. His works are currently available both for free and for purchase on his website, MangaonWeb.com, where other authors have also been able to spread their work since 2010. He has also published his works as apps on Apple's iOS devices in both Japanese and English.

Sato cancelled his contract with Kodansha in April 2012, and ordered all copies of Give My Regards to Black Jack by the publisher to be taken out of circulation. He then stated his future plans to make the series free for any sort of secondary use, both commercial and non-commercial.

For more information, visit mangaonweb.com and isaona.com.

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