Speeding Up the Delivery of Serialized Manga in English from Japan
Announced at Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2021 with TheAnimeMan!
The first 3 chapters are FREE on BOOK WALKER Global, a $20 value giveaway, and more!
KADOKAWA CORPORATION (Headquarter: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Takeshi Natsuno; hereinafter "KADOKAWA") is pleased to announce that in response to requests from fans of Japanese comics and light novels in English-speaking countries, it will begin speedy ebook translation and distribution directly!
We have delivered our translated manga and light novels through our group company Yen Press and other local publishers, but in order to meet the needs of readers who want more titles earlier, we will translate and deliver the official versions of these IPs straight from the source!
It usually took six months to a year from a title's serialization in Japan to their translation and publication in English-speaking countries, but we will soon release many of our manga as “simulpubs” with Japan on the online ebook store BOOK WALKER Global, which is operated by a KADOKAWA group subsidiary. As for light novels, as soon as they are translated, we will speedily deliver them chapter by chapter!
Regarding the number of titles to be released, we carefully selected ones that were not translated into English but are already highly recognized in the English-speaking world, and will start with seven manga! From October, we will distribute three more light novel titles as well! (Details are as follows.) The number is expected to exceed 100 titles soon.
These titles will be available on "BOOK WALKER Global" and a few other online stores. More outlets will be added gradually.
A Boy Raised by Gods Will Be The Strongest
Art: Toya Kuno Original Work: Ryosuke Hata
Character Design: fame
I'm Quitting Heroing
Art: Nori Kazato
Original Work: Quantum
Character Design: Hana Amano
Magic Stone Gourmet: Eating Magical Power Made Me The Strongest
Art: Kenji Sugawara
Original Work: Ryou Yuuki
Character Design: Chisato Naruse
My Little Sister Stole My Fiancé: The Strongest Dragon Favors Me And Plans To Take Over The Kingdom?
Original Work: Ten Kashiwa
Character Design: COMTA
The 31st Consort
Art: Tsubasa Nanaki
Original Work: Momotomoe
Character Design: Nanao Yamashita
The Insipid Prince's Furtive Grab for The Throne
Art: Yukino Amagai
Original Work: Tanba
Character Design: Yunagi
The Lotus Eaters, Drunk and Sober
Original Work: ZUN
Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway (*the
official title name to be determined)
I'm Quitting Heroing *
Artist: Hana Amano
The Insipid Prince's Furtive Grab for The Throne *
In addition, in order to let our fans experience this service firsthand, we currently offer the following three campaigns! Don't miss this opportunity!
① The first three chapters of the above seven comics are available for free on
"BOOK WALKER Global"!
5th August - 1st September2021
② Users who are new to BOOK WALKER Global can use the coupon code
"theanimeman" to get 600 yen (≈ $6) off on the first purchase!
③100 people out of those who do the following will win the lottery to get
2,000 coins (≈$20) to purchase ebooks on "BOOK WALKER Global"!
1) follow our Twitter account "KADOKAWA digi-pub NEWS" (see below) and
2) retweet the pinned campaign tweet
7th August - 13th August 2021
We are also launching our own social media account/page "KADOKAWA digi-pub NEWS" on
Twitter/Facebook and, taking advantage of our relationships as a publisher, will share messages
from our authors and editors, information about our online events, free reading of the latest chapters,
and special giveaways! We promise to share a bunch of "exclusive, fastest and special" information
■Overview of BOOK WALKER Global
BOOK WALKER Global is one of the most popular reading platforms for digital manga & light novels from Japan. There are over 20,000 English light novels and manga being offered from publishers like KADOKAWA, Yen Press, J-Novel Club and more. Come experience a new way to enjoy and collect the latest manga and light novels digitally on your web browser, iOS, or Android devices. BOOK WALKER Co. Ltd. is a subsidiary of KADOKAWA CORPORATION and was founded in 2010.
BOOK WALKER Global Site: https://global.Book Walker.jp
■Overview of KADOKAWA CORPORATION
Overview of KADOKAWA CORPORATION Develops a broad range of businesses as a comprehensive entertainment company, including publishing, video, game, Web service, education, MD and business for inbound customers. Advances digital transformation, including Activity Based Working (ABW), and a global media mix strategy, which focuses on steadily creating intellectual property (IP) and expanding overseas.
KADOKAWA Group Global Portal Site: https://group.Kadokawa.co.jp/global/