Mangamo, the mobile manga subscription service, has announced its first Mangamo Original Manga, Japan Sinks 2020, based on the Netflix Original Anime by famed director Masaaki Yuasa (Devilman Crybaby, Lu Over the Wall). The title will launch in early July on the Mangamo app, available for download globally on the Apple App Store. For $4.99 USD a month, subscribers gain unlimited access to 300 titles, more than any other mobile subscription service, including titles never before released in English and new chapters added daily. Every manga available on Mangamo is curated by an experienced editorial team, professionally localized, and licensed directly from publishers. The Mangamo app features the highest quality graphic images, a customized reader, and an ad-free experience.
“The Japan Sinks 2020 original manga on Mangamo reimagines the Netflix anime through a different lens that we hope will spark the imaginations of people around the world,” said Yusuke Sasano, Mangamo co-founder and Head of Business Development and Content Partnerships. “Many of your favorite anime come from manga, so if you’re an anime fan you’ll love digging deeper into these stories through another beloved medium.”
In this sci-fi disaster manga, catastrophic earthquakes devastate Japan and one family’s resolve is tested on a journey of survival through the sinking archipelago as the disastrous shifting of a fault in the Japan Trench places the country in danger of being swallowed by the sea.
“To produce the Japan Sinks 2020 manga as well as the anime, I drew inspiration from the legendary original Japan Sinks novel to explore new and different story arcs and characters,” said Nori Ueki, co-founder and manga producer for Mangamo. “Sharing these stories in a modern-day context feels more timely than ever.”
New chapters will be released weekly in July and bi-weekly thereafter. The manga was created in partnership between Mangamo, Comicsmart, and Avex.
“Japan Sinks 2020 debuting on Mangamo allows me to share my art with a global audience,” said Kenichi Watanabe, author of Japan Sinks 2020. “I hope readers everywhere connect with these characters and their stories of resilience in the face of tragedy, adversity and the unknown.”
Mangamo has made tech updates since launch including improved loading performance, alphabetized titles on the Browse screen, optimized imagery to boost app speed, and improved chapter loading and latency issues in the manga reader.
Mangamo launched on April 15, 2020 and features titles like Arte, Dropkick on My Devil!, To Your Eternity, Fairy Tail, and Reset Game.
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