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In the last decade, the increase in digital manga has grown exponentially. More and more people abroad are trying to access their favorite comics published in Japan and Korea. With the growing number of online publishers, this access has become easier than ever. Manga that used to be only accessible through physical copies in Japan are now available on shelves around the world, and to ensure even more accessibility, there are thousands of websites and apps that contain manga – both legal and illegal.
Korean manhwas and webtoons are far more accessible mediums to be found online, and more often than not a digital copy comes out well before the physical one. With that in mind, here are the best legal manga reading websites and apps to fully meet your content needs at your fingertips.
VIZ Shonen jump
One of the largest shonen manga publishers is VIZ Shonen Jump. With a subscription of only $1.99 per month, every reader can access the most popular shonen manga of the moment, including One piece, My hero academy, Jujutsu Kaisen, Demon Hunter, and many other great titles. Due to their cheap monthly subscription, this is one of the best manga reading sites considering their huge repertoire as well as their official and timely translations.
Comixology is Amazon’s manga reading extension. With a separate membership for reading manga, Comixology offers a wide range of titles from romance to shonen and josei. With Comixology Unlimited, everyone can access titles from the two biggest publishers, including VIZ and Kodansha, and popular series like attack on Titan and Vinland saga. However, it does have a few downsides; Some series are only partially unlocked, requiring some volumes and even arcs to be paid for separately, and it’s not yet paired with Kindle Unlimited either.
For $4.99 per month, everyone can access INKR’s extensive library. With big publishing names like Kodansha and Tokyopop, INKR has a wide variety of titles in its repertoire, including manga, manhwa, webtoons and comics. From shonen to shojo, INKR app offers great alternatives for anyone who wants to read different genres in manga and manhwa. This website also offers some free manga available to everyone and even a set of free chapters per manhwa so anyone can read part of the content before engaging in the whole story.
With a bit of a tricky subscription, Lezhin might be one of the best sources for all things Manhwa. While one can purchase individual chapters or the fully published manhwa, Lezhin has a few subscription plans ranging from $9.99 per month to a one-time offer of $69.99 that offers a limited number of coins used to unlock chapters be used. Though it may be more expensive than online manga publishers, Lezhin offers a massive library with a tremendous variety of genres, including historical and romantic manhwa and the most popular genre, boys love. US users can also easily get free coins by watching ads, playing games and downloading apps. However, this feature has proven buggy for people outside of Asia or the United States. As for explicit content, Lezhin has a browser extension called “Lezhinu” which is used for publishing R-rated content and is only accessible to older audiences.
For a completely free and legal website, Mangaplus is really for anyone looking to save money and start a new chapter without ridiculous costs. Owned by Shueisha, a Japanese publisher, Mangaplus includes titles such as chainsaw man, One piece, Spy x familyand dragon ball, and all these series are completely free to read with official English translations. While it features huge titles, as mentioned, much of its repertoire is also based on smaller manga that span multiple genres, though not as diverse as previous entries on this list. The only catch, apart from the smaller library, is that you have to wait a bit longer for the releases. But honestly, that’s just a small price to pay to have totally free and legal upfront readings.
Another completely free and legal source, this time for Manhwa, is the Webtoon app. Webtoon contains a huge library of titles and is a completely free app where the user only needs to watch a few ads to get a large number of free coins that can be used to unlock chapters. With a simple and accessible interface, anyone can store an immense number of coins and read the longest manhwa without paying a dime. In addition to the most popular themes, you will find a large collection of different tropes including romance, history, fantasy stories and popular manhwa titles such as True beauty and Under zero.
For a legal, massive library of romance content, Renta! is a good choice. Hundreds of manga are available on this website, including multiple genres. However, it is best known for its extensive library of the popular Boys Love genre, including both explicit and non-explicit content. All manga are accessible by exchanging points, which can be purchased on their website, or by purchasing all volumes or chapters of a manga. Users can also access the premium membership by spending $100 over a three-month period. This membership guarantees that 2% of their earnings will be returned as points, which they can use to unlock even more manga.
Mainly containing Chinese manhua and webtoons, Bilibili Comics offers a free and wide variety of comics in their library. Available on their app or their website, Bilibili Comics has some of the most popular genres associated with their name including fantasy, historical, love and harem stories; Bilibili appeals to anyone looking for long webtoons with great art and complex stories, all for free from perfectly legal sources. With chapters published daily, it is recommended that you create an account to keep track of all available titles as the system is updated with new content every day.
Another great resource for Boys Love fans is Futekiya. With a massive library and a $6.99 per month subscription plan, users can access the entire library at the click of a button. In website format only, Futekiya also offers several promotions, including an “All you can read” plan for $1.99 that gives readers free access to numerous titles over the course of a week. Popular BL manga can be found on this platform including names like Blue Sky Complex, Pink heart jamand MODIFICATIONSall with an additional warning for titles that may contain objectionable content.
With all these trusted websites at your disposal, a whole manga world awaits you. Whether it’s a webtoon, manga, or a manhua, you’re sure to find everything you want on any of these platforms and stay up to date on your favorite manga quickly.