Shonen Jump’s Publisher Launches New App That Lets YOU Create Manga

Manga Plus, the international digital manga reading service of Shueisha, the company that publishes Shonen Jump, has announced a new feature that will allow users to become creators and publish their own manga through the application. As the publisher of the most famous and successful manga such as One Piece, Dragon Ball, and Naruto, Shueisha is without a doubt the leader of the industry. This new feature is the result of a partnership with MediBang that will encourage emerging creators from countries outside of Japan, and could completely revolutionize the manga market.

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Manga Plus is the online manga platform launched by Shueisha in 2019 to provide worldwide access to the translated versions of new chapters from manga that are currently serialized in Shueisha’s flagship magazine, Weekly Shōnen Jump, in addition to the most popular manga from other magazines such as Weekly Young Jump, Tonari no Young Jump (where One-Punch Man is serialized) and V Jump (which serializes Dragon Ball Super and Boruto). Japanese readers can access these through the Shōnen Jump+ app and website, but until Manga Plus was launched, Shueisha’s titles could be accessed throughout the world only via local publishers or distribution lines, which led to an explosive growth of online piracy.


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On August 30, Manga Plus Creators was announced in a Tweet, resulting from the collaboration between Shueisha and MediBang, a Japanese company that develops free digital painting and manga creation software. Through Creators, anyone can upload their creator-owned manga on the app, which can then be read for free by users. These works automatically participate in the “Monthly Awards” continuous contest, with monetary prizes available and also a much-coveted chance to get published “officially” in the Manga Plus and Shonen Jump+ apps, along with famous digital manga such as Chainsaw Man and Kaiju no. 8. The winners of the awards will be calculated through views, likes, and favorites from readers. For the moment, only two languages are available for the rankings, Spanish and English.


The manga and anime industry keeps growing at an impressive rate globally every year, so it’s only natural that leaders such as Shueisha are looking for new opportunities and ventures. One of the biggest issues, however, is that while the market for these products has become truly global, creators are exclusively Japanese. There have been attempts by Western publishers (including Marvel) to produce their own manga -inspired comics, but Manga Plus Creators can be a complete game changer, mirroring the success of Webtoon, a similar South Korean platform for digital creator-owned comics that counts more than 100 billion views per year.


Manga Plus Creators will finally open a path for thousands of artists all around the world to become successful mangaka, and see their creations be published by the industry leader. More importantly, if these manga are successful, maybe they will help rejuvenate a product that, while rich in tradition, has a hard time in incorporating stimuli from different cultures. Perhaps, among the million of readers of the manga published in Shonen Jump today, there is already the creator of the One Piece or Dragon Ball of tomorrow.

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