Manga has been around for decades. It’s also a fairly big part of Japanese culture. Now, people all around the world are starting to really get into manga. It hasn’t proliferated quite yet. However, your mobile device can be a great place to find some. Here are the best manga apps for Android.
Amazon Kindle / Google Play Books / Nook
Kindle, Google Play Books, and Nook are the most popular ebook reader platforms on the Internet. You have no doubt heard of them before. The good news is they all have a manga collection. The bad news is their fairly barebones selection. We only recommend these because they are so popular, accessible, and solid on mobile devices. Those who may be into reading ebooks and want to stretch into manga can find a good jumping off point with these apps. They all allow for downloading for offline reading and your collection syncs between devices. Those who are already really big into the manga scene may want something a little more hardcore, though. Kindle, Play Books, and Nook are all free apps and you can legally purchase manga to support the writers here.
Animo Anime and Manga
Animo is a social network of sorts for manga and anime fans. The general idea is to explore the network, find recommendations, and discover new stuff. The service boasts itself as a place for fans of anime, manga, vocaloid music, cosplay, and the like. You’ll find a clean design that makes navigating the app easy enough. Using the network is a little bit weird but that’s to be expected with an offshoot social network like this. You won’t find actual manga to read like most manga apps, but you can find some decent ideas on what to read. The app is free with no in-app purchases or ads. It’s one of the better manga apps for those who like a community atmosphere.
Price: Free / $2.49
Comic Trim is a bit of a wild card in this space. It’s relatively new so we don’t know how this one is going to turn out long-term. However, it’s a fairly competent manga and comic reader. It’s a reader that supports CBZ, CBR, ZIP, RAR, image folders, and PDF. That should cover most of the formats that manga uses. This is only recommended for those who already have a standalone collection and need an app that can read them properly. The free version comes with stuff like a night reading mode, a magnifying glass mode, gesture controls, and more. The premium version removes ads, supports higher resolution images, and has a full dark theme.
Price: Free / $5.99 per month / Individual comic prices vary
Comixology is a comic book app with a lot to offer. It’s predominately made for fans of regular comics like Marvel or DC. However, the app has a pretty decent selection of manga. On top of that, the app is built specifically to read comics and that style of literature. That makes it a great spot for fans to read comics comfortably on a smartphone or tablet. The manga is reasonably priced or you can subscribe to Comixology’s service and read the manga for free. Their selection is purely digital. It’s also a good spot for people who like comics as well as manga because the service has plenty of both.
Price: Free / $6.95-$11.95 per month
Crunchyroll is one of the best anime streaming sites out there. For $6.95 per month, you can access all of their anime. That’s one of the largest legitimate source of English subtitled anime on the Internet. As it turns out, subscribing to Crunchyroll also gives you access to all of the service’s manga. We’re waiting for Crunchyroll to actually improve this app instead of just chasing bugs so your experience may vary. However, you can kill two birds with one stone here. You subscribe once to Crunchyroll and you get both anime and manga. That includes a simulpub set up where new issues of popular manga are available rather quickly. Anyone who subscribes to Crunchyroll should have this too.
Price: Free with in-app purchases
We’re treading off the beaten path a little bit with this pick. There are Discord servers for all kinds of interests, including gaming, socializing, and yes, even manga. You can head to these servers to get recommendations from other manga fans and even find good places to buy or download manga. We don’t have any specific links, but communities should be fairly easy to find and the app has recommendations for a lot of interests. I’m personally in an anime server for very much the same reason I’m recommending it as a manga app and I’m quite happy with it. There are also many subreddits on Reddit dedicated to manga as well.
Price: Free / $5.99
Manga Rock is one of the most popular manga apps on mobile. It boasts a modern UI, thousands of titles, a decent discovery feature, and offline reading support as well. There are some prominent titles not available on this platform due to copyright law, but the selection should still be large enough to suit most manga fans. The reader is fairly straightforward and easy to use. It even has cross-platform support and we always like that. Honestly, after a couple of hours, it’s easy to see why this one is so popular.
Manga Searcher V2
Manga Searcher V2 is a low-key decent manga app. You simply search for what you want, download it, and read it. It functions perfectly fine as a manga reader app and it had most of the stuff we searched for. However, you do need to get names basically perfect and you can download chapters in batches if you want to. We only recommend this one to people prepared to deal with how low tech it looks, since that is the only real gripe we have with it.
Tachiyomi is one of the best manga apps and it’s also more complicated than most. It has a massive collection of both normal anime and NSFW stuff (if you’re into that). The app also has a variety of extensions that provide even more manga along with catalogs from a variety of manga sources. It worked perfectly fine in our testing even though there’s a bit of a learning curve. This app is not available on Google Play because the extensions are actually APK downloads and Google Play doesn’t allow that. Plus, you know, the manga is free, the app has NSFW content, and both of those things can occasionally rub Google the wrong way. You have to download the APK from GitHub (linked at the button) and install from there. It’s a little tedious, but people love this app.
Viz Media manga apps
Price: Free with in-app purchases
Unlike all of the other manga apps on this list, Viz Media is actually a manga publisher. Fans of manga may know them for their Weekly Shonen Jump magazine where a lot of popular series are serialized. On Android, you can get the official Weekly Shonen Jump magazine app and read issues. They also have a standard manga reading app along with a Naruto-specific manga app if you’re into that. All three apps are free to download although you’ll be asked to spend some money on the content. Additionally, the apps still need a little work, but they seem to be good most of the time.
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