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Viz, our North American manga overlords have recently launched their new manga portal via Viz Manga and after playing around with it for a few nights, I can wholeheartedly endorse this product.

It’s not like I haven’t already heaped tons of praise on this company for exacerbating my manga addiction through their iPad app first, then followed by their iPhone/iPod app, and now with their website which is built with the same architecture…meaning that all of the manga that I’ve bought through Viz Media, is now available for reading on any PC that I have access to.

So all of you Apple haters can now finally go to their website and read as much manga as you care to including tons of first chapters of many of their 40 available series. The prices are the same across all devices which means you’ll be spending approximately $4.99 for each volume you get (still half the price of a regular paperback manga)…I’m just ecstatic because I now can read my manga while at work since I’m not allowed to bring iDevices into my job (don’t ask).

The only problem that I see right now is that there’s no way of discretely being able to see the manga page zoomed in (that I’ve found) like I normally do on the iPad. The page and text are scaled based on how large your browser window is which means to see the detail you REALLY want to see *cough*fanservice*cough*, you’ll need to go full screen…so yeah, not exactly discrete.

I’ve included the PR from Viz themselves below, but take if from the lead weeaboo here at WPR, this site is bad ass for keeping you up to date with your reading.

San Francisco and San Diego, CA, July 22, 2011 – VIZ Media, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in the North America, announced the launch of at their 25th Anniversary Party last night in San Diego during the annual Comic-Con International convention. The website joins VIZ Media’s existing digital manga platform and launched with 40 series currently available on the VIZ MANGA App for iOS devices, including the wildly popular titles NARUTO, BLEACH, BLUE EXORCIST, OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB and VAMPIRE KNIGHT. With this expansion of the platform, fans can browse and access their digital manga from and through the VIZ Manga Apps for the iPad™ and iPhone™/iPod™ touch. With one account, registered users will be able to view their purchases across even more devices than ever.

“Our digital publishing team wants manga to be available to as many fans as possible, no matter what device or digital experience people prefer,” said Brian Piech, Vice President, Digital Publishing. “Making our extensive library of the best titles direct from Japan available on is a natural extension of our current VIZ MANGA apps available on all iOS devices. One purchase can now be read across multiple devices.”

VIZ Media’s digital manga platform allows for universal access for fans from their iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or now, Pricing for manga titles on the web will be identical to the VIZ MANGA app. The first chapter of all manga titles will be available as a free preview. Through July 31st, all Volume 1 manga titles will be 40% off.

The VIZ Media digital platform now has an online destination for reading manga on desktop/laptop computers and on Android-powered devices with built-in web browsers. The VIZ Manga App continues to be the top app for reading manga on iOS devices and features a rapidly growing library of the most popular manga series in the world, currently offering 40 series and over 300 volumes, with new additions and free Chapter 1 previews added weekly.

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