The Best App to Read Manga for Free

The Manga Plus app by Shueisha outclasses the market

What if I told you there was an app available for free that would let you read your favorite manga at the same time they are released in Japan? This isn’t fantasy, with the Manga Plus app made by Shueisha you can read countless manga for free daily, no matter where you are.

The Good:

Popular ongoing titles like: One Piece, My Hero Academia, Boruto, and Jujutsu Kaisen have their latest chapters made available to read in the app at the same time they are in Japan.

Additionally, they have a plethora of completed series also available to be read. Many series like Bleach, Naruto and Dragon Ball are all available to read right now in the app.

A great feature in this app is the chats. After each chapter there is a chat section where you can discuss the chapter with fellow fans. After creating your account you can customize it with a profile icon which you can pick your favorite character.

The Bad:

This app does not come without some limitations but the limitations are negligible compared to the overall value you get out of the app. To mention them quickly, they are non-invasive ads, one-time read chapters and subscription only chapters.

The ad method is very user friendly on the app. You get one or two ads at the end of every chapter you read and you swipe by them like any manga page. I’ve never received an intrusive ad, one with a tiny X button or an ad on a timer.

There are two roadblocks in the way of reading chapters, some chapters can only be read once and some are behind a subscription. Manga Plus allows you to read: the first three and last three chapters of any ongoing series for free as many times as you want, and the rest of the chapters can sometimes only be read once or need a subscription. Their most popular titles like: One Piece, Undead Unluck, My Hero Academia, Spy x Family, and Jujutsu Kaisen are some of the titles that can be read in its entirety once for free.

There isn’t really a pattern for what chapters need a subscription, most completed series are almost entirely behind the paywall and some ongoing series only have a few chapters behind the subscription.

There are two different subscription plans, the standard plan for $1.99 USD a month and the Deluxe Plan for $4.99 USD a month. Both plans make the app ad free and give you access to every currently serialized title but the Deluxe plan also gives you access to every chapter in all completed titles.

Check out the app for yourself:

Even with it’s limitations, The Manga Plus app by Shueisha is the best app to read manga. The Manga Plus app is available on both IOS and Android devices free of charge from their respective App Stores.