Where to read Japanese manga for free

I realised I made a small number of guides over the years about Japanese services like manga ebooks and very recently, drama CDs!

Here’s a recap post with additions that didn’t seem worthy of a new post on its own so here we go 🙂

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Where to buy Japanese manga

Exactly where and how can one buy Japanese e-books and digital manga? A lot of Japanese publications have gone digital now so hefty import and shipping costs no more!

This post is not comprehensive and while I try to cover key points for each website listed, let me know if I’ve missed anything.

Want to read manga for free? Read here instead.

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Changes to new eBookJapan registrations

Note: As of Feb 28, 2019 onwards, the original eBookJapan site no longer accepts new registrations and existing users can migrate their account and books to the new website.

I will go into detail about the merging of eBookJapan with Yahoo! Japan’s Bookstore (their ebook retail arm) soon. Read about it here.

This post is originally published on September 21, 2017 with major revisions made on June 13, 2019. Some revisions are still ongoing.


Page 1 This page is for existing users. Read more after the cut.
Page 2 for creating a new account.
Page 3 is how to login on Android.
Page 4 is the out-of-date guide for the now defunct eBookJapan Initiative website.

Note: This post is heavy on graphics/screenshots.

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The old eBookJapan is coming to a close

eBookJapan finally sent out that email.

June 27, 2019 is when the old site shuts down. There are still methods to continue reading what you already have.

Reminder! If there are still e-books you want to buy and it’s already released, BUY IT NOW.

New! Guide on registering/logging into the new website and Android app.

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(unboxing) Hata Akimi (畑亜希美) – Nidome no Koi wa Usotsuki (2度目の恋は嘘つき)

Volumes 1 to 4, I’m missing the last volume.

It finally reached me \w/ It took way longer than I expected through SAL shipping and the troubles it caused >A<

This series was one series that I have been waiting to read for a long time. (Note: It’s a josei manga, serialised in Shogakukan’s Petit Comic.) I bought this off AmazonJapan and for some reason, I ngelected to check the item description and only has 4 volumes instead of a complete set.

Contemplating to buy the last volume off LINE Manga. Will feel lonely without a hard copy but the economy that comes with it! Don’t need to struggle with my already bursting bookshelf /o/

Her new titles after Nidome no Koi wa Usotsuki are Ijiwaru Syrup and a serialisation called Kata’omoi Shoten (かたおもい書店) that just started in Petit Comic’s 4th issue this year. It’s about a new employee who finds herself in-charge of the comic section of a major bookstore and a charismatic bookstore assistant (書店男子) that manages the sales floor. The illustration looks lovely, can’t wait to see the compiled volume 🙂

2013 – Looking back

I started this blog early this year but only churned out my first otome content post, Byakkotai – Shishi Ibunki in April . Other games followed but consist mostly titles on smartphone (Machi de Uwasa no Hakusama-sama was an exception).

There was an unboxing post for MoteHapi ~Kokoro to Karada Michitekuru~, a drama CD released by Macaron Alacarte. (no review of the CD yet ;;)

They have also announced a new game called Gokujou☆Sweet Roommate ~Kiss yori Amai Shirabe~ for smartphones. The illustrator from MoteHapi, Yukikana will provide character designs for the game.

This year, I also made my first novel review, Omoide no Toki Shuurishimasu, written by Tani Mizue.  She is widely known for her Hakushaku to Yousei and Majo no Kekkon series. I also manage to read one of HakuYou’s short story compilations and the bottom line is

I love her writing! +。:.゚٩(๑>◡<๑)۶:.。+゚

Among other things, there was a crowd-funding effort to publish the second volume of Stories from 311. The project managed to raise 3 million yen (their minimum goal was 2 million yen) and we might be seeing both volumes in English!

On other matters, Maiko-san held a free live performance at the Nippon Budoukan with just her vocals and a grand piano.

Two new songs were performed but only Inokashira-sen (井の頭線*) was included in the Budoukan-limited CD. The other new song, Tsubomi is slated for release in the coming spring but no definite details yet.
*The Inokashira Line is a private line that connects Shibuya, Tokyo to Kichijouji in Musashino City.

I have something ready for the blog to celebrate New Years’ Eve!


This year felt like there were more downs than there were ups but my otome life continues! (*´∇`*)

Take care and Happy New Year! ♥


Stories from 311 and crowdfunding project

As I was poking around the Internet, I came across a crowd-funding project to raise 2 million yen for the second volume of ‘Stories from 311’.

It is a collection of stories from various mangaka about the Touhoku disaster and the first volume featured Hiura Satoru, Ueda Rinko, Higuchi Tachibana, Shinjou Mayu, to name a few.

When the disaster happened, my twin was chatting with her friend over the Internet. We then saw videos on NHK of the tsunami. Keeping up with them on Facebook, hoping they were safe because telecommunication lines were down and electricity were going on and off.

None of our friends were harmed but it made a terrible dent on ourselves. My twin learned of how conditions were after the disaster and personally, I am thankful for the information but at the same time, I’m (jestingly) mortified to see some reports to go unreported in the mainstream press.

The first volume of Stories of 311 was released early this year, on March 11. If the project manage to reach 3 million yen, both volumes will be translated into English.

At the time of writing, the project has reached 98% of its goal of 2 million with 21 days left. Keep on going guys \^o^/

The project has reach 2 million with an additional 300,000 yen. I hope it reaches the 3 million mark! (added December 4, 2013:)

51BaP+lfn+L._SS500_ (C) Kodansha/Story 311 Production Committee Cover illustration of the first volume.
Story311’s Twitter
Official website

Here are the participating mangaka for the project. Family name first then first name.

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