24 Mar 2021 4:25 PM +00:00 UTC

5 Best Sites to Read Manga Legally Online in 2021

Whether you started with anime or manga, you're bound to want to read some of the latter at some point. With many anime discontinued or taking liberties with the source material, the manga is the best way to find out the fate originally intended for your favorite characters - and it can be much more complex too. But manga volumes can also be costly and take too much space on your shelves. So where can you read them legally online? We've gathered some of the best sites to do just that!

  1. Crunchyroll

    If you love both anime and manga, Crunchyroll might be the best way to explore both legally. While the website is widely known as one of the best places to watch anime, it also has a significant manga library with many titles to choose from. 

    The premium plans Crunchyroll has to offer start at $7.99 monthly, but you can have a 14-day free trial first and decide if it's for you. Compared to other platforms, Crunchyroll is known for its variety, so it'll take a lot to get bored of its titles.

    If you like to read on the go, Crunchyroll also has a handy app, which is available for both Android and iPhones to read your favorite manga wherever you might be.  

  2. ComiXology

    ComiXology is an Amazon company distributing manga for Android, Kindle, iOs. Unlike other websites on this list, it's not limited to Japanese manga; as the title indicates, American comics like those by Marvel and DC are also available, so this is definitely something to take into account if you like those too. 

    Apart from the fact that it's kindle-friendly, allowing you to have your manga at the same space as your ebooks, ComiXology allows you to enjoy manga and spend less. As is the case with most ebooks, electronic manga is much more affordable; for example, a volume that could cost  $9.99 or more as a physical copy, can cost $6.99 or less as an electronic one. 

    But this is not all. If you're a regular manga reader, you don't even have to buy every volume you read. You can just try ComiXology Unlimited, a feature not unlike Kindle Unlimited. This allows you to read over 25,000 titles - comix and manga - for just $5.99 a month - worth considering if you read more than one volume per month.

  3. Viz

    Viz is ideal for manga lovers, particularly for shonen fans, as it's directly related to Shonen Jump a weekly manga anthology published by Shueisha. For decades, this magazine has been the go-to for many fans and it's bound to bring you the latest popular works, many of which are adapted into anime.

    Viz is home to popular titles such as Kimetsu no Yaiba, My Hero Academia and Boruto. Its handy calendar allows you to be the first to find out about new releases. Even better, it comes at only $1.99 monthly.

  4. Book☆Walker

    Book☆Walker has one of the richest anime libraries out there, ranging from classic to new titles.  And this is not all! The popular website also has over 300 light novel series, which are often trickier to find outside of Japan.  

    Unfortunately, Book☆Walker doesn't have an Unlimited option, which means that you have to pay for each title separately. However, there is a limited amount of mangas and light novels that you can read online for free, which is often updated, so worth checking out. 

    An average manga issue will normally cost around $8-12 but there are also less expensive titles, with filters that allow you to only look at specific price ranges if you want to budget. 

  5. Manga Planet

    Manga Planet might not have a handy app for mobile devices, but this doesn't prevent it from being an excellent legal solution for manga readers. For a site that hasn't been around long, it has a decent variety of translated titles at logical prices. 

    Starting from $6.99 per month, you can read a large amount of manga, including several romantic titles. And if you're unsure about it, don't worry: the first chapter of each manga can be read for free, meaning you can read quite a few titles and see if you'd like to consistently keep reading them, justifying the price.