There is little doubt that people are frustrated over the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) leading to the cancellation or delay of several events throughout the world. However, it looks like there are still fans out there who are grateful for the situation. After all, it has led to manga publishers releasing over 450 volumes of comics being available to read for free online.
The announcement comes from Sora News 24, which confirms that several publishers have decided to release hundreds of manga volumes online. In addition to new issues, there are back issues currently available to read for free.
The available volumes and the websites where you can find them are as follows:
● Weekly Shonen Jump (Shonen Jump +)
● Weekly Shonen Sunday (Sunday Webly)
● Kokoro Comic, Kokoro Ichiban (Kokoro Online)
● Betsu Comi, Sho-Comi, Cheese!, Ciao Deluxe, Petit Comic, Monthly Flowers (Shogakukan e-Comic Store)
● Ribbon, Bessatsu Margaret, Koko Hana, The Margaret (Margaret Bookstore)
● Weekly Shonen Champion (Manga Cross)
● Hana to Yume, The Hana to Yume Shin, LaLa, LaLaDX
It's an amazing move from the publishers that is truly appreciated by everyone who has to stay at home due to COVID-19. After all, we can't all just watch movies and shows on streaming services. Needless to say, having all these manga volumes available online means that you can still get your manga fix while you're stuck indoors.
Japan had previously decided to close down schools and cancel several events to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country.