Originally available only in Japanese, Square Enix has just launched Manga Up! in English, and it is a service where you can read Square Enix’s lineup of manga.
Manga Up! works similarly to Shueisha’s Manga Plus service where readers can access the first couple of chapters of a manga. It also features a points-based system for reading more chapters.
Manga Up! Lineup
As the service is owned by Square Enix, the app hosts a selection of manga serialized on Gangan Comics and other Gangan magazines. In total there are over 100 manga titles available on the service in English.
Is Manga Up! Free?
Manga Up! is a free-to-start service that’s available on smartphones and on PC via the website. As explained above, readers can access the first few and last couple of chapters of each manga title.
What makes the app different is that each user has three types of points in their account. This is unlike the subscription system offered by Shonen Jump.
The first is the UP point which is consumed for each chapter that you read that isn’t part of the free offerings. UP points are refreshed twice a day: at 8 AM and 8 PM JST.
Players can also gain XP points which can be used to read more chapters. XP can be gained as a reward for doing certain tasks in the app.
Finally, Coins can also be used to read chapters. Coins can only be gained through purchase via the in-app shop.
Manga Up! Where to Download
The service is also available through the English website.