Here’s something else for Western manga-fanatics to pine about. It seems that the Japanese PlayStation Network will be receiving a new category: digital manga. This distribution channel will provide Japanse manga fans with an alternate method of acquiring the latest manga. Already signed on are publishers Kodansha, Shueisha, Shogakukan, Square Enix, Hakusensha, the Kadokawa group, Bandai Visual and Futabasha.
The service will launch with roughly 100 titles ready for download, with plenty more to follow, including Doraemon, Full Metal Alchemist, Once Piece and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Apparently there is a possibility of the service being offered outside of Japan at a later stage, but no projected date has been mentioned. It sounds all very well, but it also begs the question: Would you want to read manga on a PSP screen?