Square Enix to shut down digital manga sites

Square Enix is shutting down its U.S. and French digital manga sites; they were so loaded down with DRM and bad design that it’s doubtful anyone will miss them. In case you did succeed in buying manga from them, here’s a page describing how to continue reading your purchased books; unfortunately, it’s only for Windows users. The good news is that Yen Press will start distributing Square Enix manga digitally sometime this year, so a better system will soon be in place.

Lissa Pattillo picks the best of this week’s new manga in her On the Shelf column at Otaku USA, and at Manga Bookshelf, the team looks over next week’s new releases.

Reviews: Carlo Santos gives us a quick rundown of recent releases in his Right Turn Only!! column at ANN. Ash Brown looks back on a week’s manga reading at Experiments in Manga.

Connie on vol. 1 of 07-Ghost (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 11 of 13th Boy (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 2 of 21st Century Boys (Slightly Biased Manga)
Erica Friedman on vol. 2 of Angelic Layer (Okazu)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Angel Sanctuary (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Matt Cycyk on vol. 7 of Animal Land (Matt Talks About Manga)
Connie on vol. 16 of Bakuman (Slightly Biased Manga)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 8 of Bokurano: Ours (The Comic Book Bin)
Anna on vol. 1 of Crimson Empire (Manga Report)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 9 of Dorohedoro (The Comic Book Bin)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 9 of Dorohedoro (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 9 of Dorohedoro (The Fandom Post)
Matthew Warner on The Drops of God: New World (The Fandom Post)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 25 of Excel Saga (The Fandom Post)
Traci on vol. 1 of The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel (Experiments in Manga)
Matt Cycyk on vol. 2 of Knights of Sidonia (Matt Talks About Manga)
Daniella Orihuela-Gruber on Love Makes Everything Right (All About Manga)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 1 of Mixed Vegetables (Blogcritics)
Matt Cycyk on vol. 1 of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin (Matt Talks About Manga)
Matt Cycyk on NonNonBa (Matt Talks About Manga)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 9 of Oh My Goddess (Blogcritics)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 10 of One Piece (Blogcritics)
Connie on vol. 5 of Pokemon Adventures (Slightly Biased Manga)
Matthew Warner on vol. 11 of Rosario + Vampire: Season II (The Fandom Post)
Connie on vol. 7 of Sailor Moon (Slightly Biased Manga)
Helen on vols. 9 and 10 of Sailor Moon (Narrative Investigations)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 10 of Sailor Moon (Blogcritics)
Connie on vol. 9 of Sakura Hime (Slightly Biased Manga)
Derek Bown on this week’s issue of Shonen Jump (Manga Bookshelf)
Victoria K. Martin on vol. 11 of Soul Eater (Kuriousity)
Matthew Warner on vol. 2 of Strobe Edge (The Fandom Post)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 3 of Strobe Edge (Blogcritics)
Connie on vol. 11 of Toriko (Slightly Biased Manga)
Drew McCabe on Unico (Comic Attack)
Matthew Warner on vol. 16 of Vampire Knight (The Fandom Post)
Connie on vol. 3 of X (Slightly Biased Manga)

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  1. Yeah, I had enough trouble just logging into the square enix main site, much less buying manga. Never did.