Years ago, finding your favorite manga was like having your teeth pulled. While booksellers would have an occasional volume, readers had to wait months for manga volumes to come overseas. Everything has changed in recent years thanks to online editors, and Manga Plus is one of the best. After all, the service is bringing new chapters to fans around the world the same day they’re released in Japan. And it turns out that Manga Plus has a lot more to do with making anime than we thought.
The update came from Yuta Momiyama, an editor at Shueisha who oversees Manga Plus and Shonen Jump+. The creator caught up with fans on his blog to talk about his behind-the-scenes work, and he revealed that the Manga Plus rating impacts a series’ chances of getting an anime.
As reported by Anime News Network, Momiyama said that Manga Plus gives Shueisha key data that he has a harder time getting from his print magazines. As subscribers read and vote on the site, Shueisha’s editorial department may collect data on who is reading what and where. These early data points are turned into reports for the anime committees that pitch adaptations to the studios. And given the importance of the international market in anime, Manga Plus’ global reach provides the most accurate data to push a show’s approval forward.
You may not have realized the amount of data coming into Manga Plus as a user, but the numbers provided to Shueisha are key. If you now look at the top performing series on the site, you will see current anime hits like One Piece, my hero academia, and Jujutsu Kaisen. But there are also newer titles that should now get series thanks to their ranking. Spy x Family is just a title, and others like me are well on their way. So, if you’re wondering if reading Manga Plus has done anything for the anime industry, well, now you know.
What do you think of this behind-the-scenes look at Manga Plus? Do you like being able to read new chapters the day they go to live abroad? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB.