“Jokes” aside, it seems like the kodansha.us site has at least the first chapter of AoT translated in English. You get the first chapter of a lot of stuff for free since they want you to buy it, or if it’s just old, or big enough that they know people will buy it anyway. There are a few official manga sites.
Crunchyroll used to have a lot of manga for free, haven’t used it lately.
You can also see where you can read it legally on the kodansha site.
Oh right, the first pages have the free preview… for what comes later I doubt is legally findable on internet tho
I mean maybe some mangas will be free but I guess the majority and the most famous ones will not…?
Crunchyroll provides mangas too!?
Funnily enough, I think it’s easier to get Japanese manga for free than translated manga. Bookwalker, kindle, and ebookjapan, among others, give out volumes for free all the time. I have around 600+ free volumes just sitting there.
Also, one (I) would say that studying Japanese and having bought the Japanese manga are good enough reasons to be able to check the English fan translations of something in order to confirm a translation.
I think I misspoke in another post about this but I read the first 13 volumes (barely got through 13 it was too text heavy for me at the time) and the last two volumes (because I can’t wait for The Final Season Part 3 - Game of the Year Edition with pre-order DLC). I watched the Anime before I started learning Japanese and watched the last couple seasons with subs on for conversation heavy episodes.
Edit: to your question about Takagi-san I haven’t read the series.
The same sort of thing happened to me with One Punch Man. I grabbed the volume that starts after the most recent anime season and ran smack dab into the middle of the villain groups discourse on manifest destiny.
I agree, Iinchou. I have had to ask scanlation groups for raws before. There are places you can look, but you never know what you’ll be able to find, and even knowing people in Japan is not a guarantee if it’s an old or harder to find manga.
I’m lucky to know people in circles where this is a bit easier. Not that I regularly need to ask, just in case.
I’ve actually been going back to the originals quite often just because Yomichan is so much easier to use than any of the built in lookup tools on any of the main eReaders. I kinda wish I could texthook my eReader, lol.
One originally drew the series as a webcomic and posted it on that page. It got popular enough to be picked up by Shounen Jump and that’s when Yusuke Murata was brought on to redo the illustrations. One’s actual style is closer to what you would see on Mob Psycho 100 if you’re familiar with that show.