Japanese comics, better known as Manga comics, are the most popular type of comics in the world. Data from a few months ago confirmed this with an incredible report that a single manga, Demon Slayer, sold more copies in the West than the entire American comics industry, which includes Marvel and DS comics.
The reason for such great popularity of Manga is easy to see. Themes and motives, among which we most often see honor, friendship, responsibility, love, sin, and betrayal, are treated with a dose of seriousness to which readers in the West are not accustomed. The great focus on Japanese medieval culture and religion, mixed with modern Japan, brings to these stories a touch of freshness and mysticism that arouses curiosity and imagination in the reader. There is also unique Japanese humor that you will honestly like or dislike. Another reason for the success of Manga comics is that they do not focus exclusively on children and teenagers, but often deal with topics that adults can also enjoy.
If you have never read any Manga comic, believe us, you must do it, you might even like it, and for the older generation, we recommend an amazing thriller Death Note. Apps are most commonly used to read Manga on your phone, while there are many websites where you can read Manga for free on your computer. There are also programs on the computer that make reading more enjoyable than websites and this is the best way to enjoy Manga, and we have made a top list of the 3 best free programs for reading Manga comics on your PC.
Manga Z is a free program for reading Manga comics available for Windows 10. The program works quickly and reliably, and we have very rarely found problems that we often see in such programs, such as not loading pages and program instability.
Manga Z is one of the most popular manga reading programs, and the reason for that is simple. Here you will find the largest selection of comics of any program on the market, and new releases appear here as soon as they come out. In addition, the program contains all the options needed for comfortable reading, such as the ability to download comics for offline reading, when you read a comic program it will remember where you stopped, notifications when new releases appear, zoom feature, and much more.
The user interface is great and looks nice. You can search for comics by genre, the most popular or the top 500. For each comic, you can read a short description in which the story will be described, which helps when choosing what you want to read next.
Manga Z is a free program with a premium version. The free version will show ads, but honestly, they didn’t bother us much because they don’t interrupt reading.
YACReader is a free Manga comic book reader available for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, macOS, and Linux. It is another great program that contains all the options necessary for pleasant reading. These options are similar to the ones we have in Manga Z so we won’t list them again.
One great and unusual option is the ability to translate comics. Namely, Manga comics in the west mostly come in the English language. YACReader has the option to translate comics into some of the world’s most popular languages, including French, German, Greek, Indian, etc.
Another great option is Go-To Flow. This option provides a 3D interface, similar to the one we see on smartphones, where you can see multiple pages at once. This option helps with navigation and we have to admit that we liked it, although we did not expect we would when we read the ad of the authors.
The selection of comics that YACReader offers is smaller than Manga Z, and we encountered problems more often, but not as often. Still, YACReader is in our opinion the best free Manga reading program. Why? The program simply does not have a premium version, and it also does not contain ads. This is something you’ll hardly find anywhere else.
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, macOS, and Linux
Manga Reader is a free Manga comic book reader available for Windows 7, 8, and 10. It contains all the options we expect from a modern Manga reader and is extremely easy to use. The user interface is clear, and navigating it doesn’t require much learning.
What sets Manga Reader apart is that the program works incredibly well. Loading is very fast and we did not encounter any bugs. That is, we did not encounter any problems until we used it continuously for several hours. After a few hours, the program started to work noticeably slower. We solved this by using an old programming trick, turn it off, and start it again.
However, until the program started to cause problems, we found the best experience of reading comics in it, and in our opinion, that is one of the most important items. Although Manga Reader took third place on our list, that does not mean that it should be ignored, and we suggest you try all three programs and decide for yourself which one you like the most.
Windows 7, 8, 10