Manga Blitz is a free application for Android that adds Manga reading and downloading capabilities to devices running at least Android 2.3.
The program is not available on Google Play but can be downloaded either from Amazon or directly from the developer website.
The ad-powered application taps into several popular Manga repositories on the Internet by default which you can search using built-in capabilities.
It supports plugins in addition to that which you can install to extend the functionality of the program and add new resources to it.
The default resources offer English Manga online but plugins are available to add Italian and French sources to the mix.
The three main modules of the application are library, search and downloads.
The library holds all Manga that you have added to it. Adding Manga does not add individual books or chapters to the application automatically.
The app supports two modes which you can use to read Manga. You may stream them directly to the device or download individual chapters.
Streaming saves storage space as you can read them while online. The main advantage of the download option is that you have them available on the device regardless of Internet availability or status of the resource it was downloaded from.
The library behaves different depending on that. If you have just added a Manga to it but not downloaded a chapter of it, it takes you to the chapter selection menu online that you can use to read them directly without downloading them first.
If you have downloaded at least one chapter, those downloaded chapters are displayed instead by the application.
The online search is powerful. You may enter a search term and get a list of results immediately, or filter by genre instead first to limit the number of results.
Each Manga is displayed with a thumbnail and title, and when you tap on one, a description and the list of available chapters.
While you do get ads on many pages of the application, ads are not displayed when you read Manga. You swipe to flip pages which works really well. Manga are usually displayed fullscreen on the device and pinch-zooming is supported to zoom in or out at any time.
Other features of interest that Manga Blitz supports are progress tracking and notifications when new chapters get released. There is also a low memory mode in the settings which you may want to enable to reduce the memory use of the app by removing some appearance-related features from the interface.
Manga Blitz is a powerful Manga reader and downloader for Android devices. It has a few small quirks and issues that you may encounter, for instance that the library shows only downloaded chapters and provides no apparent option to download others or access them online from the library.
All in all though it provides Manga enthusiasts with everything they need to read and manage collections.Advertisement
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