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access_time January 9, 2014 at 6:43 PM in Culture by Charlie Grammer

New manga creation app scheduled for release on 3DS in Japan

A manga page created on Comic Koubou.

A manga page created on Comic Koubou.

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at drawing manga while you’re messing around with your Nintendo 3DS, then we’ve got some good news for you. A brand new app called Comic Koubou will let you do just that on January 15, 2014.

This app, which will release for 800 yen (roughly $7.62) is currently only slated for the Japanese eShop, with no word on an international release. If, however, you can access the shop and wish to purchase it, you may be pleasantly surprised. The application allows for the basics that you will need in order to create manga, namely free panel division, basic tools for speech and text bubbles, vertical and horizontal placement, pens, brushes, and tones.

In addition to the basics, you will have several digital platform benefits, namely layers (the app allows up to five at one time), copy/paste, and the always popular undo/redo function.

Finally, if you’ve drawn something that you wish to share, your manga can be saved in a JPEG format to the console’s SD card, and then transferred to your PC or even uploaded to the internet.

There are a few drawbacks, however. For one, the application does not make any use of 3D, despite being on the 3DS. Another is that the page setting maximum size is a mere 896×896, which is far below what many aspiring manga artists would prefer.

What do you think of the new software?

Thanks, Kotaku.


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