When the online manga service JManga launched last August, our biggest criticism was price. The website offered a lot of interesting manga titles, but they were charging print prices for digital manga—$8.99 and up for most volumes.
Manga on the JManga site are priced in points, not dollars. The points cost about a penny each, but you can't just buy 899 points. You have to subscribe, to the tune of $10 per month, which actually gets you 1,500 points the first month and 1,050 each month thereafter. Additional points are sold in increments of $5, $10, or $25.
With the sale prices, those points will go a lot farther. Best of all, to avoid penalizing the early adopters, the JManga folks are refunding 50% of the points they spent on manga before the sale started. So everyone gets a bargain.
Here's a look at some of the books that 499 points will get you:
Adekan: I cannot possibly improve upon JManga's description of this book, so here you go: "Shirou is a sexy loinclothless umbrella maker. Koujirou is a policeman with a passionate sense of justice. Together, they get caught up in erotic, grotesque and bizarre crimes in the back streets of what appears to be the Meiji Era. Careful, this story is addictive!" I'll bet!
Anesthesiologist Hana: When JManga first launched, everyone pointed to this manga as an example of the quirky sort of thing they hoped to find there. Sean Gaffney found it to be a little dry in places but overall a very entertaining workplace manga.
Girlfriends: This is a yuri manga (girl-girl romance) about two girls, one serious and one glamorous, who become friends and then a bit more. Erica Friedman reviewed the first volume at Okazu and points out that it runs in a shoujo manga magazine aimed at men, which makes for an odd combination of fanservice and girl talk.
Manga Science: The oddest thing about this manga is the range of topics, which includes "synthetic seed," "amorphous metal," "biosphere in spaceship," and "dinosauroid," alongside more conventional topics like volcanology, microorganisms, and the greenhouse effect. I almost want to buy it just to find out what a "dinosauroid" is.
Sherlock Holmes: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle may have written some good yarns, but this manga does him one better by introducing a supernatural element: Shadow Masters, nightmarish creatures whom Holmes and Watson (who are young and hot, another thing Conan Doyle neglected) must hunt down using logic and skill.
Soredomo Machi wa Mawatteiru: It's a coffee shop with maids, but somehow Seaside doesn't quite make it as a maid cafe, perhaps because the waitress, Arashiyama Hotori, has little interest in being a maid or even treating her customers well. When a classmate who is a much better maid joins the team, hilarious complications ensue. Sean Gaffney said the manga was mostly about "watching goofy Hotori do dumb things" in his review at Manga Bookshelf.
Brocken Blood: Alchemists, cross-dressing, magical girls, lots of fighting—this manga about a boy with supernatural powers who transforms into a magical girl for fights seems to wrap up almost every existing manga trope into a single series.