Astro Boy for Iphone?

9 11 2009

JG Astro boy iphoneAstro Boy, beloved manga from the grandfather of the form, Osamu Tezuka, may be getting just a little more accessible, to iphone and ipod touch users.

Tezuka Productions and D-Arc announced that the series will be released at a rate of 100 pages for 99 cents. The app is not yet live, but is expected to be so soon.

Success of such release could change the way manga is read in the future, possibly with manga designed to be read with an electronic format in mind. Or it could ultimately prove irrelevant. After all, cell phone users in Japan already have manga-reading capability, but the anthology format still survives.

For 99 cents, however, it might just be worth checking out.