By Buddy Favors Jr
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MangaUpdates (also known as Baka-Updates Manga) is a site dedicated to bringing the manga community (and by extension the manhwa, manhua, etc, communities) the latest scanlation and series information.
• Track of the manga you've read, the manga you're reading, and the manga you want to read.
• Search the site for series.
• View the recent releases for series.
What's New in Version 1.0.1
- You can now read past the latest released chapter.
- Other small UI bugs.
This app hooks you up with some of the web functionality, but it doesn't provide some key functionality available when viewing the site. Namely, the color labels you might have set are missing from the releases section, there is not a way to search for anything but titles, and there is no internal linking scheme that allows you to review mangaka, publishing, tags, or scanlation info. There is also no iPad version. This is really only for iPhone or iPod users with eyes too tired to face the challenge of viewing the site content from a web browser. It is what it is.
Can't search by author? No fuzzy search? Only EXACT titles?
This app has a lot going for it. Easy to use interface, a foundation of users updating information, wealth of information (even if it has scanlation info), BUT--
You can't search by artist or author.
Misspellings are unforgivable.
You can't tap on an creator's name to get more info on them and their other works.
You can't tap on a related series to go to that series info page.
You can't tap on a publisher for more info.
Basically a series' page is static and you can't tap on names or titles for more info.
You certainly can't search by author and even the actual website doesn't search by author unless you specifically tell it to search by mangaka after failing a general search.
Search options and parameters seriously need improvement on both the app and the website. So much potential and so much information that's so hard to search unless you happen to remember how to spell a Japanese title exactly.
I love this app, I usually check my updates online, but since this app came out it makes it so much easier. Their is one thing you could add that would make it perfect, when your looking up a series the app doesn't tell you the current amount of scanlated chapters. If you would add that the app would be PERFECT!