So, I just heard that they changed their policy and remove the censorship bars. I checked the first chapter of I time traveled and confessed to my crush teacher and indeed Hiiragi chan's cleavage was visible in all its splendor. I want to believe that SquareEnix received a lot of negative feedback and decided to listen to us.
Real shame. They blame it on Canadian laws, but Seven Seas prints their manga in Canada and then sells in Canada and has dozens of manga with nude underage girls. I'm not sure why being based in Canada all of a sudden puts so many more restrictions.
Yeah, it's probably similar as to why there aren't a lot of anime that mimic Yoshitaka Amano's intricate, detailed style: you're on a tight schedule and you need to produce, so you're going to go with a style you can do quickly.
Just want to note that MangaPlaza is up in pre-registration (service starts March 1), they're currently offering 72 titles and it appears it will be a monthly subscription service to the full catalogue of whatever they'll be offering once the service goes live
The model itself isn't really that bad (though it would work better if they offered a flat rate subscription that just unlocks everything the way Viz does with Shonen Jump). The main problem is that they currently lack the secondary infrastructure that is needed for this model. When this type of model is used in Japan, if you like something enough to plunk down cash for it, you can go over to Bookwalker or Amazon or something and just buy the volume once it's available.
The problem here is there's no indication that AlphaPolis plans or has any intention of collating the chapters released in the AlphaManga app into volumes for sale digitally or otherwise in English which means outside of Isekai Tensei Soudouki there's currently no way to make a purchase to own (you could buy Re:Monster from SevenSeas, but it's going to be a different TL/Lettering than the version in the AlphaManga app). Given that a number of titles in the app now have enough chapters released that we could easily be on vol 3 or 4 of the mangas, it's honestly not looking good.
If they at least announced their intent to release digital volumes for sale on storefronts, I could at least get behind the model as it stands now.
I've never honestly seen the content overlap between providers, so much like how the world of streaming video has segmented off into individual corporate providers much how like cable TV did, legit manga sites basically offer you titles that each company owns and you'd need to subscribe to multiple sites to get everything being offered.
If you're interested in the SJ titles Viz does though, you only need an account to stay current. I believe the first 3 chapters and the most recent 3 chapters are available with free accounts, you only need a paid subscription if you want to access chapters outside of that.