Okay so I don’t really know wtf to call apps targeted towards anime/manga/Japanese culture fans other than otaku but let’s just roll with it
I’m an avid Android user for a year know (eat a dong Apple ) and recently I’ve picked up a bunch of useful apps for all those sites I visit daily – but now are easily accessible on my phone. Now FYI I’m using the HTC EVO from Sprint and it’s much MUCH faster than my crappy old mytouch3G from T-mobile so while these sites & apps load decently on my Android 2.1, they may lag like a mofo on 1.6 and below. Anyway let’s get started.
Manga Browser – This is what I use to read ALLLL my manga at work lol. In the privacy of your own phone you can read any genre without someone walking by forcing you to alt tab into your outlook It reads off of the manga listing at onemanga and onethousandmanga (the onemanga for smutty shoujo lolol). It also has a great feature where say you were in the middle of a chapter but you gotta shut your phone down to go to the bathroom. You can come back to that page with the simple press of a button. If you remember what page you left off you can also move through page numbers and jump to that page. Additionally I believe you can also add favorites but I’ve not yet tried this feature. The only down side is there are no menu options and overall you have to sort of learn the buttons on your own before you get used to it. The manga loads extremely fast, faster than my work internet so I actually prefer to use this app now. Also it’s now the new alternative to taking a newspaper to the toilet with you Edit 07/22/2010: I just found out onemanga is shutting its doors in about a week. FUCK.
WordPress Mobile – Well as it is – its a wordpress app for those of us using wordpress.com to host our blogs. I’m not sure if you can use this on a self hosted blog or how well it works there, but it works great on my phone. Of course I’m writing this post from my desktop since I need to copy & paste QR codes but for checking blog stats, comments and quick editing of posts it’s a really handy app.
NicoRo - This is an app that allows your non Android 2.2 handset to be able to watch NicoNico Douga. The app is still in alpha stages but from me testing it when it FIRST came out it definitely worked. I haven’t used it since me being the 3rd person to write a review for it but it looks like the app has gained some popularity amongst Japanese android users. (mostly those using Xperia as I think that is currently the only major Android phone in Japan.) The guy updates this app very frequently so it’s definitely in progress. I’m just saddened that maybe his efforts will go to waste once most phones are using Android 2.2 but I’m pretty sure this app will be in use at least for another 6 months for me!
Simeji – Simeji is the best Japanese keyboard app on the market. When it first came out it was annoying to use because you had to type and press & hold hiragana keys. However now the guy has developed it to be like an IME where you type in romaji and it turns into hiragana/kanji etc as suggested words! The app has also gotten a lot smoother on android 2.2 vs 1.6 and you can even change the color of your keyboard to be cat’s fur or something
KaoMash - This app goes hand in hand with Simeji. Ever want to insert those cute Japanese emoticons into your twitter posts or google talk conversations? When you run Simeji you just press the mushroom button and it will give you KaoMash as an option. From there you have an alphabetized (Japanese alphabetized aiueo etc) listing of kaomoji! ヽ(*´∀｀)ノ
Now for some non apps. These are sites that are mobile versions that go well with your android phone.
Pixiv Mobile – http://touch.pixiv.net – Apparently there’s an app but it’s restricted to Japanese locale and blocks all foreigners (what else is new ) From what I gather though the app isn’t much different from the mobile site. The biggest downer of the mobile site is I can’t set my bookmarks into my predetermined categories. It just bookmarks into an “uncategorized” section of your bookmarks. Considering I have 20+ bookmark categories this is really annoying. I sometimes find the original site to be better but if you just wanna browse tags and illustrations (particularly some tags which are fulla porn) then this is a fast and easy way to do it.
MyAnimeList Mobile - http://mobilemal.com/ – I just discovered this today (and it’s what prompted me to write this post.) Apparently MAL has a mobile feature! So far I’ve tested out adding a new manga to my list and signifying which chapter I was on. It was really fast and easy to use. I definitely recommend and it’s now in my bookmark listing.
And so this concludes my android app/site listing. These are the ones that I use anyway and I’m sure there are other relevant apps but I just haven’t really gone beyond to see what else is out there. If anyone has other sites & suggestions feel free to post them in the comments!