As people around the world stay home as much as they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it’s natural for us to miss the things we used to get so easily. Going out to restaurants has been replaced by pickups, takeouts and delivery, and buying manga from the store has been replaced by . . . Uber Eats?!
Well, at least in Japan, that’s true.
According to SoraNews, this actually started in August 2019, before COVID-19 hit, when Lawson, a convenience store chain in Japan, teamed up with Uber Eats. As it is, convenience stores sell manga magazines like Weekly Shonen Jump, similar to the way American convenience stores sell newspapers and celebrity magazines. So apparently Lawson figured as long as people are calling in ahead for food orders, why not let them buy other merchandise already in the store? Otaku are taking advantage of this and it could become a new business model.
Now more than 400 Lawson stores offer manga delivered to your door. So far it’s the only convenience store chain in Japan to do so, though other convenience store chains will work with Uber Eats for food deliveries.
So if you could order manga with your Uber Eats, what would you pick?
Danica Davidson, along with Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya, is the author of Manga Art for Intermediates. In addition to showing how to draw manga character types in detail, the book describes how professional Japanese manga creators work, including common techniques and what drawing utensils they use.