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VIZ Media Debuts New Rurouni Kenshin Samurai Manga Reboot In Weekly SJ Alpha

Digital Manga Updates for 2nd Half of May Include Continuation Of Monday 40% Promo on Select Volume 1 Titles, HONEY AND CLOVER Debut

VIZ Media rounds out the month of May with big news for WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA members as it debuts in today’s issue the new RUROUNI KENSHIN manga (graphic novel) reboot – RUROUNI KENSHIN: RESTORATION.

RUROUNI KENSHIN: RESTORATION will be serialized once a month in WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA. To celebrate the upcoming live action movie, Nobuhiro Watsuki, the original creator of RURUNI KENSHIN (published by VIZ Media in North America, rated ‘T’ for Older Teens) reinvented his classic manga with all-new twists and turns. Action, romance, and historical intrigue abound in RUROUNI KENSHIN: RESTORATION, the tale of a wandering swordsman during Japan’s chaotic Meiji Restoration. Join Kenshin, Kaoru, Yahiko and others as they take up their swords once again!

Each new digital edition of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA treats manga fans across North America to the latest chapters of some of the world’s most popular manga series only two weeks after they debut in Japan’s massively popular WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP magazine.

WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA is available through an annual membership that provides 52 weeks of digital access to 48 weekly issues for just $25.99. Single issues of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA can be read for four weeks for only $0.99. Each issue may be read on VIZManga.com/sj-weekly, and also on the updated VIZ Manga App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA members also receive an annual collector’s yearbook, 4 Yu-Gi-Oh! cards throughout the year delivered to your door, and access to exclusive content, including creator interviews and exclusive videos.

VIZ Media also continues its special May manga promotion on VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, offering a 40% off discount on five select Volume 1 digital titles (Reg. MSRP: $4.99, Sale Price: $2.99) each Monday through the end of the month.

Discount Manga Titles for May 21st Include:

HIKARU NO GO Vol. 1 · Rated ‘A’ for All Ages

NURA: RISE OF THE YOKAI CLAN Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens

ROSARIO + VAMPIRE Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens

RUROUNI KENSHIN Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens

TEGAMI BACHI Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens

Discount Manga Titles for May 28th Include:

BLEACH Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens

CLAYMORE Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens

DRAGON BALL Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens

KEKKAISHI Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens

THE PRINCE OF TENNIS Vol. 1 · Rated ‘A’ for All Ages

 Finally, in addition to updates to 19 other series, shojo fans can look forward to the debut on May 28th of HONEY AND CLOVER (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens). Created by Chica Umino. the story follows Takemoto, a sophomore art student in Tokyo, who thinks his greatest worries in life are finding ways to eat more meat and getting to class on time. But with friends like his, life is never going to be that tame.

The VIZ MANGA APP is available for free through the iTunes Store and all manga volumes are generally available for purchase and download in the U.S. and Canada within the application for $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) per volume. More than 55 series and 500+ volumes are currently available for download.

VIZ Media’s multiple digital manga platforms allow for universal access to read manga from an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and now, on VIZManga.com for desktop/laptop PC-enabled computers as well as Android-powered devices with built-in web browsers. The free VIZ Manga App is the top application for reading manga and features a rapidly growing library of the most popular manga series in the world. For more information, please visit VIZManga.com or www.VIZ.com/apps.

For more information on WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA and exclusive subscriber offers, please visit SJAlpha.com.

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Author:Brett Schenker

Brett is a political consultant who resides in Arlington, VA. He grew up in Cleveland, OH and Buffalo, NY and attended the University at Buffalo, majoring in Political Science. Since then Brett has made his mark on politics working in various positions such as a Legislative Staffer for the Erie County Legislature, Special Assistant for Senator John Kerry, as the Database Administrator for Forward Together PAC, Deputy Internet Director for Chris Dodd for President, and Internet/Database Director for Virginians for Brian Moran, and Email Deliverability Czar for Salsa Labs. In 2007 Brett formed 5B Consulting providing his expertise on database solutions, new media and email strategy. He's a long time geek, reading comics since he was a child and learning to spell his name on an Atari 800. When he's not working, he's reading comics, playing video games and relaxing with a nice cup of tea. You can follow him on Twitter @bhschenker

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