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VIZ Media’s December Digital Update Continues

VIZ Media concludes 2017 with a mid-month digital manga update for December featuring special holiday pricing on an annual subscription to Weekly Shonen Jump.

The second half of December is highlighted by the digital debut of Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Stories, a frightening anthology of spine tingling stories from the undisputed master of horror manga. The latest volumes of several other continuing acclaimed series such as Golden Kamuy (Vol. 3), Sweet Blue Flowers (Vol. 2) and Tokyo Ghoul: Re (Vol. 2) are also among the new digital releases readers won’t want to miss.

December Digital Manga Promotion

Shonen Jump Digital Manga Sale

Celebrate the holidays with two fan-favorite manga series from VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump imprint. All One Piece and Hunter X Hunter volumes will be on sale for only $4.99 each. Available through December 25th across all digital platforms.

Weekly Shonen Jump Updates

Holiday Annual Subscription Sale

Take part in special holiday pricing on an annual subscription to the world’s most popular weekly manga magazine for only $19.99. The special Weekly Shonen Jump sale is available for a limited time only from December 15th to January 15th.

Weekly Shonen Jump members receive 48 weekly digital issues throughout the year as well as special premiums such as Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Cards, digital-only promotions, and access to subscriber-only content.

Readers are also invited to dive into all-new Free Chapters of continuing series in Shonen Jump’s free section. Check out Free Chapters of popular Weekly Shonen Jump series.

Free chapters are available for the following series:

  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
  • Dragon Ball SUper
  • Juni Taisen: Zodiac War (manga)
  • My Hero Academia
  • My Hero Academia: Vigilanters
  • Tokyo Ghoul: Re
  • And More!

Weekly Shonen Jump Manga Magazine Launches On Google Play

wsj-nov-21-2016-coverVIZ Media adds a new way for readers to access the latest issues of Weekly Shonen Jump as it announces the launch of the popular weekly manga (graphic novel) publication on Google Play.

Previously, readers could only access Weekly Shonen Jump on the Google Play store via the VIZ Manga App or through the Android-based Weekly Shonen Jump App. Manga fans can now purchase single issues of Weekly Shonen Jump directly from Google Play/Google Books for $0.99 (USD) each. A backlist catalog offering 1 month of previously released issues will also be available.

Manga series currently featured in Weekly Shonen Jump include One Piece, My Hero Academia, One-Punch Man, Boruto, Black Clover, Blue Exorcist, Food Wars!, The Promised Neverland, Red Sprite, Seraph of the End, World Trigger and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V. Weekly Shonen Jump also regularly gives readers an advance peek at other hot new series debuts in Japan with special Jump Start features throughout the year.

Weekly Shonen Jump is published digitally each week by VIZ Media and features the latest chapters of some of the world’s most popular manga series released to English readers across North America as well as the U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, India, the Philippines and Singapore on the same day as the magazine’s general print release in Japan. International issues debut each Monday at 10:00am (PST) and monthly subscriptions are available across all territories.

Manga Series RWBY Joins VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump

rwby-manga-shirowmiwa-wcopyVIZ Media adds a riveting new title to its Weekly Shonen Jump lineup with the launch of RWBY in this week’s issue of the world’s most popular manga magazine.

RWBY is an action-driven adventure inspired by the popular online anime series created by Monty Oum and produced by Austin, TX-based Rooster Teeth Productions. The manga is set in the future-fantasy World of Remnant and introduces readers to a group of four young adventurers who train at Beacon Academy to become Huntsmen and Huntresses in order to protect their world from monsters. The RWBY manga is written and illustrated by Shirow Miwa, who is widely acclaimed for his series Dogs: Bullets and Carnage.

A special FREE Chapter 1 of RWBY is available in the SHONEN JUMP section of the VIZ website. New RWBY digital chapters will be available exclusively to Weekly Shonen Jump subscribers every Monday.

In RWBY, humans and beasts once coexisted peacefully in the magical World of Remnant. Now they are at fierce odds. Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long are Team RWBY, classmates at the Beacon Academy, learning the deadly craft of hunting the monstrous species known as the Grimm.

VIZ Media Announces November’s New Digital Manga Titles and Debuts

haikyu-gn01VIZ Media kicks off November with a notable digital manga update that features the debut of RWBY in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, several new series premieres as well as updates to more than a dozen other popular continuing titles.

Weekly Shonen Jump readers can look forward to RWBY joining the magazine’s lineup this month. From the creator of Dogs, Shirow Miwa, new RWBY chapters will be available in Weekly Shonen Jump every week! The latest additions to the world’s premier manga magazine’s free section include My Hero Academia and Seraph of the End. Fan-favorites, One-Punch Man, Hunter X Hunter, Dragon Ball Super and more are also currently available in Weekly Shonen Jump’s free section.

Manga fans and readers are invited to dive into the launch of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 3 – Stardust Crusaders, Vol. 1 and the latest Naruto novel, Itachi’s Story – Daylight, on November 1st. Fumi Yoshinaga’s acclaimed shojo collection of manga short stories All My Darling Daughters makes its digital debut on November 8th and will be followed by the launch of Vols. 1-12 for Yoshinaga’s current series, Ôoku: The Inner Chambers, on November 15th. Flower in a Storm rounds out the debuts with Vols. 1 and 2 on November 22nd.

ooku-gn01Other notable digital additions for November include the latest volume for the smash hit sports series, Haikyu!!, the conclusion of the shojo drama, Shuriken and Pleats, and the hard hitting action of One-Punch Man. All currently available volumes of Haikyu!! (Vols. 1-4) will also be available as part of a manga flash promotion that opens the month and runs for a limited time. A special Black Friday digital manga sale is also scheduled.

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: PART 3 – STARDUST CRUSADERS, Vol. 1

Available November 1st!

The beginning of the Stardust Crusaders Arc! A fiendish villain once thought to be dead has resurfaced and become even more powerful! To fight this evil, the aging Joseph Joestar enlists the help of his hot-blooded grandson, Jotaro Kujo. Together they embark on a perilous adventure that will take them around the world!

NARUTO: ITACHI’S STORY – DAYLIGHT

Available November 1st!

The latest NARUTO novel focuses on Uchiha Itachi. With the hell of war burned into his eyes, the boy makes a resolution: he will rid this world of all violence. The birth of Sasuke, meeting his friend Shisui, the academy, genin, chunin, and then the Anbu—Itachi races down the path of glory toward his dream of becoming the first Uchiha Hokage, unaware of the darkness that lies ahead…

ALL MY DARLING DAUGHTERS (Complete in One Volume)

Available November 8th!

Creator Fumi Yoshinaga weaves together the disparate lives of Yukiko and her friends in five short stories, exploring the women’s various relationships with the skill and elegance she is famous for. Yukiko, a salarywoman in her thirties, still lives with her mother Mari. But their relationship suffers a sudden change when Mari announces that she’s getting married – to an ex-host and aspiring actor who’s younger than Yukiko. Yukiko, convinced he’s out to fleece her mom, can’t stand to stay in the house and decides to move in with her boyfriend.

ÔOKU: THE INNER CHAMBERS, Vols. 1-12 (Series Debut)

Available November 15th!

In Edo period Japan, a strange new disease called the Redface Pox has begun to prey on the country’s men. Within eighty years of the first outbreak, the male population has fallen by seventy-five percent. Women have taken on all the roles traditionally granted to men, even that of the shogun. The men, precious providers of life, are carefully protected. And the most beautiful of the men are sent to serve in the shogun’s Inner Chamber…

FLOWER IN A STORM Vols. 1-2 (Complete Series Debut)

Available November 22nd!

An imaginative romantic comedy from creator Shigeyoshi Takagi. Riko Kunimi is trying to lead a normal high school life when Ran Tachibana bursts into her classroom carrying a gun and tells her that her life is now his. Ran, who is the richest and most powerful 17-year-old in Japan, wants her as his wife, and he’s not taking no for an answer!

HAIKYU!! Manga Flash Sale

Created by Haruichi Furudate, HAIKYU!! depicts the on and off the court drama of a driven young volleyball player.

  • HAIKYU!! Vols. 1-4 Digital Volume Flash Sale: All available volumes of HAIKYU!! on sale for $4.99 per volume. Available Nov. 1st–3rd on all digital platforms.

Check VIZ.com each week throughout the rest of November for additional manga titles to be featured in this month’s digital sales as well as a special Black Friday promotion later in the month!

 

New November 2016 Digital Manga:

Digital manga updates for November include new volumes for ten additional continuing VIZ Media series. Notable new releases this month include not-to-be-missed volumes for BLEACH (Vol. 68), DRAGON BALL FULL COLOR FREEZA ARC (Vol. 4), MAID-SAMA! 2-in-1 (Vol. 6), MY HERO ACADEMIA (Vol. 6), NISEKOI (Vol. 18), ONE PIECE (Vol. 80), TERRA FORMARS (Vol. 15), TORIKO (Vol. 36), ULTRAMAN (Vol. 6) and the final volume of SUNNY (Vol. 6).

New series and volumes are added every Tuesday. Fans can also find these titles and more for the NOOK, Kindle Fire, and Kobo eReaders, as well as in the ComiXology, iBooks and Google Play Stores.

Most manga volumes are available for purchase and download in the U.S. and Canada within the VIZ Manga application starting from only $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) each. Readers can also explore free Chapter 1 previews of most series.

The Promised Neverland Joins Weekly Shonen Jump

weekly-shonen-jump-9-5-16-coverVIZ Media kicks off September with a fresh digital manga update highlighted by the latest entry in the Weekly Shonen Jump lineup as well as new additions to scores of other popular continuing titles.

Shojo and classic manga fans won’t want to miss September’s special digital sale. The Classic Shojo Beat Fantasy Sale covers entire series runs for timeless shojo fantasy titles and takes place each week throughout the month. Check in each week for the latest shojo series featured in the September sale!

Weekly Shonen Jump readers can look forward to Jump Start series, The Promised Neverland, officially joining the magazine’s lineup this month. Weekly Shonen Jump is the world’s premier manga brand and leading international weekly manga magazine.

The first three chapters of The Promised Neverland will also be available on the Weekly Shonen Jump website’s free section along with the continued serialization of Astra Lost in Space, a new science fiction survival epic from Kenta Shinohara, the creator of Sket Dance! Other series currently available in Weekly Shonen Jump’s free section include The Emperor and I, Haikyu!!, One-Punch Man, Naruto: Chibi Sasuke’s Sahringan Legend and more!

ceres-gn01In The Promised Neverland, life at Grace Field House has been good for Emma and her fellow orphans. While the daily studying and exams they have to take are tough, their loving caretaker provides them with delicious foods and plenty of playtime. But perhaps not everything is as it seems.


VIZ Media is also celebrating classic shojo fantasy manga series throughout September! Specially curated digital sales will discount every available volume of a featured series to $4.99 each and will be available across all digital platforms for a limited time.

First up is Ceres: The Celestial Legend which has a digital sale running September 6th–12th. The sale includes volumes 1-14.

Check VIZ.com each week throughout the rest of the month for additional shojo fantasy manga titles to be featured in this month’s digital sale!

Weekly Shonen Jump Debuts on comiXology and Amazon

VIZ Media, comiXology and Amazon announced today the debut of Weekly Shonen Jump across the comiXology platform as well as Amazon’s Kindle Store. The English language digital manga magazine comes out weekly and is published simultaneously with the print version in Japan. This debut gives comiXology and Kindle fans a taste of the latest manga from Japan, on the same day, now accessible to English speakers across North America, the U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Today’s magazine contains chapters of such hit ongoing manga series as One Piece, Bleach, Blue Exorcist, My Hero Academia, and Food Wars! Shokugeki No Soma.

Weekly Shonen Jump is published digitally each week by VIZ Media and features the latest installments of some of the world’s most popular manga series released to English readers across North America, the U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand on the same day as the magazine’s general print release in Japan. Currently featured series include Black Clover, Bleach, Blue Exorcist, Food Wars! Shokugeki No Soma, My Hero Academia, Nisekoi, One Piece, One-Punch Man, Seraph Of The End: Vampire Reign, Toriko, World Trigger and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V.

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Review: J-Stars Victory Vs+

J-Stars Victory VS+ Cover ArtIt’s pretty rare for Shueisha, the company that runs Weekly Shonen Jump, to publish a video game title. Heck, I’m pretty sure Pluto was a still an official planet in our Solar System the last time fans got a game. Needless to say, it was exciting to hear about a new title coming out. I was a huge fan of the Nintendo DS games Jump Super Stars and Jump Ultimate Stars, so bringing a game onto on a more powerful console seemed like the next logical step to give fans an epic game. The thought of playing as my favorite characters from comics like Naruto, Dragon Ball, Bleach and several other comics sounded amazing! Any fan who tries to keep up with Japan in manga chapters has seen or heard of J-Stars Victory Vs+ (I don’t know who thought this would be a suitable title, shame on them…) because they advertised it almost every week in their magazine.

Unfortunately, like their previous titles, the game wasn’t set to release anywhere else but Japan. The only reason I even played the previous games was because the Nintendo DS didn’t have regional lockout (Why Nintendo decided to start this with the 3DS is beyond me…). With how many titles Weekly Shonen Jump actually publishes in Japan vs. the rest of the world, it makes sense that the games would mostly cater to a Japanese audience. Several titles, while amazing, simply don’t translate well, or the West just isn’t interested, and it’s rare for readers to get a title as different as Death Note from Jump’s repertoire, as most of their manga usually revolve around a story that feels like it’s been done before.

The Jump video game titles usually add several characters from various comics they’ve produced over the three decades they’ve been in business, and fans not knowing who those characters are could really hurt their desire to buy it. Most people tend to only know the more famous titles like One Piece, Naruto, Dragon Ball and Bleach, because they’re some of the few titles that have actually been licensed outside of Japan. When I heard this title was actually coming out onto the PS4 for fans outside of land of the Rising Sun, it was a pretty big deal. Sure it was a year later than the original PS3 version, but the West was finally getting it! Unfortunately, it wasn’t what I anticipated…

The story itself, like with any fighting game, is pretty terrible and generic. With a focus on a “Jump Tournament,” players take on one of four stories that revolve around a specific set of characters on their path to become the best warrior. While I’m not expecting a critically acclaimed story, the dialogue feels forced, the characters seem out of place, and they don’t have any of the elements that truly makes them the characters we know and love. Sure this is a collaboration game and all of the characters don’t necessarily fit together, but with such a boring plot, it was just painful to watch. It wasn’t even animated, so much as the developers used cutout drawings of the characters during dialogues. It felt like it should have been on the Playstation 1, rather than the Playstation 3 or 4. If I was a developer and the story was that bad, I would have just opted to take it out and give fans a basic fighting game at its roots.

What bothers me most about the story is that there isn’t even a villain. The previous Jump games did a much better job about having a specific villain threaten the Jump multiverse. The characters you chose didn’t need dialogue, just a goal. Beat up the bad guy. I’m pretty sure that throwing in Disney villains would have made for a better story. The only reason this section is getting an extra .5/10 is simply because there are cameos by other Jump characters.

With how amazing and simple CyberConnect’s Naruto games are, and how much I love Dragon Ball Xenoverse, my expectations for this game were somewhat high. If Naruto and Dragon Ball could have such fluid fighting mechanics, I would expect J-Stars Victory VS+ to be on the same level, considering this is also a 3D fighting title that could have been as big as Super Smash Bros (Wishful thinking on my part, I know…). Unfortunately, a more powerful console doesn’t make for a better game. They probably spent all of their money on advertising…

The fighting mechanics are so choppy and terrible, J-Stars feels more like a really poor hack ‘n’ slash than a fighting game. Players get a choice between heavy and light attacks with the ability to mix both, but in all honesty, one only needs to mash the light attack button. The heavy attack is so slow that it usually gets interrupted, making me question why it was even implemented in the first place… After every combo, the opponent goes into a long invincibility frame that gives them plenty of time to counter attack, leaving you stuck with either guarding or taking a hit. With no means to get yourself out of an enemy combo, you’re pretty much unable to do anything until it’s over and even blocking doesn’t last very long..

The team battles are also too chaotic. I would often find myself getting double-teamed by the computer with my own teammate drooling in the corner, shooting attacks that missed more than they hit. With the team sharing one support character, you had to be very careful about when and where to use it, as the support characters have a cooldown after every use. Unfortunately the computer likes to hog this function, which leaves you unable to play them when you would like to.

Trying to stay true to the manga, each character also has a super mode they can go into that reenacts a famous moment in the manga/anime. This was honestly the best part about the game. Players are allowed to go into Super Saiyan mode with Goku, the Nine-tails chakra mode with Naruto, and so on. Unfortunately, some characters had better transformations than others. Ichigo from Bleach unleashes a devastating attack at the cost of his life, not even bringing you down to a sliver of health- a bona-fide kamikaze attack. While dying doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the fight, it gives the opposing team points, so if you enjoy losing, then Ichigo’s the character for you.

I’ve played several anime/manga related games, and utilizing cell-shaded graphics provides an anime-like feel to the game. The developers at J-Stars didn’t seem to want to use it though, and opted to just go a more standard route, and it shows. As I said, the game looks like it belongs on the Playstation 2 rather than the 4, which is a real letdown.

While this may be a fighting game, someone had the idea of adding a world map to make the game more RPG like, and traveling can be tedious. With a large map and a slow-moving boat, going back to places to complete side quests felt more time-consuming than rewarding. The side quests either consisted of fighting other characters, or going from one side of the map to the other to collect a trivial item and deliver it. The worst part about this was that you couldn’t even unlock characters this way, you just got money in order to buy them.

With a total of 39 characters to play as, and 13 support only types, the roster isn’t small for the game. Unfortunately, it’s not a huge roster compared to their previous titles either. While 39 characters is quite a bit, they leave out several titles, like Death Note and Shaman King. The developers decided to take only one to two characters from a few of the most current or popular comics, with the exception of a select few that had three playable characters, and while I enjoyed some of the selections, there were a few characters that definitely didn’t need to be there. Yes I’m talking about you, Boa Hancock…

With how awful this game is it took everything I had to play through it the first time. Playing it again is simply out of the question. While you can go through other stories, and even participate in in-game tournaments, the need to play these things was pretty low for me. I was only interested in unlocking every character to see if there was anything redeeming about the game. There wasn’t…

It’s such a shame that this title was as terrible as it was. With the potential of having a Super Smash Bros-like game for anime fans, this game could have been amazing. While some fans may enjoy the game and want to play it just to support Shonen Jump, I was completely let down, and regret spending my money on it. It’s a shock this title even got past testers without serious complaints. I would have loved nothing more than to see Shonen Jump and other mangas get more exposure, since there are really good titles out there that deserve more readers. Unfortunately this game might set them back a bit with future games. Let’s just hope we don’t have to see another planet taken off of the official list before that happens. All in all, I’d suggest leaving this one on the shelf and saving the $60. I wouldn’t even recommend it if you find it used.

Story: 1.5 Gameplay: 2 Graphics: 4 Sidequests: 2 Character Roster: 5
Re-playability: 1 Overall Score: 2

 

A New Naruto Series Debuts in Today’s Weekly Shonen Jump

WSJ2015_04_27_CoverVIZ Media delivers fresh ninja action to manga readers as it announces the digital debut of Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring in today’s issue of Weekly Shonen Jump. The brand new, limited-run series by Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto depicts a new generation of shinobi.

After a short break, Naruto is back! And the story picks up right where the series finale left off. As the newest Hokage, Naruto’s face now adorns the mountain behind the village. The same one he used to paint on as a prank when he was an attention-seeking kid! After his legendary feats, Naruto has gained the respect of everyone in the ninja world…except his own son. Boruto is as bratty and stubborn as Naruto used to be! How will these two ever see eye-to-eye?!

Leap into the world of manga with the new Weekly Shonen Jump “Jump Pack”

VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump manga magazine returns to its roots in print as it gives North American fans a special treat with the release of the Weekly Shonen Jump Jump Pack 2014, Issue 2 available now. The jam-packed print edition contains more than 100 pages of the world’s most popular featured series and is an ideal way to check out what the digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine offers.

The Weekly Shonen Jump Jump Pack is available in the U.S. and Canada exclusively through retailers serviced by Diamond Comic Distributors and also from leading online anime/manga retailer Right Stuf. The Weekly Shonen Jump Jump Pack 2014, Issue 2 is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry an MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN.

The latest Jump Pack issue features the current hit series, All You Need is Kill, by Takeshi Obata, as well as chapters from continuing fan favorites such as Bleach, Naruto, One Piece, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal and much more. The issue also includes a promotional code for a 3-month weekly digital subscription to the magazine along with a limited edition Blue-Eyes White Dragon Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card with exclusive variant art from Kazuki Takahashi.

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