Jan 25, 2017
Viz Media has launched “Jump Start”, bringing the first three chapters of every brand-new manga series appearing in the Japanese Weekly Shonen Jump to English. The digital translated Weekly Shonen Jump will feature these chapters, one per week, on same-day release as the parent country.
The first three titles are
- Judos by Shinsuke Kondo, a martial arts series about a 15-year-old village kid who wants to be the best judo practitioner in his village full of the worldâ€™s most powerful fighters — available now
- Hi-Fi Cluster, starting September 15, a sci-fi crime thriller by Ippei Goto
- Sporting Salt by Yuto Kubota, about sports medicine (interesting!) and debuting September 23
Fans, who are often concerned about authenticity, should love the chance to check out brand-new series in super-timely fashion. (This cuts the legs out from under scanlation sites, too, as who would want a sometimes-sloppy translation when they can get the official in the same time frame?) Readers also get the chance to leave feedback through an online survey. Magazine Editor-in-Chief Andy Nakatani says,
â€œThe â€˜Jump Startâ€™ initiative begins a new era in digital manga publishing that will give seasoned readers, as well as those new to the genre, seamless, same-day, simultaneous access like theyâ€™ve never enjoyed before to whatâ€™s hot and brand new in the worldâ€™s most popular manga magazine. â€˜Jump Startâ€™ gives new titles an important opportunity to develop an international following. Our readers can play a more active role than ever to help VIZ Media and Shueisha discover what new series resonate on an international level and decide what might possibly be featured on a regular ongoing basis.â€�
So put in those surveys, kids, and you too can have a voice in manga to read. Weekly Shonen Jump is 99 cents an issue or $25.99 for a yearly subscription (48 issues).