Viz Media Launches Free Daily Digital Manga Section With New Titles Like ‘Dragon Ball Super’
Since 2012, Viz Media has fought the omnipresence of poorly translated bootleg manga by offering weekly manga chapters published simultaneously with Japan in the digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. Now Viz has gone one step further in that cause by unveiling a new section of Weekly Shonen Jump's website with free official translations of popular and new series posted daily.
While it's great to see Shonen Jump stalwarts like Blue Exorcist and ComicsAlliance favorite One Punch Man being put up for people to discover for free, the more important aspect of the launch is the new stuff that's being offered. Action manga has always been the most popular genre, but this initiative features a much more diverse range of titles, similar to the existing "Jump+" program that offers up the first three chapters of new series to see if there are enough readers to make it worthwhile to keep translating the series.
The big marquee item for the first month is obviously Dragon Ball Super by Akira Toriyama and Toyotaro, an adaptation of the Dragon Ball Z anime sequel, which has itself been dubbed, but isn't legally streaming anywhere at the moment. There's also sports manga like Haikyuu and Kuroko's Basketball; shojo (girls') titles like Boys Over Flowers Season 2 and The Emperor And I; and spin-offs like Tokyo Ghoul prequel Tokyo Ghoul [Jack], and Naruto comedy manga Chibi Sasuke's Sharingan Legend. Other series set to premiere during this month are JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 1: Phantom Blood and Boruto: Naruto Next Generation.
Weekly Shonen Jump issues are available for $0.99 each on Viz's website, Comixology and elsewhere, and 12 month subscriptions are available for $25.99. Viz also offers a free month of the magazine to anyone who registers for an account on the website.