Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World Manga Added to VizManga.com’s Digital Library

October 29, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

The pharaoh lends Sugoroku Mutou a hand in chapter 1 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World

Today, VizManga.com has begun adding Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World — the final title of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series — to its digital library. The seven-volume story corresponds with volumes 32 through 38 of the Japanese manga compilations and takes Yugi and his friends through the pharaoh’s memories and final ceremonial duel storylines.

Volumes 1 and 2 of Millennium World are now available and, as with VIZ Media’s other digital offerings, the first chapter can be read for free. All purchases on VizManga.com’s digital platform can be viewed on the web and on your iOS, Android, and Kindle devices.

The past four months have been a boon for Yu-Gi-Oh! manga fans. Since their first digital appearance, every volume of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series has consistently landed near the top of VizManga.com’s “Popular This Week” list. Volume 1 of the original seven-volume Yu-Gi-Oh! series first went up in early July. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist joined the party in August, with its final two volumes going up just last week. The first of the five-volume Yu-Gi-Oh! R spin-off was added at the end of July and continues to be released on a monthly schedule.

While the appearance of the other Yu-Gi-Oh! titles on VizManga.com is their first official entrance into the digital realm, VIZ has previously uploaded many of Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World’s chapters. Between 2005 and 2007, when VIZ was serializing Millennium World in its monthly Shonen Jump print magazine, many of the serialized chapters were also made available on SJ’s website, including the color pages when originally present. Not surprisingly, the e-book market was still in its infancy back then and those chapters weren’t available for purchase or rental and have long been taken down.

VIZ Media’s CTO Talks Apps & Digital

If you enjoy reading Yu-Gi-Oh! and other manga digitally and want to learn more about manga’s place in the ever-evolving digital ecosystem, check out ICv2’s interview with VIZ Media CTO Gagan Singh published last Thursday.

Singh offers some outstanding insight into the workings of VIZ’s digital manga program, delving into the history of the VIZ manga app and VIZ’s relationship with competitors in the e-book market. He also discusses the challenges of combating pirates and scanlators and comments on the history, evolution, and future of the e-book business model.

VIZ’s Shonen Jump Considers Publishing Kazuki Takahashi’s DRUMP

In episode 25 of VIZ’s Shonen Jump podcast released yesterday, the SJ crew addresses the question of whether or not they would be publishing DRUMP, Kazuki Takahashi’s upcoming new one-shot manga. The crew was hopeful but noncommittal.

“So it sounds like we’re trying to get it?” asked SJ editor Urian Brown.

SJ editor Alexis Kirsch replied with the typical “We’re evaluating it” one-liner.

“We’d like to do it,” said SJ editor-in-chief Andy Nakatani. “But we won’t do it simultaneously [with the Japanese release].”

DRUMP is set to appear in the 49th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan on November 2.

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