Free Month of VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump

June 27, 2016 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff | Leave a comment

Screenshot of the new website of VIZ Media's Weekly Shonen Jump

VIZ Media has launched a brand-new website for its Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, which now features numerous free manga and new series. And to celebrate the occasion, manga fans who create a VIZ account within the next month will get a free one-month subscription to the full WSJ magazine — which of course includes the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V series.

The big reveal came in today’s Shonen Jump Podcast, where the hosts outlined all of the neat new things that the magazine has to offer.

So What’s New in WSJ?

Weekly Shonen Jump is now divided into two sections. The first is the regular magazine that subscribers already know and love, which includes simulpubs of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, One Piece, My Hero Academia, One-Punch Man, Black Clover, and more.

The second section is the new website, which has been a year in the making, and features numerous free manga that anyone can read. The free section includes series like Dragon Ball Super, Tokyo Ghoul [Jack], Naruto: Chibi Sasuke’s Sharingan Legend, and The Emperor and I — all of which have never been published in English before. Furthermore, this section will serialize Blue Exorcist, Haikyuu!!, Kuroko’s Basketball, and One-Punch Man — all starting from chapter 1 — for a couple of volumes. Boruto: Naruto Next Generation is also slated to join the free section, though it will be delayed from its Japanese publication between one and two weeks. (WSJ subscribers will still receive the simulpub as usual.) VIZ is aiming to add at least one new chapter to this free section each day.

Additionally, the WSJ reader now runs on HTML5, so anyone can enjoy the manga using the web browser on their favorite mobile device. Though if you’re a subscriber, the best way to read the magazine is still by using the WSJ app. The free chapters are currently not available via the app.

And finally, WSJ will be available in India, the Philippines, and Singapore. Woo! One step closer to manga world domination.

The free section of WSJ doesn’t currently include any Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, but that doesn’t mean they won’t make an appearance in the future. WSJ does want to add more content, so let VIZ know if you want to see a certain series and what you like and don’t like about this new evolution of WSJ.

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