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    VIZ Media Opens 2012 with Brand New Digital Manga Update

    Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha Free Preview Issues; DIGITAL WARP Continues for Bleach and One Piece Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen

    VIZ Media begins 2012 with a brand new update of manga titles available on and for digital download on the VIZ Manga App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The countdown to the January 30th debut of Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha (Weekly SJ Alpha), North America’s only near-simultaneous digital manga magazine, continues with the debut of the free Weekly SJ Alpha “Issue Zero” and “Issue Origins.” Get a taste of Weekly SJ Alpha in “Issue Zero,” featuring the recently released-in-Japan chapters of Bakuman?, Bleach, Naruto, Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, One Piece and Toriko. In “Issue Origins,” read where each story began in full first chapter previews, and see why millions of readers worldwide have fallen in love with these series. Fans can now pre-order an annual subscription or gift a subscription to Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha at All preorders include entry to win a 16GB WiFi iPad 2. This special limited time promotion will end January 30th at 10AM Pacific. Subscribers to Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha will receive a full year’s subscription (48 issues), an annual collector’s yearbook, and access to exclusive content, including creator interviews and videos. The first interview, featuring Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto, debuts the same day Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha launches on Monday, January 30th. The SHONEN JUMP DIGITAL WARP continues with the release of the latest Bleach Vol. 52 and One Piece Vol. 63. The SHONEN JUMP DIGITAL WARP is a ‘speed-up’ of selected titles to bring U.S. readers up-to-date with Japanese releases and prepare for the launch of Weekly SJ Alpha. Manga volumes launching this week include: Black Bird Vol. 12 Bleach Vol. 52 Dengeiki Daisy Vol. 8 One Piece Vol. 63 VIZ Media’s multiple digital manga platforms allow for universal access to read manga from an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and now, on for desktop/laptop computers as well as Android-powered devices with built-in web browsers. With one account, registered users may access their purchases across even more devices than ever. The free VIZ Manga App continues to be the top app for reading manga and features a rapidly growing library of the most popular manga series in the world. Over 45 series and 500+ volumes are currently available, with new additions and free Chapter 1 previews added weekly. For more information, please visit or

    About VIZ Media, LLC

    Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including magazines such as Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; and website at

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