VIZ Media Launches New Manga App

VIZ Media today launched its brand-new manga subscription app, VIZ Manga. Described as “your one-stop destination for legendary manga creators across every interest”, the catalogue will feature simultaneous releases of ongoing manga as well as thousands of chapters from classic titles from both Shogakukan and Shueisha.

VIZ Manga is a monthly subscription service similar to the Shonen Jump app. Manga fans in the United States and Canada can, for the first time ever, read the latest chapters from top series like Komi Can’t Communicate, MAO, Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, and Zom 100 at the same time they’re published in Japan – for free. If you’re interested in checking out any completed titles, the first chapters are also available for free.

For $1.99 a month, you will have access to the back catalogue – the full VIZ Media digital library, which contains more than 10,000 chapters. This means you can read complete series from legendary creators like Junji Ito and Rumiko Takahashi as well as beloved series like Nana, Fushigi Yugi, and Case Closed

VIZ will continue to offer its English-language Shonen Jump app as a separate service. Both VIZ Manga and Shonen Jump can be downloaded from the App Store and the Google Play Store. And while VIZ Manga is currently only available in the US and Canada, there are plans to expand to other territories in the future.

As someone who has a subscription to the Shonen Jump app, it is absolutely worth the money. I love manga, but it’s so expensive to keep up with it. Having countless chapters at your fingertips for only $2 a month is like a no brainer. It’s so easy to stay current with my favorite series as well as discovering new ones. And with simulpub chapters, you don’t have to wait for the next English volume to come out in bookstores.

Here is the announcement video from VIZ CEO Ken Sasaki:

Author: Jamie Sugah

Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.

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