Weekly Shonen Jump (magazine)

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Not to be confused with Weekly Shōnen Jump or Shonen Jump (magazine).
Weekly Shonen Jump
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Weekly Shonen Jump's first issue, published January 21, 2013
Editor-in-Chief Andy Nakatani[1]
Editor John Bae[2]
Editor Alexis Kirsch[2]
Categories manga, shōnen
Frequency Weekly
First issue January 30, 2012 (as Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha)
Company Viz Media
Country United States
Canada
Based in San Francisco, California, United States
Language English
Website shonenjump.com

Weekly Shonen Jump is a digital shōnen manga anthology published in North America by Viz Media, and the successor to their monthly print anthology Shonen Jump. It began serialization on January 30, 2012 as Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha (officially stylized as Weekly SHONEN JUMP αlpha or Weekly SHONEN JUMP Alpha), with two free preview issues released in the buildup to its launch. Based on Shueisha's popular Japanese magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump, Weekly Shonen Jump is an attempt to provide English readers with easily accessible, affordable, and officially licensed editions of the latest installments of popular Shōnen Jump manga soon after their release in Japan, as an alternative to popular bootleg scanlation services.

The anthology launched with a lineup of six titles, with new issues published online two weeks after the equivalent Japanese release. The magazine currently features twelve ongoing titles, including installments of monthly series from Weekly Shōnen Jump's sister publications, Weekly Young Jump, Jump SQ, V-Jump, and Young Jump Web Comics. At New York Comic-Con 2012 it was announced that the magazine would transition to simultaneous publication with Japan beginning with the January 21, 2013 issue, with more new series to be added to the lineup.[3] The magazine was renamed Weekly Shonen Jump starting on January 21, 2013.[4]

History[edit]

In October 2011, Viz confirmed that Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha, a weekly digital version of the magazine, would be released on January 30, 2012. Viz also confirmed that it would release its final Shonen Jump print publication in March of that year after Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha is released.[5][6]

On January 11, 2012, two free preview issues were published, made available until February 29, 2012. The first, Issue Origins, included the first chapter of each of the six manga to be serialized, while Issue 0 included chapters recently released in Japan, to help readers catch-up.

In Summer 2012, Bakuman became the first title of the original Alpha lineup to finish serialization, and the magazine began featuring installments of ongoing monthly titles from Jump SQ and V-Jump, as well as a number of new series fresh from their debut in Weekly Shōnen Jump, including Barrage, Cross Manage, and Takama-Ga-Hara. In October 2012, Viz released the first "Starter Pack," a free, 300+ page preview containing recent chapters of all the titles currently serialized in the magazine.

On January 21, 2013, the magazine was renamed Weekly Shonen Jump and began simultaneous publication with Japanese editions of Weekly Shōnen Jump. The layout and graphic design of the magazine was changed, and a new website was launched at shonenjump.com. The transition also brought with it the announcement of several new series, including a full-color reprinting of Dragon Ball, the experimental superhero webmanga One-Punch Man, and the debut of a new Weekly Shōnen Jump sci-fi series, World Trigger

On July 4, 2013, the magazine went international, becoming available for purchase in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

In January, 2014, Weekly Shonen Jump returned to print via the Jump Pack, a quarterly print sampler that includes a three month subscription to the digital magazine and a promotional Yu-Gi-Oh! card.

In August, 2014, a new "Jump Start" feature was announced, whereby all new series debuting in the Japanese edition of Weekly Shōnen Jump will have at their first three chapters published in the English Weekly Shonen Jump. A variety of factors including continued Japanese serialization and English audience reception will then help to determine if the series is picked up for full serialization in the English magazine.

Features[edit]

Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha's first issue, published January 30, 2012

Issues of Weekly Shonen Jump range from 100 to 276 pages, depending on the titles and special features appearing in any given week, and are available to read online or on web-enabled devices via vizmanga.com or through an official app. Readers can sign up for an annual subscription, or purchase access to individual issues.

The format of the magazine generally mirrors that of the equivalent issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump, typically featuring the same cover illustrations, as well as color interior pages and the ordering of series on the table of contents by popularity, as determined by weekly reader polls in Japan.

Issues frequently contain additional features, such as exclusive creator interviews and manga specials (including one-shots, crossovers, and full-color chapters). Likewise, the official website offers articles, wallpapers, chapter previews, creator sketch videos, and a variety of other special features. Annual subscribers who register their mailing address will also periodically receive free promotional Yu-Gi-Oh! cards through the mail, as well as a free SJ Alpha Yearbook print magazine each December, which includes exclusive one-shot manga specials, posters, interviews, and other features.[7]

Full series[edit]

Title Creator(s) Genre First issue Last issue
All You Need Is Kill Sakurazaka, HiroshiHiroshi Sakurazaka, Obata, TakeshiTakeshi Obata, Ryōsuke Takeuchi, ABe, YoshitoshiYoshitoshi ABe Military science fiction January 11, 2014
(Chapter #1)
June 2, 2014
(Chapter #17)
Bakuman。 Ohba, TsugumiTsugumi Ohba, Obata, TakeshiTakeshi Obata Slice-of-life, Comedy-drama, Romance January 30, 2012
(Chapter #162)
May 7, 2012
(Chapter #176)
Barrage Horikoshi, KōheiKōhei Horikoshi Sci-fi, Action, Space, Fantasy June 4, 2012
(Chapter #1)
September 24, 2012
(Chapter #16)
Bleach Kubo, TiteTite Kubo Supernatural fiction, Action, Adventure January 30, 2012
(Chapter #476)
Ongoing
Blue Exorcist Kazue Kato Supernatural fiction, Action, Comedy-drama July 30, 2012
(Chapter #33)
Ongoing
Cross Manage KAITO Comedy, Sports, Romance October 1, 2012
(Chapter #1)
July 22, 2013 (Chapter #42)
Dragon Ball Full Color Toriyama, AkiraAkira Toriyama Action, Comedy, Martial arts, Sci-Fi, Fantasy February 4, 2013
(Chapter #195 / #1)
February 17, 2014
(Chapter #245 / #51)
Hunter × Hunter Togashi, YoshihiroYoshihiro Togashi Action, Adventure, Fantasy June 2, 2014
(Chapter #341)
Ongoing
Jaco the Galactic Patrolman Toriyama, AkiraAkira Toriyama Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi July 15, 2013
(Chapter #1)
September 30, 2013
(Chapter #11)
Naruto Kishimoto, MasashiMasashi Kishimoto Action, Adventure, Fantasy January 30, 2012
(Chapter #569)
Ongoing
Nisekoi: False Love Komi, NaoshiNaoshi Komi Romance, Harem, Comedy November 26, 2012
(Chapter #49)
Ongoing
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Shiibashi, HiroshiHiroshi Shiibashi Supernatural, Action, Demons, Fantasy January 30, 2012
(Chapter #185)
January 14, 2013
(Chapter #210)
One Piece Oda, EiichiroEiichiro Oda Action, Adventure, Comedy-drama, Fantasy January 30, 2012
(Chapter #652)
Ongoing
One-Punch Man ONE, Murata, YusukeYusuke Murata Action, Comedy, Superhero January 21, 2013
(Chapter #1)
Ongoing
Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration Watsuki, NobuhiroNobuhiro Watsuki Samurai, Action, Comedy-drama, Meiji Era May 21, 2012
(Chapter #1)
June 10, 2013
(Chapter #10)
Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Kagami, TakayaTakaya Kagami, Yamamoto, YamatoYamato Yamamoto, Daisuke Furuya Supernatural fiction, Action, Comedy-drama October 7, 2013
(Chapter #1)
Ongoing
Stealth Symphony Narita, RyohgoRyohgo Narita, Youichi, AmanoAmano Youichi Action, Fantasy February 24, 2014
(Chapter #1)
July 14, 2014
(Chapter #20)
Takama-ga-hara Jyūuzōu Kawai Action, Supernatural, Comedy July 23, 2012
(Chapter #1)
November 19, 2012
(Chapter #17)
Toriko Shimabukuro, MitsutoshiMitsutoshi Shimabukuro Cooking, Action, Comedy January 30, 2012
(Chapter #171)
Ongoing
World Trigger Daisuke Ashihara Action, Sci-Fi, Fantasy February 11, 2013
(Chapter #1)
Ongoing
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Shin Yoshida, Naoto Miyashi Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy July 9, 2012
(Chapter #19)
Ongoing

Jump Start series[edit]

Beginning in September 2014, the "Jump Start initiative" was started with the goal of previewing the first three isues of all new manga debuting in the Japanese edition of the manga, with the potential for full serialization in the English edition of Weekly Shonen Jump if various criteria are met.

Title Creator(s) Genre First issue Last issue
Hi-Fi CLUSTER Ippei Goto Action, Crime, Sci-Fi September 15, 2014
(Chapter #1)
September 29, 2014
(Chapter #3)
Judos Shinsuke Kondo Action, Comedy, Martial arts, Sports September 8, 2014
(Chapter #1)
September 22, 2014
(Chapter #3)
Sporting Salt Yuto Kubota Comedy, Sports September 22, 2014
(Chapter #1)
October 6, 2014
(Chapter #3)

Specials[edit]

  • One Piece x Toriko: Taste of the Devil Fruit by Eiichiro Oda and Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro - A one-shot crossover between One Piece and Toriko, available for free to annual subscribers who signed up before April 30, 2012.
  • Naruto, "Movie 9: Road to Naruto the Movie" by Masashi Kishimoto - A special one-shot tie-in for the ninth Naruto film, Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie, included in the August 6, 2012 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha.
  • Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, "Aoi Spiral Castle: The Final Battle (Act 1)" by Hiroshi Shiibashi - A full-color 64-page chapter published in a free, special issue of Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha on August 27, 2012 to commemorate the Obon holiday.
  • Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, "Aoi Spiral Castle: The Final Battle (Act 2)" by Hiroshi Shiibashi - A full-color 63-page chapter published in the October 29, 2012 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha.
  • Otter No.11 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata - A spin-off one-shot from the series Bakuman, published in the free SJ Alpha Yearbook 2013, mailed out to annual subscribers in December 2012.
  • Sachie-chan Good!! by Akira Toriyama and Masakazu Katsura - A one-shot manga written by Akira Toriyama and illustrated by Masakazu Katsura, originally published in Jump SQ in 2008. It was published in the free SJ Alpha Yearbook 2013, mailed out to annual subscribers in December 2012.
  • Hunter × Hunter: Kurapika's Memories by Yoshihiro Togashi - A 63 page one-shot split into two parts detailing Kurapika's origins which acts as a prequel to the new film, Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge. Part one was included in the December 17, 2012 issue and part two was included in the December 24, 2012 issue.
  • Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, "Aoi Spiral Castle: The Final Battle (Act 3)" by Hiroshi Shiibashi - A full-color 63-page chapter published in the January 14, 2013 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha.
  • Kintoki by Akira Toriyama - A one-shot manga originally published in Weekly Shōnen Jump in 2010 as part of the "Top of the Super Legend" project, a series of six one-shot manga by famed Jump artists. It was published in the January 28, 2013 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump.
  • Naruto: A Digital Retrospective by Masashi Kishimoto - A free digital artbook containing a cover gallery with the artwork for the first 60 volumes of Naruto, a small collection of color spreads, and chapter 624. It was available from May 30 to April 1, 2013. A revised version with more artwork and the original Naruto one-shot pilot was published as a special bonus issue of Weekly Shonen Jump on August 19, 2013 to commemorate the Obon holiday.
  • Sakuran (Tentative) by Toshiaki Iwashiro - A one-shot manga published day and date with the Japanese Weekly Shōnen Jump on April 1, 2013.
  • Mario by Masashi Kishimoto - A one-shot manga originally published in Jump Square 2013 No. 6 on May 2, 2013, and published in Weekly Shonen Jump on May 13, 2013. A four-page prelude to the one-shot was published on April 27, 2013 in the Japanese Weekly Shōnen Jump, and on April 29, 2013 in the North American Weekly Shonen Jump.
  • Naruto, "Number 638: Ten Tails' Jinchuriki, Obito" by Masashi Kishimoto and One Piece, "Chapter 714: Lucy and Moocy" by Eichiro Oda - Special full-color versions of these two chapters were published exclusively in Japanese in the premium digital edition of Weekly Shōnen Jump No. 33 on July 13, 2013 and in English in the July 15, 2013 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump, to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Weekly Shōnen Jump.[8][9]
  • Bench by Masashi Kishimoto - A one-shot manga about baseball originally published in Japanese in Weekly Shōnen Jump in 2010 as part of the "Top of the Super Legend" project and in English in the July 29, 2013 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump.
  • Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto - The original Naruto one-shot pilot, published in a free, special issue of Weekly Shonen Jump on August 19, 2013 to commemorate the Obon holiday.
  • One Piece, "Strong World" by Eiichiro Oda - A special one-shot tie-in for the 10th One Piece film, Strong World, included in the September 2, 2013 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump.
  • Cross Manage, "Special Bonus Chapter" by KAITO - A special one-shot bonus chapter showing what happened between Sakurai and Misora during their summer training camp, published in the October 21, 2013 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump.
  • One Piece: A Digital Retrospective by Eiichiro Oda - A free digital artbook containing an interview, a cover gallery with the artwork for the first 69 volumes of One Piece, a small collection of color spreads, and the special one-shot chapter "Strong World." It was available from November 21 to November 27, 2013.
  • El Viento Del Norte by Niu Zai (牛 仔 Niú Zǎi) - A one-shot Taiwanese manga about a katana-wielding cowgirl that was entered in the Shonen Jump Manga Competition and was voted most popular by American audiences. It was published in the January 27, 2014 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump. Another entry, The Team Before Daybreak by Yu YanShu, was a Chinese one-shot about a vampire participating in World War II; it was the most popular entry in both Japan and China, and was printed in each country's respective Shonen Jump.
  • Nisekoi x My Love Story!! by Naoshi Komi and Kazune Kawahara - A crossover two-shot between Nisekoi and Ore Monogatari!!, the first part published in the June 16, 2014 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump and the second part on June 30 issue. Also included in the June 16 issue was the first chapter of Ore Monogatari!!.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Master of Flame by Nobuhiro Watsuki - A two-part Rurouni Kenshin side-story about Himura Kenshin's rival, Shishio Makoto. The two parts were published in the July 14, 2014 and September 15, 2014 issues of Weekly Shonen Jump.
  • Shikigami: Twilight Days by Toshiaki Iwashiro - A one-shot manga by the author of Psyren published in the July 28, 2014 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump.
  • Astronerd by Kazue Kato - A one-shot manga by the author of Blue Exorcist published in the August 11, 2014 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump.
  • Tegami Bachi, "Chapter 1: Letter and Letter Bee" by Hiroyuki Asada - Published in a free, special "Tegami Bachi Spotlight" issue on August 18, 2014 to commemorate the Obon Holiday.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2012 Con Outtakes". Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha (Viz Media) (08-13-12): 195. August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "2012 Con Outtakes". Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha (Viz Media) (08-13-12): 199. August 2012. 
  3. ^ "All New SHONEN JUMP ALPHA Coming Soon!". VIZ Media. November 26, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ "STAY TUNED!". VIZ Media. January 17, 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Viz to Launch Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha Digital Anthology". Anime News Network. October 14, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Viz's Shonen Jump Print Magazine to End Next March". Anime News Network. October 14, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Exclusive: SJ Alpha Yearbook 2013 is Coming!". Viz Media. September 24, 2012. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ http://www.shonenjump.com/j/sp_wj33/digital.html
  9. ^ http://shonenjump.viz.com/node/1677

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