Weekly Shonen Jump (magazine)

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Not to be confused with Weekly Shōnen Jump or Shonen Jump (magazine).
Weekly Shonen Jump
Weekly Shonen Jump.jpg
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 "SJ Alpha Starter Pack," a free, 300+ page preview containing recent chapters of all the titles currently serialized in Alpha.

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 manga One-Punch Man, and the debut of a new Weekly Shōnen Jump sci-fi series, World Trigger

Features[edit]

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]

Series[edit]

Title Creator(s) Genre Serialization frequency First issue Last issue Fully serialized?
All You Need Is Kill
(Weekly Young Jump)
Sakurazaka, HiroshiHiroshi Sakurazaka, Obata, TakeshiTakeshi Obata, Ryōsuke Takeuchi, and ABe, YoshitoshiYoshitoshi ABe Military science fiction Weekly  January 11, 2014
(Chapter #1)
June 2, 2014
(Chapter #17)
Yes 
Bakuman。
(Weekly Shōnen Jump)
Ohba, TsugumiTsugumi Ohba and Obata, TakeshiTakeshi Obata Slice-of-life, Comedy-drama, Romance Weekly  January 30, 2012
(Chapter #162)
May 7, 2012
(Chapter #176)
No 
Barrage
(Weekly Shōnen Jump)
Horikoshi, KōheiKōhei Horikoshi Sci-fi, Action, Space, Fantasy Weekly  June 4, 2012
(Chapter #1)
September 24, 2012
(Chapter #16)
Yes 
Bleach
(Weekly Shōnen Jump)
Kubo, TiteTite Kubo Supernatural fiction, Action, Adventure Weekly  January 30, 2012
(Chapter #476)
Ongoing No 
Blue Exorcist
(Jump Square)
Kazue Kato Supernatural fiction, Action, Comedy-drama Monthly  July 30, 2012
(Chapter #33)
Ongoing No 
Cross Manage
(Weekly Shōnen Jump)
KAITO Comedy, Sports, Romance Weekly  October 1, 2012
(Chapter #1)
July 22, 2013 (Chapter #42)
Oct 21, 2013 (Bonus Chapter)
Yes 
Dragon Ball (Full Color) Toriyama, AkiraAkira Toriyama Action, Comedy, Martial arts, Sci-Fi, Fantasy Weekly  February 4, 2013
(Chapter #195 / #1)
February 17, 2014
(Chapter #245 / #51)
No 
Hunter × Hunter
(Weekly Shonen Jump)
Togashi, YoshihiroYoshihiro Togashi Action, Adventure, Fantasy Weekly  June 2, 2014
(Chapter #341)
Ongoing No 
Jaco the Galactic Patrolman
(Weekly Shōnen Jump)
Toriyama, AkiraAkira Toriyama Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi Weekly  July 15, 2013
(Chapter #1)
September 30, 2013
(Chapter #11)
Yes 
Naruto
(Weekly Shōnen Jump)
Kishimoto, MasashiMasashi Kishimoto Action, Adventure, Fantasy Weekly  January 30, 2012
(Chapter #569)
Ongoing No 
Nisekoi: False Love
(Weekly Shōnen Jump)
Komi, NaoshiNaoshi Komi Romance, Harem, Comedy Weekly  November 26, 2012
(Chapter #49)
Ongoing No 
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan
(Weekly Shōnen Jump)
Shiibashi, HiroshiHiroshi Shiibashi Supernatural, Action, Demons, Fantasy Weekly  January 30, 2012
(Chapter #185)
January 14, 2013
(Chapter #210)
No 
One Piece
(Weekly Shōnen Jump)
Oda, EiichiroEiichiro Oda Action, Adventure, Comedy-drama, Fantasy Weekly  January 30, 2012
(Chapter #652)
Ongoing No 
One-Punch Man
(Weekly Young Jump Digital)
ONE and Murata, YusukeYusuke Murata Action, Comedy, Superhero Irregularly  January 21, 2013
(Chapter #1)
Ongoing  
Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration
(Jump Square)
Watsuki, NobuhiroNobuhiro Watsuki Samurai, Action, Comedy-drama, Meiji Era Monthly  May 21, 2012
(Chapter #1)
June 10, 2013
(Chapter #10)
Yes 
Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign
(Jump Square)
Kagami, TakayaTakaya Kagami, Yamamoto, YamatoYamato Yamamoto and Daisuke Furuya Supernatural fiction, Action, Comedy-drama Monthly  October 7, 2013
(Chapter #1)
Ongoing  
Stealth Symphony
(Weekly Shōnen Jump)
Narita, RyohgoRyohgo Narita & Youichi, AmanoAmano Youichi Action, Fantasy Weekly  February 24, 2014
(Chapter #1)
July 14, 2014
(Chapter #20)
Yes 
Takama-ga-hara
(Weekly Shōnen Jump)
Jyūuzōu Kawai Action, Supernatural fiction, Comedy Weekly  July 23, 2012
(Chapter #1)
November 19, 2012
(Chapter #17)
Yes 
Toriko
(Weekly Shōnen Jump)
Shimabukuro, MitsutoshiMitsutoshi Shimabukuro Cooking, Action, Comedy Weekly  January 30, 2012
(Chapter #171)
Ongoing No 
World Trigger
(Weekly Shōnen Jump)
Daisuke Ashihara Action, Sci-Fi, Fantasy Weekly  February 11, 2013
(Chapter #1)
Ongoing  
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal
(V Jump)
Shin Yoshida and Naoto Miyashi Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy Monthly  July 9, 2012
(Chapter #19)
Ongoing No 

Specials[edit]

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

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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