News 2 Quake-Affected Shonen Sunday Issues to Be Put Online
posted on 2011-03-30 06:00 EDT
The Japanese publisher Shogakukan announced this week that it will post all the manga from this year's 16th and 17th issues of its Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine for free on its Club Sunday website on April 5. Those issues shipped on March 16 and March 23, respectively, but many readers were unable to read these issues and many other magazines' issues due to delays caused by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster. In addition, Shogakkukan has already been selecting four manga titles from each issue to post online for free since last week. Shogakukan will continue to do this from the 16th issue to the combined 22nd/23rd issue.
Another publisher, Shueisha, distributed the manga sections from this year's 15th issue (March 14) of Weekly Shonen Jump online for free last week. The first online release required a Windows program, but Shueisha has since put the same issue on the Niconico Seiga website. Niconico Seiga is the online slide-show counterpart to the Nico Nico Douga video-streaming site; it can be viewed from computers that do not run the Microsoft Windows operating system.
Still another publisher, Kodansha, confirmed this week that it will distribute this year's 15th (March 14) and 16th (March 19) issues of Young Magazine, the 16th (March 16) and 17th (March 23) issues of Weekly Shōnen Magazine, the 15th (March 10) and 16th (March 17) issues of Weekly Morning, the 8th issue (March 22) of Evening, the 6th issue (March 10) of Kiss, and the 7th issue (March 15) of Be-Love for free online.