Viz Media Debuts Bakuman Digital Manga Ahead of Print Counterpart

Mar 14th 2011

BAKUMAN Volume 1 Available For FREE Download For 24 Hours Starting Noon (Pacific) Today To Celebrate

Viz Media continues the March Manga Madness event for the VIZ MANGA APP for the Apple® iPad™ mobile device and entices fans with an exciting digital manga first – BAKUMAN。Volume 4 will debut on the Viz Manga App on March 28th, ahead of the print edition's national release on April 5th. To celebrate, BAKUMAN。Volume 1 will be available for FREE download for 24 hours only starting at 12PM Pacific Time today, when BAKUMAN。Volume 3 debuts. The VIZ MANGA APP is Free! through the iTunes Store and manga volumes are available for purchase and download in the U.S. and Canada within the application.

Also debuting today is Hiroshi Shiibashi's paranormal fantasy adventure series, NURA: RISE OF THE YOKAI CLAN. Volume 1 will be available for download for only $0.99. The latest Viz Manga App update also features new additions to 9 other popular Viz Media series currently available.

The Viz Manga App will surpass 100 volumes available for download by the end of March. As part of the March Manga Madness promotion, all Volume 1 manga titles are available this month for only $0.99 each (instead of $4.99). After shopping, get entered to win a $50 iTunes gift card by taking the Viz Manga App survey.

BAKUMAN。(Rated ‘T’ for Teens) is written by the author of DEATH NOTE, Tsugumi Ohba, with artwork by Takeshi Obata, the artist known for series such as DEATH NOTE, HIKARU NO GO, and RALΩGRAD. The story follows average student Moritaka Mashiro, who enjoys drawing for fun, but when his classmate and aspiring writer Akito Takagi discovers his talent, he begs Moritaka to team up with him as a manga-creating duo. But what exactly does it take to make it in the manga-publishing world?

NURA: RISE OF THE YOKAI CLAN (Rated ‘T’ for Teens) is a new shonen manga from creator Hiroshi Shiibashi. While the day belongs to humans, the night belongs to yokai, supernatural creatures that thrive on human fear. Caught between these worlds is Rikuo Nura. He's three-quarters human, but his grandfather is none other than Nurarihyon, the supreme commander of the Nura clan, a powerful yokai consortium. So, Rikuo is an ordinary teenager three quarters of the time, until his yokai blood awakens. Then Rikuo transforms into the future leader of the Nura clan, leading a hundred demons.

Additional Viz Media manga volumes available this week include:

BAKUMAN。Vol. 3
BLEACH Vol. 10
CAPTIVE HEARTS Vol. 3
CLAYMORE Vol. 5
D. GRAY MAN Vol. 6
DRAGON BALL Vol. 16
NARUTO Vol. 17
ONE PIECE Vol. 17
OTOMEN Vol. 4

The VIZ MANGA APP is the leading application to read Japanese manga on the iPad, with a downloadable library of the most popular manga series in the world. The app is Free! through the iTunes Store, and manga volumes are generally available for purchase and download in the U.S. and Canada within the application for $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) per volume. Readers are encouraged to check the app regularly, as new additions to the store and Free! Chapter 1 previews of other forthcoming manga series for the iPad are featured.

For more information on the VIZ MANGA APP, please visit www.VIZ.com/apps/.


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