Viz's Shonen Jump to Replace 'Jump Start' Initiative With More Serializations

posted on by Karen Ressler

Viz Media confirmed with ANN on Friday that it will no longer run its "Jump Start" initiative for the new version of Shonen Jump, as the company will instead be picking up more series as regular serializations.

For its "Jump Start" initiative, Viz Media's English digital edition of Shonen Jump published only the first three chapters of a new manga from Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump simultaneously with the Japanese release. Sometimes popular manga that ran under this initiative would join the magazine's regular lineup.

Viz Media replaced its digital magazine with a Shonen Jump service — which offers new chapters for free and catalog chapters at a US$2/month subscription rate — on December 17. Several manga that previously ran as Jump Starts were upgraded to full serializations at this time.

Source: Email correspondence

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