Missed the 1st Part of the Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary Exhibit? Now See it in VR!

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Shueisha's long-running Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has mass appeal, churning out hit after hit manga since it began publication 50 years ago. The publisher is celebrating the series with three exhibitions chronicling its history. The first opened at the Roppongi Hills complex's Tokyo Mori Arts Center Gallery on July 18 and ran until October 15.

The exhibit covered the magazine's most iconic works from its inception up until the 1980s. Plenty of readers might not have made it to the exhibit with location being a major factor. Fortunately, the staff took that into consideration and created a 360-degree virtual reality version of the entire exhibit, all viewable from a smartphone.

The "Jump 360" version breaks up the exhibit into 11 rooms and for the price of 120 yen per room, virtual visitors can spend up to six hours exploring it. Alternatively, app users can spend 1000 yen to view all of the rooms for 24 hours.

The "Sōkan 50 Shūnen Kinen Shūkan Shōnen Jump-ten Vol. 2 1990 Nendai, Hakkō Busū 653-Man-bu no Shōgeki" (50th Anniversary of Weekly Shonen Jump's First Issue Exhibition Vol. 2: 1990s, Impact of 6.53 Million Copies in Print) continuation of the exhibition will be held from March to June, followed by the "Sōkan 50 Shūnen Kinen Shūkan Shōnen Jump-ten Vol. 3 2000 Nendai, Shinka Suru Saikyō Zasshi no Ima" (50th Anniversary of Weekly Shonen Jump's First Issue Exhibition Vol. 3: Present of the Evolving Strongest Magazine) from July to September.

The magazine is also marking its 50th anniversary in 2018 with new printings of its landmark issues, an international manga contest, and a smartphone game.

Source: Comic Natalie

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