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Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ iOS App in Japan Restricts Downloads to Users Aged 17+

posted on by Kim Morrissy
Previously was restricted to age 12+ users, English MANGA Plus app's age ratings are unchanged

Sad news for the children who read manga on Shonen Jump's digital iOS app: children are banned from Shonen Jump+. As of the most recent update on August 13, users under the age of 17 are locked out of using the app. The app was previously downloadable for users over the age of 12.

Users were informed of the change in an update on August 7. The update advised users that all purchased content would still be accessible on the web browser version of the service, but noted that this was only guaranteed for registered users.

Jump+ was home to racier content than the Weekly Shonen Jump print magazine, such as Link and Kotaro Shono's World’s End Harem and Kentaro Yabuki's manga adaptation of DARLING in the FRANXX, but the irony that a publication aimed primarily at young boys has locked that demographic out of using the app altogether was not lost on its users, who have reacted to the news with amusement.

As of the publication of this article, the Android app of Jump+ is still rated for ages 12+, as is the English version of the app Manga Plus.

Shonen Jump+ first launched in Japan in 2014. The free-to-download app allows users to purchase a digital version of each issue of Weekly Shonen Jump at the same time the print version is released. E-books of the tankobon versions of Jump titles are also available for purchase. Original manga titles are also serialized exclusively through the service. The English version of the service MANGA Plus launched in January.

[Via Otakomu]


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