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Viz Launches Next Bakuman Book Digitally Before Print

posted on 2011-03-14 23:57 EDT
Bakuman. volume 1 also available free online for the next 24 hours

The North American manga publisher Viz Media with release the fourth volume of the manga Bakuman. on its iPad manga app on Monday, March 28 — a week before its print edition hits bookstores on April 5. To promote the release, Viz announced on Monday that it is allowing users to download the first volume of Bakuman. for free until noon Tuesday PST.

Written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, Bakuman. involves two high school students Moritaka Mashiro and Akito Takagi who collaborate to create a manga series. The two have aspirations of becoming the greatest manga creators in Japan. The series is currently running in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, and the 10th volume shipped in Japan by the end of last year.

An anime adaptation is also currently airing in Japan and is nearing the end of its first season. A second season has been green-lit for production and is slated to air this fall.


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