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Viz's Shonen Jump to Add Hirakata's Best Blue Manga

posted on by Karen Ressler
1st 3 chapters of swimming manga to be previewed in English

Viz Media's digital magazine Weekly Shonen Jump announced on Monday that it will premiere the first chapter of Masahiro Hirakata's Best Blue swimming manga on July 13 as part of its "Jump Start" initiative. The series will begin in Shueisha's Japanese Shonen Jump on the same day.

The Japanese magazine teases:

Swim through the center of youth!

A blue summer comes to Jump!

Aim for the legend! A boy swims alone on a remote island. But he will have a destined meeting in Aono!

Hirakata previously published his Shinmai Fukei Kiruko-san (Rookie Policewoman Kiruko-san) manga series in Weekly Shonen Jump, launching it in November 2012, and ending it in May 2013. Shueisha published the manga's third and final compiled book volume in July 2013.

Viz Media launched a "Jump Start" initiative in North America last September. Under this initiative, Viz's digital English version of Weekly Shonen Jump will run the first three chapters of "almost every single" new series that debuts in Shueisha's original Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan.

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