Shonen Jump is overhauling its manga subscription service into an extremely affordable model.
Announced in a blogpost on Viz, former editor-in-chief of Japanese Shonen Jump Hisashi Sasaki detailed the changes coming to its American branch beginning December 17.
The subscription model will drop to $2 a month for access to new chapters in various manga (the same day they’re released in Japan) and almost all of Shonen Jump’s English back catalogue (over 10,000 chapters). What’s more, non-members will be able to read much of the newest manga chapters for free through the official website or app, expanding recent efforts to provide new issues for free.
“To remain competitive, Shonen Jump has to evolve,” said Sasaki. “In the past, we’ve transitioned from print magazine to digital magazine. And now, we are excited about the new Shonen Jump. The new Shonen Jump will be legitimate, authentic and safe. You can go to Shonen Jump’s website or the app to read the newest manga for free, the same day as Japan. For $1.99 a month, Shonen Jump members will get access to new chapters as well as the back catalog to nearly everything Shonen Jump has released [in English].”
A seven-day free trial of the subscription can be accessed starting December 17, with a limit of reading 100 chapters a day. Many of the free chapters that will be offered include new chapters in One Piece, My Hero Academia, Boruto, Dragon Ball Super and more. For more information on how this change could impact your current membership, head over to the Shonen Jump’s member FAQ.
Shonen Jump celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, as the first issue was released in Japan on August 1, 1968. Jump Force, a fighting game based on several Shonen Jump properties, will be released on February 15, 2019.
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