Viz Media Announces Restructure, Back Catalogue Service for Shonen Jump
From 17 December 2018, the English language Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine will be no more. Today, the magazine made a surprising announcement that from that date, brand new chapters of ongoing manga like My Hero Academia, One Piece and more will be available on their website and app for free. For those who are paid members however, the monthly fee will now allow access to a back catalogue of all chapters from series ever published by Weekly Shonen Jump – over 10,000 chapters!
It's a new Shonen Jump! Check out this video from Hisashi SASAKI about our future!
More info: https://t.co/471b7MetV2 pic.twitter.com/pWWIQVzuXr
— Shonen Jump (@shonenjump) December 7, 2018
The monthly membership fee will be reduced from $2.99 per month to $1.99 (UK pricing to be confirmed), and if you were a paid annual member as of 17 December 2018, you will receive three months for free. Moving forward however, the service will only offer monthly subscriptions – with no annual options. Users will have a daily limit of 100 chapters per day, with the counter being reset at 12am PST each day (6pm UK time).
Following the end of the monthly North American print Shonen Jump Magazine in October 2011, Viz Media officially launched the digital Weekly Shonen Jump in January 2013, before becoming available in the United Kingdom that July. The magazine published new chapters of their manga titles simultaneously with the Japanese print magazine and in 2014, introduced the “Jump Start” initiative, where potential ongoing titles would be trialled for 3 weeks and readers asked to vote on which they would like to see receive full serialisation.