Today marks the beginning of a new era for Viz Media's North American edition of Shonen Jump. The weekly publication has officially dropped the Alpha and is now on a simultaneous schedule with Japan, bringing with it a new look and more. The redesigned website is now live at shonenjump.com, and the issue that hits subscribers today features the debut of ONE and Yūsuke Murata's One-Punch Man.
Viz also shared some sample pages from the new edition of Weekly Shonen Jump, showing off the revamped look of the digital magazine.
NARUTO © 1999 by Masashi Kishimoto/SHUEISHA Inc.
ONE-PUNCH MAN © 2012 by ONE, Yusuke Murata/SHUEISHA Inc
ONE PIECE © 1997 by Eiichiro Oda/SHUEISHA Inc.
NISEKOI © 2011 by Naoshi Komi/SHUEISHA Inc.
BLEACH © 2001 by Tite Kubo/SHUEISHA Inc.
CROSS MANAGE © 2012 by KAITO/SHUEISHA Inc.
TORIKO © 2008 by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro/SHUEISHA Inc
YU-GI-OH! ZEXAL © 2010 by Kazuki Takahashi, Shin Yoshida, Naohito Miyoshi/SHUEISHA Inc.
A subscription to Weekly Shonen Jump costs $25.99 for one year, and members will occasionally receive physical goods like Yu-Gi-Oh! promotional trading cards, the first of which is Number 88: Gimmick Puppet of Leo. As previously reported, Viz also did away with the "rental model" for the magazine, which is now download-to-own.
As for other new series, more are on the way. The next issue will feature Akira Toriyama's one-shot manga Kintoki, for starters.
And now for the cherry on top: The "Shonen Jump OFFICIAL Anthem" video...
Anyone here a subscriber, or have you been waiting for the simultaneous switch-up?