[media-credit name="Shueisha" align="alignright" width="300"][/media-credit]Kicking off this weekend’s NYCC/AF coverage, Viz Media has announced the January 2012 launch of its first standalone weekly digital anthology in Shonen Jump Alpha.
The anthology will be launched on January 30th, 2012 and will consist of 48 weekly digital issues for $25.99 per year and $0.99 per week, separate from any other titles and Shonen Jump via the Viz Manga digital platform spanning its online browser-based reader and iOS apps for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad. Access to the issues will be set at one calendar year for the annual subscription and 30 days for each weekly issue
Shonen Jump Alpha will feature weekly installments of Bakuman., Bleach, Naruto, Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, One Piece, and Toriko two weeks after their Japanese print debut in Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump, with Shonen Jump Alpha marking the official availability of Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump in North America.
The print edition of Viz Media’s Shonen Jump will end shortly after Weekly Shonen Alpha launches. There will be a “farewell April 2012 issue.” of the magazine next March, marking the last issue which will be available on newsstands.
Viz also announced Shonen Jump Digital Warp, which is an accelerated digital release timeframe of select Viz titles intended to bridge the gap between Japanese releases. The Digital Warp initiative, is starting from Naruto volume 53 and going forward, with more titles also receiving the same accelerated digital publishing schedule .