One Piece Digital Speed Up Begins
Latest Update for VIZManga.com and VIZ Manga App Includes Limited Time Volume 1 20% Off Promotion
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Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
VIZ Media delivers a festive dose of digital sparkle as the 2011 Holiday Season begins with the latest update of manga titles available on VIZManga.com and for digital download on the VIZ Manga App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
The “Shonen Jump Digital Warp” for One Piece starts with the release of Vol. 59, available the same day the print version debuts, along with the digital first of One Piece Vol. 60. This will be quickly followed by the digital first debut of One Piece Vols. 61-62 on December 12th. The “Shonen Jump Digital Warp” is a ‘speed-up’ of selected titles to bring U.S. readers up-to-date with Japanese releases and prepare for the January 2012 launch of VIZ Media’s debut of the digital Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha, North America’s only near-simultaneous digital manga magazine.
The “Shonen Jump Digital Warp” also continues for Masashi Kishimoto’s hit ninja series Naruto, with Volume 56 now available, and for Tite Kubo’s supernatural action saga, Bleach, with Volume 52 debuting on December 12th. Naruto Vols. 54-55 and Bleach Vols. 49-51, are also available now, ahead of the print editions.
December will also see the kick-off of a special limited time promotion that makes all Volume 1 manga titles available for up to 20% off (regular prices range from $4.99 to $9.99). This offer will run until midnight PST on December 12th.
Other notable December digital manga highlights include the release on December 12th of fifth and final volume of Kaori Yuki’s Grand Gugnol Orchestra, as well as Vol. 4 of Shunju Aono‘s I’ll Give it My All Tomorrow. Both editions hit one day ahead of their print counterparts’ release.
Eiichiro Oda’s high seas pirate adventure, One Piece (rated ‘T’ for Teens), is one of the best selling manga series of all time. As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally gained the power to stretch like rubber… at the cost of never being able to swim again! Years, later, Luffy sets off in search of the “One Piece,” said to be the greatest treasure in the world…
One Piece Vol. 59
After risking everything he had to save his brother, Luffy faces his biggest tragedy. Whitebeard will make one last stand against the Navy forces, but when the epic pirate war finally comes to an end, the entire world will be shaken!
One Piece Vol. 60
With the epic Paramount War now over, the scene shifts back to when a young Luffy first met Ace. Luffy, Ace and their friend Sabo get into all types of trouble as they grow up in a tumultuous time.
One Piece Vol. 61
Determined to become stronger and challenge the toughest seas in the world, Luffy and his crew decide to go into training. When they finally reunite years later, they will meet brand new enemies and adventures!
One Piece Vol. 62
Luffy and the Straw Hat crew board their trusted ship and head under the sea towards Fish-man island. However, getting in their way will be fierce pirates, underwater volcanoes, and a humongous sea creature!
Additional manga volumes launching the first part of December include:
Bleach Vols. 36-37
Dengeiki Daisy Vol. 7
Naruto Vol. 56 – Digital first!
Neon Genesis Evangelion Chapter 18
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Vol. 6
Oishinbo Vol. 5
One Piece Vols. 59-60 – Digital first for Vol. 60!
Ouran High School Host Club Vol. 13
Toriko Vol. 7
Bakuman。 Vol. 8
Bleach Vol. 52 – Digital first!
Blue Exorcist Vol. 5
Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden Vol. 9
Grand Gugnol Orchestra Vol. 5 – Final volume!
I’ll Give it My All Tomorrow Vol. 4
Kekkaishi Vol. 19
Neon Genesis Evangelion Chapter 19
One Piece Vols. 61 & 62 – Digital first!
Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 28 – Final volume!
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The free VIZ Manga App continues to be the top app for reading manga and features a rapidly growing library of the most popular manga series in the world. Over 45 series and 500+ volumes are currently available, with new additions and free Chapter 1 previews added weekly.
About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation.
The company offers an integrated product line including magazines such as Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; and website at www.viz.com.