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Mon, 23 Jan ’12

TOKYOPOP’s Exclusive Preview of Viz’s Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha

Manga goes mobile with Viz’s new app

Nothing can quite compare to the feel of holding a freshly purchased manga volume in your hands, but having brand new manga delivered to your iPhone or iPad is one heck of a consolation prize. On January 30, Viz will debut its much-touted Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha, the world’s first digital manga magazine, marking an exciting new chapter in manga publishing and reasons to never look up from our phones again. As we all know, patience is a virtue, but waiting is for suckers, so we’re here with an exclusive preview for you.

The app itself is very user-friendly, which made navigating its sleek interface a snap. With a large back catalog also available in the Viz Store, you can easily catch up on titles you may have missed or difficult-to-locate volumes. While we were initially hesitant about digital manga, the size of the iPad’s screen is comparable to the size of a physical manga volume, which made reading a breeze. Plus, the device’s backlight means that the only thing limiting your reading pleasure is battery life, rather than daylight. With six weekly titles (Bakuman, Bleach, Naruto, Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, One Piece, and Toriko) clocking in at around 120 pages per issue, WSJA is a great bang for your buck. Just think of all the Pocky you’ll be able to buy with your extra scratch! 

Viz’s Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha is available on January 30, but you can subscribe now for discounted rates and additional bonuses. Make sure to click through for our complete coverage and exclusive photos of the app in action.