VIZ announces “Speed Up” digital editions and new digital volume additions.
Big news from Viz Media was announced today as Viz will now release Digital Volumes every Monday for some of their most popular manga titles and new “Speed Up” volumes.
The “Speed Up” digital volumes will be released through VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
The titles that launched today include Tite Kubo’s supernatural action series BLEACH, Eiichiro Oda’s pirate odyssey One Piece and the concluding volume of Inio Asano’s What A Wonderful World! For BLEACH and One Piece the speed up volumes will be released until they catch up to the current print run volume in December. Also the final volume of the Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball Z will be released on September 12th as well.
Below is the press release with full schedule of titles to be release as “Speed Up” volumes and new volumes to be released digitally.
September 12, 2011
VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES MANGA “SPEED UP” FOR BLEACH AND ONE PIECE DIGTAL RELEASES ON VIZMANGA.COM AND VIZ MANGA APP
New Digital Volumes To Be Released Weekly And Complement Latest Additions To 19 Other Popular Manga Series
VIZ Media continues to offer manga (graphic novel) fans a vast library of newly added digital titles for September through VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App for the Apple iPad™, iPhone™ and iPod™ touch. The latest update includes a just-announced manga “speed up” for BLEACH and ONE PIECE that will bring both series up to date with their North American print counterparts by December.
Beginning today and continuing each Monday thereafter, new digital volumes of manga creator Tite Kubo’s supernatural action saga, BLEACH, as well as the high seas pirate adventures of Eiichiro Oda’s ONE PIECE, will for be available online on VIZManga.com and also for download on the VIZ Manga App.
The latest manga speed up complements a similar accelerated release schedule announced earlier this month for NARUTO, which just saw the release of 7 manga volumes in 7 days on VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App, and established digital parity with the bestselling series’ print counterpart.
Other notable September digital manga releases for both platforms will include the concluding volume to Inio Asano’s WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD!, which will launch on September 12th, as well as final volume to Akira Toriyama’s DRAGON BALL Z, available the same day. The newest edition of Natsume Ono’s acclaimed samurai drama, HOUSE OF FIVE LEAVES Volume 4, is scheduled for September 19th, a day before the print counterpart’s national release.
Additional new VIZ Media manga volumes launching include:
BAKUMAN。 Vol. 6
BLEACH Vol. 23
CLAYMORE Vol. 18
D GRAY-MAN Vol. 19
DRAGON BALL Z Vol. 26 – Final Volume!
FUSHIGI YUGI: GENBU KAIDEN Vol. 6
HYDE & CLOSER Vol. 5
NEON GENESIS EVANGELION Chapter 6
ONE PIECE Vol. 43
OTOMEN Vol. 10
SATURN APARTMENTS Vol. 2
WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD! Vol. 2 – Series Conclusion!
BLEACH Vol. 24
HOUSE OF FIVE LEAVES Vol. 4 – Debuts a day before the print counterpart!
KEKKAISHI Vol. 13
NATSUME’S BOOK OF FRIENDS Vol. 8
NEON GENESIS EVANGELION Chapter 7
ONE PIECE Vol. 44
ROSARIO + VAMPIRE II Vol. 5
RUROUNI KENSHIN Vol. 22
ARATA: THE LEGEND Vol. 6
BLEACH Vol. 25
CHILDREN OF THE SEA Vol. 4
D. GRAY-MAN Vol. 20
INUYASHA (VIZBIG) Vol. 4 – Exclusive to the VIZ Manga App for iPad
MAOH: JUVENILE REMIX Vol. 6
NEON GENESIS EVANGELION Chapter 8
ONE PIECE Vol. 45
VAMPIRE KNIGHT Vol. 11
VIZ Media’s digital manga application allows for universal access for fans for reading manga from their iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and now, VIZManga.com for desktop/laptop computers and Android-powered devices with built-in web browsers. With one account, registered users are able to view their purchases across even more devices than ever.
The free VIZ Manga App is the top application for reading manga on iOS devices and features a rapidly growing library of the most popular manga series in the world, currently offering 40 series and over 400 volumes, with new additions and free Chapter 1 previews added weekly.
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