VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE FREE WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP MANGA CONTENT AND TERRITORY EXPANSION

Fans Across North America, The UK And Territories In Africa, Asia And Oceania Are Invited To Visit Daily For Fresh New Manga Chapters From Scores Of Hit Series

San Francisco, CA, June 28, 2016 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media),a premiere company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, has announced the launch today of special FREE digital manga chapters available exclusively on the WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP website, VIZ.com/shonenjump. The free content section will exist alongside the paid subscription model and will be available to fans in current WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP territories as well as the new territories of the Philippines, India and Singapore.
Manga readers are invited to dive into a dynamic array of exciting free content straight from the pages of VIZ Media’s and WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP’s most popular, as well as upcoming, hit manga series. New chapters will be posted daily with additional new series to be added on a regular basis.

Manga series featured in the first month of launch include:

BLUE EXORCIST
Boruto: Naruto Next Generation
Boys Over Flowers Season 2
Dragon Ball Super
The Emperor and I
Haikyu!!
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 1 Phantom Blood
Kuroko's Basketball
Naruto: Chibi Sasuke's Sharingan Legend
Naruto: The Path Lit By the Full Moon
ONE-PUNCH MAN
Tokyo Ghoul [Jack]

“This is an important new international initiative that will give English manga readers in territories around the world a variety of fun and free reasons to visit every day for the latest new content,” says Hisashi Sasaki, VP, Global Shonen Jump. “From the exciting new generation of ninja adventures in BORUTO to the knockout action of the bestselling ONE-PUNCH MAN, this new portal will help showcase the unique content of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP to a substantial new international audience.”

In addition to reaching readers across North America, this content will be available for FREE to fans across key international territories where WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP is distributed digitally, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Free and paid WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP content is now also available for the first time in the Philippines, India and Singapore.

WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP is published digitally every week by VIZ Media and features the latest chapters of a wide variety of serialized fan favorite manga titles presented in English and released on the same day as the magazine’s general print release in Japan.

North American WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP annual members receive 48 weekly digital issues as well as special premiums such as Yu-Gi-Oh! Collectible Trading Cards, rare one-shot manga releases, digital-only promotions, and access to additional subscriber-only content including creator interviews and more. Current subscribers can also access their accounts via VIZ.com, the VIZ Manga App, or with the WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP App on iOS and Android devices.

For more information on WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and exclusive subscriber offers, please visit VIZ.com/shonenjump.

For more information on VIZ Media manga titles, please visit VIZ.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the field of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan's largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at www.VIZ.com.