So, earlier this week, VIZ let us know that the latest step of their digital content initiative involves the “speed up” of NARUTO, ONE PIECE and BLEACH’s North American release schedules. The latter two actually started that accelerated release platform on VIZManga.com this past Monday and the plan is to catch them up with all up with their counterparts by the end of the year.
VIZ, of course, announced this initiative at Comic Con, so I wasn’t able really able to talk about it at the time because I was at that show for other business. I’m one of the least wired guys I know, anyway (I only just recently got a smart phone.) Still, even though I don’t actually own any of the iProducts this “universal access” plan is compatible with, I can still appreciate what looks like a pretty progressive and aggressive move.
Obviously, the aim here is to respond to, and hopefully combat, scanlations. Since this story’s still unfolding, I’m maybe more interested in hearing what this community thinks about the whole affair. Do you lunatics think is the right answer to the problem? Or has the proverbial dam already burst? I know you’ve all got strong opinions. Unleash them!
Also, if you’re curious, the release breakdown for the next couple weeks shakes out like this…
- BAKUMAN Vol. 6
- BLEACH Vol. 23
- CLAYMORE Vol. 18
- D GRAY-MAN Vol. 19
- DRAGON BALL Z Vol. 26
- 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
- BLEACH Vol. 24
- HOUSE OF FIVE LEAVES Vol. 4
- 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