So Shonen Jump Weekly has been running online for about three years now. Some features, like One Piece
just go on and on, while others end long runs or short ones. Unfortunately, the people picking which new series to feature in the online version as well as the print weekly have been batting less than .500.
"Sure to appeal" series like Barrage
and Silent Symphony
have flamed out in ten or so installments (a process known as "ten-weeking") while "not ready for the American market" titles like Shougeki no Souma
("Food Wars") and Assassination Classroom
have found great popularity.
So Viz is trying something different. Under their "Jump Start" program, the first three chapters of every new manga in Shounen Jump Magazine will get a spot in Shonen Jump Weekly, and if any of them do well in Japan, they can then go full-time in the US version without too much embarrassment.
The first series to get this treatment is Judos
by Shinsuke Kondo. Nine pages of fifty-five.( Defeat Yahara )
Your thoughts and comments?