Shonen Jump is a manga magazine in North America published by Viz Media. It's not to be confused with Japan's Weekly Shōnen Jump and Monthly Shōnen Jump. It debuted in November 2002 with its January 2003 issue, selling over 300,000 copies with that issue. The magazine is mainly targeted at male readers ages 13 and older. Shonen Jump, in Japanese, means Boy Jump.
Every month, Shonen Jump brings a new chapter in a select amount of manga series for readers to experience. Currently, the magazine's manga selection ranges from Bleach
to Karakuridôji Ultimo, Naruto
, and One Piece
. However, in the past, it's featured many other manga series that have ended. This includes Dragon Ball Z
, Hikaru No Go, Shaman King
, YuYu Hakusho
, Slam Dunk, Sand Land, and Tegami Bachi. The magazine also features select previews of video games as well as other things related to Japanese culture.
Shojo Beat, a sister publication to Shonen Jump, was created in February 2005 to target female readers. However, after 47 issues (June 2005 to July 2009), the magazine was discontinued.
A game titled Jump Super Stars
released in Japan for Nintendo DS on August 5, 2005 featuring characters from the many manga series seen in Japan's Weekly and Monthly Shōnen Jump issues. A following game titled Jump Ultimate Stars
was released on November 26, 2006. Unfortunately, these games never reached western shores.