The COVID-19 Coronavirus is wreaking havoc across Japan, cancelling or postponing events, as well as closing schools. And because many schools have closed down, two of Japan’s biggest manga publishers, Shueisha and Shogakukan, have decided to release back issues of their manga magazines for free!
The most prominent Shounen Manga Magazine on Earth, Weekly Shounen Jump (My Hero Academia, Black Clover, Kimetsu no Yaiba, One Piece), will be releasing its first 13 issues for 2020 via the Zebrack website. Meanwhile, its biggest rival, Weekly Shounen Sunday, is releasing 12 issues via Sunday Webry. In addition, they are also posting all volumes of some of their most popular manga, including Hayate the Combat Butler and Kekkaishi for free.
And that’s not all, because Shogakukan is upping the stakes, as they are also releasing back issues of their other manga magazines. These include Betsucomi, Sho-Comi, Cheese!, Ciao Deluxe, Petit Comic, and Monthly Flowers. They’re also releasing several issues of Monthly Coro Coro Comics for free as well.
COVID-19’s outbreak in Japan has been very bad for the country indeed. Among the cancelled events include AnimeJapan 2020, the 14th Annual Seiyuu Awards, as well as Japan’s largest Cosplay event, the Nippombashi Street Festa. Several anime have also delayed an episode over virus concerns, and they include Infinite Dendogram and A Certain Scientific Railgun T.
The concerns are growing ever serious, as it even threatens the Olympics.
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