In a recent press release, Viz Media has officially announced they will be releasing two new print volumes of the Bleach manga each month in North America for the rest of 2012. The goal? To catch up to the Japanese version of the manga. Bleach manga volume 41 was released June 5th in North America, while volume 55 was released June 4th in Japan. We still expect North America to be behind Japan as Viz has only announced a speedup through manga volume 53. Our guess is the Japanese version will be at volume 56 or 57 by the end of the year.
Below is the official press release
Viz Media kicks the Soul Reaping drama of BLEACH into high gear as it announces a special speed up of the print editions of Tite Kubo’s hit supernatural action manga (graphic novel) series. Beginning this month and continuing through December 2012, two new BLEACH manga editions will debut every month.
BLEACH is published by Viz Media’s Shonen Jump imprint, is rated ‘T’ for Teens, and carries an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The accelerated schedule is designed to synchronize the series with its digital counterpart on VIZManga.com by the end of the year.
Ichigo Kurosaki never asked for the ability to see ghosts – he was born with the gift. When his family is attacked by a Hollow – a malevolent lost soul—Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper, dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured spirits themselves find peace. Find out why Tite Kubo’s BLEACH has become an international manga smash-hit!
BLEACH Volume 40 – Available Now!
BLEACH Volume 41 – Available Now!
Viz Media Announces BLEACH Print Manga ‘Speed Up’
BLEACH Volume 42 – Available July 3rd!
BLEACH Volume 43 – Available July 3rd!
BLEACH (rated ‘T’ for Teens) is author/creator Tite Kubo’s second manga title. Kubo made his debut with ZOMBIE POWDER (also published in North America by Viz Media, rated ‘T’ for Teens), a four-volume series appearing in Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. To date, BLEACH has been translated into numerous languages and has also inspired an animated TV series that began airing in Japan in 2004. Beginning its serialization in 2001, BLEACH remains a mainstay in the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump. In 2005, BLEACH was awarded the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award in the shonen (boys) category.