Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha, Viz Media’s weekly digital manga anthology, will begin releasing content the same day as it’s released by its Japanese counterpart on January 21, 2013, the company announced. This is no mean feat, as it involves translation of episodic content that is, at times, produced very close to its Japanese release date. Beginning on that January date, new installments of Bleach, Cross Manage, Naruto, Nisekoi, One Piece, and Toriko will premiere on the same day as they premiere in Japan. Monthly installments of Blue Exorcist, Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal will debut the closest Monday after the Japanese release. Nisekoi, a Naoshi Komi romantic comedy, is a new series for Shonen Jump Alpha beginning this week.
2000AD, of course, began digitally publishing on the same day as UK print release earlier this year, but it didn’t have to worry about translation issues at all; As digital publishing and distribution become increasingly commonplace in the everyday production of print material around the world, expect to see more of this kind of thing – Especially considering that it increases the size of potential audience for new work from a local market to an international one in one fell swoop.