Ok, I said I was going to do my next post on my new Blog, but I lied! The new blog is just about done, I just need to transfer all my posts tonight after work. I’m just so disappointed with rising manga prices lately that I had to make a post! With so many companies selling their manga at over $10 these days I was happy that Viz was still around to hold down the affordability fort at $7.95 for Shonen Jump titles and $8.99 for Shojo Beat titles. Now I look at the pre-orders for the newest manga from Viz and they’re all at the new price of $9.99.
Viz still wins at being the cheapest but…I’ll be purchasing less of their manga at these prices (particularly Shonen Jump titles). There are some titles that I love so much that I’d pay $15 a volume for…but there aren’t many series I’m following that have earned THAT much love from me. So pretty much I’ll be less impulsive on which new series I pursue from Viz due to the new pricing.
Why will I buy less Shonen Jump manga specifically? Well in general I often enjoy Shonen more as anime anyway, so giving up the manga is not as big of a deal to me. Not to mention if the series is a Shonen Jump title it almost always has an anime associated with it…not so much with Shojo Beat titles. Plus the jump in price was too much for me, $7.95 to $9.99 is a large leap. To me, most Shonen manga series aren’t worth that. I will probably only continue collecting Claymore and One Piece at thath price.
BUT despite the rise in prices I still respect Viz as a manga company and think they’re really great. I recognize that the economy is in a sorry state and if this is what it takes to keep them afloat, then so be it. But I still need to watch out for myself, and as a result I’ll be buying a few less titles then I usually do.
But I have a burning question…would Viz have made this price jump if Tokyopop hadn’t raised their prices? Or if Yen Press come on the scene at $10.99? It also may be directly related to their Shojo Beat anthology folding.