VIZ Media Vows to Plug ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ and ‘act-age’ Missing Chapter Gaps

VIZ Media Vows to Plug 'Jujutsu Kaisen' and 'act-age' Missing Chapter Gaps

It’s been over half a year since VIZ Media launched their revitalized free Shonen Jump service. While it’s generally acted as a welcome, consumer-friendly step forward for manga consumption in the west, one of the problems that has haunted the service since launch has been missing chapters – particularly when it comes to VIZ Media’s translation of Jujutsu Kaisen and act-age.

As of the time of writing, Gege Akutami’s Jujutsu Kaisen is missing 36 chapters between chapter 4 and chapter 40 on VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump service, with Tatsuya Matsuki and Shiro Usazaki’s act-age also missing a similar number of 40 chapters between chapter 6 and 46. Naturally, fans of each series have been vocal with their complaints about this chapter gap, but VIZ Media have, thankfully, made a concrete pledge to plug this gap for both Jujutsu Kaisen and act-age on the Shonen Jump service.

Both pages were updated in July to feature the text: “Note: Not all chapters are available. We’re working to backfill chapters over the coming months,” signaling VIZ Media’s active work in filling the gaps in both Jujutsu Kaisen and act-age.

VIZ Media Vows to Plug 'Jujutsu Kaisen' and 'act-age' Missing Chapter Gaps

VIZ Media Vows to Plug 'Jujutsu Kaisen' and 'act-age' Missing Chapter Gaps
Updated pages for VIZ Media’s translation of Jujutsu Kaisen and act-age

You’d be forgiven if this is the first time you’re noticing this text, however. If you’re reading a series like Jujutsu Kaisen or act-age weekly, then chances that you’ll stick around long enough on the landing page before jumping straight into the new chapter are pretty slim. VIZ Media didn’t put out a public statement on social media, either – although they have been steadily responding to those fans who reach out to them directly about the chapter gap.

In any case, to see VIZ address this chapter gap problem directly via their own service – no matter how limited the reach – is a welcome move. Both Jujutsu Kaisen and act-age are rising stars among the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump, selling impressive numbers with talks of an imminent anime adaptation.

Even more importantly, however, plugging the chapter gap in Jujutsu Kaisen and act-age would eliminate one of the only real reasons to use fan translation websites anymore, as the Shonen Jump service is so reasonably priced that almost any Jump fan can justify the $1.99 a month.

As to why VIZ Media didn’t translate all of Jujutsu Kaisen and act-age from the get-go? While we haven’t had official confirmation of this, I’d wager that it’s simply because no one expected either series to get as big, or as good as they are now.

Unfortunately, this is one of the problems of trying to cover something like serialized manga. Things can change so fast in unexpected ways, often contrary to your own beliefs. Making a decision such as disregarding Jujutsu Kaisen and act-age can, as we’ve seen, come back to bite you in the ass – so take note, VIZ Media. Hopefully, you’ll have those missing chapters to us sooner rather than later.

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