Viz Media‘s digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday that it is adding Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi‘s Dr. Stone manga as a regular series. The magazine will also announce another new series for its lineup next week.
Viz Media previously released the first three chapters as part of its “Jump Start” initiative. In the initiative, Viz Media‘s digital Weekly Shonen Jump anthology publishes the first three chapters of a new manga simultaneously with the Japanese release. Based on reader feedback, the digital anthology sometimes adds the manga to its permanent lineup.
In February and March, the Jump Start initiative previewed Dr. Stone and five other titles: Taishi Tsutsui‘s We Never Learn, Yūji Kimura’s U19, Hitsuji Kondaira’s Demon Prince Poro’s Diaries, Ryūhei Tamura‘s Hungry Marie, and Tadatoshi Fujimaki‘s Robot × Laserbeam.
In Dr. Stone, main character Taiju is about to confess to the girl he loves when a mysterious force hits the Earth and turns every human into stone. Taiju and his friend Senku wake up thousands of years later and begin to rebuild society.
Writer Inagaki wrote the Eyeshield 21 manga with illustrator Yuusuke Murata from 2002-2009. Illustrator Boichi drew the Sun-Ken Rock manga, and one of the stories in the Trigun: Multiple Bullets anthology manga. He recently drew the Terra Formars Asimov spinoff manga.