OMG! It’s the end of the world! Not really, just shows that Viz is wanting to make a bit more money. For now on, Viz published manga (Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat) will be $9.99 instead of $8.99. Though, older releases are still going to be the same.
“HOLY SHIT! THATS A LOT!” is what many people will think at first, until they realize they spend even more on pants they get little to no enjoyment out of.
Viz has said they are only doing it to stay consistent with the industry, so I doubt they will raise it again any time soon. Really, its no different than Microsoft and Sony making the MSRP of games $60. I just hopw anime doesn’t increase in price since I am more of an anime person than a manga person.