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VIZ Media’s Full Agenda for 2015 Anime Expo

SailorMoonR-Season2-KeyImage-smVIZ Media is head to the nation’s largest dedicated anime convention, Anime Expo, with an exciting array of special guest appearances, panel discussions, autograph sessions, promotional giveaways and a variety of exclusive and pre-street items that will be available for purchase. The 2015 Anime Expo takes place July 2nd–5th at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles. VIZ Media will be located on the main convention floor in Booth #811.

VIZ Media is welcoming manga creator Julietta Suzuki as a special Guest of Honor. Suzuki is the creator of the acclaimed shojo manga series, KAMISAMA KISS. During Anime Expo, she will be among the artists to have original manga artwork prominently displayed in the VIZ Media booth to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the company’s Shojo Beat imprint. She also will participate in an informative panel discussion and appear for a pair of autograph sessions. Copies of KAMISAMA KISS (Vols. 1, 18) also will be available for purchase in the VIZ Media booth.

Shojo fans will not want to miss a visit to the VIZ Media booth to enjoy a special exhibit of original manga artwork from more than 40 top titles and creators that are published under the Shojo Beat imprint such as Arina Tanemura, Yuki Midorikawa, Yun Kouga, Miko Mitsuki, Go Ikeyamada, Tomu Ohmi and many more!

Join VIZ Media and the guardians of love and justice to celebrate the legendary action fantasy anime series with Sailor Moon Day on Friday, July 3rd. Meet the voice cast at an exclusive autograph session in the Anime Expo autograph area and for a photo opportunity at the VIZ Media booth. Also catch all the latest SAILOR MOON news in the official panel discussion set for Friday morning, official fan/cosplay gathering, and the World Dub Premiere of the first 2 episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal later that afternoon.

The VIZ Media retail area will offer a variety of must-have Anime Expo convention exclusives including:

  • ONE PIECE Exclusive Manga Replicas: $15
  • NARUTO Exclusive Manga Replicas: $15
  • WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Annual Digital Subscription: $25
    • Includes exclusive Game Mat and Collectible Yearbook (featuring NARUTO) and an exclusive YU-GI-OH! Promo Card: Frightfur Tiger!
  • JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Exclusive 3D Poster: $25
  • SAILOR MOON R Part 1 Limited Edition Combo Pack, prestreet with a gift with purchase: $65
  • 2015 SAILOR MOON R T-Shirt Exclusive – Ladies and Unisex Styles: $15.each
  • MY HERO ACADEMIA Vol. 1 Manga Pre-street: $10
  • THE DEMON PRINCE OF MOMOCHI HOUSE Vol. 1 Manga Pre-street: $10
  • MAID-SAMA! 2-in-1 Vol. 1 Manga Pre-street: $15
  • Summer 2015 exclusive gift with purchase – Limited Edition VIZ Media tote bags featuring favorite characters and offered in 3 different designs
    • SHONEN JUMP (double-sided featuring Luffy and Naruto)

Other fun activities taking place at the VIZ Media booth will include:

Shojo Beat Prize Wheel

Celebrate Shojo Beat’s 10th anniversary and try your luck at our prize wheel for a chance to win a Shojo Beat 10th Anniversary Calendar, as well as exclusive goodies from Japan!

SAILOR MOON Tiara Giveaway & Quest for the Time Key

Sailor Moon needs your help! Grab your SAILOR MOON tiara from the VIZ Media booth to begin your mission to re-awaken the Guardian’s memories,  then get the Time Key and save New Crystal Tokyo from certain doom! Interspersed between Time Key quests, fans can take a short survey SAILOR MOON, get a poster, and enter to win a SAILOR MOON prize pack!

Poster Giveaway

Sign up for VIZ Media email newsletters, and get a TOKYO GHOUL poster!

Please check the daily booth schedule for activity times.

VIZ Media Anime Expo Panels & Special Events Include:

Thursday, July 2nd

1:15 – 2:45pm VIZ Media Panel (Room LP1)

Come party with VIZ Media and listen to thrilling tales of upcoming releases and other Earth-shattering announcements from North America’s largest distributor of manga and anime! Warning: panel may include trivia, prizes, yelling and probably some clapping.


Friday, July 3nd

10:00am – 12:00pm OFFICAL SAILOR MOON PANEL (Room LP1)

Join VIZ Media as well as Official English cast members from the legendary series and start off a magical day of SAILOR MOON activities! Everyone attending will receive a special treat while supplies last.


(Room LP5)

Hang out with the English-language editors of the world’s most popular manga, plus special surprise guests! Plus a chance to win amazing prizes by showing off your SJ trivia skills.


SESSION    (Anime Expo Autograph Area)

Meet the English voice cast of SAILOR MOON and get your free, premium poster signed!


(VIZ Media Booth)

Fans can take photos of the talented new Official English voice cast for SAILOR MOON with the Sailor Guardian cosplayers from American Cosplay Paradise in a special session!


(Anime Expo Autograph Area)

Meet Julietta Suzuki, the creator of KAMISAMA KISS and get a free art card signed. Tickets for this special signing will be distributed at 8AM in the morning from the Anime Expo Autograph Ticket Booth in West Hall.


(Video 1 / JW Marriott Platinum Ballroom)

Dress in your Sailor Guardian or Villain best to show your SAILOR MOON team spirit as well as have a chance to be part of upcoming SAILOR MOON extra features! Fans attending in cosplay will receive a special treat as well as a chance to win some cool prizes!


(Video 1 / JW Marriott Platinum Ballroom)

The world premiere dub for SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL will be unveiled at this special screening of Episodes 1 and 2! A free goodie will be provided to attendees, while supplies last!


Saturday, July 4th


(Room LP2)

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Shojo Beat manga with us! Bring your burning questions and find out what’s coming up in the future.


(Anime Expo Autograph Area)

Meet Julietta Suzuki, the creator of KAMISAMA KISS and get a free art card signed. Pick up a ticket for this event at 8AM in the morning from the Anime Expo Autograph Ticket Booth in West Hall.


(Petree Hall / LP2)

Join the creator of KAMISAMA KISS, Julietta Suzuki in her first-ever international appearance. Learn about her beginnings as a manga creator and her creative process.

4:00pm – 5:00pm VIZ ANIMATION

(Room 408AB / LP3)

Find out all that’s new and awesome with the VIZ Animation team! We’ll be talking about upcoming releases, share some announcements and tell you all about our free streaming anime!

Finally, don’t forget to check the Anime Expo screening schedule for a variety of VIZ Media anime titles including showings of BLEACH, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, NARUTO THE MOVIE: ROAD TO NINJA, TIGER & BUNNY Feature Films (THE BEGINNING and THE RISING), RANMA ½ and SAILOR MOON and SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL.

SDCC 2015: Viz Media’s Exclusives and Special Events

MyHeroAcademia_GN01_3DVIZ Media is returning to San Diego, CA for the San Diego Comic-Con 2015 with an impressive roster of manga creator personal appearances, informative panel discussions, interactive activities, promotional giveaways, and a wide selection of special retail products available exclusively at the event.

Located on the main show floor, VIZ Media’s booth will be a central hub of activity that will be a must-see for anime and manga fans. This year, VIZ Media presents the first international appearance by the creators of the new Ultraman manga series. Stop by to purchase an exclusive advance copy with an exclusive figure from Japan and have it signed by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi. Check the booth for the daily signing schedule. Also join the creators for an insightful panel discussion on the global Ultraman phenomenon on Friday, July 10th.

VIZ Media commemorates the 10th Anniversary of its Shojo Beat imprint with a beautiful in-booth display of shikishi (special Japanese art boards) featuring original artwork by a host of well-known manga creators that were created specifically for the imprint’s 10-year anniversary. Also spin the Shojo Beat Prize Wheel to win exclusive collectable items from Japan!

Celebrate the return of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past by picking up Link’s Hylian Shield, only at the VIZ Media booth! Copies of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past graphic novel will also be available for purchase (MSRP: $20)

Naruto fans can try their hand at Bandai Namco’s latest Naruto Shippuden video game, which debuts this Fall! Or try out a special demo of the Naruto Shippuden Deck Building Game from Cryptozoic (copies will be available for purchase, $40 each).

VIZ Media booth visitors can score free Shonen Jump One Piece, One-Punch Man or Dragon Ball Z posters and also pick up a Sailor Moon Crystal Card, which offers a free trial subscription to Hulu Plus. Take a Sailor Moon survey and also receive either a Sailor Moon tiara or poster!

Also don’t miss the following product exclusives and special advance releases available (while supplies last) at the VIZ Media booth:

Advance pre-street manga releases for:

  • MY HERO ACADEMIA Vol. 1 ($10)
  • MAID-SAMA! 2-In-1 Vol. 1 ($15),
  • TOKYO GHOUL Vol. 2 ($13; Vol. 1 also available),
  • ULTRAMAN Vol. 1 – available with a special collectable Ultraman figure ($30) – get them personally signed by the series creators!
  • ONE PIECE and NARUTO Replica Manga Artwork – Exclusive from Japan! ($15 each)
  • DRAGON BALL Replica Manga Artwork – Full Color & Framed! Exclusive from Japan! ($150)
  • WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Annual Membership – digital subscription to the world’s most popular manga magazine also includes exclusive NARUTO Game Mat, Collectible NARUTO Yearbook (ships October 2015) and Exclusive YU‐GI-OH! Promo Card: Frightfur Tiger! ($25)
  • NARUTO: THE LAST 3D Movie Poster – Exclusively available from VIZ Media! ($25)
  • Exclusive SAILOR MOON R T-shirts – Ladies & Unisex styles; available only from VIZ Media! ($15 each)
  • Exclusive DORAEMON Plush – 2 different cute designs; (Small version $10; Large version $18)
  • 2015 Eisner Award nominated manga titles – MONSTER: PERFECT EDITION Vol. 1 ($20), ALL YOU NEED IS KILL ($15), HELLO KITTY, HELLO 40 (Special Edition $50)

A limited edition VIZ Media tote bag featuring iconic characters from celebrated VIZ Media series in 3 designs will be given as free gift with purchase of any item from VIZ Media. Select from Shonen Jump (double-sided featuring Luffy and Naruto), Sailor Moon or The Legend of Zelda!

VIZ Media Comic-Con Panels & Special Events:

Thursday July 9th


Room 5AB

Hang out with the English-language editors of the world’s most popular manga, plus special surprise guests! We’ve got exciting news about the latest new series, all-time fan favorites, and everything in between. Plus a chance to win amazing prizes by showing off your SJ trivia skills.

11:00AM ULTRAMAN Creator Signing, VIZ Media Booth #2813

4:00PM – 5:00PM Official VIZ Media Comic-Con Panel

Room 7AB

Come party with VIZ Media! And by party, we mean sit in a chair and listen to thrilling tales of upcoming releases and other Earth-shattering announcements from North America’s largest distributor of manga and anime! VIZ Media has brought fans thousands of acclaimed anime and manga titles including hits like NARUTO, DEATH NOTE, SAILOR MOON, RANMA ½, TOKYO GHOUL and more!


Friday July 10th

3:00PM – 4:00PM VIZ Media Presents: ULTRAMAN

Room 23ABC

4:30PM ULTRAMAN Creator Signing VIZ Media Booth #2813


Saturday July 11th

10:00AM ULTRAMAN Creator Signing VIZ Media Booth #2813

1:30PM – 2:30PM VIZ Media & Perfect Square Present: THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST

Room 5AB

Zelda fans are invited to take up their Master Swords and join VIZ Media staff and special guests for a celebration of one of the most acclaimed video games of all time, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. VIZ Media will provide a special a behind-the-scenes look at the return of the classic graphic novel that was originally featured in Nintendo Power™ magazine in the 90s and will also answer questions and give out a fun array of Zelda prizes.

1:30PM ULTRAMAN Creator Signing VIZ Media Booth #2813


Sunday July 12th

1:00PM – 2:00PM VIZ Media Presents Official SAILOR MOON Panel

Room 6A

VIZ Media is releasing the 200 episode classic SAILOR MOON anime series for the first time on Blu-ray and with an all-new completely uncut and uncensored English dub. Join members of the VIZ Animation team for a special presentation on all the ins and outs of the production of this legendary anime series as well as updated news about the all new series, SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL!

Finally, don’t forget to check the 2015 Comic-Con screening schedule for a variety of VIZ Media anime titles including showings of BLEACH, BLOOD LAD, GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET, INUYASHA, and SAILOR MOON and SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL!


eigoMANGA Heads To Anime Expo 2015

eigoMANGA_logoSan Francisco based comic book publisher, eigoMANGA announces its participation at Anime Expo 2015 which is held on July 2July 5, 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Sakura Pakk 10 Year Anniversary:

eigoMANGA celebrates Sakura Pakk’s 10th year in publication with exclusive comics, graphic novels, and give-aways at eigoMANGA’s Exhibition Booth #77.

Sakura Pakk is eigoMANGA’s shoujo (female-targeted) anthology publication that was first released in 2005.

eigoMANGA Presents: How To Draw Manga And Portfolio Review:

eigoMANGA editors will hold a tutorial workshop to teach the fundamentals of manga illustration and storytelling. They will also be on hand to critique portfolios from up-and-coming artists.

eigoMANGA’s How To Draw Manga Workshop And Portfolio Review is scheduled for Saturday, July 4, 12:30 pm1:30pm at WS1 (LACC – 403A).

Vanguard Princess (Upcoming 2015) Release

eigoMANGA plans to release an upcoming 2015 version of ‘Vanguard Princess’ and invites attendees to demo the beta version at eigoMANGA’s Exhibition Booth #77.

Vanguard Princess is a 2D fighting game that features an all-female cast each with their own unique fighting style. ‘Vanguard Princess’ is also a 10 time best-selling PC game for Amazon.

UDON Announces Persona 4: The Manga

Persona 4 The Manga Vol. 1When the original Persona 4 video game was released to universal acclaim in 2008, it delighted players with its engaging murder-mystery storyline, relatable characters, engaging gameplay, and stylish graphics. Persona 4 has since become a multimedia juggernaut, with a remake of the original game, three video game spin-offs, two anime adaptations, and a manga adaptation. That manga adaptation has never been available outside of Japan – until now! UDON Entertainment has announced that they will begin publishing the Persona 4 manga series in English later this year!

When the small rural town of Inaba suddenly becomes the scene of a series of grisly murders, an eclectic group of high school students forms an investigation team to uncover the truth behind them and prevent more deaths. But when they discover that the murders might be connected to an urban legend about a paranormal television phenomenon called the “Midnight Channel,” a simple investigation turns into a dangerous, action-packed journey of self-discovery across two different worlds. Along the way, dark truths will shake our heroes to their very core – and help them discover an inner strength they never knew they had!

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a seasoned Persona 4 veteran or are just discovering this compelling world for the first time – the Persona 4 manga series is certain to appeal to anyone who simply enjoys murder mysteries, the paranormal, and smart storytelling dealing with existential themes. Are you ready to face your true self?

The first volume of Persona 4 will launch in September, with future volumes releasing bi-monthly through the end of 2015 and into 2016.

VIZ Media Launches New Paranormal Action Manga Series Twin Star Exorcists

TwinStarExorcists_GN01_3DVIZ Media unleashes the supernatural action manga (graphic novel) series – Twin Star Exorcists – on July 7th.

Created by Yoshiaki Sukeno, Twin Star Exorcists is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will be published in print with an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The series also launches digitally on July 7th via VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and GooglePlay stores. Future volumes of the series, which is ongoing in Japan, will be published domestically twice a year under VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump imprint.

In Twin Star Exorcists, Rokuro is from a family of exorcists who exorcise the evil Kegare, but he’d rather be a singer, a soccer player or anything but! He’s forced to own up to his own incredible potential when new arrival Benio stirs his competitive spirit—and is in need of rescue. But their rivalry gets a twist when they learn they are the “Twin Star Exorcists” – two supreme fighters fated to marry and birth the prophesied child who will eliminate all the Kegare in the world. Too bad they can barely stand each other!

VIZ Media Announces Print Launch Of Flesh Eating Manga Series Tokyo Ghoul

TokyoGhoul_GN01_3DVIZ Media takes readers on an incredible journey into the dark world of the flesh-eating undead that live in secret all around us with the launch of Sui Ishida’s acclaimed manga (graphic novel) series – Tokyo Ghoul – on June 16th.

Tokyo Ghoul is rated ‘T+’ and individual volumes will carry a MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN each. Future print editions of the 14-volume series will be published on a bi-monthly basis. The series is also underway digitally on VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App and is available worldwide from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and GooglePlay stores.

Ghouls live among us, the same as normal people in every way – except for their craving for human flesh. Shy Ken Kaneki is thrilled to go on a date with the beautiful Rize. But it turns out that she’s only interested in his body – eating it, that is. When a morally questionable rescue transforms him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid, Ken is drawn into the dark and violent world of Ghouls, which exists alongside our own. Trapped between two worlds, he must survive Ghoul turf wars, learn more about Ghoul society and master his new powers.

Manga creator Sui Ishida was born in Fukuoka, Japan. Tokyo Ghoul won him the Young Jump 113th Grand Prix award in 2010 and was debuted as a series in Japan in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 2011. The popular manga also was adapted into a widely watched anime series in 2014.

Macabre Short Story Manga Collection Fragments of Horror Debuts In English From VIZ Media

FragmentsOfHorror_3DVIZ Media sends chills down the spines of readers as it debuts Junji Ito’s Fragments of Horror on June 16th.

Set to be published under the VIZ Signature imprint, the new manga (graphic novel) release is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and will be offered in a deluxe, hardcover print edition that will carry an MSRP of $17.99 U.S. / $21.00 CAN.

Fragments of Horror contains a unique collection of delightfully macabre tales from the master of horror manga. An old wooden mansion that turns on its inhabitants. A dissection class with a most unusual subject. A funeral where the dead are definitely not laid to rest. Ranging from the terrifying to the comedic, from the erotic to the loathsome, these stories showcase Junji Ito’s long-awaited return to the world of horror.

Manga creator Junji Ito made his professional debut in 1987 and has gone on to be recognized as one of the greatest contemporary artists working in the horror genre. His critically acclaimed titles include TOMIE and UZUMAKI, which were adapted into critically praised live-action films, as well as GYOwhich was adapted into an animated feature film. The UZUMAKI and GYO manga editions are both published in English by VIZ Media in deluxe hardcover editions available under the VIZ Signature imprint. Ito’s influences include classic horror manga artists Kazuo Umezu and Hideshi Hino, as well as authors such as Yasutaka Tsutsui and H.P. Lovecraft.

Viz Media Announces One-Punch Man Print Manga Series Debut

OnePunchMan_GN01_coverVIZ Media delivers a knock-out blow, manga style, with the exciting print debut later this summer of the acclaimed superhero series, One-Punch Man.

Volumes 1 and 2 of the wildly popular action-comedy manga (graphic novel) series created by writer ONE and artist Yusuke Murata are both set for release in September 2015. One-Punch Man is rated ‘T’ for Teens and print volumes will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN each. Future print editions of the series, which is also ongoing in Japan, will be published in English on a bimonthly basis under VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump imprint.

In anticipation of the forthcoming print launch, VIZ Media invites readers to enjoy the first 3 chapters of One-Punch Man in a special FREE digital preview available now for a limited time on VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App.

For digital manga readers, One-Punch Man Vols. 1-7 are available now from VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App. The volumes also may be purchased through the Nook, Kindle, Kobo, comiXology, iBooks and GooglePlay stores.

In One-Punch Man, nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem – he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on! Every time a promising villain appears, he beats the snot out of ’em with one punch! Can Saitama finally find an opponent who can go toe-to-toe with him and give his life some meaning? Or is he doomed to a life of super-powered boredom?

Unboxing: Nerd Block’s May 2015 Mystery Box

Nerd Block‘s May 2015 release has arrived and here’s what you can find inside. The theme for this month is “Ani-May,” so you can expect a lot of anime related items.

You can subscribe to Nerd Block now and reserve your spot for next month’s box!




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VIZ Media Launches New Shojo Manga Series So Cut It Hurts!!

So Cute It Hurts Vol. 1VIZ Media delivers a brand new shojo manga (graphic novel) series with the launch of So Cute It Hurts!! on June 2nd.

The gender-bending comedy about a twin brother and sister who switch identities was created by Go Ikeyamada and will be rated ‘T’ for Teens. So Cute It Hurts!! will be published in print under the Shojo Beat imprint and will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The series also launches digitally on June 2nd via VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and GooglePlay stores. Future volumes will be published on a bi-monthly basis.

So Cute It Hurts!! introduces readers to the Kobayashi twins, Megumu and Mitsuru, who were named after historical figures. But only Megumu has grown up with a taste for history. So when Mitsuru is in danger of losing his weekends to extra history classes, he convinces his sister to swap clothes with him and ace his tests! After all, how hard can it be for them to play each other?

In the opening volume, Megumu can’t rely on just her book smarts in Mitsuru’s all-boys, delinquents’ paradise of a high school. And Mitsuru finds life as a high school girl to be much more complicated than he expected!

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