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Leap into the world of manga with the new Weekly Shonen Jump “Jump Pack”

VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump manga magazine returns to its roots in print as it gives North American fans a special treat with the release of the Weekly Shonen Jump Jump Pack 2014, Issue 2 available now. The jam-packed print edition contains more than 100 pages of the world’s most popular featured series and is an ideal way to check out what the digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine offers.

The Weekly Shonen Jump Jump Pack is available in the U.S. and Canada exclusively through retailers serviced by Diamond Comic Distributors and also from leading online anime/manga retailer Right Stuf. The Weekly Shonen Jump Jump Pack 2014, Issue 2 is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry an MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN.

The latest Jump Pack issue features the current hit series, All You Need is Kill, by Takeshi Obata, as well as chapters from continuing fan favorites such as Bleach, Naruto, One Piece, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal and much more. The issue also includes a promotional code for a 3-month weekly digital subscription to the magazine along with a limited edition Blue-Eyes White Dragon Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card with exclusive variant art from Kazuki Takahashi.

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Viz Media’s Edge of Tomorrow Movie Tie-In

VIZ Media’s Haikasoru literary imprint is releasing a movie tie-in novel for the upcoming sci-fi action film, Edge of Tomorrow. The novel will be released April 29th. The new Edge of Tomorrow paperback release will carry an MSRP of $7.99 U.S. / $9.99 CAN. The book features a cover with the official movie poster featuring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in their title roles from the film. The Edge of Tomorrow novel was written by Japanese author Hiroshi Sakurazaka, and was previously published as All You Need is Kill.

The Haikasoru imprint has also announced the May 6th release of the All You Need is Kill official graphic novel adaptation. Written by Haikasoru editor and noted sci-fi author, Nick Mamatas, and featuring full-color artwork by popular comic book artist Lee Ferguson, the new graphic novel offers a single-volume retelling of the original All You Need is Kill novel that inspired the Edge of Tomorrow movie. The graphic novel carries an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN, and features an oversized North American graphic novel trim size of 6 5/8″ x 10 ¼”. An eBook edition will also be available worldwide for $8.99 (U.S. / CAN) for the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Book Store, and the Kobo eBooks Store. North American fans can also access the graphic novel digitally on the VIZ Manga App as well as through VIZManga.com.

The Edge of Tomorrow feature film is slated for U.S. release from Warner Bros. Pictures on June 6th, and will be presented in 3D and 2D in select theaters, and 3D IMAX. The movie is directed by Doug Liman and stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton.

The story is set in the future when aliens called Mimics invade. Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. But he dies on the battlefield after only a few minutes, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally – the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?

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VIZ Media Details New Digital Manga Updates for April

image001VIZ Media welcomes the beginning of Spring with a fresh round of digital manga. Shojo fans will not want to miss the launch of creator Bisco Hatori’s acclaimed wistful romance, Millennium Snow, available now.

Notable updates to a variety of other popular ongoing series also include the latest volumes – available now – for: Bleach (Vol. 60), Dragon Ball Full Color (Vol. 2), Deadman Wonderland (Vol. 2), Sweet Rein (Vol. 2), Naruto (Vol. 65), Toriko (Vol. 21); Happy Marriage (Vol. 5) is also available (only on VIZManga.com and select partner platforms). All of these editions launch digitally the same day as print. April 15th will also see the debut of the latest digital-exclusive edition of the hard-hitting superhero action series, One-Punch Man (Vol. 2).

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These titles complement additions to more than 16 other popular manga series and will also feature special multi-volume updates for Boys Over Flowers (8 new vols.), Firefighter! (2 new vols.), Knights of the Zodiac (7 new vols.), Phoenix (3 new vols.), and Whistle! (5 new vols.). Two additional weekly updates will follow on April 22nd and 29th.

MILLENNIUM SNOW, Vol. 1

Rated ‘T’ for Teens·
MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) ·Available Now!

MILLENNIUM SNOW is a celebrated shojo manga series created by Bisco Hatori. Seventeen-year-old Chiyuki Matsuoka was born with heart problems, and her doctors say she won’t live to see the next snow. Toya is an 18-year-old vampire who hates blood and refuses to make the traditional partnership with a human, whose life-giving blood would keep them both alive for a thousand years. Chiyuki makes the most of the time she has left, even though things aren’t that exciting–until she comes across the reluctant vampire late one chilly night. Can Chiyuki teach Toya to feel passion for life, even as her own is ending?

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A New Hello Kitty Graphic Novel from VIZ Media

VIZ Media takes readers on a whimsical new outing from its Perfect Square imprint with the world’s favorite pop culture icon and her adorable friends in the debut of Hello Kitty: Surprise! on April 1st.

The latest full-color release in the ongoing Hello Kitty Perfect Square collection features seven new stories and three shorts centered around the theme of unexpected discoveries. Hello Kitty: Surprise! reunites the creative team of Jacob Chabot, Jorge Monlongo, and Ian McGinty, along with special guest artist Anastassia NeislotovaHello Kitty: Surprise! is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and carries a print MSRP of $7.99 U.S. / $9.99 CAN. A digital version is also available for $4.99 U.S. / CAN from the Perfect Square App.

In Hello Kitty: Surprise!, a day at the beach is more than just fun in the sun. A mysterious egg holds a tiny secret. Mama and Papa have a few secrets of their own. And a quiet afternoon with a good book is more exciting than Hello Kitty ever could have imagined! Plus, prepare to be amazed by Anastassia Neislotova’s tales of wonder!

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VIZ Media Announces First-Ever Bleach Design Contest With We-Love-Fine

VIZ Media has announced a special first-ever Bleach design contest with WeLoveFine. Artwork submissions will be accepted through midnight on Tuesday April 8th, 2014.

Artistic fans across the U.S. are invited to tap their Bankai and create original and innovative designs that will have a chance to become officially licensed Bleach t-shirts / merchandise. In addition to cash and other valuable premiums, one lucky winner will be awarded a Grand Prize package that includes airfare to Los Angeles, CA and a full show pass to attend Anime Expo 2014, July 3rd-6th, where they will meet the VIZ Media and WeLoveFine teams, and enjoy a fun weekend jam-packed with all things anime/manga.

The contest’s judging panel includes Bleach manga creator Tite Kubo and his series editor, Shueisha’s Yujiro Hattori, and representatives WeLoveFine, hip apparel retailer Hot Topic, and anime/manga/media site, Crunchyroll.com.

Full contest rules and a downloadable submission kit are available online.

All designs MUST incorporate characters and themes from the Bleach anime and/or manga series. Art pieces should be scanned and submitted to WeLoveFine. Submittals must be 100% original and exact copies or tracing of Bleach manga or anime will not be accepted.

One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive an all expense paid, 3-day 2-night trip to attend Anime Expo 2014, the nation’s biggest annual anime convention to be held in Los Angeles, CA, July 3rd-6th at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Prize package includes an Anime Expo membership badge, 1 round trip airfare ticket (limited to U.S. domestic flights only) and lodging near the convention center.

Other valuable prizes will also be awarded. Three (3) runner-up Guest Judge’s pick winners will each win a $300.00 Cash Prize. One (1) Hot Topic Pickwinner will receive a $300.00 Cash Prize and have their design carried exclusively by Hot Topic; One (1) Crunchyroll.com Pickwinner will receive a $300.00 Cash Prize and have their design carried exclusively by Crunchyroll.com; and One (1) WeLoveFine Pick winner will also receive a $150.00 gift certificate from WeLoveFine.com.

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BLEACH is a tremendously successful multimedia property internationally. The manga has been licensed to more than a dozen countries and has sold over 50 million copies in Japan alone. In North America, the manga has been a sales hit and the popular animated series (both rated ‘T’ for Teens) is viewed weekly by millions in the United States and Canada. This success has further spawned an array of related video games, apparel, action figures, trading cards and other merchandise.

 

For more information on BLEACH please visit www.viz.com/Bleach.

Yaoi Manga Publisher SuBLime Launches Digital Catalog on Kobo eBookstore

SUBLIME_logo_finalSuBLime, the global yaoi manga publishing initiative between VIZ Media and Japan’s Animate, Ltd., has announced the launch today of its diverse yaoi manga library to Kobo, a global leader in eReading.

You can find these manga via Kobo’s eBookstore which takes advantage of the platform’s E Ink eReaders, the award-winning Kobo Arc Android tablet, and top-ranking free apps for iOS, BB10 smartphones, and Android devices. Digital volumes are generally available for $5.99 (U.S. / CAN) each. Individual volumes are generally rated ‘M’ for Mature Readers.

Among the scores of SuBLime digital titles now featured in Kobo’s eBookstore that are sure to capture reader’s attention are acclaimed titles such as Embracing Love, by Youka Nitta, Awkward Silence, by Hinako Takanaga, Nights, by Kou Yoneda, Oku-San’s Daily Fantasies, by Noboru Takatsuki, and Tableau Numéro 20, by est em, in addition to many more.

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VIZ Media’s Perfect Square’s Summer and Fall 2014 Releases

VIZ Media has announced a fun collection of new titles it has licensed and scheduled for release under the company’s Perfect Square imprint.

VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint focuses on delivering original comics, graphic novels and other books with an emphasis on strong storytelling, eye-popping graphics, empowering themes, and a dash of irreverence, that captures the imagination of a whole new generation.

BRAVEST WARRORS PRESENTS: CATBUG’S TREASURE BOOK

MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN · Print & Digital Available Summer 2014 

In CATBUG’S TREASURE BOOK we see the world through Catbug’s unique perspective. Presented as a kind of scrapbook, the pages are filled with his playtime imaginings and souvenirs of his adventures with the Bravest Warriors. There’s no telling what will be revealed on the pages of Catbug’s Treasure Book!

BRAVEST WARRIORS: THE SEARCH FOR CATBUG

MSRP: $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN · Print & Digital Available Summer 2014

An amazing collection of artists venture to multiple dimensions to help you in…THE SEARCH FOR CATBUG! Catbug ate some weird new cubes of food that caused him to lose what little control he already had over his jump abilities! Now he’s careening through dimensions, unable to stop! Help the Bravest Warriors travel the galaxy and find Catbug. Just don’t eat any of those cube snacks or you might end up lost too!

HELLO KITTY, HELLO 40: A Celebration in 40 Stories

MSRP: $29.99 U.S. / $34.99 CAN · Print & Digital Available Fall 2014

Forty years ago, Hello Kitty stepped on the scene, and she’s had the world wrapped around her little red bow ever since. Here, some of her biggest fans pay tribute in the best way they know how: through story and art. From comic artists to muralists to toy creators, everyone has a tale to tell about the little girl who speaks from her heart. The new book also features an introduction by Babymouse co-creators Jennifer L. and Matthew Holm.

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VIZ Expands Studio Ghibli Imprint With New Hayao Miyazaki Titles

VIZ Media has announced so new releases for their Studio Ghibli imprint. The imprint will debut a pair of gorgeously illustrated hardcover books relating to Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki’s celebrated animated film, Princess Mononoke.

THE ART OF PRINCESS MONONOKE

MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN
Hardcover Available August 2014

A rerelease of the popular Studio Ghibli art book, featuring an all new translation and presentation. The hardcover edition features insightful interviews, concept sketches, character art and finished animation cels from the critically acclaimed fantasy action film by Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. Released in 1997, Princess Mononoke was the first Hayao Miyazaki film to break into the American mainstream. The journey from initial idea to the big screen is captured here in stunning detail and also includes a look at Miyazaki’s original concept art and the use of computer graphics technology in the film’s production.

PRINCESS MONONOKE: THE FIRST STORY

by Hayao Miyazaki
MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN
Hardcover Available October 2014

An oversized, lavishly illustrated storybook featuring original watercolor art by legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, this is the original Princess Mononoke story created by Miyazaki in 1980 while he was first conceptualizing the landmark animated film that would later be released to universal acclaim seventeen years later. As an initial version of the tale, it offers a new and different perspective from the final version presented in the film. After a long, exhausting war, a samurai lost in a forest encounters a giant wildcat – a mononoke. The beast saves his life, but at the price of his daughter’s hand in marriage…

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VIZ Announces New Shojo Manga to Debut This Year

VIZ Media presents magical realms, time travel and gorgeous gothic vampires as it announces the acquisition by its Shojo Beat imprint of new releases for Black Bird, Vampire Knight and a brand new series, Yukarism, that are scheduled to debut during the Fall of 2014.

Check out what you can expect to hit shelves later this year.

BLACK BIRD COMPLETE MANGA BOX SET· Rated ‘T+’ For Older Teens ·

MSRP: $149.99 U.S. / $149.99 CAN · Available October 2014 

There is a world of myth and magic that intersects ours, and only a special few can see it. Misao Harada is one such person, and she wants nothing to do with magical realms. She just wants to have a normal high school life and maybe get a boyfriend. But she is the bride of demon prophecy, and her blood grants incredible powers, her flesh immortality. Now the demon realm is fighting over the right to her hand…or her life! Creator Kanoko Sakurakouji won the 54th annual Shogakukan Manga Award for BLACK BIRD. This box set includes volumes 1-18, comprising the entire series, and a mini art book premium.

VAMPIRE KNIGHT LIMITED EDITION Volume 19 (Series Finale)

Rated ‘T+’ For Older Teens · MSRP: $15.99 U.S. / $18.99 CAN ·

Available October 2014 

Catch the final volume of VAMPIRE KNIGHT in a special limited edition featuring an alternate cover and mini art book. In the acclaimed series created by Matsuri Hino, Cross Academy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy’s dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires! The Volume 19 regular edition will also be available to readers.

VAMPIRE KNIGHT: FLEETING DREAMS · MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN ·

Available December 2014 

A collection of short stories by Ayuna Fujisaki, based on the VAMPIRE KNIGHT manga series, featuring special illustrations and a full-color fold out by Matsuri Hino! In “Deranged Love,” a dying Rido reflects on his obsessive love for Juri. Kaname wants to reward Yuki for doing well on her studies with tutor Aido in “Gifts for Yuki.” The story of Sara’s first love is revealed in “Hidden Love.” In “Queen of the Abyss,” after Zero parts ways with Yuki and returns to being a vampire hunter, he encounters a vampire named Shien. “The Melancholy of White Lily” features a tale of the bond between Zero and Cross Academy’s wild horse, and finally the students at Cross Academy find a time capsule on campus in “In a Thousand Years.”

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Rated ‘T+’ For Older Teens · MSRP: $89.99 U.S. / $99.99 CAN · Available November 2014 

The second box set completes the acclaimed series, and includes vols. 11-19 along with a premium mini art book.

YUKARISM

Rated ‘T+’ For Older Teens · MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Available in Print & Digital December 2014 

Yukari Kobayakawa, an accomplished author at the age of 17, writes with amazingly accurate details about historical Japan. It turns out he has the ability to travel back in time – to his past life as a renowned courtesan in the Edo period! As he goes back and forth between the past and present, he also unravels the karmic relationship he has with his beautiful classmate Mahoro Tachibana… Catch the gorgeously illustrated historical romance from Chika Shiomi, the creator of YURARA and RASETSU (also available from VIZ Media).

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VIZ Media Releases New High School Debut Omnibus

VIZ Media has announced the release of a new 3-in-1 omnibus edition for the manga series High School Debut.

The opening omnibus volume from the Shojo Beat imprint contains the first 3 volumes of the hit series by Kazune Kawahara, is rated ‘T’ for Teens, and will carry an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN. VIZ Media will release Vol. 2 of the 3-in-1 adaptations on May 6th. The final 3-in-1 volume (Vol. 5) will contain the series finale as well as 2 additional volumes of special side stories and collected new material that has never before been published in English.

Individual volumes of High School Debut are also available digitally for $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) on VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA App.

Hapless Haruna needs help finding a boyfriend! After failing to win the eye of any guy in high school, Haruna enlists the help of cute upperclassman Yoh to coach her on how to make herself more appealing. Yoh agrees, but with one catch: Haruna better not fall for him! In the opening volumes, with Yoh’s help, Haruna starts to discover all sorts of dating tips – how to dress better, what guys to avoid, and what it feels like to fall in love for the first time. Haruna’s foray into love has its ups and downs, but nothing’s going to prepare her for when she actually lands herself a boyfriend!

Manga creator Kazune Kawahara made her manga debut at the age of 18 with Kare no ichiban sukina hito (His Most Favorite Person). Her other notable works include Sensei!, which serialized in the popular Japanese shojo manga magazine, Bessatsu Margaret, and High School Debut, which has also been released in Italy, Taiwan, Korea, and Vietnam. Her most recent work, My Love Story!!, will be released by VIZ Media in Summer 2014.

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