Tag Archives: manga

Otakon’s Unofficial Attendance Number

P1030619Otakon, one of the largest anime and manga conventions on the East Coast has released the initial numbers for attendance as far as this year’s show. The convention has said their attendance is 26,500 as of now. They are still working out their final official number, which will be released in the next week or two and be the one that is included on their web site.

The convention is an impressive one taking up the entirety of the Baltimore Convention Center, something the Baltimore Comic Con doesn’t even do. The convention not only packs that, it also spills over in the surrounding city area as groups of individuals get together for meet-ups and photo shoots of the amazing cosplay on display.

While I’m still working through my thoughts of the show, I have to say, this is a fantastic convention and if you’re interested in manga, anime, or cosplay, and are in the area, it’s a convention well worth checking out.

VIZ Media Announces New Manga

VIZMedia-RectLogo-NoTMVIZ Media continues to expand its extensive manga catalog and gives fans and readers a sneak peek at a trio of notable new titles scheduled to launch during the Spring of 2016.

The company’s newest publishing acquisitions were detailed this past weekend at Otakon 2015, one of the biggest anime/pop culture conventions on the East Coast.

The forthcoming releases include the Blanc Et Noir art book, a special high-end volume to be published under the Art of Shonen Jump imprint collecting the work of the famed manga artist Takeshi Obata and set to be released in a limited print run of only 10,000 copies. Also launching in the Spring of 2016 will be Goodnight Punpun, a dark and edgy coming-of-age tale from the Eisner- and Harvey Award-nominated creator Inio Asano. Shojo manga fans also can look forward to the Spring 2016 debut of creator Keiko Ishihara’s series about a wealthy girl’s relationship with her handsome driver in The Heiress and the Chauffeur.

GOODNIGHT PUNPUN

by Inio Asano
Rated ‘M’ for Mature Readers
Debuting Spring 2016

Meet Punpun Punyama. He’s an average kid in an average town. He wants to win a Nobel Prize and save the world. He wants to go far away with his true love. He wants to find some porn. But Punpun’s average life is about to unravel…

GOODNIGHT PUNPUN is an edgy, dark coming-of-age story from Inio Asano, the Eisner- and Harvey-nominated creator of SOLANIN, WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD! (both published by VIZ Media) and Nijigahara Holograph. GOODNIGHT PUNPUN will be published quarterly under the VIZ Signature imprint.

 

BLANC ET NOIR: TAKESHI OBATA ILLUSTRATIONS

by Takeshi Obata
Debuting Spring 2016

Takeshi Obata’s (DEATH NOTE, HIKARU NO GO, BAKUMAN, ALL YOU NEED IS KILL) long-awaited high-end art book will be released as a limited edition of 10,000 copies. This stunning book collects the bestselling artist’s work from 2001-2006 and includes illustrations from popular series such as DEATH NOTE and HIKARU NO GO (both published by VIZ Media). This gorgeous oversized art book is encased in a silver-stamped slipcase and stuffed with 132 pages of full-color artwork, several massive foldout posters, special papers and twelve pages of artist commentary including a “how to draw” section. It also includes three large double-sided laminated posters

 

THE HEIRESS AND THE CHAUFFEUR

by Keiko Ishihara
Rated ‘T’ for Teens
Debuting Spring 2016

At an all-girls school during the turn-of-the-century Taisho Era of Japan, rumors swirl that heiress Sayaka Yoshimura is having a forbidden love affair with her chauffeur, Shinobu Narutaki! Sayaka scoffs at the rumors, but could a romance between master and servant actually be brewing? At just two volumes, this sweet and thrilling story is a wonderful jumping-on point for the budding romance manga fan.

Otakon 2015 in Photos

This past weekend was Otakon 2015 taking place at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. The convention is one of the largest anime and manga conventions on the East coast. I was there Saturday checking out the show and snapping photos.

Check out some of the amazing cosplay below.

VIZ Media Returns To Otakon This Weekend

TokyoGhoul_GN02_3DVIZ Media prepares its return to Otakon, one of the East Coast’s most renowned anime conventions, with a roster of informative panel discussions, interactive booth activities, promotional giveaways, anime screening premieres, and a special selection of retail products available exclusively at the event.

Otakon 2015 takes place July 24th through July 26th at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. VIZ Media will be located in Booth # IND006.

Fans are invited to catch the following product exclusives and special advance releases available (while supplies last) at the VIZ Media booth:

Early pre-street manga releases for:

  • My Hero Academia Vol. 1 ($10)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 2 ($13; Vol. 1 also available)
  • Ultraman Vol. 1 – ($13)
  • Maid-Sama 2-in-1 Omnibus – ($15)
  • Weekly Shonen Jump Annual Digital Subscription – 12-month digital subscription to the world’s most popular manga magazine includes exclusive NARUTO Game Mat, Collectible Yearbook (shipped to subscribers Fall 2015) and YU‐GI‐OH! Promo Card: Frightfur Tiger! ($25)
  • Exclusive SAILOR MOON R T-shirts – Ladies & Unisex sizes; available only from VIZ Media! ($15 each)
  • Shojo Beat 10th Anniversary Calendar Giveaway – Celebrate Shojo Beat’s 10th anniversary! Claim an Anniversary Calendar at the Shojo Beat Panel and VIZ Media booth while supplies last!

2015CON_SMoonR_shirt_Women_FINAL-01-smA limited edition VIZ Media tote bag featuring favorite characters in 3 different designs will be given as a free gift with purchase. Choose from Shonen Jump (double‐sided featuring Luffy and Naruto), Sailor Moon R or The Legend of Zelda!

Located on the Otakon main show floor, VIZ Media’s booth will be a central hub of activity that will be a must-visit for anime and manga fans. Check the daily posted schedule for each day’s events. Stop by the booth throughout the convention for a FREE Tokyo Ghoul poster giveaway, and take a Sailor Moon survey to score a free poster featuring the legendary Sailor Guardians.

VIZ Media also invites attendees to take part in the Sailor Moon Quest for the Time Key treasure hunt throughout the convention. Begin your mission at the VIZ Media booth by collecting a Sailor Moon tiara, then find the Guardians and reawaken each one’s memories.

VIZ Media Otakon Panels & Special Events:

Friday July 24th

10:15AM – 11:15AM The Classics of Shonen Jump Panel

Panel 5 (Hilton Holiday 4-6)

Shonen Jump brought us many classic manga series such as KNIGHTS OF THE ZODIAC, DRAGON BALL and RUROUNI KENSHIN. Think you know them all? Find out at this panel as VIZ Media goes through a list of legendary Shonen Jump classics and how you can get them!

 

2:00PM – 3:00PM Official VIZ Media Panel

Panel 7 (Hilton Key 1-6)

Come party with VIZ Media! Hear thrilling tales of upcoming releases and other Earth-shattering announcements from North America’s largest distributor of manga and anime! VIZ Media has brought you thousands of your favorite titles including huge hits like Naruto, Death Note, Sailor Moon, Ranma ½, Tokyo Ghoul and more! Warning: panel may include trivia, prizes, yelling and probably some clapping.

 

Saturday July 25th

11:30AM – 12:30PM Official SAILOR MOON Panel

Panel 2 (BCC Ballroom II)

Join the VIZ Media staff as well as cast members, Sandy Fox (Chibi-Usa) and Lauren Landa (Michiru Kaioh/Sailor Neptune) from the legendary series for news, updates and fun as only the Guardians of Love and Justice can provide. Everyone attending will receive a special treat while supplies last!

 

1:30PM – 3:30PM ScreeningSAILOR MOON CRYSTAL Dub East Coast Premiere

Video 3 (BCC Ballroom III-IV)

Be among the first fans to catch the newest English dubbed episodes of SAILOR MOON!

 

4:30PM – 5:30PM Official SHOJO BEAT Panel

Panel 6 (BCC Ballroom III-IV)

Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Shojo Beat manga with us! VIZ Media’s editors Amy Yu and Nancy Thistlethwaite will look back on a decade of publishing Shojo Beat manga, answer your questions, and let you know what’s coming up in the future!

 

Sunday July 26th

11:30AM – 12:30PM VIZ Media Animation Panel

Panel 1 (BCC 314-315)

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 the anime streaming service, Neon Alley. Bring all your anime questions, too because we’ll be here to answer them!


Finally, don’t forget to check the Otakon 2015 screening schedule for a variety of exciting VIZ Media anime titles including showings of Blood Lad and Ranma ½!

New Paranormal Romance By Kiss of the Rose Princess Creator Aya Shouoto Now Available!

Demon Prince Of Momochi House V.1VIZ Media has announced the launch of Aya Shouoto’s The Demon Prince of Momochi House.

The shojo manga (graphic novel) series about a teenage girl who inherits a haunted house is rated ‘T’ for Teens and carries a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The series is also available digitally 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 also ongoing in Japan, will be published quarterly under the Shojo Beat imprint.

On her sixteenth birthday, orphan Himari Momochi inherits her ancestral estate that she’s never seen. Momochi House exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms, and Himari is meant to act as guardian between the two worlds. But on the day she moves in, she finds three handsome squatters already living in the house, and one seems to have already taken over her role!

New Shojo Manga Series Maid-Sama Debuts From VIZ Media

Maid Sama Omni V.1

VIZ Media delivers a romantic comedy manga (graphic novel) series with the launch of Maid-Sama! on August 4th.

Creator Hiro Fujiwara’s energetic series is rated ‘T’ for Teens. The first 2 complete volumes of Maid-Sama! will be bundled into a fresh 2-in-1 omnibus edition that will carry a print MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN. The 2-in-1 edition also launches digitally on August 4th via VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and GooglePlay stores. Subsequent 2-in-1 volumes of the 9-volume series will be published in English on a quarterly basis under the Shojo Beat imprint.

As if being class president of a predominantly male high school isn’t hard enough, Misaki Ayuzawa has a major secret – she works at a maid café after school! How is she supposed to keep her image of being ultra-smart, strong and overachieving intact once school heartthrob Takumi Usui discovers her double life?! Can Misaki trust Usui to keep her secret from the rest of the kids at school? And why the heck is he always showing up at the maid café? Maybe she should start taking him seriously when he says he likes her – especially when he throws in an unexpected kiss!

Viz Media Announces New Manga and Novels

VIZMedia-RectLogo-NoTMVIZ Media has detailed a wide array of brand new manga (graphic novel) and prose novel acquisitions that include several notable titles to be launched during the Winter and Spring 2016 seasons.

The acquisitions were announced at the 2015 Anime Expo, the largest dedicated anime convention in the U.S. New shojo manga titles include Shuriken and Pleats, the new series by Vampire Knight creator Matsuri Hino; and Behind the Scenes, a dramatic new comedy by Bisco Hatori.

NARUTO: THE SEVENTH HOKAGE AND THE SCARLET SPRING

Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuting Winter 2016

Naruto was a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. Then he channeled that energy into learning amazing ninja techniques and saving the world! Now Naruto has achieved his dream of becoming the greatest ninja in the village, and his face sits atop the Hokage monument. But new troubles are bubbling up in the shinobi world…

SHURIKEN AND PLEATS, Vol. 1

Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuting Winter 2016

Created by Matsuri Hino, the renowned creator of VAMPIRE NIGHT, MERUPURI and CAPTIVE HEARTS (all available from VIZ Media), when the master she has sworn to protect is killed, Mikage Kirio, a skilled ninja, travels to Japan to start a new, peaceful life for herself. But as soon as she arrives, she finds herself fighting to protect the life of Mahito Wakashimatsu, a man who is under attack by a band of ninja. From that time on, Mikage is drawn deeper into the machinations of his powerful family.

BEHIND THE SCENES, Vol. 1

Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuting Spring 2016

BEHIND THE SCENES is a dramatic new comedy from Bisco Hatori, the creator of OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB and MILLENNIUM SNOW! Ranmaru Kurisu comes from a family of hardy, rough-and-tumble fisher folk, and he sticks out at home like a delicate, artistic sore thumb. It’s given him a raging inferiority complex and a permanently pessimistic outlook. Now that he’s in college, he’s hoping to find a sense of belonging. But after a whole life of being left out, does he even know how to fit in?!

DRAGON FULL COLOR: FREEZA ARC

Rated ‘A’ for All Ages ·

Debuting Spring 2016

Akira Toriyama’s original, bestselling series is now available in a full-color version! After his epic battle with Vegeta, Son Goku must obtain the wish-granting Dragon Balls in order to resurrect their fallen allies! Their search will take them all the way to the planet Namek where the evil Freeza and his minions are slaughtering the Namekians in order to fulfill Freeza’s wish for immortality. What will it take to defeat this great evil?

LEGEND OF THE GALACTIC HEROES: DAWN

Debuting Spring 2016

This latest Haikasoru literary release was authored by Yoshiki Tanaka and launches a highly anticipated series of novels. In the 36th Century humanity has conquered the galaxy and colonized countless star systems. The Galactic Empire, modeled along Prussian lines, and the democratic Free Planets Alliance are at war, and the fate of every human being in the universe hangs in the balance. This classic Japanese space opera, which was adapted into a legendary anime, is finally available in English for the first time.

SCHOOL JUDGEMENT: GAKKYU HOTEI, Vol. 1

Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·

Debuting Spring 2016

In order to curb the crime running rampant in the elementary school system, a new solution has been enacted in the form of the School Judgment System. Now the young students themselves will be responsible for solving the issues that befall them. But are they up for the task?

Review: Princess Ai

2010-12-21-355013It seems musicians really enjoy making manga.  I mean, did you know that Courtney Love has a manga? Well, she does. It’s called Princess Ai and it’s a pretty good read. It was co-created by Courtney Love the lead singer of the band Hole, Ai Yazawa best known for probably Paradise Kiss or Nana, Misaho Kujiradou, and DJ Milky. The first manga was originally published in 2004 by Shinshokan and the English publishing company Tokyopop. It also had a sequel that only ran for two volumes in 2008 before going on hiatus to this day. It even spawned an entire album available on iTunes called Princess Ai loves Skye. Basically it got a bunch of merchandise to go along with it, because it was a pretty popular manga in the early 2000s.

The basic plot of the story is one of a girl named Ai who can’t remember anything but her name and that she loves music. She wakes up in Tokyo with only her heart-shaped box as a clue to who she is or where she is from. The she begins working at a club as well as slowly becoming a hit sensation on music charts. However, she has the feeling of needing to know who she is but also the feeling of being trapped by the very power and industry she starts being a part of. She also falls in love with a human musician named Kent, but people are after her from a place called Ai Land. She also begins growing wings from her back, which only adds to the stresses of her mystery life. It’s a bit convoluted in that there’s a lot of these mini subplots that never really get explained, which cause a lot of strife in really caring for some of the characters we meet.

Ai is the main character of the series and she is, with little spoilers, out of this world. She wears clothes highly inspired by Japanese Lolita and she rocks it. She is in control of herself and sees her body as a temple, refusing to strip for quick cash. Instead she promises a real show through the power of music! Which, in reality wouldn’t probably work, but manga logic so it works out fine for Ai just fine. Her power is within her music as she later finds out. However first she has to figure out who she is in the first place!

Kent is Ai’s love interest, half American/half Japanese, and one of the first people to encounter Ai after she is almost attacked by a random pickpocket. He is a musician who doesn’t really see himself going anywhere and is sort of downtrodden. He feels a connection to Ai, but can’t quite place it, perhaps its love? It’s implied that he himself is based off of Courtney Love’s late husband Kurt Cobain. It’s actually pretty obvious he’s based off Cobain, but we’ll keep a little mystery in our lives.

There’s also Takeshi, a talent agent who signs Ai to his agency. He’s a bit of a jerk but he means well. He may or may not have ties to the Yakuza through his boss. We don’t get a lot of backstory on him, rather we just see him interact with Ai and he’s mostly a sassy jerk.

There’s a whole lot of other characters, but let’s not worry about them too much, they either are spoilers or don’t really add a whole lot in terms of the actual story’s development.

Now the art style, as this is only a manga, is a bit limited in the fact that it’s a bit dated. Misaho Kujiradou has a very distinct long legged shoujo style of art. The anatomy of characters suffer because of this, but not completely. There is never a moment where it looks really strange, rather it’s accepted because there’s never horribly misshapen things. It’s actually a rather pretty art style in my personal opinion. It also has really interesting fashion and just general style of characters drawn out. I would say, if for the art, it’s a good place to look into. I mean, it’s nowhere near the mess that is xxxHolic in terms of anatomy.

Now in terms of music, because this manga got popular enough to have a full release album of all the music written from the story. But there is the letdown that it isn’t that great, I would know, I own the album. There was a lot of disappointment especially with people wanting Courtney Love to sing all the songs instead of who they got. While it isn’t great, it isn’t bad either, it’s just sort of subpar. I mean, definitely if you want to look it up there’s nothing stopping you. The singer Skye Madison worked well with what she was given in my opinion and it can actually be pretty enjoyable music. It also has pretty standard Hole-esque lyrics, which is a plus for manga considering. Still, it’s wort a listen if you’re really interested.

Ultimately though, I do have to take into account the sort of overly complicated story line that is a bit convoluted and the fact that it hasn’t been resolved. I think the issue is, comparatively to something like Daft Punk’s Interstellar 5555, it’s a bit rushed and doesn’t have the finely tuned type of storytelling that made the French film so captivating. It doesn’t share the same love of the art itself and doesn’t make you really care about the characters that Love tries to share, Daft Punk does that, but Princess Ai struggles. Princess Ai has the problem of trying to do so much in so little content and attempts to break down boundaries while maintaining within the confined realm of its art form.

Still, I have fond memories of reading Princess Ai and finding it genuinely enjoying it as a child. I also remember that a lot of other kids practiced art based off the manga. And it still holds up just as it did back then, as something enjoyable. It’s not the best, but it’s far better than what it could have been.

Princess Ai: 6/10

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)
    • SAILOR MOON
    • THE LEGEND OF ZELDA

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.

12:00pm – 1:00pm SHONEN JUMP: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE

(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.

2:00pm – 3:30pm SAILOR MOON OFFICIAL DUB CAST AUTOGRAPH 

SESSION    (Anime Expo Autograph Area)

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

3:45pm – 4pm SAILOR MOON OFFICIAL DUB CAST PHOTO OP

(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!

4:30pm JULIETTA SUZUKI AUTOGRAPH 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.

4:30 pm SAILOR MOON OFFICIAL FAN COSPLAY GATHERING

(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!

6:00 pm – 7pm SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL ENGLISH DUB PREMIERE

(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

10:15am – 11:15pm OFFICIAL SHOJO BEAT PANEL

(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.

11:10AM JULIETTA SUZUKI AUTOGRAPH SESSION 

(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.

2:00pm – 3:00pm ANIME EXPO PRESENTS JULIETTA SUZUKI

(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)
  • THE DEMON PRINCE OF MOMICHI HOUSE 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

10:00AM – 11:00AM SHONEN JUMP: PAST PRESENT & FUTURE

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!

SailorMoon-Season02-Set01-LimEd-ComboPack-sm

« Older Entries