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Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy this October

Dark Horse has revealed details from the upcoming Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy. Author Florent Gorges, one of France’s leading video game historians, sets out to explore the 50 years thus far in the career of legendary artist Yoshitaka Amano.

Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy is a beautiful celebration of the life and imagery of Japan’s master of fantasy and science fiction art! This handsome, landscape-style hardback contains nearly 400 illustrations and photos from the incredible career of Final Fantasy designer Yoshitaka Amano. But Beyond the Fantasy covers far more than just the famous game series. Amano’s artistic journey goes back to his first job in 1967—age 15, working on Speed Racer! From animator to illustrator, to internationally exhibited painter, this biography is a look not only into the work of Amano’s life, but the influences, techniques, philosophy, and family that have nurtured it.

The Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy Limited Edition is a must-have for any Amano fan. Its three colors, black, red, and gold, are designed to evoke Amano’s own favorite hues—and his father’s traditional lacquerware craft that influenced him from childhood!

The black slipcase of the Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy Limited Edition contains not only the same 328-page gold hardback biography from the regular edition, but also the elegant red 96-page Yoshitaka Amano—Paris Sketchbook, a landscape-style softcover with French flaps. The Paris Sketchbook follows Amano through the famous city in a photo essay, collecting the sketches of the people he made along the way!

Besides the gold and red books, the Limited Edition also contains a portfolio with a region-free Blu-ray (subtitled in English) featuring almost three hours of talk and interviews with the creator and the documentary makers, containing bonus information and archival images not in the biography. You’ll walk with Amano through the streets of Paris, shop with him for drawing supplies and art books, and experience a “live draw” in his studio, showing Amano’s exact technique from blank sheet to finished Vampire Hunter D painting! A mini-lithograph of the painting and a Final Fantasy illustration is also included in the portfolio—and finally, the Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy Limited Edition features an individually signed card from Amano himself!

The Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy hardcover is 328 pages and retails for $49.99. The Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy Limited Editionis 424 pages total and retails for $149.99. Both editions go on sale October 10, 2018, and are available for preorder.

VIZ Media Gets the License for Season 2 of One-Punch Man

VIZ Media has announced that it has secured the master license for the second season of the smash hit anime action series, One-Punch Man. The master license covers digital streaming, TV broadcast, EST, home media and merchandising rights for the property for the territories of North America, Latin America and Oceania. Additional details on Season 2 of One-Punch Man will be announced as it becomes available.

VIZ Media is also the exclusive North American English language publisher of the One-Punch Man manga series, which is widely available in print and digitally from leading retailers and online outlets.

Based on the best-selling manga series created by One and illustrated by Yusuke Murata, One-Punch Man depicts the adventures of Saitama, a young man who only became a hero for fun. But after three years of “special” training, he finds that he can beat even the mightiest opponents with a single punch. Though he faces new enemies every day, it turns out being devastatingly powerful is actually kind of a bore. Can a hero be too strong?

VIZ Media Launches Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle in June

VIZ Media has announced the debut of the new fantasy adventure series Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle on June 12th.

Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle features story and artwork by Kagiji Kumanomata. The series will be published under the Shonen Sunday imprint with a rating of ‘T’ for Teens. Print MSRP for Volume 1 will be $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Volume 1 is also available digitally on June 12th via viz.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Future volumes will be published in English by VIZ Media on a quarterly basis.

Kidnapped by the Demon King and imprisoned in his castle, Princess Syalis is…bored. She decides to while away the hours by sleeping, but getting a good night’s rest turns out to be a lot of work! She begins by fashioning a DIY pillow out of the fur of her Teddy Demon guards and an “air mattress” from the magical Shield of the Wind. The princess’s hapless demonic guards soon discover that their captive expects to be treated like, well, a princess. Things go from bad to worse—for her captors—when some of Princess Syalis’s schemes end in her untimely—if temporary—demise and she chooses the Forbidden Grimoire for her bedtime reading…

VIZ Media Will Release Accel World: Infinite Burst This Fall

VIZ Media has announced they have acquired the home media rights for the Accel World: Infinite Burst movie during its official panel event held this past weekend at Anime Central 2018. The film is a sequel to the 2012 Accel World animated series, which are based on the light novels of the same title written by Reki Kawahara. Accel World: Infinite Burst will be released this Fall on Blu-ray and DVD, with special extras including the two OVAs “Reverberation” and “Vacation.”

In Accel World: Infinite Burst, Haruyuki and his friends are playing the online fighting game Brain Burst, locked in a territory battle with a rival group as usual. But things take an unexpected turn when a mysterious black cloud kicks them out of the game and prevents them from reentering. The seemingly impossible phenomenon isn’t just an isolated incident—it’s spreading and preventing all Burst Linkers from accelerating. Haruyuki and the others soon learn that to protect the bond that connects them, they must confront a powerful ancient being that has been sealed away since the dawn of the “Accelerated World”!

VIZ Media Announces Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits this Fall

VIZ Media expands its shojo manga catalog with the acquisition of Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits.

The supernatural romantic comedy will launch this Fall in print and digital editions under VIZ Media’s Shojo Beat imprint. The series is rated ‘T’ for Teens and features story and artwork by creator Wako Ioka, with character designs by Laruha. Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits is based on several light novels by author Midori Yuma and has also been adapted into an anime series. The new publishing acquisition was detailed during VIZ Media’s official panel held this past weekend during Anime Central 2018 in Chicago.

In Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, Aoi Tsubasa inherited her grandfather’s ability to see spirits – and his massive debt to them! Now she’s been kidnapped and taken to Kakuriyo, the spirit world, to make good on his bill. Her options: marry the head of the inn her grandfather trashed or get eaten by the supernatural creatures who work there. But Aoi isn’t the type to let spirits push her around, and she’s determined to redeem her grandfather’s IOU on her own terms!

VIZ Media Announces a Development Partnership with Ghostbot, Inc. for Chummy Chum Chums

VIZ Media has announced a content development & merchandise partnership with animation studio Ghostbot, Inc. for the character brand Chummy Chum Chums. With hundreds of millions of active global fans, Chummy Chum Chums is one of the top sticker sets in social media messaging.

Since the launch of Chummy Chum Chums in September of 2016, millions of fans have been sending and posting billions of these cute, animated stickers to express love, sadness, laughter and excitement to friends near or far. The Chummy Chum Chums are friends through thick and thin, and are quickly becoming the perfect lifestyle brand for the digital era.

VIZ Media will be working closely with Ghostbot to develop and expand the property, including all categories of consumer merchandise, animation and more. Chummy Chum Chums will be one of VIZ Media’s highlights at the upcoming Licensing Expo 2018 (May 22nd – 24th, Las Vegas, Booth #R202).

Chummy Chum Chums is now widely used on popular social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram as well as through iOS. Since the phenomenon began in 2016, billions of these cute, animated stickers have been sent since the brand’s inception, by hundreds of millions of active fans.  Every day, tens of millions of stickers are sent daily.

RWBY Official Manga Anthology is Out May 15th

VIZ Media adds a new title to its RWBY roster with the release of the RWBY Official Manga Anthology on May 15 th.

The RWBY Official Manga Anthology: Red Like Roses will debut in print and digital editions under the VIZ Signature imprint with a rating of ‘T’ for Teens. Volume 1 carries a print MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN and is the first of four character-focused volumes in the RWBY Official Manga Anthology series. Red Like Roses also launches digitally via viz.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores.The second anthology, featuring Weiss Schnee, is set for publication later in 2018. More details on anthologies featuring Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long will be forthcoming.

In Red Like Roses, Ruby may be team leader, but she’s got insecurities just like the rest of us. In fact, her worries run deep. These all-new stories show how Ruby overcomes her shortcomings to be a true hero—and what drives her to do it! From a team of exciting new manga artists comes the first volume in a series of short story collections showcasing Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang!

VIZ Media recently launched a RWBY manga digitally and in print. That volume features artwork by the famed manga creator, Shirow Miwa, and is inspired by the popular online anime-style series originally created by Monty Oum and produced by Austin, TX-based Rooster Teeth Productions. RWBY was the first western-produced anime series to be distributed in Japan.

VIZ Media New Acquisitions Includes a Junji Ito Story Collection, Juni Taisen, and Nier: Automata

VIZ Media at C2E2 announced new publishing acquisitions During their official panel discussion held at C2E2, they announced the upcoming fall release of Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection, a retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic monster tale, reimagined by Japan’s master of horror manga. The manga adaptation of the popular Juni Taisen battle royale anime, Juni Taisen: Zodiac War, will be available to fans this fall. Also announced were two sci-fi novels based on the bestselling NieR: Automata video game. Nier: Automata: Long Story Short (Vol. 1) and Nier: Automata: Short Story Long (Vol. 2), created by NieR: Automata’s director Yoko Taro and writer Jun Eishima.

Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.

FRANKENSTEIN: JUNJI ITO STORY COLLECTION

Story and Art by Junji Ito

Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Debuts Fall 2018

The master of horror manga bends all his skill into bringing the anguished and solitary monster, and the more loathsome beast who created him, to life with the brilliantly detailed chiaroscuro he is known for. Also included is the Oshikiri story cycle – a high school student who lives in a decaying mansion connected to a haunted parallel world. Uncanny doppelgangers, unfortunately murdered friends, and a whole lot more are in store for him.

JUNI TAISEN: ZODIAC WAR

Original Story by Nisioisin, Story and Art by Akira Akatsuki, Character

Design by Hikaru Nakamura

Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Debuts Fall 2018

Every 12 years, 12 fighters take the form of the Chinese zodiac and engage in a battle royale. With their strength and mysterious powers, they fight to the death and the sole survivor is granted the ultimate prize—any wish.

NIER: AUTOMATA: LONG STORY SHORT (Vol. 1) · Debuts Fall 2018

NIER: AUTOMATA: SHORT STORY LONG (Vol. 2) · Debuts Spring 2019

Written by Jun Eishima

When alien forces invade with an army of Machines, the remnants of humanity must depend on Androids of their own design – the placid 2B and the excitable 9S – to survive.

Kodansha Comics’ May Digital-First Debuts

Continuing to launch at least one new “digital-first” manga series every week—Kodansha Comics will kick off 5 new manga series in May, with a diverse offering for the month.

Kodansha Comics’s digital-first manga releases are part of an exciting new initiative begun last year to put a greater diversity of manga series into the market. Starting with Yuji Onda’s mean step-sibling drama Beware the Kamiki Brothers! on May 1, this month’s series debuts will be available at all of Kodansha Comics’s partner digital platforms:

Beware the Kamiki Brothers! (debuting May 1), Yuji Onda‘s romantic-comedy manga about a high-school girl who finds herself living with some scary new stepbrothers (Japanese title: Kamiki kyoudai okotowari)

Heaven’s Design Team (debuting May 8), an imaginative new manga series about Heaven’s Animal Design Department, where designers create a variety of new animals while contending with the unreasonable requests of their client (Japanese title: Tenchi souzou design-bu)

The Wizard and His Fairy (debuting May 15), Chisato Nesumi‘s pretty fantasy manga about an eccentric wizard and the beautiful and strong-willed fairy he takes in (Japanese title: Kirikagohime to mahoutsukai)

Can You Just Die, My Darling? (debuting May 22), the hit dark manga thriller of murder, love, and delusion by Majuro Kaname and Sousou Sakakibara (Japanese title: Konya wa tsuki ga kirei desuga, toriaezu shine)

A Kiss, For Real (debuting May 29), Fumie Akuta‘s sweet, but sadistic, high-school romance manga about a mask-wearing girl and a free-spirited boy (Japanese title:Sekirara ni Kiss)

Mob Pyscho 100 Comes to Wester Audiences this Fall from Dark Horse

Written and drawn by ONE, the creator of the insanely popular One-Punch Man comes Mob Psycho 100, winner of the 2017 Shogakukan Prize for Best Shonen Manga. Having already spawned an anime available on Crunchyroll and a live-action Netflix Original series, Dark Horse is bringing this innovative manga to western audiences for the first time!

It’s not easy being an exorcist, but when you’re a first-rate fraud like Reigen ghostbusting is a lucrative business, especially when you have an underpaid teen psychic to do your dirty work! Enter Shigeo, aka “Mob”—Reigen’s student assistant whose powers keep them in business. Powers Shigeo keeps a tight lock on because when this kid’s repressed emotions reach level 100, it can unleash more psychic energy than either of them can handle!

Mob Psycho 100 Volume 1 goes on sale October 24, 2018. This 200-page volume retails for $11.99.

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