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VIZ Media December Manga Update

VIZ Media celebrates the holiday season with an array of new digital manga titles set to debut during the first half of December.

Readers are invited to dive into the masterful suspense series, The Promised Neverland this December. The title has been thrilling fans in the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump and has become one of the publication’s most popular titles of 2017. Other notable digital releases for the first half of the month include Dragon Ball Super Vol. 2, and the digital exclusive release of the latest volume of The Children Nowadays (Vol. 7).

Stay tuned for a second update coming mid-month from VIZ Media that will contain additional digital title updates and news of a special holiday promotion!

December Digital Manga Promotion

Shojo Beat Digital Manga Sale

December’s digital manga promotion kicks off with Kamisama Kiss and Otomen sales. All volumes of both acclaimed series will be on sale for only $4.99 each. Available through December 11th across all digital platforms.

Check each week throughout the rest of December for additional digital sales!

Weekly Shonen Jump Updates

Readers are invited to dive into all-new Free Chapters of a variety of popular continuing series in Shonen Jump’s free section. Check out Free Chapters of popular Weekly Shonen Jump series.

Free chapters are available for the following series:

  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
  • Dragon Ball Super
  • Juni Taisen: Zodiac War (manga)
  • My Hero Academia
  • My Hero Academia: Vigilantes
  • Tokyo Ghoul: RE
  • And More!

New digital manga releases for early December also include popular Shonen Jump titles Assassination Classroom (Vol. 19), Food Wars!: Shokugeki No Soma (Vol. 21), and Haikyu!! (Vol. 18). New shojo releases include Everyone’s Getting Married (Vol. 7), Queen’s Quality (Vol. 2) and Yona of the Dawn (Vol. 9).

VIZ Media Releases Junji Ito’s Frightening Horror Manga Anthology Shiver

VIZ Media delivers the chilling new release Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Stories on December 19th.

The new anthology from the critically acclaimed master of Japanese horror manga will debut as a hardcover edition under the VIZ Signature imprint. Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Stories contains nine of Junji Ito’s best short stories, as selected by the author himself, presented with accompanying notes and commentary. Shiver is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and carries a print MSRP of $22.99 U.S. / $32.00 CAN.

An arm peppered with tiny holes dangles from a sick girl’s window… After an idol hangs herself, balloons bearing the faces of their destined victims appear in the sky… An amateur film crew hires an extremely individualistic fashion model and faces a real bloody ending… Shiver offers nine fresh nightmares for the delectation of horror fans.

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 Gyo, which was adapted into an animated feature film. Tomie, Uzumaki, Gyo, and Ito’s celebrated manga short story anthology Fragments of Horror are all 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.

Holiday Gift Guide: Mangasia: The Definitive Guide to Asian Comics

An exhaustive and visually engaging account, Mangasia charts the evolution of manga from its roots in late nineteenth-century Japan through the many and varied forms of comics, cartoons, and animation created throughout Asia for more than one hundred years.

World authority on comic art Paul Gravett details the evolving meanings of the myths and legends told and retold by manga artists of every decade and reveals the development and cross pollination of ideas between manga artists throughout Asia.

This is a must for fans of manga and those that want to learn more about this artform.

You can order yours now!



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VIZ Media Announces New Manga Series Acquisitions At Anime NYC

VIZ Media announced exciting new publishing acquisitions this past weekend during its official panel held at Anime NYC.

The manga titles announced are scheduled for release beginning in the summer of 2018 and include My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, an edgy spinoff set in the world of the hit Shonen Jump series My Hero Academia. Also announced was the tender LGBT coming-of-age drama, That Blue Sky Feeling.

Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts Summer 2018

In a superpowered society, there is nothing ordinary about evil anymore. Heroes, trained and licensed to protect and defend the public against supervillains, stand above all the rest. However, not everyone can be an official hero, and there are those who would use their powers to serve the people without legal sanction. But do they fight for justice in the shadows or for reasons known only to themselves? Whatever they fight for, they are called vigilantes.

Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts Summer 2018

Outgoing high school student Noshiro finds himself drawn to Sanada, the school outcast, who is rumored to be gay. Rather than deter Noshiro, the rumor makes him even more determined to get close to Sanada, setting in motion a tale of first love.

VIZ Media Launches Nintendo Gaming-Inspired Splatoon Manga Series

VIZ Media expands its catalog of manga titles based on popular Nintendo video game properties with the launch of Splatoon on December 12th.

The new series will be released exclusively in print and was created by Sankichi HinodeyaSplatoon is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and Volume 1 carries an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Future volumes will be published by VIZ Media on a quarterly basis.

In Splatoon, the Turf Wars have started in Inkopolis, and the team that inks the most ground will be crowned the winner! Goggles and Team Blue are ranked lower than their competitors. But with some teamwork and a touch of creativity, they might just leave their mark!

Splatoon is a third-person shooter video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii UTM and was released worldwide in 2015. The game centers around characters known as Inklings who can transform between humanoid and squid-like forms. Inklings can hide or swim through colored ink sprayed on surfaces using shooters, blasters, chargers and sloshers, or brush-based weaponry. Splatoon has won multiple awards including a 2015 British Academy Children’s Award, IGN’s Best of 2015, and a SXSW Gaming Award in 2016. A sequel game titled, Splatoon 2, was recently released on the Nintendo Switch platform.

Yaoi Manga Imprint SuBLime Releases A Strange and Mystifying Story

SuBLime, the leading global English-language yaoi manga publisher, delivers the launch of new series A Strange and Mystifying Story, available now after being previously out of print.

The series, by creator Tsuta Suzuki, is rated ‘M’ for Mature Readers. Print editions carry an MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN each. The digital versions carry an MSRP of $6.99 U.S. Readers have two methods of digital access to the series on – via a DRM-free downloadable PDF, viewable on any enabled eReader device and computer, as well as via the online manga viewer. Readers can also purchase a digital version through the NOOK, Kindle and Kobo eReaders as well as on Google Play. SuBLime will publish subsequent volumes of the seven-volume series on a quarterly basis.

In A Strange and Mystifying Story a man named Akio Yamane falls terminally ill, presumably from his family’s curse. Remembering his grandfather’s final words about their family protector, he looks to where his grandfather pointed and finds a tooth. Upon holding it, he accidentally summons a god who promises to cure him, albeit in a rather odd and intimate manner!

A Strange and Mystifying Story is Tsuta Suzuki’s second English-language release, with her first being Your Story I’ve Known. Formerly working under the penname, “Yogore,” she has also published doujinshi (independent comics) under the circle name “Muddy Pool.” Readers can find out more about Tsuta Suzuki on her Pixiv page:

VIZ Media Launches New Shojo Manga Series – SP Baby

VIZ Media delivers a fun mix of action, comedy, drama and romance with the launch of the manga series SP Baby on November 28th.

The new series from the creator of Happy Marriage?!, Maki Enjoji, is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and will be published in print under the Shojo Beat imprint. Volume 1 will carry a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The series also launches digitally via and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. SP Baby will conclude with the release of Volume 2 in February 2018.

As the series opens, Tamaki Hasegawa misses an interview for a much-needed job in order to stop an assault on a man running for his life! The man – Kagetora Sugo, the prime minister’s nephew – then asks Tamaki to become his bodyguard. Tamaki isn’t sure she’s cut out to be a bodyguard, but Kagetora has another reason for wanting to hire her. Unbeknownst to her, they’ve met before…

SP Baby creator Maki Enjoji made her professional debut with Fu Junai (Wicked Pure Love). Her shojo manga series, Happy Marriage?!, also currently published by VIZ Media, was adapted into a live-action drama in Japan.

VIZ Media Takes Us to The Promised Neverland

VIZ Media has announced the release of The Promised Neverland on December 5th.

The manga series, by writer Kaiu Shirai and artist, Posuka Demizu, will be released in print under the Shonen Jump imprint and is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens. Series volumes will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN each. Volume 1 of The Promised Neverland also launches digitally on December 5th via and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Future print and digital editions of the series will be released in English on a quarterly basis.

In The Promised Neverland, Emma, Norman, and Ray are the brightest kids at the Grace Field House orphanage. And under the care of the woman they refer to as “Mom,” all the kids have enjoyed a comfortable life. Good food, clean clothes and the perfect environment to learn—what more could an orphan ask for? One day, though, Emma and Norman uncover the dark truth of the outside world they are forbidden from seeing.

Writer Kaiu Shirai debuted in 2015 with Ashley Gate no Yukue on the Shonen Jump+ website. Shirai first worked with Posuka Demizu on the two-shot manga, Poppy no Negai, which was released in February 2016.

Posuka Demizu debuted as a manga artist with the 2013 CoroCoro series, Oreca Monster Bouken Retsuden. A collection of illustrations, The Art of Posuka Demizu, was released in 2016 by PIE International.

VIZ Media Heads to Space with Astra Lost in Space

VIZ Media delivers the sci-fi survival epic Astra Lost in Space on December 5th.

The new manga series, by Kenta Shinohara, will be released in print under the Shonen Jump imprint and is rated ‘T’ for Teens. Series volumes will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 each. Volume 1 is available now as a digital-first release via and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Future print and digital editions of Astra Lost in Space will be released in English on a quarterly basis.

As Astra Lost in Space opens, it’s the first day of Planet Camp, and Aries Spring couldn’t be more excited! Aries, along with eight other strangers, leave for Planet McPa for a weeklong excursion. Soon after they arrive, however, a mysterious orb appears and transports them into the depths of space, where they find an empty floating spaceship…

Creator Kenta Shinohara began his manga career as an assistant to the legendary creator, Hideaki Sorachi, of GINTAMA (also published by VIZ Media). In 2006, he wrote and published a manga one-shot, Sket Dance, that began serialization in 2007 in Weekly Shonen Jump in Japan. Sket Dance went on to win the 55th Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shonen manga category and inspired an anime adaptation in 2011. Shinohara began ASTRA LOST IN SPACE in 2016 for Jump+.

VIZ Media Announces New Digital Manga Update For November

VIZ Media announces digital manga updates for November, which includes the debut of a new shojo series along with the latest additions to popular continuing titles and other exciting promotions.

Series launches for the month include SP Baby, a new Shojo Beat romantic comedy from Maki Enjoji, and a special digital-first release of the newest volume for Naruto: Chibi Sasuke’s Sharingan Legend (Vol. 2), a hilarious spin-off of the world’s most popular ninja manga series, Naruto. Both will be available on November 28th. Additional notable new digital titles debuting today include the latest volumes for popular action series such as Black Clover (Vol. 9), JoJo’S Bizarre Adventure: Part 3 – Stardust Crusaders (Vol. 5), My Hero Academia (Vol. 10).

November Digital Manga Promotion

Shojo Beat Digital Manga Sale

Catch up on several fan-favorite manga titles from VIZ Media’s Shojo Beat imprint. The promotion kicks off with Kiss of the Rose Princess and Honey So Sweet. All volumes of these acclaimed series will be on sale for only $4.99 each. Available from November 7th to 13th across all digital platforms.

Check each week throughout the rest of November for additional manga titles featured in this month’s digital sales!


Readers are invited to dive into all-new chapters of a variety of popular continuing series in SHONEN JUMP’s free section.

Free chapters are available now for the following series:

  • Dragon Ball Super
  • Juni Taisen: Zodiac War
  • My Hero Academia: Vigilantes
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
  • Haikyu!!
  • élDLive
  • And More!

Digital manga updates for November also include new volumes for nine continuing VIZ Media series. Notable releases include Volume 13 of Ōoku: The Inner Chambers. New additions to Shonen Jump include Bleach (Vol. 71), Haikyu!! (Vol. 17), Nisekoi: False Love (Vol. 24), One Piece (Vol. 84), Seraph of the End (Vol. 13) and Toriko (Vol. 40). New shojo releases include Anonymous Noise (Vol. 5) and Idol Dreams (Vol. 4).

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