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VIZ Media Details Exciting New Anime and Manga Releases For June

SAILOR MOON SAILOR STARS PART 1 Blu-ray & DVD Sets

Limited Edition Blu-ray MSRP: $79.99 U.S. / $93.99 CAN · Standard Edition Blu-ray MSRP: $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN · DVD MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN
Available June 18th

Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians are about to face their greatest challenge yet—high school! But as the girls take their next big step in life and Chibi-Usa prepares to return to the future, a mysterious force frees the evil Queen Nehalennia! While the struggle to contain her old enemy will be difficult, it may be Mamoru’s year of studying abroad that hurts Usagi the most. But there’s even more to take Usagi’s mind off of long-distance love with the arrival of the villainous Sailor Anima Mates and the heroic Sailor Star Lights! Who could be behind this new wave of evil? And why are the Star Lights resistant to working with Sailor Moon? Usagi has her hands full, but she’ll always make time to write a love letter to her beloved Mamo.

MEGALOBOX Blu-ray & DVD Sets

Limited Edition Blu-ray MSRP: $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN · Standard Edition Blu-ray MSRP: $44.98 U.S. / $52.99 CAN · DVD MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN
Available June 25th

Bored, resigned, and unfulfilled, a young man with neither name nor past survives by fighting in underground matches of a sport called “Megalobox,” a form of boxing that utilizes powered exoskeletons. Calling himself JNK.DOG, he feels trapped in a world of crime, poverty, and ecological collapse. All that changes when he has a chance encounter with Yuri, the reigning king of Megalobox. Now, obsessed with proving himself, JNK.DOG becomes a man driven to do whatever it takes to fight his way to the top of the rankings and take on the champion.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN DVD SET 38

DVD MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN
Available June 11th

It’s the final NARUTO SHIPPUDEN box set! The Fourth Great Ninja War is over, and now the Hidden Leaf Ninja return to their daily lives. Some tackle dangerous work—like Sasuke, who tries to uncover the truth about mysterious exploding humans. Others, like Shikamaru, face the difficulty of adjusting to a post-war life. And for Naruto and Hinata, it’s wedding bells!


EVANGELION ILLUSTRATIONS 2007 – 2017

MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN · Available June 11th  

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION is one of the most enduring and significant touchstones for anime, manga, and pop culture fans over the past two decades, thanks to the groundbreaking television series and beautifully animated movies. This book collects ten years’ worth of illustrations that showcase the wide effect NEON GENESIS EVANGELION has left on not just the animation industry, but on popular culture in general. Included are illustrations for film posters, CD albums, bullet train designs, video game collaborations, and much, much more.

EVANGELION ILLUSTRATIONS 2007 - 2017

KOMI CAN’T COMMUNICATE

by Tomohito Oda
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN / $6.99 Digital · Rated ‘T’ for Teens 
Available June 11th  

Socially anxious high school student Shoko Komi’s greatest dream is to make some friends, but everyone at school mistakes her crippling social anxiety for cool reserve. Luckily she meets Tadano, a timid wallflower who decides to step out of his comfort zone in order to help her achieve her goal of making 100 friends.

KOMI CAN’T COMMUNICATE

DRAGON BALL COMPLETE BOX SET

by Akira Toriyama
MSRP: $139.99 U.S. / $179.99 CAN · Rated ‘T’ For Teens
Available June 4th  

The DRAGON BALL COMPLETE BOX SET contains all 16 volumes of the original manga that kicked off the global phenomenon. Also includes an exclusive double-sided poster and collector’s booklet featuring fun DRAGON BALL trivia and guides as well as an interview with its legendary creator.

DRAGON BALL Z COMPLETE BOX SET

by Akira Toriyama
MSRP: $219.99 U.S. / $279.99 CAN · Rated ‘A’ For All Ages
Available June 4th  

The DRAGON BALL Z COMPLETE BOX SET contains all 26 volumes of the manga that propelled the global phenomenon that started with DRAGON BALL into one of the world’s most recognizable and best-selling manga. Also includes an exclusive double-sided poster and collector’s booklet featuring fun DRAGON BALL Z trivia and guides as well as an interview with Akira Toriyama.

POKÉMON THE MOVIE: THE POWER OF US—ZERAORA’S STORY

by Kemon Kawamoto
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Rated ‘A’ For All Ages
Available June 11th  

Ash and Pikachu arrive in Fula City at the start of its renowned Wind Festival and meet Margo, the mayor’s daughter, and Dr. Hawthorn, a scientist. Through the magic of Dr. Hawthorn’s virtual reality technology, our friends experience the history of the city firsthand and meet Mythical Pokémon Zeraora and Legendary Pokémon Lugia. Why did one of them fly off, never to be seen again…? And will it return in the feature film, POKÉMON THE MOVIE: THE POWER OF US?!

Square Enix is Launching a U.S. Publishing Line for Comics, Books, and Art Books

Square Enix

This fall, the worlds of Square Enix are coming to comics, books, and art books. The video game publisher has announced a deal with Penguin Random House Publisher Services. They’ll bring iconic game properties like Space Invaders, Final Fantasy, and Tomb Raider to the American market under their own banner for the first time. Currently, some of these properties have comics and manga released from other publishers.

In Japan, Square Enix is more than a video company. They also release books, magazines, and manga, so it’s not a stretch for them to bring their material to the U.S. themselves.

The new line will launch this fall with one prose book, Final Fantasy XV: The Dawn of the Future, and three manga: Hi Score Girl, A Man and His Cat, and the complete edition of Soul Eaters.

Naruto Creator Masashi Kishimoto Returns with Samurai 8 in Weekly Shonen Jump

Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru

VIZ Media has announced exciting new digital content for Shonen Jump with the launch of Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru. Chapter 1 is available now for the highly-anticipated series by famed Naruto creator, Masashi Kishimoto, who teams up with his longtime assistant artist Akira Okubo. Samurai 8 debuted in English with a 72-page opening chapter on May 12th, the same day it launched in Japan. New chapters will be available to English readers for FREE on a weekly basis and via the Shonen Jump app.

Additional just-added manga content now available in the Shonen Jump digital vault includes fan-favorite series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Parts 1-3 (Phantom Blood, Battle Tendency, and Stardust Crusaders), Golden Kamuy (Rated ‘M’ for Mature and web-only), and One-Punch Man. Readers can access free Shonen Jump digital chapters and unlock the Shonen Jump digital vault or with the Shonen Jump app for iPhone, iPad and Android-based devices.

The Shonen Jump app experience has been enhanced with a new “Continue Reading” row on the app’s Home screen. This added feature allows users to instantly access their latest chapter read. Now manga fans can easily keep track of where they left off reading across any given series.

A Shonen Jump Vault Membership (only $1.99 per month) grants readers seamless access to a substantial and continually updated digital archive that currently features more than 10,000 manga chapters from over 100 series – almost every ongoing and completed Shonen Jump series published in English.

The Legend of Zelda Manga Creators Appear At MCM Comic Con London

VIZ Media has partnered with ReedPop and announced the appearance of the creators behind the smash hit The Legend of Zelda manga series, known jointly as Akira Himekawa, at the 2019 MCM Comic Con London. This marks their first-ever professional appearance in the UK.

Akira Himekawa is the penname of two women, A. Honda and S. Nagano, who have created multiple bestselling manga adventures inspired by the classic Nintendo puzzle-solving, role-playing video games. Their latest continuing series is The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, published by VIZ Media. 

Organized and presented by ReedPop, MCM London is the UK’s biggest annual pop culture event. The event will take place May 24th-26th at the London ExCel convention center.

Akira Himekawa’s MCM London Panels & Special Events Include:

Friday, May 24th

11:00am – 12:00pm Official VIZ Media Panel with Special Guests
Center Stage

Join VIZ Media for exciting announcements, exclusive first looks at upcoming new titles, and special prizes! THE LEGEND OF ZELDA manga creators, Akira Himekawa, will also make a special appearance.

Saturday, May 25th

2:00pm – 3:00pm THE LEGEND OF ZELDA Manga Panel
Main Stage

Join Akira Himekawa for an insightful panel to discuss their groundbreaking work, as well as catch a special live drawing session!

MCM London Comic Con On-Site Akira Himekawa Autograph Sessions:

Friday, May 24that 2:00pm – limited to 100 people

Saturday, May 25that 4:30pm – limited to 100 people

Signing session attendees each will receive an exclusive THE LEGEND OF ZELDA shikishi and poster from VIZ Media for Akira Himekawa to autograph (one item per person to be signed). Official signings are ticketed prior to the event, distribution details forthcoming.

Akira Himekawa Off-Site Autograph Sessions:

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
Friday, May 24th at 6:00pm
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London

Join VIZ Media to welcome Akira Himekawa for a special off-site appearance in London! Wristbands to attend the autograph session will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Signing session attendees will receive an exclusive VIZ Media-supplied poster and shikishi; attendees select which one will be signed on site by the pair.

VIZ Announces New Anime and Manga Releases for May

VIZ Media has announced three new home media and manga publishing titles scheduled for May release.

POKÉMON THE SERIES: SUN & MOON—ULTRA ADVENTURES COMPLETE COLLECTION

Blu-ray MSRP: $49.99 U.S. / $57.99 CAN · DVD MSRP: $44.98 U.S. / $52.99 CAN
Available May 21st 

When Ash sees the Legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and Lunala in a dream, he makes a promise to them. But when he wakes up, he can’t remember what it was! Will the strange Pokémon called Nebby help jog his memory? Along with their new friend and the rest of the students at the Pokémon School, Ash and Pikachu explore the Aether Foundation, an organization dedicated to Pokémon conservation and care. But it may not be as innocent as it seems, and Ash and his friends will have to work together to protect the people and Pokémon they care about as they face a mysterious power like nothing they have ever seen.

POKÉMON THE SERIES: SUN & MOON—ULTRA ADVENTURES COMPLETE COLLECTION

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: PART 4 – DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE

By Hirohiko Araki
MSRP: $19.99 U.S. / $26.99 CAN · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
Available May 7th 

In April 1999, Jotaro Kujo travels to a town in Japan called Morioh to find a young man named Josuke Higashikata, the secret love child of his grandfather, Joseph Joestar. Upon finding him, Jotaro is surprised to learn that Josuke also possesses a Stand. After their strange meeting, the pair team up to investigate the town’s proliferation of unusual Stands!

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: PART 4 – DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE

SNOW WHITE WITH THE RED HAIR

By Sorata Akiduki
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Rated ‘T’ for Teens
Available May 7th 

Shirayuki is an herbalist famous for her naturally bright-red hair, and the prince of Tanbarun wants her all to himself! The prince from the neighboring kingdom, Zen, rescues her from her plight, and thus begins their love story.

Classic Manga Initial D Debuts from ComiXology Originals and Kodansha Comics

Initial D

comiXology and Kodansha Comics have announced volumes 1-38 of Initial D, the all-time classic manga about Japanese street racing by Shuichi Shigeno, are now available to read digitally at no additional cost for Amazon PrimeKindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited customers and are also available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology. Volumes 39-48 will be released later this year. With volumes 34-38 never before translated to English, this year marks the long awaited release of the entire Initial D series in English.

More than a manga, Initial D is a cultural phenomenon. Upon its release, Initial D perfectly captured the world of Japanese street racing and kicked off a global craze. It spawned a legendary anime series, video games, movies, not to mention an immortally beloved techno soundtrack. It also inspired the film The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. But it all starts here, with the Initial D manga.

Live the legend of how Tak Fujiwara went from tofu delivery boy to street-racing god.

Tak Fujiwara spends a lot of time behind the wheel. His tofu delivery job sends him racing down the treacherous roads of Mount Akina, and without even realizing it, Tak has mastered racing techniques that take most drivers a lifetime to learn. Of course, none of his friends realize this. They’re all too busy watching the Akina Speed Stars, the local street racing team. When the legendary Red Suns show up to challenge the Speed Stars, it looks as if the Trueno Eight Six that has been seen racing through the mountain roads will take them on. The question remains … who’s the driver of this phantom car?

Initial D

VIZ Media Opens Portfolio Reviews For New VIZ Originals Imprint

VIZ Originals

VIZ Media reaches the next stage in the development of its VIZ Originals imprint! Aspiring artists and writers are invited to apply for portfolio reviews taking place at some of North America’s biggest pop culture shows. The VIZ Originals imprint will develop innovative, English-language creator-owned graphic novel content for a global market, and is committed to supporting independent artists and helping them execute their creative visions.

VIZ Originals portfolio review sessions will be led by Executive Editor, Fawn Lau, and will occur during the following 2019 shows:

  • Toronto Comics and Arts Festival – May 11-12
  • Anime Central – May 17-19
  • Anime Expo – July 4-7
  • Comic-Con – July 17-21
  • New York Comic Con – October 3-6
  • Anime NYC – November 15-17

Individuals MUST be at least 18 years old and already a registered/ticketed attendee. A VIZ Originals portfolio review appointment does not include show admittance. To be considered, complete the online form.

To give VIZ Originals the best idea of your talents and the scope of your work, please provide a portfolio that demonstrates:

Artists:

  • Samples of sequential works that best highlight your art style and storytelling
  • Best works that showcase composition, character expressions, and scene details
  • Include finished pieces, not only sketch or concept work
  • Include original character art pieces – some fan work is acceptable

Writers:

  • Samples of sequential works that highlight writing and story development
  • Samples and lists of creative writing work – prose and fan work is acceptable

VIZ Originals looks to collaborate with talented independent artists, creators and writers to develop original stories that ignite the imagination. Its titles will showcase dynamic paneling, skillful black and white artwork and compelling, diverse stories for both young adult and adult readers. 

Kodansha April Digital Debut! Hikaru Nakamura’s Saint Young Men

Saint Young Men Vol. 1

For the past two years, readers of Kodansha Comics’ “digital-firsts” have gotten the jump on everything from the brand-new translation of Battle Angel Alita to new volumes of never-finished classics like BECK to the first appearance of current hits like Tokyo Tarareba Girls and Grand Blue Dreaming. Now “digital-first” debuts are back—and April will see the debut of one of the most talked-about and highly anticipated manga of recent years, Hikaru Nakamura’s Saint Young Men.

Nakamura’s sly comedy documents the everyday life of two not-so-ordinary young men sharing an apartment in modern-day Tokyo: Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha. Long rumored for an official English-language release, the wait is now over: Saint Young Men is finally here in English. 

Published in 16 volumes (and still ongoing) under the Japanese title Seinto oniisan in Japan,Saint Young Men goes on sale April 23, starting with Volume 1, and with subsequent volumes to be released monthly thereafter. 

Volume 1 also features a specially-penned afterword by British Museum curator Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere, who helped acquire pages from Saint Young Men for the British Museum’s nascent genga collection.

Saint Young Men will be available on April 23 on all of Kodansha Comics’s partner digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook. 

New Anime and Manga this April from VIZ Media!

VIZ Media has some highly anticipated new home media and publishing releases debuting this month. New titles include set 1 of the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, as well as My Hero Academia: School Briefs, a short story collection based on the hit superhero action series created by Kohei Horikoshi. Nier:Automata: Short Story Long is the second novel adaptation based on the best-selling video game. Horror master Junji Ito’s Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection will contain thirteen manga stories and debut later in the month.

The last two titles set for release include The Art of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Nausiccaä of the Valley of the Wind Picture Book. Each book features vivid Studio Ghibli art from the legendary director Hayao Miyazaki.

New Home Media for April:

BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS SET 1

Blu-ray MSRP: $44.98 U.S. / $52.99 CAN · DVD MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN Available April 9th

Meet Naruto’s son! His name is Boruto and he’s just like his dad – unfortunately. He’s rambunctious, rebellious, and more than a handful! He’s joined by the next generation of the Hidden Leaf Village – including Sarada, the daughter of Sasuke, and Mitsuki, a shinobi of mysterious lineage! Boruto and his friends have their hands full when they investigate a dangerous entity known as “The Ghost.” Can Boruto save the village just like dad? Dive into all of the action of Episodes 1-13 of the hit anime series in its first home media release. Special features include a BORUTO OVA, storyboards, art gallery and more!

BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS SET 1

New Publishing Releases for April:

MY HERO ACADEMIA: SCHOOL BRIEFS

By Anri Yoshi; Original Story by Kohei Horikoshi

MSRP: $10.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN · Available April 2nd

The U.A. High School Hero Course teaches young hopefuls everything they need to become heroes. Between killer events like the Sports Festival and internships, there’s even Parents’ Day! That’s when all the kids get the chance to show their parents what they’re made of!

MY HERO ACADEMIA: SCHOOL BRIEFS

NIER:AUTOMATA: SHORT STORY LONG

By Jun Eishima and Yoko Taro

MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $19.99 CAN · Available April 9th 

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.

NIER:AUTOMATA: SHORT STORY LONG

SMASHED: JUNJI ITO STORY COLLECTION

By Junji Ito

MSRP: $22.99 U.S. / $32.00 CAN · Rated ‘T+’ For Older Teens · Available April 16th

Try not to be noticed when you eat the secret nectar, otherwise you’ll get smashed… What horrific events happened to create the earthbound—people tied to a certain place for the rest of their short lives? Then, a strange haunted house comes to town, but no one expects it to lead to a real hell… Welcome to Junji Ito’s world, a world with no escape from endless nightmares.

SMASHED: JUNJI ITO STORY COLLECTION

THE ART OF NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND

By Hayao Miyazaki

MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN · Available April 16th

Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, based on his own manga, was released in 1984 and has been a cult classic ever since. In a long-ago war, humankind set off a devastating ecological disaster. The earth is slowly submerging beneath the expanding Sea of Decay, an enormous toxic forest that creates mutant insects and poisonous spores. Beyond the sea lies the Valley of the Wind, a kingdom of barely 500 citizens and home to Nausicaä, who risks everything to save her people and bring peace and health to the valley. Includes sketches, developmental water colors, cel animation, and more.

THE ART OF NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND

NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND PICTURE BOOK

By Hayao Miyazaki

MSRP: $29.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN · Available April 30th

In a long-ago war, humankind set off a devastating ecological disaster. The earth is slowly submerging beneath the expanding Sea of Decay, an enormous toxic jungle filled with mutant insects and poisonous spores. At the edge of the sea lies the Valley of the Wind, home to Nausicaä, who risks everything to save her people and bring peace and health to her people. Studio Ghibli picture books capture the magic of the legendary studio’s animated films with easy-to-read text, full-color pictures direct from the film, and a family-friendly oversized hardcover format.

NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND PICTURE BOOK

Kodansha Comics, Vertical Comics, and Vertical, Inc. Announce New Upcoming Titles

Kodansha Comics

Kodansha Comics, Vertical Comics, and Vertical, Inc., three leading imprints for Japanese novels and comics in translation, have announced their upcoming slate of new titles today, running the gamut from new manga series to re-releases of classics.

Vertical Comics announced the highly anticipated manga adaptation of NISIOISIN’s blockbuster Bakemonogatari series by acclaimed creator Oh! Great (Air Gear). The series will begin October 2019. Another major announcement was a new novel by the acclaimedMonogatari franchise creator, Hanging High School, the third book in the Zaregoto series, in September. Fans have clamored for the next episode in the series since the release of the second book in 2018, preceded by the hit first volume in 2017. During the announcement, Vertical revealed new cover art by VOFAN, the star illustrator of the Monogatari Series, for Makoto Shinkai‘s Voices of a Distant Star (novel), to release in July, and for VOFAN’s own full-color artbook previously only published in Taiwan, Colorful Dreams, to release in OctoberVertical also added Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose Resurrection at Nineteen, the prequel novels of the hit manga series for their light novel lineup in December 2019. 

The publishers unveiled three new highly anticipated box sets. The Monogatari series will see a “Season 2” box set later this year from Vertical, Inc. To coincide with the work’s 25thanniversary, Kodansha Comics will re-release CLAMP’s Magic Knight Rayearth in two beautiful three-volume hardcover box sets. The first is due Fall 2019, and on top of the three volumes of manga, each will include one full-color art book of rare pieces by the creators and an additional bonus item to be revealed.

Also coming to the box set format is the bestselling fantasy epic Fairy Tail, which will see its first 11-volume box set released this fall, with two per year to follow. Kodansha also announced Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest, the sequel to Fairy Tail, which this summer will continue the adventures of Natsu, Lucy, Erza, and the entire magical guild, with layouts and story by creator Hiro Mashima.

In another addition to a beloved Kodansha Comics series, Cells at Work! CODE BLACK will be released this summer. Where the original series followed a Red Blood Cell and a White Blood Cell through a (relatively) healthy body, this spinoff is set in one that’s falling apart, with smoking, drinking, fatty liver, gout, and more intimate ailments to deal with. The book will carry a “surgeon-general’s warning” that it’s only for ages 18 and up!

Joining Yuri Is My Job!, Kodansha’s premier yuri (girl-girl romance) manga title that debuted this January, Kodansha will publish If I Could Reach You, a serious yuri title about a teenage girl coming to terms with her own sexuality through her crush on her brother’s wife. Vol. 1 is coming this fall.

Kodansha will publish the manga adaptation of the online game Granblue Fantasy, which featured design work and music by key creative figures from the Final Fantasy series and has proven a global hit. The manga, by cocho and Makoto Fuugetsu, will begin this fall. Finally, Kodansha will bring to print the digital-first title Drifting Dragons, about a “whaling ship” that floats through the air and hunts dragons! Vol. 1 is coming this holiday season. 

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