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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is Getting a Twitch Livestream

VIZ Media has announced the debut of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure anime streaming event on Twitch, the world’s leading social video service and online community for gamers.

The first three seasons of the acclaimed multigenerational action adventure property begin streaming today through August 25 on VIZ Media’s Twitch channel. The 113 episodes on Twitch constitute the first three seasons and multiple story arcs of the series (PHANTOM BLOOD, BATTLE TENDENCY, STARDUST CRUSADERS, and DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE). Fans can enjoy the subtitled stream and interact with the vast online community starting at 10AM PST each day with an encore broadcast of the stream at 3PM PST. The stream will only be available for audiences in US and Canada.

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Twitch Air Dates:

Season 1, PHANTOM BLOOD

  • August 13th – Episodes 1-9

Season 1, BATTLE TENDENCY

  • August 14th – Episodes 10-18
  • August 15th – Episodes 19-26

Season 2, STARDUST CRUSADERS

  • August 16th – Episodes 1-9
  • August 17th – Episodes 10-18
  • August 18th – Episodes 19-26
  • August 19th – Episodes 27-35
  • August 20th – Episodes 36-44
  • August 21st – Episodes 45-48

Season 3, DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE

  • August 21st – Episodes 1-5
  • August 22nd – Episodes 6-13
  • August 23rd – Episodes 14-22
  • August 24th – Episodes 23-31
  • August 25th – Episodes 32-39

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is based on Hirohiko Araki’s critically acclaimed Shonen Jump manga series that depicts the multigenerational exploits of the heroic Joestar family and their never-ending battle against evil. In the anime series, the Aztecs – the people of the sun – once prospered in ancient Mexico. They had a bizarre stone mask that brought eternal life and the power of a domineering ruler to he who wore it, but at some point, the mask disappeared without a trace. Years later, in the late 19th Century, when men’s lifestyles and outlooks on life were quickly changing, Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando meet, and the stone mask binds them to a rather curious fate…

For additional information on JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE and other anime and manga titles published by VIZ Media, please visit viz.com.

French-born Artist Tony Valente’s Radiant Arrives this September

VIZ Media has announced the release of the new manga series Radiant on September 11th.

Radiant is a supernatural action and adventure series created by French-born artist and writer Tony Valente. A Japanese-produced anime adaptation of Valente’s manga will premiere this fall. Radiant is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will be published in print with an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The series also launches digitally on September 11th via viz.com and the VIZ Manga App, and will be available from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Volume 1 features 8 full-color pages. Future volumes of Radiant will be published by VIZ Media on a bimonthly basis.

In Radiant, evil creatures called Nemeses fall from the skies and the only ones who can fight them are Wizards—infected ones who survived a Nemesis’s corruption. Seth, one of these survivors, vows not only to fight the Nemeses, but to find their mythical nest, Radiant, and destroy it!

Otakon’s Attendence Grows, Up Nearly 5,000 From the Previous Year

The official attendance for Otakon 2018 has bounced back up from a slower year, Otakorp Inc. has announced. The final number, including all departments, is 29,293.

The number is up roughly 5,000 from the 2017 final number of 24,894. The final attendance
number includes total memberships/attendees, both pre-registered and at door, as well as staff,
dealers, artists, industry, contractors, guests, and members of the registered press.

Significantly, the total number of paid registrations — 26,590 — exceeds last year’s total
attendance numbers, according to convention president Andrew Zerrlaut.

This was the second year the convention was held in Washington, D.C.

Otakon 2019 will be held from July 26 to 28 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center,
Washington, D.C.

Science Meets Stone Age in Dr. Stone from VIZ Media this September

VIZ Media delivers the new dystopian manga adventure Dr. Stone on September 4th.

Dr. Stone is written by Riichiro Inagaki with art by Boichi. The series is rated ‘T’ for Teensand will be published in print under the Shonen Jump imprint with an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Dr. Stone also launches digitally on September 4th via viz.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Future volumes of the series will be published on a bimonthly basis.

In Dr. Stone, one fateful day all of humanity is suddenly turned to stone. Many millennia later, high school student Taiju frees himself from the petrification and finds himself surrounded by statues. The situation looks grim—until he runs into his science-loving friend Senku! Together they plan to restart civilization with the power of science!

For additional information on DR. STONE and other titles published by VIZ Media, please visit viz.com.

Shortcake Cake is a New Shojo Manga Out August 7th

VIZ Media delivers a heartwarming story about love and friendship with the new shojo manga series Shortcake Cake on August 7th.

The series will be published in print under VIZ Media’s Shojo Beat imprint with an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Shortcake Cake will also be available digitally on August 7th via viz.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Future volumes of the series will be published on a quarterly basis.

Ten Serizawa has a two-hour commute through the mountains to high school every day, so she can’t spend much time hanging out with her friends in the afternoon. She decides to move into the local boardinghouse, where one of her friends and three other boys are living. Ten’s friends consider her to be as oblivious as a rock when it comes to noticing boys and falling in love, but will she be able to keep her calm and steady heart in her new living situation?

Shortcake Cake was created by a manga duo known under the pseudonym, suu Morishita. In 2010, they debuted with the one-shot, “Anote Konote.” Their other published works include Hibi Chouchou.

That Blue Sky Feeling is Out August 14th from VIZ Media

VIZ Media is releasing a poignant coming-of-age series that explores a budding relationship between a pair of high school boys with That Blue Sky Feeling on August 14th.

The new series, which is written by Okura and features artwork by Coma Hashii, is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will be published in-print with an MSRP of $10.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. That Blue Sky Feeling also launches digitally on August 14th via viz.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Future volumes of the series will be published in 2019.

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 surprising tale of first love.

That Blue Sky Feeling is an honest teen drama that depicts that special kind of confusion that all kids, straight and LGBT alike, experience as they start to fall for friends and classmates in school.

SDCC 2018: Tokypop Announces New Japanese Licenses

Tokyopop has announced the release of two new titles to begin serialization in early 2019. Both titles were announced as a part of their Manga for Everyone! panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 on July 22nd 2018.

Long-time fans and new readers alike are invited to experience Aria: The Masterpiece, an all-new, collectible edition of the acclaimed manga by Kozue Amano. Following the amazingly successful Kickstarter campaign launched last year by Nozomi Entertainment — during which enthusiastic backers raised nearly $600,000 toward dubbing the anime adaptation of the Aria manga — Tokyopop is excited to announce this beautiful addition to every Aria fan’s collection. Each 2-in-1 volume will include select full-color pages and lavish gold-foil cover embellishment. Volume 1 of this collectible set comprises the first two books of the prequel series Aqua, and is scheduled for release in February 2019.

On the planet Aqua, a world once known as Mars, Akari Mizunashi has just made her home in the town of Neo-Venezia, a futuristic imitation of the ancient city of Venice. In pursuit of her dream to become an Undine — a gondolier who leads high-end tours around the city — Akari joins as a trainee with the Aria Company, one of the three most prestigious water-guide companies in Neo-Venezia.

Also debuting in January 2019 are the first of three volumes of Yuri Bear Storm, featuring an all-new plot adapted from the popular 2015 anime by prominent creator and director Kunihiko Ikuhara, whose signature achievements include the anime classic Revolutionary Girl Utena, as well as his work directing Sailor Moon. The manga tells an original story illustrated by Akiko Morishima, who also developed the anime character designs, and is best known for her nuanced and realistic portrayal of romances between women.

Every night, 16-year-old Kureha Tsubaki has strange dreams involving lilies, storms, and… being rescued by her classmate Ginko as an alien bear princess?!

At school, Kureha’s unassuming personality and looks render her practically invisible. Sometimes, it feels like no one notices her at all, until cute and outgoing transfer student Ginko asks Kureha to be her friend. With Ginko’s encouragement and protection, Kureha starts to come out of her shell and realizes that, whether or not her new classmate really is a bear, her feelings toward Ginko might be stronger than friendship after all.

VIZ Media Launches a Comprehensive Pokémon Digital Manga Catalog

VIZ Media delivers exciting news to manga readers and Pokémon fans across North America as it announces the digital launch of a comprehensive library of Pokémon manga titles.

Beginning today and continuing each month through the start of 2019, Pokémon Adventures manga arcs will launch digitally on viz.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as on VIZ Media digital partner platforms including the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores.

A variety of popular Pokémon Adventures manga volumes as well as theatrical movie manga adaptations will be available.

July 24th:      Pokémon Adventures Vols. 1-7: Red & Blue

August:        Pokémon Adventures Vols. 8-14: Gold & Silver

September:  Pokémon Adventures Vols. 15-22: Ruby & Sapphire

October:      Pokémon Adventures Vols. 23-25: FireRed & LeafGreen

      Pokémon Adventures Vols. 26-29: Emerald

November:    Pokémon Adventures: Diamond & Pearl/Platinum Vols. 1-11

December:    Pokémon Adventures: Heartgold & Soulsilver Vols. 1-2

                    Pokémon Adventures: Black & White Vols. 1-9

                    Pokémon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 Vols. 1-2

January:      Pokémon Manga Movie Adaptations

The Pokémon Adventures manga series features story by Hidenori Kusaka and art by Satoshi Yamamoto. The Pokémon movie-tie in manga volumes are by various authors and artists.

SDCC 2018: VIZ Media Announces New Titles Debuting in Early 2019

VIZ Media expands its publishing catalog with a variety of new acquisitions announced during its official panel events held this past weekend at San Diego Comic-Con 2018.

The new titles are scheduled for release beginning early next year and include My Hero Academia: School Briefs, the first of three prose short story collections based on the hit superhero action series created by Kohei Horikoshi. Rumiko Takahashi’s beloved manga series Urusei Yatsura receives a new large trim edition, and Hiromu Arakawa brings us hilarious four-panel comics from the world of Fullmetal Alchemist. Two new Nausiccaä books, The Art of Nausiccaä of the Valley of the Wind and Nausiccaä of the Valley of the Wind Picture Book were also announced. Each book features vivid Studio Ghibli art from the legendary director Hayao Miyazaki.

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

MY HERO ACADEMIA: SCHOOL BRIEFS

By Kohei Horikoshi and Anri Yoshi
Debuts Spring 2019

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 a Parents’ Day! Life is never dull for the students of U.A. High!

 

URUSEI YATSURA

By Rumiko Takahashi
Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Debuts Winter 2019

Revisit the acclaimed romantic comedy about an unlucky human boy who meets a beautiful space alien princess in this large trim size edition with all-new translations and new cover designs. In the series, Ataru Moroboshi’s supernatural encounters with the feminine kind all start when he’s chosen to play tag with an alien princess named Lum who invades the earth on her UFO. Ataru has ten days to touch Lum’s horns or aliens will take over the earth! As it turns out, the game of tag is only the beginning of Ataru’s troubles, as he continues to attract strange encounters with otherworldly beings like beautiful snow spirit Oyuki and the sexy crow goblin Princess Kurama!

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: THE COMPLETE FOUR-PANEL COMICS

By Hiromu Arakawa
Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts Spring 2019

Collects all of author Hiromu Arakawa’s beloved four-panel comic strips from the graphic novel series, her bonus strips from the anime DVDs of Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and rare strips from Japan! No joke is too cheesy and there are no sacred cows when Arakawa takes up her pen to spoof her own characters in this delightfully zany take on FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST!

 

THE ART OF NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND

By Hayao Miyazaki
Debuts Spring 2019

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 Corruption, 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.

 

NAUSICCAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND PICTURE BOOK

By Hayao Miyazaki
Debuts Spring 2019

In a long-ago war, humankind set off a devastating ecological disaster. The earth is

slowly submerging beneath the expanding Sea of Corruption, an enormous toxic forest that creates mutant insects and releases a miasma of poisonous spores into the air. At the periphery of the sea, lies the Valley of the Wind, a kingdom of barely 500 citizens; a nation given fragile protection from the decaying sea’s poisons by the ocean breezes; and home to Nausicaä, who risks everything to save her people and bring peace and health to the valley. Includes scene-by-scene illustrations and character dialogue from the film in a double-length picture book.

Alita: Battle Angel Gets a New Trailer


Visionary filmmakers James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez create a groundbreaking new heroine in Alita: Battle Angel, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment based on Yukito Kishiro’s Battle Angel Alita (and in Japan as Gunnm) manga.

Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.

The film is directed by Robert Rodriguez from a screenplay by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis and Robert Rodriguez. The film stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, and Keean Johnson.

The film comes to theaters December 21, 2018.

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