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Viz Announces a Whole Bunch of New Manga and Literary Acquisitions

VIZ Media announced plans to expand its publishing catalog with newly acquired titles this past weekend at Anime Expo 2017 in Los Angeles.

Set for publication beginning in early 2018, the new manga titles include Fire Punch, a dystopian thriller that will launch under the VIZ Signature imprint, and the gender-swapping shojo manga series Kenka Bancho Otome: Girls Beats Boys. Manga additions also include the classic bestselling series FullMetal Alchemist, which returns in a hardcover collector’s edition. Sisyphean was announced as the latest novel to join the Haikasoru literary imprint, and a pair of titles—a haiku volume and an activity book—inspired by the global hit mobile game Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector also join the VIZ Media roster.

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

New VIZ Media Publishing Acquisitions for 2018

FIRE PUNCH · Rated ‘M’ For Mature Audiences · Available January 2018

In the not-too-distant past, the Ice Witch blanketed the world in snow, starvation and madness, leading the inhabitants to seek their salvation in fire. With that, an unusual destiny unfolds for two young orphans, Agni and Luna, blessed with the ability to regenerate. But will this ability prove to be more of a curse than a blessing? FIRE PUNCH was a nominee for the 2017 Manga Taisho Award.


SISYPHEAN (Novel) · Unrated · Available January 2018

In this award-winning novel by Dempow Torishima, even after the world and humanity itself have been rendered nearly unrecognizable by genetic engineering, a day in the office can feel…Sisyphean. The company stands atop a tiny deck supported by huge iron columns a hundred meters high. The boss there is its president – a large creature of unstable, shifting form once called “human.” The world of his dedicated worker contains only the deck and the sea of mud surrounding it, and the worker’s daily routine is anything but peaceful. A mosaic novel of extreme science and high weirdness, Sisyphean will change the way you see existence itself. Sisyphean was a winner of the prestigious Japan SF Award and also nominated for a Seiun Award.


NEKO ATSUME: KITTY COLLECTOR—where am i meOW? · Unrated · Available February 2018

Expand your play from the popular mobile game Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector with a fun activity book for cat fans of all ages. In this full-color book, seek and find favorite kitties from Neko Atsume Kitty Collector as they romp through imaginative new environments, learn facts about the classic cats and play with dozens of stickers!



Ever wonder what the kitties of the popular mobile game Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector get up to when they’re not on your screen? Join the cast of the cartoon cats of Neko Atsume Kitty Collector in an irreverent journey through the seasons as told in haiku.


FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: FULLMETAL EDITION · Rated ‘T’ For Teens ·  Available May 2018

Fully remastered with an updated translation and completely fresh lettering, and presented with all the original color pages on large-trim archival-quality paper, this gorgeous hardcover edition presents the timeless dark adventures of the Elric brothers as they were truly meant to be seen. Also includes new behind-the-scenes character sketches and brand-new color art from author Hiromu Arakawa


KENKA BANCHO OTOME: GIRL BEATS BOYS · Rated ‘T’ For Teens · Available April 2018

A captivating new manga series based on the Japanese romantic adventure game, Kenka Bancho Otome. Hinako thought she didn’t have any family, but on the day she starts high school, Hinako’s twin brother Hikaru suddenly appears and tricks her into taking his place. But the new school Hinako attends in his stead is beyond unusual. Now she must fight her way to the top of Shishiku Academy, an all-boys school of delinquents!


Udon Entertainment is Publishing the English Version of Infini-T Force

UDON Entertainment has announced that’ll it be localizing the manga series Infini-T Force for an English release.

Celebrating the 55th anniversary of legendary Japanese animation studio Tatsunoko Production, the Infini-T Force manga brings together the anime giant’s four most prominent superhero properties – Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (AKA Battle of the Planets), Space Knight Tekkaman, Casshan, and Hurricane Polimar.  The heroes of these four worlds will face everything from mutant abominations, to criminal gangsters, to mecha-noid alien invaders, in an ongoing action manga series filled with non-stop adventure!

An all-new Infini-T Force anime series also launches in Fall 2017 in Japan.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords – Legendary Edition is Out July 11

VIZ Media invites manga readers and adventure fans to enjoy creator Akira Himekawa’s classic The Legend of Zelda story in a whole new way with the release of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords – Legendary Edition– on July 11th.

The Legendary Editions adapt Akira Himekawa’s 10-volume manga series based on the classic Nintendo role playing, puzzle-solving, action video game into a line of deluxe omnibus 2-in-1 editions that each feature new cover art and color illustrations. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords – Legendary Edition– is the fifth release in the series. Four Swords is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will carry a print MSRP of $17.99 U.S. / $24.99 CAN.

In Four Swords, Link finds himself broken into four different versions of himself – Green, Red, Blue and Violet Link – and pitted against a fifth, the malevolent Shadow Link who has kidnapped Princess Zelda. The Links must find the Four Sword, the only thing that can combine them so that they are strong enough to stop Shadow Link and save the princess – and the world!

The Legend of Zelda manga series was created by Akira Himekawa, which is the pen name of two women known simply as A. Honda and S. Nagano. The pair created The Legend of Zelda manga series which was inspired by several games and story arcs in the Zelda video game series. They have created a variety of manga adventures, which are published by VIZ Media, featuring Link and the popular video game world of The Legend of Zelda, including Ocarina of Time, Oracle of Seasons, Four Swords and more.

The Legend of Zelda Creators Head to New York Comic Con 2017

VIZ Media and ReedPOP have announced the appearance of the creative team behind The Legend of Zelda manga series, known as Akira Himekawa, at New York Comic Con this October.

Akira Himekawa is the collaboration of two women, A. Honda and S. Nagano. The pair will make their first professional appearance at New York Comic Con for a series of special events and autograph sessions.

The Legend of Zelda (rated ‘A’ for All Ages) manga series, based on the classic Nintendo® role playing, puzzle-solving, action video game, take place in the mystical land of Hyrule, where three spiritual stones hold the key to the TriforceTM. Whoever holds them will control the world. A boy named LinkTM sets out on a quest to deliver the Emerald, the spiritual stone of the forest, to ZeldaTM, Princess of the land of Hyrule. The journey will be long and perilous, and Link will need all his skill and courage to defeat evil. The battle for Hyrule and the Sacred Realm has begun!

Legendary Editions of The Legend of Zelda (rated ‘A’ for All Ages) manga presents the classic 10-volume manga series in a line of five deluxe omnibus 2-in-1 releases featuring new covers and color illustrations.

VIZ Media also publishes the latest ZELDA manga series – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (rated ‘T’ for Teen) – which picks up the adventure with a new story arc. Once upon a time, wizards tried to conquer the Sacred Realm of Hyrule. The Spirits of Light sealed the wizards’ power within the Shadow Crystal and banished them to the Twilight Realm beyond the Mirror of Twilight. Now, an evil menace is trying to find Midna, Princess of the Twilight Realm, and the fragments of the Shadow Crystal to gain the power to rule over both the Twilight Realm and the World of Light.


New York Comic Con will take place October 5-8, 2017.

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and we’re knee deep in planning our San Diego Comic-Con coverage! Should be some exciting stuff! While you count the days until SDCC with us, here’s some comic news from around the web.

Around the Tubes

Kotaku – Manga Pirates Are Having Trouble Going Legit – This has to be an issue for more than just manga pirates.

Scroll.in – What happened to children after the Spanish Civil War? This graphic novel tells their horrific tales – This sounds like a hell of an interesting read.

PBS – Graphic novel shows life in Nevada’s ‘doom towns’ during atomic testing – This also sounds really interesting.

The Beat – Con news: Wizard World cancels Albuquerque and Orlando shows but may put on 40 in 2018 – That’s a hell of a lot of shows.

Director Tomoki Kyoda to Be Guest at Otakon 2017

Director Tomoki Kyoda will be a guest at Otakon 2017!

Kyoda, a director and unit director, made his directorial debut in 2003 with the theatrical film “RahXephon: Pluralitas Concentio.” In 2005 with the series “Eureka Seven,” he began his career as a TV series director. Since then, he has worked on other titles, such as “Expelled from Paradise” and “Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Odyssey of the Celestial Ark,” in addition to other “Eureka Seven” series.

Otakon 2017 will be held from August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Now entering its twenty-fourth year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Historically, Otakon has drawn up to 34,000 people for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 100,000 turnstile attendees). Otakon is a membership based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.

Fairy Tail x Humble Bundle: Get $600+ of digital manga by paying what you want until July 5

Kodansha Comics presents the Humble Manga Bundle: Fairy Tail in partnership with Humble Bundle. The offering amounts to a whopping $630 worth of digital manga, including a massive chunk (45 volumes!) of Hiro Mashima’s epic-fantasy manga Fairy Tail. The actual cost of the bundle is based on Humble Bundle’s unique pay-what-you-want charitable model.

The manga comes in multiple formats including CBZ, PDF, and ePub, so they can be read on computer, e-readers, iPads, cell phones, and a wide array of mobile devices. Bundle buyers choose where their money goes—between Kodansha Comics, two charities (the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union), and, if they like, a third charity of their choice via the PayPal Giving Fund. If they like what Humble Bundle does, they can leave a Humble Tip too.

This special bundle ends WEDNESDAY, July 5, 10:59 A.M. PACIFIC TIME.

Here’s what bundle buyers get with each tier:

Pay $1 or more
Unlock Fairy Tail volumes 1-5 + a discount code for 1-month subscription to FUNimation

Pay $8 or more
Unlock Fairy Tail volumes 6-25 and the spin-off series:
Fairy Tail Ice Trail volume 1
Fairy Tail Zero
Fairy Tail Blue Mistral
volume 1
Fairy Girls volumes 1-2

Pay $15 or more
Unlock Fairy Tail volumes 26-45 and the spin-off series:
Fairy Tail Rhodonite
Fairy Tail Ice Trail volume 2
Fairy Tail Twin Dragons of Sabertooth volume 1
Fairy Tail Blue Mistral volumes 2-3
Fairy Girls volumes 3-4

Pay $17 or more
Unlock all of above + Humble Bundle exclusive never-before-translated works:
Exclusive Artbook: Fairy Tail: Swimsuit Issue
Special one-shot manga: Fairy Tail: The Fairies’ Booby Prizes

Exciting Events Announced At Anime Expo 2017 For Food Wars Manga Creator

VIZ Media has announced Yuto Tsukuda as an official Guest of Honor at Anime Expo 2017 and announces special panel and signing events throughout the convention.

Yuto Tsukuda is the writer and co-creator of the bestselling Weekly Shonen Jump manga series Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma. This saucy, action-packed food comedy is Tsukuda Sensei’s first work to be released in English and is published in digital and print editions by VIZ Media (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens).

The writer will make his first North American professional appearance in a pair of panel discussions taking place during Anime Expo. Tsukuda Sensei will also appear for several autograph sessions both on-site during the convention as well as at the Barnes & Noble located at The Grove in Los Angeles.

Anime Expo is the largest dedicated anime/manga fan convention in North America and takes place July 1st–4th at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets and full details are available at: Anime-Expo.org. VIZ Media will be located on the main convention floor in Booth #2206.

Yuto Tsukuda VIZ Media/Anime Expo Panels & Special Events Include:

Saturday, July 1st

6:30pm – 7:30pm
LACC Room 408AB / Room LP-3

Hang out with the English-language editors of the world’s most popular manga! We’ve got exciting news about the LATEST developments on new series, all-time fan favorites, and what we’re doing to bring you the world’s best manga! We’ll also have amazing prizes up for grabs. Plus special guest, Yuto Tsukuda, co-creator of FOOD WARS! Don’t miss it!


TBD Time
Yuto Tsukuda Autograph Session
Anime Expo Autograph Signing Area

Don’t miss the chance to meet FOOD WARS! co-creator Yuto Tsukuda and receive a personally signed shikishi art board. Attendees must pick up an autograph ticket prior to the session at the Anime Expo Autograph Ticket Booth on the day of the appearance. For more information, please visit: Anime-Expo.org/how-to-get-an-autograph.



Sunday, July 2nd

2:30pm – 4pm
LACC Room 408AB / Room LP-3

Join Warner Bros. Japan and VIZ Media in welcoming the co-creator of the saucy culinary manga FOOD WARS! Tsukuda Sensei, along with his Japanese and English editors, will discuss the creative process behind the hit series. This is a special opportunity to get a taste of what goes into creating the spiciness that is FOOD WARS!


TBD Time                                Yuto Tsukuda Autograph Session

                                                Anime Expo Autograph Signing Area

Fans will have an encore opportunity to meet Yuto Tsukuda and receive a personalized shikishi art board! Attendees must pick up an autograph ticket prior to the session at the Anime Expo Autograph Ticket Booth on the day of the appearance. For more information, please visit: Anime-Expo.org/how-to-get-an-autograph.

Additional Yuto Tsukuda Special Events Include:


Monday, July 3rd

Yuto Tsukuda Autograph Session
Kinokuniya Anime Expo Booth #3700

This signing event will be limited to the first 100 customers that purchase a VIZ Media FOOD WARS! manga at the Kinokuniya booth during Anime Expo. Qualified purchasers will receive a ticket for a guaranteed spot to meet the author at his Kinokuniya autograph session. Signing session attendees may choose either to have their purchased manga signed by Yuto Tsukuda, or have a shikishi art board (provided by VIZ Media) signed.


Yuto Tsukuda Autograph Session
Barnes & Noble at The Grove
189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036

This off-site signing will be limited to the first 100 customers that purchase a FOOD WARS! manga volume at the Grove location on July 3rd. Qualified purchasers will receive a wristband for a guaranteed spot to meet the author at the Barnes & Noble autograph session. Signing session attendees may choose either to have their purchased manga signed by Yuto Tsukuda, or have a shikishi art board (provided by VIZ Media) signed. **Note – this appearance is not affiliated with Anime Expo.

Stop by the VIZ Media booth (#2206), located in the Anime Expo Main Hall, to browse FOOD WARS! manga including:

  • FOOD WARS! Vols. 1-2 Bundle – $15
    • Snap up the first two volumes of the series in a specially priced bundle!
  • FOOD WARS! Vol. 19 – $10
    • Get a taste the series’ latest volume ahead of its street date!

Also stop by the VIZ Media booth for giveaways of special FOOD WARS!-themed chopsticks.

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here and we’ll be at Salt City Comic Con with two panels! Come see some of team GP if you’re in the Syracuse area. For everyeone else, what geeky things will you be doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the work day to end, here’s some fun news and reviews from around the web.

Around the Tubes

Kotaku – Berserk Manga Is Taking A Break. Again. – Didn’t this just come back?

Kotaku – Spider-Man Cosplayers Fill Airplane – A perfect opportunity for Norman Osbron to strike!


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Mighty Thor #20

Comic Attack – Serenity Rose: 10 Awkward Years

CBR – Shirtless Beat Fighter #1

VIZ Media Details New June Digital Manga Titles

Readers will not want to miss June’s selection of new digital manga titles from VIZ Media that includes Manga in Theory and Practice: The Craft of Creating Manga by the famed creator of JoJo’s Bizare Adventure, as well as the first volume of the coming-of-age urban drama, After Hours. The historical action-packed adventure series, Golden Kamuy, and an endearing tale about a high school girl and her pet penguin in The Emperor and I also debut this month.

Readers are also invited to take advantage of special digital pricing on a variety of manga series from celebrated creators. Each week throughout the month, the entire series run of a creator’s works will be available for discounted prices. Starting tomorrow, June 13th, catch the entire VIZ Media catalog for Inio Asano at special pricing.

Creator Spotlight Sale

Celebrate a variety of classic and fan-loved manga titles from your favorite creators all month!

  • Inio Asano Spotlight Sale: All volumes of Ono’s series, Goodnight Punpun, Solanin, and What a Wonderful World are on sale for $2 off per volume. Available June 13th-19th across all digital platforms.

Check each week throughout the rest of June for additional creators’ titles to be featured in this month’s digital sales!


Check out Shonen Jump’s free section for the latest new additions including Death Note, Bakuman and Hikaru No Go.

Free chapters are available now for the following series:

  • Astra Lost in Space
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
  • Dragon Ball Super
  • Hunter X Hunter
  • My Hero Academia
  • RobotxLaserbeam
  • And More!!

Digital manga updates for June also include new volumes for 18 continuing VIZ Media series. Notable new additions include Assassination Classroom (Vol. 16), Black Clover (Vol. 7), Dorohedro (Vol. 21), Food Wars! (Vol. 18), Goodnight Punpun (Vol. 6), Seraph of the End (Vol. 12), and a special digital first release of Platinum End (Vol. 3). New shojo manga updates include Bloody Mary (Vol. 7), Everyone’s Getting Married (Vol. 5), Kamisama Kiss (Vol. 24), So Cute It Hurts!! (Vol. 13) and Yona of the Dawn (Vol. 6).

Most manga volumes are available for purchase and download in the U.S. and Canada within the VIZ Manga application starting from only $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) each. Readers can also explore free Chapter 1 previews of most series.

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