VIZ Media announced a variety of notable new publishing acquisitions during its official panel event held this past weekend at New York Comic Con 2017.
The new acquisitions set for release in 2018 include the fairy tale-inspired fantasy adventure, Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle, as well as impressive Perfect Edition releases for Naoki Urasawa’s two-time Eisner award winning manga series, 20TH Century Boys, and its sequel, 21ST Century Boys. The Perfect Editions offer 2-in-1 omnibus releases of both series and will feature new cover art by Naoki Urasawa.
Also scheduled for release in 2018 will be a pair of One Piece Color Walk art books that each feature bold color images and character illustrations from the world’s most popular manga series presented in hardcover box set editions. Finally, VIZ Media also announced Amigurumi: San-X Crochet Patterns, a craft book featuring designs for a host of popular San-X characters like Rilakkuma, Sentimental Circus, and more!
Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.
SLEEPY PRINCESS IN THE DEMON CASTLE, Vol. 1
Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts Summer 2018
Sshhh! Princess Syalis is trying to get a good night’s sleep. Some shut-eye. Forty winks. Catch some Z’s. Long ago in olden times when people and demons lived together in—well, disharmony, really – a demon king kidnaps a human princess and imprisons her in his castle. Bereft, the princess’s subjects beat their chests in anguish…until a hero arises to spearhead Project Rescue Our Princess! While waiting for her knight in shining armor, what’s an imprisoned princess to do …? Teddy-bear guards with bat wings are all very well, but her dungeon cell is bo-o-o-ring! So, she decides to wile away the long hours by sleeping. Now if only she could get comfortable…and didn’t suffer from insomnia…
20TH CENTURY BOYS: THE PERFECT EDITION
Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Debuts Fall 2018
The PERFECT EDITION presents a 2-in-1 bind-up of Naoki Urasawa’s two-time Eisner award winning manga series.
Humanity, having faced extinction at the end of the 20th century, would not have entered the new millennium if it weren’t for them. In 1969, during their youth, they created a symbol. In 1997, as the coming disaster slowly starts to unfold, that symbol returns. This is the story of a group of boys who try to save the world.
21ST CENTURY BOYS: THE PERFECT EDITION
Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
War is over. The Friend is dead. Mankind no longer faces the threat of extinction. Peace has finally come to Tokyo… Or has it? The mystery still remains. Nobody knows who the Friend was and where he came from. The only clue is hidden deep within the memories – the memories of the hero Kenji. It is time to open Pandora’s Box to discover what is left at the bottom.
ONE PIECE COLOR WALK: EAST BLUE TO SKYPIEA
Debuts Summer 2018
Color images and special illustrations from the world’s most popular manga, ONE PIECE! This compendium of the first three Color Walk art books features 300+ pages of beautiful color art and conversations between creator Eiichiro Oda and other famous manga artists.
ONE PIECE COLOR WALK: WATER SEVEN TO PARAMOUNT WAR
Debuts Summer 2018
Color images and special illustrations from the world’s most popular manga, ONE PIECE! This compendium of three Color Walk art books features 300+ pages of beautiful color art and conversations between creator Eiichiro Oda and other famous manga artists.
AMIGURUMI: SAN-X CROCHET PATTERNS
Debuts Summer 2018
Featuring Rilakkuma, Sentimental Circus and more!
Amigurumi are cute crocheted stuffed animals from Japan. Combine amigurumi with San-X and you get the most adorable crocheted characters! This book of patterns with full-color photographs will show you how to make characters like Rilakkuma and friends, Tarepanda, Sumikko Gurashi and more, plus their accessories.