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NYCC 2019: VIZ Media Announces New Manga, Novels, and More for 2020

VIZ Media expands its publishing catalog as it announced a wide range of new acquisitions set for summer 2020 release during its official panels held this past weekend at New York Comic Con.

New VIZ Signature titles arriving in summer 2020 include Maison Collector’s Edition, the definitive release of the classic Rumiko Takahashi series, Naoki Urasawa’s Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams, and Ping Pong, the tale of two boys’ passion for table tennis from Eisner Award winner Taiyo Matsumoto. The inspiration for the Netflix Original series Kingdom, The Kingdom of the Gods, was also announced.

Shonen Jump titles announced at the Shonen Jump-dedicated panel include Masashi Kishimoto’s latest series Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachumaru; Act-Age, a gripping tale of an actor surviving her inner demons and Spy X Family, an action-packed comedy about a fake family that includes a spy, an assassin and a telepath. The official manga adaptation of the hit Rooster Teeth series RWBY: The Official Manga also receives a release as well as new novels from bestselling series Bleach, Naruto, and One Piece.

On the Shojo Beat side, new titles include Fushigi Yûgi: Byakko Senki, the final installment of the popular fantasy series and Not Your Idol, a thriller about a former idol dealing with a psychotic stalker.

Last but not least, the roster of titles includes How Do We Relationship?, a rom-com about two college women in a “fake” relationship, and the massive, full-color guide Monster Hunter: World – Official Complete Works, a must have for fans of the video game franchise.

Summer 2020 New Acquisitions:

ACT-AGE
Story by Tatsuya Matsuki, Art By Shiro Usazaki

Kei Yonagi must delve deep into her psyche to succeed in the cutthroat world of acting, but can she keep her sanity while doing so? Is there a method to Kei Yonagi’s madness when it comes to acting? The young actor has a family of siblings to feed, but she finds herself struggling with her psychological demons when playing a role. Her desperate acting catches the eye of a famous director, Sumiji Kuroyama, who’s looking for raw talent to mold. Can he help Yonagi navigate the cutthroat world of acting without losing her sanity?

BLEACH: CAN’T FEAR YOUR OWN WORLD
By Ryohgo Narita, Original Concept by Tite Kubo

The bestselling paranormal action adventure manga series BLEACH continues in novel form as an all-new threat arises! The Quincies’ Thousand Year Blood War is over, but the embers of turmoil still smolder in the Soul Society. Tokinada Tsunayashiro, elevated to head of his clan after a slew of assassinations take out every other claimant to the title, has a grand plan to create a new Soul King. His dark ambitions soon sow the seeds of a new total war across the realms, but all is not lost. There is one unlikely Soul Reaper who holds the key to defusing the conflict—Shuhei Hisagi, Assistant Captain of the Ninth Company and reporter for the Seireitei Bulletin

FUSHIGI YÛGI: BYAKKO SENKI
By Yuu Watase

The final FUSHIGI YÛGI story in the Universe of the Four Gods begins! The year is 1923. Suzuno Osugi’s father Takao warns her to stay away from The Universe of the Four Gods, telling her it’s a book that only men can touch. Takao worked with late Einosuke Okuda, who translated its text. He knows that in order to enact its story, the book needs one last heroine: the priestess of Byakko!

HOW DO WE RELATIONSHIP?
By Tamifull

A romance of convenience between two college women soon becomes the real thing. Shy Miwa has always dreamed of finding love, but living in small-town Japan made finding the right match difficult—especially since she likes girls! Even going away to college didn’t seem to increase her romantic odds until one day her outgoing classmate Saeko suggests they might as well start dating each other since it’s not like either of them have other options. At first it seems like things won’t work out as their personalities clash and misunderstandings abound. But when their casual friendship starts to become something more Miwa begins to wonder—can a pragmatic proposal lead to true love?

MAISON IKKOKU COLLECTOR’S EDITION

MAISON IKKOKU COLLECTOR’S EDITION
By Rumiko Takahashi

Acclaimed author Rumiko Takahashi’s classic romantic comedy about finding a path in life. Yusaku Godai didn’t get accepted into college on the first try, so he’s studying to retake the entrance exams. But living in a dilapidated building full of eccentric and noisy tenants is making it hard for him to achieve his goals. Now that a beautiful woman has moved in to become the new resident manager, Godai is driven to distraction!

MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD – OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS

Dive into this monstrously massive guide and explore all of the hunting fields, monsters, weaponry and lore that turned Capcom’s beloved Monster Hunter franchise into a global hit! Monster Hunter: World is one of the biggest games to hit shelves in years, and an epic game deserves an epic book! This 560-page tome features all of the lore, myths and monster designs that made Monster Hunter: World such a hit. Get all of the details on the ecosystems of the hunting grounds, find out just what makes a Rathalos such a ferocious predator and explore the New World!

MUJIRUSHI: THE SIGN OF DREAMS

MUJIRUSHI: THE SIGN OF DREAMS
By Naoki Urasawa

From award-winning author Naoki Urasawa comes a tale of crushing debt, a broken marriage, and the painting that can fix it all—if Kasumi and her dad can manage to steal it. Kamoda will do anything to earn a quick buck, even if it means skipping out on his taxes to take his wife on a luxury cruise. But when a random tax audit bankrupts his family, Kamoda soon discovers his wife has taken that cruise after all—only without Kamoda or their daughter Kasumi. Desperate to provide, Kamoda invests in a scheme to mass-produce masks of controversial American presidential candidate Beverly Duncan. But a lackluster election kills their sales potential, burying Kamoda under a mountain of masks and debt. On the verge of despair, Kamoda discovers a sign that leads him to the Director, an art fanatic who vows he can make all of Kamoda and Kasumi’s dreams come true.

NARUTO: NARUTO’S STORY – FAMILY DAY
By Mirei Miyamoto, Original Concept By Masashi Kishimoto

The ninja adventures continue in these stories featuring the characters of NARUTO and BORUTO! In this first of three new stand-alone tales set in the BORUTO timeline, the village of Konohagakure has established a new holiday, Family Day. In an attempt to celebrate, Naruto and his daughter Himawari race around looking for a must-have item that just keeps eluding them. Hinata wants to make the day memorable for her father Hiashi, her younger sister Hanabi and her son Boruto. Even Sasuke makes time to do something special with his daughter Sarada and his wife Sakura! When all is said and done, will the new holiday be considered a success?

NOT YOUR IDOL
By Aoi Makino

A psychological suspense series about a girl who has given up her life as an idol after being assaulted by a fan. In the wake of an assault, Nina Kamiyama, a former idol in the group Pure Club, shuns her femininity and starts dressing as a boy. At high school she keeps to herself, but fellow student Hikaru Horiuchi realizes who she is. What secrets is she keeping? The shocking drama starts.

ONE PIECE: ACE’S STORY
By Sho Hinata, Original Concept by Eiichiro Oda

Get the backstory on Luffy’s brother Ace in this first of two prose stories that continue the high seas adventure ONE PIECE! This volume contains the origin story of Luffy’s adopted brother Ace, and tells of his thrilling quest for the legendary One Piece treasure.

PING PONG
By Taiyo Matsumoto

Ace high school table tennis players push their passion to the limit in this story of self-discovery, told by Eisner Award winner Taiyo Matsumoto and later adapted to anime by Masaaki Yuasa (Devilman Crybaby). Makoto “Smile” Tsukimoto doesn’t smile even though he’s got a natural talent for playing ping pong. As one of the best players in school, all hopes are on him to win the regional high school tournament, but winning is not what Smile really wants to do. Will the fierce competition to be number one bring out his best or drive him away from the game? PING PONG is Taiyo Matsumoto’s masterwork reflection on friendship and self-discovery, presented here in two volumes, featuring color art, the bonus story Tamura and an afterward by the original Japanese series editor.

RWBY: THE OFFICIAL MANGA
By Bunta Kinami, Based on the Rooster Teeth Series Created By Monty Oum

Experience the Beacon Academy arc of the international smash hit animated series RWBY in a whole new way—manga! In the world of Remnant, monsters known as Grimm wreak havoc. They’re kept in check by Huntsmen and Huntresses, highly-skilled warriors experienced in monster extermination who utilize special abilities in battle. Ruby is a ferociously talented young girl who comes to Beacon Academy to hone her skills and serve as a Huntress herself. Alongside her sister Yang Xiao Long, rival Weiss Schnee and newfound friend Blake Belladonna, Ruby leads Team RWBY, the coolest new group at Beacon!

SAMURAI 8: THE TALE OF HACHIMARU
Story by Masashi Kishimoto, Art by Akira Okubo

A futuristic tale of samurai adventure from the creator of NARUTO! Becoming a samurai seems like an impossible dream for Hachimaru, a boy who can’t even survive without the help of his father. But when a samurai cat appears before him, his whole life changes. A legendary manga creator and a rising star come together to bring you this science fiction samurai epic!

SPY X FAMILY

SPY X FAMILY
By Tatsuya Endo

An action-packed comedy about a fake family that includes a spy, an assassin and a telepath! Master spy Twilight is the best at what he does when it comes to going undercover on dangerous missions in the name of a better world. But when he receives the ultimate impossible assignment—get married and have a kid—he may finally be in over his head!

THE KINGDOM OF THE GODS
Story By In-Wan Youn, Art By Kyung-Il Yang, Original Concept by Eun-hee Kim

Discover the comic that inspired the Netflix Original zombie series Kingdom! Years of war and famine and have plunged Joseon into chaos. Young Prince Yi Moon, after losing all his bodyguards to an assassination attempt, has no choice but to turn to the mountain bandit Jae-ha for help. But as the unlikely pair race to find safety in a world gone mad, it becomes horrifyingly clear that humans aren’t the only thing they must fear! In a bonus story, a secluded island becomes a private battlefield as the notorious Japanese criminal Juu and the infamous Korean felon Han face off against each other. But they aren’t the only ones on the island…

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.

VIZ Media Announces New Manga for the Fall

VIZ Media has announced new manga publishing acquisitions set for release this coming fall.

New fall titles joining the VIZ Signature imprint include Cats of the Louvre, the latest masterpiece from Eisner Award-winning creator Taiyo Matsumoto. Acclaimed author Osamu Dazai’s No Longer Human is adapted into chilling graphic novel form by the famed horror manga creator Junji Ito.

Additional acquisitions include Levius, a hardcover deluxe edition of the science fiction battle manga and its ongoing sequel series, Levius/Est. The Way of the HouseHusband is an action-packed comedy about a former yakuza legend trying to lead a law-abiding, domestic life as a househusband. And in No Guns Life, a gritty new action series, a former soldier with a cyborg body finds the war never ends for people with bodies like his. Finally, the Assassination Classroom Complete Box Set rounds out the new releases, collecting all 21 volumes of the hit high school action-adventure-comedy from Shonen Jump.

CATS OF THE LOUVRE

A surreal tale of the secret world of the cats of the Louvre by Eisner-Award winning creator Taiyo Matsumoto. The world-renowned Louvre museum in Paris contains more than just the most famous works of art in history. At night, within the darkened galleries, an unseen and surreal world comes alive – a world only witnessed by the small family of cats that live in the attic. Until now…

CATS OF THE LOUVRE

NO LONGER HUMAN

Plagued by a maddening anxiety, the terrible disconnect between his own concept of happiness and the joy of the rest of the world, Yozo Oba plays the clown in his dissolute life, holding up a mask for those around him as he spirals ever downward, locked arm-in-arm with death. Osamu Dazai’s immortal—and supposedly autobiographical—work of Japanese literature, is perfectly adapted here into a manga by Junji Ito. The imagery wrenches open the text of the novel one line at a time to sublimate Yozo’s mental landscape into something even more delicate and grotesque. This is the ultimate in art by Ito, proof that nothing can surpass the terror of the human psyche.

LEVIUS

It’s the 19th Century and the world has entered the Era of Rebirth, recovering from the devastating flames of war. The sport of Mechanical Martial Arts has galvanized many nations. Cybernetically augmented fighters turn their blood into steam and their bodies into brutal fighting—and killing—machines. Young Levius is one of those arena battlers, hellbent on winning so he can simply survive.

LEVIUS/EST

In this ongoing series that picks up where LEVIUS ended, things look bleak in the aftermath of the Mechanical Arts arena battle. A new arrival inspires a sense of hope – but she might also signal the end of everything!

THE WAY OF THE HOUSEHUSBAND

It’s a day in the life of your average househusband – if your average househusband is the legendary yakuza the “Immortal Dragon”!Yes, this former yakuza legend has left it all behind to become your everyday househusband. But it’s not easy to walk away from the gangster life, and what should be mundane household tasks are anything but!

THE WAY OF THE HOUSEHUSBAND

NO GUNS LIFE

After the war, cyborg soldiers known as the Extended were discharged. Juzo Inui is one of them, a man whose body was transformed, his head replaced with a giant gun! With no memory of his previous life—or who replaced his head and why—Inui now scratches out a living in the dark streets of the city as a Resolver, taking on cases involving the Extended.

ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM COMPLETE BOX SET

The complete box set collection includes all 21 volumes of Assassination Classroom along with a premium two-sided color poster and a 32-page full-color mini artbook.

Ever caught yourself screaming, “I could just kill that teacher”? What would it take to justify such antisocial behavior and weeks of detention? Especially if he’s the best teacher you’ve ever had? How about blowing up the moon and threatening to do the same to Mother Earth—unless you take him out first?! Plus a reward of a cool 100 million from the Ministry of Defense!

VIZ Media Will Publish Dragon Ball: A Visual History

Dragon Ball: A Visual History

VIZ Media has announced the publishing rights for Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball: A Visual History.

Dragon Ball: A Visual History will be published under VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump imprint and is slated for release in the fall of 2019. The hardcover art book features stunning full-color artwork, rarely seen sketches, and exclusive creator commentary by Akira Toriyama. Dragon Ball: A Visual History  is the definitive journey through the artwork of one of the most influential and popular manga series of all time.

Shonen Jump has Gone Free and Same Day as Japan

It was announced today that Shonen Jump has gone free to read the same day as Japan. Also, for $1.99 a month subscribers will have access to “nearly everything” Shonen Jump has ever released in English.

The decision comes after the service posted free chapters this year resulting in a positive result including more people reading manga.

You can find out more and see for yourself at shonenjump.com.

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.

My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Launches this July from VIZ

VIZ Media has announced a new series set in the world of the bestselling manga series My Hero Academia with the release of My Hero Academia: Vigilantes on July 3rd.

The new comedy-action series My Hero Academia: Vigilantes has been highly anticipated by manga readers. The series is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will be published in print and digital editions under the Shonen Jump imprint. The print MSRP for Volume 1 will be $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Digital editions will be available via viz.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores.

My Hero Academia: Vigilantes features story by Hideyuki Furuhashi and artwork by Betten Court and is based on original concepts by My Hero Academia series creator Kohei Horikoshi. Future volumes of the series will be published every four months.

My Hero Academia: Vigilantes is set in a superpowered society, where there is nothing ordinary about evil anymore. Heroes, trained and licensed to protect and defend the public against supervillains, stand above all the rest. Not everyone can be a hero, however, 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.

VIZ Media Announces One Piece Color Walk Compendium: East Blue to Skypiea

VIZ Media thrills fans as it announces this summer’s release of the One Piece Color Walk Compendium: East Blue to Skypiea.

Set for an exclusive print release on July 3rd, the deluxe hardcover book contains a collection of artwork from the world’s bestselling manga series. The One Piece Color Walk Compendium: East Blue to Skypiea will be published under the Shonen Jump imprint and will carry an MSRP of $39.99 U.S.  / $53.99 CAN.

Enjoy this gorgeous collection of color artwork from Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece! Filled with color images and special illustrations from the world’s most popular manga series, the compendium features over 300 pages of beautiful color art, several large pull-out posters, and interviews between Eiichiro Oda and other famous manga artists, including Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragon Ball. This collection contains both volumes of previously released and now out-of-print Color Walk art books as well as Color Walk 3, which was never released in English, and covers the early parts of One Piece—from the East Blue arc, where the main characters of the Straw Hat pirates first meet, to the Skypiea arc where Luffy and friends face high-flying adventures!

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba Launches in July from VIZ Media

VIZ Media kicks off a new supernatural action-adventure manga series set in early 20th century Japan with the launch of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba on July 3rd.

This manga release features story and artwork by creator Koyoharu Gotouge and will be published under the Shonen Jump imprint with an age rating of ‘T’ for Teens. Print MSRP for Volume 1 will be $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba also launches digitally on July 3rd 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 this ongoing series will be published in English by VIZ Media on a bi-monthly basis.

In Taisho-era Japan, Tanjiro Kamado is a kindhearted boy who makes a living selling charcoal. But his peaceful life is shattered when a demon slaughters his entire family. His little sister Nezuko is the only survivor, but she has been transformed into a demon herself! Tanjiro sets out on a dangerous journey to find a way to return his sister to normal and destroy the demon who ruined his life.

It’s Love is War on March 6th from VIZ Media

VIZ Media has announced the release date of the new romantic comedy Kaguya-Sama: Love is War on March 6th.

The series, by creator Aka Akasaka, is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will be published under the Shonen Jump imprint. Volume 1 carries a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. KKaguya-Sama: Love is War also launches digitallyvia 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 by VIZ Media on a bi-monthly basis.

As leaders of their prestigious academy’s student council, Kaguya and Miyuki are the elite of the elite! But it’s lonely at the top… Luckily for them, they’ve fallen in love! There’s just one problem—they both have too much pride to admit it. And so begins the daily scheming to get the object of their affection to confess their romantic feelings first… Love is a war you win by losing.

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