VIZ Media expands its catalog of horror manga (graphic novel) titles with the acquisition of Junji Ito’s Fragments of Horror.
The title marks the creator’s return to the horror following an eight-year break from the genre, and it will receive a deluxe hardcover treatment for the North American release. Fragments of Horror will debut in the Summer of 2015 under the company’s VIZ Signature imprint, and is rated ‘T+’.
Fragments of Horror is the brand-new collection of delightfully macabre tales from the celebrated master of Japanese horror. An old wooden mansion that turns on its inhabitants. A dissection class with a most unusual subject. A funeral where the dead are definitely not laid to rest. Ranging from the terrifying to the comedic, from the erotic to the loathsome, these stories showcase Junji Ito’s long-awaited return to the world of horror.
VIZ Media has announced exciting details for a pair of forthcoming manga (graphic novel) box sets that are sure to capture the attention of die-hard readers and fans of the popular Bleach and Naruto series.
Scheduled for release in the Summer of 2015, the Bleach Manga Box Set 2 and Naruto Manga Box Set 2 each contain 20 or more individual manga volumes, at a substantial savings over buying them individually. Exclusive bonus premiums, such as special mini-comics and full-color posters, are also included in each Box Set.
In addition, due to continuing fan demand, Bleach Manga Box Set 1 and Naruto Manga Box Set 1 will be available again January 2015. The Bleach set contains the beginning 21 volumes of the first story arc, and the Naruto set contains 27 volumes. Both sets are housed in sturdy corrugate display boxes, and also include a full color double-side poster and collectable booklet.
BLEACH MANGA BOX SET 2
Rated “T” for Teens
MSRP: $214.99 U.S. / CAN · Available July 2015!
The second BLEACH Manga Box Set offers fans the chance to own Volumes 22-48 at a substantial savings over buying them individually. Fans purchasing the Box Set will also receive an exclusive mini-comic containing the pilot story of the bestselling series along with a full-color, double-sided poster.
Ichigo Kurosaki never asked for the ability to see ghosts–he was born with the gift. When his family is attacked by a Hollow–a malevolent lost soul–Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper, dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured spirits themselves find peace. In the latest Box Set volumes, after finally rescuing their friend Rukia, Ichigo and friends return to their quiet lives in the world of the living. However, the peace is short-lived as new enemies arrive from the world of the Hollows. Aizen is back, and Ichigo may be the only one who can stop him for good!
NARUTO MANGA BOX SET 2
Rated “T” for Teens
MSRP: $174.99 U.S. / CAN · Available July 2015!
Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He’s got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world’s greatest ninja! In the second NARUTO Manga Box Set, featuring Volumes 28-48, it’s been more than two years since Naruto left to train with Jiraiya. Much has happened while he has been away, and new threats to the ninja world have emerged. Can Naruto prove his worth and rescue his friend Sasuke? The new box set also will feature an exclusive mini-comic containing the NARUTO pilot story and a full-color, double-sided poster.
VIZ Media has detailed a special array of anime, manga and graphic novel products along with several convention exclusives and notable collectables that will stock the VIZ Shop, to be located in VIZ Media booth (#1944) during the 2014 New York Comic Con.
VIZ Media will host an expansive display at the Javits Convention Center between October 9th– 12th for the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture event that features the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television.
Celebrate Takeshi Obata’s New York Comic Con Appearance
ALL YOU NEED IS KILL Manga Pre-Sale – Grab Takeshi Obata’s stunning manga rendition of the popular Japanese sci-fi novel ahead of its public street date. Price: $15.00
BAKUMAN。 Vol. 1 – Do Moritaka and Akito have what it takes to make it in the manga-publishing world? Find out in this dramatic manga comedy! $10.00
DEATH NOTE: BLACK EDITION Vol.1 – A deluxe oversized edition of the bestselling supernatural crime thriller! Price: $15.00
HIKARU NO GO Vol. 1 – Follow Hikaru Shindo as he learns the ancient game of “Go” with the spirit of master player Sai in this classic manga! Price: $10.00
RAL Ω GRAD Vol. 1 – Read to see if Ral and Grad win the fight against the Shadows in this award winning manga! Price: $8.00
DEATH NOTE T-Shirt – Get this exclusive DEATH NOTE shirt based on the anime before it’s available anywhere else! Price: $20.00
Special VIZ Media Manga & Publishing Items
PRINCESS MONONOKE: THE FIRST STORY (Pre-Street) – Get the inspiration for the award-winning animated film in this oversized, lavishly illustrated storybook featuring original watercolor art by legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki! Price: $35.00
KISS OF THE ROSE PRINCESS Vol. 1 (Pre-Street) – Check out this supernatural romance from the Shojo Beat imprint before its available anywhere else! Price: $10.00
RESIDENT EVIL Vol.1 (Pre-Street) – Join the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance in this action-packed manga prequel to the hit Resident Evil 6 game! Price: $13.00
Perfect Square Books & Manga
VOLTRON DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE: FROM DAYS OF LONG AGO – Celebrate 30 years of awesome giant robots with this special edition collectable book! Price: $50.00
HELLO KITTY, HELLO 40 – Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary with this hand-numbered, limited special edition collectable story and art book! Price: $50.00
BRAVEST WARRIORS: THE SEARCH FOR CATBUG – A one-of-a-kind art book presented in the style of a classic seek & find. Get the exclusive hand-numbered, limited special edition! Price: $30.00
BRAVEST WARRIORS: THIS WAY OR THAT – THE GREAT CORE CAPER – Be a part of the action and help decide just how the galaxy-traveling heroes and Catbug will save a planet in peril with this new release! Price: $8.00
Special Gift with Purchase!BRAVEST WARRIORS PRESENTS: CATBUG’S TREASURE BOOK – This look into Catbug’s musings comes with a poster featuring Catbug and the teen heroes! Price: $13.00
POKEMON ADVENTURES RED AND BLUE MANGA BOX SET – Capture the excitement of the POKEMON ADVENTURES manga series with volumes 1-7 along with a collectible poster. Price: $50.00
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA MANGA BOX SET – Action and adventure based on the bestselling Nintendo video game franchise. Set contains all 10 volumes of the manga series and a collectible poster! Price: $80.00
WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Exclusives & Specials
Masashi Kishimoto Reproduction NARUTO Artwork from Japan (Exclusive!) – hand numbered, full-color and limited quantity. Price: $15.00
Eiichiro Oda Reproduction ONE PIECE Artwork From Japan (Limited Edition!) – hand numbered, full-color and limited quantity. Price: $15.00
WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP’S JUMP PACK 3 – Newest Jump Pack Edition comes with a limited edition “Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Evening Twilight” Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Card and 3 months free to the world’s bestselling weekly digital manga anthology. Special Convention Discounted Price: $8.00
WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Annual Subscription – Purchase an annual subscription and receive the limited edition Yu-Gi-Oh! Card “Ebon Illusion Magician” Collectable Trading Card and a special gift with purchase Game Mat featuring your favorite WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP characters (While supplies last!) along with 52 weekly issues of the online anthology! Special Convention Discounted Price: $20.00
VIZ Media Anime
GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET Complete Series DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack (Limited Edition!) – A must-watch sci-fi anime series. Find out if Ledo can survive his surprise landing on a seemingly foreign planet! Special Convention Price: $50.00
RANMA ½ Limited Edition Blu-ray Sets 1, 2, & 3 – Rumiko Takahashi’s RANMA ½ anime series is re-mastered and presented on Blu-ray for the first time! Special convention-only price: Special Convention Price: $44.00 each
BLOOD LAD Complete Series DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack(Limited Edition!)– Score the complete series in this Blu-ray and DVD combo pack release. Follow the journey of Staz, an otaku vampire who will resurrect the girl of his dreams by any bloody means necessary. Special Convention Price: $50.00
Additional VIZ Media Exclusive Products & Collectables
SAILOR MOON T-Shirt (Exclusive!) – This New York Comic Con exclusive is sure to go fast. Don’t miss out on fighting for Love & Justice, just like Usagi and her fellow Sailor Guardians! Price: $15.00
BLEACH Sword Umbrellas (Pre-Street) Stay dry with two designs to choose from, the sword hilt of Ichigo or Soul Reaper Rukia! Price: $30.00 each
DORAEMON T-Shirts (Exclusive!) – Available for the first time, choose between two exclusive designs! Price: $20.00 each
DORAEMON Limited Edition Coin Purse– Keep your money safe with this adorable coin purse! Price: $12.00
DORAEMON Limited Edition Figure – Get this figure of everyone’s favorite cat-type robot from the future that comes with plenty of fun gadgets! Price: $35.00
DORAEMON Belt – Need a handy accessory to keep your pants up? Doraemon has just the gadget for that! Get this belt buckle style belt in its debut. Price: $20.00
TIGER & BUNNY Cosplay Alpaca Plush – Choose between five different alpaca plush in TIGER & BUNNY cosplay or collect them all! Price: $25.00 each
TIGER & BUNNY Keychain and Cell Strap Set – Four different character options available! Special Convention-Only Price: $15.00
K Blind Box Mini Figures – Get a random mini-figure featuring the characters from the captivating anime series, K. Special Convention-Only Price: $8.00
K Clear File Set – Use these handy files at school, at work, or as posters! Set features 5 different clear file designs. Special Convention-Only Price: $20.00
K Poster Set – Set of 2 K posters featuring Fushimi and Yata. Special Convention-Only Price: $10.00
VIZ Media opens Fall with a fiery mixture of bloodthirsty romance and supernatural intrigue in Miko Mitsuki’s shojo manga series – Honey Blood. Set for release under the Shojo Beat imprint, Volume 1 of the 3-part series launches on October 7th and is rated ‘T’ for Teens. Print volumes each carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN.
In the opening volume, everyone is on edge when a girl at Hinata Sorazono’s school is attacked by what seems to be a bloodsucking vampire. Hinata refuses to believe that vampires even exist, but then she meets her new neighbor, Junya Tokinaga, the author of an incredibly popular vampire romance novel. Dressed in a kimono with an old-world air about him, Junya has a taste of Hinata’s blood and tells her it’s sweet… Hinata can’t help but be drawn to Junya, but could it be that he’s actually a vampire—and worse yet, the culprit behind the attacks?
On October 21st Viz releases the manga (graphic novel) box set for creator Kanoko Sakurakoji’s hit supernatural fantasy series, Black Bird.
The Black Bird Complete Box Set features the entire series run of 18 volumes and will be released under the Shojo Beat imprint. The set is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and will carry an MSRP of $149.99 U.S. / CAN. With an exclusive bonus premium art book and substantial savings over buying the individual volumes, the Black Bird box set will make a notable addition to any fan’s manga collection.
In Black Bird, there is a world of myth and magic that intersects ours, and only a special few can see it. Misao Harada is one such person, and she wants nothing to do with magical realms. She just wants to have a normal high school life and maybe get a boyfriend. But she is the bride of demon prophecy, and her blood grants incredible powers, her flesh immortality. Now the demon realm is fighting over the right to her hand…or her life!
VIZ Media delivers the stunning climax to Matsuri Hino’s epic Vampire Knight series with the release of the finale, Volume 19, on October 14th.
The final volume will be available in a special Limited Edition featuring an alternate cover and a hardcover mini art book. The standard edition volume will be available in print and digitally.
VIZ Media will further thrill readers with the release of the Vampire Knight “Night Class” Manga Box Set 2 on November 4th, the second Vampire Knight Box Set with volumes 11-19 to complete the series.
On December 2nd, the Vampire Knight: Fleeting Dreams novel will be released in print and digitally, housing a collection of prose short stories never before released in English. Also being released on that date will be the digital exclusive, Vampire Knight: Life, a special new manga chapter by Matsuri Hino!
Digital versions of Vampire Knight Vol. 19 will be available for $6.99 (USD/CAN) and VAMPIRE KNIGHT: FLEETING DREAMS for $10.99 (USD/CAN) on the same day of their respective print releases from VIZManga.com and through the VIZ MANGA App.
In Matsuri Hino’s acclaimed series, the foreboding Cross Academy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy’s dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!
VAMPIRE KNIGHT Vol. 19 Limited Edition
Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $15.99 U.S. / $18.99 CAN · Available October 14th!
Savor the tense finale to Matsuri Hino’s acclaimed paranormal series in a limited edition featuring an exclusive alternate cover and a mini hardcover 42-page art book.
VAMPIRE KNIGHT Vol. 19 Standard Edition
Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN / $6.99 Digital · Available October 14th!
In the concluding volume to the series, Kaname vows to sacrifice himself. But Yuki vows to sacrifice herself to stop him. Zero takes a weapon in hand to protect what is dear to him. Whether parted for eternity or close enough to touch, they each will always desire their beloved…
VAMPIRE KNIGHT Manga Box Set 2
Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $89.99 U.S. / $99.99 CAN · Available November 4th!
Comprehensive manga box set features the second-half of the VAMPIRE KNIGHT manga series, Volumes 11-19, along with the hardcover 42-page art book. Set is contained in a gorgeously illustrated slipcase.
VAMPIRE KNIGHT: FLEETING DREAMS
Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN / $10.99 Digital · Available December 2nd!
Fans will not want to miss this special collection of manga short created stories by Matsuri Hino and Ayuno Fujisaki based on VAMPIRE KNIGHT! Stories include “Deranged Love,” in which a dying Rido reflects on his obsessive love for Juri. Kaname seeks to reward Yuki for doing well on her studies with tutor Aido in “Gifts for Yuki.” The story of Sara’s first love is revealed in “Hidden Love.” In “Queen of the Abyss,” after Zero parts ways with Yuki and returns to being a vampire hunter, he encounters a vampire named Shien.
VAMPIRE KNIGHT: LIFE (Digital Release Only)
Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $2.99 U.S. / CAN · Available December 2nd!
In this exclusive digital manga chapter, Matsuri Hino returns to the events at the end of volume 19.
Manga creator Matsuri Hino burst onto the manga scene with her title Kono Yume ga Sametara (When This Dream Is Over), which was published in LaLa DX magazine. Hino is renowned as a highly talented artist with a distinctive style and became a published manga artist a mere nine months after she decided to pursue it as a full-time career. With the success of her other popular series, CAPTIVE HEARTS and MERU PURI (both also published by VIZ Media), Hino has firmly established herself as a major force in the world of shojo manga.
VIZ Media has announced the print and digital launch of creator Daisuke Ashihara’s thrilling sci-fi action manga series – World Trigger – in a dedicated graphic novel format on October 7th. The series is currently being serialized chapter-by-chapterSIMULTANEOUS to Japan in the pages of the digital anthology Weekly Shonen Jump. World Trigger will be published under the Shonen Jump imprint with the first two volumes releasing simultaneously on October 7th. New volumes are scheduled to be released bi-monthly.
Digital versions of World Trigger also will launch on the same day on VIZManga.com and through the VIZ Manga App.
Destroy thy Neighbor! Earth is under constant threat from Neighbors, invincible monsters from another dimension that destroy humanity’s way of life. At least there are the elite agents of Border, warriors who co-opt alien technology to fight back. Our hero Osamu Mikumo may not be the best agent, but along with his Neighbor friend Yuma, he’ll do whatever it takes to defend life on Earth as we know it.
In the series’ opening volume, when straight-laced Osamu meets a feisty humanoid Neighbor named Yuma, everything that he thinks is right is turned on its head. Can the two natural enemies ever become friends?
Things become tense and the action heats up in Volume 2. Osamu has protected the feisty Neighbor’s identity ever since they met, but he’s about to get a rude awakening when he discovers that Border has ways of sniffing out traitors in their midst.
VIZ Media, has delivered a noteworthy new manga title to fans with the release of Kazue Kato’s Time Killers. The manga was released on September 2nd.
The single-volume standalone collection of manga shorts from the creator of the bestselling Blue Exorcist manga series is published under the Shonen Jump imprint, is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens, and carries an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN. Time Killers also features 13 pages of full-color artwork as well as a fold-out, full-color gatefold poster.
A digital version of Time Killers was launched digitally on September 2nd for $10.99 (USD/CAN) from VIZManga.com and through the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, Android-powered smart phones, as well as through the store fronts for comiXology, Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay.
Explore fantastic realms of imagination in this stunning collection of short stories by Kazue Kato. With her amazing and distinctive art leaping from the page, Time Killers includes Kato’s first work, Boku to Usagi (Me and the Rabbit), and also features the stories and character designs that would become her breakthrough series, Blue Exorcist. Take off on a flight of fantasy with Time Killers!
Manga creator, writer and illustrator Kazue Kato was born in Tokyo in 1980. In 2000, at the age of 19, she won the prestigious Tezuka Award for her work Boku to Usagi (Me and the Rabbit), which was published in Akamaru Jump. From 2005 to 2006 her series Robo to Usakichi, a sci-fi adventure featuring a rabbit (again!), was published in the monthly magazine Shonen Sirius (Kodansha). Her latest series, BLUE EXORCIST, began serialization in Japan Jump Square magazine in April of 2009 and is also published in North America by VIZ Media.
VIZ Media delivers Pokemon fun and adventure to fans and readers of all ages as it prepares to release a pair of new manga box sets early next month along with a third box set scheduled to debut in early October.
The Pokemon Adventures Ruby & Sapphire Box Set and the Pokemon Black and White Box Set 2 are scheduled for release on September 2nd under the company’s Perfect Square imprint. A new Pokemon Adventures Diamond & Pearl/Platinum Box Set will be available on October 7th. Pokemon manga are rated ‘A’ for All Ages and each of the forthcoming sets also features a collectible full-color poster.
POKÉMON ADVENTURES RUBY & SAPPHIRE BOX SET
MSRP: $59.99 U.S. / $79.99 CAN · Rated ‘A’ For All Ages · Available Sept. 2nd
Ruby’s father Norman is the new Gym Leader of Petalburg City. But Ruby doesn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps – he wants to win Pokémon Contests! Sapphire’s father Professor Birch is the local Pokémon researcher. But Sapphire is tired of gathering scientific data – she wants to win Pokémon Battles! When Ruby and Sapphire meet, they’re more likely to hit each other than hit it off. But then Sapphire challenges Ruby to a competition! Which of them will achieve their dreams in just eighty days?! The box set contains the complete Ruby & Sapphire arc (Vols. 15-22) of the bestselling POKÉMON ADVENTURES series and a collectible color poster!
POKÉMON BLACK AND WHITE BOX SET 2
MSRP: $25.99 U.S. / $29.99 CAN · Rated ‘A’ For All Ages Available Sept. 2nd
His entire life, Black has dreamed of winning the Pokémon League! Now he embarks on a journey to explore the Unova region and fill a Pokédex for Professor Juniper. White has an exciting career as the Trainer of a talented troupe of performing Pokémon. She dreams of making her Tepig Gigi a star! Together, Black and White continue on their journey… What surprising new Pokémon – and people – will they meet along the way?! The manga set includes POKÉMON BLACK AND WHITE Volumes 9–14 and a collectible color poster!
POKÉMON ADVENTURES DIAMOND & PEARL/PLATINUM
MSRP: $89.99 U.S. / $115.99 CAN · Rated ‘A’ For All Ages · Available Oct. 7th
The box set contains the complete Diamond & Pearl/Platinum story arc (Vols. 1-11) of the bestselling POKÉMON ADVENTURES series and a collectible color poster! Pokémon Trainers Pearl and Diamond are starstruck! Their goal? To perfect their Pokémon comedy act. So how do they wind up as bodyguards to a pampered little rich girl on a quest to reach the peak of Mt. Coronet? Thrills and laughs are guaranteed as the POKÉMON ADVENTURES series continues with POKÉMON DIAMOND & PEARL/PLATINUM.
On June 3rd, VIZ Media will release a new volume from Bisco Hatori’s hit manga series – Millennium Snow – as well as the release on the same day of a new 2-in-1 omnibus print edition.
Volume 3 of the romance about a handsome young vampire and an ailing teenage girl will be published under the Shojo Beat imprint, is rated ‘T’ for Teens, and will carry a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The new release marks the return of the critically acclaimed series after it had been put on hiatus by the creator and has never before been released in English.
A digital version of Millennium Snow, Vol. 3 also will debut on June 3rd for $6.99 (USD/CAN) on VIZManga.com and through the VIZ MANGA App. Volumes 1-2 are available now.
Fans also can catch the two earlier volumes of Millennium Snow with a new 2-in-1 omnibus print version that also releases on June 3rd and bundles Vols. 1-2 into a handy single edition. The 2-in-1 omnibus edition is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN.
In Bisco Hatori’s acclaimed series, seventeen-year-old Chiyuki Matsuoka was born with heart problems, and her doctors say she won’t live to see the next snow. Toya is an 18-year-old vampire who hates blood and refuses to make the traditional partnership with a human, whose life-giving blood would keep them both alive for a thousand years.
This week sees the release of All You Need is Kill, the official graphic novel adaptation of the book turned movie, tough the movie is titled Edge of Tomorrow. The graphic novel is written by Viz Media‘s editor of their Haikasoru imprint, and sci-fi author Nick Mamatas and features artwork by Lee Ferguson.
The original novel, written by Japanese author Hiroshi Sakurazaka is set in the future when aliens called Mimics invade. Keiji Kiriya is just one of the many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent to kill. But he dies on the battlefield after only a few minutes, only to reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration he gets a message from a mysterious ally – the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?
While I haven’t read the book (someone else on our site is doing that), I’ve known a little about this story through the various trailers for the upcoming film based on the story starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, and Bill Paxton.
The graphic novel is interesting, in at times it reads more like a poem with pictures, as it flashes through Keiji’s experiences. Since the character is Japanese, his dialog reflects that, and can come of stilted, creating an interesting flow to the narrative.
What to me was very interesting was the narrative as a whole, and the various themes of the story. There are parts that come off as a video game in story form, and below that layer there’s the story of discipline and the focus of a warrior. Overall, it’s a fascinating story, through all of the action, gets you think. It’s the type of story that’ll get you talking for hours with friends, and then seeking out others to do so (I’ve already been on the track).
How well this graphic novel adapts the book it’s based on, I personally can’t say. It’s been said in the press information I’ve gotten that it “stays true to the original source novel.” I’ve discussed my reading experience of the story with our contributor who read the novel, and what we took away varies greatly. The video game aspect to me came across stronger, something not taken away from the novel. Is that the story telling, or our experiences?
It’s fun to be able to experience a “the same” story in three different ways, graphic novel, book, and an upcoming movie, and each varying slightly. It’s especially cool, when the story is this entertaining.
Original Story: Hiroshi Sakurazaka Story: Nick Mamatas Art: Lee Ferguson Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
Viz Media provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review