VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump to Add Haikyu!!, Demon Slayer, and More to Its Simulpublishing Lineup

Andy Nakani, Editor in Chief of VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump, has announced that the new English Shonen Jump service is adding the following Weekly Shonen Jump titles for simultaneous publication with Japan:

  • Haikyu!!
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  • Chainsaw Man
  • ne0;lation
  • Gokutei Higuma (tentative title)
  • act-age
  • Jujutsu Kaisen!!

In addition, Nakani confirmed that the company will continue to simultaneously publish all of the series that it is currently serializing from Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump, Jump SQ., and V Jump, bringing its total number of simultaneously published series to 25.

Nakani also announced that new chapters of Weekly Shonen Jump manga will debut at 3:00 p.m. EST on Sundays, 22 hours earlier than the digital English edition of the magazine’s current release time on Mondays. Issues normally debut on Mondays Japan time, which is still Sunday on North American time. (The combined fourth and fifth issue will debut on a Saturday in Japan, so VIZ Media will release the chapters on Friday, December 21, 2018.)

The final issue of the digital magazine debuted on December 10, 2018.

Source: ANN

GKIDS and Shout! Factory Schedule a Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack Release for the Perfect Blue Anime Film

GKIDS and Shout! Factory have announced that they will release Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue anime film as a Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack on March 26, 2019. The release will include a new digital remastered version of the film along with the original SD version. It will be the first North American Blu-ray release for the film.

Other special features include a “Lectures by Satoshi Kon” featurette, an “Into the Blue” interviews featurette, an “Angel of Your Heart” recording session, and an English version of “Angel of Your Heart.”

GKIDS and Fathom Events screened Perfect Blue in 500 U.S. theaters for two days in September 2018. The screenings earned US$420,881 at the box office.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Releases the Shojo Manga Series Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits

VIZ Media announces the release of Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits on January 1, 2019.

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits was illustrated by Waco Ioka and features character designs by Laruha. The series, which is based on a collection of popular Japanese light novels by Midori Yuma, is rated “T” for Teens and will be published in print under VIZ Media’s Shojo Beat imprint with an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The series is also available digitally for $6.99 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 Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits will be published on a quarterly basis.

In the series, Aoi Tsubaki inherited her grandfather’s ability to see spirits – and his massive debt to them. Now she’s been kidnapped and taken to Kakuriyo, the spirit world, to make good on his bill. Her options: marry the head of the inn her grandfather trashed or get eaten by demons. But Aoi isn’t the type to let spirits push her around, and she’s determined to redeem her grandfather’s IOU on her own terms.

“The stakes are high for Aoi Tsubaki in Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits as she attempts to pay off her grandfather’s massive debt while avoiding being consumed by demons or giving into the pressure of marrying one of them,” says Pancha Diaz, Editor. “We look forward readers discovering how this determined and resourceful young woman rolls up her sleeves and saves herself with plenty of surprises for her captors at every turn.”

GKIDS Licenses the Okko’s Inn Anime Film

GKIDS has announced that it has acquired the North American distribution rights for the Okko’s Inn (Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei!) anime film. GKIDS plans to release the film theatrically in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub.

The film opened in Japan on September 21, 2018. The film had previously screened in competition at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June 2018 under the title Okko’s Inn, and it was also screened at Los Angeles’ Animation is Film Festival in October 2018.

Source: ANN

Towa Oshima to Draw a One-Shot Manga in January 2019

The January 2019 issue of Shonengahosha’s Young King BULL magazine has announced that manga creator Towa Oshima will publish a one-shot in the magazine’s next issue on January 4, 2019. The one-shot manga will have 32 pages, and is titled “Neru Jō wa Sodatsu” (The Sleeping Girl is Grown Up). The manga centers on the “Sleeping Beauty” of a class, who is also the daughter and successor of a family that runs a futon shop.

Oshima is also known for the Shitamachi Sentō Kazoku manga.

Source: ANN

The Fifth Season of the Symphogear Anime Is Delayed to July 2019

The official website for Senki Zesshō Symphogear AXZ, the fourth Symphogear television anime season, has announced that the forthcoming fifth season has been delayed from April 2019 to July 2019. The staff apologized to the fans who have been anticipating the new Senki Zesshō Symphogear XV season’s broadcast, and vowed to deliver a better work with the steady support of the fans.

The Senki Zesshō Symphogear franchise premiered with a 13-episode television series in January 2012. The second television anime, Senki Zesshō Symphogear G, followed from July to September 2013, and the third television anime, Senki Zesshō Symphogear GX, aired from July to September of 2015. The fourth season ran from July to September 2017.

Source: ANN