VIZ Media has been named the North American master merchandise licensee for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. VIZ will oversee the licensing and development of a comprehensive range of products based on the property across several key consumer categories. The first of these products is scheduled to be released later in 2015.
The JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga series was created by Hirohiko Araki. In his long-running multi-generational adventure, there was once a mighty bloodline of heroes: the Joestars. In the 1880’s, Englishman Jonathan Joestar gave his life to defeat Dio, a megalomaniacal vampire. Now, 100 years later, Dio is back, and Jonathan’s descendants seek to finally destroy their ancestral enemy once and for all.
In the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series, the Aztecs – the people of the sun – once prospered in ancient Mexico. They had a bizarre stone mask that brought eternal life and the power of a domineering ruler to he who wore it, but at some point, the mask disappeared without a trace. Years later, in the late 19th Century, when men’s lifestyles and outlooks on life were quickly changing, Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando meet, and the stone mask binds them to a rather curious fate…
Daisuke Aoki, VIZ Media’s Vice President of Licensing, says, “We are extremely pleased to enhance the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure legacy with the licensing and development of a range of new products that will be a highlight of fans’ collections. In Japan, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is one of the country’s longest running and popular properties. The dynamic adventure also enjoys substantial popularity in North America and similarly spans multiple generations of fans. We look forward to supporting the brand with a notable array of officially licensed products from a variety of manufacturing partners beginning this summer.”
VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump imprint recently announced the print and digital launch of the property’s original first manga story arc, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 – Phantom Blood, and plans to release JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2 – Battle Tendency in March 2015. VIZ Media originally published the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Stardust Crusaders manga story arc, the third in the overall manga series, in print in 2005.