VIZ Media delights fans and accents pop culture gift giving this holiday season with an assortment of notable manga releases, the latest One Piece box set edition and illustrated novels and art books.
Classic manga and sci-fi fans will be thrilled with the opening volumes for the debuts of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 3 – Stardust Crusaders, the story arc that propelled the groundbreaking series to international fame, and Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt, a fresh take on the Gundam universe. One Piece readers can look forward to the release of the third manga box set. For fans of classic space opera, the first three volumes of the galaxy-spanning saga Legend of the Galactic Heroes, by author Yoshiki Tanaka, are also available.
VIZ Media also invites gift givers to consider several original novels that expand the worlds of Tokyo Ghoul and Naruto, with Tokyo Ghoul: Days, the first in a line of novels inspired by the smash hit manga series created by Sui Ishida, and Naruto: Itachi’s Story – Daylight, a novel based on the bestselling action manga series created by Masashi Kishimoto.
Manga Series Debuts:
JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: PART 3 – STARDUST CRUSADERS VOLUME 1
MSRP: $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN
Rated “T+” for Older Teens
The beginning of the acclaimed Stardust Crusaders Arc. A fiendish villain once thought to be dead has resurfaced and become even more powerful. To fight this evil, the aging Joseph Joestar enlists the help of his hot-blooded grandson, Jotaro Kujo. Together they embark on a perilous adventure that will take them around the world.
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THUNDERBOLT VOLUME 1
MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $19.99 CAN
Rated “T+” for Older Teens
In the Universal Century year 0079, the space colony known as Side 3 proclaims independence as the Principality of Zeon and declares war on the Earth Federation. One year later, they are locked in a fierce battle for the Thunderbolt Sector, an area of space scarred by the wreckage of destroyed colonies.
Tie-In And Original Novels:
NARUTO: ITACHI’S STORY – DAYLIGHT
MSRP: $10.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN
Naruto’s allies and enemies take center stage in these fast-paced adventures with each book focusing on a particular clan mate, ally, team… or villain. Uchiha Itachi, four years of age. With the hell of war burned into his eyes, the boy makes a resolution: he will rid this world of all violence. The birth of Sasuke, meeting his friend Shisui, the academy, genin, chunin, and then the Anbu – Itachi races down the path of glory toward his dream of becoming the first Uchiha Hokage, unaware of the darkness that lies ahead. Readers also can check out other currently available Naruto novels including Naruto: Kakashi’s Story, Naruto: Shikamaru’s Story and Naruto: Sakura’s Story.
TOKYO GHOUL: DAYS
MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN
The first in a new line of novels inspired by the smash hit manga series created by Sui Ishida. Many conflicts and incidents arise involving the clientele of the café Anteiku, where Ghouls gather. Yoshimura, the café’s owner, is watching a certain someone. What sort of darkness will that person bring between those who hunt and those who are hunted?
LEGEND OF THE GALACTIC HEROES VOLUME 3: ENDURANCE
MSRP: $15.99 U.S. / $18.99 CAN
A grand scheme for retaking Iserlohn is delivered to Reinhard, who with renewed determination seeks to become ruler of the galaxy and fulfill the oath he made with a dear departed friend. But what are the aims of Phezzan, the third force at work behind the scenes? Meanwhile, no sooner is Yang breathing a sigh of relief at Julian’s safe return from his combat mission than Yang is summoned to an inquest and departs for the capital of the alliance. As if waiting for an opportunity to strike, however, the imperial military sends their secret weapon right to the gates of Iserlohn. The battle begins. Who will endure? Legend of the Galactic Heroes Volume 1: Dawn and Volume 2: Ambition are also currently available.
Manga Box Set:
ONE PIECE MANGA BOX SET 3
MSRP: $185.99 U.S. / $214.99 CAN
Rated “T” for Teens
The third One Piece Box Set contains the arcs Thriller Bark, Sabaody, Impel Down, Paramount War, and New World, which comprise Volumes 47-70 of the manga series. This set offers a significant savings over buying the volumes individually and also includes an exclusive premium 48-page mini-comic and double-sided color poster. An ideal gift for the die-hard One Piece fan.
Additional Gift Titles Available Now:
SUSHI: JIRO GASTRONOMY
MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN
Small, portable, and stylish, Sushi: Jiro Gastronomy is the distillation of a lifetime’s worth of knowledge and a great gift for sushi lovers everywhere. Succinct yet comprehensive, this book takes readers through the seasonal offerings at Tokyo’s famed restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro. Descriptions of each type of sushi, featuring commentary from master Jiro Ono, are accompanied by beautiful full-page photography.
THE ART OF CASTLE IN THE SKY
MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN
Hayao Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky was the first feature film produced by the legendary Studio Ghibli. Sheeta, a girl who has the power to defy gravity, is on the run from pirates when she meets the young inventor Pazu. Together they explore the secrets of Laputa, a flying city constructed by a long-lost race of people. All of Miyazaki’s major themes – the power of flight, the bravery of young women, and a world wrecked by change – are captured with beautiful animation and joyous storytelling.