VIZ Media Announces New Publishing Acquisitions at Anime Boston 2018

VIZ Media announced newly acquired publishing titles during its official panel event held at Anime Boston 2018.

The latest new titles joining VIZ Media’s publishing catalog include Dragon Quest Illustrations: 30th Anniversary Edition, a deluxe hardcover collector’s edition featuring over 500 illustrations for the award-winning video game series from Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragon Ball. The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist, which features all the art from the beloved manga series was also announced. The fun Dragon Ball spin-off, Dragon Ball: That Time I Got Reincarnated as Yamcha!, and the popular romantic comedy from Weekly Shonen Jump, We Never Learn, will make their publication debuts beginning in Fall 2018. Other notable Shonen Jump releases include the Bleach Box Set 3, the final box set for the long-running soul reaper series, and the dystopian adventure series Dr. Stone. The fan-favorite shojo romance, Ao Haru Rride, will debut in Fall 2018.

Exciting announcements from this past weekend also include Abara: Complete Deluxe Edition, a tense sci-fi horror series from Tsutomu Nihei, and Record of Grancrest War, a high-fantasy adventure by the author of Record of Lodoss War. The Tokyo Ghoul Complete Box Set, containing Volumes 1-14 of the series, will also be available to fans in Fall 2018. VIZ Media is also pleased to announce two more upcoming debuts, Radiant, a fantasy adventure series, and Ran and the Gray World, a charming coming-of-age story about a young sorceress who takes a shortcut to growing up.

Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.

New Shonen Jump Releases

DRAGON BALL: THAT TIME I GOT REINCARNATED AS YAMCHA!
DRAGON BALL by Akira Toriyama, Art by dragongarow LEE
Rated “T” for Teens · Debuts Fall 2018
A Dragon Ball fan dies and is reincarnated as Yamcha—Dragon Ball‘s biggest punching bag and total internet meme. Knowing this character’s bleak future, he strives to make Yamcha the strongest Dragon Ball character ever.

DR. STONE
Story by Riichiro Inagaki, Art by Boichi
Rated “T” for Teens · Debuts Fall 2018
When every human on Earth is turned to stone by a mysterious phenomenon, high-schooler Taiju is also petrified the moment he’s about to confess to his high school crush. Flash forward several thousands of years later, Taiju awakens and joins up with his friend Senku, who has ambitious dreams. His plan: to restart civilization from square one with the power of science.

WE NEVER LEARN
Story and Art by Taishi Tsutsui
Rated “T” for Teens · Debuts Winter 2018
Nariyuki Yuiga comes from an impoverished family, so he’s eager to secure a full scholarship to college when he graduates high school. His principal agrees to support him, with one stipulation—he must tutor the two smartest girls at the school and make sure they get into their target colleges. Rizu is a science genius who wants to study liberal arts. Fumino is effortlessly good at literature, but math makes her head spin. Nariyuki is stuck between a rock and a hard place, but who can complain about tutoring a couple of cute girls?

BLEACH BOX SET 3
Story and Art by Tite Kubo
Rated “T” for Teens · Debuts Fall 2018
The third and final Bleach box set. This set features volumes 49-74 at a substantial savings over buying them individually, along with an exclusive mini-comic containing color art of the series plus an author interview and look in the studio from the fanbook Bleach: 13 Blades, and a full-color, double-sided poster.

New VIZ Signature Releases

ABARA: COMPLETE DELUXE EDITION
Story and Art by by Tsutomu Nihei
Rated “T+” for Older Teens · Debuts Winter 2018
Tsutomu Nihei’s dazzling, harrowing dystopian thriller is presented here in a single-volume hardcover edition featuring full-color pages and fold-out illustrations. This volume also includes the early short story “Digimortal.”

RAN AND THE GRAY WORLD
Story and Art by Aki Irie
Rated “T+” for Older Teens · Debuts Fall 2018
Little Ran Uruma can’t wait to grow up and become a sorceress like her mother, so with the help of a magical pair of sneakers, she transforms into an adult and sets off. Her father and older brother Jin try to keep her safe at home, but Ran is determined to advance her powers and have adventures of her own.

TOKYO GHOUL COMPLETE BOX SET
Story and Art by Sui Ishida
Rated “T+” for Older Teens · Debuts Fall 2018
A box set that includes all 14 volumes of the original Tokyo Ghoul series and an exclusive double-sided poster. In Tokyo Ghoul, Ghouls live among us, the same as normal people in every way—except their craving for human flesh. Ken Kaneki is an ordinary college student until a violent encounter turns him into the first half-human half-ghoul hybrid. Trapped between two worlds, he must survive Ghoul turf wars, learn more about Ghoul society and master his new powers.

Additional VIZ Media Releases

DRAGON QUEST ILLUSTRATIONS: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
Art by Akira Toriyama
Debuts Winter 2018

This is an archive of Akira Toriyama’s illustrations and designs for the award-winning Dragon Quest series, spanning 30 years of work stretching from all Dragon Quest titles released from 1986 through 2016.

THE COMPLETE ART OF FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST
Art by Hiromu Arakawa
Debuts Fall 2018

This 288-page deluxe hardcover full color art book is sure to delight Fullmetal Alchemist fans. Contains all the art from the manga series, with additional Fullmetal Alchemist art pieces—some of which have never been shared with North American audiences.

AO HARU RIDE
Story and Art by Io Sakisaka
Rated “T” for Teens · Debuts Fall 2018
Futaba Yoshioka thought all boys were loud and obnoxious until she met Kou Tanaka in junior high. But as soon as she realized she really liked him, he had already moved away because of family issues. Now in high school, Kou has reappeared, but is he still the same boy she fell in love with?

RADIANT
Story and Art by Tony Valente
Rated “T” for Teens · Debuts Fall 2018
Seth is an aspiring wizard living in a pastoral village under the watchful eye of his mentor. Like all wizards, he is an “infected”—one of the few people that has survived contact with a Nemesis, creatures that fall from the sky and contaminate all they touch. His encounter gave him powers and led him to choose a path that seemed to be perfect—to become someone who hunts and fights the Nemesis. But Seth longs for a quest that goes beyond the simple hunt for monsters. He wants to find the place they come from, Radiant, and destroy it. Along with other wizards, he travels the world in search of Radiant, under the sinister eye of the Inquisition.

RECORD OF GRANCREST WAR
Original Story by Ryo Mizuno, Story and Art by Makoto Yotsuba, Character Design by Miyuu
Rated “T+” for Older Teens · Debuts Fall 2018
In a world where the noble elite are supposed to fend off the threat of terrifying Chaos but instead engage in pointless petty squabbles, young mage Siluca Meletes dreams of bringing justice to the land. She finds an ally in Theo, a young knight with a bright future. But as Theo soon finds out, despite her righteous goal of world peace, her methods are more than a little unorthodox.

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