VIZ Media Presents an Exciting Selection of Anime and Publishing Titles for the Holidays

VIZ Media offers fans a diverse collection of titles to add to their wish lists this holiday season. Featured anime titles include Season 2 of the acclaimed Netflix Original Anime Series Castlevania as well as the series finale of Sailor Moon, available for the first time ever on home video in the U.S. Fans can also enjoy a limited edition of Transformers: A Visual HistoryY celebrating the franchise’s 35th anniversary, and a deluxe Dragon Ball art book. Additional offerings come from fan-favorite series including Bleach, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, One Piece, RWBY and much more.

Anime Gift Selections:

CASTLEVANIA SEASON 2
Blu-ray MSRP: $29.98 U.S. / $34.99 CAN
DVD MSRP: $24.98 U.S. / $29.99 CAN

Trevor Belmont, last survivor of his house, is no longer alone, and he and his misfit comrades, Sypha Belnades and Alucard race to find a way to save humanity from extinction at the hands of the grief-maddened Dracula and his sinister vampire war council.

Season 2’s special features include production animatics, storyboards, art gallery and more.

SAILOR MOON SAILOR STARS PART 2
Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack MSRP: $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN
DVD MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN
Available November 12, 2019 (Part 1 Available Now)

Although the popularity of the Idol group Three Lights is off the charts, Usagi hasn’t realized that Seiya, Yaten and Taiki are the Sailor Star Lights. But with the number of Phage growing in the city, the purpose of star seeds is the biggest mystery that needs to be solved. Could the mysterious Chibi-Chibi hold the answer? The tide is turning, but not in Usagi’s favor. Her allies are being overpowered, and altered timelines are confusing the fate she knows to be true: Mamoru is her true love, Neo Crystal Tokyo is her future kingdom and her fellow Guardians will be her eternal protectors…right? The ultimate battle with the chaotic Sailor Galaxia lies ahead, and the fate of all existence lies in the balance.

Special features include cast interviews, trailers, opening & ending songs, and art gallery.

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE Part 1
Blu-ray MSRP: $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN
DVD MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN

It’s 1999, and Jotaro Kujo has just arrived in the idyllic Japanese town of Morioh—only this time, he’s not hunting DIO and his henchmen. His search for the illegitimate child of Joseph Joestar has brought him face-to-face with Josuke Higashikata, a Stand-wielding, butt-kicking high schooler who happens to be afraid of turtles. But behind Morioh’s tranquil facade is an invisible evil slowly eating away at the peace and well-being of its residents. Bizarre happenings are becoming commonplace, and the Joestar clan must rise to the occasion if they and the town of Morioh are to survive.

MEGALOBOX Limited Edition Blu-ray
MSRP: $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN

Bored, resigned, and unfulfilled, a young man with neither name nor past survives by fighting in underground matches of a sport called “Megalobox,” a form of boxing that utilizes powered exoskeletons. Calling himself JNK.DOG, he feels trapped in a world of crime, poverty, and ecological collapse. All that changes when he has a chance encounter with Yuri, the reigning king of Megalobox. Now, obsessed with proving himself, JNK.DOG becomes a man driven to do whatever it takes to fight his way to the top of the rankings and take on the champion.

Also available:

BLEACH 1-4 Blu-ray Sets; Set 5 available December 3rd, 2019
MSRP: $54.97 U.S. / $63.99 CAN

BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS 1-3 Blu-ray & DVD Sets
Blu-ray MSRP: $44.98 U.S. / $52.99 CAN · DVD MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN

Deluxe Book Gift Selections:

DRAGON BALL: A VISUAL HISTORY by Akira Toriyama
MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN
Available November 12, 2019

A comprehensive art book showcasing manga art, additional promotional material, creator commentary and notes/sketches/posters, from throughout the history of the original Dragon Ball series. This hardcover book with dust jacket comes protected in an upscale slipcase.

TRANSFORMERS: A VISUAL HISTORY by Jim Sorenson
Limited Edition MSRP: $99.99 U.S. / $125.00 CAN
Available November 12, 2019

The deluxe limited edition comes packaged in a beautiful collector’s box with an exclusive variant cover design and five gorgeous and frame-ready prints.

One of the world’s most popular franchises, Transformers has been delighting fans since 1984. Now, in this deluxe hardcover celebration, Hasbro reveals behind-the-scenes production sketches, beautifully polished final art, and everything in-between. From the obscure to the iconic, this book features packaging artwork, animation models, video game designs, comic pages, and, for the first time ever, production artwork from all six Paramount live-action films. Lovingly curated by Transformers expert Jim Sorenson, this is the most comprehensive collection of Transformers imagery ever assembled.

THE WORLD OF RWBY by Daniel Wallace
MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $53.99 CAN

The definitive companion to the hit animated series, The World of RWBY is the ultimate celebration of a pop-culture phenomenon. Go behind the scenes with exclusive commentary from Rooster Teeth and explore the show’s creation through in-depth interviews with the writers, animators and voice artists. With comprehensive analysis of key characters and iconic episodes, and showcasing stunning visuals from the series, this is the must-have book for RWBY fans around the world.

Also Available

ONE PIECE COLOR WALK COMPENDIUM: WATER SEVEN TO PARAMOUNT WAR by Eiichiro Oda
MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $53.99 CAN

EVANGELION ILLUSTRATIONS 2007-2017
MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN

Manga Box Set Gift Selections:

ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM COMPLETE BOX SET by Yusei Matsui
MSRP: $189.99 U.S. / $249.99 CAN
Rated “T+” for Older Teens

The complete bestselling Assassination Classroom series is now available in a boldly designed, value-priced box set. Includes all 21 volumes of this unique tale of a mysterious, smiley-faced, tentacled, superpowered teacher who guides a group of misfit students to find themselves—while doing their best to assassinate him. Action-packed, hilarious, and heartwarming, this title is famous for moving fans to tears through their laughter. Includes an exclusive, full-color, mini “yearbook” filled with images of favorite characters in different art styles and contexts (previously unreleased in the English editions).

DRAGON BALL COMPLETE BOX SET by Akira Toriyama
MSRP: $139.99 U.S. / $179.99 CAN
Rated “T” For Teens

The Dragon Ball Complete Box Set contains all 16 volumes of the original manga that kicked off the global phenomenon. Also includes an exclusive double-sided poster and collector’s booklet featuring fun Dragon Ball trivia and guides as well as an interview with its legendary creator.

DRAGON BALL Z COMPLETE BOX SET by Akira Toriyama
MSRP: $219.99 U.S. / $279.99 CAN
Rated “A” For All Ages

The Dragon Ball Z Complete Box Set contains all 26 volumes of the manga that propelled the global phenomenon that started with Dragon Ball into one of the world’s most recognizable and best-selling manga. Also includes an exclusive double-sided poster and collector’s booklet featuring fun Dragon Ball Z trivia and guides as well as an interview with Akira Toriyama.

Crunchyroll to Stream Naruto to Boruto The Live 2019 Event

Crunchyroll has announced that it will stream the NARUTO to BORUTO THE LIVE 2019 event on October 9, 2019 from 9:00 p.m. EDT to October 10, 2019 at 9:00 p.m. EDT. The limited streaming event will be available through the service in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and the Middle East.

The two-day NARUTO to BORUTO THE LIVE 2019 event was held on October 5 and October 6, 2019 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture. The event commemorated the 20th anniversary of Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto manga.

The event featured musical performances of the Naruto anime’s theme songs by FLOW, KANA-BOON, Game-Jikkyōsha Wakuwaku Band, Little Glee Monster, SNOWKEL, DISH//, and FUJIFABRIC. The event also featured anime cast members’ readings of original story episodes. The cast present at the event included Junko Takeuchi (Naruto), Noriaki Sugiyama (Sasuke), Chie Nakamura (Sakura), Nana Mizuki (Hinata), Yuko Sanpei (Boruto), Cocoro Kikuchi (Sarada), Ryūichi Kijima (Mitsuki), and Kensho Ono (Shikadai).

Source: ANN

Boruto Manga to Transfer to V Jump Magazine

This year’s 28th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has announced that Ukyō Kodachi and Mikio Ikemoto’s Boruto manga is transferring to Shueisha’s V Jump magazine. The next chapter will launch in V Jump’s September issue on July 20, 2019.

Kodachi and Ikemoto launched the Boruto sequel manga in Weekly Shonen Jump in May 2016, and the manga ran monthly in the magazine.

Source: ANN

Boruto Anime to Adapt the Naruto: Konoha Shinden: Yukemuri Ninpōchõ Novel in New Arc

This year’s combined 22nd and 23rd issues of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has announced that the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime will adapt the Naruto: Konoha Shinden: Yukemuri Ninpōchõ novel starting on May 12, 2019.

The novel has three protagonists — Guy, Kakashi, and Mirai (the daughter of Asuma and Kurenai) — and takes place at a hot spring. The novel “ties together Naruto and Boruto,” and is set between the final chapter of the original Naruto manga and the Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring spin-off manga. Shō Hinata wrote the novel, which shipped in Japan in August 2016.

Source: ANN

My Hero Academia Takes Nine of Top 20 Spots on the U.S. Monthly Bookscan List for March 2019

13 manga volumes appear on NPD BookScan’s Top 20 adult graphic novels list for March 2019, with nine of those titles being related to My Hero Academia:

  • My Hero Academia Volume 18 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#2)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#4)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 17 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#6)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#9)
  • Berserk Deluxe Volume 1 by Kentarou Miura (#10)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#11)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 16 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#12)
  • The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story by Marie Kondo (#13)
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Volume 5 by Ukyō Kodachi and Mikie Ikemoto (#14)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#15)
  • My Hero Academia Vigilantes Volume 4 by Hideyuki Furuhashi and Betten Court (#16)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 15 (#17)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida (#20)

The BookScan rankings collect data sales from more than 16,000 locations including Barnes & Noble and other book chains, independent bookshops, and online purchases — but not sales at comic book stores, Walmart.com, and some other venues. The rankings cover about 85% of the U.S. trade print book market.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces New Anime and Manga Releases For April 2019

VIZ Media has some highly anticipated new home media and publishing releases debuting in April 2019. New titles include Set 1 of the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, as well as My Hero Academia: School Briefs, a short story collection based on the superhero action series created by Kohei Horikoshi. Nier:Automata: Short Story Long is the second novel adaptation based on the video game. Junji Ito’s Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection will contain 13 manga stories and debut later in April 2019.

The last two titles set for release include The Art of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Picture Book. Each book features vivid Studio Ghibli art from the legendary director Hayao Miyazaki.

New Home Media for April 2019:

BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS SET 1
Blu-ray MSRP: $44.98 U.S. / $52.99 CAN · DVD MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN Available April 9, 2019

Meet Naruto’s son. His name is Boruto and he’s just like his dad – unfortunately. He’s rambunctious, rebellious, and more than a handful. He’s joined by the next generation of the Hidden Leaf Village – including Sarada, the daughter of Sasuke, and Mitsuki, a shinobi of mysterious lineage. Boruto and his friends have their hands full when they investigate a dangerous entity known as “The Ghost.” Can Boruto save the village just like dad? Dive into all of the action of Episodes 1-13 of the anime series in its first home media release. Special features include a Boruto OVA, storyboards, art gallery and more.

New Publishing Releases for April 2019:

MY HERO ACADEMIA: SCHOOL BRIEFS by Anri Yoshi; Original Story by Kohei Horikoshi
MSRP: $10.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN · Available April 2, 2019

The U.A. High School Hero Course teaches young hopefuls everything they need to become heroes. Between killer events like the Sports Festival and internships, there’s even Parents’ Day. That’s when all the kids get the chance to show their parents what they’re made of.

NIER:AUTOMATA: SHORT STORY LONG by Jun Eishima and Yoko Taro
MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $19.99 CAN · Available April 9, 2019

When alien forces invade with an army of Machines, the remnants of humanity must depend on Androids of their own design—the placid 2B and the excitable 9S—to survive.

SMASHED: JUNJI ITO STORY COLLECTION by Junji Ito
MSRP: $22.99 U.S. / $32.00 CAN · Rated “T+” For Older Teens · Available April 16, 2019

Try not to be noticed when you eat the secret nectar, otherwise you’ll get smashed. What horrific events happened to create the earthbound—people tied to a certain place for the rest of their short lives? Then, a strange haunted house comes to town, but no one expects it to lead to a real hell. Welcome to Junji Ito’s world, a world with no escape from endless nightmares.

THE ART OF NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND by Hayao Miyazaki
MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN · Available April 16, 2019

Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, based on his own manga, was released in 1984 and has been a cult classic ever since. In a long-ago war, humankind set off a devastating ecological disaster. The earth is slowly submerging beneath the expanding Sea of Decay, an enormous toxic forest that creates mutant insects and poisonous spores. Beyond the sea lies the Valley of the Wind, a kingdom of barely 500 citizens and home to Nausicaä, who risks everything to save her people and bring peace and health to the valley. Includes sketches, developmental water colors, cel animation, and more.

NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND PICTURE BOOK by Hayao Miyazaki
MSRP: $29.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN · Available April 30, 2019

In a long-ago war, humankind set off a devastating ecological disaster. The earth is slowly submerging beneath the expanding Sea of Decay, an enormous toxic jungle filled with mutant insects and poisonous spores. At the edge of the sea lies the Valley of the Wind, home to Nausicaä, who risks everything to save her people and bring peace and health to her people. Studio Ghibli picture books capture the magic of the legendary studio’s animated films with easy-to-read text, full-color pictures direct from the film, and a family-friendly oversized hardcover format.

VIZ Media Makes Top Shonen Jump Manga Chapters Available for Free and Simultaneous With Japanese Debut

VIZ Media proudly announces a major new development for the company’s flagship imprint, SHONEN JUMP, and the world’s most popular digital manga magazine, Weekly Shonen Jump.

Beginning December 17, 2018, the current Weekly Shonen Jump magazine lineup of 13 series will be available to readers for free, including Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, My Hero Academia, One Piece, and more. Additional series join the simultaneous lineup, including Jujutsu Kaisen, Act-Age, Haikyu!!, and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Combined with the current lineup, there will be a total of 25 free series, with all-new chapters published in English simultaneously with Japan. Fans can dive into the three latest chapters for hit series such as Dragon Ball Super, The Promised Neverland, Dr. Stone and more, with new series coming soon. For the upcoming simultaneous chapter release schedule, please visit https://viz.com/shonen-jump-chapter-schedule.

As a part of this evolution, Weekly Shonen Jump published its final digital magazine issue on December 10, 2018 and launched the SHONEN JUMP digital vault membership on December 17, 2018. This new SHONEN JUMP membership ($1.99 per month) grants readers seamless access to a substantial and continually updated digital vault that currently features more than 10,000 manga chapters from nearly 100 series – almost every ongoing and completed series SHONEN JUMP has published in English.

“We are extremely excited and proud to announce this bold evolution for SHONEN JUMP,” says Hisashi Sasaki, Global Vice President, SHONEN JUMP. “Fans want to catch their favorite stories the same day they debut in Japan for free, and accessing back chapters of popular SHONEN JUMP series has been one of the most requested features from our online readers. Our new model will make SHONEN JUMP the premiere showcase for manga content.”

Current Weekly Shonen Jump subscribers have been converted to the new membership and can now catch up with the latest series at any point, revisit classic favorites like Naruto, Bleach, Death Note and Nisekoi, as well as explore additional new titles that will be added on a regular basis.

A 7-day free trial membership is currently available at viz.com/sj-offer.

Fans can access the free digital chapters and unlock the SHONEN JUMP digital vault at shonenjump.com or with the SHONEN JUMP app for iPhone, iPad and Android-based devices. Current app users should download the latest version of the SJ app.

For more information on Shonen Jump, please visit viz.com/company-faq#sj.