VIZ Media Announces the Home Media Release of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Set 2: Stardust Crusaders

VIZ Media delivers Season 2 of the action-driven, multi-generational anime series with the home media release of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Set 2: Stardust Crusaders on July 3, 2018.

The new set will be available on DVD and as a Limited Edition Blu-ray Set. Each multi-disc set contains 24 episodes (Episodes 27-50) and bonus features exclusive to the Blu-ray release. Based on Hirohiko Araki’s bestselling manga, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure brings to life the outlandish characters, wild humor, and frenetic battles that the series is known for.

The JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Set 2: Stardust Crusaders Limited Edition Blu-ray Set will carry an MSRP of $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN. Set 2 contains four discs as well as a 105-page episode guide and six full-color collectible art cards. Bonus features include English voice cast interviews, a digital art gallery, series trailers, and a segment on the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure fandom.

The Standard Edition DVD Set will carry an MSRP of $39.99 U.S. / $52.99 CAN and features series trailers.

English dubbed as well as English subtitled dialogue options are available for both formats. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure features a talented English language voice cast that includes Patrick Seitz (Dio), Richard Epcar (Older Joseph), and Christopher Tergliafera (Avdol).

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Set 2: Stardust Crusaders is set in murderous motion with the surfacing of a single casket. When salvagers unwittingly revive an undead evil, an extraordinary family experiences an awakening of new and unusual metaphysical powers. Now, it’s up to a British-American grandfather, his Japanese grandson, and a band of unlikely fighters to shake their dark pasts and fight for a brighter future.

Set 49 years after “Battle Tendency,” the saga of the Joestar bloodline continues in Stardust Crusaders with the bizarre trek of the teenage Jotaro as he is thrust into the supernatural world of Stands. Armed with knowledge of his family’s storied past and unique fighting abilities thanks to his grandfather, Jotaro learns his mother’s connection to the Joestar family’s nemesis DIO—long buried at sea—is slowly killing her. To save her and stop DIO’s plans of complete Joestar eradication, Jotaro and crew set out to locate and destroy DIO. Meeting them at every step is DIO’s own Stand assassins, eager to slaughter each and every member of the Joestar crew. The multi-generational struggle against evil may be far from over, but the Joestars are more ready than ever.

VIZ Media is the master distributor for the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure anime series and publishes print and digital editions of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga series (rated “T+” for Older Teens). VIZ Media is also the North American master merchandise licensee for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

VIZ Media Showcases the Best in Anime and Manga at Licensing Expo 2018

VIZ Media heads to Las Vegas to showcase a variety of properties from its extensive entertainment catalog of animated series, video game titles and interactive character brands at Licensing Expo 2018.

Licensing Expo is the world’s largest and most influential annual licensing industry event and takes place May 22–24, 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Details on the event are available at: www.licensingexpo.com. VIZ Media will be located in Booth # R202.

This year, VIZ Media highlights several flagship properties:

  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations – The sequel to Naruto is one of Hulu’s top titles in the anime category
  • Chummy Chum Chums – With over hundreds of millions of active global fans, the adorable canines are one of social media messaging’s most popular lifestyle brands
  • Homestuck – Creator Andrew Hussie’s spectacular pop-culture comic phenomenon, beloved by millions of fans
  • One-Punch Man – The bestselling anime series about an unlikely hero with a knockout punch, with season 2 confirmed
  • Seis Manos – A new action animated action series from VIZ Media and Netflix launching globally in 2019

VIZ Media highlights at Licensing Expo 2018 include:

BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
The life of the shinobi is beginning to change. Boruto Uzumaki, son of Seventh Hokage Naruto Uzumaki, has enrolled in the Ninja Academy to learn the ways of the ninja. Now, as a series of mysterious events unfolds, Boruto’s story is about to begin.

CHUMMY CHUM CHUMS
Meet the Chummy Chum Chums. Since the launch of Chums in September of 2016, millions of fans have been sending and posting billions of these cute, animated stickers to express love, sadness, laughter and excitement to friends near or far. The Chummy Chums are friends through thick and thin and are quickly becoming the perfect lifestyle brand for the digital era.

HOMESTUCK
Written, illustrated and animated by creator Andrew Hussie, Homestuck is one of the most spectacular pop-culture phenomena of the past decade, a unique and massive internet-based hybrid work consisting of webcomics, chat logs, gifs, video games, animation and music. Launched in 2009, Homestuck comprises over 8,000 pages encompassing such diverse genres such as action/adventure, sci-fi and fantasy, comedy, romance, and drama.

ONE-PUNCH MAN
Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem – he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on. Every time a promising villain appears, he beats the snot out of ’em with one punch. Can Saitama finally find an opponent who can go toe-to-toe with him and give his life some meaning? Or is he doomed to a life of super-powered boredom?

SEIS MANOS

VIZ Media’s first original animated property. Set in Mexico in the 1970’s era, Seis Manos centers on three orphaned martial arts warriors who join forces with a DEA agent and a Mexican Federale to battle for justice after their beloved mentor is murdered on the streets of their tiny border town.

Additional VIZ Media Properties To Be Showcased At Licensing Expo 2018:

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE
This legendary Shonen Jump classic is a groundbreaking series with multiple story arcs whose creation has already spanned more than 25 years. The series is famous for outlandish characters, wild humor and frenetic battles. Join the Joestar family as they fight the evil Dio and his legacy across continents and time.

MR. OSOMATSU
Inspired by the classic manga series, Osomatsu-Kun, created by Fujio Akatsuka, comes this hilarious story of six quirky siblings. Mr. Osomatsu depicts the hilarious exploits of the sextuplet Matsuno brothers and each sibling’s unique personality and their fumbling antics will endear them to audiences.

THE WORLD NEXT DOOR
The World Next Door is a narrative-driven, action-adventure video game that follows Jun, a rebellious teen girl trapped in a parallel world inhabited by magical creatures. Inspired by the emotional storytelling and thrilling action of both anime and indie games, players can expect to meet and develop friendships with an eclectic cast of characters while uncovering the mysteries hidden within this world.

SCRAP Entertainment and VIZ Media Debut the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Real Escape Game for the U.S.

SCRAP Entertainment, the leading pioneer of live escape entertainment, and VIZ Media have partnered to bring a Real Escape Game set in the world of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure to the United States. The chance for fans to immerse themselves in the JoJo’s Bizarre Escape: The Hotel live experience hits the United States at FanimeCon (San Jose, California, May 25-28, 2018) and Anime Expo (Los Angeles, California, July 4-8, 2018).

Based on author Hirohiko Araki’s Shonen Jump manga series, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure follows the multigenerational tale of the heroic Joestar family and their never-ending battle against evil. In JoJo’s Bizarre Escape: The Hotel, fans will play the role of one of the five people (and one dog) on protagonist Jotaro’s team, travelling to defeat their arch nemesis, Dio. Trapped in a labyrinthine hotel, players must examine clues and solve a gauntlet of puzzles by utilizing their special abilities in order to defeat the mastermind. The spotlight of this event will be the brand new original character developed exclusively for this game, officially approved by Hirohiko Araki himself. Fans will also have a chance to get their hands on exclusive merchandise only available to individuals attending the event.

“I hope you enjoy becoming a character, using Stand-powers, and solving the puzzles,” states Kazu Iwata, CEO of SCRAP Entertainment. “This time around, we have the opportunity to hold games at anime conventions, which is definitely a prime location to immerse yourselves into this bizarre world! The more you immerse yourself, the better time you’ll have. Enjoy!”

“Real Escape Game format pioneer SCRAP has brought the colorful world of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure to life in their latest game,” says Naruo Uchida, VIZ Media’s Senior Director of Animation & CPG Licensing. “We invite fans to immerse themselves in the JoJo’s Bizarre Escape The Hotel experience this summer at Fanime and Anime Expo!”

SCRAP’s JoJo’s Bizarre Escape: The Hotel will run at FanimeCon in San Jose and Anime Expo in Los Angeles. Game sessions must be reserved online. Fanime session tickets can be purchased at www.realescapegame.com/jojo, with Anime Expo session tickets coming soon.

My Hero Academia Is Best Selling Graphic Novel for August 2017

Nielsen BookScan has announced the top 20 selling graphic novels for August 2017. Twelve manga titles made it onto the list:

  • My Hero Academia Volume 9 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#1)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 2 by Akira Himekawa (#2)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 22 by Hajime Isayama (#3)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 14 by Sui Ishida (#4)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#6)
  • One Piece Volume 83 by Eiichiro Oda (#11)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#13)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida (#15)
  • The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story by Marie Kondo (#16)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 3 – Stardust Crusaders Volume 4 by Hirohiko Araki (#17)
  • Dragon Ball Super Volume 1 by Akira Toriyama and Toyotarō (#18)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 8 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#20)

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces Home Media Release of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Season 1

VIZ Media delivers kinetic action and adventure to anime fans with the home media release of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Season 1.

The new release presents the entire 26-episode opening season of the series inspired by the groundbreaking manga created by Hirohiko Araki. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Season 1 encompasses the complete Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency story arcs. Season 1 is available to audiences as a Limited Edition Blu-ray Set and carries an MSRP of $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN.

Online anime retailer The Right Stuf is offering the set along with a “Word Effects” print, deep-purple cotton bandana as a special gift with purchase. Available while supplies last.

The opening season of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is set in late 19th century England, where rivals and surrogate brothers Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando discover a mysterious stone mask. The mask is an artifact of an ancient Central American culture and is capable of granting its wearer eternal life, but only at a heavy price. As the dark powers of the Stone Mask are unleashed, the brothers’ actions will define legacies that span generations.

“Fans are going to be enraptured from the very first colorfully bombastic episode of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure,” says Charlene Ingram, VIZ Media’s Director of Animation Marketing. “Don’t miss this limited edition Blu-ray debut of a series called “legendary” for a reason. We look forward to fans, both long-time and new, joining in on the riveting multi-generational adventures of this epic series!”

Blu-ray episodes are presented in full 1080p HD, 16×9 video and stereo audio featuring English and Japanese dialogue options. All-new English subtitles have been created for the release. Notable bonus content for the Limited Edition Blu-ray includes a 168-page booklet featuring episode summaries, Director commentary, storyboard art and more, a digital character art gallery and collectible art cards based on art from the original Japanese Blu-ray releases. The set comes in a fashionable hinged chipboard collector’s box resplendent with foil highlights.

VIZ Media is the master distributor for the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure anime series and also publishes print and digital editions of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga series (rated “T+” for Older Teens). VIZ Media is also the North American master merchandise licensee for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

Toonami Announces Upcoming Anime Premieres

Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block has announced that it will premiere the Dragon Ball Z Kai “Buu Saga” on July 8, 2017, the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders anime on July 29, 2017, and the second season of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans in October 2017.

Dragon Ball Z Kai “Buu Saga” will air at 12:00 a.m.

Source: ANN

Dragon Ball Super Is Second Best Selling Graphic Novel for May 2017

Twelve manga volumes appeared on Nielsen BookScan’s Top 20 selling graphic novel list for May 2017:

  • Dragon Ball Super Volume 1 by Toyotarō and Akira Toriyama (#2)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 8 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#4)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition Volume 4 by Akira Himekawa (#6)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 21 by Hajime Isayama (#9)
  • Boruto Volume 1 by Ukyō Kodachi and Mikie Ikemoto (#11)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 12 by Sui Ishida (#13)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 1 by Akira Himekawa (#14)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida (#15)
  • Monster Musume Volume 11 by OKAYADO (#16)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition Volume 3 by Akura Himekawa (#17)
  • One Piece Volume 82 by Eiichiro Oda (#18)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3: Stardust Crusaders Volume 3 by Hirohiko Araki (#19)

Source: ANN