VIZ Media Announces New Manga, Art, and Craft Book Acquisitions at New York Comic Con 2017

VIZ Media announced a variety of new publishing acquisitions during its official panel event held at New York Comic Con 2017.

The new acquisitions set for release in 2018 include the fairy tale-inspired fantasy adventure, Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle, as well as Perfect Edition releases for Naoki Urasawa’s two-time Eisner award winning manga series, 20th Century Boys, and its sequel, 21st Century Boys. The Perfect Editions offer 2-in-1 omnibus releases of both series and will feature new cover art by Naoki Urasawa.

Also scheduled for release in 2018 will be a pair of One Piece Color Walk art books that each feature bold color images and character illustrations from the world’s most popular manga series presented in hardcover box set editions. Finally, VIZ Media also announced Amigurumi: San-X Crochet Patterns, a craft book featuring designs for a host of popular San-X characters like Rilakkuma, Sentimental Circus, and more.

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

SLEEPY PRINCESS IN THE DEMON CASTLE Volume 1
Rated “T” for Teens · Debuts Summer 2018

Sshhh. Princess Syalis is trying to get a good night’s sleep. Some shut-eye. Forty winks. Catch some Z’s. Long ago in olden times when people and demons lived together in—well, disharmony, really – a demon king kidnaps a human princess and imprisons her in his castle. Bereft, the princess’s subjects beat their chests in anguish… until a hero arises to spearhead Project Rescue Our Princess. While waiting for her knight in shining armor, what’s an imprisoned princess to do? Teddy-bear guards with bat wings are all very well, but her dungeon cell is bo-o-o-ring. So, she decides to wile away the long hours by sleeping. Now if only she could get comfortable… and didn’t suffer from insomnia.

20TH CENTURY BOYS: THE PERFECT EDITION
Rated “T+” for Older Teens · Debuts Fall 2018

The Perfect Edition presents a 2-in-1 bind-up of Naoki Urasawa’s two-time Eisner award winning manga series.

Humanity, having faced extinction at the end of the 20th century, would not have entered the new millennium if it weren’t for them. In 1969, during their youth, they created a symbol. In 1997, as the coming disaster slowly starts to unfold, that symbol returns. This is the story of a group of boys who try to save the world.

21ST CENTURY BOYS: THE PERFECT EDITION
Rated “T+” for Older Teens

War is over. The Friend is dead. Mankind no longer faces the threat of extinction. Peace has finally come to Tokyo… or has it? The mystery still remains. Nobody knows who the Friend was and where he came from. The only clue is hidden deep within the memories – the memories of the hero Kenji. It is time to open Pandora’s Box to discover what is left at the bottom.

ONE PIECE COLOR WALK: EAST BLUE TO SKYPIEA
Debuts Summer 2018

Color images and special illustrations from the popular manga, One Piece. This compendium of the first three Color Walk art books features 300+ pages of beautiful color art and conversations between creator Eiichiro Oda and other famous manga artists.

ONE PIECE COLOR WALK: WATER SEVEN TO PARAMOUNT WAR
Debuts Summer 2018

Color images and special illustrations from the popular manga, One Piece. This compendium of three Color Walk art books features 300+ pages of beautiful color art and conversations between creator Eiichiro Oda and other famous manga artists.

AMIGURUMI: SAN-X CROCHET PATTERNS
Debuts Summer 2018

Featuring Rilakkuma, Sentimental Circus and more.

Amigurumi are cute crocheted stuffed animals from Japan. Combine amigurumi with San-X and you get the most adorable crocheted characters/ This book of patterns with full-color photographs will show you how to make characters like Rilakkuma and friends, Tarepanda, Sumikko Gurashi and more, plus their accessories.

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

Crunchyroll Adds One Piece “East Blue” Special, Dream Festival R!, and Catalog Titles

Crunchyroll has announced that it will simulcast the “Episode of East Blue” anime special for One Piece. The special will debut on August 27, 2017 for users in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America.

The site also added the first episode of Dream Festival R!, which is available worldwide outside of Asia.

Crunchyroll also added the following catalog titles to its lineup:

  • Soul Eater Not! (available in the United States and Canada)
  • Ragnarok The Animation (available in the United States and Canada)
  • .hack//SIGN (available in the United States and Canada)
  • D.Gray-man (first season episodes 1-26, Crunchyroll hasn’t yet revealed availability areas)

Source: ANN

One Piece and Dragon Ball Super Will Both Get One Hour Specials in October 2017

This year’s 39th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing that both the One Piece and Dragon Ball Super anime series will get one-hour specials in October 2017.

The one-hour special for One Piece will air on Sunday, October 1, 2017. The one-hour special for Dragon Ball Super will air one week later on October 8, 2017. Each one-hour special will feature two episodes of the television series.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment to Simulcast the One Piece “Episode of East Blue” Special

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will simulcast the two-hour One Piece television special, “Episode of East Blue” (One Piece Episode of East Blue: Luffy to 4-nin no Nakama no Daibōken) in the United States and Canada. The special will stream at 3:00 a.m. EDT on August 28, 2017.

In Japan, the special will air on Japanese television on August 26, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. It will be a completely new work, featuring reanimated scenes from the beginning of the series through when the crew enters the Grand Line.

The special is commemorating the manga’s 20th anniversary, and will also feature anime versions of the original manga’s chapter cover stories as part of the special’s ending credits. The credits will feature what Chopper, Robin, Franky, and Brooke were doing during the time the rest of the crew met in East Blue. The special will feature a special 20th anniversary commemoration version of the original opening theme song “We Are!”

Takashi Otsuka is directing the special, and Tomohiro Nakayama is writing the script. Masayuki Sato is the character designer and chief animation director.

Source: ANN

ICv2 Releases List of Top 10 Manga Franchises for Spring 2017

ICv2 has released a chart that ranked the top selling manga franchises from Spring 2017 in the United States. ICv2 stated the data reflects sales in all channels, including comic book stores and online.

1. Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul manga (VIZ Media)
2. Akira Himekawa’s The Legend of Zelda manga (VIZ Media)
3. Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto manga (VIZ Media)
4. Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan manga (Kodansha Comics)
5. Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto’s Pokémon Adventures manga (VIZ Media)
6. ONE and Yuusuke Murata’s One-Punch Man manga (VIZ Media)
7. Kentarou Miura’s Berserk manga (Dark Horse Comics)
8. Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail manga (Kodansha Comics)
9. Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga (VIZ Media)
10. Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball/Dragon Ball Z manga (VIZ Media)

Source: ANN

One Piece to Get Live-Action Hollywood TV Show

The One Piece 20th anniversary event has revealed that Tomorrow Studios, a partnership between producer Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios, will produce a live-action Hollywood television show adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga.

Tomorrow Studios is also producing a live-action television series adaptation of Cowboy Bebop.

Source: ANN