VIZ Media expands its publishing catalog with a variety of new acquisitions announced during its official panel events held at Comic-Con International 2018.
The new titles are scheduled for release beginning early in 2019 and include My Hero Academia: School Briefs, the first of three prose short story collections based on superhero action series created by Kohei Horikoshi. Rumiko Takahashi’s manga series Urusei Yatsura receives a new large trim edition, and Hiromu Arakawa brings us hilarious four-panel comics from the world of Fullmetal Alchemist. Two new Nausicaa books, The Art of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Picture Book were also announced. Each book features Studio Ghibli art from director Hayao Miyazaki.
Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.
MY HERO ACADEMIA: SCHOOL BRIEFS by Kohei Horikoshi and Anri Yoshi
Debuts Spring 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 a Parents’ Day. Life is never dull for the students of U.A. High.
URUSEI YATSURA by Rumiko Takahashi
Rated “T+” for Older Teens · Debuts Winter 2019
Revisit the acclaimed romantic comedy about an unlucky human boy who meets a beautiful space alien princess in this large trim size edition with all-new translations and new cover designs. In the series, Ataru Moroboshi’s supernatural encounters with the feminine kind all start when he’s chosen to play tag with an alien princess named Lum who invades the earth on her UFO. Ataru has ten days to touch Lum’s horns or aliens will take over the earth. As it turns out, the game of tag is only the beginning of Ataru’s troubles, as he continues to attract strange encounters with otherworldly beings like beautiful snow spirit Oyuki and the sexy crow goblin Princess Kurama.
FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: THE COMPLETE FOUR-PANEL COMICS by Hiromu Arakawa
Rated “T” for Teens · Debuts Spring 2019
Collects all of author Hiromu Arakawa’s beloved four-panel comic strips from the graphic novel series, her bonus strips from the anime DVDs of Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and rare strips from Japan. No joke is too cheesy and there are no sacred cows when Arakawa takes up her pen to spoof her own characters in this delightfully zany take on Fullmetal Alchemist.
THE ART OF NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND by Hayao Miyazaki
Debuts Spring 2019
Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaa 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 Corruption, 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 Nausicaa, who risks everything to save her people and bring peace and health to the valley. Includes sketches, developmental water colors, cel animation, and more.
NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND PICTURE BOOK by Hayao Miyazaki
Debuts Spring 2019
In a long-ago war, humankind set off a devastating ecological disaster. The earth is slowly submerging beneath the expanding Sea of Corruption, an enormous toxic forest that creates mutant insects and releases a miasma of poisonous spores into the air. At the periphery of the sea, lies the Valley of the Wind, a kingdom of barely 500 citizens; a nation given fragile protection from the decaying sea’s poisons by the ocean breezes; and home to Nausicaa, who risks everything to save her people and bring peace and health to the valley. Includes scene-by-scene illustrations and character dialogue from the film in a double-length picture book.