VIZ Media Announces Panels, Events and Retail Exclusives for New York Comic Con 2019

VIZ Media invites New York Comic Con (NYCC) attendees to catch a fun series of panels, events, autograph sessions and retail exclusives available for purchase at the company’s booth in the Exhibit Hall throughout the weekend.

The Official Shonen Jump panel kicks off VIZ’s events on Friday and presents the latest from Team JUMP. Later that evening, attendees can catch the VIZ Media Panel with special guests from Frederator Studios Castlevania, including Creator, Writer and Executive Producer Warren Ellis and voice actors James Callis (voice of Alucard), Graham McTavish (voice of Dracula) and Alejandra Reynoso (voice of Sypha). Continue celebrating Castlevania on Saturday with an official panel and autograph session featuring the special guests.

VIZ Media’s first original animated property, Seis Manos, debuts at NYCC with an autograph session and special screening of Episode 1 with a cast Q&A on Saturday. Transformers fans won’t want to miss The Evolutionary Art of Transformers, a panel celebrating 35 years of artwork from one of the world’s most beloved franchises. Transformers archivist and author Jim Sorenson will be signing autographs following the panel in the VIZ Booth (#1336).

Meanwhile the VIZ Originals imprint continues its participation in portfolio review sessions at New York Comic Con. Reviews will be conducted by Fawn Lau, Executive Editor for VIZ Originals. For more details please visit: viz.com/originals.

In addition, the VIZ Media booth will offer a wide range of convention retail exclusives available for purchase. Attendees can also catch a variety of special giveaways as well as other fun in-booth activities.

Notable VIZ Media New York Comic Con 2019 Exclusives:

Each purchase comes with a special 2019 limited edition tote bag offered in two distinct designs: Pokemon or Sailor Moon (while supplies last).

  • My Hero Academia & One-Punch Man Manga Replicas – $15 each
  • Naruto 20th Anniversary Poster – $50
  • Naruto 20th Anniversary Skateboard Deck – $60
  • One-Punch Man Enamel Pin – $10
  • Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars T-shirt – $20
  • Shonen Jump T-shirt – $30 ($25 when you show us your SJ app)

VIZ Media 2019 New York Comic Con Panels & Signings:

Friday, October 4, 2019

11:15pm Shonen Jump Official Panel
Room 1A10

Are you a fan of Dragon Ball, One-Punch Man, Naruto, One Piece, or Bleach? Hang out with Team Shonen Jump and get the latest developments on new series from Japan, all-time fan favorites and what we’re doing to bring you the world’s best manga.

5:15pm VIZ Media Official Panel with Special Guests from Frederator Studios CASTLEVANIA
Room 1A06

Join us as we talk about some of your favorite manga and anime. We’ll also be revealing big news, chatting with incredible guests and handing out prizes. The panel will feature Castlevania’s creator and writer Warren Ellis and voice actors James Callis (voice of Alucard), Graham McTavish (voice of Dracula) and Alejandra Reynoso (voice of Sypha).

7:00pm Warren Ellis Signing
NYCC Private Autograph Area*

Meet Warren Ellis, the Creator, Writer and Executive Producer of Frederator Studios Castlevania series for Netflix and receive a free poster.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

1:00pm SEIS MANOS Screening with Special Guest Q&A
Room 1A06

Catch a special screening of Seis Manos, an upcoming Netflix Original Anime Series and a Q&A with special guests Alvaro Rodriguez (co-creator), Jonny Cruz (voice of Jesus) and Angelica Vale (voice of Garcia).

2:30pm SEIS MANOS Voice Cast and Co-Creator Signing
NYCC Private Autograph Area*

Join the cast and crew of Seis Manos, including Alvaro Rodriguez, Jonny Cruz and Angelica Vale in a special signing session and receive a personally autographed Seis Manos poster.

4:30pm Frederator Studios CASTLEVANIA Creator and Voice Cast Signing
NYCC Private Autograph Area*

Meet Warren Ellis, Sam Deats (director), Adam Deats (asst. director), James Callis, Graham McTavish and Alejandra Reynoso in this special signing session.

6:30pm VIZ Media Presents Frederator Studios CASTLEVANIA Panel
Main Stage

Get an in-depth look into Castlevania, the hit Netflix Original Anime Series, with and incredible lineup of guests, including CASTLEVANIA’s creator and writer Warren Ellis, director Sam Deats, asst. director Adam Deats and voice actors James Callis (voice of Alucard), Graham McTavish (voice of Dracula), Alejandra Reynoso (voice of Sypha) and Ade M’Cormack (voice of Isaac).

Sunday, October 6, 2019

11:00am The Evolutionary Art of Transformers Panel
Room 1A06

Join Transformers: A Visual History author Jim Sorenson, Hasbro Global Director of Publishing Michael Kelly, artists Livio Ramondelli and Andrew Griffith, and other special guests as they celebrate 35 years of artwork from one of the world’s most beloved franchises.

1:00pm TRANSFORMERS: A VISUAL HISTORY Writer Signing
VIZ Media Booth #1336

Transformers archivist and author Jim Sorenson visits the booth for a signing session.

*Tickets are distributed via pre-show lottery. Please see New York Comic Con’s Autograph Policy for more information.

VIZ Media Starts Replacement Program for Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Anime’s Booklet Errors

VIZ Media has announced a replacement solution for the booklet errors in the limited edition of the first Sailor Moon Sailor Stars home video release.

Those who purchased the limited edition version with the errors should e-mail SailorMoonStarsBooklet@visionmedia.com with the subject line “Sailor Moon Replacement.” In the e-mail, buyers should state their full name, phone number, e-mail address, and mailing address for where the replacement booklet should be shipped.

VIZ Media previously stated, “The erroneous text is in the romaji provided with the song lyrics. The booklet is the only item affected and the issue does not affect the rest of the Limited Edition set or the Standard BD or DVD releases.”

The set shipped with 17 episodes on June 18, 2019. VIZ Media’s release marks the first time Sailor Moon Sailor Stars, which is the fifth and final season of the original Sailor Moon television anime series, is getting a home video release in North America.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Becomes Majority Investor in VIZ Media Europe Group

Crunchyroll and VIZ Media Europe have announced that the companies have signed an agreement for Crunchyroll to become a majority investor in ViIZ Media Europe Group. The Hitotsubashi Group ⁠— consisting of Shueisha, Inc., Shogakukan, Inc., Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd. ⁠— will retain a minority stake in VIZ Media Europe Group.

The VIZ Media Europe Group is comprised of VIZ Media Europe, AV Visionen, Anime Versand, and VIZ Media Switzerland. VIZ Media Europe and Switzerland are content suppliers for TV broadcasters and video-on-demand platforms for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) regions. The group also handles theatrical distribution of anime in Europe, retail in the EMEA region, manga publishing (with Kazé Manga) in French- and German-speaking Europe, home video releases, and video streaming.

Joanne Waage, general manager of Crunchyroll, stated that the agreement “will bring together significant expertise, capabilities, and dedication to grow and promote [Crunchyroll and VIZ Media Europe’s] respective licensed and original content.”

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Celebrates Naruto’s 20th Anniverary With the Year of Naruto

VIZ Media will mark the 20th anniversary of Naruto with a national brand campaign, the Year of Naruto, launching at the upcoming New York Comic Con 2019 (NYCC). The beloved action/adventure franchise has become synonymous with Japanese pop culture and exemplifies the massive international popularity of anime and manga.

To celebrate Naruto‘s manga origins and kick off the Year of Naruto, VIZ Media will debut one-of-a-kind, limited edition manga-inspired products at NYCC. The exclusive items available to North American fans for the first time include an official Naruto skateboard deck by Hypland and a hand-numbered, exclusive poster with hologram details featuring Naruto in various stages of his evolution, from a ninja-in-training, all the way to a full-fledged Hokage.

VIZ Media’s Year of Naruto campaign will continue throughout 2020 and will feature a wide range of yet-to-be announced officially licensed brand activations. These include video games, events featuring pop-up installations, panel discussions and other special live programming, and an array of product activations and collaborations with top global lifestyle brands.

“The Year of Naruto is a fitting tribute to a global marquee brand and an important international ambassador for Japanese pop culture,” says Brad Woods, Chief Marketing Office, VIZ Media. “Join us as we celebrate our favorite ninja with special collaborations, new officially licensed merchandise and events in the coming year!”

VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump to Add the Mission: Yozakura Family Manga on August 25, 2019

VIZ Media has announced that it is launching the first chapter of Hitsuji Gondaira’s new Mission: Yozakura Family (Yozakura-san Chi no Daisakusen) manga on its Shonen Jump website on August 25, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. EDT simultaneously with the series’ debut in Japan. The series about shooting guns will launch in this year’s 39th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on August 26, 2019.

The manga’s story focuses on the secret of high school student Taiyō’s childhood friend Mutsumi Yozakura.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces September 2019 Anime and Manga Releases

In September 2019, science fiction fans are invited to dive into the home media release of Infini-T Force, the superhero-action series that unites the four legendary heroes Gatchaman, Polimar, Casshan, and Tekkaman. All twelve episodes of the series will be available in one Blu-ray set.

In partnership with The Pokemon Company International, the Pokemon: Black & White Movie Collection home media release arrives with four feature films that will delight Pokemon fans of all ages.

New publishing debuts for September 2019 kick off with the Assassination Classroom Complete Box Set, which collects Yusei Matsui’s hit action comedy about a tentacled teacher with superpowers and a heart of gold.

VIZ Signature debuts for September 2019 include Cats of the Louvre, the latest masterpiece from Eisner Award–winning creator Taiyo Matsumoto. No Guns Life is a cyberpunk series in which the protagonist’s head is replaced with a giant gun… and his memories erased. In the action-packed comedy The Way of the Househusband, a former yakuza legend desires to walk the straight and narrow. Finally, Levius debuts as a complete hardcover edition of the science fiction action series about cyborg arena fighters.

New Home Media Releases for September 2019:

INFINI-T FORCE: THE COMPLETE SERIES
Blu-ray MSRP: $44.98 U.S. / $52.99 CAN
Available September 10, 2019

When an interdimensional attack plunges the defiant, thrill-seeking teen Emi into a city-wide assault, a band of mysterious heroes from lost worlds appears to save her. But it seems both heroes and villains have their sights on The Case, a magical object with transmutational powers, currently in Emi’s possession. Only the combined strength of Gatchaman, Casshan, Polimar and Tekkaman could be enough to stop the man known as “Z” from destroying not only Emi’s world, but countless others.

POKEMON: BLACK & WHITE MOVIE COLLECTION
Blu-ray MSRP: $24.98 U.S. / $29.99 CAN · DVD MSRP: $19.98 U.S. / $24.99 CAN
Available September 17, 2019

Sets each contain the following four Pokemon animated feature films on two Blu-rays or two DVDs:

POKEMON THE MOVIE: BLACK—VICTINI AND RESHIRAM and POKEÉMON THE MOVIE: WHITE—VICTINI AND ZEKROM

When Ash and his friends enter a battle competition in Eindoak Town, they meet the Mythical Pokémon Victini, who becomes their newest friend. But disaster strikes when the misguided wanderer Damon seizes Victini for his own plans. Can Ash prove himself a hero and earn the help of the Legendary Reshiram—or Zekrom—to rescue Victini and save Eindoak Town? Two legends… and two versions of the story. Follow them both in Pokemon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and Pokemon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom. It’s twice the Pokemon adventure.

POKEMON THE MOVIE: KYUREM VS. THE SWORD OF JUSTICE

Ash and Pikachu, along with their friends Iris and Cilan, are on a train headed to the next stop on their journey. From the train, Ash spots an injured Pokemon they don’t recognize. They’re planning a rescue when the train is attacked by the Legendary Kyurem. The Mythical Pokemon Keldeo is on a mission, to rescue its friends—Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion, the Legendary Pokemon known as the Swords of Justice—from Kyurem’s icy clutches. But Kyurem has other ideas, and when it transforms into Black Kyurem or White Kyurem for greater power, things look grim.

POKEMON THE MOVIE: GENESECT AND THE LEGEND AWAKENED

A vast Pokemon habitat amid the hustle and bustle of the big city seems like the perfect new home for a group of five Genesect. The arrival of these Mythical Pokemon quickly becomes a problem, though: their nest threatens the city’s power supply, and they keep attacking those who approach it. When the Genesect are joined by the Legendary Pokemon Mewtwo—who sympathizes due to its own origins—things only become worse, and the confrontation quickly rages out of control. Can Ash and friends stop these two powerful Pokemon before they destroy the city?

New Publishing Releases for September 2019:

ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM COMPLETE BOX SET by Yusei Matsui
MSRP: $189.99 U.S. / $249.99 CAN · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Available September 3, 2019

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).

CATS OF THE LOUVRE by Taiyo Matsumoto
MSRP: $29.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN · Rated “T” for Teens
Available September 17, 2019

The world-renowned Louvre museum in Paris contains more than just the most famous works of art in history. At night, within its darkened galleries, an unseen and surreal world comes alive—a world witnessed only by the small family of cats that lives in the attic. Until now.

NO GUNS LIFE by Tasuku Karasuma
MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Available September 17, 2019

After the war, cyborg soldiers known as the Extended were discharged. Juzo Inui is one of them, a man whose body was transformed, his head replaced with a giant gun. With no memory of his previous life—or who replaced his head and why—Inui now scratches out a living in the dark streets of the city as a Resolver, taking on cases involving the Extended.

THE WAY OF THE HOUSEHUSBAND by Kousuke Oono
MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Available September 17, 2019

A former yakuza legend leaves it all behind to become your everyday househusband. But it’s not easy to walk away from the gangster life, and what should be mundane household tasks are anything but.

LEVIUS By Haruhisa Nakata
MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Available September 17, 2019

It’s the 19th century, and the world has entered the Era of Rebirth, recovering from the devastating flames of war. The sport of mechanical martial arts has galvanized the nations. Cybernetically augmented fighters turn their blood into steam and their bodies into brutal fighting—and killing—machines. Young Levius is one of those arena battlers, hell-bent on winning in order to simply survive.

VIZ Media Announces a Pair of New Publishing Releases for August 2019

Explore a hilarious take on your favorite heroes and villains from My Hero Academia in the comedy spoof My Hero Academia: Smash!! Then, the novel Automatic Eve joins the Haikasoru imprint’s literary roster and dives into the world of steampunk with an action-driven tale of political intrigue. Both titles will be available to readers in August 2019 in print and digital editions.

New Publishing Releases for August 2019:

MY HERO ACADEMIA: SMASH!! by Hirofumi Neda
Original Concept by Kohei Horikoshi
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Rated “T” for Teens
Available August 6, 2019

The superpowered society of My Hero Academia takes a hilarious turn in this reimagining of the best-selling series. Join Midoriya, All Might and all the aspiring heroes of U.A. High, plus memorable villains, in an irreverent take on the main events of the series, complete with funny gags, ridiculous jokes and superpowered humor. Includes bonus illustrations and a message from My Hero Academia creator Kohei Horikoshi.

AUTOMATIC EVE by Rokuro Inui
MSRP: $16.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN
Available August 20, 2019

A mighty shogunate ruling the land from Tempu Castle. An imperial line with strict female succession. Caught between these two immense powers, the sprawling city of Tempu is home to many wonders—not least a superhuman technological achievement in the form of a beautiful automaton known as Eve. When a secret that threatens to shake the imperial line intersects with the mystery of Eve’s creation, events are set in motion that soon race toward a shocking conclusion. A new, astonishingly inventive science fantasy masterpiece of historic proportions.