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.

VIZ Media Announces New Home Media and Publishing Releases for November 2019

VIZ Media announces the anticipated home media release of Season 2 of the hit Netflix Original Anime Series Castlevania. All eight episodes of Season 2 will be available on Blu-ray and DVD and conclude Trevor Belmont’s battle with Dracula.

The finale of Sailor Moon also arrives with the home media release of Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Part 2. Available for the first time ever in the U.S., catch the final, climactic 17 episodes of the series as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack or as a Standard Edition DVD set.

November’s publishing titles feature gorgeous new hardcover art books celebrating two of pop culture’s most iconic properties. Dragon Ball: A Visual History presents a definitive collection of art from Akira Toriyama’s iconic manga series. Transformers: A Visual History explores 35 years of the blockbuster franchise through rare imagery and insights from Transformers expert Jim Sorenson. The deluxe, hardcover release also comes in a special, limited edition that includes a collector’s box, variant cover and five bonus frame-ready art prints.

Two new manga series also launch in print and digital editions this month. A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow is a tender, coming-of-age tale of a pair of high school girls who discover something special with each other in a small seaside town. Levius/Est is the sequel to Levius, the acclaimed sci-fi cyberpunk battle manga, and restarts Levius’s tale.

New Home Media Releases for November 2019:

CASTLEVANIA SEASON 2
Blu-ray & Standard Edition DVD Sets
Blu-ray MSRP: $29.98 U.S. / $34.99 CAN · DVD MSRP: $24.98 U.S. / $29.99 CAN
Available November 5, 2019

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.

SAILOR MOON SAILOR STARS PART 2
Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack & Standard Edition DVD Sets
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

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.

New Publishing Releases for November 2019:

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, all featured in a beautifully slipcased hardcover book with a dust jacket.

TRANSFORMERS: A VISUAL HISTORY By Jim Sorenson
Standard Edition and Limited Edition
Standard Edition MSRP: $49.99 U.S. / $69.99 CAN · Limited Edition MSRP: $99.99 U.S. / $125.00 CAN
Available November 12, 2019

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 deluxe limited edition comes packaged in a beautiful collector’s box with an exclusive variant cover design and five gorgeous and frame-ready prints showcasing art from across the franchise.

A TROPICAL FISH YEARNS FOR SNOW By Makoto Hagino
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Rated “T” for Teens
Available November 12, 2019

When her dad gets a job overseas, Konatsu Amano has to leave the Tokyo life she’s always known and relocate to a small seaside town to stay with her aunt. The move also means starting a new school surrounded by complete strangers, and it’s a lot to handle for a girl who has trouble with change. But on her first day in her new town, Konatsu is instantly drawn to Koyuki, an older girl who is the sole member of the Aquarium Club. Konatsu’s introverted tendencies are hard for her to overcome, but maybe she’s found something worth coming out of her shell for?

LEVIUS/EST By Haruhisa Nakata
MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Available November 19, 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.

Levius/Est is the ongoing sequel series to Levius, which is also published by VIZ Media and available now.

VIZ Media Supports Halloween ComicFest 2019 With a Pair of Free Manga Samplers

Readers are invited to pick up a pair of free VIZ Media manga samplers in honor of Halloween ComicFest 2019.

Halloween ComicFest 2019 takes place Saturday, October 26, 2019 at scores of comic shops and retailers across North America. During this one-day annual event, participating shops offer comic book fans and visitors free Halloween ComicFest samplers filled with excerpts of all kinds of exciting titles. For additional information and a list of participating retailers, visit: HalloweenComicFest.com.

This year, VIZ Media presents a sampler offering excerpts from two acclaimed Japanese horror masterpieces. The Drifting Classroom: The Perfect Edition, by creator Kazuo Umezz, is available now as a deluxe hardcover print release and digitally. In this classic masterwork, a Japanese elementary school is transported into a hostile world where the students and teachers are besieged by terrifying creatures and beset by madness.

Also featured in the same manga sampler is an excerpt from Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection, a collection of harrowing manga short stories from the renowned creator that is available in print and digital editions. Welcome to Junji Ito’s world, a world with no escape from endless nightmares.

Readers of all ages are also are invited to pick up a Pokemon Adventures Collector’s Edition manga sampler. With story by Hidenori Kusaka and artwork by Mato, all of your favorite characters from the beginning of the Pokemon adventure charm the pages of this classic manga series. The Pokemon Adventures Collector’s Edition will be available in Spring 2020 from VIZ Media in stylish new omnibus editions that present all of the original volumes of the beloved adventure series.

VIZ Media and Anime NYC Host Naruto and Boruto English Voice Actors for Special Year of Naruto Events

VIZ Media presents voice actors Maile Flanagan and Amanda Miller for a series of special live appearances at Anime NYC 2019. Details on Anime NYC are available at: animenyc.com.

Maile Flanagan portrays the English voice of the world’s most popular ninja, Naruto Uzumaki. Amanda Miller voices Naruto’s rambunctious son and prodigy, Boruto. Both will appear at Anime NYC in support of VIZ Media’s Year of Naruto campaign to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the manga series created by Masashi Kishimoto. During Anime NYC, Maile Flanagan and Amanda Miller are scheduled to join a pair of official panels and autograph sessions that take place Saturday and Sunday of the show. More information on Maile’s and Amanda’s appearances please visit: animenyc.com/guests-nyc/2019maileflanagan and animenyc.com/guests-nyc/2019amandamiller.

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.

VIZ Media’s Anime NYC 2019 Official Panels & Signings:

Saturday, November 16, 2019

11:00 a.m. NARUTO & BORUTO English Voice Actor Autograph Session
Private Autograph Area*
In honor of the Year of Naruto 20th Anniversary celebration, attendees are invited to meet Maile Flanagan (Voice of Naruto) and Amanda Miller (Voice of Boruto) and receive a personalized poster.

5:00 p.m. NARUTO: 20th Anniversary Celebration Presented by VIZ Media
Room 1E09
20 years of Naruto. Masashi Kishimoto’s ninja epic made its debut in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999, and it has become one of the bestselling manga and anime of all time. Join the VIZ team along with Maile Flanagan (Voice of Naruto) and Amanda Miller (Voice of Boruto) to kick off a party 20 years in the making. Believe it!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

1:00 p.m. VIZ Media’s World of Voice Acting Featuring Voices from SAILOR MOON and BORUTO
Special Events Hall
VIZ Media is bringing you some of the most talented voices behind Sailor Moon, Naruto, and Boruto to Anime NYC, including Maile Flanagan (from Naruto), Amanda Miller (from Boruto), and Erika Harlacher (from Sailor Moon). Join the panel and discuss the creativity behind voice acting, your favorite anime moments and much more.

2:30 p.m. NARUTO & BORUTO English Voice Actor Autograph Session
Private Autograph Area*
A special encore autograph session with Maile Flanagan and Amanda Miller.

*Tickets are distributed via a pre-show lottery. Please see Anime NYC’s Autograph Page for more information: animenyc.com/autographs2019.

VIZ Media Announces Activities and Special Guests for Anime NYC 2019

VIZ Media proudly presents panel events, special guests and other fun activities for Anime NYC 2019. Anime NYC will take place November 15–17, 2019 at the Javits Convention Center in New York, New York. Full details are available at: animenyc.com.

This year, Dr. Stone manga creators Riichiro Inagaki and Boichi will participate in Anime NYC 2019 as Official Guests. VIZ Media will also mark Naruto‘s 20th Anniversary with a special Year of Naruto celebration by bringing out English voice actors Maile Flanagan (voice of Naruto) and Amanda Miller (voice of Boruto) for a series of signing sessions and panel discussions.

The VIZ Originals imprint continues its participation in portfolio review sessions at Anime NYC. Reviews will be conducted by Fawn Lau, Executive Editor for VIZ Originals. For more details and to sign up please visit: Viz.com/originals.

During the convention, VIZ Media’s Booth #641 will offer a wide array of exclusives and early releases for sale. Attendees can also take part in fun booth activities including a Sailor Moon-themed photo-opportunity. Pose with Sailor Moon and share your experience directly via social media.

VIZ Media’s Anime NYC 2019 Official Panels & Signings:

Friday, November 15, 2019

1:30 p.m. SHONEN JUMP Panel with DR. STONE Creators
Room 1E09

SHONEN JUMP, home of the world’s greatest manga – including My Hero Academia, Dragon Ball Super, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, The Promised Neverland, and Black Clover – returns to Anime NYC with special guests Riichiro Inagaki and Boichi, the creators of Dr. Stone. Swing by our panel to discuss your favorite SHONEN JUMP series and look forward to some free giveaways, special prizes and much more.

3:00 p.m. DR. STONE Creators Autograph Session
Private Autograph Area*

Meet Riichiro Inagaki and Boichi, the creators of the bestselling SHONEN JUMP manga series and receive a personalized shikishi art board.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

11:00 a.m. NARUTO & BORUTO English Voice Actor Autograph Session
Private Autograph Area*

In honor of the Year of Naruto 20th Anniversary celebration, attendees are invited to meet Maile Flanagan (voice of Naruto) and Amanda Miller (voice of Boruto) and receive a personalized poster.

12:00 p.m. DR. STONE Panel Presented by VIZ Media
Special Events Hall

Get ready for a rockin’ time. Join Riichiro Inagaki and Boichi, creators of the hit SHONEN JUMP manga and anime series Dr. Stone, as they share their marble-ous stories and insightful gems that fans are 10 BILLION PERCENT certain to enjoy.

1:30 p.m. Dr. Stone manga Creators Autograph Session
Private Autograph Area*

Meet Dr. Stone creators Riichiro Inagaki and Boichi and receive a personalized Shikishi art board.

5:00 p.m. NARUTO: 20th Anniversary Celebration Presented by VIZ Media
Room 1E09

20 years of Naruto. Masashi Kishimoto’s ninja epic made its debut in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999, and it has become one of the bestselling manga and anime of all time. Join the VIZ team along with Maile Flanagan (voice of Naruto) and Amanda Miller (voice of Boruto) to kick off a party 20 years in the making. Believe it!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

1:00 p.m. VIZ Media’s World of Voice Acting Featuring Voices from SAILOR MOON and BORUTO
Special Events Hall

VIZ Media is bringing you some of the most talented voices behind Sailor Moon, Naruto, and Boruto to Anime NYC, including Maile Flanagan (from NARUTO), Amanda Miller (from BORUTO) and Erika Harlacher (from SAILOR MOON). Join the panel and discuss the creativity behind voice acting, your favorite anime moments and much more.

2:30 p.m. NARUTO & BORUTO English Voice Actor Autograph Session
Private Autograph Area*

A special encore autograph session with Maile Flanagan and Amanda Miller.

*Tickets are distributed via a pre-show lottery. Please see Anime NYC’s Autograph Page for more information: animenyc.com/autographs2019.

The VIZ Media booth’s retail area will offer a variety of must-have Anime NYC 2019 exclusives:

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

  • Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 1 – Early Release! $10
  • My Hero Academia Volume 22 – Early Release! $10
  • My Hero Academia & One-Punch Man Manga Replicas – $15 each

Naruto 20th Anniversary Poster – $50

  • One-Punch Man Enamel Pin – $10
  • Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars T-Shirt – $20
  • SHONEN JUMP T-Shirt – $30 (only $25 when you show your SJ app)

VIZ Media Announces Impressive Collection of New Manga, Novels and More for Summer 2020 Release

VIZ Media expands its publishing catalog as it announced a wide range of new acquisitions set for Summer 2020 release during its official panels held this past weekend at New York Comic Con.

New VIZ Signature titles arriving in Summer 2020 include Maison Ikkoku Collector’s Edition, the definitive release of the classic Rumiko Takahashi series, Naoki Urasawa’s Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams, and Ping Pong, the tale of two boys’ passion for table tennis from Eisner Award winner Taiyo Matsumoto. The inspiration for the Netflix Original series Kingdom, The Kingdom of the Gods, was also announced.

Shonen Jump titles announced at the Shonen Jump-dedicated panel include Masashi Kishimoto’s latest series Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru; act-age, a gripping tale of an actor surviving her inner demons and Spy X Family, an action-packed comedy about a fake family that includes a spy, an assassin and a telepath. The official manga adaptation of the hit Rooster Teeth series RWBY: The Official Manga also receives a release as well as new novels from bestselling series Bleach, Naruto and One Piece.

On the Shojo Beat side, new titles include Fushigi Yugi: Byakko Senki, the final installment of the popular fantasy series and Not Your Idol, a thriller about a former idol dealing with a psychotic stalker.

Last but not least, the roster of titles includes How Do We Relationship?, a rom-com about two college women in a “fake” relationship, and the massive, full-color guide Monster Hunter: World – Official Complete Works, a must have for fans of the video game franchise.

Summer 2020 New Acquisitions:

ACT-AGE
Story by Tatsuya Matsuki, Art By Shiro Usazaki

Kei Yonagi must delve deep into her psyche to succeed in the cutthroat world of acting, but can she keep her sanity while doing so? Is there a method to Kei Yonagi’s madness when it comes to acting? The young actor has a family of siblings to feed, but she finds herself struggling with her psychological demons when playing a role. Her desperate acting catches the eye of a famous director, Sumiji Kuroyama, who’s looking for raw talent to mold. Can he help Yonagi navigate the cutthroat world of acting without losing her sanity?

BLEACH: CAN’T FEAR YOUR OWN WORLD
By Ryohgo Narita, Original Concept by Tite Kubo

The bestselling paranormal action adventure manga series Bleach continues in novel form as an all-new threat arises. The Quincies’ Thousand Year Blood War is over, but the embers of turmoil still smolder in the Soul Society. Tokinada Tsunayashiro, elevated to head of his clan after a slew of assassinations take out every other claimant to the title, has a grand plan to create a new Soul King. His dark ambitions soon sow the seeds of a new total war across the realms, but all is not lost. There is one unlikely Soul Reaper who holds the key to defusing the conflict—Shuhei Hisagi, Assistant Captain of the Ninth Company and reporter for the Seireitei Bulletin.

FUSHIGI YUGI: BYAKKO SENKI
By Yuu Watase

The final Fushigi Yugi story in the Universe of the Four Gods begins. The year is 1923. Suzuno Osugi’s father Takao warns her to stay away from The Universe of the Four Gods, telling her it’s a book that only men can touch. Takao worked with late Einosuke Okuda, who translated its text. He knows that in order to enact its story, the book needs one last heroine: the priestess of Byakko.

HOW DO WE RELATIONSHIP?
By Tamifull

A romance of convenience between two college women soon becomes the real thing. Shy Miwa has always dreamed of finding love, but living in small-town Japan made finding the right match difficult—especially since she likes girls. Even going away to college didn’t seem to increase her romantic odds until one day her outgoing classmate Saeko suggests they might as well start dating each other since it’s not like either of them have other options. At first it seems like things won’t work out as their personalities clash and misunderstandings abound. But when their casual friendship starts to become something more Miwa begins to wonder—can a pragmatic proposal lead to true love?

MAISON IKKOKU COLLECTOR’S EDITION
By Rumiko Takahashi

Acclaimed author Rumiko Takahashi’s classic romantic comedy about finding a path in life. Yusaku Godai didn’t get accepted into college on the first try, so he’s studying to retake the entrance exams. But living in a dilapidated building full of eccentric and noisy tenants is making it hard for him to achieve his goals. Now that a beautiful woman has moved in to become the new resident manager, Godai is driven to distraction.

MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD – OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS
Dive into this monstrously massive guide and explore all of the hunting fields, monsters, weaponry and lore that turned Capcom’s beloved Monster Hunter franchise into a global hit. Monster Hunter: World is one of the biggest games to hit shelves in years, and an epic game deserves an epic book. This 560-page tome features all of the lore, myths and monster designs that made Monster Hunter: World such a hit. Get all of the details on the ecosystems of the hunting grounds, find out just what makes a Rathalos such a ferocious predator and explore the New World.

MUJIRUSHI: THE SIGN OF DREAMS
By Naoki Urasawa

From award-winning author Naoki Urasawa comes a tale of crushing debt, a broken marriage, and the painting that can fix it all—if Kasumi and her dad can manage to steal it. Kamoda will do anything to earn a quick buck, even if it means skipping out on his taxes to take his wife on a luxury cruise. But when a random tax audit bankrupts his family, Kamoda soon discovers his wife has taken that cruise after all—only without Kamoda or their daughter Kasumi. Desperate to provide, Kamoda invests in a scheme to mass-produce masks of controversial American presidential candidate Beverly Duncan. But a lackluster election kills their sales potential, burying Kamoda under a mountain of masks and debt. On the verge of despair, Kamoda discovers a sign that leads him to the Director, an art fanatic who vows he can make all of Kamoda and Kasumi’s dreams come true.

NARUTO: NARUTO’S STORY – FAMILY DAY
By Mirei Miyamoto, Original Concept By Masashi Kishimoto

The ninja adventures continue in these stories featuring the characters of Naruto and Boruto. In this first of three new stand-alone tales set in the Boruto timeline, the village of Konohagakure has established a new holiday, Family Day. In an attempt to celebrate, Naruto and his daughter Himawari race around looking for a must-have item that just keeps eluding them. Hinata wants to make the day memorable for her father Hiashi, her younger sister Hanabi and her son Boruto. Even Sasuke makes time to do something special with his daughter Sarada and his wife Sakura. When all is said and done, will the new holiday be considered a success?

NOT YOUR IDOL
By Aoi Makino

A psychological suspense series about a girl who has given up her life as an idol after being assaulted by a fan. In the wake of an assault, Nina Kamiyama, a former idol in the group Pure Club, shuns her femininity and starts dressing as a boy. At high school she keeps to herself, but fellow student Hikaru Horiuchi realizes who she is. What secrets is she keeping? The shocking drama starts.

ONE PIECE: ACE’S STORY
By Sho Hinata, Original Concept by Eiichiro Oda

Get the backstory on Luffy’s brother Ace in this first of two prose stories that continue the high seas adventure One Piece. This volume contains the origin story of Luffy’s adopted brother Ace, and tells of his thrilling quest for the legendary One Piece treasure.

PING PONG
By Taiyo Matsumoto

Ace high school table tennis players push their passion to the limit in this story of self-discovery, told by Eisner Award winner Taiyo Matsumoto and later adapted to anime by Masaaki Yuasa. Makoto “Smile” Tsukimoto doesn’t smile even though he’s got a natural talent for playing ping pong. As one of the best players in school, all hopes are on him to win the regional high school tournament, but winning is not what Smile really wants to do. Will the fierce competition to be number one bring out his best or drive him away from the game? Ping Pong is Taiyo Matsumoto’s masterwork reflection on friendship and self-discovery, presented here in two volumes, featuring color art, the bonus story Tamura and an afterward by the original Japanese series editor.

RWBY: THE OFFICIAL MANGA
By Bunta Kinami, Based on the Rooster Teeth Series Created By Monty Oum

Experience the Beacon Academy arc of the international smash hit animated series RWBY in a whole new way—manga. In the world of Remnant, monsters known as Grimm wreak havoc. They’re kept in check by Huntsmen and Huntresses, highly-skilled warriors experienced in monster extermination who utilize special abilities in battle. Ruby is a ferociously talented young girl who comes to Beacon Academy to hone her skills and serve as a Huntress herself. Alongside her sister Yang Xiao Long, rival Weiss Schnee and newfound friend Blake Belladonna, Ruby leads Team RWBY, the coolest new group at Beacon.

SAMURAI 8: THE TALE OF HACHIMARU
Story by Masashi Kishimoto, Art by Akira Okubo

A futuristic tale of samurai adventure from the creator of Naruto. Becoming a samurai seems like an impossible dream for Hachimaru, a boy who can’t even survive without the help of his father. But when a samurai cat appears before him, his whole life changes. A legendary manga creator and a rising star come together to bring you this science fiction samurai epic.

SPY X FAMILY
By Tatsuya Endo

An action-packed comedy about a fake family that includes a spy, an assassin and a telepath. Master spy Twilight is the best at what he does when it comes to going undercover on dangerous missions in the name of a better world. But when he receives the ultimate impossible assignment—get married and have a kid—he may finally be in over his head.

THE KINGDOM OF THE GODS
Story By In-Wan Youn, Art By Kyung-Il Yang, Original Concept by Eun-hee Kim

Discover the comic that inspired the Netflix Original zombie series Kingdom Years of war and famine and have plunged Joseon into chaos. Young Prince Yi Moon, after losing all his bodyguards to an assassination attempt, has no choice but to turn to the mountain bandit Jae-ha for help. But as the unlikely pair race to find safety in a world gone mad, it becomes horrifyingly clear that humans aren’t the only thing they must fear. In a bonus story, a secluded island becomes a private battlefield as the notorious Japanese criminal Juu and the infamous Korean felon Han face off against each other. But they aren’t the only ones on the island…

VIZ Media Announces Publishing Rights for Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga

Multimedia entertainment company VIZ Media, LLC adds the Star Wars franchise to its publishing catalog with the acquisition of Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga.

Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga is scheduled for release in early 2020. The anthology will feature a collection of stories by a cadre of renowned manga luminaries that include Akira Himekawa, Haruichi, Akira Fukaya, Takashi Kisaki and Subaru. Akira Himekawa created the bestselling The Legend of Zelda manga franchise, inspired by the classic Nintendo® puzzle-solving, role-playing video games. Haruichi is the creator of Leia Organa: Ordeal of the Princess, an official Star Wars Line Webcomic based on the YA Novel, Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray.

“With the global appeal of the Star Wars franchise, this publishing release offers an exciting new way to enjoy the brand from the perspective of master manga storytellers,” says Brad Woods, Chief Marketing Officer, VIZ Media. “Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker features the dynamic vision and bold art styles of some of the manga genre’s most celebrated creators and artists. We invite readers to discover this release early next year.”

Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga is adapted from the Star Wars novel, Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi—The Legends of Luke Skywalker, written by the Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy award-winning author Ken Liu.