VIZ Media Announces Home Media Pre-Orders for Sailor Moon R: The Movie

Toei Animation Inc. and VIZ Media announce pre-orders for the home media release of Sailor Moon R: The Movie.

Presented uncut and available for the first time in North America, Sailor Moon R: The Movie will be released on April 18, 2017 as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (MSRP: $29.98 U.S. / $34.99 CAN) and as a Standard Edition DVD (MSRP: $19.98 U.S. / $24.99 CAN). Pre-orders are now available from a variety of outlets and online retailers.

The Sailor Moon R: The Movie Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack contains a two-disc collection (one DVD and one Blu-ray disc), with beautifully illustrated variant O-card packaging and specialty foil printing. The Combo Pack also contains an all new HD-remaster, cast interviews, the exclusive animated short, Make Up! Sailor Guardians! and more. Blu-ray film and short are presented in 1080p HD video format.

In the film, long before Mamoru found his destiny with Usagi, he gave a single rose in thanks to a lonely boy who helped him recover from the crash that claimed his parents. This long-forgotten friend, Fiore, has been searching the galaxy for a flower worthy of that sweet gesture long ago. The mysterious flower he finds is beautiful, but has a dark side – it has the power to take over planets. To make matters worse, the strange plant is tied to an ominous new asteroid near Earth. Faced with an enemy blooming out of control, it’s up to Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians to band together, stop the impending destruction and save Mamoru.

Sailor Moon R: The Movie features the English language cast already familiar to fans from the VIZ Media-distributed Sailor Moon anime series. Voice actress Stephanie Sheh reprises her leading role of Usagi Tsukino / Sailor Moon along with actor Robbie Daymond as Mamoru Chiba / Tuxedo Mask. Newcomer Ben Diskin will voice the role of the film’s villain, Fiore.

The Sailor Moon anime series is inspired by the bestselling manga series created by Naoko Takeuchi. In the series, Usagi Tsukino is a clumsy but kindhearted teenage girl who transforms into the powerful guardian of love and justice, Sailor Moon. Meeting allies along the way who share similar fates, Usagi and her team of planetary Sailor Guardians fight to protect the universe from forces of evil and total annihilation.

VIZ Media Announces Home Media and Manga Release of Pokemon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel

VIZ Media announces the upcoming home media release and the official manga edition of Pokemon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel in Spring 2017.

Fans can experience all of the excitement and adventure of the newest Pokemon anime feature film in the Pokemon X·Y series in both DVD and graphic novel form. Pokemon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel was directed by Kunihiko Yuyama and was originally released in Japanese theaters in Summer 2016.

POKEMON THE MOVIE: VOLCANION AND THE MECHANICAL MARVEL DVD
Rated “TV-Y7” for Viewers Ages 7 and Older · MSRP: $19.98 U.S. / $24.99 CAN · Available March 21, 2017

In the latest adventure, Ash meets the Mythical Pokemon, Volcanion, when it crashes down from the sky, creating a cloud of dust – and a mysterious force binds the two of them together. Volcanion despises humans and tries to get away, but it’s forced to drag Ash along as it continues its rescue mission. They arrive in a city of cogs and gears, where a corrupt minister has stolen the ultimate invention: the Artificial Pokémon Magearna, created 500 years ago. He plans to use its mysterious powers to take control of this mechanical kingdom. Can Ash and Volcanion work together to rescue Magearna? One of the greatest battles in Pokemon history is about to unfold. Catch all the action presented with dubbed English or subtitled dialogue options as well as 2.0 and 5.1 audio selections.

POKEMON THE MOVIE: VOLCANION AND THE MECHANICAL MARVEL MANGA
Rated “A” For All Ages · MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Available Now

Capture all of the action of the newest Pokemon feature film in this single-volume official manga adaptation. Features story and artwork by Kemon Kawamoto.

Pokemon is one of the most successful international entertainment franchises of all time. More than 279 million Pokemon video games and over 21.5 billion Pokemon Trading Cards have been sold in more than 74 countries in addition to substantial publishing and merchandise sales. VIZ Media is the official North American distributor for a wide variety of Pokemon home media releases including animated series and films and also publishes a variety of Pokemon manga graphic novel series including Pokemon Adventures, Pokemon Adventures: FireRed & LeafGreen, Pokemon Adventures: Emerald, Pokemon Adventures: Diamond & Pearl/Platinum, Pokemon Adventures: HeartGold & SoulSilver, Pokemon Adventures: Black & White, Pokemon X•Y, and Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire.

VIZ Media Launches Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Manga Series

VIZ Media expands the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! with the launch of Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V on April 4, 2017.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V features story by Shin Yoshida and artwork by Naohito Miyoshi. First printings of the latest incarnation of the series will include an ultra-rare trading card that will be highly prized by collectors and game players. The series is rated “T” for Teens and will be published under the Shonen Jump imprint with a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V also launches digitally via VIZ.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as in the NOOK, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Subsequent volumes of the ongoing series will be published in English bi-annually.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V, action duels have become a global sensation, but what is the dark secret behind them that threatens to destroy the world? In the opening volume, Yuzu Hiiragi and her father run a Dueling school that’s seen better days. If only they had a star teacher to bring in new students. When a rogue Duelist known as Phantom appears in the city, Yuzu may have found a savior, but Phantom will have to deal with the Leo Corporation’s special forces before he can get into any community service.

“Dueling takes center stage in this new adventure with a fresh cast of characters and non-stop action,” says Michael Montesa, Editor. “Yu-Gi-Oh! fans and manga readers won’t want to miss out on the latest tales from the dark and dangerous world of dueling.”

Original Yu-Gi-Oh! series creator, Kazuki Takahashi, first attempted to break into the manga business in 1982, but success eluded him until Yu-Gi-Oh! debuted in the Japanese Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1996. Yu-Gi-Oh!‘s themes of friendship and competition, together with Takahashi’s weird and wonderful art, soon became enormously successful, spawning a real-world card game, video games, and six anime series (two Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! series, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V). VIZ Media is the official North American publisher of a variety of Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series including Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal.

VIZ Media Launches New Shojo Manga Series Anonymous Noise

VIZ Media announces the launch of a powerful new shojo manga series about passion, music and unrequited love with the launch of Anonymous Noise on March 7, 2017.

The series, by creator Ryoko Fukuyama, is rated “T” for Teens and will be published under the Shojo Beat imprint. Volume 1 will carry a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Anonymous Noise also launches digitally via VIZ.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the NOOK, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Subsequent volumes of Anonymous Noise will be published in English on a bi-monthly basis.

In the series, Nino Arisugawa, a girl who loves to sing, experiences her first heart-wrenching goodbye when her beloved childhood friend, Momo, moves away. And after Nino befriends Yuzu, a music composer, she experiences another sad parting. Both boys promised Nino that they would find her one day through her singing, so she holds on to that hope and continues to reach out with her voice. Now in high school, Nino serendipitously reunites with Yuzu, but she yearns to see Momo again…

“Creator Ryoko Fukuyama’s energetic pacing and stylized artwork help create a powerful story that showcases the longings of the heart,” says Amy Yu, Editor. “With a focus on the pangs of unrequited love and a developing love triangle, this new shojo series explores how music can help channel and enhance love. As Nino’s conflicted feelings emerge, the stage is set for an engrossing read that is sure to captivate both new and veteran shojo manga fans!”

Creator Ryoko Fukuyama is the author of Nosatsu Junkie, Monochrome Shonen Shojo and Shinzou ga Tarinai (Not Enough Heart). Her series, Anonymous Noise, will be adapted into an anime in the spring.

VIZ Media Announces the Home Media Release of Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2

VIZ Media delivers new episodes of the Sailor Moon Crystal anime series with the home media release of Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2.

The Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, available February 28, 2017, features the entire Black Moon arc, Episodes 15-26, of the celebrated reboot of the classic anime series based on Naoko Takeuchi’s original Sailor Moon manga series along with a host of notable bonus features. Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2 also will be released as a Standard Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (February 28, 2017) and a Standard Edition DVD-only set (now available).

Pre-orders are available now from a variety of leading outlets and online retailers. Fans that order Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2 from RightStufAnime.com will receive a special Sailor Moon Suncatcher premium – while supplies last.

The Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2 Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack will carry an MSRP of $79.99 U.S. / $93.99 CAN; the Standard Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack will carry an MSRP of $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN; the Standard Edition DVD-only Set will carry an MSRP of $39.99 U.S. / $52.99 CAN.

The Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2 Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack contains a deluxe, four-disc collection (two DVDs and two Blu-ray discs), packaged with an exclusive chipboard box with specialty printing. The Combo Pack also contains six full-color collectible art cards and a premium full-color art booklet featuring episode summaries and more. Bonus content includes a digital art gallery, clean opening and closing segments, and a special interview with Japanese pop group Momoiro Clover Z, who perform the series’ theme songs. Blu-ray episodes are presented in 1080p HD video format sourced from the Japanese home video masters.

The Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2 Standard Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack also features episodes in crisp 1080p HD video and contains notable bonus content including the digital art gallery, clean opening and closing segments and the interview with Momoiro Clover Z.

The Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2 Standard DVD Set features four discs with beautifully illustrated variant O-card packaging and specialty foil printing. Episodes will be presented in 480p standard video format.

Creator Naoko Takeuchi’s groundbreaking saga continues with the Black Moon arc, when a pink-haired young girl falls from the sky and threatens to take the Legendary Silver Crystal from Usagi. But she’s not the only new arrival with an interest in the Crystal, as the mysterious Spectre Sisters are using more than threats to get what they want. When everyone in Sailor Moon’s life is in danger from an enemy she can’t seem to defeat, who can she turn to for help? That young girl and her small key may hold the answer, but can Usagi triumph where so many others have failed?

VIZ Media Announces Preorders for One-Punch Man Home Media Release

VIZ Media delights fans with news of preorders for the forthcoming home media release of One-Punch Man on April 25, 2017.

The first release of the popular anime series about an unlikely superhero with a knockout punch will debut as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, a Standard Edition Blu-ray and a Standard Edition DVD set. Each edition will feature Episodes 1-12 and will contain both English dubbed and original Japanese (with English subtitled) dialogue selections.

Preorders are available now from a variety of leading outlets and online retailers. Fans that order the One-Punch Man Limited Edition Combo Pack from RightStufAnime.com will receive a special gift with purchase – while supplies last.

The One-Punch Man Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack will carry an MSRP of $59.99 U.S. / $69.99 CAN; the Standard Edition Blu-ray Set will carry an MSRP of $49.99 U.S. / $57.99 CAN; the Standard Edition DVD-only Set will carry an MSRP of $39.99 U.S. / $52.99 CAN.

The One-Punch Man Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack contains a deluxe, four-disc collection (two DVDs and two Blu-ray discs), packaged in an exclusive chipboard box with specialty printing. The Combo Pack also includes six exclusive OVA anime shorts (only available on the Blu-ray Edition and the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack) as well as six full-color collectible art cards and a premium full-color booklet featuring episode summaries, character profiles, interviews and more. Blu-ray episodes are presented in crisp 1080p HD video.

The One-Punch Man Standard Edition Blu-ray also features episodes in 1080p HD video and also contains the six exclusive OVA anime shorts.

The One-Punch Man Standard DVD Set features two discs with beautifully illustrated O-card packaging and specialty foil printing. Episodes are presented in 480p standard video format.

The One-Punch Man anime series centers on Saitama, a man who only became a hero for fun. However, after three years of “special” training, he finds that he can beat even the mightiest opponents with a single punch. Though he faces new enemies every day, it turns out being devastatingly powerful is actually kind of a bore. Can a hero be too strong?

One-Punch Man has garnered a massive following with its dynamic mix of comedy, action and unique tale of an average-looking superhero with a not-so-average power,” says Charlene Ingram, VIZ Media’s Senior Manager of Animation Marketing. “We’re very excited to be releasing these amazing home media editions and invite fans of the manga, superhero comics, over-the-top action and everything in-between to get in on the One-Punch Man fun with the debut of this celebrated series.”

VIZ Media is the official North American distributor of the One-Punch Man anime and manga properties and holds the digital and print publishing rights as well as broadcast rights, digital streaming rights, home video rights and master merchandising rights to the series.

VIZ Media Expands Best-Selling Video Game Inspired Series With the Launch of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

VIZ Media announces the publication of the manga adaptation of The Legend of Zelda’s most famous video game with the release of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on March 14, 2017.

Set for an exclusive print release, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is based on the classic Nintendo® role playing, puzzle-solving, action video game series. The manga features story and artwork by creator Akira Himekawa, the team widely renowned for their previous Zelda manga adaptations. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 1 is rated “T” for Teens and will carry a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Volumes will be released on a yearly basis.

Once upon a time, wizards tried to conquer the Sacred Realm of Hyrule. The Spirits of Light sealed the wizards’ power within the Shadow Crystal and banished them to the Twilight Realm beyond the Mirror of Twilight. Now, an evil menace is trying to find Midna, Princess of the Twilight Realm, and the fragments of the Shadow Crystal to gain the power to rule over both the Twilight Realm and the World of Light.

Zelda fans will love this latest release for one of the franchise’s most popular games,” says Michael Montesa, Editor. “The 13th video game in the Zelda saga, Nintendo’s Twilight Princess takes a notably darker, more mature tone than previous installments. This foreboding atmosphere is captured in this exciting new adaptation, which fans and players will want to add to their personal collections.”

The Legend of Zelda manga series was created by Akira Himekawa, which is the pen name of two women known simply as A. Honda and S. Nagano. The pair created The Legend of Zelda manga series which was inspired by several games and story arcs in the Zelda video game series. To-date they have created ten manga adventures, which are published by VIZ Media, featuring Link and the popular video game world of The Legend of Zelda, including Ocarina of Time, Oracle of Seasons, Four Swords, and more.