VIZ Media Moves Up the Time for Release of Shonen Jump Manga and Adds the Undead Unluck Manga

VIZ Media has announced that it will now release new chapters of manga from Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. ET. In instances where Weekly Shonen Jump releases in Japan on days other than Mondays (the magazine often releases on Saturday when there is a Monday holiday in Japan), VIZ Media’s release time may change from the normal time.

The new release time equates to 12:00 a.m. on Mondays in Japan. Shueisha releases its Weekly Shonen Jump magazine digitally in Japan on Mondays at 5:00 a.m. JST.

Starting in December 2018 with the launch of VIZ Media’s new Shonen Jump service, VIZ published new chapters from Weekly Shonen Jump in English digitally on Sundays at 3:00 p.m. ET. This new system pushes up the release time by five hours.

Viz Media also announced that it will publish Yoshifumi Tozuka’s Undead Unluck manga in English. The manga will launch in Weekly Shonen Jump‘s eighth issue in Japan on January 20, 2020, and is the first of three new manga debuting in January 2020 and February 2020 in the magazine.

Source: ANN

Star Wars: Legends of Luke Skywalker Manga Debuts From VIZ Media

43 years after Star Wars: A New Hope hit theaters, the legendary space saga unfolds in the galaxy of manga thanks to the latest story in the Skywalker saga.

Packing in all the adventure that fans would expect from Star Wars, publishing and entertainment juggernaut VIZ Media, in collaboration with Lucasfilm, presents Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga.

Encounters with the elusive Jedi Luke Skywalker have mystified many in a galaxy far, far away. A cadre of renowned Japanese manga artists, Akira Himekawa, Haruichi, Subaru, Akira Fukaya, and Takashi Kisaki, brilliantly capture and bring him to life in this literary piece.

Star Wars and manga fans alike will delight in the storytelling and humor narrated in Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga inspired by Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy award-winning author Ken Liu’s Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Crunchyroll and VIZ Media Announce Anime Distribution Deal for the United States and Canada

Crunchyroll has announced that it has reached a distribution deal with VIZ Media to offer some of VIZ Media’s anime titles for streaming. The distribution deal added the following 18 VIZ Media titles to Crunchyroll on December 16, 2019:

  • Accel World
  • Accel World: Infinite Burst
  • Death Note
  • K – Season 1
  • K: Missing Kings
  • K: Seven Stories (English-subtitled only)
  • Naruto Shippūden: The Movie – Blood Prison
  • Naruto Shippūden: The Movie – The Lost Tower
  • Naruto Shippūden: The Movie – Will of Fire
  • Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom
  • Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel
  • Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
  • One Punch Man Season 1 (English-subtitled only)
  • Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie
  • Sailor Moon R: The Movie
  • The Last -Naruto the Movie-
  • Vampire Knight
  • Vampire Knight Guilty

The following VIZ titles will debut on Crunchyroll on December 19, 2019:

  • Hikaru no Go
  • InuYasha
  • Inuyasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time
  • Inuyasha the Movie 4: Fire on the Mystic Island
  • InuYasha the Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler
  • Inuyasha the Movie 2: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass

Most of the titles will be available in the United States and Canada, but the first season of One Punch Man will also be available in Latin America. Most of the anime will be available both with English subtitles and a dub, except for K: Seven Stories and the first season of One Punch Man.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media and MANGA Plus Add the Agravity Boys Manga in English

Both VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump service and Shueisha’s MANGA Plus service have launched Atsushi Nakamura’s Agravity Boys manga in English. The manga is also available in Spanish on MANGA Plus. The manga launched in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on December 9, 2019.

Shueisha describes the manga as:

The year 2118… Four young astronauts head out to the stars to find humanity’s new frontier…or so they thought! Two days after they depart, earth is devoured by a black hole! Plunged into a destiny they cannot escape, these unique young men reach their destination of Alpha Jumbro and plan to live out the rest of their lives there. How will humanity survive in this wacky space-survival comedy?!

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Finalizes Deal to Become the Majority Owner of VIZ Media Europe Group

Crunchyroll and VIZ Media Europe have announced that they have finalized the deal for Crunchyroll to become the majority owner of VIZ Media Europe Group. The companies announced the agreement in September 2019.

Crunchyroll and VIZ Media Europe Group also announced that they appointed John Easum in the new role of Head of Crunchyroll EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa).

The Hitotsubashi Group ⁠— consisting of Shueisha, Inc., Shogakukan, Inc., Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd. ⁠— will retain a minority stake in VIZ Media Europe Group. Additionally, Shogakukan and Shueisha Group will retain complete ownership of VIZ Media Europe’s publishing business through VME PLB SAS, a new company that Shogakukan and Shueisha Group created. The new company will license manga for the EMEA and Latin American regions, with Kazuyoshi Takeuchi as president and Kazuyuki Masuda as managing director.

VIZ Media Europe Group is comprised of VIZ Media Europe Group, AV Visionen, Anime Versand, VIZ Media Switzerland, KAZÉ, KAZÉ Manga, Anime on Demand, and Anime Digital Network (in partnership with the Média-Participations subsidiary Citel).

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Presents New Home Media and Publishing Releases for December 2019

VIZ Media wraps up 2019 with three new home media and publishing releases for December. First up, Bleach Blu-ray Set 5 continues Ichigo’s fight against the Arrancars, all in beautiful HD and packed with bonus features. The popular supernatural Shonen Jump series Jujutsu Kaisen receives a long-awaited print and digital debut. Finally, horror master Junji Ito’s ultimate adaptation of an immortal work of Japanese literature, No Longer Human by author Osamu Dazai, will be available as a deluxe hardcover edition.

New Home Media for December 2019:

BLEACH Blu-ray Set 5
Blu-ray MSRP: $54.97 U.S. / $63.99 CAN
Available December 3, 2019

As Ichigo fears the growing strength of the Hollow within him, the Soul Society detects an attack on the World of the Living by Arrancars—Hollows with Soul Reaper powers created by the traitor Sosuke Aizen. Ichigo rushes to the aid of his friends, but his Hollow interferes. Can Ichigo master his inner self in time to help defeat the threat of the Arrancars? And who are the mysterious Visoreds who are interested in recruiting him? Set 5 features 28 episodes on four Blu-ray discs (Episodes 112-139). Bonus features include a VIZ staff commentary track that is available for select episodes, digital art gallery and clean opening and endings.

New Publishing Releases for December 2019:

JUJUTSU KAISEN by Gege Akutami
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Available December 3, 2019

In a world where cursed spirits feed on unsuspecting humans, fragments of the legendary and feared demon Ryomen Sukuna were lost and scattered about. Should any demon consume Sukuna’s body parts, the power they gain could destroy the world as we know it. Fortunately, there exists a mysterious school of Jujutsu Sorcerers who exist to protect the precarious existence of the living from the supernatural.

NO LONGER HUMAN By Junji Ito
MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN · Rated “M” for Mature Readers
Available December 17, 2019

Plagued by a maddening anxiety, the terrible disconnect between his own concept of happiness and the joy of the rest of the world, Yozo Oba plays the clown in his dissolute life, holding up a mask for those around him as he spirals ever downward, locked arm-in-arm with death.

Osamu Dazai’s immortal―and supposedly autobiographical―work of Japanese literature, is perfectly adapted here into a manga by Junji Ito. The imagery wrenches open the text of the novel one line at a time to sublimate Yozo’s mental landscape into something even more delicate and grotesque. This is the ultimate in art by Ito, proof that nothing can surpass the terror of the human psyche.

VIZ Media and MANGA Plus Add the Zipman!! Manga in English

Both VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump service and Shueisha’s MANGA Plus service launched Yūsaku Shibata’s Zipman!! manga in English on December 2, 2019. The manga is also available in Spanish in MANGA Plus. The manga launched in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on the same day.

Shueisha describes the manga as:

Zip up and get your robot on! A new type of robot-action series! World-famous handsome mechanical engineer Koshiro Tatara and scary-looking musclehead Kaname, these polar opposite twins both fell in love with the same girl’s smile. Since then, they compete daily to see which of them can make her smile more. But one day, tragedy suddenly strikes Koshiro… A new robot battle action manga with a totally unlikely duo from Yūsaku Shibata, creator of Yoakemono!

Source: ANN