VIZ Media’s Announcements at Anime Expo 2022

Viz Media announced during its panel at Anime Expo 2022 that it will make all 366 English-dubbed episodes of the Bleach anime available to purchase digitally in the United States for a limited time on July 5, 2022 to July 7, 2022. VIZ Media will offer the bundle for a limited time after that, but at a higher price. The series will be available on Apple TV app, Microsoft, and VUDU and will retail for US$99.

The company also announced that it will release the Jujutsu Kaisen anime series on home video in February 2023, as well as the Burn the Witch anime in October 2022.

VIZ Media also confirmed that it will continue to simulpub Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Chainsaw Man manga when it returns from hiatus for its second part on July 13, 2022 in Japan. The manga will switch publications from the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine to the Shonen Jump+ website in Japan.

Source: ANN
Source: The Fandom Post

VIZ Media Announces Releases for Spring 2023

VIZ Media has announced upcoming releases for Spring 2023:

  • Tatsuki Fujimoto Before Chainsaw Man: 17-21 by Tatsuki Fujimoto
  • Tatsuki Fujimoto Before Chainsaw Man: 22-26 by Tatsuki Fujimoto
  • The Girl That Can’t Get a Girlfriend by Mieri Hiranishi
  • Insomniacs After School by Makoto Ojiro
  • Show-ha Shoten! by Akinari Asakura and Takeshi Obata
  • Helck by Nanaki Nanao
  • Love’s in Sight! by Uoyama
  • Tista by Tatsuya Endo
  • The Art of Demon Slayer art book by Koyoharu Gotouge
  • Haikyu!! art book by Haruichi Furudate
  • 4*Town 4*Real by Dirchansky and KAlfee
  • My Special One by Momoko Koda
  • Boy’s Abyss by Ryo Minenami
  • Ayashimon by Yuji Kaku
  • Tombs: Junji Ito Story Collection by Junji Ito
  • Choujin X by Sui Ishida
  • Nina Dragons Ball Parade by Mikiyasu Kamada and Ashibi Fukui (digital exclusive)

Source: Crunchyroll

MANGA Plus and VIZ Media Publish the Aliens Area Manga

VIZ Media and MANGA Plus both began publishing Fusai Naba’s Aliens Area manga on June 5, 2022. Both services will publish the next chapter of the manga on June 12, 2022.

The manga is described as:

Tokyo, Planet Earth… High schooler Tatsumi Tatsunami lost his parents at a young age and now works multiple part-time jobs to live a hectic but peaceful life with his younger siblings. One day his body undergoes a sudden change… And now mysterious beings are showing up at his house. In order to protect the people he holds dear, in order to protect Earth (or “area”), Tatsumi must awaken. He better, because “they” are already here. Rising star Fusai Naba brings this new cosmic action fantasy series to Shonen Jump.

Naba launched Aliens Area in the 27th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.

Source: ANN

Protect Me, Shugomaru! Manga Ends

This year’s 27th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has published the final chapter of Daiki Ihara’s Protect Me, Shugomaru! manga.

The manga is described as:

Being a bodyguard isn’t easy, especially when you’re a danger to everyone around you.

Ihara launched Protect Me, Shugomaru! on November 22, 2021. MANGA Plus and VIZ Media are publishing the manga digitally in English.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media to Add the Super Smartphone Manga on May 8, 2022

VIZ Media has announced that it will add author Hiroki Tomisawa and artist KentarĊ Hidano’s Super Smartphone manga in English on May 8, 2022. Shueisha’s MANGA Plus service has yet to announce if it will also release the series.

VIZ Media stated the manga follows a high school student who “finds a phone that can search for anything on Earth and uses it to solve difficult crime cases.”

Super Smartphone will launch in the 23rd issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.

Source: ANN

Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Goodbye Eri One Shot Manga Is Now Available in English

Tatsuki Fujimoto, the creator of Chainsaw Man, launched a one shot manga titled, Goodbye Eri in Japan. The one shot is now available in English both through VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump app and website, as well as on the MANGA Plus service.

The story of Goodbye Eri is described as:

With his mother dying, Yuta attempts to capture her last days on his phone. After her death, Yuta heads to the roof of the hospital to commit suicide, but a meeting with a strange girl leads him on the path to making a movie.

Source: Crunchyroll

VIZ Pictures Makes the Megalobox 2: Nomad Anime Available on iTunes

The Fandom Post is reporting that VIZ Pictures has made the Megalobox 2: Nomad anime available on iTunes, where it is available in both its dubbed and subbed versions. The episodes are priced at $1.99 individually but you can also get the original Japanese version in a full collection priced at $26.99.

The story of Megalobox 2: Nomad is described as:

In the end, “Gearless” Joe was the one that reigned as the champion of Megalonia, a first ever Megalobox tournament. Fans everywhere were mesmerized by the meteoric rise of Joe who sprung out from the deepest underground ring to the top in mere three months and without the use of gear. Seven years later, “Gearless” Joe was once again fighting in underground matches. Adorned with scars and once again donning his gear, but now known only as Nomad.

Source: The Fandom Post

VIZ Media to Publish The Girl That Can’t Get a Girlfriend Manga

Manga creator Mieri Hiranishi has announced that VIZ Media will publish the English version of her The Girl That Can’t Get a Girlfriend manga. VIZ Media will publish the manga in English under its “Viz Originals” label.

Hiranishi posted a video to explain the news. In the video, she says that she was planning to self-publish the net manga, but publishers approached her instead to publish the work.

Hiranishi originally wrote the semi-autobiographical manga in college, and then more recently redrew the series and posted it online.

The Girl That Can’t Get a Girlfriend is currently available for free in English to read on such services as Webtoons and Tapas, and in Japanese on pixiv.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media and MANGA Plus Are Publishing the Earthchild Manga in English

VIZ Media and MANGA Plus began publishing Hideo Shinkai’s Earthchild manga in English on February 20, 2022. MANGA Plus will publish the next chapter of the manga on February 27, 2022.

The story is described as:

A regular person falls in love with a superhero who protects Earth. In terms of circumstances, ability, experience–they are from two different worlds, but they get to know each other, support each other, and then… a unique love story on a planetary scale now begins.

Shinkai launched Earthchild in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump on February 21, 2022.

Source: ANN

Otaku Lamps and VIZ Media Team Up to Bring Beloved Anime Characters to Light

Otaku Lamps, the first company to introduce licensed anime lights, announced its collaboration with VIZ Media to bring some of the most iconic anime characters to life with LED lamps.

Otaku Lamps and VIZ Media are producing lamps using all of the fan favorite characters from some of their biggest titles. These include:

  • Naruto Shippuden (Naruto, Sasuke, Kakashi, Itachi, and many more)
  • Hunter x Hunter (Gon, Killua, Kurapika, Leorio, Hisoka, and many more)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (Jotaro, Jolyne, Giorno, Bruno, and many more)

“As anime fans ourselves, we love the fact that we can work directly with the animation and production companies for some of our favorite anime that we have been watching since we were kids,” said Brooks Woolfolk, co-founder, Otaku Lamps. “We are a husband-and-wife duo, and we are grateful to be able to make official merch that captures the iconic characters that our community loves, while also supporting the studios in the process.”

They have plans on licensing every popular anime out, and are constantly adding new anime titles to their lineup, so keep an eye out for their newest upcoming collections. All of their lamps for Naruto, Hunter x Hunter, and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure will be available on www.otakulamps.com.

Otaku Lamps is a company that prioritizes what anime fans want, and has been tapping into the anime industry to rapidly grow their collection of licensed lighting products. They currently produce officially licensed merchandise for some of the biggest titles of anime, such as Attack on Titan, and of other pop culture, such as BT21. They are currently working with Crunchyroll, FUNimation Entertainment, LINE FRIENDS, and many other licensors who want to bring their characters to a new light. To learn more about Otaku Lamps and their collection of LED lamps and neon signs, visit www.otakulamps.com.