Press Release: Viz Media Announces Exciting New Manga, Novel and Art Book Acquisitiions at 2017 Anime Boston


Five New Titles Scheduled To Launch This Fall And Winter Include TOKYO GHOUL ILLUSTRATIONS: ZAKKI, SHIVER: JUNJI ITO SELECTED STORIES And More!

 San Francisco, CA, April 3, 2017 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing announced plans to expand its manga publishing catalog with an array of notable new title acquisitions during its official panel event held this past weekend at Anime Boston 2017.

The new series set for launch this Fall and Winter include the post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure CHILDREN OF THE WHALES as well as an in-depth exploration of the artwork from Sui Ishida’s TOKYO GHOUL in TOKYO GHOUL ILLUSTRATIONS: ZAKKI. The new shojo series SP BABY, from the creator of HAPPY MARRIAGE?!, and a captivating anthology of horror manga in SHIVER: JUNJI ITO SELECTED STORIES were also announced at Anime Boston. The battle-filled novel JUNI TAISEN: ZODIAC WARRIORS will be the first of the newly announced titles to debut this Fall.

Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.

New Fall & Winter VIZ Media Publishing Acquisitions

JUNI TAISEN: ZODIAC WARRIORS (Novel)

Debuts October 2017

Rampage. Weep. Kill. Every 12 years, the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac take the form of warriors and engage in the ultimate battle royal. They face one another in battles to the death, using all the powers of their star signs, and the sole survivor is granted the ultimate prize – a wish. Any wish. Don’t miss this highly anticipated hardcover release!

CHILDREN OF THE WHALES, Vol. 1

Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts November 2017

A gripping post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure by creator Abi Umeda. In an endless sea of sand drifts the Mud Whale, a floating island city of clay and magic. In its chambers a small community clings to survival, most dying young from the very powers that sustain them.

TOKYO GHOUL ILLUSTRATIONS: ZAKKI

Debuts November 2017

Tokyo Ghoul Illustrations: Zakki features artwork and behind-the-scenes notes, commentary and ruminations from TOKYO GHOUL creator Sui Ishida. Discover the creative process that brought the hit manga and anime to life, in gloriously ghoulish full color.

SP BABY, Vol. 1

Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Debuts November 2017

In this new josei manga series, Tamaki Hasegawa misses an interview for a much-needed job in order to stop an assault on a man running for his life! The man, Kagetora Sugo, is the prime minister’s nephew. He then asks Tamaki to become his bodyguard.

SHIVER: JUNJI ITO SELECTED STORIES 

Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Debuts December 2017
A stunning must-read release from the master of horror manga. This volume includes nine of Junji Ito’s best short stories, as selected by the author himself and presented with accompanying notes and commentary. An arm peppered with tiny holes dangles from a sick girl’s window… After an idol hangs herself, balloons bearing faces appear in the sky, some even featuring your own face… An amateur film crew hires an extremely individualistic fashion model and faces a real bloody ending… An offering of nine fresh nightmares for the delectation of horror fans.

DEATH NOTE All-In-One Edition Debuts This Fall; NARUTO: CHIBI SASUKE’S SHARINGAN LEGEND Among Three New Shonen Jump Manga Titles To Receive Digital And Print Releases

 San Francisco, CA, April 3, 2017 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing detailed the acquisition of several notable new Shonen Jump manga properties this past weekend during its official panel event at Anime Boston 2017.

One of the most successful manga of all time will receive premium collectible  treatment in the DEATH NOTE All-in-One Edition, debuting Fall 2017. The monstrously large edition collects the complete 12-volume series in one massive book, and includes an epilogue chapter never before seen in English.

Two titles currently serialized on the Shonen Jump site will receive a digital-first full volume debut followed by a print release. Fans can look forward to Naruto: Chibi Sasuke’s Sharingan Legend, an action-packed comedic spin-off focusing on one of the most-loved characters from the best-selling manga series created by Masashi Kishimoto. The science fiction survival epic ASTRA LOST IN SPACE will also receive a digital-first and print volume release. Continuing chapters of both series are available for FREE on VIZ.com/ShonenJump/chapters/all!

In addition, the fan-favorite and chilling suspense drama THE PROMISED NEVERLAND will make the leap from the pages of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP digital magazine to a full manga volume release! The first volume will debut first digitally in October, followed by a print debut in December.

Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.

New Fall & Winter 2017 VIZ Media Publishing Acquisitions

DEATH NOTE (All-in-One Edition)

Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Debuts Fall 2017

This hefty omnibus combines all 2,400 pages of the megahit thriller into a single massive tome, presented in a beautiful silver slipcase. A perfect collectible conversation piece and a must-have for DEATH NOTE fans. Also contains an epilogue chapter never before seen in English!

 NARUTO: CHIBI SASUKE’S SHARINGAN LEGEND · Rated ‘T’ for Teens

Volume 1 Digital First Debut July 2017, Print Debut September 2017  

Uchiha Sasuke, the brooding loner who will do anything to avenge his clan and kill his older brother… Yes, this is that story, but with a hilarious twist! In Naruto: Chibi Sasuke’s Sharingan Legend, the characters and story have been flipped on their heads, all for the sake of comedy! With his Taka teammates Suigetsu, Karin and Jugo, Sasuke travels the land and gets into all kinds of wacky adventures. This is a side of Sasuke you’ve never seen before. One bit of advice: do not mock the Uchiha!

 ASTRA LOST IN SPACE · Rated ‘T’ for Teens

Volume 1 Digital First Debut October 2017, Print Debut December 2017

In the year 2063 interstellar space travel has become the norm. Eight students from Caird High School and one child set out on a routine planet camp excursion. While there, the students are mysteriously transported 5,000 light-years away to the middle of nowhere! Will they ever make it back to Earth?!

 THE PROMISED NEVERLAND · Rated ‘T’ for Teens

Volume 1 Digital First Debut October 2017, Print Debut December 2017

In this masterful suspense story, life at Grace Field House has been good for Emma and her fellow orphans. While the daily studying and exams they have to take are tough, their loving caretaker provides them with delicious foods and plenty of play time. But perhaps not everything is as it seems…

For additional information on manga and anime titles available from VIZ Media, please visit VIZ.com.