Viz Media’s Manga Announcements at Anime Expo

Viz Media announced during the company’s panel at Anime Expo that it has licensed the second part of Hirohiko Araki’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga series, Battle Tendency. The company will release JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Bloodm the first part of the series, digitally in September 2014 and in print in February 2015. The print release will be a deluxe edition with color pages and new cover art. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency, will premiere digitally in March 2015.

In addition, Viz will release its 2005 editions of the third part, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, digitally beginning on July 4, 2014, with new volumes every week.

The company has also licensed Aya Kanno’s Requiem of the Rose King.

Viz also announced that the company will be releasing omnibus editions of Yu-Gi-Oh! by Kazuki Takahashi and Gyo by Junji Ito.

Toshio Maeda Will Be a Guest at Anime Expo

Anime Expo’s schedule shows that manga creator Toshio Maeda will be hosting two panels during this year’s Anime Expo; he will be hosting a panel on July 4 and 5, 2014. Maeda’s works include Urotsukidoji, La Blue Girl, Demon Beast Invasion, and Adventure Kid.

Anime Expo will be taking place July 3-6, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.

Dragon Ball Z Panel at Anime Expo

FUNimation has announced that there will be a Dragon Ball Z panel taking place during this year’s Anime Expo, which will feature Sean Schemmel, Chris Sabat, and Justin Cook. The panel will be taking place on July 5, 2014 at 4:00pm in room LP2.

Fans will also have a chance to meet the trio earlier in the day during an exclusive autograph signing at FUNimation Entertainment’s booth #1201 from 1:00pm-2:30pm where posters will be supplied for the signing. Autographs will be available on a first come, first served basis due to time restrictions. Limit one autograph per person.

Viz Media Announces Events and Activities for 2014 Anime Expo

Viz Media has announced the company’s schedule for Anime Expo which includes special anime premieres, guest appearances, panel discussions, autograph sessions, and promotional giveaways. Anime Expo is taking place July 3-6, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.

Viz Media will be located on the main convention floor in Booth 1601. The booth will be a hub of activity with special freebies and promo item giveaways throughout the convention including posters, temporary tattoos, posters, postcards, buttons and more for popular series such as Blood Lad, Deadman Wonderland, Sailor Moon and One-Punch Man.

The Viz Media retail area also will offer a variety of must-have Anime Expo convention exclusives including Limited Edition One Piece replica manga art imported from Japan, special advance copies of Naoki Urasawa’s Monster: The Perfect Edition before it’s available anywhere else, new Weekly Shonen Jump Jump Packs featuring the exclusive new Yu-Gi-Oh! “Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Evening Twilight” trading card, Ranma 1/2 anime box sets featuring a special gift with purchase, and much more! Also don’t miss the return of the Viz Media convention tote bag, FREE with any purchase, available in four designs.

Anime Expo attendees can catch a preview of upcoming anime and manga releases in the Viz Media panel on Thursday, July 3, 2014, and then fans of One Piece can get all the latest news on the One Piece manga, anime, video games and more at a super-sized panel set for Friday, July 4, 2014, featuring guests from Viz Media, Funimation, Banda Namco Games and more. Anime fans can also catch up on the latest news and upcoming series premieres set for Viz Media’s Neon Alley anime streaming service in a special Animation panel on Sunday, July 7, 2014. In addition, members of the Shojo Beat editorial team will host a panel on Sunday, and fans can catch the dub premiere of Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet.

Be a guardian of love and justice and join Viz Media as it celebrates the return of the legendary action fantasy anime series with Sailor Moon Day on Saturday, July 5, 2014. The subtitled series is currently streaming exclusively on NeonAlley.com and Hulu.com, and Viz Media’s acquisition includes all 200 episodes of the revered series, including the never before licensed for North America fifth and climatic final season, “Sailor Stars,” as well as the three features and additional specials.

On Sailor Moon Day, catch the World Dub Premiere of the first two episodes as well as the reveal of the new English voice cast at the special Sailor Moon Official Panel. Fans can also catch the premiere of the brand new first episode Sailor Moon Crystal (subtitled), presented by Viz Media in a special Anime Expo screening. Meet the voice cast at an exclusive autograph session in the Anime Expo autograph area; fans can also take photos of the talented cast with the Sailor Guardian cosplayers at the Viz Media booth. Don’t miss the opportunity to join what could become the world’s largest Sailor Moon Cosplay Event ever with a special gathering the same afternoon in the Anime Expo Main Event Hall.

The Sailor Moon action also takes place all weekend at the Viz Media booth with a Sailor Moon Stamp Rally. Strange things have been happening and Sailor Moon needs your help! Come by the Viz Media booth at Anime Expo to get your stamp card and mission from the Sailor Guardians. Collect planetary symbol stamps from special booths around the Dealer’s Room and return the completed card to the Viz Media booth to get the exclusive premiere event coin. There’s a limited quantity of coins for each day, so be sure to help Sailor Moon before it’s too late.

Plus, cool down with free drinks and balloons from the Weekly Shonen Jump team at the Drink Cart Meet Up, Friday July 4, 2014, between 12–7:30pm outside the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Finally, don’t forget to check the Anime Expo screening schedule for a variety of Viz Media anime titles including showings of Berserk the Golden Age Arc III: THE Advent, Tiger & Bunny The Movie II: The Rising, Ranma 1/2, Blood Lad, and more.

VIZ Media Anime Expo Panels & SAILOR MOON Special Events Include:

Thursday, July 3, 2014

VIZ Media Panel (Room LP2)

Join the VIZ Media staff for a presentation and Q & A session all about the latest in manga & anime! Staff will be talking about the latest news, upcoming releases and other cool announcements from the publishing and animation teams. Free manga for attendees while supplies last!

Friday, July 4, 2014

12–7:30pm WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Drink Cart

Weekly Shonen Jump will be handing out free energy drinks featuring NARUTO, ONE PIECE, BLEACH, and more! Look for the cart on Pico Boulevard and Figueroa Street or follow @ShonenJump on Twitter for real-time location.

4:30 – 6:00pm SHONEN JUMP Presents: ONE PIECE (Room LP1)

ONE PIECE is the world’s most popular manga series, with over 300 million volumes sold to-date! Get all the latest news on the ONE PIECE manga, anime, video games and more at this super-sized panel, featuring guests from VIZ Media, FUNimation, Bandai Namco Games and more!

Saturday July 5, 2014 – VIZ Media Presents SAILOR MOON DAY

10:00 – 11:30am SAILOR MOON Official Panel (Room LP1)

Join VIZ Media for the world premiere of the all-new, uncut English language premiere of the legendary anime series, SAILOR MOON! VIZ Media will introduce the cast and show the first 2 episodes of the re-mastered classic anime series. Following the premiere, a very special Q & A session will take place with the staff and cast of the production. There also will be a special giveaway for attendees (while supplies last)!!

[*Note: This special session will feature the World Premiere of the New English Dub of classic SAILOR MOON series Episodes 1 and 2 and announcements at the panel]

12:00 – 12:30pm SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL Screening (Video Room 1)

Based on Naoko Takeuchi’s legendary manga series, SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL retells the story of Sailor Moon as she searches for her fellow Sailor Guardians and the Legendary Silver Crystal to stop the dark forces of Queen Beryl! – Catch the special screening of the first episode of this exciting new series!

Special SAILOR MOON Dub Voice Cast Autograph Session (Anime Expo Autograph Area)

Stop by the Anime Expo Autograph Area and pick up your very own SAILOR MOON full-color poster and get it personally signed by members of the official English voice cast!

1:45pm Shojo Beat Panel (Room LP4)

Join manga editors Pancha Diaz and Nancy Thistlethwaite while they discuss favorite series, answer questions, and share what’s coming up for Shojo Beat. Free swag will be provided, including manga, while supplies last!

2:45pm SAILOR MOON Cast Photo Opportunity (VIZ Media Booth #1601)

Fans can take photos of the talented Official English voice cast for SAILOR MOON with the SAILOR GUARDIAN cosplayers from American Cosplay Paradise in a special session!

3:30pm SAILOR MOON Cosplay Gathering (Main Event Hall)

This could be the world’s largest SAILOR MOON cosplay gathering EVER! Wear your best Sailor Guardian costume and have a chance to be included on a future release!

4:45 – 6:00pm GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET Dub Premiere (Video 1)

Get an exclusive look at the first episodes of GARGANTIA, dubbed in English! In the distant future, Ledo, a young soldier from space wakes up and finds himself marooned on an ocean planet. Growing up in space, and knowing nothing but battle, he is a stranger in a strange land, full of odd customs and a foreign language, but he’s not alone. Starting a new journey on this verdurous planet, Ledo must find a way to survive and reconcile the fact that he may never be able to return home!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

2:30 – 3:30pm VIZ Media Animation Featuring Neon Alley (Room LP3)

Find out all that’s new and awesome directly from the VIZ Media animation team! Discover the inside story about upcoming releases, catch new announcements and the latest on the anime streaming service, Neon Alley. Bring all your anime questions, too because the VIZ Media team will be there to answer them!

Viz Media Celebrates Sailor Moon Day at 2014 Anime Expo

Viz Media celebrates the return of the Sailor Moon anime series with fun activities for Sailor Moon Day, taking place on July 5, 2014 during the 2014 Anime Expo.

Viz Media marks the acquisition of the series with a Sailor Moon Official Panel on July 5, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in LP1. Hosted by the company’s Senior Manager of Animation Marketing, Charlene Ingram, and Sailor Moon Associate Producer, Joshua Lopez, the panel will reveal for the first time the brand new cast for the freshly produced English dub and premiere the first two dubbed episodes. Sailor Moon fans attending this official panel will get a special premium poster while supplies last. Following the Official Sailor Moon Panel, there will be a special showing of subtitled episode one of the all-new series, Sailor Moon Crystal, in Video 1 at 12:00 Noon. The series launches on July 5, 2014 in Japan, and fans in the United States may catch the simulcast on NeonAlley.com and Hulu, with new episodes debuting each Saturday.

Fans can also look forward to a special voice cast autograph session taking place at 1:00PM in the afternoon in the Anime Expo autograph area, and a cast photo opportunity with the official Sailor Guardian Cosplayers from American Cosplay Paradise at 2:45PM in the Viz Media Booth #1601. To round out the day’s activities, be a part of the largest gathering of Sailor Moon cosplayers and fans in North America at 3:30PM in the Main Events Hall (LP1, Petree Hall). Bring your Sailor Guardian finest and you just might end up a part of an upcoming Sailor Moon video release!

If you can’t make the official Sailor Moon Day activities on July 5, Viz Media will also be running a special Sailor Moon event at their Anime Expo booth for the entirety of the convention. Find one of the official Sailor Guardian cosplayers at booth #1601 for information on how you can get a limited premiere event memorial coin!

Saturday, July 5, 2014, 10:00am SAILOR MOON OFFICIAL PANEL
Room LP1 (Petree Hall)

Join Charlene Ingram, VIZ Media’s Senior Manager, Animation Marketing, and Joshua Lopez, Associate Producer, for the exclusive world premiere of the all-new, uncut English language premiere of the legendary anime series, SAILOR MOON! The session also will introduce the cast and screen the entire first two dubbed episodes of the newly re-mastered anime series. Immediately following the premiere, there will be a very special Q & A session with the animation team and the cast and a special premium poster for attendees, while supplies last!

Saturday, July 5, 2014, 1:00pm SAILOR MOON CAST AUTOGRAPH SESSION
Anime Expo Autograph Area

Stop by the VIZ Media booth and pick up your very own SAILOR MOON full-color poster, personally signed by the new Official English voice cast!

Saturday, July 5, 2014, 2:45pm SAILOR MOON CAST PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
VIZ Media Booth #1601

Fans can take photos of the talented new Official English voice cast for SAILOR MOON with the Sailor Guardian cosplayers from American Cosplay Paradise in a special session!

Saturday, July 5, 2014, 3:30pm SAILOR MOON Cosplay Gathering
Room LP1 (Petree Hall)

Bring your Sailor Guardian finest and be a part of North America’s largest SAILOR MOON cosplay and fan gathering!

Anime Expo will be taking place July 3-6, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.

Anime Voice Actor Masakazu Morita Appearing at Anime Expo

King Records has announced that anime voice actor Masakazu Morita will be a guest at this year’s Anime Expo.

Morita will be starring as Yukari Mishakuji in the forthcoming K: Missing Kings anime film. His credits also include Ichigo in Bleach, Barnaby Brooks Jr. in Tiger & Bunny, Claire “Vino” Stanfield in Baccano!, and Auel Neider in Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny.

Anime Expo will be taking place July 3-6, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Anime Expo Announces More Guests

Anime Expo has announced that anime voice actress Uki Satake and anime producer Masahiko Minami will be guests at their next convention.

Satake’s credits include QT in Space Dandy, Kite and Podungo in Hunter x Hunter, and Mikia in The World Is Still Beautiful.

Minami’s credits include Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, Mobile Fighter G Gundam, The Vision of Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop, and Captain Earth.

Anime Expo will be taking place July 3-6, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.

Anime Expo Announces Gen Urobuchi as Guest

Anime Expo has announced that anime screenplay writer Gen Urobuchi will be a guest at their next convention. Urobochi’s credits include Fate/Zero, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, and Psycho-Pass.

Anime Expo will be taking place July 3-6, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.

Anime Expo Announces Yutaka Yamamoto as Guest

Anime Expo has announced that anime director Yutaka Yamamoto will be a guest at their next convention. Yamamoto’s credits include Wake Up, Girls!, Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Fractale.

Anime Expo will be taking place July 3-6, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.

Anime Expo Hosting Special Kill la Kill Event

Anime Expo has announced that several guests from Kill la Kill will be at their next convention, including scriptwriter Kazuki Nakashima, character designer and chief Animation director SUSHIO, Ryuko Matoi’s voice actress Ami Koshimizu, Satsuki Kiryuin’s voice actress Ryoka Yuzuki, producer Yousuke Toba, and singer Eir Aoi.

The event will also feature a special talk session with the Kill la Kill guests, an exlcusive screening of the English dub premiere for Kill la Kill, and a special concert featuring Eir Aoi, singer of the opening theme song.

Tickets for the event begin going on sale starting May 12th at 9pm PST for Premier Fans and start on May 15th at 9pm PST for the general public. For ticket purchases please visit: tickets.anime-expo.org.

Anime Expo will be taking place July 3-6, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.