VIZ Media Spotlights Takeshi Obata and Details New Digital Manga Debuts and Updates for October 2014

VIZ Media announces a substantial digital manga update to open the Fall 2014 reading season with a host of new titles and a special promotion celebrating the work of artist Takeshi Obata for his first-ever U.S. appearance at New York Comic Con 2014.

VIZ Media highlights several updates this month including the digital debut of the sci-fi action series, World Trigger, with the first two volumes available on October 7, 2014, as well as more than 20 other VIZ Media series.

Takeshi Obata is the seminal artist/creator of smash hit manga (graphic novel) series such as Death Note, Bakuman., Hikaru no Go, Ralograd and All You Need Is Kill. He is scheduled to appear at several events during New York Comic Con 2014, taking place October 9-12, 2014 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

VIZ Media marks his appearance with a special Takeshi Obata Sweepstakes that runs from October 6-31, 2014 and offers fans two ways to enter. Visit the VIZ Media Booth #1944 during New York Comic Con and submit your email address to receive a FREE Takeshi Obata art poster and be automatically entered for a chance to win one of the fantastic prizes listed below. Or to submit your entry remotely and for more information including rules and regulations please visit www.vizmanga.com/obata.

Takeshi Obata Sweepstakes Prizes Include:

  • ALL YOU NEED IS KILL Omnibus Edition (Signed)
  • DEATH NOTE Black Edition, Vol. 1 (Signed)
  • DEATH NOTE Manga Poster (Signed)
  • BAKUMAN。Vol. 1 (Digital Edition)
  • HIKARU NO GO, Vol. 1 (Digital Edition)
  • RALΩGRAD, Vol. 1 (Digital Edition)

VIZ Media will also highlight Takeshi Obata with special digital pricing available for a limited time from October 6-31, 2014 on all of his aforementioned series available from VIZ Manga. Also check VIZ Media’s partner sites for promotional pricing on Takeshi Obata digital manga titles during October.

New Digital Manga Series Debut:

WORLD TRIGGER Vols. 1-2 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens · DIGITAL MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available Now!

Destroy thy Neighbor! A gate to another dimension has burst open, and invincible monsters called Neighbors invade Earth. Osamu Mikumo may not be the best among the elite warriors who co-opt other-dimensional technology to fight back, but along with his Neighbor friend Yuma, he’ll do whatever it takes to defend life on Earth as we know it.

Additional notable October digital updates to several other popular continuing manga titles include the stunning series conclusion to the paranormal gothic drama, Vampire Knight (Volume 19 available Oct. 7, 2014), as well as the latest editions of My Love Story!! (Volume 2), Naruto (Volume 67), Deadman Wonderland (Volume 5), Sunny (Volume 4; MSRP: $14.99), Toriko (Volume 24) and an array of new updates to several titles from the VIZ Select imprint such as Trinity Blood (Volume 7), Lucky Star (Volume 4), Suki (Volume 2), Future Diary (Volume 7), Trinity Blood (Volume 8), Lagoon Engine (Volume 4), and Kyo Kara Maoh (Volume 2).

Readers can enjoy these latest manga updates that are available on VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA App for the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, Android-powered smart phones and 7” tablets. The titles may also be purchased through the NOOK, Kindle, Kobo, ComiXology, iBooks and Google Play stores. These dynamic digital platforms offer fans the opportunity to explore and enjoy a massive catalog of new and classic manga titles that spans more than 2,300 volumes across over 200 different series.

Don’t miss special digital pricing on the following Takeshi Obata manga titles October 6–31, 2014:

ALL YOU NEED IS KILL Vols. 1-2 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Vols. 1-2 $4.99 ea (U.S. / CAN)

When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his fifth iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally – the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?

BAKUMAN。Vols. 1-20 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Vols. 1-2 $1.99 ea (U.S. / CAN); Vols. 3-20 $4.99ea (U.S. / CAN)

Average student Moritaka Mashiro enjoys drawing for fun. When his classmate and aspiring writer Akito Takagi discovers his talent, he begs Moritaka to team up with him as a manga-creating duo. But what exactly does it take to make it in the manga-publishing world?

DEATH NOTE Vols. 1-12 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Vols. 1-2 $1.99 ea (U.S. / CAN); Vols. 3-12 $4.99ea (U.S. / CAN)

Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects – and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal…or his life?

HIKARU NO GO Vols. 1-23 · Rated ‘A’ for All Ages · Vols. 1-2 $1.99 ea (U.S. / CAN); Vols. 3-23 $4.99ea (U.S. / CAN)

After stumbling across a haunted go board, Hikaru Shindo discovers that the spirit of a master player named Fujiwara-no-Sai has taken up residence in his consciousness. Sai awakens in Hikaru an untapped genius for the game, and soon the schoolboy is chasing his own dream–defeating the famed go prodigy Akira Toya!

RALΩGRAD Vols. 1-4 · Rated ‘M’ for All Ages · Vols. 1-2 $1.99 ea (U.S. / CAN); Vols. 3-4 $4.99ea (U.S. / CAN)

In the midst of a war, a child is born during a bloody battle at the cost of his mother’s life. From this baby comes forth a huge and powerful dragon born of Shadow. Within minutes the dragon lays waste to the landscape, but a quick-thinking knight locks the baby in a cage of darkness, where he grows to be a young man, knowing only the kindness of his young female tutor. Until the day the Shadows attack and he is set free…

New Manga Releases: October 1, 2013

Here are the new manga releases for October 1, 2013. If you see any errors or omissions in this listing, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Bakuman. Complete Box Set (Volumes 1-20)
Black Bird GN 17
Bleach GN 58
Claymore GN 23
Dawn of the Arcana GN 11
A Devil and Her Love Song GN 11
Hana-Kimi Omnibus GN 6
Happy Marriage?! GN 2
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan GN 17
One Piece Omnibus GN 7
Pokémon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl Platinum GN 9
Pokémon Black and White GN 12
Rosario+Vampire: Season II GN 12
Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura GN 11
Slam Dunk GN 30
Toriko GN 18
Voice Over!: Seiyu Academy GN 1

Naruto Is #1 Selling Manga in the U.S. for August 2013

Naruto Volume 62 by Masashi Kishimoto ranked at number one on Nielsen BookScan’s list of top 20 graphic novels in American bookstores for August 2013.

The other manga titles that made the top 20 list are:

The BookScan rankings include sales from Barnes & Noble and other book chains, independent bookshops, and online purchases; however, sales at comic book stores, Walmart, and some other venues are not included.

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: August 18-24, 2013

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of August 18-24, 2013, according to the New York Times.

1. Naruto Volume 62 by Masashi Kishimoto
2. Pokémon Adventures: Heart Gold & Soul Silver Volume 1 by Hidenori Kusaka
3. No. 6 Volume 2 by Atsuko Asano and Hinoki Kino
4. Spice and Wolf Volume 9 by Isuna Hasekura
5. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Volume 1 by Shinobu Otaka
6. Attack on Titan Volume 3 by Hajime Isayama
7. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
8. Attack on Titan Volume 4 by Hajime Isayama
9. Attack on Titan Volume 5 by Hajime Isayama
10. Bakuman. Volume 20 by Tsugumi Ohba

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: August 11-17, 2013

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of August 11-17, 2013, according to the New York Times.

1. Naruto Volume 62 by Masashi Kishimoto
2. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
3. Attack on Titan Volume 3 by Hajime Isayama
4. Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama
5. Bakuman. Volume 20 by Tsugumi Ohba
6. Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Clockmaker’s Story by QuinRose and Soumei Hoshino
7. Attack on Titan Volume 5 by Hajime Isayama
8. Sailor Moon Volume 12 by Naoko Takeuchi
9. Black Butler Volume 14 by Yana Toboso
10. Black Butler Volume 1 by Yana Toboso

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: August 4-10, 2013

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of August 4-10, 2013, according to the New York Times.

1. Naruto Volume 62 by Masashi Kishimoto
2. Bakuman. Volume 20 by Tsugumi Ohba
3. Fairy Tail Volume 28 by Hiro Mashima
4. Alice in the Country of Hearts Volume 1 by QuinRose and Soumei Hoshino
5. Pokémon Adventures: Heart Gold & Soul Silver Volume 1 by Hidenori Kusaka
6. Black Butler Volume 14 by Yana Toboso
7. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
8. Kingdom Hearts II Volume 1 by Shiro Amano
9. Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama
10. Attack on Titan Volume 3 by Hajime Isayama

New Manga Releases: August 6, 2013

Here are the new manga releases for August 6, 2013. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to contact me and let me know.

Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Clockmaker’s Story GN
Bakuman. GN 20
A Certain Scientific Railgun GN 8
Dance in the Vampire Bund Omnibus GN 3
A Devil and Her Love Song GN 10
Happy Marriage?! GN 1
Kamisama Kiss GN 13
Kanokon Omnibus GN 3-4
Kaze Hikaru GN 21
Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You GN 17
Kitaro GN
Knights of Sidonia GN 4
Library Wars: Love & War GN 10
Lone Wolf and Cub Omnibus GN 2
Naruto GN 62
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan GN 16
Otomen GN 16
Pokémon Adventures: Heart Gold Soul Silver GN 1
Pokémon Black and White GN 11
The Sacred Blacksmith GN 2
Slam Dunk GN 29
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee GN 14
Toriko GN 17
The Wallflower GN 31
World War Blue GN 2