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VIZ Media Announces Creator Events and Fun Activities at 2016 Comic-Con International

VIZ Media has detailed a wide range of events and activities featuring special Guests of Honor as well a diverse collection of exclusive products available for purchase at the 2016 Comic-Con International.

Comic-Con International is one of the nation’s largest comic book, science fiction and pop culture events, and will take place July 20–24, 2016 at the San Diego Convention Center, in San Diego, Californiz. VIZ Media will be located in Booth 2813. Complete details on Comic-Con are available at: www.comic-con.org.

This year, VIZ Media proudly welcomes the creators of the Pokemon Adventures manga series – Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto – for their first professional appearance in North America. The pair are scheduled to meet fans for multiple autograph sessions and also will participate in a Pokemon panel event alongside the VIZ Media series editors.

Also catch special signing sessions featuring James Wyatt, the Senior Game Designer for Magic: The Gathering and writer of VIZ Media’s The Art of Magic: The Gathering books, as well as Natasha Allegri, the creator of Bee and Puppycat, who will appear to sign copies of the pre-release edition of the upcoming Easy Eats: A Bee and Puppycat Cookbook, set to debut later in Summer 2016 from VIZ Media.

VIZ Media 2016 Comic-Con International Events

Thursday, July 2, 2016

10:00am – 11:00pm WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Panel / Podcast Event (Room 5AB)
Grab a seat and soak up rays of Shonen Jump goodness. Don’t miss exciting announcements, exclusive first looks, and a chance to win amazing prizes. It’ll all be recorded for the famous SJ Podcast.

4:00pm – 5:00pm VIZ Media Official Panel (Room 7AB)
Come party with VIZ Media. Learn about the upcoming releases and other announcements from North America’s largest distributor of manga and anime.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

1:00pm – 2:00pm Spotlight on POKÉMON ADVENTURES Creators (Horton Grand Theatre)
The creative team behind VIZ Media’s Pokemon Adventures manga, Hidenori Kusaka (writer) and Satoshi Yamamoto (artist), will lead this special ticketed panel presentation. Attendees will receive a limited edition poster. Pairs of tickets for this exclusive event will be distributed from the Sails Pavilion starting at 9:00am Saturday morning.

3:00pm – 4:00pm POKÉMON ADVENTURES Creators Signing Session (Sails Pavilion AA07)
Meet writer Hidenori Kusaka and artist Satoshi Yamamoto, the creators behind the Pokemon Adventures manga. All attendees at this signing session will receive a personalized shikishi art board. Please pick up a ticket from the Sails Pavilion starting at 9:00am Saturday morning.

10:00am – 6:00pm WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Meet-Up (5th Avenue Landing)
Don’t miss a special chance to meet fellow fans in this ultimate meet up for everything SHONEN JUMP. Discuss your favorite manga and characters with the Jump team, grab exclusive items, or just come by and say hi.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

1:00pm – 2:00pm SAILOR MOON Official Panel (Room 6A)
Join members of the VIZ Animation team for a presentation on all the ins and outs of the production of this legendary anime series as well as get news about the all new series, Sailor Moon Crystal.

Other fun activities taking place at the VIZ Media booth will include:

Creator In-Booth Signing Sessions

  • James Wyatt, Thursday, July 21, 2016, 11:00am, and Friday, July 22, 2016, 2:30pm
  • Natasha Allegri, Thursday, July 21, 2016, 4:00pm, and Friday, July 22, 2016, 11am
  • Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto, Sunday, July 24, 2016, 1:00pm

VIZ Media 30th Anniversary Shikishi and Retrospective Displays
The booth will feature over 70 pieces of original art from legendary manga artists joining our celebration, as well as items from VIZ Media’s archives illustrating highlights from the company’s history.

VIZ Media 30th Anniversary Prize Wheel
Celebrate VIZ Media’s 30th Anniversary and try your luck at our prize wheel for a chance to win exclusive goodies.

Sailor Moon Tiara Giveaway
Become a Guardian of Love and Justice with a special Sailor Moon S tiara.

Poster Giveaway
Get a My Hero Academia, Tokyo Ghoul or Pokemon Adventures poster at the VIZ Media booth.

Please check the daily booth schedule for activity times, as well as for additional manga samplers and freebies.

The VIZ Media booth retail area will offer a variety of must-have 2016 Comic-Con International exclusives, presale items, and more, including:

By VIZ Media Special Guests:

  • The Art of Pokemon Adventures 2016 CON EXCLUSIVE: $15
  • Pokemon X•Y Volumes 1-3 Bundle: $10
  • Easy Eats: A Bee and Puppycat Cookbook – $17 (Pre-release)
  • The Art of Magic: The Gahering – Innistrad: $30 (each purchase comes with a con-exclusive poster)
  • One Piece Limited Edition Full-Color Framed Replicas: $230

Manga Replicas (black & white) Direct From Japan

  • Tokyo Ghoul – $15
  • One-Punch Man – $15

Other Items Available:

  • Yona of the Dawn – Volume 1: $10 (get a copy at the booth before the official August 2016 release date)
  • Weekly Shonen Jump Premium Annual Digital Subscription: $30 (includes Yu-Gi-Oh! card “Number S0: Utopic ZEXAL” and an exclusive Weekly Shonen Jump T-shirt
  • One-Punch Man Three Punches For Charity Posters: $10 each (featuring three exclusive designs, all profits will go to Japan Tohoku and Kumamoto earthquake reconstruction-related charities)
  • Sailor Moon S T-Shirt: $15 (a convention exclusive design featuring all of the Guardians’ symbols)
  • Sailor Moon Crystal Season 1 Set 1 Combo Pack: $65 (preorder the home media debut and have it mailed as soon as it releases on August 16, 2016; receive a special limited Edition Sailor Moon Suncatcher as a free gift with at-show purchase)
  • Sailor Moon S (Season 3) Limited Edition Combo Pack: $65 (preorder the home media debut and have it mailed as soon as it releases in November 2016; receive a special limited edition Sailor Moon S collectible coin as a free gift with at-show purchase)

Summer 2016 exclusive gift with any purchase at the booth – Limited Edition VIZ Media tote bags featuring favorite characters and offered in 2 different designs: Sailor Moon S and One-Punch Man.

One-Punch Man Anime Debuts on Toonami on July 16, 2016

VIZ Media has announced the North American broadcast debut of One-Punch Man on Adult Swim’s Toonami. VIZ Media and Adult Swim’s Toonami team made the announcement at Anime Expo.

The action adventure about an uncanny superhero with a knockout punch is scheduled to premiere on July 16, 2016 (time to be announced), with future episodes set to air each Saturday. Toonami is the anime programming block on Adult Swim, Turner’s network offering original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults.

One-Punch Man is a one of a kind show and we’re excited to have it join our Toonami line-up,” said Jason DeMarco, senior vice president and creative director, on-air for Adult Swim. “We know our viewers have been hoping this would happen for a while, and we’re thrilled to have been able to make it happen!”

One-Punch Man is based on the bestselling manga series created by writer ONE and artist Yusuke Murata. The anime series was animated by the Japanese studio, Madhouse, and helmed by anime director, Shingo Natsume, and features character designs by Chikashi Kubota. For its broadcast premiere on Toonami, One-Punch Man will feature a notable cast of English voice actors including Max Mittelman (as Saitama), Zach Aguilar (as Genos), Robbie Daymond (as Mumen Rider) and Erik Kimerer (as Speed-o’-Sound Sonic).

“With its compelling characters, high-energy animation and contemporary spin on the classic superhero premise, One-Punch Man is a bombastic action tale unlike any anime series that has come before,” says Charlene Ingram, Senior Marketing Manager, Animation. “Don’t miss the premiere on Adult Swim later this month!”

In One-Punch Man, Saitama only became a hero for fun, but after three years of “special” training, he finds that he can beat even the mightiest opponents with a single punch. Though he faces new enemies every day, it turns out being devastatingly powerful is actually kind of a bore. Can a hero be too strong?

VIZ Media Expands Manga Publishing Catalog With New Acquisitions

VIZ Media announced several publishing acquisitions during its official panel held at the 2016 Anime Expo.

The company detailed several upcoming new titles to be published under the company’s various imprints. The new series include the continuation of Akira Toriyama’s seminal series, Dragon Ball, in the new Dragon Ball Super. The landmark shojo series Revolutionary Girl Utena returns in a deluxe complete manga box set. Shojo readers also will not want to miss The Water Dragon’s Bride, a brand new work by the creator of Dawn of the Arcana. VIZ Media also announced the debut later this year of the mecha action manga Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt. The company also announced Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V and the release of Rurouni Kenshin in new 3-in-1 omnibus editions.

New VIZ Signature Acquisition:

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THUNDERBOLT · Available Fall 2016
Story & Art by Yasuo Ohtagaki, Original Concept by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino

An epic story of war and survival set in the legendary Gundam universe. In the Universal Century year 0079, humanity is divided between Earth and huge space colonies known as Sides. The colony known as Side 3 proclaims independence as the Principality of Zeon, and declares war on the Earth Federation. As the conflict nears the one-year mark, the Earth Federation and the forces of Zeon are locked in a fierce battle for the Thunderbolt Sector, an area of space scarred by the wreckage of destroyed colonies.

New Shonen Jump Acquisitions:

DRAGON BALL SUPER · Available Spring 2017
Story by Akira Toriyama, Story & Art by Toyotaro

Goku’s adventure from the bestselling classic manga Dragon Ball continues in this new series! Ever since Goku became Earth’s greatest hero and gathered the seven Dragon Balls to defeat the evil Boo, his life on Earth has grown a little dull. But new threats loom overhead, and Goku and his friends will have to defend the planet once again.

RUROUNI KENSHIN 3-in-1 · Available Winter 2017
By Nobuhiro Watsuki

Experience the beloved samurai action series in bargain 3-in-1 omnibus editions. Action, romance, and historical intrigue help make Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin, the tale of a wandering swordsman set against the backdrop of the Meiji Restoration, one of the most popular Shonen Jump titles of all time.

YU-GI-OH! ARC V · Available Spring 2017
Original Concept by Kazuki Takahashi, Production Support by Studio Dice, Story by Shin Yoshida, Art by Naohito Miyoshi, Duel Composition by Masahiro Hikokubo

The latest series based on the hit collectible card game. Action Duels have become a global sensation, but what is the dark secret behind them that threatens to destroy the world? Exclusive rare card inside (limited to first printing).

New Shojo Beat Acquisitions

REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA Deluxe Box Set · Available Spring 2017
Story and Art by Chiho Saito, Created by Be-Papas

The entire series of Revolutionary Girl Utena plus The Adolescence of Utena are collected into two hardcover omnibus volumes with color pages of the original covers and poster in this long-awaited collector’s set. Utena strives to be strong and noble like the childhood prince she yearns to meet again. But when she finds herself seduced into the twisted duels of Ohtori Academy, can she become the prince she’s been waiting for?

THE WATER DRAGON’S BRIDE · Available Spring 2017
By Rei Toma

The newest fantasy adventure romance by the bestselling author of Dawn of the Arcana. In the blink of an eye, a modern-day girl named Asahi is whisked away from her warm and happy home and stranded in a strange and mysterious world where she is sacrificed to a water dragon god. What plans are in store for her, and what will happen when she comes face to face with this god?

VIZ Media Launches the Kuroko’s Basketball Manga Series

VIZ Media delivers the Kuroko’s Basketball manga series with the launch of Volume 1 on August 2, 2016.

The series was created by Tadatoshi Fujimaki and has become a global sensation. Kuroko’s Basketball is rated “T” for Teens and will debut in 2-in-1 omnibus editions under the Shonen Jump imprint with a print MSRP of $16.99 U.S. / $19.99 CAN. Kuroko’s Basketball also launches digitally on August 2, 2016 on VIZManga.com and will be available via the VIZ Manga App, as well as the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Future omnibus editions of the ongoing series will be published in English on a bi-monthly basis.

In Kuroko’s Basketball, when incoming first-year student Taiga Kagami joins the Seirin High basketball team, he meets Tetsuya Kuroko, a mysterious boy who’s plain beyond words. But Kagami’s in for the shock of his life when he learns that the practically invisible Kuroko was once a member of “The Miracle Generation” – the undefeated, legendary team – and he wants Kagami’s help taking down each of his old teammates.

Kuroko’s Basketball has been really popular in Japan, having sold more than 30 million copies, and overseas fans have been clamoring for it for quite some time now,” says John Bae, Editor. “There will be no time-outs taken while working on this series with 2-in-1 omnibus volumes released every two months. Look out for the excitement hitting streets this summer!”

Manga creator Tadatoshi Fujimaki made his debut in 2007 in Akamaru Jump with Kuroko’s Basketball, which was later serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump. It quickly gained popularity and was also adapted into an anime series in 2012.

VIZ Media Delivers the Haikyu!! Manga to English Readers

VIZ Media brings the Haikyu!! sports manga to English readers with the print and digital launch of the series on July 5, 2016.

Created by Haruichi Furudate, Haikyu!! depicts the on- and off-the-court drama of a driven young volleyball player. The series is rated “T” for Teens and will be released under the Shonen Jump imprint with a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 U.S. Haikyu!! launches digitally on July 5, 2016 on VIZManga.com and also will be available via the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Future editions of the ongoing series will be published in English on a monthly basis until it catches up with its Japanese counterpart.

Ever since he saw the legendary player known as “the Little Giant” compete at the national volleyball finals, Shoyo Hinata has been aiming to be the best volleyball player ever! Who says you need to be tall to play volleyball when you can jump higher than anyone else?

In the opening volume, after losing his first and last volleyball match of his middle school career against Tobio Kageyama, “the King of the Court,” Shoyo Hinata swears to become his rival. But what happens when the guy he wants to defeat ends up being his teammate?

Haikyu!! is extremely popular in Japan, where it won the 2015 Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shonen category and continues to sit alongside other top popular series in Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine,” says Marlene First, Editor. “Haikyu!! is one of the most requested series by fans and we are very excited to announce its official debut. With its captivating underdog story and high-energy, fast-paced storytelling, Haikyu!! will keep manga fans on the edge of their seats this summer!”

Manga creator Haruichi Furudate began his manga career when he was just 25 years old with the one-shot Ousama Kid (King Kid), which won an honorable mention for the 14th Jump Treasure Newcomer Manga Prize. His first dedicated series, Kiben Gakuha, Yotsuya Sensei no Kaidan (Philosophy School, Yotsuya Sensei’s Ghost Stories), was serialized in Japan in 2010 in Weekly Shonen Jump. In 2012, he began serializing Haikyu!! in Weekly Shonen Jump, where it has become his most successful work to date. Haikyu!! also has been adapted into a very popular anime series whose third season is set to debut in Japan later this year.

VIZ Media Announces Exclusive Free Weekly Shonen Jump Manga Content and Territory Expansion

VIZ Media has announced the launch of special free digital manga chapters available exclusively on the Weekly Shonen Jump website, VIZ.com/shonenjump. The free content section will exist alongside the paid subscription model and will be available to fans in current Weekly Shonen Jump territories as well as the new territories of the Philippines, India and Singapore.

Manga readers are invited to dive into a dynamic array of exciting free content straight from the pages of VIZ Media’s and Weekly Shonen Jump’s most popular, as well as upcoming, manga series. New chapters will be posted daily with additional new series to be added on a regular basis.

Manga series featured in the first month of launch include:

  • Blue Exorcist
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generation
  • Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  • Dragon Ball Super
  • The Emperor and I
  • Haikyu!!
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 1 Phantom Blood
  • Kuroko’s Basketball
  • Naruto: Chibi Sasuke’s Sharingan Legend
  • Naruto: The Path Lit by the Full Moon
  • One-Punch Man
  • Tokyo Ghoul [Jack]

“This is an important new international initiative that will give English manga readers in territories around the world a variety of fun and free reasons to visit every day for the latest new content,” says Hisashi Sasaki, VP, Global Shonen Jump. “From the exciting new generation of ninja adventures in Boruto to the knockout action of the bestselling One-Punch Man, this new portal will help showcase the unique content of Weekly Shonen Jump to a substantial new international audience.”

In addition to reaching readers across North America, this content will be available for free to fans across key international territories where Weekly Shonen Jump is distributed digitally, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Free and paid Weekly Shonen Jump content is now also available for the first time in the Philippines, India and Singapore.

Weekly Shonen Jump is published digitally every week by VIZ Media and features the latest chapters of a wide variety of serialized fan favorite manga titles presented in English and released on the same day as the magazine’s general print release in Japan.

VIZ Media Announces Activities and Special Events for 2016 Anime Expo

VIZ Media will deliver a fun-filled and exciting weekend of anime and manga inspired fun and fan celebration as it announces its participation in the 2016 Anime Expo.

VIZ Media’s presence will be highlighted by special guest appearances, panel discussions, autograph sessions, promotional giveaways and a variety of exclusive and pre-street items that will be available for purchase.

The 2016 Anime Expo is the largest dedicated anime/manga fan convention in North America and takes place July 1–4, 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets and full details are available at: www.anime-expo.org. VIZ Media will be located on the main convention floor in Booth #2205.

This year, attendees and fans can join VIZ Media to welcome Kazue Kato, creator of the Blue Exorcist manga series, as a special Guest of Honor. Catch her live in person for several panel discussions and a pair of autograph events throughout the weekend.

VIZ Media also invites attendees to a series of fun panels and events including sessions on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, One-Punch Man, Sailor Moon, and Weekly Shonen Jump.

The VIZ Media retail area will offer a variety of 2016 Anime Expo convention exclusives. Each purchase comes with a special VIZ Media Summer 2016 exclusive tote bag offered in two designs featuring Sailor Moon S and One-Punch Man. In addition to Blue Exorcist items to celebrate Kazue Kato’s appearance, the at-show exclusives and presales include:

  • One Piece Limited Edition Full-Color Framed Replicas: $230
  • One-Punch Man 3 Punches For Charity Posters: $10 ea; three different designs, all profits will go to three different charities
  • Sailor Moon S T-Shirt: $15; s convention exclusive design in premium cotton with prismatic glitter details, celebrating the groundbreaking third season and featuring all of the Guardians’ symbols
  • Sailor Moon Crystal Season 1 Set 1 Combo Pack: $65; preorder the home media debut and have it mailed as soon as it releases on August 16th (free shipping to US addresses only); receive a special limited Edition Sailor Moon Suncatcher at Anime Expo as a free gift with at-show purchase and receive a bonus foil stamped art card available only with preorders at the VIZ Media booth

Pre-street Manga Editions; pick up the following titles ahead of their official print release:

  • Haikyu!! Volume 1 – $10
  • One-Punch Man Volume 7 – $10
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency Volume 4 – $20
  • Kuroko’s Basketball Volume 1 – $17
  • Yona of the Dawn Volume 1 – $10

Manga Page Replicas (black & white) Direct From Japan: $15 each; select from the following titles:

  • Haikyu!! – Hyuga and Kageyama team up for their first combination
  • One-Punch Man – Genos is intent on saving the citizens of City Z from a giant meteor
  • Tokyo Ghoul – Ken Kaneki’s Ghoul form manifests

Weekly Shonen Jump Annual Digital Subscription: $30

  • Includes Yu-Gi-Oh! card “Number S0: Utopic ZEXAL” and an exclusive Weekly Shonen Jump T-shirt as a free gift with at-show purchase

YOSHITAKA AMANO ILLUSTRATIONS: $30.00

  • Pick up the book featuring the work of this visionary artist before Yoshitaka Amano’s special Anime Expo Guest of Honor appearance

Other fun activities taking place at the VIZ Media booth will include:

  • VIZ Media 30th Anniversary Prize Wheel: Celebrate VIZ Media’s 30th Anniversary and try your luck at our prize wheel for a chance to win exclusive goodies
  • Sailor Moon Quest for the Holy Grail: Help the Sailor Guardians on their quest to receive a super prize
  • Shonen Jump Poster Giveaway: Grab a Blue Exorcist or Tokyo Ghoul poster at the VIZ Media booth

Please check the daily booth schedule for activity times.

VIZ Media Anime Expo Panels & Special Events Include:

Friday, July 1, 2016

1:30pm – 2:45pm VIZ Media Panel (Main Events / Hall B)
Join VIZ Media for its 30th anniversary celebration. Don’t miss exciting announcements, exclusive first looks, and a chance to win amazing prizes.

6:30pm – 7:45pm JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Panel (LP1 / Petree Hall)
Get the inside scoop from the Japanese manga editors as well as loads of surprises including special guests and announcements.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

10:00am One-Punch Man Autograph Session (Anime Expo Autograph Area)
Meet the team behind One-Punch Man and get a signed poster. Ticketing information will be announced shortly.

11:00am – 12:00pm Weekly Shonen Jump Presents Kazue Kato (LP2 / LACC 403AB)
Join VIZ Media to welcome the creator of Blue Exorcist, Kazue Kato, in her first North American appearance.

3:00pm Kazue Kato Autograph Session (Anime Expo Autograph Area)
Don’t miss this special opportunity to meet the creator of Blue Exorcist and receive a personally autographed shikishi. ** Please pick up an autograph ticket prior to the session at the Anime Expo Autograph Ticket Booth on the day of the appearance. For more information, please visit: www.anime-expo.org/how-to-get-an-autograph.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

10:30am – 12:00pm Sailor Moon Official Panel (Main Events / Hall B)

Kick off another magical Sailor Moon Day extravaganza with lots of special guests, announcements, famously hard trivia, loads of sparkle and fun hosted by VIZ Media. Be sure to bring your pure heart crystal and line up early because this event always fills up.

1:30pm Sailor Moon English Voice Cast Signing (Anime Expo Autograph Area)
Continue your Sailor Moon Day fun, and meet the cast behind the legendary anime. Each attendee will receive a signed premium cardstock poster featuring beautiful art from Sailor Moon S. ** Please pick up an autograph ticket prior to the session at the Anime Expo Autograph Ticket Booth.

4:00pm Kazue Kato Autograph Session (Anime Expo Autograph Area)
Don’t miss an encore opportunity to meet the creator of Blue Exorcist and receive a personally autographed shikishi! ** Please pick up an autograph ticket prior to the session at the Anime Expo Autograph Ticket Booth.

6:30pm – 8:00pm Weekly Shonen Jumo Meet-up (Tom’s Urban)
Weekly Shonen Jump is having a party. Don’t miss this chance to meet fellow fans and win awesome prizes in this ultimate meet up for all Shonen Jump.

Monday, July 4, 2016

11:00am – 12:00pm Weekly Shonen Jump Official Panel (LP2 / LACC 403AB)
Hang out with the English language editors of the world’s most popular manga as they talk about the latest developments on new series, all-time fan favorites, and what they are doing to continue to deliver the world’s best manga.