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VIZ Media Delivers the Home Media Release of Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1

VIZ Media announces the home media release of Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1.

Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1 is available as a special Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack as well as a multi-disc Standard Edition DVD Set and Standard Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. The Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1 Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack carries an MSRP of $79.99 U.S. / $99.99 CAN (Standard Edition $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN); the Standard Edition DVD carries an MSRP of $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN.

With these new home media releases, audiences can enjoy the action of the first 14 episodes of the acclaimed reboot of the classic anime series based on Naoko Takeuchi’s original Sailor Moon manga series along with a host of notable bonus features.

The Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1 Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack contains a deluxe, four-disc collection (two DVDs and two Blu-rays), packaged with an exclusive chipboard box with specialty printing. The LE Combo Pack also contains seven full-color collectible art cards and a premium 88-page full-color art booklet featuring episode summaries, exclusive interviews, character settings and more. Blu-ray bonus content includes series trailers, a digital art gallery and a special “Introduction to Sailor Moon Crystal” featurette with the English voice actors. Blu-ray episodes are presented in 1080p HD video format from the Japanese home video masters.

The Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1 Standard DVD Set features four discs with beautifully illustrated variant O-card packaging and specialty foil printing. Episodes will be presented in 480p standard video format.

“The saga of Sailor Moon and her band of legendary interstellar guardians is wonderfully updated for a new generation of fans in Sailor Moon Crystal and we are proud to deliver the first home media release for the new series,” says Charlene Ingram, Senior Marketing Manager, Animation. “We know many new viewers along with fans of the original series have anticipated this release and they will be delighted with the crisp HD presentation and the many extra features we also included.”

Naoko Takeuchi’s landmark series, Sailor Moon, returns for a new generation. Sailor Moon Crystal tells the story of Usagi Tsukino, an awkward teenage girl whose life is turned upside-down when she becomes Sailor Moon, guardian of justice and the Legendary Silver Crystal. With Tokyo under constant threat from the dark forces of Queen Metalia, Usagi’s arrival couldn’t have come at a better time. And luckily, she won’t have to do it alone. Other Sailor Guardians are awakening to join in the fight and help Usagi answer the biggest question of all: What power does the Legendary Silver Crystal hold?

VIZ Media Acquires Publishing Rights for Super Mario Adventures and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Manga Series

VIZ Media prepares to deliver two fresh doses of video game-inspired manga excitement as it announces the acquisition of the publishing rights for the classic series Super Mario Adventures, as well as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, the latest manga title inspired by the ‘80s-era video game title.

Super Mario Adventures is set for release in October 2016; The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is scheduled to launch in March 2017.

New VIZ Media Manga Publishing Acquisitions:

SUPER MARIO ADVENTURES · Available October 2016
Long out of print, this stunning, full-color graphic novel features a story by Kentaro Takekuma and art by Charlie Nozawa, and will become available once again for the first time in more than 20 years. Super Mario Adventures, inspired by the bestselling Super Mario™ video game franchise, is a collection of comics that originally ran in Nintendo Power™ magazine in 1992-93.

The peril-plagued Princess Toadstool is kidnapped by the diabolical deadbeat Bowser™ but super plumbers Mario™ and Luigi™ hatch a plan with their new friend Yoshi™ to rescue her. Are the Super Mario Bros’ plans a pipe dream? Can they stop the Koopa King before he forces the Princess to be his bride?

The newest series from The Legend of Zelda manga creator Akira Himekawa continues the fantastic adventures inspired by the video game of the same name and is set for an English debut in March 2017.

Once upon a time, wizards tried to conquer the Sacred Realm of Hyrule. The Spirits of Light sealed the wizards’ power within the Shadow Crystal and banished them to the Twilight Realm beyond the Mirror of Twilight. Now, an evil menace is trying to find Midna, Princess of the Twilight Realm, and the fragments of the Shadow Crystal to gain the power to rule over both the Twilight Realm and the World of Light.

Yaoi Publisher SuBLime Launches Therapist-Patient Romance in Ten Count

SuBLime delivers summertime sizzle to readers with a story of forbidden love between a therapist and his patient in the new series Ten Count, which is now available.

This new title by creator Rihito Takarai is rated “M” for Mature Readers and is available in print and digital formats. The print edition carries an MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN. The digital version carries an MSRP of $5.99 U.S. and offers readers two methods of digital access to the volume on SuBLimeManga.com – via a DRM-free downloadable PDF, viewable on any enabled eReader device and computer, as well as via the online manga viewer found on the SuBLime website.

In Ten Count, corporate secretary Shirotani suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. One day he meets Kurose, a therapist who offers to take him through a 10-step program to cure him of his compulsion. But as the two go through each of the ten steps, Shirotani’s attraction to his counselor grows.

“This hotly awaited new series is going to heat up summer reading as its troubled protagonist falls for a therapist with a most unorthodox treatment,” says SuBLime Editor, Jennifer LeBlanc. “Creator Rihito Takarai is adored among yaoi fans. We are very excited to add her to the SuBLime catalog and look forward to her work reaching even more readers through this latest release.”

Ten Count is Rihito Takarai’s second English-language release, with her first being the now out-of-print Seven Days. She has also been published in French, Spanish, and German.

VIZ Media to Deliver a Weekend of Fun Activities and Convention Exclusives at Otakon 2016

VIZ Media has a roster of informative panel discussions, interactive booth activities, promotional giveaways, anime screening premieres, and a special special selection of retail products in store for Otakon 2016.

Otakon 2016 takes place August 12–14, 2016 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Full details are available at: www.otakon.com. VIZ Media will be located in Booth #IND012.

VIZ Media also invites attendees to a series of fun panels and events including sessions on One-Punch Man and Sailor Moon featuring the English voice cast and Weekly Shonen Jump.

Fans won’t want to miss the following products and special advance releases available (while supplies last) exclusively at the VIZ Media retail area:

2016 Exclusive Gift with Purchase: Celebrate VIZ Media’s 30th Anniversary with a selection of Limited Edition tote bags featuring your favorite characters in two different designs

  • One-Punch Man
  • Sailor Moon

Annual Digital Membership: Weekly Shonen Jump – Standard & Premium Subscriptions Available

  • Standard Subscription ($20) Includes Yu‐Gi‐Oh! Promo Card: Number S0: Utopic ZEXAL
  • Premium Subscription ($30) Includes Exclusive Weekly Shonen Jump T-Shirt (unisex sizes available) as well as the Yu‐Gi‐Oh! Promo Card S0: Utopic ZEXAL

Exclusive Sailor Moon S T-Shirt: $15

  • Ladies and unisex sizes available
  • A convention exclusive design featuring all of the Guardians’ symbols

Early Release – Sailor Moon Crystal (Season 1, Set 1) Limited Edition DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack: $65

  • Pick up your copy of Sailor Moon Crystal before anyone else (available 8/16/16)
  • Receive a special limited edition Sailor Moon Suncatcher as a free gift with at-show purchase

Anime Pre-Order – Sailor Moon S (Season 3, Set 1) Limited Edition DVD/Blu-ray 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 Collectable Coin as a free gift with at-show purchase

Haikyu Manga Bundle – Volumes 1-2: $15
One-Punch Man Manga Bundle – Volumes 1-2: $15

Other fun Otakon 2016 activities taking place at the VIZ Media booth will include:

Free Comic Book Day 2016 Manga Sampler & VIZ Media 2016 Manga Sampler Giveaway
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 the Quest for the Holy Grail to receive a super prize

VIZ Media Otakon 2016 Panels & Special Events

Friday, August 12, 2016

3:00pm – 4:30pm Sailor Moon Panel (Hall D)
Kick off another magical Sailor Moon extravaganza with special guests, announcements, and loads of sparkle and fun hosted by VIZ Media.

5:45pm – 6:45pm VIZ Media Industry Panel (Panel Room 7)
Join VIZ Media for its 30th Anniversary celebration. Don’t miss exciting announcements and a chance to win amazing prizes.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

3:15pm – 4:15pm Weekly Shonen Jump Official Panel (Panel Room 6)
Hang out with the English language editors of the world’s most popular manga as they talk about the latest developments, all-time fan favorites, and what they are doing to deliver the world’s best manga.

3:15pm – 4:15pm One-Punch Man Autograph Session Autograph 1 (BCC 350)
Meet the English cast of One-Punch Man.

5:30pm – 7:30pm One-Punch Man – Meet the Heroes (Hall D)
Want to be a hero for fun? Come celebrate the newest Shonen Jump anime phenomenon, One-Punch Man. Fans can meet the English cast and staff, ask their most pressing questions and get to know their favorite heroes.

Also catch special Otakon 2016 convention screenings of a wide range of favorite VIZ Media anime titles including Sailor Moon, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and Hunter X Hunter.

VIZ Media Launches the Yona of the Dawn Shojo Manga

VIZ Media takes readers on a fantastic new shojo manga adventure about a resourceful princess’ quest to reclaim her rightful throne with the release of Yona of the Dawn.

Created by Mizuho Kusanagi, Yona of the Dawn Volume 1 is available now and is rated “T” for Teens and published under the Shojo Beat imprint. Volume 1 carries a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The series also launches digitally via VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Subsequent volumes of Yona of the Dawn will be published in English on a bi-monthly basis.

Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishes the time spent with the man she loves, Su-won. But everything changes on her 16th birthday when tragedy strikes her family.

Yona reels from the shock of witnessing a loved one’s murder and having to fight for her life. With Hak’s help, she flees the palace and struggles to survive while evading her enemy’s forces. But where will this displaced princess go when all the paths before her are uncertain?

Yona of the Dawn is a riveting series that adeptly combines strong lead characters with plenty of action, romance and royal intrigue to delight shojo manga fans as well as adventure lovers,” says Amy Yu, Editor. “We look forward to fans of the popular anime adaptation as well as new readers joining us on Yona’s journey!”

Manga creator Mizuho Kusanagi hails from Kumamoto prefecture in Japan and debuted in 2003 with Yoiko no Kokoroe (The Rules of a Good Child). Her other notable works include NG Life, which was serialized in Hana to Yume and The Hana to Yume magazines and published by Hakusensha. Her Yona of the Dawn manga series is a continuing bestseller in Japan and was adapted into a popular anime series by famed anime production company, Studio Pierrot.

VIZ Media Celebrates Japanese Artist Yoshitaka Amano With New Art Book

VIZ Media celebrates the work of one and anime and pop art’s renowned artists and character designers as it announces the release of Yoshitaka Amano: Illustrations on August 19, 2016.

Packed with sketches, commentary, and interviews, this volume offers a concise survey of Amano’s remarkable career to date, featuring selected full-color pieces for series such as Final Fantasy, Vampire Hunter D and Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets), as well as for his own creations like Hero and N.Y. Salad. Yoshitaka Amano: Illustrations carries an MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN.

Since launching his career at the age of 15 with animation studio Tatsunoko Productions, Yoshitaka Amano has become one of the most acclaimed artists and illustrators at work today. Displaying a rare range, his oeuvre encompasses everything from minutely observed still-life sketches to full-color paintings on an epic scale, from children’s storybooks to dark adult fantasy, from theatrical productions to video games to sculpture to commercial design.

Yoshitaka Amano: Illustrations is a vivid introduction to the artist’s incredible career and will delight new fans as well as those already familiar with his work,” says Leyla Aker, VIZ Media Senior Vice President of Publishing. “This edition can complement any existing library of Amano’s work, and is also an attractive alternative to monographs that are usually available only on an import or special order basis.”

Yoshitaka Amano began working at Tatsunoko Productions creating the character designs for such classic properties as Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets) and Time Bokan. He later became a freelance artist notably doing illustrations and conceptual design work for the Final Fantasy video game series, and the Elric Saga, Heroic Legend of Arslan, and Vampire Hunter D novel series, among many others. He has also released over a dozen art books, collaborated on theatrical and opera productions, produced lithographs in Paris and New York, and has held solo exhibitions all over the world. In 1999 he published The Sandman: The Dream Hunters with writer Neil Gaiman, which received a Bram Stoker Award. Yoshitaka Amano is also the recipient of Seiun, Eisner, Dragon Con, and Julie Awards.

VIZ Media Begins Releasing the Bleach Anime on Blu-ray

VIZ Media unleashes the tense anime action drama of Bleach on Blu-ray for the first time with the home media release of Set 1.

Available now, Bleach Set 1 presents the complete, uncut first 27 episodes of the series on four Blu-ray discs, and carries an MSRP of $54.97 U.S. / $63.99 CAN. Episodes are available with dialogue selections for dubbed English as well as subtitled, Japanese 2.0 audio, with episodes presented in their original 4:3 format.

In the Bleach anime series, for as long as he can remember, Ichigo Kurosaki has been able to see ghosts. But when he meets Rukia, a Soul Reaper who battles evil spirits known as Hollows, his life is changed forever. Now, with a newfound wealth of spiritual energy, Ichigo discovers his true calling – to protect the world of the living and the dead as a Substitute Soul Reaper. When Rukia is taken away to face the ruthless justice of the Soul Society, Ichigo and his friends must cross over and do battle in the spirit world…

“Fans have eagerly anticipated the release of Bleach on Blu-ray, and this summer we invite them to expand their personal anime collections with the release of the first set of this riveting series,” says Charlene Ingram, Senior Marketing Manager, Animation.

The Bleach animated films and TV series are based on a manga series created by Tite Kubo.