You can’t go to an anime convention and forget about VIZ Media. There’s a lot of manga and anime news so let’s get to it!
Hit the jump for the tasty bits.
VIZ Media definitely came prepared to FanimeCon. Mark, Lynn, and Urian had so much news to give us that I can’t fit it all here, but I’m definitely going to try. In the realm of physical publishing, there is a lot going on.
From the flagship of the publishing world comes a title from none other than Hayao Miyazaki. VIZ will be releasing the Nausicaa manga deluxe box set November 6th of this year. Two “girthy” (Urian’s word, not mine) volumes are included in the box set, along with eight pages of art inserts. At a price point of $60, it may seem like a bit of a splurge, but it looks amazing and well worth it.
But that’s not the only news from the print side of VIZ. In a partnership with Barnes and Noble, June 4th will be Boxed Sets Day and the 25th is Omnibus day. Each of these Mondays, manga will be sold at half off on the Barnes and Noble online store, so look out for those if you’re looking to complete your collections.
Anime was not to be forgotten at this panel, there were plenty of announcements for upcoming DVD volumes. VIZ Media will finally be releasing InuYasha: The Final Act starting November 2012 in Blu-ray and DVD at $49.95. VIZ is also simulcasting a wide breadth of shows from this season, including Zetman (Mondays), Accel World (Fridays), and the Naruto Spinoff! Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals (Tuesdays) on VIZAnime.com.
VIZ will also be releasing their regular titles, Naruto Shippuden, Bleach and the Pokemon Black and White movies. The Shippuden volumes will include the Kakashi Gaiden in set 10 and “Tales of a Gutsy Ninja Jiraiya’s Ninja Scrolls” in Set 11. And for those Tiger & Bunny fans, don’t worry: The Blu-ray release of the series is in the works and is set for an early 2013 release.
The biggest news of the panel came from the digital publishing side of things, which spent most of the panel’s time, and for good reason. Many of the older Shoujo Beat titles like Honey and Clover, High School Debut, and Sand Chronicles will be making their debut on the VIZ Manga app along with Excel Saga, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, Case Closed, and Fushigi Yugi.
Along with these new releases, for the rest of May, some of the top series will be 40% off in the in-app store, and the first chapters of all the manga is available for free. Shonen Jump Alpha, the replacement for the Shonen Jump magazine, will be running the reboot Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration in their line-up, which is taking the place of Bakuman. Kenshin will be running alongside the other staples of SJA, including Naruto, Bleach, Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, One Piece, and Toriko. A subscription to SJ Alpha also comes with four free Yu-Gi-Oh! cards months before they’re released to the public. The current card is the God Card, Slifer the Sky Dragon, so sign up by June 22nd to get it!
Check out VIZ Media on Facebook and Twitter, as well as the the SJAlpha site for more updates on your favorite titles. If you have an iOS device, check out the VIZ Media app and their growing collection of digital manga.