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VIZ Media and Eleven Arts Expand Special Premieres of Sailor Moon R: The Movie to Additional U.S. Theaters

VIZ Media and ELEVEN ARTS have increased the number of cities and theatres that will present the U.S. premiere of Sailor Moon R: The Movie. The special limited engagement will be hosted in more than 240 theaters starting January 19, 2017, with theaters continuing to be added in the coming weeks. Newly added screenings are in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Denver, and more. The exclusive event will also feature the North American theatrical debut of the original Sailor Moon short, Make Up! Sailor Guardians.

For a full list of participating theaters, specific screening date times, and to purchase advance tickets, please visit: www.elevenarts.net/sailormoonwww.elevenarts.net/sailormoon.

In Sailor Moon R: The Movie, long before Mamoru found his destiny with Usagi, he gave a single rose in thanks to a lonely boy who helped him recover from the crash that claimed his parents. This long-forgotten friend, Fiore, has been searching the galaxy for a flower worthy of that sweet gesture long ago. The mysterious flower he finds is beautiful, but has a dark side – it has the power to take over planets. To make matters worse, the strange plant is tied to an ominous new asteroid near Earth. Faced with an enemy blooming out of control, it’s up to Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians to band together, stop the impending destruction and save Mamoru.

In Make Up! Sailor Guardians, Usagi and Chibi-Usa are at a cafe when they overhear two girls debating which one of the Sailor Guardians is the best. Will Usagi’s alter-ego, Sailor Moon, end up being their favorite? Fans will not want to miss the answer.

Presented uncut and for the first time in North American theaters, Sailor Moon R: The Movie features the English language cast already familiar to fans from the VIZ Media-distributed Sailor Moon anime series. Voice actress Stephanie Sheh reprises her leading role of Usagi Tsukino / Sailor Moon along with actor Robbie Daymond as Mamoru Chiba / Tuxedo Mask. Newcomer Ben Diskin will voice the role of the film’s villain, Fiore.

The Sailor Moon anime series depicts the adventures of Usagi Tsukino, a cheerful 14-year-old schoolgirl who often finds herself in unwanted trouble. One day, she saves a talking cat named Luna from some mean kids, and her life is changed forever. Luna gives Usagi a magic brooch that transforms her into Sailor Moon, guardian of love and justice.

The Sailor Moon anime series is inspired by the bestselling manga series created by Naoko Takeuchi. In the series, Usagi Tsukino is a clumsy but kindhearted teenage girl who transforms into the powerful guardian of love and justice, Sailor Moon. Meeting allies along the way who share similar fates, Usagi and her team of planetary Sailor Guardians fight to protect the universe from forces of evil and total annihilation.

VIZ Media Expands OverDrive Offerings With Over 48 New Digital Manga Titles

VIZ Media expands its relationship with the digital reading platform, OverDrive. An impressive collection of newly added digital manga titles by some of the genre’s most popular and renowned creators are now available at participating public and school libraries in the United States and Canada on the platform.

OverDrive is a leading digital reading platform, supplying the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, streaming video and periodicals to 36,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide, including 90 percent of all public libraries in the U.S.

New VIZ Media / OverDrive series debuts for January 2017 include a genre-spanning collection of more than 48 titles, comprising over 650 volumes. New January 2017 additions will enhance the roster of currently available fan-favorites such as Bleach, Death Note, Naruto, Hunter X Hunter and One Piece.

New VIZ Media /Overdrive manga series include:

  • Blue Exorcist
  • Dragon Ball
  • One-Punch Man
  • Tokyo Ghoul
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – Parts 1, 2 & 3
  • Rurouni Kenshin
  • My Love Story!!
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • and scores more

A comprehensive list of all VIZ Media manga titles now available on OverDrive may be viewed at: OverDrive.com/publishers/VIZMedia; additional manga titles will continue to be added throughout 2017.

“OverDrive is enjoyed by an extremely diverse demographic of readers of all ages and interests. VIZ Media’s manga selection offers each of them unique characters and compelling storylines with an industry-leading catalog for graphic novels. We look forward to continuing to work closely with OverDrive to cultivate and deliver some of the best manga content available,” says Kevin Hamric, Senior Director, Publishing Sales & Marketing, VIZ Media.

VIZ Media Debuts Pokemon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 Manga Series

VIZ Media adds to its extensive Pokemon collection with the release of the Pokemon Adventures Black 2 & White 2 manga series, which is now available.

The series is written by Hidenori Kusaka with artwork by Satoshi Yamamoto, and is based on the best-selling Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 video games. The Pokemon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 manga series is rated “A” for All Ages and volumes will carry a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN each.

Pokemon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 delivers a brand new adventure featuring readers’ favorite Pokemon game characters that jump out of the screen and onto the pages of this latest action-packed manga series.

“Get ready for tons of action and fun new characters and Pokemon in this special three-volume story arc,” says Annette Roman, Editor. “New adventures of Pokemon Trainers Blake and Whitley continue in this exciting series set after the dramatic events of Pokemon Black & White. We know fans of all ages will not want to miss this fresh story arc set in a Pokemon Trainers’ School!”

Two years have passed since Team Plasma was defeated and Trainer Black was sucked into the Light Stone along with Legendary Pokemon Reshiram. Now Team Plasma is back to its wicked ways, controlling other people’s Pokemon and even wild Pokemon with technology. Luckily, a new young hero and Looker of the International Police are on their trail.

Colress, the new leader of Team Plasma, is attacking the Unova region. His machines control Pokemon, wielding their powers for evil instead of good. Fortunately, a way to jam the signals is stored on a memory card. But who has the card? A girl at the Pokemon Trainers’ School. Maybe that’s why our hero is such a flirt—he’s just doing his job gathering intel. But he’d better stop playing the field and find that card fast before someone beats him to it.

Pokemon is one of the most successful international entertainment franchises of all time. More than 279 million Pokemon video games and over 21.5 billion Pokemon Trading Cards have been sold in more than 74 countries in addition to substantial publishing and merchandise sales. VIZ Media is the official North American distributor for a wide variety of Pokemon home media releases including animated series and films and also publishes a variety of Pokemon manga graphic novel series including Pokemon Adventures, Pokemon Adventures: FireRed & LeafGreen, Pokemon Adventures: Emerald, Pokemon Adventures: Diamond & Pearl/Platinum, Pokemon Adventures: HeartGold & SoulSilver, Pokemon Adventures: Black & White, Pokemon X•Y, and Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire.

VIZ Media Invests in Anime Start-Up Company Kitsu

Kitsu, a startup changing the way the community experiences anime, announced today that it has raised $600,000 in a seed round between San Francisco, California-based entertainment company VIZ Media, LLC, and Manila, Philippines-based entrepreneur Bernard Chong. Kitsu will use these funds to build out its world-class content discovery platform at kitsu.io, led by Kitsu founder and CEO, Josh Fabian, who started the project under the Hummingbird name. Josh previously was Lead Designer, Groupon Stores, and Lead Designer, oBaz.

“What makes me most excited about where Kitsu is going is how easy it’s going to be to connect with other anime and manga fans,” said Josh Fabian, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kitsu. “We’ve been very proactive and thoughtful about how exactly to approach the social component of anime, and we think what we have will continue to drive that conversation moving forward.”

As part of the investment, Bernard Chong as well as Brad Woods, VIZ Media’s Chief Marketing Officer, will join the Kitsu board. VIZ Media’s Rob Pereyda, Vice President of Business Development, led the deal at the company and will serve as Senior Advisor.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Josh and the Kitsu team to bring this content to a wider audience,” said Brad Woods, Chief Marketing Officer at VIZ Media. “The features that are being rolled out with the new platform are really exciting, and we believe they will drive engagement for the anime industry as a whole.”

“Discovery is one of the great challenges in the entertainment world today,” said Bernard Chong. “With Josh, I see an incredible entrepreneur with the product chops to help drive consumption, monetization and just plain joy in the business, and to me that is exciting.”

Built atop the modern web frameworks Ruby on Rails and Ember, the Kitsu platform (formerly Hummingbird) will remain open-source and be available to other entrepreneurs to use to drive their own discovery and social capabilities. The seed round investment from Bernard Chong and VIZ Media coincides with a ground-up rewrite and redesign of the Kitsu platform, now placing a greater emphasis on the social component of a user’s experience.

While a key selling point of the platform for many users has been the functionality to track the anime and manga they’ve seen and are planning to see, “Version 3” of the platform heavily focuses on the social aspect, leveraging a robust machine learning engine to surface content users will be more likely to enjoy, including not just one-to-one, show-to-show recommendation pairings, but sophisticated taste-based content cohorts (interest clusters).

VIZ Media Announces New Officially Licensed Product Partners for Naruto

VIZ Media continues to expand consumer product licenses for its action adventure property, Naruto Shippuden.

The newest products for the franchise are scheduled to be released in 2017 and will encompass a diverse array of consumer categories including collectible figures and ramen and assorted snack foods. The partners include McFarlane Toys, Zag Toys and CTC Food International.

McFarlane Toys
Product Description: Naruto Shippuden Action Figures
Additional Info Available At: https://mcfarlane.com/toys/brands/naruto/

Zag Toys
Product Description: Original Mini’s Domez 2.5” Collectible Figures
Additional Info Available At: http://originalminis.com/

CTC Food International
Product Description: Naruto Shippuden Instant Ramen, Ramune Soft Drinks and Do-It-Yourself Candies
Additional Info Available At: http://www.ctcfood.com/

In the Naruto manga and animated series, Naruto Uzumaki wants to be the best ninja in the land. Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He’s got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world’s greatest ninja. He’s done well so far, but Naruto knows he must train harder than ever and leaves his village for intense exercises that will push him to his limits. Naruto Shippuden begins two and a half years later, when Naruto returns to find that everyone has been promoted up the ninja ranks – except him. Sakura’s a medic ninja, Gaara’s advanced to Kazekage, and Kakashi… well he remains the same. But pride isn’t necessarily becoming of a ninja, especially when Naruto realizes that Sasuke never returned from his search for Orochimaru. Plus, the mysterious Akatsuki organization is still an ever-present danger. As Naruto finds out more about the Akatsuki’s goals, he realizes that nothing in his universe is as it seems. Naruto is finding that he’s older, but will he also prove wiser and stronger?

VIZ Media Announces FUNKO and ThreeZero as Official Licensed Product Partners for One-Punch Man

VIZ Media ontinues to generate momentum for its hit anime and manga property, One-Punch Man, as it announces a pair of key new consumer product license partners, FUNKO and ThreeZero.

The new partners each will develop and leverage a unique array of collectibles, including vinyl figures and standard and special edition poseable 1/6 scale action figures.

Pop culture manufacturer FUNKO will add One-Punch Man to its bestselling lines of POP! Vinyl and Dorbz figures as well as develop a Mystery Mini (Blind Box) release and other accessories. Additional information is available at: https://funko.com/.

Renowned Hong Kong action figure company, ThreeZero, offers a high-end 1/6 scale rendition of Saitama, with Genos in development. The Saitama figure is available now in a standard as well as a special edition variant. The standard release features the lead character, Saitama, outfitted in his One-Punch Man costume and includes alternate heads with different facial expressions. The special edition depicts an alternate, “off-duty” version of Saitama outfitted in his “Oppai” hoodie. Additional information is available at: http://www.threezerostore.com/.

In One-Punch Man, nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem – he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on. Every time a promising villain appears, he beats the snot out of ’em with one punch. Can Saitama finally find an opponent who can go toe-to-toe with him and give his life some meaning? Or is he doomed to a life of super-powered boredom?

VIZ Media and ELEVEN ARTS Announce Advance Tickets and Theatre Locations for Sailor Moon R: The Movie

VIZ Media and ELEVEN ARTS have announced advance tickets and theatre locations for the U.S. premiere of Sailor Moon R: The Movie.

On January 20, 2017, audiences will have a very special opportunity to catch the film’s big-screen debut at more than 300 theaters in around the U.S. (select theaters screen the film starting January 19, 2017). Tickets at more than 50 theaters are available for sale, and more presales will continue to be added.

Screenings will be held in New York, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, and more. The exclusive event also features the North American theatrical debut of the original Sailor Moon short, Make Up! Sailor Guardians. Both English language dubbed and Japanese audio with English subtitled showings will be offered. Fans attending a showing will get an exclusive Sailor Guardian character art board as a gift with ticket purchase, while supplies last. Those who attend the English language dubbed showings will also get to see an exclusive interview and introduction by the English voice cast.

For the full theater listing, additional information and to purchase advance tickets, please visit: www.elevenarts.net/sailormoon.

Presented uncut and for the first time in North American theaters, Sailor Moon R: The Movie features an English language cast already familiar to fans from the VIZ Media-distributed Sailor Moon anime series. Voice actress Stephanie Sheh reprises her leading role of Usagi Tsukino / Sailor Moon along with actor Robbie Daymond as Mamoru Chiba / Tuxedo Mask. Ben Diskin will voice the role of the film’s villain, Fiore.

In the film, long before Mamoru found his destiny with Usagi, he gave a single rose in thanks to a lonely boy who helped him recover from the crash that claimed his parents. This long-forgotten friend, Fiore, has been searching the galaxy for a flower worthy of that sweet gesture long ago. The mysterious flower he finds is beautiful, but has a dark side – it has the power to take over planets. To make matters worse, the strange plant is tied to an ominous new asteroid near Earth. Faced with an enemy blooming out of control, it’s up to Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians to band together, stop the impending destruction and save Mamoru.

The Sailor Moon anime series is inspired by the bestselling manga series created by Naoko Takeuchi. In the series, Usagi Tsukino is a clumsy but kindhearted teenage girl who transforms into the powerful guardian of love and justice, Sailor Moon. Meeting allies along the way who share similar fates, Usagi and her team of planetary Sailor Guardians fight to protect the universe from forces of evil and total annihilation.