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VIZ Media Releases New Pokemon Home Media Blu-ray and DVD Sets in December 2016

VIZ Media expands its Pokemon home media collection with the December 2016 release of the Pokemon Diamond & Pearl Movie Pack and Pokemon the Series: X·Y Kalos Quest DVD Set 2.

The newly-debuted Pokemon Diamond & Pearl Movie Pack is a substantial four Blu-ray disc steelbook edition containing four full-length Pokemon feature films: The Rise of Darkrai, Giratina and the Sky Warrior, Arceus and the Jewel of Life and Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

Pokemon the Series: XY Kalos Quest Set 2 will be released on December 13, 2016 and delivers the second season of the popular XY series on DVD.

POKÉMON DIAMOND & PEARL MOVIE PACK
MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN · Available December 6, 2016

The new four-pack Blu-ray Steelbook edition includes four full-length Pokemon feature films including: Pokemon: The Rise of Darkrai, Pokemon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior, Pokemon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life, and Pokemon—Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

In Pokemon: The Rise of Darkrai, while on their way to a Pokemon Contest, Ash and his friends pass through Alamos Town, home of the Space-Time Tower. Along with the beautiful Alice, our adventurers discover that something is inflicting terrible nightmares on Pokemon and people alike. Baron Alberto, a dashing but arrogant fellow, immediately blames this turn of events on Darkrai. Who is Darkrai? Is it a fiend or a friend? Meanwhile, a battle between Legendary Pokemon Dialga and Palkia rages directly above the town, threatening to tear a hole in the space-time continuum. Will Ash and his friends survive this showdown and learn Darkrai’s true nature?

In Pokemon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior, deep in the heart of a mysterious forest, a Pokemon named Shaymin stumbles into the midst of a battle between two powerful Pokemon, Dialga and Giratina. Ash and friends meet up with the feisty Pokemon and discover their common interests – a love nature and a wish to explore the connections between humans and Pokemon. But in a spectacular turn, a Pokemon of legendary status awakens – the colossal Regigigas. How will Ash and his friends get out of this predicament?

In Pokemon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life, long ago, Arceus granted a fragment of its awesome power as the Jewel of Life to help the town of Michina in its hour of need, only to be betrayed when it was time for that power to be returned. Now, Arceus, enraged, vengeful, and seemingly unstoppable, has returned to reclaim that stolen power. Not even the combined might of Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina can stop Arceus from devastating all existence across multiple dimensions. But Ash and his companions, joining forces with their new friend Sheena, may have discovered the only way to set the ancient betrayal right. But will they have time to return the Jewel of Life before Arceus destroys everything and everyone they’ve ever known?

In Pokemon—Zoroark: Master of Illusions, the Pokemon Baccer World Cup is the most anticipated event of the year. As hundreds flock to Crown City to watch the exciting competition, Ash, Pikachu, and his friends, encounter a mysterious new Pokemon they have never seen before – Zorua. Suddenly, the Legendary Pokemon Raikou, Entei, and Suicune show up rampaging through the streets while the mighty Zoroark unleashes its fury on the town. It’s up to Ash and his companions to discover the secret behind the immense and powerful forces at work. Can they find enough courage, strength and friendship to unearth the mystery and save Crown City?

POKEMON THE SERIES: X·Y KALOS QUEST DVD SET 2
MSRP: $24.98 U.S. / $29.99 CAN · Available December 13, 2016

Ash and Pikachu, along with their traveling companions Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie, continue their journey through the Kalos region. Along the way, they encounter Sawyer, an analytical Trainer who develops a friendly rivalry with Ash. Serena keeps chasing her dream on the Pokemon Showcase stage, where she runs into the very competitive Miette—and their rivalry is somewhat less friendly. Our heroes’ other adventures include joining a fashion show, searching for a Legendary Pokemon with their friend Trevor from summer camp, hatching a Pokemon Egg, and of course, some exciting Gym battles. The three DVD set features Episodes 23-45.

VIZ Media Concludes the Year With the Final Digital Manga Update of 2016

VIZ Media concludes 2016 with a final digital manga update featuring a pair of new series premieres, as well as the latest additions to 15 popular continuing titles.

New titles for December 2016 include comedy and adventure from Kiriko Kubo with the launch of the apocalyptic series, The Children Nowadays. The complete deluxe edition of horror master Junji Ito’s Tomie also debuts. Action fans will not want to miss the series finale of Stan Lee and Hiroyuki Takei’s Ultimo, and Naruto fans are invited to catch the conclusion of the Itachi’s Story novel and take advantage of a special Naruto digital manga flash sale.

VIZ Media also offers readers a special subscription promotion on Weekly Shonen Jump and invites fans to enjoy free digital chapters of popular continuing series such as Boruto: The Next Generation, Dragon Ball Super, Haikyu!!, Hunter X Hunter, My Hero Academia and more.

NARUTO: ITACHI’S STORY – MIDNIGHT
Available Now

Catch the exciting conclusion of the Itachi’s Story novel. Together with his sworn friend Shisui, Itachi takes on a mission to assassinate a spy in the village in order to join the ANBU. The rivalry between the Uchiha clan and the village grows even more fierce, until finally death comes for his friend. Despairing at both his clan and the village, Itachi heads into the tragic night with his new eye and a fatal resolve. The hope and the dreams he spoke of to his brother… The gentle yet cruel truth awaits.

ULTIMO Volume 12 – Final Volume
Available Now

Ultimo and Vice are Karakuri Doji, the mechanical embodiment of pure good and pure evil, devoid of human emotions that can cloud one’s judgment. Their purpose: to battle to the death to prove once and for all whether good or evil is the most powerful force in the universe.

THE CHILDREN NOWADAYS Volume 1
Available December 13, 2016

Kirita is a typical child of the Eighties, equally worried about homework and nuclear war. His precocious friend Takumi can’t figure out why the other kids won’t acknowledge him as their obvious superior. And silent Tsugumu just wants to rock out. Welcome to the secret world of the children nowadays.

TOMIE: COMPLETE DELUXE EDITION
Available December 20, 2016

Tomie Kawakami is a femme fatale with long black hair and a beauty mark just under her left eye. She can seduce nearly any man, and drive them to murder as well, even though the victim is often Tomie herself. While one lover seeks to keep her for himself, another grows terrified of the immortal succubus. But soon they realize that no matter how many times they kill her, the world will never be free of Tomie.

Naruto Flash Sale

  • Naruto Digital Manga Flash Sale: All volumes of Naruto on sale for $4.99 per volume. Available December 6–8, 2016 across all digital platforms.

Check VIZ.com each week throughout the rest of December 2016 for additional manga titles to be featured in this month’s digital sales.

WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Holiday Sale

  • Take advantage of special Holiday pricing on an annual subscription to the world’s most popular weekly manga magazine for only $19.99. Available for a limited time only from December 15, 2016-January 15, 2017.

Catch Free Chapter highlights of a variety of popular Weekly Shonen Jump series at: www.viz.com/shonenjump/chapters/all.

Free chapters are available now of the following series:

  • Boruto
  • Dragon Ball Super
  • Haikyu!!
  • Hunter X Hunter
  • My Hero Academia
  • and more

Digital manga updates for December 2016 include new volumes for 15 additional continuing VIZ Media series. New releases this month include volumes for Assassination Classroom (Volume 13), Black Clover (Volume 4), Haikyu!! (Volume 6) and Tokyo Ghoul (Volume 10). New additions to shojo series include Bloody Mary (Volume 5), Everyone’s Getting Married (Volume 3) and Yona of the Dawn (Volume 3).

The free VIZ Manga App continues to be the top application for reading digital manga and features a massive library of the most popular series in the world. Through the innovative VIZ Manga digital platform registered users are able to use one account to view their purchased manga across more devices than ever. New series and volumes are added every Tuesday. Fans can also find these titles and more for the NOOK, Kindle Fire, and Kobo eReaders, as well as in the ComiXology, iBooks and Google Play Stores.

Most manga volumes are available for purchase and download in the U.S. and Canada within the VIZ Manga application starting from only $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) each. Readers can also explore free Chapter 1 previews of most series.

VIZ Media Launches a Prequel for the Gangsta. Manga Series

VIZ Media expands the mysterious world first depicted in the manga crime thriller, GANGSTA., with the release of a new spin-off series, GANGSTA: CURSED., on December 20, 2016.

The edgy new manga features story by Kohske, the creator of the original GANGSTA. series, with artwork by Syuhei Kamo, and contains prequel stories for several of the main characters that appeared in the initial series. GANGSTA: CURSED. is rated “M” for Mature Readers and will be published in print under the VIZ Signature imprint with an MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN. The original GANGSTA. manga series has been a repeated Bookscan Top 50 as well as New York Times bestseller and has also inspired a popular anime adaptation.

In GANGSTA: CURSED., killing is all Spas has ever known, and he does it without doubt or remorse. Taught to believe he’s ridding the world of monsters, he sees the extermination of the Twilights as a necessary step toward making Ergastulum a safer place. Until the day when he’s forced to confront the horrifying truth that the real monster might be…him.

GANGSTA. is a successful crime thriller and one of the most popular recent titles from the VIZ Signature catalog,” says Leyla Aker, Senior Vice President, Publishing. “The gritty drama and suspense mixed with non-stop action that made the original series such a hit will captivate readers again with the launch of GANGSTA: CURSED. We invite fans to cap off the year with this explosive new release.”

Manga creator Kamo began his professional career working on the original GANGSTA. series as an assistant to the series creator, Kohske. GANGSTA: CURSED. is his first series.

GANGSTA. creator Kohske made her manga debut in 2009 with the short story “Postman” which appeared in Shonen GanGan magazine. Her first full-fledged series, GANGSTA., began running in Monthly Comic Bunch in 2011 and became an instant hit. More information about Kohske’s work can be found on her website at: http://gokohske.o-oi.net/.

VIZ Media Highlights Video Game-Inspired Graphic Novel and Manga Titles This Holiday Season

VIZ Media offers manga/graphic novel, pop culture and gaming fans a specially selected array of titles based on or inspired by popular Nintendo® game properties to highlight gift lists this holiday season.

Aspiring chefs and readers with a culinary interest will not want to miss The Pokemon Cookbook: Easy & Fun Recipes, which contains a variety of delectable and inventive recipes inspired by popular Pokemon characters. The Pokemon fun continues with the third volume in the Pocket Comics series, Pokemon X·Y Pocket Comics, and the Pokemon Pocket Comics Box Set (Volumes 1 and 2), which features Black & White Pokemon and Legendary Pokemon. Each pocket comic delivers a jam-packed collection of four-panel comic strips, stories, jokes and trivia.

Video game and comics fans are invited to take part in notable holiday season releases for Super Mario TM and The Legend of Zelda. Presented in full-color and inspired by the bestselling Nintendo game franchise, Super Mario Adventures is a collection of fun and funny adventures written by Kentaro Takekuma and illustrated by Charlie Nozawa. Long out of print, the story was originally serialized in Nintendo Power TM magazine in the early ‘90s.

The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition adapts the 10-volume manga series based on the classic Nintendo role-playing, puzzle-solving, action video game, into a line of deluxe omnibus 2-in-1 releases featuring new covers, newly colored pages, sketches & illustrations and other bonus material by creator Akira Himekawa. The first release features The Legend of Zelda TM: The Ocarina of Time TM Parts 1 and 2.

THE POKEMON COOKBOOK: EASY & FUN RECIPES
MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN
Available December 6, 2016

Create a variety of delicious dishes that look like your favorite Pokemon characters – from desserts to pizza – with more than 35 fun, easy recipes. Make a Poke Ball sushi roll, Pikachu-style cold ramen, or “Meowth” mashed potatoes for your next party, weekend activity, or powered-up lunch box.

POKÉMON X·Y POCKET COMICS
MSRP: $10.99 U.S. / $13.99 CAN · Rated “A” for All Ages
Available December 6, 2016

Pokemon stories, puns and jokes. Fun multiple-choice quizzes. The Pokemon of the Kalos region are all gathered together in this hilarious collection starring Fennekin, Froakie, Chespin, and the rest of the new X·Y Pokemon, Mega-Evolved Pokémon and more. Quiz yourself and your friends on Pokemon Abilities, moves, types, Mega Evolution and tons of other vital statistics. Who will be the next Pokemon quiz champion?

POKEMON POCKET COMICS BOX SET
MSRP: $16.99 U.S. / $19.99 CAN · Rated “A” for All Ages
Available Now

Each book in this two-volume set is packed with funny stories, puns and jokes. Volume 1 features Black & White Pokemon, and Volume 2 features Legendary Pokemon. Plus, quiz yourself and your friends on Pokemon Abilities, moves, types, Evolution and much more in over 575 fun-filled pages.

SUPER MARIO ADVENTURES
MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN · Rated “A” for All Ages
Available Now

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

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: OCARINA OF TIME – LEGENDARY EDITION, VOL. 1
MSRP: $17.99 U.S. / $21.00 CAN · Rated “A” for All Ages
Available Now

The battle for Hyrule and the Sacred Realm has begun. A young boy named Link TM must defeat evil on his long, perilous quest to find the spiritual stones that hold the key to the Triforce, and deliver them to Zelda TM, princess of the land of Hyrule.

VIZ Media Spotlights Anime Home Releases for the Holidays

VIZ Media offers audiences of all ages a diverse collection of anime titles to add to their wish lists this holiday season.

New and veteran anime fans are presented with home media releases of Sailor Moon S, the third season of the classic series, as well as the launch of the all–new Sailor Moon Crystal series. Both series will be released in Blu-ray and DVD formats and will be available as Standard and Limited Edition sets.

Additional fan-favorite releases available for the holidays include the debut of the Bleach anime series on Blu-ray as well as the launch of the supernatural action/adventure series, Hunter X Hunter on Blu-ray and DVD. Naruto fans can dive into the latest set of Naruto Shippuden episodes that focus on Kakashi’s past in the ANBU Black Ops.

Fans of all ages can add some Pokemon fun to their holiday celebrations with the home media releases of Pokemon the Series: X·Y Kalos Quest DVD SET 2 and Pokemon Diamond & Pearl Movie Pack, which contains four full-length feature films from the venerable adventure franchise in a deluxe steelbook edition.

Sailor Moon Debuts:

SAILOR MOON S SET 1
Limited Edition Combo Pack MSRP: $79.99 U.S. / $99.99 CAN
Standard Edition Combo Pack MSRP: $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN
Standard Edition DVD Set MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN
Available Now

As Season 3 of Sailor Moon begins, Usagi’s friend Rei has been plagued by disturbing visions of the Apocalypse just as a new enemy appears in the city. The maniacal Professor Tomoe, leader of the Death Busters, has been targeting innocent citizens in a search for three special pure heart crystals. Usagi is prepared to confront this dangerous new foe, but two powerful new Sailor Guardians are already seeking the crystals and have no interest in working with Sailor Moon and the other Guardians. Where did they come from, and what is their plan for the talismans?

SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL SET 1
Limited Edition Combo Pack MSRP: $79.99 U.S. / $99.99 CAN
Standard Edition Combo Pack MSRP: $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN
Standard Edition DVD Set MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN
Available Now

Sailor Moon Crystal retells the origins of Sailor Moon, the kindhearted crybaby destined to protect the world from dark forces. When the evil Queen Metalia and her Dark Kingdom threatens Earth, Sailor Moon and her fellow Sailor Guardians must find the only power capable of vanquishing this ancient evil – The Legendary Silver Crystal. But a mysterious man calling himself Tuxedo Mask is also after this sacred treasure. What is his connection to the Sailor Moon? And will the Sailor Guardians be able to find the Silver Crystal in time before the world falls into eternal darkness?

Fan-Favorite Debuts:

BLEACH Blu-ray Set 1
MSRP: $54.97 U.S. / $63.99 CAN · Available Now

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…

HUNTER X HUNTER SET 1
Standard Edition Blu-ray Set MSRP: $54.97 U.S. / $63.99 CAN
Standard Edition DVD Set MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN
Available Now

In the Hunter X Hunter anime series, abundant riches, hidden treasures, fearsome monsters, and exotic creatures are scattered around the world. Gon departs on a journey to become an elite Hunter who risks his life in search of the unknown. Along the way, he meets other applicants for the Hunter exam: Kurapika, Leorio, and Killua. Can Gon pass the rigorous challenges of the Hunter exam and become the best Hunter in the world? His wild and epic journey is about to begin.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN DVD SET 28
MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN · Available Now

In the latest episodes, years before he became Naruto’s teacher, Kakashi served as a member of the ANBU Black Ops team, where his ruthlessness earned him the nickname “Cold-blooded Kakashi.” But despite his reputation, he is haunted by the deaths of his closest friends during the Third Great Ninja War. As he wrestles with his loss, Kakashi must uncover who is behind illegal genetic experimentation, survive threats from within his own organization, escape capture at the hands of Orochimaru’s followers, and battle a young shinobi who possesses formidable and very rare Wood Style Jutsu. And after these trials, another young ninja joins his unit – Itachi Uchiha. DVD set features Episodes 349-361.

Anime for Fans of All Ages:

POKEMON THE SERIES: X·Y KALOS QUEST DVD SET 2
MSRP: $24.98 U.S. / $29.99 CAN · Rated “A” for All Ages
Available December 13, 2016

Ash and Pikachu, along with their traveling companions Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie, continue their journey through the Kalos region. Along the way, they encounter Sawyer, an analytical Trainer who develops a friendly rivalry with Ash. Serena keeps chasing her dream on the Pokemon Showcase stage, where she runs into the very competitive Miette – and their rivalry is somewhat less friendly. Our heroes’ other adventures include joining a fashion show, searching for a Legendary Pokemon with their friend Trevor from summer camp, hatching a Pokemon Egg, and of course, some exciting Gym battles. The 3-DVD set features Episodes 23-45.

POKEMON DIAMOND & PEARL MOVIE PACK
MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN · Rated “A” for All Ages
Available December 6, 2016

This new four-pack Blu-ray Steelbook edition includes four full-length Pokemon feature films including: Pokemon: The Rise of Darkrai, Pokemon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior, Pokemon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life, and Pokemon—Zoroark: Master of Illusionns.

VIZ Media Opens the Holidays With Special Black Friday / Cyber Monday Digital Manga Promotion

VIZ Media prepares to celebrate the holidays this year with the launch of special Black Friday / Cyber Monday digital manga promotions.

Set for a pre-holiday launch on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 and running through Cyber Monday until Tuesday, November 29, 2016, the promotion discounts the digital MSRPs on a variety of popular and acclaimed VIZ Media manga series to only $3.99 per volume. Readers also can find the titles with special holiday pricing on the NOOK, Kindle Fire, and Kobo eReaders, as well as in the ComiXology, iBooks and Google Play Stores.

Manga readers are invited to explore the following Volume 1 digital manga editions at this special price:

  • Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma
  • Kimi ni Todoke
  • My Hero Academia
  • My Love Story!!
  • Nisekoi
  • One-Punch Man
  • Skip Beat!
  • The Demon Prince of Momochi House
  • Twin Star Exorcists
  • Yona of the Dawn

The free VIZ Manga App is the top application for reading digital manga and features a massive library of the most popular series in the world. Through the innovative VIZ Manga digital platform registered users are able to use one account to view their purchased manga across more devices than ever. Fans can also find these titles and more for the NOOK, Kindle Fire, and Kobo eReaders, as well as in the ComiXology, iBooks and Google Play Stores.

VIZ Media Expands Digital Access to Weekly Shonen Jump Issues on Google Play

VIZ Media adds a new way for readers to access the latest issues of Weekly Shonen Jump as it announces the launch of the popular weekly manga publication on Google Play.

Previously, readers could only access Weekly Shonen Jump on the Google Play store via the VIZ Manga App or through the Android-based Weekly Shonen Jump App. Manga fans can now purchase single issues of Weekly Shonen Jump directly from Google Play/Google Books for $0.99 (USD) each. A backlist catalog offering 1 month of previously released issues will also be available.

Weekly Shonen Jump is the world’s most widely read manga publication for both emerging as well as established hit series and it has helped launch scores of the genre’s greatest series in the world,” says Andy Nakatani, Editor-in-Chief of Weekly Shonen Jump. “Google Play is one of the web’s most popular destinations for a wide variety of digital entertainment and we invite readers to explore all of the exciting fresh manga content contained in each week’s new issue.”

Manga series currently featured in Weekly Shonen Jump include One Piece, My Hero Academia, One-Punch Man, Boruto, Black Clover, Blue Exorcist, Food Wars!, The Promised Neverland, Red Sprite, Seraph of the End, World Trigger and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V. Weekly Shonen Jump also regularly gives readers an advance peek at other hot new series debuts in Japan with special Jump Start features throughout the year.

Weekly Shonen Jump is published digitally each week by VIZ Media and features the latest chapters of some of the world’s most popular manga series released to English readers across North America as well as the U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, India, the Philippines and Singapore on the same day as the magazine’s general print release in Japan. International issues debut each Monday at 10:00am (PST) and monthly subscriptions are available across all territories.