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VIZ Media Announces the Release of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 3 – Stardust Crusaders

VIZ Media announces a new addition to the acclaimed JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure saga with the release of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 3 – Stardust Crusaders on November 1, 2016.

Created by Hirohiko Araki, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a groundbreaking manga series famous for its outlandish characters, wild humor and frenetic battles. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 3 – Stardust Crusaders is the third story arc in the overall series and will be published in a deluxe, hardcover edition under the Shonen Jump imprint and is rated “T+” for Older Teens. Volume 1 will carry a print MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 3 – Stardust Crusaders will also be available digitally from VIZ.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the NOOK, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Future volumes of the series will be published on a quarterly basis.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure depicts the long-running, multi-generational adventures of a family of mighty heroes – the Joestars. As the Stardust Crusaders arc opens, a fiendish villain once thought to be dead has resurfaced and become even more powerful. To fight this evil, the aging Joseph Joestar enlists the help of his hot-blooded grandson, Jotaro Joestar. Together they embark on a perilous adventure that will take them around the world.

“This is the story arc that propelled JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure to international fame,” says Urian Brown, Editor. “With the introduction of Tarot-themed Stands, ghostlike projections with fantastic powers that come from the characters’ bodies, the action in the story took on a whole new life. And now this fan favorite arc is collected in deluxe, hardcover editions complete with color pages. Read the first volume next month and find out how the series achieved the legendary status it has!”

Manga creator Hirohiko Araki made his manga debut in 1981 with the Wild West story, Busô Poker. He experimented with several genres, including mysteries (Mashonen B.T.) and action-horror (Baoh), before beginning JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure in 1986. Propelled by imaginative storylines, surreal imagery and individualistic artwork, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is one of the longest-running and most popular shonen manga ever released. Araki’s current works include a new series set in the JoJo’s universe, JoJolion.

VIZ Media Announces the Home Media Release of Hunter x Hunter Season 1

VIZ Media delivers action-packed, supernatural adventure as it announces the home media release of the Hunter x Hunter anime series on October 25, 2016.

The upcoming release will feature the first-quarter of Season 1 and will be available as Standard Edition Blu-ray and Standard Edition DVD sets that each contain 13 uncut episodes along with many never-before-seen extras. Uncut English dubbed as well as Japanese subtitled dialogue options are available on both formats. A Hunter x Hunter Set 1 Steelbook™ Edition will be available exclusively in the U.S. from Best Buy. Hunter x Hunter is rated “TV-14.”

The Hunter x Hunter Set 1 Standard Edition Blu-ray will carry an MSRP of $54.97 U.S. / $63.99 CAN; the Hunter x Hunter Set 1 Standard Edition DVD will carry an MSRP of $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN; the Hunter x Hunter Set 1 Steelbook Edition exclusive to Best Buy will carry an MSRP of $63.38 U.S.

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.

Hunter x Hunter combines vivid animation, strongly developed characters and an action-driven storyline that captivates audiences from the very first episode,” says Charlene Ingram, Senior Marketing Manager, Animation. “The series has thrilled fans across North America on Toonami and we are very excited to now announce the home media release. Catch all the fun and action this October!”

The Hunter x Hunter anime series reboots the popular Hunter x Hunter manga originally created by Yoshihiro Togashi. The anime adventure is broadcast in North America on Adult Swim’s Toonami and was produced by the famed animation studio, MADHOUSE. The fresh English voice cast includes the talented Erica Mendez as Gon Freecss, Cristina Vee as Killua Zoldyck, Keith Silverstein as Hisoka, and Erika Harlacher as Kurapika.

In the original Hunter x Hunter manga series, Hunters are a special breed, dedicated to tracking down treasures, magical beasts, and even other people. But such pursuits require a license, and less than one in a hundred thousand can pass the grueling qualification exam. Those who do pass gain access to restricted areas, amazing stores of information, and the right to call themselves Hunters.

VIZ Media Announces the Latest Naruto Novel With the Debut of Naruto: Itachi’s Story – Daylight

VIZ Media continues to expand its library of popular Naruto novels with the release of Naruto: Itachi’s Story – Daylight on November 1, 2016.

Naruto’s allies and enemies take center stage in these fast-paced adventures with each book focusing on a particular clan mate, ally, team, or villain. Naruto: Itachi’s Story – Daylight will be available in print and digital editions. The novel was written by Takashi Yano and features original cover art by Naruto creator, Masashi Kishimoto.

MSRP: $10.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN / $6.99 Digital · Available November 1, 2016

Uchiha Itachi, four years of age. With the hell of war burned into his eyes, the boy makes a resolution: he will rid this world of all violence. The birth of Sasuke, meeting his friend Shisui, the academy, genin, chunin, and then the Anbu – Itachi races down the path of glory toward his dream of becoming the first Uchiha Hokage, unaware of the darkness that lies ahead…

Also don’t miss the first three books in the series of Naruto novels – Naruto: Kakashi’s Story, Naruto: Shikamaru’s Story and Naruto: Sakura’s Story, available now in print and digital editions.

VIZ Media Releases The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition Omnibus Graphic Novel

VIZ Media delights fantasy, action, adventure and video game fans with the release of The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition Volume 1, Ocarina of Time on November 1, 2016.

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. Each release features stunning new covers and color illustrations by creator Akira Himekawa. The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition – Ocarina of Time, Volume 1 is rated “A” for All Ages and carries a print MSRP of $17.99 U.S. / $21.99 CAN. Future omnibus volumes will be released in print three times a year.

The battle for Hyrule and the Sacred Realm has begun. A young boy named Link 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, princess of the land of Hyrule. In the opening volume of the Legendary Edition, young Link embarks on a perilous quest to find three spiritual stones that hold the key to the Triforce, the wielder of which will rule the world. Link’s plan is to deliver the stones to the Princess of the mystical land of Hyrule, Zelda. But obstacles abound and his long journey has only just begun.

The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition is the ultimate edition for fans and new readers alike,” says Joel Enos, Editor. “For the entire run of this edition we’ll have new material, including some sketches and character designs, some new stories for the first time in English, and other small editorial things we took special care with that we hope fans will appreciate.”

The Legend of Zelda manga series was created by Akira Himekawa, which is the pen name of two women known simply as A. Honda and S. Nagano. The pair created The Legend of Zelda manga series which was inspired by several games and story arcs in the Zelda video game series.

VIZ Media Announces the Premiere of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure on Adult Swim

VIZ Media delivers exciting anime news as it announces the broadcast premiere of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood on Adult Swim’s Toonami.

The opening episode of Season 1 of the action-packed, multi-generational paranormal adventure series will debut on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 12:30 a.m. EST/PST, with future episodes scheduled 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.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is based on Hirohiko Araki’s critically acclaimed Shonen Jump manga series that depicts the multi-generational exploits of the heroic Joestar family and their never-ending battle against evil. In the anime series, the Aztecs – the people of the sun – once prospered in ancient Mexico. They had a bizarre stone mask that brought eternal life and the power of a domineering ruler to he who wore it, but at some point, the mask disappeared without a trace. Years later, in the late 19th Century, when men’s lifestyles and outlooks on life were quickly changing, Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando meet, and the stone mask binds them to a rather curious fate…

“Audiences will definitely want to catch the launch of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood on Adult Swim,” says Charlene Ingram, Senior Marketing Manager, Animation. “Packed with heroic main characters, flamboyant villains and plenty of over the top action, this series is without equal!”

VIZ Media is the master distributor for the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure anime series and also publishes print and digital editions of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga series (rated “T+” for Older Teens). VIZ Media is also the North American master merchandise licensee for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

VIZ Media Releases First in a New Series of Tokyo Ghoul Novels

VIZ Media serves readers a fresh dose of dark thrills with the release of Tokyo Ghoul: Days, the first in a new line of novels inspired by the smash hit manga series created by Sui Ishida.

Tokyo Ghoul: Days is set to debut on October 18, 2016 under the VIZ Signature imprint. The title—a collection of linked short stories—will be released in print with an MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN. It will be available digitally for $8.99 from VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App and worldwide from the NOOK, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, and Google Play stores. Future volumes in the ongoing Tokyo Ghoul novel series will be published quarterly.

In the book, many conflicts and incidents arise involving the clientele of the café Anteiku, where Ghouls gather. Yoshimura, the café’s owner, is watching a certain someone. What sort of darkness will that person bring between those who hunt and those who are hunted?

“The Tokyo Ghoul manga series has become a fan-favorite with its unique blend of visceral action and teen angst. The first title in the new spin-off series of prose stories dives further into the surreal world of Tokyo Ghoul as it explores the rituals, lives and backgrounds of the main characters, their motivations and their own dark secrets,” says Nick Mamatas, Editor.

Manga creator Sui Ishida was born in Fukuoka, Japan. He is the author of Tokyo Ghoul and several Tokyo Ghoul one-shots, including one that won him the Young Jump 113th Grand Prix award in 2010. Tokyo Ghoul began serialization in Weekly Young Jump in 2011 and was adapted into an anime series in 2014.

VIZ Media Previews 2017 Publishing Acquisitions at New York Comic Con

VIZ Media announced at its official panel at the 2016 New York Comic Con that the company had acquired several new manga publishing acquisitions.

VIZ Media previewed each of the six new titles that include the music-driven romance in Anonymous Niose, the story of a queer woman finding her place in the music scene in After Hours, a survival treasure hunt adventure in Golden Kamuy, and the creepy flesh-eating drama of Tokyo Ghoul: Re, the new sequel to the bestselling manga series. Also announced was the launch of Boruto: Naruto Next Generation, which continues the action-packed ninja saga by famed creator Masashi Kishimoto, as well as Vampire Knight: Memories, an ongoing collection of short stories from the original series’ beloved creator Matsuri Hino.

Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.

New VIZ Media Publishing Acquisitions for 2017 Release

ANONYMOUS NOISE · Rated “T” for Teens · Debuts Spring 2017
A girl who loves to sing, Nino Arisugawa experiences her first heart-wrenching goodbye when her beloved childhood friend, Momo, moves away. And after Nino befriends Yuzu, a music composer, she experiences another sad parting. With music as their common ground and only outlet, how will her unrequited loves play out? Since both boys promised Nino that they would find her one day through her singing, she holds on to that hope and continues to reach out with her voice. Now in high school, Nino serendipitously reunites with Yuzu, but she yearns to see Momo again…

AFTER HOURS · Rated “T+” for Older Teens · Debuts Summer 2017
Emi Asahina is 24, unemployed, and not really sure what she wants to do with her life. When a friend invites her to a dance club, Emi doesn’t expect much but decides to give it a try… and ends up hiding in the corner after her friend ditches her for a dude. Emi figures the night is a bust, but then an exciting woman comes to her rescue. Kei is a DJ, and her effortless self-confidence captivates Emi. Is this the start of something special or just one wonderful night?

Debuts Spring 2017

Naruto was a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He achieved his dream to become the greatest ninja in the village and his face sits atop the Hokage monument. But this is not his story… A new generation of ninja are ready to take the stage, led by Naruto’s son, Boruto.

GOLDEN KAMUY · Rated “M” for Mature · Debuts Summer 2017
The winner of the 2016 Manga Taisho Award. “Sugimoto the Immortal,” a surviving soldier of the Russo-Japanese War, seeks the riches promised by a gold rush in Hokkaido, Japan’s frozen north. Instead, he stumbles upon the tale of a vast stash of Ainu gold and sets off on a dangerous treasure hunt with only a young Ainu girl as his guide. Just one problem: the map to the treasure was tattooed on the skins of criminals, and Sugimoto has to vie with said criminals, the military, wild animals and even a specter of the Shinsengumi to piece together the map.

TOKYO GHOUL: RE · Rated “T+” for Older Teens · Debuts Fall 2017
A new sequel to the bestselling Tokyo Ghoul by creator Sui Ishida set after the events of the main series. The main character is Haise Sasaki, a Ghoul Investigator assigned to oversee a squad of unruly young Investigators that have had ghoul traits experimentally implanted into them. The pressure is on this experimental and temperamental squad to become the best Ghoul Investigators and their mettle will first be tested tracking down a gruesome ghoul known as “Torso.”

VAMPIRE KNIGHT: MEMORIES · Rated “T+” for Older Teens · Debuts Summer 2017
Vampire Knight: Memories is a continuing collection of short stories from creator Matsuri Hino that delves into Yuki and Zero’s time as a couple in the past, and explores the relationship between Yuki’s children and Kaname in the present. These are gorgeously drawn and heartfelt stories sure to delight fans of the original series.