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VIZ Media Announces Participation at ANIME NYC 2017

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, has announced its participation in Anime NYC.

Produced by boutique event company LeftField Media, Anime NYC is New York City’s premiere anime convention and fan celebration. Anime NYC will take place November 17th-19th at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Tickets and additional convention info are available at: http://animenyc.com.

In partnership with Anime NYC, VIZ Media is proud to welcome special Guests of Honor for SAILOR MOON and the just-launched anime series, INFINI-T FORCE from the legendary anime studio Tatsunoko Production. Anime NYC attendees can catch these guests at a variety of special panel discussions, as well as additional signing events and screenings.

SAILOR MOON DAY is Saturday, November 17th

 11:15am – 1:15pm                SAILOR MOON Official Panel; Main Stage

Moon Prism Power… Make up! The largest gathering of Sailor Guardians yet descends on the Big Apple for an event of epic proportions! Meet the English cast for SAILOR MOON and her Guardians as well as Tuxedo Mask and friends in a very special event packed to the brim with news, sneak peeks, and announcements galore. While supplies last, every attendee also will receive an exclusive gift only available at Anime NYC!

 Participating SAILOR MOON cast members include:

  • Stephanie Sheh (Sailor Moon / Usagi Tsukino)
  • Kate Higgins (Sailor Mercury / Ami Mizuno)
  • Cristina Vee (Sailor Mars / Rei Hino)
  • Amanda Celine Miller (Sailor Jupiter / Makoto Kino)
  • Cherami Leigh (Sailor Venus / Minako Aino)
  • Sandy Fox (Chibi-Usa / Black Lady)
  • Erica Mendez (Sailor Uranus / Haruka Tenoh)
  • Lauren Landa (Sailor Neptune / Michiru Kaioh)
  • Christine Marie Cabanos (Sailor Saturn / Hotaru Tomoe)
  • Robbie Daymond (Tuxedo Mask / Mamoru Chiba)
  • Chris Niosi (Pegasus / Helios) 

 

2:00pm – 3:45pm                   SAILOR MOON Voice Cast Autograph Session; Anime NYC Autograph Room

Catch the voice cast after the panel for a special signing session!

 

Celebrate INFINI-T FORCE at Anime NYC!

 Friday, November 17th

7:00pm – 7:45pm                  INFINI-T FORCE Episode 1 Screening; Panel Room 1

Don’t miss the premiere of the 55th Anniversary project from legendary anime studio, Tatsunoko. INFINI-T FORCE brings some of Japan’s greatest superheroes together to fight. With beautiful animation, intriguing characters and loads of action, it’s an experience like nothing in anime!

 

Saturday, November 17th

2:00pm – 2:45pm                  Inside the Action of INFINI-T FORCE

with VIZ Media and Producer Kaz Haruna of Tatsunoko Production; Panel Room 1

Think you know Superheroes? Get ready for the classics coming together with INFINI-T FORCE, the action-packed series that unites characters from Gatchaman,TekkamanPolimar and Casshan in one awesome team! Join VIZ Media, Anime NYC Guest of Honor Kaz Haruna, Producer of Tatsunoko’s 55th Anniversary project, as well as moderator and noted classic anime expert Mike Toole, and get the inside scoop on this hot new series. All attendees will receive an exclusive gift while supplies last. 

2:00pm – 3:45pm                   INFINI-T FORCE Producer Autograph Session; Anime NYC Autograph Room

Meet famed anime producer Kaz Haruna whose latest action-packed project will thrill anime fans.

Additional VIZ Media Panels & Screenings

Friday, November 17th

4:00pm – 4:45pm                  VIZ Media Official Panel; Panel Room 1

Join the VIZ Media team for a fun-filled festival of news, announcements, and all the latest from the publisher of beloved series such as SAILOR MOON, ONE-PUNCH MAN, JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE, BORUTO and more. There may even be prizes!

Sunday, November 18th

1:00pm – 1:45pm                  TERRA FORMARS English Premiere; Panel Room 1

Dark, visceral, and violent; TERRA FORMARS is hard sci-fi at its finest. What would happen if humans could harness a special biological technology to make the red planet habitable? These episodes will be presented completely uncut. 

3:00pm – 4:45pm                  SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL Season 3 Screening; Panel Room 1

Based on the super hit manga series by Naoko Takeuchi, Sailor Moon Crystal is a direct-to-the-manga retelling of the beloved Sailor Moon tale. Join us for a special screening of all-new English episodes from the Infinity / Death Busters Arc where Sailor Moon discovers even more Sailor Guardians and the most maniacal foe she has faced yet! 

Additional information on anime and manga titles available from VIZ Media is available at VIZ.com.

VIZ Media Releasing ‘The Art of My Little Pony: The Movie’ Art Book

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, commemorates the MY LITTLE PONY animated feature film with the publication of a unique new art book, THE ART OF MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE.

Now available, THE ART OF MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE is a deluxe hardcover edition filled with concept material, production stills, sketches, and more from the film. Under license from Hasbro, Inc., the book carries a print MSRP of $39.99 U.S. / $53.99 CAN, and is available digitally with an MSRP of $19.99 via VIZ.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Lionsgate is set to release MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE in theaters in the United States on October 6, 2017.

Explore the making of Hasbro’s MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE with exclusive behind-the-scenes material from the creators of the film. This gorgeous hardcover volume includes concept sketches, notes, character designs, and pages and pages of full-color artwork accompanied by commentary from the director, screenwriter, and character designers at DHX Studios.

In MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE, a new dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and face exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home.

“If you’ve ever wanted to find out how MY LITTLE PONY is brought to screen, this is the book you’ve been waiting for,” says Joel Enos, Editor at VIZ Media. “Get to know insights behind the character designs, the story of the film, and see big beautiful pieces of artwork, most including special notes and interviews with the team behind the film!”

“We are thrilled to work with VIZ Media on this exciting, one-of-kind, new release. This well-designed art book has something for MY LITTLE PONY fans of all ages,” says Michael Kelly, Senior Director of Global Publishing at Hasbro.

Since its introduction by Hasbro in 1983, MY LITTLE PONY has become one of the world’s most popular brands of animation, toys, games, and related products. The 2010 animated series, MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC, rebooted the original cartoon from the mid-80s and has to-date grossed more than $1 billion worldwide (Global License!, 5/16). Season 7 of MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC launched on Discovery Family in the United States on April 15th.

For additional information on THE ART OF MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE or other titles available from VIZ Media, please visit VIZ.com.

VIZ Media Announces Home Media and Manga Release of Pokemon The Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, delights POKÉMON fans as it announces the upcoming home media release and the official manga edition of POKÉMON THE MOVIE: VOLCANION AND THE MECHANICAL MARVEL this spring.

Fans can experience all of the excitement and adventure of the newest POKÉMON anime feature film in the POKÉMON X·Y series in both DVD and graphic novel form. POKÉMON THE MOVIE: VOLCANION AND THE MECHANICAL MARVEL was directed by Kunihiko Yuyama and was originally released in Japanese theaters last summer.

POKÉMON THE MOVIE: VOLCANION AND THE MECHANICAL MARVEL DVD 

Rated ‘TV-Y7’ for Viewers Ages 7 and Older ·  MSRP: $19.98 U.S. / $24.99 CAN ·  AvailableMarch 21st

In the latest adventure, Ash meets the Mythical Pokémon, Volcanion, when it crashes down from the sky, creating a cloud of dust – and a mysterious force binds the two of them together! Volcanion despises humans and tries to get away, but it’s forced to drag Ash along as it continues its rescue mission. They arrive in a city of cogs and gears, where a corrupt minister has stolen the ultimate invention: the Artificial Pokémon Magearna, created 500 years ago. He plans to use its mysterious powers to take control of this mechanical kingdom! Can Ash and Volcanion work together to rescue Magearna? One of the greatest battles in Pokémon history is about to unfold! Catch all the action presented with dubbed English or subtitled dialogue options as well as 2.0 and 5.1 audio selections.

 

POKÉMON THE MOVIE: VOLCANION AND THE MECHANICAL MARVEL MANGA

Rated ‘A’ For All Ages ·  MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN ·  Available Now! 

Capture all of the action of the newest POKÉMON feature film in this single-volume official manga adaptation. Features story and artwork by Kemon Kawamoto.

POKÉMON is one of the most successful international entertainment franchises of all time. More than 279 million POKÉMON video games and over 21.5 billion Pokémon 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 POKÉMON home media releases including animated series and films and also publishes a variety of POKÉMON manga graphic novel series including POKÉMON ADVENTURES, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: FireRed & LeafGreen, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: EMERALD, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: DIAMOND & PEARL/PLATINUM, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: HeartGold & SoulSilver, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: BLACK & WHITE, POKÉMON X•Y, and POKÉMON OMEGA RUBY & ALPHA SAPPHIRE.

For additional information on POKÉMON anime and manga titles distributed and published by VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

VIZ Media Announces New Edition of Super Mario Adventures Graphic Novel

viz media logoVIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, proudly announces the return of SUPER MARIO ADVENTURES as the long out-of-print graphic novel receives an October 11th release.

Fans in New York can join in the celebration by attending the Launch Party at Nintendo NY, located in Rockefeller Center on Friday, October 7th from 6PM – 8PM. The festivities will kick off with themed cupcakes for attendees, a photo-op with MarioTM and LuigiTM, an autograph and Q & A session with VIP guests from VIZ Media and more! Attendees who purchase a copy of SUPER MARIO ADVENTURES at the event will receive an exclusive poster as a gift with purchase, while supplies last. Visit: www.Nintendonyc.com and @NintendoNYC on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for details.

Presented in full color and inspired by the bestselling Nintendo® video game franchise,SUPER MARIO ADVENTURES is a riotous and wacky tale featuring beloved characters Mario and Luigi (and YoshiTM!), with a story by Kentaro Takekuma and artwork by Charlie Nozawa. The comics originally ran in Nintendo PowerTM magazine in 1992-93.

SUPER MARIO ADVENTURES collects the full series into a single-volume edition that will receive a remastered full-color print release with an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN.

In the story, the peril-plagued Princess Toadstool is kidnapped by the diabolical deadbeat BowserTM but super plumbers Mario and Luigi hatch a plan with their new friend Yoshi 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?!

“This fantastic new edition will delight legions of video game, pop culture and comic fans with imaginative adventures inspired by Mario and Luigi from the classic Super Mario Bros. games,” says Beth Kawasaki, Senior Editorial Director for VIZ Media. “Join the fun as gaming’s most legendary pair of brothers attempt to rescue Princess Peach from the clutches of the Koopa King!”

Created by Nintendo, the Mario character first appeared in 1981 in Nintendo’s original Donkey KongTM arcade game. The red-capped, mustachioed character has become one of the most popular among fans and video games featuring Super Mario™ have sold more than 310 million units globally. Nintendo marked the official 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. in 2015 and the Mario character continues to be featured on a wide array of new consumer products each year.

SUPER MARIO ADVENTURES story writer Kentaro Kawamoto is best-known for co-authoringEven a Monkey Can Draw Manga and his most well known manga work published in English is Super Mario Adventures, which originally ran in Nintendo Power magazine and was collected in 1993 into a graphic novel edition of the same name.

SUPER MARIO ADVENTURES artist Charlie Nozawa published manga under the pen name Tamakichi Sakura. His most notable works include Shiawase No Katachi (Shapes of Happiness) and Oyaji No Wakuse (Dad’s Planet).

For additional information on SUPER MARIO ADVENTURES and other manga titles distributed and published by VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

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Wizards of the Coast and VIZ Media Announce The Art of Magic: The Gathering: Kaladesh

viz media logoWizards of the Coast and VIZ Media have jointly announced the forthcoming publication of the latest addition to THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING collection. Scheduled for release in January 2017, THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING: KALADESH is the third volume in VIZ Media’s ongoing series of hardcover art books presenting the incredible illustrations of Magic: The Gathering™. The 240-page book will feature dozens of full color works by more than 95 artists, including Cliff Childs, Winona Wilson, Christine Choi and Adam Paquette, who also illustrated the cover, and will be complemented with additional in-depth lore by bestselling author and Magic: The Gathering Senior Game Designer, James Wyatt.

Throughout its 22-year history, Magic: The Gathering has visited many richly imaginative worlds through card sets and stories. Developed by Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering has more than 20 million fans, is played in more than 70 countries, and is available in 11 languages. Magic: The Gathering has won numerous notable awards, including a Mensa Award and multiple Origins Awards, the Hobby Game industry’s annual top award.

Optimism, innovation, and the spirit of creativity fill these pages, lavishly illustrated with the award-winning art of Magic: The Gathering™! Welcome to Kaladesh – a vibrant, beautiful plane where anything is possible. Join the heroic Planeswalkers of the Gatewatch as they explore the Inventors’ Fair, and let your imagination soar alongside thopters and airships crafted by the best artificers in the Multiverse.  Come discover the marvels of Kaladesh – its inhabitants, its inventors, and its artifacts. They all await you at the grand Inventors’ Fair!

“On Magic’s newest plane, Kaladesh, we’re exploring a bright world of innovation and creativity that comes to life in THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING – KALADESH,” says Elaine Chase, Senior Director of Global Brand Strategy and Marketing for Magic: The Gathering. “We are excited to continue working with VIZ Media to bring fans and players more ways to enjoy Magic’s art and detailed lore.”

“THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING: KALADESH offers a unique way to explore the captivating home world of Planeswalker Chandra Nallar,” says Beth Kawasaki, Senior Editorial Director, VIZ Media. “We are extremely happy to continue our close collaboration with Wizards of the Coast to develop this vividly illustrated series of books and we look forward to Magic players and fantasy art fans discovering this beautiful new release early next year.”

THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING: KALADESH joins THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING: INNISTRAD (available July 5th) and THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING: ZENDIKAR, available now from VIZ Media. Each contains specially curated collections of illustrations from Wizards of the Coast’s popular strategy card game, Magic: The Gathering.

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VIZ MEDIA Announces Home Media Release of Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1

viz media logoVIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor, publisher and licensor of anime and manga in North America, will delight anime fans as it announces the anticipated home media release this summer of SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL SET 1.

Scheduled for release on August 16th, SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL SET 1 will be available as a special Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack as well as a multi-disc Standard Edition DVD Set. Pre-orders are available from a variety of leading outlets and online retailers beginning today. Fans that pre-order from Rightstuf.com will receive a special acrylic sun-catcher featuring the Sailor Guardian team (while supplies last).

Anime fans can dive into all 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 extra bonus features. Uncut English dubbed as well as Japanese subtitled dialogue options are offered on both formats. The SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL SET 1 Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack will carry an MSRP of $79.99 U.S. / $99.99 CAN; the Standard Edition DVD will carry an MSRP of $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN.

The Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack contains a deluxe, 4-disc collection (2 DVDs & 2 Blu-rays), packaged with an exclusive chipboard box with specialty printing. The Combo Pack also contains 7 full-color collectible art cards and a premium full-color art booklet featuring episode summaries and more. 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 4 discs with beautifully illustrated variant O-card packaging and specialty foil printing. Episodes will be presented in 480p standard video format.

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?

Fans are also invited to enjoy the original, classic SAILOR MOON anime series available from VIZ Media as Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Packs as well as a multi-disc Standard Edition DVD Sets.

For more information on SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL or other award-winning anime titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

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VIZ MEDIA Announces LEGEND OF ZELDA: LEGENDARY EDITION Manga Omnibus

viz media logoVIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America brings back the celebrated manga (graphic novel) series for THE LEGEND OF ZELDA on November 1st. THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: LEGENDARY EDITION is a new series of 2-in-1 releases of the classic 10-volume fantasy adventure.

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: LEGENDARY EDITION each contain two complete volumes of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA manga series, presented in a deluxe format featuring new covers and color artwork by creator Akira Himekawa, and will be printed in a larger 5-3/4” x 8-1/4” format.

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: LEGENDARY EDITION Volume 1 contains THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: OCARINA OF TIME Parts 1 and 2, and is rated ‘A’ for All Ages. The release will carry a print MSRP of $17.99 U.S. / $21.99 CAN. Future iterations of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: LEGENDARY EDITION will be released bimonthly for a total of five volumes.

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.

“THE LEGEND OF ZELDA is an unforgettable and tremendously loved property among multiple generations of video game, pop culture and manga fans,” says Beth Kawasaki, Senior Editorial Director for Perfect Square. “We are very excited to bring fans THE LEGEND OF ZELDA in a comprehensive new way with these collectible omnibus editions.”

For more information on THE LEGEND OF ZELDA and other anime and manga titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

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VIZ Media Announces POKÉMON THE MOVIE: HOOPA AND THE CLASH OF AGES DVD and Manga

viz media logoVIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, announces the home media release and debut of the official manga adaptation of POKÉMON THE MOVIE: HOOPA AND THE CLASH OF AGES in early March.

Both of the editions offer fans all of the fun and adventure of the newest POKÉMON anime feature film. POKÉMON THE MOVIE: HOOPA AND THE CLASH OF AGES was directed by Kunihiko Yuyama and was originally released in Japanese theatres last summer.

POKÉMON THE MOVIE: HOOPA AND THE CLASH OF AGES Manga ·

MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Available March 1st 

Capture all of the action of the newest POKÉMON feature film in this single-volume official manga adaptation. Features story and artwork by Gin Kamimura.

POKÉMON THE MOVIE: HOOPA AND THE CLASH OF AGES DVD ·

 MSRP: $19.97 U.S. / $24.98 CAN · Available March 8th

In a desert city by the sea, Ash, Pikachu, and their friends meet the Mythical Pokémon Hoopa, who can summon all sorts of things—including people and Pokémon—through its magic rings. The little Mischief Pokémon likes to use this talent to play harmless tricks on people…but when its true power is released, it loses control and becomes the towering and terrifying Hoopa Unbound! Long ago, a brave hero stopped its rampage by confining its power in a special bottle. Now that the bottle has been rediscovered, Hoopa must confront its greatest fear! Can Ash help his new friend overcome the darkness within—or will this dangerous struggle erupt into a clash of legends? Catch all the action presented with dubbed English or subtitled dialogue options as well as 2.0 and 5.1 audio selections.

“Ash, Pikachu and the rest of the POKÉMON gang return for their latest feature film adventure in POKÉMON THE MOVIE: HOOPA AND THE CLASH OF AGES and the action doesn’t stop as they help their new friend prevent a dangerous menace from causing massive destruction,” says Charlene Ingram, Senior Marketing Manager, Animation. “Don’t miss all the fun of the home media release and the official manga adaptation coming next month!”

POKÉMON is one of the most successful international entertainment franchises of all time. More than 275 million POKÉMON video game titles and over 21.5 billion Pokémon 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 POKÉMON home media releases including animated series and films and also publishes a variety of POKÉMON manga graphic novel series including POKÉMON ADVENTURES X•Y, POKÉMON ADVENTURES, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: DIAMOND AND PEARL, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: HeartGold & SoulSilver, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: BLACK & WHITE.

For more information on other POKÉMON manga and anime titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

VIZ Media Announces New POKÉMON Home Video Releases

viz media logoVIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, expands its POKÉMON catalog for anime fans as it announces a pair of new home media releases.

Inspired by the latest generation of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video games, POKÉMONTHE SERIES: XY Set 2 is available now on DVD. POKÉMON: THE MOVIES 1-3 STEELBOOK BLU-RAY COLLECTION contains a trio of full-length POKÉMON feature films and will be available February 9th. Both are rated ‘TV-Y7’ for viewers ages 7 and older.

POKÉMON THE SERIES: XY DVD SET 2 · MSRP: $26.95 U.S. / $31.98 CAN ·Available Now

In the latest home media set inspired by the new generation of Pokémon X and Pokémon Yvideo games, Ash Ketchum and his friends venture ever deeper into the Kalos region! Ash takes to the skies in a wing suit in his first aerial battle, and the group explores exciting new areas like the majestic Kalos Canyon, the mysterious Cave of Mirrors, and Professor Sycamore’s Pokémon summer camp. Meanwhile, Miette and Serena’s rivalry over Ash heats up, and Team Rocket flummoxes everyone with clever disguises and Pokémon-nabbing schemes! And of course, everyone’s after the secrets of Mega Evolution—but will anyone get a handle on its consequences? The new set contains 3 discs featuring 24 episodes (25-48), presented with dubbed English dialogue.

POKÉMON: THE MOVIES 1-3 STEELBOOK BLU-RAY COLLECTION · MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN · Available February 9th     

A special 3-disc Steelbook set featuring three complete POKÉMON feature films— POKÉMON: THE FIRST MOVIE, POKÉMON THE MOVIE 2000, and POKÉMON 3: THE MOVIE. Films are each presented with dubbed English dialogue.

In POKÉMON: THE FIRST MOVIE, the adventure explodes into action with the debut of Mewtwo, a bio-engineered Pokémon created from the DNA of Mew, the rarest of all Pokémon. After escaping from the lab where it was created, Mewtwo is determined to prove its own superiority. It lures a number of talented Trainers into a Pokémon battle like never before—and of course, Ash and his friends are happy to accept the challenge!

In POKÉMON THE MOVIE 2000, just one person can make a difference… In the Orange Islands far south of Kanto, a Trainer named Lawrence is on a sinister quest: catching the Legendary Pokémon Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres in an attempt to awaken Lugia, guardian of the sea! When Ash and friends arrive, the islanders ask him to gather three elemental orbs from different islands. As the weather across the world goes out of control, it becomes clear that the capture of the legendary trio has thrown the environment out of balance! With Lugia’s help, can Ash find the orbs, restore the balance, and be the “chosen one” that everyone turns to?

In POKÉMON 3: THE MOVIE, a crystal catastrophe is unleashed upon Greenfield, and Ash, Pikachu, and friends must figure out how to undo the damage to the once-beautiful town. But the unthinkable happens when Ash’s mother is kidnapped by the powerful Entei, a Pokémon thought to have existed only in legend. Now Ash must go to her rescue, uncertain of what he’ll uncover when he unlocks the real secret power behind the unbelievable turn of events: a young girl whose dream world is being turned into a nightmarish reality by the mysterious and unstoppable Unown!

 

VIZ Media and Wizards of the Coast Announce ‘The Art of Magic: The Gathering: Innistrad’ Book for Summer 2016

viz media logoVIZ Media and Wizards of the Coast have jointly announced the expansion of the Magic: The Gathering® publishing catalog with the addition of a second art book to the collection. Set for release in Summer 2016, THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING – INNISTRAD will feature full color illustrations showcasing the mysteries of Innistrad – its peoples, provinces, and monsters.

In THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING – INNISTRAD, terror falls from the skies on blood-spattered wings and nameless horrors lurk in the shadows. These pages, lavishly illustrated with the award-winning art of Magic: The Gathering, are your entry into a world beset by terrible evils on all sides and betrayed by the hope it held most dear. Tread lightly as you follow the heroic Planeswalkers of the Gatewatch as they investigate these dark mysteries.

THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING – INNISTRAD edition joins THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING – ZENDIKAR, a previously announced art book set to debut in January 2016 from VIZ Media that will feature images from popular strategy card game Magic: The Gathering. The 240-page book will feature full color illustrations from some of Magic‘s best artists, such as Aleksi Briclot. MSRP will be $39.99 U.S. / $45.99 CAN.

Throughout its 22-year history, Magic: The Gathering has visited many richly imaginative worlds through card sets and stories. In its newest set, Battle for Zendikar , Magic returns to the fan-favorite world of Zendikar, where united tribes of elves, vampires, and humans battle the monstrous Eldrazi across strange floating ruins and beautiful landscapes. The Battle for Zendikar card set launched October 2, 2015.

“Innistrad is a favorite plane of Magic fans,” said Elaine Chase, Senior Director of Global Brand Strategy and Marketing for Magic: The Gathering. “We are thrilled to be able to help fans and players explore it in a whole new way through this beautifully illustrated second art book, The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Innistrad.”

 

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VIZ MEDIA Announces NYCC Plans

NYCC LogoVIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, prepares a full slate of fun activities, insightful panel discussions and special promotional giveaways for the upcoming 2015 New York Comic Con.

New York Comic Con takes place October 8th – 11th at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan and is the East Coast’s biggest pop culture convention. The annual event plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. More information on New York Comic Con is available at:http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com.

VIZ Media will exhibit at New York Comic Con in Booth #1346

This year, attendees are invited to join VIZ Media as it welcomes famed NARUTO manga creator, Masashi Kishimoto, for his first-ever official U.S. professional appearance. Fans can catch the legendary creator for a unique NYCC panel discussion about his smash hit series and his evolution as a manga artist on Thursday October 8th. Kishimoto also will offer opening remarks to introduce the hot new BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE anime feature film, on which he served as the Executive Producer, at a very special premiere screening on Saturday, October 10th.

To help celebrate the unprecedented visit, the VIZ Media booth will be the host of the NARUTO Ninja Mission. Fans pick up a headband from the booth, and must use ninja stealth and speed to complete a special mission; only a true ninja can collect an NYCC exclusive reward. The booth will also have a special display of two costumes from the recent Live Spectacle Naruto stage adaptation, courtesy of Nelke Planning, the company that produced the show.

Manga and anime fans are also invited to attend the VIZ Media official company panel discussion happening on Friday, October 9th to glean the latest news on new title acquisitions and exciting developments on other current properties. Fans also will not want to miss a VERY special premiere screening event on Friday October 9th that will present the debut of brand new VIZ Media anime title. Stay tuned for more details on this title!

SAILOR MOON fans can join VIZ Media’s official SAILOR MOON panel on Sunday, October 11th for all the latest news on the legendary anime adventure as well as the new SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL series.

Stop by the VIZ Media Booth (#1346) for an array of show exclusive products in the retail area, and also take part in a variety of fun convention activities and special promotional product giveaways of manga samplers, full-color posters, postcards, and more! Attendees can try their luck at the VIZ Media prize wheel for a chance to win exclusive goodies from many fan favorite series, or get a SAILOR MOON tiara and show off each person’s inner Guardian.

 

VIZ Media 2015 New York Comic Con Events & Panel Discussions:

VIZ Media Presents: An Evening with Masashi Kishimoto
Thursday, October 8th, 5:30PM – 6:30PM   
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The creator of the global phenomenon known as NARUTO makes his first appearance outside Japan! The legendary Kishimoto Sensei will discuss his career and creative process and answer questions about his work. Attendees will also have a chance to win some very special prizes. This panel of a lifetime is brought to you in partnership with the Japan Foundation.

VIZ Media Official Panel
Friday, October 9th, 12:15PM – 1:15PM   
Room 1A24

Hang out with the VIZ Media crew as they talk about your favorite titles, make exciting announcements and show off exclusive first looks!

VIZ Media Special Premiere Screening
Friday, October 9th, 6:45PM – 7:45PM   
Room 1A05

Join VIZ Media for a very special surprise from the world of anime that’s so fresh, we can’t even tell you what it is yet!

VIZ Media Presents: BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE Premiere
Saturday, October 10th, 11:30AM – 2:00PM       
Hammerstein Ballroom – 311 W. 43th St.

Masashi Kishimoto, creator of Naruto, makes his Executive Producer debut and will introduce the North American English-subtitled premiere of the most anticipated Naruto movie yet! Naruto Uzumaki protects the Hidden Leaf Village as the 7th Hokage, while Boruto, his troublesome son resents his father’s responsibilities that take his time away from him. Seeing this, Sasuke takes Boruto under his wing, while Sasuke’s only daughter, Sarada, dreams of being Hokage one day. This Panel of a lifetime is brought to you in partnership with the Japan Foundation.

Come early – the first 100 attendees in line for BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE will get to attend a special Saturday signing session at 10am with Masashi Kishimoto!

VIZ Media SAILOR MOON Official Panel
Sunday, October 11th, 2:30PM3:30PM   
Room 1A18

Everyone’s favorite Guardian of Love and Justice is back! The VIZ Media SAILOR MOON team brings you all the can’t-miss news on the legendary anime series, as well as the all-new SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL.

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Wizards Of The Coast And VIZ Media Announce The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Zendikar Book

viz media logoWizards of the Coast and VIZ Media announced The Art of Magic: The Gathering—Zendikar, an art book featuring images from popular strategy card game Magic: The Gathering. Available worldwide in January 2016, the 240-page book will feature full color illustrations from some of Magic‘s best artists, such as Aleksi Briclot and Adam Paquette, as well as in-depth lore written by best-selling author James Wyatt.

Throughout its 22-year history, Magic: The Gathering has visited many richly imaginative worlds through card sets and stories. In its upcoming set, Battle for Zendikar (www.BattleForZendikar.com), Magic returns to the fan-favorite world of Zendikar, where united tribes of elves, vampires, and humans battle the monstrous Eldrazi across strange floating ruins and beautiful landscapes. The Battle for Zendikar card set launches on October 2, 2015.

Magic: The Gathering has a rich history of bringing our fans and players the best fantasy art in the industry,” said Elaine Chase, Senior Director of Global Brand Strategy and Marketing for Magic: The Gathering. “We are excited to bring work from some of Magic‘s most amazing artists to our fans in a new medium.”

“We are very excited to help bring the art and story of Magic: The Gathering to more fans with this art book for the game,” said Beth Kawasaki, Senior Editorial Director, VIZ Media. “The Art of Magic: The Gathering—Zendikar is a beautifully illustrated edition that immerses you in the exotic world of Zendikar’s ancient ruins and strange inhabitants. We worked hand-in-hand with the Wizards of the Coast creative team to create the best art book imaginable, which we’re sure every Magic fan will covet.”

The Art of Magic: The Gathering—Zendikar will be available for pre-order at many retailers starting as early as September 1, and will be available at Amazon.com and retail and hobby gaming stores world-wide starting January 5, 2016.

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VIZ MEDIA & Eleven Arts Announce Canadian Theatrical Dates For BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE

viz media logoVIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, announces the expansion of its partnership with Los Angeles-based film distribution company ELEVEN ARTS to premiere BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE in a series of exclusive theatrical engagements. In addition to a big-screen debut in over 80 U.S. cities, Canadian fans also will have a very special opportunity to catch the premiere in 9 major cities, including Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and more beginning on October 10th!

Featuring the son of the world’s most popular ninja, BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE is executive produced by Masashi Kishimoto, the famed creator of the epic bestselling manga series (also published by VIZ Media) on which the film’s characters are based. BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE also features screenplay and character design by Kishimoto, and was directed by Hiroyuki Yamashita, with screenplay cooperation by Ukyou Kodachi; Chief Character Designers and Chief Animation Directors are Tetsuya Nishio and Hirofumi Suzuki.

BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE will be presented with original Japanese dialogue with English subtitles. For additional information and to purchase advance tickets, please visit: www.elevenarts.net.

In BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE, famed ninja, Naruto Uzumaki protects the Hidden Leaf Village as the Seventh Hokage, while Boruto, his troublesome son, resents his father’s responsibilities that take his time away from him. Seeing this, Sasuke takes Boruto under his wing, while Sasuke’s only daughter, Sarada, dreams of being Hokage one day. 

With Naruto as the Seventh Hokage, the Hidden Leaf Village plans to host the Chunin Exams to train new shinobi from the village and from their allied villages. Among the entrants are Sasuke’s daughter, Sarada, Mitsuki, an exceptionally talented yet mysterious shinobi… and Boruto, Naruto’s talented but impetuous son. Meanwhile, Sasuke who’s been on a mission in another dimension appears before Naruto to warn of a strange impending danger. Shrouded with an evil aura, Momoshiki and Kinshiki appear and attempt to assassinate Naruto. Petrified, Boruto is shielded by Naruto, only to disappear in front of Boruto’s own eyes!

To view a trailer for BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE, check this out.

For more information on NARUTO anime, manga and feature film titles, please visit: viz.com/naruto.

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VIZ Media Launches New ULTRAMAN Manga Series August 18th

viz media logoVIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, announces the brand new ULTRAMAN sci-fi superhero action manga (graphic novel) series, which is set to debut in print and digitally on August 18th.

The series, written by Eiichi Shimizu with artwork by Tomohiro Shimoguchi, is inspired by the original classic Japanese superhero TV show that ran in the late 1960s and remains hugely popular in Japan as well as with international audiences. ULTRAMAN Vol. 1 is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry a print MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN. The series also launches digitally the same day via VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and GooglePlay stores. Future editions of ULTRAMAN will be published quarterly under the VIZ Signature imprint. In Japan, the series currently appears in Hero’s magazine.

Decades ago, a being known as the Giant of Light joined together with Shin Hayata of the Science Special Search Party to save Earth from an invasion of terrifying monsters called Kaiju. Now, many years later, those dark days are fading into memory, and the world is at peace. But in the shadows a new threat is growing, a danger that can only be faced by a new kind of hero – a new kind of ULTRAMAN… Shinjiro is an ordinary teenager, but his father is the legendary Shin Hayata. When he learns that his father passed on the “Ultraman Factor” to him and that he possesses incredible powers, nothing will ever be the same again.

VIZ Media recently welcomed Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi for their first-ever professional appearance in the U.S. as official Guests of Honor at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con.

“In Japan, Ultraman is something of a national symbol, an iconic superhero that is instantly recognizable and universally loved, and we’re excited to bring the brand new manga to a new generation of fans,” says Mike Montesa, Editor. “The series wonderfully updates the classic sci-fi property with cinematic action sequences and sleek character designs. Catch the exciting return of this legendary hero this summer!”

Eiichi Shimizu worked on the story, script and mechanical design for ULTRAMAN. Tomohiro Shimoguchi provided character design and art. Together, the two have formed a creative dream team to produce a number of works including ULTRAMAN (Hero’s) and Kurogane no Rainbareru (Linebarrels of Iron, Akita Shoten). In addition to comics, they have expanded their field of interest to include character designs for video games and action figures.

For more information on ULTRAMAN or manga titles published by VIZ Media, please visitwww.VIZ.com.

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VIZ Media’s SDCC Plans

cc15 tnVIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, announces its return to San Diego, CA for the 2015 Comic-Con International with an impressive roster of manga creator personal appearances, informative panel discussions, interactive activities, promotional giveaways, and a wide selection of special retail products available exclusively at the event.

Attracting more than 125,000 attendees annually, Comic-Con International is one of the nation’s largest comic book, science fiction and pop culture events, and takes place July 9th-12th at the San Diego Convention Center, in San Diego, CA. Complete details on Comic-Con are available at: www.comic-con.org.

Located on the main show floor, VIZ Media’s booth will be a central hub of activity that will be a must-see for anime and manga fans. This year, VIZ Media presents the first international appearance by the creators of the new ULTRAMAN manga series. Stop by to purchase an exclusive advance copy with an exclusive figure from Japan and have it signed by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi. Check the booth for the daily signing schedule. Also join the creators for an insightful panel discussion on the global ULTRAMAN phenomenon on Friday, July 10th.

VIZ Media commemorates the 10th Anniversary of its Shojo Beat imprint with a beautifulin-booth display of shikishi (special Japanese art boards) featuring original artwork by a host of well-known manga creators that were created specifically for the imprint’s 10-year anniversary. Also spin the Shojo Beat Prize Wheel to win exclusive collectable items from Japan!

Celebrate the return of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST by picking up Link’s Hylian Shield, only at the VIZ Media booth! Copies of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST graphic novel will also be available for purchase (MSRP: $20)

NARUTO fans can try their hand at Bandai Namco’s latest NARUTO SHIPPUDEN video game, which debuts this Fall! Or try out a special demo of the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Deck Building Game from Cryptozoic (copies will be available for purchase, $40 each).

VIZ Media booth visitors can score free Shonen Jump ONE PIECE, ONE-PUNCH MAN or DRAGON BALL Z posters and also pick up a SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL Card, which offers a free trial subscription to Hulu Plus. Take a SAILOR MOON survey and also receive either a SAILOR MOON tiara or poster!

Also don’t miss the following product exclusives and special advance releases available (while supplies last) at the VIZ Media booth:

  • Advance pre-street manga releases for:
  • MY HERO ACADEMIA Vol. 1 ($10)
  • THE DEMON PRINCE OF MOMICHI HOUSE Vol. 1 ($10)
  • MAID-SAMA! 2-In-1 Vol. 1 ($15)
  • TOKYO GHOUL Vol. 2 ($13; Vol. 1 also available)
  • ULTRAMAN Vol. 1 – available with a special collectable Ultraman figure ($30) – get them personally signed by the series creators!
  • ONE PIECE and NARUTO Replica Manga Artwork – Exclusive from Japan! ($15 each)
  • DRAGON BALL Replica Manga Artwork – Full Color & Framed! Exclusive from Japan! ($150)
  • WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Annual Membership – digital subscription to the world’s most popular manga magazine also includes exclusive NARUTO Game Mat, Collectible NARUTO Yearbook (ships October 2015) and Exclusive YU‐GI-OH! Promo Card: Frightfur Tiger! ($25)
  • NARUTO: THE LAST 3D Movie Poster – Exclusively available from VIZ Media! ($25)
  • Exclusive SAILOR MOON R T-shirts – Ladies & Unisex styles; available only from VIZ Media! ($15 each)
  • Exclusive DORAEMON Plush – 2 different cute designs; (Small version $10; Large version $18)
  • 2015 Eisner Award nominated manga titles – MONSTER: PERFECT EDITION Vol. 1 ($20), ALL YOU NEED IS KILL ($15), HELLO KITTY, HELLO 40 (Special Edition $50)

A limited edition VIZ Media tote bag featuring iconic characters from celebrated VIZ Media series in 3 designs will be given as free gift with purchase of any item from VIZ Media. Select from SHONEN JUMP (double-sided featuring Luffy and Naruto),SAILOR MOON or THE LEGEND OF ZELDA!

VIZ Media Comic-Con Panels & Special Events:

Thursday July 9th

10:00AM – 11:00AM    SHONEN JUMP: PAST PRESENT & FUTURE – Room 5AB

Hang out with the English-language editors of the world’s most popular manga, plus special surprise guests! We’ve got exciting news about the latest new series, all-time fan favorites, and everything in between. Plus a chance to win amazing prizes by showing off your SJ trivia skills.

11:00AM   ULTRAMAN Creator Signing, VIZ Media Booth #2813

4:00PM – 5:00PM    Official VIZ Media Comic-Con Panel – Room 7AB

Come party with VIZ Media! And by party, we mean sit in a chair and listen to thrilling tales of upcoming releases and other Earth-shattering announcements from North America’s largest distributor of manga and anime! VIZ Media has brought fans thousands of acclaimed anime and manga titles including hits like NARUTO, DEATH NOTE, SAILOR MOON, RANMA ½, TOKYO GHOUL and more!

Friday July 10th

3:00PM – 4:00PM     VIZ Media Presents: ULTRAMAN –  Room 23ABC

4:30PM    ULTRAMAN Creator Signing VIZ Media Booth #2813

Saturday July 11th

10:00AM  ULTRAMAN Creator Signing VIZ Media Booth #2813

1:30PM – 2:30PM  VIZ Media & Perfect Square Present: THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST – Room 5AB

Zelda fans are invited to take up their Master Swords and join VIZ Media staff and special guests for a celebration of one of the most acclaimed video games of all time, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. VIZ Media will provide a special a behind-the-scenes look at the return of the classic graphic novel that was originally featured in Nintendo Power™magazine in the 90s and will also answer questions and give out a fun array of Zelda prizes.

1:30PM  ULTRAMAN Creator Signing VIZ Media Booth #2813

Sunday July 12th

1:00PM – 2:00PM         VIZ Media Presents Official SAILOR MOON Panel –  Room 6A

VIZ Media is releasing the 200 episode classic SAILOR MOON anime series for the first time on Blu-ray and with an all-new completely uncut and uncensored English dub. Join members of the VIZ Animation team for a special presentation on all the ins and outs of the production of this legendary anime series as well as updated news about the all new series, SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL!

Finally, don’t forget to check the 2015 Comic-Con screening schedule for a variety of VIZ Media anime titles including showings of BLEACH, BLOOD LAD, GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET, INUYASHA, and SAILOR MOON and SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL!

For more information on anime and manga titles licensed, published and distributed by VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

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