VIZ at NYCC – Panels, Exclusives and Schedule

VIZ has tons planned for Anime and Manga fans at NYCC this year, bringing Takeshi Obata from Japan to help promote Weekly Shonen Jump and take part in panels and signings during the convention. Those unfamiliar with the name might be able to better associate him to series he’s laid art for including Death Note, Bakuman, Hikaru No Go, All You Need is Kill and RALΩGRAD.

There will also be convention exclusives to keep collectors happy with pre-street copies of All You Need is Kill, Resident Evil and Kiss of the Rose Princess. Could that be all though? Oh no, Princess Mononoke The First Story is also gracing the show in hardcover from Studio Ghibli with watercolor art from Miyazaki.

If books aren’t yoru think there’s a pre-order for the upcoming set for Sailor Moon ahead of the release, those who do pre-order get a special Sailor Moon collectable coin as a free gift for ordering at NYCC. Other media at the event will include recent Blu-Ray and DVD releases.

For gear they’ve brought in NYCC Sailor Moon shirts and replica Bleach sword umbrellas with Ichigo and Rukia hilt variations. They’ll also have their first licensed Doraemon products with some limited One Piece and Naruto replica prints and other goods.

Finally they have the panel schedule, event plans and video room details for NYCC 2014 below.

VIZ Media New York Comic Con Panels:




Thursday October 9th




3:15PM – 4:00PM         Panel: VIZ MEDIA PANEL (Room 1A14)



Join VIZ Media and pull back the curtain on favorite manga and anime series. Be among the first to hear about upcoming releases and new acquisitions and throw questions at staff and grab FREE manga prizes while supplies last!





                                      (Room 1A14)



Join the editors of VIZ Media’s WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and editors from Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine to welcome Takeshi Obata for an enlightening personal discussion on what’s new and what’s next for the long-running manga anthology which launched best-selling titles such as NARUTO, BLEACH, ONE PIECE, DRAGON BALL as well as Obata’s BAKUMAN。and DEATH NOTE series.




Friday October 10th




2:00PM – 2:45PM         Panel: VOLTRON: A 30TH ANNIVERSARY




In 1984, Voltron: Defender of the Universe hit the TV, and the world of giant robots has never been the same. In honor of Voltron’s 30th anniversary, join the staff of VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint for a very special peek behind the curtain at this cultural phenomenon with special guests, new product announcements and much, much more!




5:00PM – 5:45PM         Panel: WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP PRESENTS



Join VIZ Media and the staff of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP to welcome very special guest Takeshi Obata and his editor Koji Yoshida for a conversation about Obata’s beginnings as an artist, his extensive history working in the manga industryand the creative process behind his works. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity!




Saturday October 11th




4:15PM – 5:00PM         Panel: OFFICAL SAILOR MOON PANEL

                                      (Room 1A14)



Come on a journey with the legendary Guardian of love and justice, Sailor Moon! Members of the VIZ Media SAILOR MOON animation team will talk about the impact of this beloved anime series, show footage from the re-mastered episodes and celebrate the long-awaited return of Usagi and her friends!





Scheduled Booth Activities:


The VIZ Media booth will buzz with continual activity throughout New York Comic Con with a host of fun in-booth games and activities.




  • VIZ Media Prize Wheel of Destiny: Take a spin for a chance to win a surprise goodie like t-shirts, posters, stickers and more! While supplies last.
  • DORAEMON Meet & Greet: Drop by for a photo op with everyone’s favorite big blue cat-type robot from the future!
  • SAILOR MOON PHOTO SESSION: Meet Guardian Sailor Moon (official cosplayer) and bring your own camera/phone and take your own “Sailor Selfie”!
  • VOLTRON Mascot Appearance: Become a Defender of the Universe with an official photo.
  • VIZ Media /WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Newsletter Sign-Up: Receive the latest digital news about your favorite anime and manga titles and get a free Takeshi Obata full-color poster!

Convention goers should check the daily master schedule for a complete listing of that day’s confirmed in-booth activities.




VIZ Media New York Comic Con Anime Screenings:


Catch some of VIZ Media’s hottest and newest anime titles with special premieres happening throughout the New York Comic Con. Don’t miss special presentations of NARUTO THE MOVIE: ROAD TO NINJA, SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL & SAILOR MOON (Original Series), BLOOD LAD, RANMA ½, GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET, and TIGER & BUNNY THE MOVIE: THE RISING.


VIZ Manga begins their End of Summer Sale

Everyone seems to be in the middle of a summer sale right now, today VIZ Manga has announced their End of Summer digital manga sale. From now through August 20th the company will blow out digital releases for up to 20% off on all volumes available through the digital platform including titles listed through and the VIZ Manga app.

What does all this madness mean!?!? – Over 80 different series just went on sale for up to 20% off and many of them average about 4.99 before the discount. So you can get caught up on BLEACH, Blue Exorcist, Honey and Clover and more.

For those who haven’t heard, Volume 8 of Blue Exorcist is also in the sale and this digital version is ready 3 months ahead of the print debut. Snatch it up for your collection right now if you wish.

Link: VIZ Manga super sale of the Summer!

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Japanese magazine reports end for Bleach Anime series in March

The picture above has set the internet on fire in the past day, first a domestic live action movie by Warner Bros and now rumor is floating of Ichigo’s saga coming to an end for animation as well. Given they just started the final arc of the manga it’s hard to believe they’re not going to stick it out, instead it seems the XCUTION saga will be the last battle we see before the show bids farewell.

The concern is that Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full Power Ninden is taking over the slot but to this point there was no exact word on where Bleach was going. For now it seems the 366 episode will cap off the show for now. One can only hope it faces a rebirth like Naruto Shippuden had and comes back strong for the final arc in the story with less filler. We’ll have to wait and see what happens for the fate of the show in the next month, hopefully the animation team will be able to lend some insight although with Hiroki Takagi posting and talking about it actively on Twitter according to Crunchyroll it’s not looking good.

Sources: Esuteru (Japanese) | Crunchyroll

Warner Bros begins on Bleach Live Action Movie

News broke out yesterday on this story, today we have some elaboration from Viz on the situation and the involvement around this project. Given the history of conversions from Anime to film it’s a worry for any fan to see something like this come up.

We have the current creative team lined up.

  • Peter Segal (GET SMART, THE LONGEST YARD), Callahan Filmworks – Producer, with an eye towards possibly directing
  • Dan Mazeau (CLASH OF THE TITANS), Callahan Filmworks – Screenwriter
  • Michael Ewing, Callhan Filmworks – Producer
  • Masi Oka (HEROES, HAWAII FIVE-0) – Producer
  • Jason Hoffs, VIZ Productions – Producer
  • Branon Coluccio, VIZ Productions – Executive Producer

There’s no word on what involvement Tite Kubo might have if any, one would hope they look to him for some direction so that it doesn’t completely blast the fans away by going the wrong direction.

I would love to be behind this prospect but I can’t help being skeptical on how this venture is going to turn out. Even in Japan they haven’t attempted a live action.

We’ll keep everyone posted as Viz turns out updates on the progress.

Image Credit: Faylin/Tachi

Inuyasha hits iTunes DTO service and Hulu

Viz Media has a big announcement for Inuyasha fans, the company has launched three of movies on iTunes download-to-own (DTO) for $4.99 each through August 3rd. The first episode of Inuyasha is also now available for free on iTunes for those who have been on the fence about following the anime. For those already collecting the series or looking to transition to digital format, Viz has also released the remaining 166 episodes into the DTO queue for $0.99 each.

For those hoping to score a longer dose of Inuyasha for free, Hulu and Viz have partnered to bring the movie Affections Touching Across Time to web viewers for free until August 11th.

While collecting a series as large as Inuyasha has always been a pain on the wallet, it seems that today things change just a bit with the release of the entire series on iTunes. Hopefully other stores like Amazon and even the Zune marketplace will be able to secure something as well to give some freedom to the consumers.

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan simulcasts from Japan

Viz is bringing anime fans the action this summer, first announcing Bleach simulcasts from Japan and now the company is bringing Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan to the US hours after it airs.

For those unfamiliar with the series.

When night falls, the Yokai King will rise! Rikuo Nura is caught between two worlds, being three-quarters human and part yokai (supernatural demon). During the day, Rikuo’s an ordinary teenager, but at night when his yokai blood awakens, he transforms into the future leader of the Nura clan, with a hundred demons at his command!

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