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Anime Expo - Viz Media Panel

By Sakura Eries     July 05, 2008

The Viz Media Anime Expo Industry Panel took place July 4, 2008 at noon. Representing Viz Media were Director of Product Marketing Mark Chang, Senior Product Manager Candice Uyloan, and Editor Kit Fox. In addition to announcements regarding DVD and manga releases, Viz also made announcements regarding special events.

At San Diego Comic-Con, there will be a screening of Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody on July 25. Then on July 26, Viz will be having a "Bleach Day." Kubo-sensei will be available for two autograph sessions on that day, and attendees wearing Bleach gear will be eligible for a prize drawing. Also, attendees who purchase copies of the Slam Dunk manga or Black Lagoon manga at the Viz Comic-Con booth will receive a free, exclusive dust jacket with purchase.

In addition, 2008 is the 40th anniversary of Weekly Shonen Jump. To celebrate, Viz will be holding a contest, and the grand prize will be a trip for two to Jump FESTA this December. For more details, visit the following website on July 11:

http://www.shonenjump.com/wsj40/

2008 also marks the fifth anniversary of Shonen Jump magazine, and a Fifth Anniversary Collectors' Edition will be released to commemorate it. It will be a hardcover book with a dust jacket and include all the manga from the very first issue and feature stories from the first four years of the magazine.

Collector's Editions of select manga will also be released. These books will be printed in hardcover with larger trim and bonus content with dust jackets. The release schedule for Collector's Edition books is as follows:
August 2008: Bleach Volume 1
September 2008: Death Note Volume 1
September 2008 Naruto Volume 1
September 2008: Yu-Gi-Oh Volume 1
October 2008: Dragon Ball Volume 1
October 2008: Dragon Ball Z Volume 1

In regards to 2008 DVD releases, Viz media announced the release dates for the following movies:
July 29, 2008: Naruto the Movie 2 (two-disk set)
November 11, 2008: Naruto the Movie 3
October 14, 2008: Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody

These three movie DVD releases will include a translated copy of a Japanese movie booklet (pamphlet) for the film as an extra. During question-and-answer, Viz was asked whether it is considering theatrical releases for the next Naruto and Bleach movies, and the panel responded that Viz will continue to pursue theatrical releases as long as the fans continue to support it.

Other anime DVD releases announced were:
September 16, 2008: Blue Dragon (based on the Xbox 360 RPG)
October 7, 2008:Buso Renkin Box Set Volume 2 (original and uncut)
December 2, 2008: Inuyasha Season 6 Box Set (episodes 127 through 146)
December 9, 2008: Hunter x Hunter (3 disk set with 15 episodes)
November 18, 2008: Death Note Box Set 1 (episodes 1 through 20)

In regards to 2008 manga, Viz announced the releases of the following titles:

Already released: Cat Eyed Boy by Kazuo Umezu

Already released: Cowa! by Akira Toriyama (a single volume, All Ages release)

July 2008: One Pound Gospel by Rumiko Takahashi. This manga has already been released in the United States, but Takahashi has finally finished with Volume 4 of the series so Viz will rerelease the series.

July 2008: Real by Takehiko Inoue

August 2008: Black Lagoon by Rei Hiroe

August 2008:Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo

September 2008: Slam Dunk by Takehiko Inoue

September 2008: Vagabond by Takehiko Inoue. This will be a Vizbig release where you get three volumes for one, a total of over 700 pages, which includes color pages.

October 2008: Solanin by Asano Inio. This will be a single book containing Volumes 1 and 2 of the manga.

October 2008: The Dragon Ball and The Art of Full Moon art books and the Bleach Art Book and Profiles.

October 2008 NORA by Kazunari Kakei

Manga box set releases announced for 2008 were:
August 2008: Naruto (Volumes 1-27)
September 2008: Bleach Box Set (Volumes 1-21)
October 2008: Death Note (Volumes 1 through 12 and "How to Read")
November 2008: Dragon Ball
November 2008: Dragon Ball Z

Viz also announced the following titles for 2009:

Oishinbo by Tetsuo Kariya and Akira Hanasaki. Viz will be selecting excerpts out of this series to put out in seven volumes with a menu theme.

January 2009: Heaven's Will (a single volume manga)

January 12, 2009: Magic Touch

January 12, 2009:Otomen

March 16, 2009: Honey Hunt

June 2009:Gestalt

Viz will also be releasing Fushigi Yugi (starting January 2009) and Hot Gimmick (starting March 2009) in Vizbig format on a quarterly schedule.

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