Viz Media is making its annual contribution to the holiday season but making its recommendations on what titles of theirs they think you should check out. With little in the way of anime this year overall, it's interesting to see which titles they want to highlight for the season. The manga side is much less of a surprise overall since they do have a lot more to choose from and a lot of marquee titles. The manga side also offers at least one box set that I find incredibly cool and wish they'd do more of for series.
The DVD releases include the latest animated episodes from popular properties such as BLEACH, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, VAMPRIE KNIGHT, as well as perennial childhood classic POKÉMON. Several of these releases, like NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, also come packaged as Special Edition Box Sets and include limited edition collectable figures.
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Releases Include:
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN BOX SET 3 Special Edition • Rated 'T+' for Older Teens • MSRP: $69.97 U.S. / $99.99 CAN • Available Now!
After fierce battles with the Akatsuki, Sakura, Granny Chiyo, Kakashi and Naruto have finally retrieved Gaara from Deidara's clutches. But is it too late? Back in the Leaf Village, Kakashi's on bed rest for overusing his Mangekyo Sharingan, and Naruto prepares to recruit some of his friends for Team Kakashi. But the village elders have beat him to it, and their choice of the unfeeling Sai has Naruto spitting mad! Contains episodes 27 thru 39 and a special limited edition Sasori figurine.
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN BOX SET 3 Standard Edition • Rated 'T+' for Older Teens • MSRP: $49.95 U.S. / $71.99 CAN • Available Now!
DVD-only collection featuring 13 episodes on 3 discs. Limited edition Sasori figurine not included.
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN BOX SET 4 Special Edition • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens • MSRP: $69.97 U.S. / $99.99 CAN • Available Now!
Team Kakashi's spying mission brings them face to face with the Leaf's most deadly enemy, Orochimaru. Naruto's rage brings forth the Nine-Tailed Fox, but at great risk to both himself and those he cares for the most. With Naruto's rampage quelled, the team continues on to Orochimaru's lair to find Sasuke, but the mysterious Sai has disappeared. Could one of their own be planning the ultimate betrayal? Contains 14 episodes (Episodes 40-53) on 3 discs, and a special limited edition collectible Sasuke figure.
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN BOX SET 4 Standard Edition • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens • MSRP: $49.95 U.S. / $71.99 CAN • Available Now!
DVD-only collection featuring 14 episodes on 3 discs. Limited edition Sasuke figure not included.
For more information on NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, please visit www.NARUTO.com.
BLEACH Releases Include:
BLEACH UNCUT BOX SET, Vol. 6 • Rated ‘T’ for Teens •
MSRP: $49.95 U.S. / $71.99 CAN • Available Now!
Back in the World of the Living, Ichigo Kurosaki has been officially recognized as a Substitute Soul Reaper by the Soul Society. But trouble soon comes to Karakura Town in the form of Visoreds, a group of ex-Soul Reapers that have crossed over into the realm of the Hollows. As they try to recruit Ichigo to their side, it is revealed that former Captain Sosuke Aizen is attempting to create an army of Hollows with Soul Reaper powers called Arrancars. It will take Ichigo and his friends, along with a detachment of Soul Reapers, to keep them from destroying the town. Contains episodes 110 thru 121 (Original and Uncut).
BLEACH UNCUT BOX SET, Vol. 7 • Rated ‘T’ for Teens •
MSRP: $49.95 U.S. / $71.99 CAN • Available December 21st
While Captain Hitsugaya’s advance Soul Reaper troops adjust to life in the World of the Living, Ichigo and his friends undergo extensive training to prepare for the battle with the Arrancars. Ichigo is determined to learn to control his inner Hollow, but the Visoreds he goes to for help are just as determined for him to release it. Then, when Soul Reaper Rangiku saves a young soul from a Mock Arrancar, the extent of Sosuke Aizen’s grand scheme is slowly revealed. Features Episodes 122-133.
For more information on BLEACH, please visit BLEACH.viz.com.
VAMPIRE KNIGHT Releases Include:
VAMPIRE KNIGHT, Vols. 1-2 • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens •
MSRP: $19.97 U.S. / $28.99 CAN • Available Now!
VAMPIRE KNIGHT takes audiences to Cross Academy, which is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy's dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires! Vols. 1-2 sold separately and feature 4 episodes each.
VAMPIRE KNIGHT, Vol. 3 • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens •
MSRP: $19.97 U.S. / $28.99 CAN • Available November 16th
Yuki and Zero have their hands full trying to quell the Day Class's enthusiastic pursuit of the Night Class in anticipation of the upcoming dance. In the midst of it all, the Headmaster asks Yuki to show a new transfer student, Maria Kurenai, around the academy. Maria seems harmless, but what lies beneath her seemingly innocent exterior will turn their world upside down. Features Episodes 9-13.
Thoughtful selections for this year’s holiday season include the latest manga installments as well as vividly illustrated art and official fan collector books and a brand new manga box set.
BLEACH Holiday Selections:
BLEACH, Vol. 33 • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens •
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN • Available December 7th
Ichigo's misson to rescue his friend Orihime from the Hollow world has turned into a struggle for survival against a succession of enemies, each one more powerful than the next. Now another vicious challenger has entered the fray, one that happens to know the startling truth about Ichigo's new friend Nel!
COLOR BLEACH +: OFFICAL BLEACH BOOTLEG • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens • MSRP: $9.99 US / $12.99 CAN • Available Now!
This indispensable guide takes you behind the scenes of the shadowy world of the Soul Reapers! Read all about the illustrious Thirteen Court Guard Companies, study for the grueling entrance examination, get fighting tips from a master, take the personality quiz, and much, much more! This book also includes 66 pages of full-color manga spun off from the original BLEACH series.
More information on BLEACH is available at Bleach.viz.com.
NARUTO Holiday Selections Include:
NARUTO, Vol. 49 • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens •
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN • Available Now!
In the latest installment, The Gokage Summit Commences, the five leaders of the strongest villages in the ninja world meet to discuss the fate of their universe and how to deal with the ever-looming threat of the rogue organization, the Akatsuki. Plans are made that will affect Naruto deeply. The new Hokage, the leader of Naruto's village, is not afraid to make the final end move against Naruto's old pal, Sasuke!
NARUTO ILLUSTRATION BOOK • MSRP: $19.99 U.S. / $27.00 CAN •
This soft cover edition is offered by the Shonen Jump imprint and features nearly 100 pages of original illustrations by NARUTO creator Masashi Kishimoto. Included are a variety of character portraits depicting the young ninja in action, as well as his cohorts including Sasuke, Sakura and Kakashi. Plus, a color pull-out double-sided poster and a sticker sheet!
For more information on NARUTO please visit the official NARUTO website at www.Naruto.com.
VAMPIRE KNIGHT Holiday Selections Include:
VAMPIRE KNIGHT, Vol. 11 • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens •
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN • Available December 7th
The Night Class at Cross Academy has been abolished. Zero still attends the Day Class while carrying out his duties as a vampire hunter. Yuki now lives hidden away at the Kuran residence with Kaname, but will she embrace the life of a pureblood vampire?
VAMPIRE KNIGHT OFFICAL FANBOOK • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens •
MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $19.99 CAN • Available Now!
Delve into the world of your favorite vampires with this official fanbook that’s filled with insider information about the smash hit series. Includes a Cross Academy student ID card, glossy color pages, character design sketches, storyboards and an exclusive interview with VAMPIRE KNIGHT creator Matsuri Hino!
VAMPIRE KNIGHT BOX SET • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens •
MSRP: $99.99 U.S. / $115.00 CAN • Available November 16th
New set compiles the first 10 volumes of the hit VAMPIRE KNIGHT manga series. Also includes an exclusive Cross Academy Day Class 2011 Planner and a gorgeous illustrated case to house the set.
VAMPIRE KNIGHT takes readers to Cross Academy, which is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy's dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!
For more information on the VAMPIRE KNIGHT manga and to read free previews online please visit www.ShojoBeat.com.
POKÉMON Holiday Selections Include:
THE COMPLETE POKÉMON POCKET GUIDE BOX SET • Rated ‘A’ for All Ages •
MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $19.99 CAN • Available Now!
Over 500 pages of Pokémon! From Abra to Zubat--Catch 'Em All Here! The complete guide to over 490 Pokémon! Fully illustrated and totally comprehensive, this two-volume set features one Pokémon per page, with descriptions and stats, including Abilities, Moves and Evolution. Portable, practical and bursting with information, this pocket guide is all you need to catch 'em all! Plus there's a bonus poster featuring Shaymin on one side and Arceus on the other!
POKÉMON DIAMOND & PEARL ADVENTURE!, Vol. 8 • Rated ‘A’ for All Ages •
MSRP: $7.99 U.S. / $9.99 CAN • Available Now!
A Pokémon Showdown! If Hareta and his new rival Koya can't agree on how to rescue Cyrus and a group of mind-controlled Pokémon, they might never get saved! Then, Koya is attacked by a long-lost Pokémon friend... And when Hareta finally gets his chance to battle the Legendary Pokémon Giratina, two unexpected allies arrive to fight by our hero's side! This is the thrilling series finale!
POKÉMON ADVENTURES, Vol. 10 • Rated ‘A’ for All Ages •
MSRP: $7.99 U.S. / $9.99 CAN • Available December 7th
A New Adventure Begins! In order to assist Professor Oak's research, a young Trainer, Crystal, hits the streets of Cherrygrove City with a new Pokédex in hand! Her goal is to catch all kinds of Pokémon! And what will happen when the
Legendary Pokémon Suicune awakens?
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA Holiday Selections Include:
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: THE PHANTOM HOURGLASS • Rated ‘A’ for All Ages • MSRP: $7.99 U.S. / $9.99 CAN • Available Now!
Don’t miss the final volume of the hit ZELDA series! Link's friend Tetra is taken prisoner by a ghost ship, and Link falls overboard when he tries to save her. When he wakes up, he finds himself embarked on another fantastic quest! The discovery of the Phantom Hourglass sets Link on a journey to rescue Tetra, find the Sand of Hours and break the curse on the Temple of the Ocean King. Come aboard with Link for an amazing adventure on the high seas!