Of the new titles Viz is adding this month, two were already published by them in print: Cheeky Angel and Honey Blood Tale Zero. Flower of the Deep Sleep and Glass Wings are license rescues from the Tokyopop days while Eureka Seven is a Bandai Manga rescue. We haven’t seen one of those in a while. The bundles this month are a continuation of their big Shonen titles, with the Shaman King bundle completing the series while the One Piece bundle covers the “Baroque Works” and “Alabasta” arcs, both good arcs. I’d also recommend the Yu-Gi-Oh! bundle. I thought the first arc was the best of the series.
VIZ MEDIA LAUNCHES A VARIETY OF NEW CONTENT IN THE LATEST DIGITAL MANGA UPDATE FOR MAY
Exclusive New Manga Series Debuts As Well As New Digital Bundle Promotions Offering Substantial Savings On BLEACH, NARUTO, ONE PIECE And SHAMAN KING Multi-Volume Packages
VIZ Media offers manga (graphic novel) fans plenty of reading options for May as it announces its latest monthly digital update. New content includes the debut of 5 new titles as well as scores of new volumes for a variety of other acclaimed continuing series.
Leading the publisher’s roster of new titles this month are launches for the shojo fantasy comedy, CHEEKY ANGEL, the sci-fi inspired adventure of EUREKA SEVEN, and the clairvoyant drama of FLOWER OF THE DEEP SLEEP. Also debuting in May is a pair of brand new single-volume releases including the prequel to HONEY BLOOD, TALE ZERO, and GLASS WINGS, a poignant collection of manga short stories.
Throughout the month, VIZ Media also continues its Digital Manga Bundle Promotion offering manga readers specially curated selections each containing between 10 and 20 full volumes from critically acclaimed and fan-favorite titles such as BLEACH, NARUTO, ONE PIECE, YU-GI-OH! and SHAMAN KING at substantial savings over the regular digital MSRPs. These latest manga bundle selections are available to readers for a very limited time during May on VIZManga.com and through the comiXology platform.
VIZ Media and WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP will also run the original chapters of YU-GI-OH! in the weekly digital magazine as a part of their Jump Back campaign. The first chapter will be released in the May 11th issue and will continue to reintroduce readers to the series for the next four weeks! In addition, WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP offers fans a chance to win the incredibly rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Card – Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry with a special sweepstakes starting this month! Fans can enter the contest by purchasing or renewing a WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Annual Subscription. The contest will run from May 11th to June 7th and winners will be chosen randomly. To enter the contest and for more information, fans can visit http://shonenjump.viz.com/yugiohsweep.
Additional noteworthy updates include new volumes for 15 other continuing VIZ Media series. Included in this latest update are not-to-be-missed volumes for KISS OF THE ROSE PRINCESS (Vol. 4), ONE-PUNCH MAN (Vol. 7), RATMAN (Vol. 3), SGT FROG (Vol. 9) and TOKYO GHOUL (Vol. 2), as well as the series finale for ROSARIO+VAMPIRE SEASON II (Vol. 14) and many more!
New May 2015 Digital Manga Series Debuts:
HONEY BLOOD (TALE ZERO) · Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·
DIGITAL MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available Now!
HONEY BLOOD (TALE ZERO) is where Hinata and Junya’s love story originally began. In addition to the one-shot chapters that made HONEY BLOOD’s serialization possible, this volume also contains two bonus short stories from series creator Miko Mitsuki.
CHEEKY ANGEL, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
DIGITAL MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available May 12th!
Megumi, a nine-year-old martial arts enthusiast and all around rapscallion always wanted to be, “the manliest man on Earth.” After saving a sorcerer from a group of local toughs, Megumi is presented with a magic genie which can grant any wish. Unfortunately, this genie misconstrues Megumi’s desire as wanting to become the, “womanliest woman on Earth,” and in a flash, Megumi’s Y chromosome is swapped for an X. Six years later…Megumi is the hottest girl in school, but has stayed true to his/her tough talkin’, punk stompin’ ways. If that’s not enough, Genzo, the baddest dude in town, is smitten by Megumi’s womanly wiles…
GLASS WINGS (Single Volume) · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
DIGITAL MSRP: $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available May 12th!
In this collection by manga creator Misuzu Asaoka, a boy struggles with a dreaded affliction that comes between him and his true love; an orphan has the power to take on the sickness of others; a disfigured boy confronts the inner conflict between his need to survive and his desire to love. In an uncompromising blend of magic and realism, GLASS WINGS reveals love’s capacity to overcome all obstacles and to replenish the human spirit in the direst of times.
EUREKA SEVEN, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
DIGITAL MSRP: $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available May 19th!
Renton Thurston is a young 14-year-old who is tired of his monotonous life. His feelings of frustration come from his life of toil in his grandfather’s garage and being the son of an enigmatic, legendary hero. The only thing that makes Renton happy is when he lifts, an extreme form of aerial hover-boarding. One day, a large LFO (Light Finding Operation) craft called Nirvash falls from the sky and a beautiful young girl named Eureka emerges and asks for repairs. When a smitten Renton literally falls over himself. Don’t miss this extraordinary series written by Jinsei Kataoka (DEADMAN WONDERLAND), with artwork by Kazuma Kondou (DEADMAN WONDERLAND).
FLOWER OF THE DEEP SLEEP, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·
DIGITAL MSRP: $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available May 26th!
In this series created by Yuana Kazumi (HARU HANA, MILLION TEARS), Yuuki has the power to dream of the future, but with such a gift comes a great burden. Can she manipulate what’s about to happen? And, more importantly, should she? In a haunting vision, Yuuki sees a mysterious little girl with whom she shares a secret connection. Who is this girl? Does she have an even greater power to influence events? In this hypnotically gripping tale that blurs.
Don’t miss the latest titles featured in VIZ Media’s Digital Manga Bundle Promotion which continues through May 31st on VIZManga.com as well as comiXology.
The Following Digital Bundles Are Available From May 11th-31st Only
BLEACH Bundle · Promo MSRP $81.00
- BLEACH Vols. 22-48
NARUTO Bundle · Promo MSRP $33.00
- NARUTO Vols. 17-27
ONE PIECE Bundle · Promo MSRP $36.00
- ONE PIECE Vols. 12-23
SHAMAN KING Bundle · Promo MSRP $51.00
- SHAMAN KING Vols. 16-32
Yu-Gi-Oh! Bundle · Promo MSRP $21.00
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Vols. 1-7
Readers can enjoy all of these new manga titles that are available on VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA App for the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, Android-powered smart phones and tablets. The titles also may be purchased through the Nook, Kindle, Kobo, comiXology, iBooks and GooglePlay stores. These dynamic digital platforms offer fans the opportunity to explore and enjoy a massive catalog of new and classic manga titles that spans over 2,550 volumes across more than 225 different series.
The free VIZ Manga App continues to be the top application for reading digital manga and features a massive library of the most popular series in the world. Through the innovative VIZ Manga digital platform registered users are able to use one account to view their purchased manga across more devices than ever. New series and volumes are added every Tuesday. Fans can also find these titles and more for the NOOK, Kindle Fire, and Kobo eReaders, as well as in the comiXology, iBooks and GooglePlay Stores.
Most manga volumes are available for purchase and download in the U.S. and Canada within the VIZ Manga application starting from only $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) each. Readers can also explore free Chapter 1 previews of every series. For more information, please visit VIZManga.com or www.VIZ.com/apps.
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