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Wish List: Shonen Jump+

Shuiesha, the publisher of all the Shonen Jump titles released an app in Japan that allows 30 manga to be read for free. Some of these titles first run in Weekly Shonen Jump, and some in their mobile app Jump Live. This is all well and good for people living in Japan, but no so much for us here in the west. But that doesn’t mean we can’t wish. Going through the list, there are 5 titles that I would like to be able to read, or at least check out a few chapters or volumes.

Rough Diamonds Rough Diamond: Manga Gakko ni Yokoso (Welcome to Manga School) – This series follows Yuuto Takatsuki, a high school boy who has already had a series published. Just as his series is ending, and he is looking forward to a normal high school, he helps out a fellow mangaka, and ends up missing one day of school too many, and isn’t able to pass his grade. Luckily, he’s offered a teaching position at a manga school. The principal will help me make his absenses disappear for teaching the class, but the only problem for Yuuto is that he has to teach students older than him, and he’s still in the world of manga. On top of all that, he is being haunted by the ghost of a mangaka Akira Tennouji! I’ve become addicted to manga about making manga ever since Bakuman, but this one looks just plain fun!

NekotabiyoriNekota Biyori – Being a cat lover makes this series a no-brainer. It is about a cat named Nekota. It follows his daily life with the family he lives with; daughter Ami, house wife mother and salaryman father. I’m happy just watching cats laze around, so a manga of a cat doing the same thing is a must have for me.

ShonenJump TamashiiShonen Jump no Tadashii Tsukurikata! (How to Make Shonen Jump the Right Way) – Billed “the shocking documentary manga”, this series is about a manga artist and his editor infiltrating the Shonen Jump offices. Considering how well Bakuman did, another series about the behind the scenes workings at Shonen Jump would no doubt do well as well.

iShojoiShojo – This is an anthology series about a magic app that helps people’s dreams of love come true. I might not be big on romantic comedies, but the formula for the series appeals to me, and I do have a soft spot for stories that get couples together. As an anthology, I think I would enjoy it much more that trying to follow a series.

Seiyu MashimashiSeiyu Mashimashi Club – This series is a 4 koma manga about girls who want to be voice actresses. 4 komas have been hit and miss with me, much like romantic comedies, but I do enjoy titles about aspiring voice actresses, much like I enjoy titles about aspiring mangaka, so I would like to give this one a try.

I wouldn’t mind having these be digital only, just as long as they are titles that can be downloaded/don’t expire. It’s so easy to get distracted and fall behind on titles (Hello Mangabox, my old friend). Hopefully our friends at Viz Media are giving some these titles a nice look over.

 

 

This Week’s Manga: Holy Assassination!

This Week's Manga

BatmangaIt’s the first Tuesday of the month, and publishers have manga to release! If you haven’t been following the weekly releases, DC finally has the first volume of Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga collected, and perfectly timed for landing under the Christmas tree. It’s mix of Batman action and 60s insanity will be a double treat for Batman/manga fans. Or just something for non-Batman fans to laugh at. For not so laughing material, Vertical Comics releases volume 12 of Knights of Sidonia, their popular sci-fi series. This series will be caught up with the Japanese release with its next volume. Fans will then have to endure a long and excruciating wait to get their next fix. Can they hold out?

Assassination Classroom 1Viz Media has the lion’s share of titles this week with their shonen and shojo titles making landfall. Assassination Classroom, the title about an alien threatening to destroy the Earth that takes on a class of middle school misfits is finally out. I’m seriously considering this one. New in shojo is Yukarism, a gender-bending, time-traveling title by Chika Shiomi. I will pick up the first volume of any series by her. She is one of the few mangaka I have that much trust in. The final volume of the romance title for more mature readers, Happy Marriage?!, is out this week as is the final  volume of Millennium Snow. I’ve been holding off on reading volume 3. I’ve been torn over reading more and knowing it’s gonna end again, and I don’t want it too! But all good things must, right?

Full list per Diamond Distributors:

DARK HORSE COMICS
New Lone Wolf And Cub Volume 3 TP, $13.99

DC COMICS
Batman The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga Volume 1 TP, $14.99

KODANSHA COMICS
Sankarea Volume 10 GN, $10.99

PERFECT SQUARE
Pokemon Black And White Volume 19 GN, $4.99
Pokemon XY Volume 1 GN, $4.99

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT
Alice In The Country Of Joker The Nightmare Trilogy Volume 2 GN, $13.99

VERTICAL
From The New World Volume 6 GN, $10.95
Knights Of Sidonia Volume 12 GN, $12.95

VIZ MEDIA
Assassination Classroom Volume 1 GN, $9.99
Dragon Ball 3-In-1 Edition Volume 7 TP, $14.99
Food Wars Shokugeki No Soma Volume 3 GN, $9.99
Happy Marriage Volume 9 GN, $9.99
Honey Blood Volume 2 GN, $9.99
Kimi Ni Todoke Volume 20 GN, $9.99
Millennium Snow Volume 4 GN, $9.99
Naruto Volume 68 GN, $9.99
Nura Rise Of The Yokai Clan Volume 24 GN, $9.99
Seraph Of The End Vampire Reign Volume 3 GN, $9.99
Toriko Volume 25 GN, $9.99
Vampire Knight Fleeting Dreams SC, $14.99
Voice Over Seiyu Academy Volume 8 GN, $9.99
Yukarism Volume 1 GN, $9.99

PR: Viz Media Manga Gift Ideas

Not sure what to get the manga lover in your life? Viz Media has some suggestions from their extensive library of titles!

VIZ MEDIA SPOTLIGHTS EXCITING MANGA TITLES FOR WISH LISTS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

 2014 Holiday Releases Include New Manga Box Sets, Shojo And Action/Sci-fi Manga Series And Other Exciting Gift Ideas For Any Special Fan!

 San Francisco, CA, November 11, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, has announced a compelling array of manga, special box sets, novels and other titles that will make ideal gifts to suit a wide range of budgets and interests to delight readers and fans of all ages this holiday season.

VampireKnight_BoxSet02-3DNotable selections, which will be available in plenty of time for the start of the 2014 holiday shopping season, include lavish new box set editions for manga series BLACK BIRD, ONE PIECE, and VAMPIRE KNIGHT as well as the hardcover  storybook – PRINCESS MONONOKE: THE FIRST STORY – an oversized, full-color edition of the original Princess Mononoke story, created by Hayao Miyazaki in 1980 while he was first conceptualizing the landmark animated film.

New and exemplary shojo manga series from VIZ Media’s Shojo Beat imprint that also will make thoughtful gifts include KISS OF THE ROSE PRINCESS and YUKARISM, a new manga series by the creator of YURARA AND RASETSU that launches December 2nd. Fans and readers of the gothic drama VAMPIRE KNIGHT will not want to miss a special limited edition of the series’ final volume, along with the release of VAMPIRE KNIGHT: FLEETING DREAMS, a special collection of short stories based on Matsuri Hino’s critically acclaimed series.

Action fans can dive into the debut of the new RESIDENT EVIL series from the VIZ Signature imprint, as well as two exciting new Shonen Jump series, teen-friendly WORLD TRIGGER and Takeshi Obata’s ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, the stunning manga realization of the popular Japanese sci-fi novel written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka that also inspired the blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow film that starred Tom Cruise.

Sci-fi readers also are invited to take note of ASURA GIRL and PHANTASM JAPAN, a pair of riveting new literary releases from the company’s Haikasoru imprint.

HOLIDAY MANGA BOX SETS:

ONE PIECE MANGA Box Set Vol. 2 · Rated “T” for Teens ·
MSRP: $185.99 U.S. / CAN · Available Now! 

The latest ONE PIECE manga box set features Volumes 24-46, which comprise the series’ third and fourth story arcs – Skypiea and Water Seven. The Box Set also features a full-color poster and special ONE PIECE mini-comic. As a child, ONE PIECE main character Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally ate the Gum-Gum Fruit, an enchanted Devil Fruit that gave him the ability to stretch like rubber. The only drawback? He’ll never be able to swim again – a serious handicap for an aspiring sea dog! Years later, Luffy sets off on his quest to find the “One Piece,” said to be the greatest treasure in the world…

BLACK BIRD MANGA Box Set · Rated “T+” for Older Teens ·
MSRP: $149.99 U.S. / CAN · Available Now! 

The BLACK BIRD Complete Box Set features the entire series run of 18 volumes. In the acclaimed series crated by Kanoko Sakurakouji, there is a world of myth and magic that intersects ours, and only a special few can see it. Misao Harada is one such person, and she wants nothing to do with magical realms. She just wants to have a normal high school life and maybe get a boyfriend. But she is the bride of demon prophecy, and her blood grants incredible powers, her flesh immortality. Now the demon realm is fighting over the right to her hand…or her life!

VAMPIRE KNIGHT Manga Box Set 2 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
MSRP: $89.99 U.S. / $99.99 CAN · Available November 4th!

This comprehensive manga box set features the second-half of the VAMPIRE KNIGHT manga series, Volumes 11-19, along with the hardcover 42-page art book. Set is contained in a gorgeously illustrated slipcase.

NOTABLE holiday shojo manga:

 YUKARISM · Rated “T” for Teens · MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN ·
Available December 2nd  

In this new manga series by the creator of YURARA AND RASETSU, Yukari Kobayakawa, an accomplished author at the age of 17, writes with amazingly accurate details about historical Japan. As it turns out, he has the ability to slip into his past life in the Edo period – as a beautiful, renowned courtesan named Yumurasaki!

 KISS OF THE ROSE PRINCESS · Rated “T” for Teens ·
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Available Now! 

Anise Yamamoto has been told that if she ever removes the rose choker given to her by her father, a terrible punishment will befall her. Unfortunately she loses that choker when a bat-like being falls from the sky and hits her. Anise is granted four cards representing four knights whom she can summon with a kiss. But now that she has these gorgeous men at her beck and call, what exactly is her quest?!

VAMPIRE KNIGHT Vol. 19 (Series finale) Limited edition ·
Rated “T+” for Teens · MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Available Now! 

Savor the tense finale to Matsuri Hino’s acclaimed paranormal series in a limited edition featuring an exclusive alternate cover and a hardcover 42-page art book.

VAMPIRE KNIGHT: FLEETING DREAMS · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN / $10.99 Digital · Available December 2nd!

Fans will not want to miss this special collection of short stories by Ayuna Fujisaki based on VAMPIRE KNIGHT, with illustrations by Matsuri Hino! Stories include “Deranged Love,” in which a dying Rido reflects on his obsessive love for Juri. Kaname seeks to reward Yuki for doing well on her studies with tutor Aido in “Gifts for Yuki.” The story of Sara’s first love is revealed in “Hidden Love.” In “Queen of the Abyss,” after Zero parts ways with Yuki and returns to being a vampire hunter, he encounters a vampire named Shien.

NOTABLE SHONEN ACTION MANGA:

ALL YOU NEED IS KILL · Rated “T+” for Older Teens ·
MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN · Available Now! 

AllYouNeedIsKill_Omni01_CatalogTakeshi Obata’s ALL YOU NEED IS KILL originally premiered in VIZ Media’s WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP digital manga anthology earlier this year and is the stunning manga realization of the popular Japanese sci-fi novel, written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. In this rousing action story, when the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally – the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?

world trigger · Rated “T” for Teens ·
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Available Now! 

“Destroy thy Neighbor” in Daisuke Ashihara’s thrilling sci-fi action manga series, WORLD TRIGGER! Earth is under constant threat from Neighbors, invincible monsters from another dimension that destroy humanity’s way of life. At least there are the elite agents of Border, warriors who co-opt alien technology to fight back. Our hero Osamu Mikumo may not be the best agent, but along with his Neighbor friend Yuma, he’ll do whatever it takes to defend life on Earth as we know it.

NOTABLE VIZ SIGNATURE MANGA:

 RESIDENT EVIL · Rated “M” for Mature Readers ·
MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN · Available Now! 

Discover the sinister beginnings of the Resident Evil story in the first-ever manga series based on the smash hit game property. The highly virulent C-virus became a global disaster, but where did the outbreak start? In the series’ opening volume, at the prestigious and elite Marhawa Academy in Singapore, a female student suffers a horrifying transformation. Called in to investigate, Professor Doug Wright and his nephew Ricky find themselves caught up in a deadly and growing tragedy. As things get rapidly out of hand, Chris Redfield and his team from the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance arrive on the scene, while behind it all a mysterious figure looms.

FOR STUDIO GHIBLI FANS:

PRINCESS MONONOKE: THE FIRST STORY · MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN · Available Now! 

This is the original Princess Mononoke story, created by Hayao Miyazaki in 1980 while he was first conceptualizing the landmark animated film that would be released to universal acclaim seventeen years later. As an initial version of the tale, it offers a new and significantly different perspective from the final version presented in the film. After a long, exhausting war, a samurai lost in a forest encounters a giant wildcat – a mononoke. The beast saves his life, but at the price of his daughter’s hand in marriage…

HAIKASORU SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, AND THRILLERS:

ASURA GIRL · MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN · Available Now!  

This tense urban drama about the violent and sexually charged life of a Japanese teenage girl in Tokyo is offered in English for the very first time. Seventeen-year-old Aiko lives a life of casual sex and casual violence, though at heart she remains a schoolgirl with an unrequited crush on her old classmate Yoji Kaneda. Life is about to get harder for Aiko, as a recent fling, Sano, has been kidnapped, and the serial killer Round-and-Round Devil has begun slaughtering children. The youth are rioting in the streets, egged on by the underground Internet bulletin board known as the Voice from Heaven. Expecting that Yoji will come and save her from the madness, Aiko posts a demand for her own murder on Voice of Heaven but will she be left waiting…or worse?

 PHANTASM JAPAN · MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN · Available Now! 

The secret history of the most famous secret agent in the world. A bunny costume that reveals the truth in our souls. The unsettling notion that Japan itself may be a dream. The tastiest meal you’ll never have, a fedora-wearing neckbeard’s deadly date with a yokai, and the worst work shift anyone—human or not—has ever lived through. Welcome to Phantasm Japan, Haikasoru’s latest anthology of fantasy stories from around the world, including new tales by New York Times best-seller Zachary Mason, horror master Gary A. Braunbeck, popular Japanese author Miyuki Miyabe, and much more.

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

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan.  Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and ONE PIECE, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.  VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.  Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.

Weekly Top Ten – November 29, 2014

Weekly Top Ten Manga

Every week, Viz Media and the New York Times posts the top ten bestselling books. For Viz Media, it is the bestsellers on their site, Vizmanga.com. The New York Times gets their numbers of print sales from retailers. Offered here is a listing of these books with their status this week compared with the previous week, and some way-off analysis of the activity.

Viz Digital

 

Vizmanga for the week of November 18, 2014

  1. Food Wars 4Food Wars Vol 4     ∗
  2. One-Punch Man Vol 5     ∗
  3. Naruto Vol 2     ↑ 2
  4. Naruto Vol 1     ↔
  5. Naruto Vol 67     ↓ 2
  6. Bleach Vol 62     ↓ 5
  7. Blue Exorcist Vol 12     ↓ 1
  8. Mad Love Chase Vol 2     ∗
  9. Zone-00 Vol 1     ∗
  10. Dengeki Daisy Vol 15     ↵

Bleach Vol 62 gets kicked from the top spot by digital first debut Food Wars Vol 4. One-Punch Man Vol 5‘s debut takes the second spot, while the Narutos switch around a few spots but still take the rest of the top five. Two new Viz Selects debut this week as well. Zone-00 is another Tokyopop license rescue, that only got 4 volumes here, while Mad Love Chase‘s second volume does well. It’s a heavily shonen week, but the return of Dengeki Daisy does help balance the books a little.

NYTBS

 

New York Times Bestseller List for the week ending November 22, 2014

  1. Monster Musume 5Monster Musume Vol 5     ∗
  2. Attack on Titan Vol 14     ↓ 1
  3. Noragami Vol 2     ∗
  4. All You Need Is Kill     ↑ 2
  5. Attack on Titan No Regrets Vol 2     ↑ 2
  6. Black Butler Vol 18     ↑ 3
  7. Bleach Vol 62     ↓ 4
  8. Nisekoi: False Love Vol 6     ↓ 6
  9. Maximum Ride Vol 8     ↵
  10. Attack on Titan Vol 1     ↓ 2

Attack on Titan vol 14 finally loses the top spot, falling back one in favor of Seven Seas’ Monster Girls. Monster Musume Vol 5 is the new top title. Noragami Vol 2 makes a nice debut at #3, while Maximum Ride Vol 8 returns for an early holiday season appearance. Bleach Vol 62 takes the biggest fall, six spots, and is followed close behind by the Nisekoi Vol 6, which falls four. Viz also falls short of dominating the list. That honor still belongs to Kodansha with four titles. Viz is right behind though at three, Yen Press has 2, and Seven Seas has only one, but it’s also the only one that really counts.

Legend:

∗ = New Release
↑ = Title moved up specified # of spots
↓ = Title moved down specified # of spots
↔ = Title didn’t moved from previous week
↵ = Title returned after dropping off list

PR: New Chika Shiomi Manga Yukarism Set to Debut

I’ve been looking forward to Yukarism ever since it was announced back in February. But then, I’m always looking forward to a new Chka Shiomi title. I love her works Yurara and Rasetsu from Viz, and Canon from CMX. While the premise of gender-bending and past lives doesn’t thrill me, I’ll trust Shiomi to provide a title I’ll enjoy.

TRAVEL BACK TO EDO-ERA JAPAN WITH THE LAUNCH OF THE SEXY NEW SHOJO MANGA SERIES YUKARISM FROM VIZ MEDIA

 Dreamy Historical Romance Depicts A Teenage Writer’s Extraordinary Past Life As A Courtesan In Edo-era Japan; New Series From The Creator Of YURARA And RASETSU Debuts In Print And Digitally!!

Yukarism_GN01_3D San Francisco, CA, November 19, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, entices shojo manga (graphic novel) readers with the print and digital launch of the new series – YUKARISM – on December 2nd.

The nostalgia-tinted historical romance comes from creator Chika Shiomi, who is widely known among manga fans for her series YURARA and RASETSU (both available from VIZ Media). YUKARISM will be published under the Shojo Beat imprint and is rated ‘T’ for Teens. Print MSRP will be $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN.

A digital version of YUKARISM, Vol. 1 also debuts on December 2nd for $6.99 (USD/CAN) from VIZManga.com and through the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, Android-powered smart phones. Digital volumes of YUKARISM can also be purchased through the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay stores. Future editions of this 4-volume manga series will be released in-print and digitally on a quarterly basis.

YUKARISM introduces readers to Yukari Kobayakawa, an accomplished author at the age of 17 who writes with amazing accuracy about historical Japan. As it turns out, he has the ability to slip into his past life in the Edo period – as a beautiful, renowned courtesan named Yumurasaki!

“YUKARISM is a sexy romance about past lives and gender-bending reincarnation that will captivate readers with its exquisite artwork, cute male characters and suspenseful plot,” says Amy Yu, Editor. “Creator Chika Shiomi weaves an enticing story that links each of the main characters’ past and present lives and generates some potent sexual tension as readers learn more about Yukari’s past. The gender-bending aspects also offer plenty of hilarious moments!”

Creator Chika Shiomi debuted with the manga, Todokeru Toki o Sugitemo (Even if the Time for Deliverance Passes), and her other notable works include the supernatural series YURARA and RASETSU. Her hobbies include reading manga, traveling and listening to music; favorite artists include Michelangelo, Hokusai, Bernini and Gustav Klimt.

For more information on YUKARISM, or other Shojo Beat manga titles published by VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan.  Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and ONE PIECE, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.  VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.  Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.

Weekly Top Ten – November 22, 2014

Weekly Top Ten Manga

Every week, Viz Media and the New York Times posts the top ten bestselling books. For Viz Media, it is the bestsellers on their site, Vizmanga.com. The New York Times gets their numbers of print sales from retailers. Offered here is a listing of these books with their status this week compared with the previous week, and some way-off analysis of the activity.

Viz Digital

 

Vizmanga.com for the week of November 11, 2014

  1. Bleach 62Bleach Vol 62     ↔
  2. Chibi Vampire: Airmail     ∗
  3. Naruto Vol 67     ↵
  4. Naruto Vol 1     ↓ 1
  5. Naruto Vol 2     ↓ 1
  6. Blue Exorcist Vol 12     ↓ 4
  7. Trinity Blood Vol 9     ∗
  8. Lucky★Star Vol 5     ∗
  9. Nisekoi Vol 5     ↵
  10. Vampire Knight Vol 19     ∗

Bleach keeps its hold on the top spot for a second week in a row. It’s followed by the anthology Chibi Vampire: Airmail and a trio of Naruto volumes. The newest, vol 67 returns, pushing vol 1-2 back one place each. Select titles Trinity Blood and Lucky Star debut with their newest volumes, and surprisingly, Nisekoi vol 5 returns with vol 6’s print release. Vampire Knight Vol 19 debuting isn’t a surprise, but that it’s below the Select titles kind of is.

NYTBS

 

New York Times Bestseller List for the week ending November 15, 2014

  1. Attack on Titan 14Attack on Titan Vol 14     ↔
  2. Nisekoi: False Love Vol 6     ↑ 6
  3. Bleach Vol 62     ↓ 1
  4. Fairy Tail Vol 43     ↑ 1
  5. No Game No Life Vol 1  ↓ 2
  6. All You Need is Kill     ∗
  7. Attack on Titan No Regrets Vol 2     ↑ 2
  8. Attack on Titan Vol 1     ↓ 4
  9. Black Butler Vol 18     ↓ 2
  10. UQ Holder Vol 3     ∗

The top spot stays the same again this week here too as Attack on Titan vol 14 holds on. Bleach in print can’t hold on as well as digital as it drops a place in favor of the new Nisekoi print volume. No Game No Live falls two spots for its third week on the list, but stays in the top five. All You Need Is Kill, Obata’s omnibus version finally makes its debut while Attack on Titan No Regrets vol 2 starts to move its way back up, where it belongs.

Legend:

∗ = New Release
↑ = Title moved up specified # of spots
↓ = Title moved down specified # of spots
↔ = Title didn’t moved from previous week
↵ = Title returned after dropping off list

PR: Viz Media November Digital Manga Update

I wonder if Viz has a catalog of Tokyopop former releases and they just check off the books they want, or if they are going from a list from the staff, either way, they are adding even more to their Viz Select line, so they must like how the sales are doing.

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES SUBSTANTIAL NOVEMBER DIGITAL MANGA UPDATE AND

SPECIAL PRICING ON SEVERAL POPULAR SERIES

Catch Digital Launch Of 6 Hot New Manga Series And Updates To More Than 20 Ongoing Titles; Special November Pricing On 5 Fan-Favorite Series And Titles To Debut on ComiXology

NeonGenesis_GN14_CoverVIZ Media continues the drive into fall with the announcement of an array of digital manga updates and new series debuts for November.

Fans and readers can catch today’s launch of two new series debuts including creator Aya Shouoto’s paranormal shojo drama, KISS OF THE ROSE PRINCESS and the final volume of NEON GENESIS EVANGELION.

Other notable new digital series kicking off throughout the rest of the month include 3 titles from the VIZ Select imprint. Return to the world of CHIBI VAMPIRE with CHIBI VAMPIRE AIRMAIL on November 11th, savor the dark, demonic suspense of ZONE-00, which launches on November 18th, and former CLAMP artist/creator Tamayo Akiyama’s fantasy adventure series, MOURYOU KIDEN: LEGEND OF THE NYMPH, follows November 25th.

Fans are invited to take advantage of a limited time promotion running until November 30th offering up to 80% of on digital manga volumes from several acclaimed series from VIZ Manga and the VIZ Manga App. Check other partner sites for similar special pricing. Catch NARUTO Vols. 1-2 for only $1.99 each and Vols. 3-67 for only $4.99 each. Savor undead gothic manga drama with VAMPIRE KNIGHT Vols. 1-2 for only $1.99 each and Vols. 3-19 for only $4.99 each. ROSARIO + VAMPIRE SEASON I Vols. 1-2 are $1.99 each and Vols. 3-10 are available for $4.99 each; the series sequel, ROSARIO + VAMPIRE II, Vols. 1-2 are also offered for only $1.99 each and Vols. 3-13 for only $4.99 each. Also dive into the mafia comedy adventure NISEKOI with Vols. 1-2 for only $1.99 each and Vols. 3-9 for only $4.99.

VIZ Media is also pleased to announce a new addition on ComiXology from fellow publisher Kadokawa. Don’t miss exciting series including DEADMAN WONDERLAND and NEON GENESIS EVANGELION as well AI ORE, THE STORY OF SAIUNKOKU, and X that are accessible worldwide and/or wherever ComiXology is available. Also dive into more than a dozen additional manga titles also offered on ComiXology and published under the VIZ Select imprint such as CHIBI VAMPIRE, D.N. ANGEL, FATE/STAY NIGHT, FUTURE DIARY, LUCKY STAR, THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME, LAGOON ENGINE, SUKI and more!

Catch the rest of the November digital updates to more than 20 other VIZ Media continuing titles including the exciting series finales of PHANTOM THIEF JEANNE (Vol. 5), MILLION TEARS (Vol. 2) and SUKI (Vol. 3), as well as the latest additions to a variety of other popular series such as BLEACH (Vol. 62), BLUE EXORCIST (Vol. 12), FOOD WARS! (Vol. 4), JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: PART 1 – PHANTOM BLOOD (Vol. 2), LUCKY STAR (Vol. 5), ONE-PUNCH MAN (Vol. 5), TRINITY BLOOD (Vol. 9) and scores more.

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 7” tablets. The titles may also 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 more than 2,300 volumes across over 200 different series.

New November Digital Manga Series Debuts:

KISS OF THE ROSE PRINCESS, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·
DIGITAL MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available Now!

Anise Yamamoto has been told that if she ever removes the rose choker given to her by her father, a terrible punishment will befall her. Unfortunately she loses that choker when a bat-like being falls from the sky and hits her. Anise is granted four cards representing four knights whom she can summon with a kiss. But now that she has these gorgeous men at her beck and call, what exactly is her quest?!

CHIBI VAMPIRE AIRMAIL · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
DIGITAL MSRP: $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available November 11th!

Return to the world of CHIBI VAMPIRE in this special collection of short stories!

ZONE-00, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
DIGITAL MSRP: $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available November 18th!

In a world where humans and demons coexist under a fragile peace, change is coming…A mysterious drug, known only as “Zone-00,” seems to be causing demons all over Tokyo to lose control and revert to their old, violent ways. Enter two young students who stand on opposite sides of an ageless conflict. One a demon, the other an exorcist, they must now join forces to uncover the secret of “Zone-00” before it’s too late! From the artist of Trinity Blood comes a dark, suspenseful tale in which two centuries-old enemies must fight together to save humanity!

MOURYOU KIDEN: LEGEND OF THE NYMPH, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·
DIGITAL MSRP: $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available November 25th!

In a land submerged in a thousand years of fog, demons and nymphs do battle. Until one day, the fated meeting of sworn enemies unravels an intricate love story, and hurls Ayaka, the daughter of the deity, Reiki, into a voyage of discovery, and maddening love. Originally a member of CLAMP, the world’s bestselling manga studio, Tamayo Akiyama delivers and unforgettable fantasy adventure!

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, Vol. 14 (SERIES FINALE!) · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · DIGITAL MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available November 25th

Catch the grand finale to this groundbreaking sci-fi action series. The Third Impact has come. As the unbelievably massive form of Ayanami towers over the Earth, the Instrumentality Project enters its last stages. While the world shudders in terror as it is engulfed in a sea of LCL, Shinji’s consciousness merges with Lilith’s, and he searches his memories for a final understanding of himself and the fate of humanity. Digital edition also includes a special chapter not previously published! Print edition will be released in early 2015.

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.

All 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 and readers can also explore all titles with free Chapter 1 previews of every series. For more information, please visit VIZManga.com or www.VIZ.com/apps.

To learn more about VIZ Manga, please visit www.vizmanga.com.

Weekly Top Ten – November 15, 2014

Weekly Top Ten Manga

Every week, Viz Media and the New York Times posts the top ten bestselling books. For Viz Media, it is the bestsellers on their site, Vizmanga.com. The New York Times gets their numbers of print sales from retailers. Offered here is a listing of these books with their status this week compared with the previous week, and some way-off analysis of the activity.

Viz Digital

 

Vizmanga.com for the week of November 4, 2014

  1. Bleach 62 Bleach Vol 62     ∗
  2. Blue Exorcist Vol 12     ∗
  3. Naruto Vol 1     ↵
  4. Naruto Vol 2     ↵
  5. Claymore Vol 25     ∗
  6. Dengeki Daisy Vol 15     ∗
  7. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures Part 1: Vol 2     ∗
  8. Kiss of the Rose Prince Vol 1     ∗
  9. Food Wars Vol 3     ∗
  10. Naruto Vol 3     ↵

Just as the Obata sale ends, Viz starts a Naruto sale, in honor of the series ending this month, and as expected, early titles hit this week’s list. The first three volumes make a respectable showing with volumes 1 and 2 breaking the top 5. New shonen titles take up the majority of the list with the newest Bleach taking the top spot. The second volume of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures Part 1 also debuts a little lower than expected, but that can easily change. New shojo series Kiss of the Rose Prince charts at the bottom of the list topped by long time shojo Dengeki Daisy which is nearing the end of its run.

NYTBS

 

New York Times Bestseller for the week ending November 8, 2014

  1. Attack on Titan 14Attack on Titan Vol 14     ∗
  2. Bleach Vol 62     ∗
  3. No Game No Life Vol 1     ↔
  4. Attack on Titan Vol 1     ↑ 2
  5. Fairy Tail Vol 43     ∗
  6. Pokemon Adventures: Black and White Vol 5     ∗
  7. Black Butler Vol 18     ↓ 5
  8. Nisekoi: False Love Vol 6     ∗
  9. Attack on Titan No Regrets Vol 2     ↓ 8
  10. Naruto Vol 67     ↓ 2

The only thing that I would accept for knocking down Attack on Titan No Regrets Vol 2 from the top spot is another Attack on Titan volume. The newest entry into that series, volume 14 debuts at #1. The new Bleach, volume 62, debuts right behind at #2. No Game No Life volume 1 is proving to have quite a bit of life as it holds on to the same spot for a second week in a row and for three weeks on the list total. The new Pokemon Adventures: Black and White debuts just short of the top 5, beat out by the new Fairy Tail and Attack on Titan vol 1 making its way back up.

Legend:

∗ = New Release
↑ = Title moved up specified # of spots
↓ = Title moved down specified # of spots
↔ = Title didn’t moved from previous week
↵ = Title returned after dropping off list

PR: Second One Piece Box Set Released

Collecting One Piece can seem like a daunting task when you look at all the individual volumes and see those numbers up in the seventies. Fortunately, Viz Media is making it easier by releasing box sets, and this latest features what I think was the best arc so far; Waters Seven. If there was ever a run from One Piece that was a must, this one is it.

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF ONE PIECE MANGA BOX SET 2

 New Box Set Edition Features The Continuing Adventures Of The Straw Hat Pirates With Vols. 24-46 Of The World’s Bestselling Manga Series

OnePiece-BoxSet02-3D San Francisco, CA, October 23, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, delivers a special treat to fans with the latest Box Set installment for the world’s most popular manga series – ONE PIECE.

The ONE PIECE Manga Box Set 2 will be released on November 4th and is rated ‘T’ for Teens. The set contains Volumes 24-46, which comprise the series’ third and fourth story arcs – Skypiea and Water Seven – and will carry an MSRP of $185.99 U.S. / CAN. The Box Set also features a full-color poster and special ONE PIECE mini-comic.

As a child, ONE PIECE main character Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally ate the Gum-Gum Fruit, an enchanted Devil Fruit that gave him the ability to stretch like rubber. The only drawback? He’ll never be able to swim again – a serious handicap for an aspiring sea dog! Years later, Luffy sets off on his quest to find the “One Piece,” said to be the greatest treasure in the world…

“This new release from VIZ Media continues the venerable ONE PIECE saga in lavish box set form and is a pirate’s treasure for any manga fan,” says Alexis Kirsch, Editor. “Catch all the action as the Straw Hats search the exotic sky island of Skypiea for hidden gold and then journey to Water 7, a wondrous water metropolis constructed upon the ruins of a sunken city. Jump aboard for fantastic adventures with manga’s favorite band of pirates!”

ONE PIECE creator Eiichiro Oda began his manga career at the age of 17, when his one-shot cowboy manga, Wanted!, won second place in the coveted Tezuka manga awards. Oda went on to work as an assistant to some of the biggest manga artists in the industry, including Nobuhiro Watsuki (RUROUNI KENSHIN), before winning the Hop Step Award for new manga artists. His pirate adventure ONE PIECE, which debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1997, has become one of the most popular manga in Japan and the rest of the world.

For more information on ONE PIECE, or other manga titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan.  Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and ONE PIECE, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.  VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.  Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.

PR: Omnibus Print Edition of All You Need Is Kill Released

All You Need Is Kill already got a print release for those who didn’t want to wait, but this omnibus edition includes some extras that fans of the series and/or Obata won’t want to pass up. It makes a great present for the coming holidays.

VIZ MEDIA PREMIERES OMNIBUS PRINT EDITION OF ALL YOU NEED IS KILL MANGA

 Sci-Fi Action Manga By Takeshi Obata, Creator Of DEATH NOTE, Adapts The Award-Winning Japanese Novel That Inspired The Summer Blockbuster Film Edge Of Tomorrow

AllYouNeedIsKill_Omni01_Catalog San Francisco, CA, October 22, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, announces the print launch of famed manga artist Takeshi Obata’s latest manga (graphic novel) masterpiece with the release of ALL YOU NEED IS KILL as an oversized omnibus edition on November 4th.

ALL YOU NEED IS KILL collects both volumes into this complete edition and features color inserts, is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and will be available under the Shonen Jump Advanced imprint with a print MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN.

Digital editions for the pair of individual volumes are also available for $6.99 each across all platforms serviced by VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App, and are similarly available on the storefronts for the Kindle, iBooks, GooglePlay, Kobo, ComiXology, and Nook. 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. With the dynamic platform, fans can explore and enjoy a massive catalog of classic manga series that spans more than 2,200 volumes across more than 200 different series.

Takeshi Obata’s ALL YOU NEED IS KILL originally premiered in VIZ Media’s WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP digital manga anthology earlier this year and is the stunning manga realization of the popular Japanese sci-fi novel, written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. In this rousing action story, when the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally – the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?

The bestselling ALL YOU NEED IS KILL novel also inspired the live-action summer blockbuster – Edge of Tomorrow – which starred Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton.

The original novel also was the launch title in 2009 for Haikasoru, VIZ Media’s unique literary imprint dedicated to publishing the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy for English-speaking audiences. VIZ Media also published a special movie tie-in version of the ALL YOU NEED IS KILL/EDGE OF TOMORROW novel over the summer to support the release of the live-action film.

“Coming just after Takeshi Obata’s first-ever U.S. appearance at the recent New York Comic Con, we are very excited to announce the print debut of his action-packed manga treatment of ALL YOU NEED IS KILL,” says Mike Montesa, Editor. “Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s award winning novel comes to life with tense and engrossing characters and plenty of visceral battle scenes, all wonderfully depicted with Obata’s signature highly detailed style. The alien Mimics are bent on destroying humanity but they are about to meet their match in this exceptional new release from VIZ Media!”

Manga artist Takeshi Obata was born in 1969 in Niigata, Japan, and is the artist of the wildly popular SHONEN JUMP title HIKARU NO GO (available from VIZ Media), which won the 2003 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize: Shinsei “New Hope” award and the 2000 Shogakukan Manga award. Obata is also the artist of the smash hit series, DEATH NOTE (also published by VIZ Media), as well as Arabian Majin Bokentan Lamp Lamp, Ayatsuri Sakon, Cyborg Jichan G. ALL YOU NEED IS KILL is his latest work following the hugely successful series BAKUMAN。 (also published by VIZ Media).

For more information on ALL YOU NEED IS KILL or other manga and/or anime titles published by VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan.  Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and ONE PIECE, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.  VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.  Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.

Weekly Top Ten – November 8, 2014

Weekly Top Ten Manga

Every week, Viz Media and the New York Times posts the top ten bestselling books. For Viz Media, it is the bestsellers on their site, Vizmanga.com. The New York Times gets their numbers of print sales from retailers. Offered here is a listing of these books with their status this week compared with the previous week, and some way-off analysis of the activity.

Viz Digital

 

Vizmanga.com for the week of October 28, 2014

  1. AllYouNeedIsKill_Omni01_CatalogAll You Need Is Kill Vol 1     ↔
  2. Future Diary Vol 7     ∗
  3. Kyo Kara MAOH! Vol 2     ∗
  4. All You Need Is Kill Vol 2     ↓ 2
  5. Naruto Vol 67     ↓ 2
  6. Hikaru no Go Vol 1     ↵
  7. Hikaru no Go Vol 2     ↵
  8. Death Note Vol 1     ↵
  9. Death Note Vol 2     ↵
  10. Trinity Blood Vol 8     ∗

With the Obata sale coming to an end, the first volumes of most of his titles surge onto the list. Hikaru no Go returns with the first two volumes as does Death Note. All You Need Is Kill vol 1 keeps the top spot while volume 2 takes a tumble-down two. Naruto just keeps a hold on the top five, while the rest of the spots are filled with new Viz Select volumes of Future Diary, Trinity Blood and newest newcomer Kyo Kara MAOH!

NYTBS

 

Attack on Titan no regrets 2New York Times Bestseller List for the week ending November 1, 2014

  1. Attack on Titan No Regrets Vol 2     ∗
  2. Black Butler Vol 18     ∗
  3. No Game, No Life Vol 1     ↓ 2
  4. No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! Vol 5     ∗
  5. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Vol 4     ∗
  6. Attack on Titan Vol 1     ↓ 1
  7. Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar’s Game Vol 6     ∗
  8. Naruto Vol 67     ↓ 6
  9. Food Wars! Vol 2      ↓ 6
  10. Deadman Wonderland Vol 5     ↓ 3

There is another new #1 and it belongs to Levi and his back story Attack on Titan No Regrets, the final volume. The only other Kodansha title is Attack on Titan vol 1, which has hit its 73rd week on the list. Yen Press and Viz Media fight for dominance with three each, though all the Yen Titles are in the top five, giving them the edge. Black Butler and Kingdom Hearts have big fandoms to continue to fuel their sales, but No Matter How I Look at It has its own growing as ever new volume makes the list. Seven Seas Entertainment has another potential hit with No Game No Life holding on for a second week. The new Alice in the Country of… could pretty much be taken for granted.

nielsen-bookscan-logo

 

Nielson’s Bookscan Top 20 for the Month of October

Naruto 671. Naruto Vol 67     ∗
6. Attack on Titan Vol 1     ↓ 1
10. Attack on Titan Vol 13     ↓ 8
16. Vampire Knight Vol 19     ∗
17. Attack on Titan Vol 2      ↓ 4

Bonus! The Bookscan numbers came out this week, and manga took a fall, losing three spots last month, probably to Walking Dead trades, what with it being Halloween and the show returning to air. Naruto muscles its way to the top with the newest vol 67, taking the #1 spot for itself. Attack on Titan vol 1 only falls one to #6, while vol 13 falls a further 8 spots. The final Attack on Titan, vol 2, falls 4 spots but holds on to the top 20. The only other manga property to make it was Vampire Knight with its final volume. What makes this appearance a big deal is that the final volume was a hard cover limited edition. But fans obviously couldn’t want to read that last volume.

Legend:

∗ = New Release
↑ = Title moved up specified # of spots
↓ = Title moved down specified # of spots
↔ = Title didn’t moved from previous week
↵ = Title returned after dropping off list