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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.

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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

PR: Resident Evil Prequel Manga Preview Offered

Resident Evil is a Video Game franchise that has been haunting gamers since CAPCOM released it for the Playstation back in 1996. The story has grown and evolved over the years, and with the latest game, it goes back to the beginning to explain where it started. This manga series goes back on step further to set it up. A preview of this manga was offered as part of Halloween Comicfest, which you may have been lucky enough to get if you had a comic shop near you that had it. For the rest of us, there’s the digital preview.

VIZ MEDIA UNLEASHES THE TERRIFYING RESIDENT EVIL MANGA SERIES

AND OFFERS A SPECIAL FREE PREVIEW FOR HALLOWEEN COMICFEST 2014

Discover The Source Of The Outbreak Of The Deadly C-Virus In The Gritty Manga Prequel To CAPCOM’s Popular Resident Evil® 6 Game Property

ResidentEvil_GN01San Francisco, CA, October 16, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, gives gamers and action fans a special FREE sneak preview of its forthcoming RESIDENT EVIL: THE MARHAWA DESIRE manga (graphic novel) series as part of the company’s participation in 2014 Halloween ComicFest.

The terrifying 5-volume apocalyptic action thriller was created by Naoki Serizawa and serves as a prequel to the storyline of CAPCOM’s bestselling Resident Evil® 6 game property. The manga series is rated ‘M’ for Mature Readers and will launch on November 18th under the VIZ Signature imprint. RESIDENT EVIL: THE MARHAWA DESIRE Vol. 1 will carry a print MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN.

Held each year, Halloween ComicFest is celebrated at scores of comic shops and retailers nationwide on the Saturday before Halloween. On this day, participating shops offer fans and visitors a special FREE Halloween ComicFest sampler filled with previews of scores of exciting upcoming titles. For additional information and a list of participating retailers, please visit: www.halloweencomicfest.com.

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.

“Discover the sinister beginnings of the Resident Evil story in the first-ever manga series based on the smash hit game property,” says Michael Montesa, Editor. “Along with tracing the source of the deadly viral outbreak, the manga series also presents the debut of Piers Nivans, who appears in the Resident Evil 6 video game as Chris Redfield’s new partner. Readers will not want to miss a special advance preview of RESDIENT EVIL as part of Halloween ComicFest. Catch the full launch of this spine tingling new series from the VIZ Signature imprint next month!”

Since the landmark release of Resident Evil in 1996, the CAPCOM franchise has firmly established itself as a truly worldwide entertainment brand and mainstay of contemporary culture with a series of live action movies, CG anime, manga, novels and numerous merchandising lines. To date the Resident Evil series of videogames has achieved global sales of over 50 million units, while the live action movies starring Milla Jovovich have grossed in excess of $525 million dollars at the box office.

RESIDENT EVIL artist/author Naoki Serizawa is a multi-talented photographer and cinematographer as well as a manga artist and writer. His other series Saru Lock was developed into a TV drama in Japan in 2009.

For more information on RESIDENT EVIL: THE MARHAWA DESIRE 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.

PR: Kiss of the Rose Princess Shojo Manga Launches

Indulge your love of supernatural romance with this new series from Viz Media. I wasn’t too keen on the license when it was originally announced back in February, but I’ve been wrong before. Keep reading to see if you feel it’s a must get next week.

VIZ MEDIA LAUNCHES NEW PARANORMAL SHOJO MANGA SERIES KISS OF THE ROSE PRINCESS

 A Mystical Girl Brings Forth Four Magical Knights To Help Her On A Quest To Save The World From The Forces Of Evil

KissOfTheRosePrincess_GN01San Francisco, CA, October 22, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, announces a thrilling new paranormal shojo manga (graphic novel) adventure with the launch of Aya Shouoto’s KISS OF THE ROSE PRINCESS on November 4th.

The new series will be available for the first time digitally as well as in print under the Shojo Beat imprint. KISS OF THE ROSE PRINCESS is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN.

A digital version of KISS OF THE ROSE PRINCESS, Vol. 1 also will debut on November 4th 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, as well as through the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay stores. Future editions of the 9-volume series will be released in-print and digitally on a bi-monthly basis.

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?!

“Aya Shouoto uses her stunning artwork in KISS OF THE ROSE PRINCESS to bring us a tale of a modern princess and her four handsome knights in this reverse-harem series,” says Nancy Thistlethwaite, Editor. “Our reluctant but fearless heroine must pledge herself to save the world from the Demon Lord, but what will happen if she falls in love with one of her knights? Don’t miss the start of this exciting new series in November!”

For more information on KISS OF THE ROSE PRINCESS, or other Shojo Beat 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: Viz Media Announces New Manga Licenses

Viz Media performs a balancing act with the two new licenses they announced at NYCC; one for the Signature line and one for the Shojo Beat line. Shojo Beat has been getting a lot of new titles lately. It’s good to see the Signature line get more. We need more of those titles.

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VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF MANGA LICENSES FOR

TOKYO GHOUL AND SO CUTE IT HURTS!!

 North America’s Leading Manga Publisher Thrills Fans At New York Comic Con 2014 With The Announcement Of A Harrowing New Action Horror Series And A Hilarious New Shojo Manga Title

 San Francisco, CA, October 9, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, announced the acquisition of a pair of exciting new manga (graphic novel) titles during panels held during the recent New York Comic Con 2014.

Fans attending the East Coast’s biggest pop culture and comics event enthusiastically welcomed the announcement of the Summer 2015 launch of creator Sui Ishida’s horror action series, TOKYO GHOUL, which will be published under the VIZ Signature imprint, as well as Go Ikeyamada’s cross-dressing comedy, SO CUTE IT HURTS!!, set to be published under the Shojo Beat imprint. Both titles will be released in print as well as digitally.

TOKYO GHOUL · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·

Print MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN · Available June 2015

This riveting horror/action series about a reluctant monster has been one of the year’s most fan-requested new titles. Ken Kaneki is an ordinary college student until a violent encounter turns him into the first half-human half-ghoul hybrid. Trapped between two worlds, he must survive Ghoul turf wars, learn more about Ghoul society and master his new powers.

SO CUTE IT HURTS!! · Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·

Print MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Available June 2015

The fun begins when the cross-dressing starts in this hilarious new high school shojo manga comedy. The Kobayashi twins, Mego and Mitsuru, were named after historical figures, but only Mego has grown up with a taste for history. So when Mitsuru is in danger of losing his weekends to extra history classes, he convinces his sister to swap clothes with him and ace his tests! After all, how hard can it be for them to play each other?

“New York Comic Con is a perfect setting to announce the acquisition of these exciting new manga titles and we are thrilled to expand our Shojo Beat and VIZ Signature rosters with these scheduled releases,” says Leyla Aker, Vice President, Publishing. “The much buzzed-about horror series, TOKYO GHOUL, presents a frightening world where monsters called Ghouls live among us, seemingly the same as normal people in every way, except for their endless craving for human flesh. SO CUTE IT HURTS!! will delight readers with a smile-inducing mix of cheeky comedy, funny characters and energetic artwork. We look forward to readers discovering both of these new VIZ Media manga titles next summer.”

For more information on 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 – October 18, 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 7, 2014

  1. Naruto 67Naruto Vol 67     ∗
  2. World Trigger Vol 1     ∗
  3. World Trigger Vol 2     ∗
  4. My Love Story! Vol 2     ∗
  5. Toriko Vol 24     ∗
  6. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Vol 23     ∗
  7. Vampire Knight Vol 19     ∗
  8. Hikaru no Go Vol 1     ↵
  9. All You Need Is Kill Vol 1     ↵
  10. All You Need Is Kill Vol 2     ↵

New releases as well as a new anime has shonen titles dominating this list this week. The new Naruto volume takes the top spot. I would wonder if the news that it would end in the next month had anything to do with that, but Naruto always debuts at the top, so probably not. The World Trigger anime debuted this last week and now both volumes are not only on the top ten, but debut right behind Naruto. Shojo represents with the final volume of Vampire Knight, and the newest volume of My Love Story!, the shojo that’s safe for macho guys to read. Finally, the Obata sale has hit the list as the first volume of Hikaru no Go charts, as does the complete series of All You Need Is Kill.

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New York Times Bestseller List for the Week Ending October 11, 2014

  1. Naruto 67Naruto Vol 67     ∗
  2. Attack On Titan Vol 13     ↑ 3
  3. Sword Art Online: Aincrad     ↵
  4. Fairy Tail Vol 42     ↓ 2
  5. Attack on Titan Vol 1     ↓ 2
  6. Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance Vol 1     ↵
  7. Attack on Titan: No Regrets Vol 1     ↓ 1
  8. Maximum Ride Vol 8     ↵
  9. Soul Eater Vol 22     ↔
  10. Manga Dogs Vol 1     ∗

Just like in digital, so in print. Naruto Vol 67 takes the top spot this week. With it being the only Viz title on the chart, this week ends up being owned by Yen Press and Kodansha. Attack on Titan loses a few volumes, but the foundations titles remain; Vol 1, No Regrets Vol 1 and the most recent release Vol 13. They also get another new title to chart with the debut of Manga Dogs. Yen Press gets a bit of a resurgence with the return of Maximum Ride, as well as Sword Art Online manga after the release of the second light novel.

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