Viz Media

Last updated
VIZ Media
FoundedJuly 2, 1986;35 years ago (1986-07-02) (as VIZ LLC.)
FounderSeiji Horibuchi
Headquarters San Francisco, California, U.S.
37°46′35″N122°25′01″W / 37.776508°N 122.41706°W / 37.776508; -122.41706 Coordinates: 37°46′35″N122°25′01″W / 37.776508°N 122.41706°W / 37.776508; -122.41706
Key people
Ken Sasaki (President & CEO)
Hidemi Fukuhara (Vice-President)
Parent
Divisions Viz Productions
(Film and Television)
Website www.viz.com

VIZ Media LLC. is an American manga publisher, anime distributor and entertainment company headquartered in San Francisco, California. It was founded in 1986 as VIZ LLC. In 2005, VIZ LLC and ShoPro Entertainment merged to form the current VIZ Media LLC, which is owned by Japanese publishing conglomerate Hitotsubashi Group, which includes Shueisha, Shogakukan, and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions (ShoPro). [1] In 2017, Viz Media was the largest publisher of graphic novels in the United States, with a 23% share of the market. [2]

Contents

Early history

Former Viz Media logo. VIZ Media logo FR.png
Former Viz Media logo.

Seiji Horibuchi, originally from Tokushima Prefecture in Shikoku, Japan moved to California, United States in 1975. After living in the suburbs for almost two years, he moved to San Francisco, where he started a business exporting American cultural items to Japan, and became a writer of cultural information. He also became interested in publishing Japanese manga in the United States, though he himself was not a fan of Japanese comics until a visit to Japan in 1985 exposed him to Katsuhiro Otomo's single-volume title Domu: A Child's Dream . His idea came to fruition after he met Masahiro Ohga, then managing director of Shogakukan, in 1985 and shared his vision. Shogakukan provided Horibuchi with $200,000 in startup capital, which Horibuichi used in 1986 to found VIZ Communications. [3]

The exterior of Viz Media's former headquarters in San Francisco, California. Viz Media HQ.JPG
The exterior of Viz Media's former headquarters in San Francisco, California.

VIZ Communications released its first titles in 1987, which included Legend of Kamui , however sales were mediocre due to the specialist comic market being averse to venturing into new territory. To counteract this problem, VIZ expanded into the general publishing business and began publishing various art related books in 1992. Into these titles, Horibuchi began publishing manga, calling them graphic novels so they would be carried by mainstream bookstores. The plan worked and after several years, leading booksellers began to have dedicated shelves for manga titles. Sales also picked up when VIZ Communications acquired the license for the comedy series Ranma ½ , which became an instant hit. [3]

The company continued to see success when it expanded into the anime distribution market, began publishing Shonen Jump , an English adaptation of the popular Japanese magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump . It also acquired another huge selling title, Inuyasha . In the late 1990s, VIZ began making the push to move into the European and South American markets. [3]

Shueisha co-ownership and mergers: 2000 to present

When Shueisha became a joint owner of Viz Media in 2002, [4] both Shogakukan and Shueisha began to release manga exclusively through Viz. Shueisha's deal with Viz may have been prompted by competition with Raijin Comics, a rival manga publisher created in 2002 by editors and artists who had split off from Shueisha, taking their properties with them. Some exceptions to this exclusivity exist, however: Shueisha permitted DC Comics's subsidiary CMX Manga to license Tenjho Tenge (although it was later re-licensed and re-released by Viz Media) and Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne , permitted Dark Horse Comics to license Gantz , Lady Snowblood , Shadow Lady , The Monkey King , and recently Yasuhiro Nightow's Blood Blockade Battlefront and CLAMP's Gate 7 . Shueisha also permitted Udon Entertainment to license The Rose of Versailles , Seven Seas Entertainment to license Hayate X Blade and will later permit Seven Seas Entertainment to license Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs and Super HxEros , and permitted Tokyopop to license Kodocha , Marmalade Boy and Digimon Next and Manga Planet to license Silver Fang -The Shooting Star Gin- and will allow Kodansha USA to license the Battle Angel Alita manga in America. Shogakukan permitted Tokyopop to license Corrector Yui (even though Viz Media licensed the anime) and Yumi Tsukirino's Stitch! manga (because Tokyopop had the rights to Disney), Seven Seas Entertainment to license Dai Dark and the Himitsu Sentai Gorenger manga, Udon Entertainment to license the Infini-T Force manga (even though Viz Media licensed the anime), the now-defunct ComicsOne to license Wounded Man - The White Haired Demon, permitted Dark Horse Comics to license Crying Freeman (even though it was previously licensed by Viz), New Lone Wolf and Cub (however, this is because Dark Horse has the original series), The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Mob Psycho 100 , and permitted Hachette Book Group's subsidiary Yen Press to license Azumanga Daioh , Silver Spoon , Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san , My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU and Cirque du Freak (however for Cirque du Freak, this is because their sister company publishes the original novels. For Azumanga Daioh, Yen Press's license of the manga was a month before Shogakukan reprinted the manga in May 2009, resulting in a change of license holders from ASCII Media Works (when Yen Press announced the license) to Shogakukan (when Yen Press released it). The Yen Press edition is a newly translated and lettered version of ADV Manga's edition (taken from ASCII Media Works) as opposed to the 3-volume edition by Shogakukan. Yen Press has expressed interest in releasing the 3-volume edition although editor Kurt Hassler said he is not "sure this will be possible.", possibly because Shogakukan owns Viz and that they almost exclusively license their titles to them). In March 2010, Shogakukan began a partnership with Fantagraphics Books to issue a line of manga to be edited by Matt Thorn. In 2003, possibly in response to Shogakukan and Shueisha's co-ownership of Viz, Japanese publisher Kodansha formed a co-venture with Del Rey. [5]

In 2004, VIZ Communications was merged with ShoPro Entertainment, funding company Shogakukan's American distribution division. Horibuchi became the new company's chairman.[ citation needed ] In 2005, Horibuchi started a related division, Viz Pictures, for releasing selected live-action films in the US to theaters and DVD. [6]

On December 17, 2008, Viz Media announced that starting on April 1, 2009, Warner Home Video would be handling the distribution of both its new and existing catalog releases. Viz itself is still the licensor and will do all production, while tapping the distribution powerhouse that distributes the works of other major companies such as BBC, National Geographic Channel, and Cartoon Network. Viz President and CEO Hidemi Fukuhara stated that he believes the partnership will help the company grow its anime holdings more effectively. [7] Distribution was then transferred to Studio Distribution Services, LLC., a joint venture between WBHE and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

On February 20, 2009, Viz Media laid off an unknown number of employees in order to help be more streamlined to face the current economic climate. [8] On May 11, 2010, VIZ Media again laid off a number of workers, 60 this time, again in order to try to become more streamlined. [9] This time they released a press release claiming that none of their current product lines would be affected. [10]

In April 2012, it was announced that the Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Viz Media Ken Sasaki would be succeeding executive producer Hidemi Fukuhara as President and CEO; Fukuhara will subsequently take up the position of Vice-President at the end of the month. [11]

In Fall 2013 VIZ began distributing titles to the Philippines. In 2014 it announced it would do the same in India with 75 Shueisha titles being released in that country; VIZ titles had been distributed unofficially to that country prior to the announcement. [12]

On July 3, 2019, Viz Media partnered with Crunchyroll to distribute select Crunchyroll licensed titles on home video and electronic sell-through in the United States and Canada. [13]

On July 3, 2020, Funimation announced that they would begin streaming the original Naruto series on July 6. [14] More content from Viz Media started to launch in their catalog such as Hunter × Hunter , Sailor Moon R: The Movie and two Berserk films. [15] [16]

On September 9, 2020, Funimation announced that they had reached a distribution partnership with Viz Media, with Viz Media titles being made available to stream on Funimation's website. The deal was made after select Viz titles were previously made available on Funimation. [17] [18]

Manga ratings

In contrast to similar TV and film ratings, Viz also has set up certain "manga ratings" for their products based on their content. [19]

A (ALL AGES): May be suitable for readers or consumers of any age. For example, may contain mild language and fantasy violence but no swearing or nudity.

T (TEEN): May be suitable for early teens and older. For example, may contain violence, infrequent use of strong language, suggestive themes or situations, crude humor, alcohol and/or tobacco use.

T+ (TEEN PLUS): May be suitable for older teens and adults. For example, may contain intense and/or gory violence, sexual content, frequent strong language, alcohol, tobacco and/or other substance use.

M (MATURE): Suitable for adults only. May contain extreme violence, mature themes and graphic depictions.

Despite its name, Viz's manga ratings were also used on licensed anime titles, though, in the later 2000s, they instead relied on local countries' rating systems.

Reception

Viz Media was awarded the Manga Publisher of the Year Gem Award by Diamond Comic Distributors in 2007. VIZ continues to publish many titles, some of the most popular including: Dragon Ball , One Piece , Detective Conan (as Case Closed), Bleach , Inuyasha , and Naruto which results a high success of the company as well as a large amount of the North American readers.

Viz also received an award for Manga Trade Paperback of the Year for its release of the fourteenth volume of the Naruto series. [20]

Publication style

By 2002, Viz Communications kept some publications in the original right-to-left format, while in other publications it mirrored pages from Japan's right-to-left reading format to fit the Western left-to-right reading style. During that year Dallas Middaugh, the senior marketing manager of Viz, stated that the left-to-right version of Neon Genesis Evangelion outsold the right-to-left version of Neon Genesis Evangelion on a three to one basis; Middaugh concluded that readers wanted "an easy reading experience." Akira Toriyama, creator of Dragon Ball , requested that his work, which was separated by Viz into Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, be published in the original right-to-left format. Vagabond was printed in right-to-left to preserve historical accuracy. Middaugh said that younger readers of Dragon Ball adapted to the right to left format more easily than their parents. [21]

VIZ has censored some of its titles. Some titles, such as Dragon Ball, were published in both censored and uncensored forms. [22]

Divisions

Viz Productions

Based in Los Angeles, Viz Productions coordinates the licenses of Japanese material (manga, books, and film) to American film companies. Their goal is to involve the Japanese creators in the production and facilitate communication between all parties in the US and Japan. VIZ Productions' first film is the live action adaptation of All You Need is Kill , Edge of Tomorrow , starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Their second production was the American live-action adaptation to the supernatural thriller manga series: Death Note , which was directed by Adam Wingard and starred Nat Wolff, as the film's lead. Their third project is Pokémon: Detective Pikachu , starring Justice Smith, and Ryan Reynolds.

Viz also has many partnerships with various authors and celebrities, perhaps the most famous being the cosplay film that debuted in the 2013 Tokyo Anime Festival with Kirata Uchiha, played by JadexRoyal. Winning multiple awards for the board including Masashi Kishimoto. Others include Full Moon, and Last Quarter.

Films

Television

New People

In November 2005, [24] New People was officially formed as a sister company for releasing live-action Japanese films as theatrical releases in selected markets called Viz Pictures. According to Horibuchi, the company will focus on films that focus on the "Japanese 'kawaii (cute) and cool' pop culture." [25] In 2007, the division released seven films to theaters, including Train Man: Densha Otoko and Honey and Clover . DVD releases for all VIZ Pictures films are distributed exclusively by its parent, VIZ Media. [25] Viz Pictures renamed themselves to New People and no longer shares office space or employees with Viz Media. Viz Media no longer distributes DVD and Blu-ray releases of their products.

Entertainment complex

In August 2009, Viz Pictures (now known as New People and a separate entity from Viz Media) opened a three-story entertainment complex in San Francisco called New People. The center piece of the complex is a 143-seat movie theater that screens anime and Japanese live-action films. The center also has a cafe, a store selling anime and manga related items, and clothing stores offering Japanese clothing items. [6] [26]

Neon Alley

Established in October 2012, Neon Alley was Viz's online anime streaming service until its shutdown in May 2016.

Publications

Animerica

Animerica is a quarterly anime and manga digest that initially started as a monthly magazine featuring reviews of anime and manga titles, as well as related works. After a preview issue was released in November 1992, the magazine's first issue was released in February 1993 with a March 1993 cover date. [27] The magazine originally featured articles and reviews on manga, anime, and related media, as well as manga preview chapters. In 1998, Animerica Extra was launched as a manga anthology that eventually focused specifically on shōjo titles. It was canceled in 2004.

VIZ changed the magazine's format in April 2005, with the new magazine really being two free publications of the same name. One is advertising-oriented and created specially for distribution at anime and manga conventions while the other is more general in scope and distributed through retail stores. Both versions have fewer and briefer articles and a lower page count. [28] The last monthly issue of the original format Animerica had a cover date of June 2005 (Volume 13, No. 6). [29]

Animurica was one of the first professional anime and manga magazines released in the United States, and one of the most popular in the 1990s. In 2004, it had a circulation of 45,000 readers, but low sales and high competition from Newtype USA resulted in the essential cancellation of the original magazine and its reformatting as a free digest. [30]

Game On! USA

Game On! USA was a monthly magazine that focused primarily on Japanese-developed video games, with an emphasis on the import scene. It served as the American counterpart to Shogakukan's Game On! magazine. It was published in May 1996 and ran for 7 monthly issues before being discontinued that same year in November. The magazine had news and reviews and other articles about classic fighting games like Street Fighter , Samurai Shodown and Virtua Fighter . Two video game-based manga series, Super Street Fighter II: Cammy by Masahiko Nakahira, and Samurai Shodown by Kyoichi Nanatsuki and Yuki Miyoshi, were serialized in the magazine. A one shot story based on Battle Arena Toshinden , illustrated by the game's character designer Tsukasa Kotobuki was published in the magazine as well.

Manga Vizion

Manga Vizion, sometimes misspelled Manga Vision, is a manga anthology introduced by VIZ in 1995. It is believed to be the first manga anthology published in the United States. The premiere issue was dated March 1995 and featured three series: The Tragedy of P , Samurai Crusader: The Kumomaru Chronicles , and Ogre Slayer . It ran for four years until it was canceled in 1999.

Pulp

Pulp was a monthly manga anthology introduced by Viz in 1997. The magazine featured more mature titles, marketed at adults rather than teenage readers. Some of titles serialized in the magazine included: Uzumaki , Banana Fish , and Dance Till Tomorrow . The magazine was canceled in 2002. [31]

Shonen Jump

Shonen Jump is a shōnen manga anthology that debuted in November 2002, with a January 2003 cover date. Based on the popular Japanese anthology Weekly Shōnen Jump , published by Shueisha, Shonen Jump is retooled for English readers and the American audience and is published monthly, instead of weekly. It features serialized chapters from seven manga series, and articles on Japanese language and culture, as well as manga, anime, video games, and figurines. In conjunction with the magazine, Viz launched new imprints for releasing media related to the series presented in the magazine, and other shōnen works. This includes two new manga imprints, an anime DVD imprint, a fiction line for releasing light novels, a label for fan and data books, and a label for the release of art books.

Prior to the magazine's launch, Viz launched an extensive marketing campaign to promote the magazine and help it succeed where other manga anthologies in North America have failed. [32] Shueisha purchased an equity interest in Viz to help fund the venture, [33] and Cartoon Network, Suncoast, and Diamond Distributors became promotional partners in the magazine. [32] The first issue required three printings to meet demand, with over 300,000 copies sold. It was awarded the ICv2 "Comic Product of the Year" award in December 2002, and has continued to enjoy high sales with a monthly circulation of 215,000 in 2008.

Shojo Beat

Shojo Beat was a shōjo manga magazine Viz launched in June 2005 as a sister magazine for Shonen Jump. [34] [35] It featured serialized chapters from six manga series as well as articles on Japanese culture, manga, anime, fashion and beauty. [35] [36] Viz launched related "Shojo Beat" imprints in its manga, light novel, and anime divisions to coordinate with the magazine's contents. [37] [38]

Targeted at women ages 1618, the first issue of Shojo Beat launched with a circulation of 20,000 copies. [35] [39] By 2007, average circulation was approximately 38,000 copies. Half of its circulation came from subscriptions rather than store sales. [39] In May 2009, the magazine was discontinued after 49 issues, with the July 2009 issue being the last released. [40] Viz stated the "difficult economic climate" was behind the magazine's cancellation, and that it would continue releasing the magazine's titles, as well as others, using the "Shojo Beat" imprint. [41]

Haikasoru

In January 2009, Viz Media announced plans to launch a Japanese science fiction novel line called Haikasoru. The first novels were scheduled to be released in the summer of the same year, with four novels: The Lord of the Sands of Time by Issui Ogawa, ZOO by Otsuichi, All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, and Usurper of the Sun by Hōsuke Nojiri. [42] In addition, the imprint released an expanded edition of Kōshun Takami's Battle Royale. In 2010, the imprint release Project Itoh's novel Harmony, which later won a Special Citation Philip K. Dick Award. The imprint is distributed to trade by Simon & Schuster.

SuBLime

In October 2011, Viz Media launched SuBLime as an imprint for yaoi titles. The imprint was formed in collaboration with the Japanese yaoi publisher Libre and its parent company Animate to publish English-language yaoi manga for the print and worldwide digital market. [43] [44] Although the first slate of books announced under SuBLime are Libre titles, the imprint will potentially offer titles from other Japanese publishers in the future. [44] During FujoCon in July 2020, Viz Media stated that SuBLime had only been partnered with Animate for the first three years after the imprint's initial launch and are currently not partnered with them.[ citation needed ]

Business partnerships

In March 2016, Viz Media announced that they are collaborating with United Talent Agency on their live action projects based on anime series. [45] On July 3, 2019, Viz Media announced that they had partnered with Crunchyroll to distribute select Crunchyroll licensed titles on home video and electronic sell-through in the United States and Canada, as well as stream selected Viz Media titles on Crunchyroll. [13]

Titles

Manga

Currently licensed

Viz Media
Shojo Beat
Shonen Jump
Shonen Sunday
Studio Ghibli Library
Viz Select
Viz Signature

† - New volumes currently being released

†† - Series not published in entirety

††† - Yen Press has the rights to series' digital release due to being a Square Enix title. [49]

Formerly licensed

†† - Series not published in entirety

Anime

Currently licensed

† - Not currently dubbed or released outside of streaming

†† - Viz only has home video rights

Formerly licensed

Live-action films

Previously distributed

Website

For a period, Viz offered an e-mail service called Viz Mail. In the first two weeks of service, it had 1,000 members. [53] The service allowed users to use stationery and letterheads decorated with characters from Viz Media properties. [54]

Despite the fact that Viz Media's licensed distribution territory includes Canada, the company has been criticized [55] for not providing online anime simulcasts to that country. [56]

See also

Related Research Articles

<i>Inuyasha</i> Japanese manga series

Inuyasha is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. The series begins with Kagome Higurashi, a fifteen-year-old middle school girl from modern-day Tokyo who is transported to the Sengoku period after falling into a well in her family shrine, where she meets the half-dog demon, half-human Inuyasha. After the sacred Shikon Jewel re-emerges from deep inside Kagome's body, she accidentally shatters it into dozens of fragments that scatter across Japan. Inuyasha and Kagome set to recover the Jewel's fragments, and through their quest they are joined by the lecherous monk Miroku, the demon slayer Sango, and the fox demon Shippo. Together, they journey to restore the Shikon Jewel before it falls into the hands of the evil half-demon Naraku.

<i>YuYu Hakusho</i> Japanese manga series by Yoshihiro Togashi

YuYu Hakusho is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi. The series tells the story of Yusuke Urameshi, a teenage delinquent who is struck and killed by a car while attempting to save a child's life. After a number of tests presented to him by Koenma, the son of the ruler of the afterlife Underworld, Yusuke is revived and appointed the title of "Underworld Detective", with which he must investigate various cases involving demons and apparitions in the human world. The manga becomes more focused on martial arts battles and tournaments as it progresses. Togashi began creating YuYu Hakusho around November 1990, basing the series on his interests in the occult and horror films and an influence of Buddhist mythology.

<i>Marmalade Boy</i> Manga and anime series

Marmalade Boy is a shōjo manga series by Wataru Yoshizumi. It was published by Shueisha in the magazine Ribon from May 1992 to October 1995 and collected in eight tankōbon volumes. The series was adapted by Toei Animation as a 76-episode anime television series which aired on TV Asahi and Fuji TV Original in 1994 to 1995 and Re-Released in 2004 to 2005. This was followed by a prequel theatrical anime movie in 1995. The series was also adapted as a 30-episode live-action television series that was broadcast in Taiwan in 2002. In mid-August 2017, a live-action film adaptation was announced, which was released in Japan on February 27, 2018.

<i>Naruto</i> Japanese manga series by Masashi Kishimoto

Naruto is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who seeks recognition from his peers and dreams of becoming the Hokage, the leader of his village. The story is told in two parts – the first set in Naruto's pre-teen years, and the second in his teens. The series is based on two one-shot manga by Kishimoto: Karakuri (1995), which earned Kishimoto an honorable mention in Shueisha's monthly Hop Step Award the following year, and Naruto (1997).

<i>Weekly Shōnen Jump</i> Japanese manga magazine

Weekly Shōnen Jump is a weekly shōnen manga anthology published in Japan by Shueisha under the Jump line of magazines. It is the best-selling manga magazine, as well as one of the longest-running; the first issue was released with a cover date of August 1, 1968. The manga series within the magazine target young teen male readers and tend to consist of many action scenes and a fair amount of comedy. The chapters of series that run in Weekly Shōnen Jump are collected and published in tankōbon volumes under the "Jump Comics" imprint every two to three months.

<i>Black Cat</i> (manga) Japanese manga series by Kentaro Yabuki

Black Cat is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kentaro Yabuki. It was originally serialized in publisher Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from July 2000 to June 2004, with the chapters later collected into twenty tankōbon by Shueisha. The story centers on a man named Train Heartnet who withdrew from an elite group of assassins called the Chronos Numbers to become a bounty hunter.

<i>Nana</i> (manga) Japanese manga series

Nana is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Ai Yazawa. It was serialized in Shueisha's Cookie magazine from May 2000 to May 2009, and then entered on indefinite hiatus, with almost all its chapters collected into twenty-one tankōbon volumes. The series derives its title from the name of the two main characters, both of whom are called Nana. Nana Komatsu is a small town girl who goes to Tokyo to follow her boyfriend and college friends, with the hope of having her dream life. Nana Osaki was in a popular punk rock band in her hometown. She goes to Tokyo with the goal of making it big as a singer. The two Nanas meet on the train ride to the city. Later, they run into each other again when they happen to check out the same apartment, and the girls decide to become roommates. The series chronicles their friendship and their lives as each chases her dreams.

Shogakukan Japanese publishing company

Shogakukan Inc. is a Japanese publisher of dictionaries, literature, manga, non-fiction, DVDs, and other media in Japan.

<i>Shojo Beat</i> Shōjo manga magazine (2005–2009)

Shojo Beat is a shōjo manga magazine formerly published in North America by Viz Media. Launched in June 2005 as a sister magazine for Shonen Jump, it featured serialized chapters from six manga series, as well as articles on Japanese culture, manga, anime, fashion and beauty. After its initial launch, Shojo Beat underwent two redesigns, becoming the first English anthology to use the cyan and magenta ink tones common to Japanese manga anthologies. Viz launched a related imprint of the same name for female-oriented manga, light novels and anime.

Light novel Style of Japanese novel

A light novel is a style of Japanese young adult novel primarily targeting high school and middle school students. The term "light novel" is a wasei-eigo, or a Japanese term formed from words in the English language. Light novels are often called ranobe (ラノベ) or, in English, LN. The average length of a light novel is about 50,000 words, close to the minimum expected for a Western novel, and they are usually published in bunkobon size, often with dense publishing schedules.

<i>The Law of Ueki</i> Japanese manga series by Tsubasa Fukuchi

The Law of Ueki is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tsubasa Fukuchi. It was serialized in Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday from August 2001 to October 2004, with Its chapters collected in sixteen tankōbon volumes. A manga sequel, The Law of Ueki Plus, was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from April 2005 to June 2007. It was licensed in North America for English language release by Viz Media. A 51-episode anime television series adaptation produced by Studio Deen was broadcast on TV Tokyo from April 2005 to March 2006. In North America, the series was first licensed by Geneon in 2005 and later by Discotek Media in 2018.

<i>Honey and Clover</i> Japanese manga series by Chica Umino

Honey and Clover is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Chica Umino. It is also known as HachiKuro (ハチクロ) and H&C. It is published by Shueisha, initially serialized from June 2000 to July 2006 in the magazines CUTiEcomic, Young YOU, and Chorus, and collected in ten bound volumes. The series depicts the lives and relationships of a group of art school students who live in the same apartment building. In 2003, the manga won the 27th Kodansha Manga Award for shōjo.

<i>Claymore</i> (manga) Japanese media franchise based on dark fantasy manga of the same name by Norihiro Yagi

Claymore is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Norihiro Yagi. It premiered in the May 2001 issue of Monthly Shōnen Jump, where it continued until the magazine was shut down in June 2007. At which point the series was temporarily moved to Weekly Shōnen Jump, until transferring to the newly launched Jump Square in November 2007, where it continued until its conclusion in December 2014. The individual chapters were collected into 27 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha between January 2002 and December 2014.

<i>Love Com</i> Japanese manga series

Love Com, also known as Lovely Complex, is a romantic comedy shōjo manga by Aya Nakahara. It was published by Shueisha in Bessatsu Margaret from 2001 to 2006 and collected in 17 tankōbon volumes. The series is about the romance between a tall girl and a short boy who are treated as a comedy duo by their classmates. In 2004, it received the 49th Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo.

<i>Shonen Jump</i> (magazine) Defunct North American manga anthology

Shonen Jump, officially stylized SHONEN JUMP and abbreviated SJ, was a shōnen manga anthology published in North America by Viz Media. It debuted in November 2002 with the first issue having a January 2003 cover date. Based on Shueisha's popular Japanese magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump, Shonen Jump is retooled for English readers and the American audience, including changing it from a weekly publication to a monthly one. It features serialized chapters from four manga series, and articles on Japanese language and culture, as well as manga, anime, video games, and figurines. Prior to the magazine's launch, Viz launched an extensive marketing campaign to promote it and help it succeed where previous manga anthologies published in North America had failed. Shueisha purchased an equity interest in Viz to help fund the venture, and Cartoon Network, Suncoast, and Diamond Distributors became promotional partners in the magazine.

Jump, sometimes stylized JUMP and also known as Jump Comics, is a line of manga magazines created by Shueisha. It began with Shōnen Jump manga magazine in 1968, later renamed Weekly Shōnen Jump. The origin of the name is unknown. The Jump magazines are primarily intended for teen male audiences, although the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine has also been popular with the female demographic. Along with the line of manga magazines, Shōnen Jump also includes a crossover media franchise, where there have been various Shōnen Jump themed crossover anime and video games which bring together various Shōnen Jump manga characters.

<i>Cactuss Secret</i> Manga

Cactus's Secret is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Nana Haruta. The series began serialization in Ribon magazine on December 29, 2003 and ended its run on April 30, 2005. The individual chapters were collected into four tankōbon volumes by Shueisha; the first on August 11, 2004 and the final on October 14, 2005. The series has been licensed by Viz Media for an English-language North American release as part of their Shojo Beat imprint.

<i>Boruto: Naruto Next Generations</i> Japanese manga and anime series and the sequel of Naruto

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is a Japanese manga series written by Ukyō Kodachi and Masashi Kishimoto, and illustrated by Mikio Ikemoto. It began monthly serialization with Kodachi as writer and Kishimoto as editorial supervisor in Shueisha's shōnen manga magazine, Weekly Shōnen Jump, in May 2016 and was transferred to Shueisha's monthly magazine, V Jump, in July 2019. In November 2020 Kodachi stepped down, with Kishimoto taking over as writer. Boruto is a spin-off and a sequel to Kishimoto's Naruto, which follows the exploits of Naruto Uzumaki's son, Boruto Uzumaki, and his ninja team.

References

  1. 1 2 "About VIZ Media". Viz Media. Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  2. Magulick, Aaron (October 8, 2017). "Viz Manga Sales are Destroying DC, Marvel in Comic Market". GoBoiano. Archived from the original on October 10, 2017.
  3. 1 2 3 Oikawa, Tomohiro (2007-09-01). "Weekend Beat: Cashing in on over-the-counter culture". Asahi Weekly. Asahi Shimbun Company. Archived from the original on 2008-03-16. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
  4. "Shueisha Buys Equity Interest in Viz". ICv2. 2002-08-02. Retrieved 2006-09-30.
  5. "Random House Preps Manga Releases". ICv2. 2004-06-23. Retrieved 2006-09-30.
  6. 1 2 "Japanese Newspaper Talks with Viz Founder Horibuchi". Anime News Network. 2008-02-22. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
  7. "WHV to Distribute Viz Media Anime". ICv2. 2008-12-17. Retrieved 2008-12-17.
  8. "News: Viz Media Restructures with Some Employee Layoffs". Anime News Network.
  9. "News: PW: Viz Media Lays Off Up to 60, Closes NY Branch (Updated)". Anime News Network.
  10. "News: Viz: No Product or Business Line Cancellations Planned (Updated)". Anime News Network.
  11. "Viz Media Names Ken Sasaki President and CEO". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
  12. "Viz Media to Offer Print Manga in India". Publishers Weekly . 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2020-06-10.
  13. 1 2 Lopez, Matt (July 3, 2019). "Crunchyroll and VIZ Media Partner on Home Video and EST Distribution (Exclusive)". TheWrap . Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  14. "Believe It! Naruto Is Officially Coming to Funimation". Funimation. July 3, 2020. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  15. Friedman, Nicholas (July 27, 2020). "The First 75 Episodes of Hunter x Hunter Arrive Subbed and Dubbed on Funimation". Funimation. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  16. Friedman, Nicholas (August 1, 2020). "Sailor Moon R: The Movie and Two Berserk Films Join the Funimation Catalog". Funimation. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  17. Friedman, Nicholas (September 9, 2020). "Funimation & VIZ Media Partnership Brings Legendary Anime Catalog to Funimation". Funimation. Retrieved September 28, 2020.
  18. Antonio Pineda, Rafael (September 9, 2020). "Funimation Adds Terraformars, Coppelion, Gargantia, Megalobox Anime". Anime News Network . Retrieved September 28, 2020.
  19. "VIZ.com". VIZ.com. Retrieved 2015-02-24.
  20. "Viz Wins Two 2007 Gem Manga Awards from Diamond". Anime News Network. 2008-04-07. Retrieved 2008-04-07.
  21. "What Manga Right to Left—Will It Fly?". ICv2. 2002-03-08. Retrieved 2006-09-30.
  22. "Viz Unleashes Uncensored Dragon Ball". ICv2. 2001-03-11. Retrieved 2006-09-30.
  23. "Netflix Orders Mexico-Set Action Anime Series 'Seis Manos' From Viz Media & 'Castlevania' Producer". Deadline. May 9, 2018.
  24. Bertschy, Zac (November 30, 1999). "Seiji Horibuchi, Chairman of Viz Media". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 7, 2009.
  25. 1 2 "Interview With Viz Media's Seiji Horibuchi On Viz Media's Live Action Initiative". ICv2. 2007-06-13. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
  26. "NEW PEOPLE: San Francisco's Japanese Shopping & Entertainment Center". Newpeopleworld.com. 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2012-09-26.
  27. Patten, Fred (2004). "Fifteen Years of Japanese Animation Fandom". Watching Anime, Reading Manga. Stone Bridge Press. p. 43. ISBN   1-880656-92-2.
  28. "Animerica to Change Format". Anime News Network. 2005-04-12. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
  29. "Animerica to Radically Change Distribution". Anime News Network. 2005-02-17. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
  30. Koulikov, Mikhail (2005-01-26). "2004 Year in Review: Anime Magazines" . Retrieved 2008-10-15.
  31. "2002 PRESS RELEASES: VIZ DETAILS CANCELLATION OF PULP: THE MANGA MAGAZINE". April 29, 2002. Archived from the original on June 18, 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  32. 1 2 "Viz and Shueisha To Launch Mass Market Boys Magazine in US". ICv2. June 10, 2002. Retrieved June 30, 2008.
  33. "Shueisha Buys Equity Interest in Viz". ICv2. August 2, 2002. Retrieved July 1, 2008.
  34. "Shojo Beat Details". Anime News Network. 2005-02-08. Retrieved 2008-03-07.
  35. 1 2 3 "Viz Media Happy Birthday Shojo Beat Magazine". Anime News Network. 2007-05-14. Retrieved 2008-03-07.
  36. "In the Magazine". Shojo Beat Online. Viz Media. Retrieved 2008-03-07.
  37. "Viz to Publish Novels". Anime News Network. 2005-06-04. Retrieved 2008-03-07.
  38. "Viz Launches New Fiction Imprints". ICv2 News. 2005-06-06. Retrieved 2008-03-07.
  39. 1 2 "Shojo Beat Media Kit (January 2008)" (PDF) (Press release). Viz Media. January 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-07.
  40. "Shojo Beat Magazine No Longer Accepting Subscriptions". Anime News Network. 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  41. "Viz Confirms Shojo Beat Manga Magazine's End in June (Updated)". Anime News Network. 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  42. "Viz Media Launches Landmark Imprint Haika Soru to Published Acclaimed Japanese Science Fiction Novels" (Press release). Viz Media. 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
  43. "Viz Launches SuBLime Boys-Love Manga Line with Love Pistols". Anime News Network. 2011-10-22. Retrieved 2012-09-26.
  44. 1 2 Balistrieri, Emily. "SuBLime: Everything We Know About VIZ's New Boys' Love Line". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  45. N'Duka, Amanda (March 23, 2016). "UTA Teaming With Viz Media To Develop Live-Action Anime Content". Deadline.
  46. https://news.tfw2005.com/2019/07/04/viz-media-announces-transformers-the-manga-volume-1-publication-in-the-united-states-390780
  47. https://www.viz.com/news/newsroom/v/1006671
  48. Bryant, L. B. (September 28, 2015). "Review: 'Komomo Confiserie' Vol. 1 TP (Manga)". ICv2.
  49. "ComiXology Digital Platform Adds Yen Press Manga" . Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  50. "Viz Media to Release Blame! Anime Film on Home Video". Anime News Network . Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  51. Loo, Egan (May 10, 2010). "Viz Confirms Streams of Cross Game Baseball Anime in May". Anime News Network . Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  52. "Licensing Expo 2014 Exhibitor Details - DORAEMON / ShoPro / VIZ Media". Licensing Expo. Archived from the original on 24 February 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  53. "Viz Relaunches 4 Anime and Manga Websites". thedigitalsushi. June 17, 2019. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  54. "Viz This Week". Viz Media at Anime News Service. August 11, 2000. Retrieved July 7, 2009.
  55. "Message to Viz Media: Give Canadians Their Simulcasts!". Sitting On An Atomic Bomb. Retrieved 2015-02-24.
  56. "NEON ALLEY - The Place for Streaming Anime". VIZ.com. Archived from the original on 2015-02-11. Retrieved 2015-02-24.