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Viz Media

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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 conglomerates Shueisha and Shogakukan, as well as Japanese production company Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions (ShoPro). In 2017, Viz Media was the largest publisher of graphic novels in the United States, with a 23% share of the market.

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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.

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.

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.

Shueisha co-ownership and mergers: 2000 to present

When Shueisha became a joint owner of Viz Media in 2002, 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.

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.

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. 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. 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. This time they released a press release claiming that none of their current product lines would be affected.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Viz Productions

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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.

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, 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." 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. 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.

Neon Alley

Main article: Neon Alley

Neon Alley was a streaming service dedicated to anime and related programming established in October 2012. After moving streaming content from its own platform to Hulu, the branding would be retired in May 2016.

Publications

For a list of anime and Japanese films released by VIZ, see the Viz Media category. For manga titles released, see the Viz Media manga category.

Animerica

Main article: 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. 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. The last monthly issue of the original format Animerica had a cover date of June 2005 (Volume 13, No. 6).

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.

Game On! USA

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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

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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

Main article: Pulp (manga magazine)

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.

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. 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. 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

Main article: Shojo Beat

Shojo Beat was a shōjo manga magazine Viz 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. Viz launched related "Shojo Beat" imprints in its manga, light novel, and anime divisions to coordinate with the magazine's contents.

Targeted at women ages 16–18, the first issue of Shojo Beat launched with a circulation of 20,000 copies. By 2007, average circulation was approximately 38,000 copies. Half of its circulation came from subscriptions rather than store sales. In May 2009, the magazine was discontinued after 49 issues, with the July 2009 issue being the last released. 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.

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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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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.

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

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

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

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Shueisha Productions ShoPro 1 DivisionsViz Productions film and television Websitewww wbr viz wbr com Contents 1 Early history 1 1 Shueisha co ownership and mergers 2000 to present 2 Manga ratings 3 Reception 3 1 Publication style 4 Divisions 4 1 Viz Productions 4 1 1 Films 4 1 2 Television 4 2 New People 4 2 1 Entertainment complex 4 3 Neon Alley 4 4 Publications 4 4 1 Animerica 4 4 2 Game On USA 4 4 3 Manga Vizion 4 4 4 Pulp 4 4 5 Shonen Jump 4 4 6 Shojo Beat 4 4 7 Haikasoru 4 4 8 SuBLime 4 5 Business partnerships 5 Titles 5 1 Manga 5 1 1 Currently licensed 5 1 1 1 Viz Media 5 1 1 2 Shojo Beat 5 1 1 3 Shonen Jump 5 1 1 4 Shonen Sunday 5 1 1 5 Studio Ghibli Library 5 1 1 6 Viz Select 5 1 1 7 Viz Signature 5 1 2 Formerly licensed 5 2 Anime 5 2 1 Currently licensed 5 2 2 Formerly licensed 5 3 Live action films 5 3 1 Previously distributed 6 Website 7 See also 8 References 9 External linksEarly history Edit 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 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 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 Edit 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 EditIn 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 EditViz 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 Edit 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 EditViz Productions Edit This section needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed Find sources Viz Media news newspapers books scholar JSTOR September 2021 Learn how and when to remove this template message 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 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 Edit Edge of TomorrowTelevision Edit Seis Manos 23 New People Edit 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 Edit 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 Edit Main article Neon Alley Neon Alley was a streaming service dedicated to anime and related programming established in October 2012 After moving streaming content from its own platform to Hulu the branding would be retired in May 2016 Publications Edit For a list of anime and Japanese films released by VIZ see the Viz Media category For manga titles released see the Viz Media manga category Animerica Edit Main article 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 Edit This section needs expansion You can help by adding to it August 2008 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 Edit This section needs expansion You can help by adding to it August 2008 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 Edit Main article Pulp manga magazine 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 Edit Main article Shonen Jump magazine 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 Edit Main article 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 16 18 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 Edit 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 amp Schuster SuBLime Edit 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 Edit 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 EditThis is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness You can help by adding missing items with reliable sources Manga Edit Currently licensed Edit Viz Media Edit 07 Ghost After Hours BakeGyamon Came the Mirror amp Other Tales Deadman Wonderland Detroit Metal City Dinosaur Hour Dogs Excel Saga Firefighter Daigo of Fire Company M Flame of Recca Fluffy Fluffy Cinnamoroll Fullmetal Alchemist Gestalt Ghost in the Shell 2 Innocence film comic Happy Happy Clover Homestuck How Do We Relationship Ikigami The Ultimate Limit Jormungand Kirby Manga Mania The Law of Ueki Leave it to PET The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess Little Battlers Experience Loveless MAR MegaMan NT Warrior Neon Genesis Evangelion Nightmare Inspector Yumekui Kenbun O Parts Hunter One pound Gospel Persona 5 manga Pokemon Pokemon Adventures Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Adventure Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Ginji s Rescue Team Portus Radiant The Record of a Fallen Vampire Record of Grancrest War Requiem of the Rose King Sexy Voice and Robo Splatoon Splatoon Squid Kids Comedy Show Star Wars Guardians of the Whills Star Wars The High Republic The Edge of Balance Star Wars The Legends of Luke Skywalker Super Mario Adventures Switch Tiger amp Bunny That Blue Sky Feeling Transformers The Manga 46 47 A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow Tuxedo Gin Video Girl Ai Voice Over Seiyu Academy Wolf s Rain X Yo kai Watch Shojo Beat Edit A Devil and Her Love Song Absolute Boyfriend Ai Ore Aishiteruze Baby Alice 19th An Incurable Case of Love Anonymous Noise Ao Haru Ride Baby and Me Backstage Prince Banana Fish Basara Beast Master Beauty is the Beast Beauty Pop Behind the Scenes Black Bird Blank Slate Bloody Mary Boys Over Flowers Boys Over Flowers Season 2 Butterflies Flowers Cactus s Secret Captive Hearts Ceres Celestial Legend Crown of Love Crown of Thorns Dawn of the Arcana Daytime Shooting Star Demon Love Spell The Demon Prince of Momochi House Dengeki Daisy Descendants of Darkness Dolls Doubt The Earl and the Fairy Earl Cain Everyone s Getting Married Fairy Cube Fall in Love Like a Comic Flower in a Storm From Far Away Full Moon o Sagashite Fushigi Yugi Fushigi Yugi Byakko Senki Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden Gaba Kawa The Gentlemen s Alliance Cross Godchild Grand Guignol Orchestra Hana Kimi Happy Hustle High Happy Marriage Heaven s Will The Heiress and the Chauffeur Here is Greenwood High School Debut Honey and Clover Honey Blood Honey Hunt Honey So Sweet Hot Gimmick Idol Dreams I O N Ima Koi Now I m in Love Imadoki Jiu Jiu Kakuriyo Bed and Breakfast for Spirits Kamikaze Girls Kamisama Kiss Kare First Love Kaze Hikaru Kenka Bancho Otome Girl Beats Boys Kimi ni Todoke The King s Beast Kiss of the Rose Princess Komomo Confiserie 48 La Corda d Oro Library Wars Love Com Love Me Love Me Not The Magic Touch Maid Sama MeruPuri Meteor Prince Midnight Secretary Millennium Snow Mistress Fortune Mixed Vegetables Monkey High My Love Mix Up My Love Story Nana hiatus Natsume s Book of Friends Not Your Idol Oresama Teacher Otomen Ouran High School Host Club Phantom Thief Jeanne Please Save My Earth Prince Freya Punch QQ Sweeper Queen s Quality Rasetsu Red River Revolutionary Girl Utena Revolutionary Girl Utena After the Revolution Rosen Blood S A Special A Sakura Hime The Legend of Princess Sakura Sand Chronicles Seiho Boys High School Short Tempered Melancholic Shortcake Cake Shuriken and Pleats Skip Beat Snow White with the Red Hair So Cute it Hurts SP Baby Spell of Desire St Dragon Girl Stepping on Roses The Story of Saiunkoku Strobe Edge Sugar Princess Sweet Rein Tail of the Moon Takane and Hana Time Stranger Kyoko Tokyo Boys amp Girls Ultra Maniac Vampire Knight Vampire Knight Memories W Juliet Wanted The Water Dragon s Bride We Were There Wild Ones Yakuza Lover Yona of the Dawn The Young Master s Revenge Yukarism Yume Kira Dream Shoppe YuraraShonen Jump Edit 7thGarden Agravity Boys Akira Toriyama s Manga Theater All You Need Is Kill Assassination Classroom Astra Lost in Space Ayakashi Triangle Bakuman Barrage Beast Children Black Cat Black Clover Black Torch Bleach Blue Box Blue Exorcist Bobobo bo Bo bobo Bone Collection Boruto Naruto Next Generations Build King Burn the Witch Buso Renkin Candy Flurry Chainsaw Man Choujin X Claymore Cowa Cross Manage D Gray man Dandadan Death Note Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba Double Taisei Dr Slump Dr Stone Dr Stone Reboot Byakuya Dragon Ball Dragon Ball Super Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai The Elusive Samurai Eyeshield 21 Food Wars Genkaku Picasso Ghost Reaper Girl Gin Tama Guardian of the Witch Gun Blaze West Haikyu Hard Boiled Cop and Dolphin Hell Warden Higuma Hi Fi Cluster High School Family Kokosei Kazoku Hikaru no Go Hoshin Engi Hunter Hunter The Hunters Guild Red Hood I s i tell c Jaco the Galactic Patrolman JoJo s Bizarre Adventure Jujutsu Kaisen Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Juni Taisen Zodiac War Kaguya sama Love Is War Kaiju No 8 Knights of the Zodiac Kubo Won t Let Me Be Invisible Kuroko s Basketball The Last Saiyuki Love Rush Magu chan God of Destruction Mashle Magic and Muscles Me amp Roboco Mission Yozakura Family Mitama Security Spirit Busters Moriarty the Patriot Moriking Muhyo amp Roji s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation My Hero Academia My Hero Academia Smash My Hero Academia Team Up Missions My Hero Academia Vigilantes Naruto Naruto Chibi Sasuke s Sharingan Legend Naruto The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring ne0 lation Neru Way of the Martial Artist Nine Dragons Ball Parade Nisekoi False Love Nora The Last Chronicle of Devildom Nura Rise of the Yokai Clan One Piece One Punch Man Our Blood Oath Phantom Seer Platinum End PPPPPP Pretty Face The Prince of Tennis The Promised Neverland Psyren Ral Grad Red Sprite The Right Way to Make Jump Robot x LaserBeam Rosario Vampire Rosario Vampire Season II Rurouni Kenshin Rurouni Kenshin Restoration Sakamoto Days Samurai 8 The Tale of Hachimaru Sand Land School Judgment Gakkyu Hotei Seraph of the End Slam Dunk Spy Family Stealth Symphony Takama ga hara Tegami Bachi Time Killers Time Paradox Ghostwriter Tokyo Shinobi Squad Toriko Twin Star Exorcists Ultimate Muscle Undead Unluck Waqwaq We Never Learn Whistle Witch Watch World Trigger Yu Gi Oh Yu Gi Oh 5D s Yu Gi Oh Arc V Yu Gi Oh Duelist Yu Gi Oh GX Yu Gi Oh Millennium World Yu Gi Oh R Yu Gi Oh Zexal Yui Kamio Lets Loose Zipman Zombiepowder Shonen Sunday Edit Arata The Legend Call of the Night Case Closed Cross Game Fly Me to the Moon Frieren Beyond Journey s End Hayate the Combat Butler Hyde amp Closer Inuyasha Itsuwaribito Kekkaishi Komi Can t Communicate Kurozakuro Magi The Labyrinth of Magic Maison Ikkoku Mao Maoh Juvenile Remix Ranma Rin ne Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle Yakitate Japan Yashahime Princess Half DemonStudio Ghibli Library Edit Baron The Cat Returns Castle in the Sky film comic Howl s Moving Castle film comic Kiki s Delivery Service film comic My Neighbor Totoro film comic Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Ponyo film comic Princess Mononoke film comic Spirited Away film comic The Secret World of Arrietty film comic Viz Select Edit AiON Calling You Chibi Vampire Chocolate Cosmos Clamp School Detectives Crazy For You D N Angel Duklyon Clamp School Defenders Eureka Seven Fate stay night Flower of the Deep Sleep Future Diary The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Girls Bravo Glass Wings Goth Grenadier Guardian Hearts Hanako and the Terror of Allegory Hands Off Haru Hana Hibiki s Magic Judas Kamiyadori Kannazuki no Miko Kyo Kara Maoh Lagoon Engine Lucky Star Mad Love Chase Man of Many Faces Metamo Kiss Mikansei No 1 Million Tears Miyuki chan in Wonderland Momogumi Plus Senki Mouryou Kiden The One I Love Ratman Red Hot Chili Samurai Rizelmine Saber Marionette J Samurai Girl Real Bout High School Saving Life Sgt Frog Shirahime Syo Someday s Dreamers St Lunatic High School Suki A Like Story The Third Trinity Blood Welcome to the N H K ZONE 00 ZywordViz Signature Edit 20th Century Boys 21st Century Boys Abara Afterschool Charisma Alice in Borderland All My Darling Daughters Asadora Assassin s Creed Blade of Shao Jun Beastars Beast Complex Biomega Black Lagoon Blue Flag Bokurano Ours Cat Eyed Boy Cats of the Louvre Children of the Sea Children of the Whales Crazy Food Truck Dead Dead Demon s Dededede Destruction Deserter Junji Ito Story Collection Dorohedoro Downfall The Drifting Classroom Fire Punch Fist of the North Star Fragments of Horror Frankenstein Junji Ito Story Collection Gangsta Gangsta Cursed Gente GoGo Monster Golden Kamuy Golgo 13 Goodnight Punpun Gyo Hell s Paradise Jigokuraku House of Five Leaves I ll Give It My All Tomorrow The Kingdom of the Gods Kingyo Used Books La Quinta Camera Levius Levius est Lovesickness Junji Ito Story Collection March Story Master Keaton Mermaid Saga Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Monster Mujirushi The Sign of Dreams No Guns Life No Longer Human No 5 Not Simple Oishinbo Ōoku The Inner Chambers Orochi Blood Phoenix Ping Pong Pluto Ran and the Gray World Real Record of Ragnarok Remina Ristorante Paradiso Rooster Fighter RWBY Saturn Apartments Sensor Shiver Junji Ito Selected Stories Smashed Junji Ito Story Collection Sneeze Naoki Urasawa Story Collection Solanin Sunny Sweet Blue Flowers Tekkonkinkreet Tenjo Tenge Terra Formars Tesoro Tokyo Ghoul Tokyo Ghoul re Tomie Ultraman Urusei Yatsura Uzumaki Vagabond Venus in the Blind Spot The Way of the Househusband What a Wonderful World Will I Be Single Forever Zom 100 Bucket List of the Dead 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 Edit 2001 Nights A A Prime A D Police Dead End City Act Age rescinded Adolf now licensed by Vertical The All New Tenchi Muyo Aqua Knight Area 88 Ashen Victor B B Explosion B O D Y Baoh Bastard Battle Angel Alita now licensed by Kodansha USA Battle Angel Alita Last Order now licensed by Kodansha USA Beet the Vandel Buster Benkei in New York Beyblade The Big O Bio Booster Armor Guyver Black Jack now licensed by Vertical Black Rose Alice Blood The Last Vampire Blue Spring Cheeky Angel Chicago ChocoMimi Cobra Crimson Hero Dance till Tomorrow Di Gi Charat Dinosaur King Dragon Drive Eagle The Making of an Asian American President Eat Man El Hazard Flowers amp Bees Galaxy Express 999 Getter Robo Go Gimmick Grey Haou Airen Haruka Beyond the Stream of Time Inubaka Crazy for Dogs Kurohime The Legend of Kamui Legendz Macross II Magical Pokemon Journey Mai the Psychic Girl Marionette Generation Medabots Midori Days Mobile Police Patlabor Mobile Suit Gundam 0079 Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin now licensed by Vertical Monster Hunter Flash Hunter Neko Majin No Need for Tenchi Ogre Slayer Pineapple Army Pokemon The Electric Tale of Pikachu Project ARMS RahXephon Read or Die Read or Dream Reborn Resident Evil The Marhawa Desire Rumic Theater Rumic World Rurouni Kenshin The Hokkaido Arc rescinded Saikano Samurai Crusader Sanctuary Sensual Phrase Shakugan no Shana Shaman King now licensed by Kodansha USA Short Cuts Short Program Silent Mobius now licensed by Udon Entertainment Socrates in Love SOS Spriggan Steam Detectives Strain Strawberry 100 They Were Eleven now licensed by Denpa Times Two Togari Tough Train Man Densha Otoko Ultimo Voyeur Wedding Peach Wild Com Wish Xenon Zatch Bell Zoids Chaotic Century Zoids New Century Series not published in entirety Anime Edit Currently licensed Edit Accel World Accel World Infinite Burst film Bakuman originally licensed by Media Blasters Berserk The Golden Age Arc I The Egg of the King film Berserk The Golden Age Arc II The Battle for Doldrey film Berserk The Golden Age Arc III The Advent film Blame film 50 Bleach Bleach Memories of Nobody film Bleach The DiamondDust Rebellion film Bleach Fade to Black film Bleach Hell Verse film Blue Dragon Blue Dragon Trials of the Seven Shadows Blood Lad Boruto Naruto Next Generations Buso Renkin Captain Tsubasa 2018 Castlevania Coppelion Death Note Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet The Genie Family 2020 Hikaru no Go Hunter Hunter 2011 Hunter Hunter Phantom Rouge film Hunter Hunter The Last Mission film Infini T Force Infini T Force the Movie Farewell Friend Inuyasha Inuyasha The Final Act Inuyasha the Movie Affections Touching Across Time film Inuyasha the Movie The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass film Inuyasha the Movie Swords of an Honorable Ruler film Inuyasha the Movie Fire on the Mystic Island film JoJo s Bizarre Adventure originally licensed by Warner Bros JoJo s Bizarre Adventure Stardust Crusaders JoJo s Bizarre Adventure Diamond Is Unbreakable JoJo s Bizarre Adventure Golden Wind K K Missing Kings film K Return of Kings K Seven Stories film Mazinger Z Infinity film Megalo Box First season only Mr Osomatsu Naruto Naruto the Movie Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow film Naruto the Movie Legend of the Stone of Gelel film Naruto the Movie Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom film Naruto Shippuden Naruto Shippuden the Movie film Naruto Shippuden the Movie 2 Bonds film Naruto Shippuden the Movie 3 The Will of Fire film Naruto Shippuden the Movie The Lost Tower film Naruto the Movie Blood Prison film Road to Ninja Naruto the Movie film The Last Naruto the Movie film Boruto Naruto the Movie film Naruto SD Rock Lee and his Ninja Pals Nura Rise of the Yokai Clan Nura Rise of the Yokai Clan Demon Capital One Punch Man Pokemon Indigo League Pokemon Adventures on the Orange Islands Pokemon The Johto Journeys Pokemon Johto League Champions Pokemon Master Quest Pokemon Advanced Pokemon Advanced Challenge Pokemon Advanced Battle Pokemon Battle Frontier Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Pokemon DP Battle Dimension Pokemon DP Galactic Battles Pokemon DP Sinnoh League Victors Pokemon Black amp White Pokemon Black amp White Rival Destinies Pokemon Black amp White Adventures in Unova Pokemon Black amp White Adventures in Unova and Beyond Pokemon The Series XY Pokemon The Series XY Kalos Quest Pokemon The Series XYZ Pokemon The Series Sun amp Moon Pokemon The Series Sun amp Moon Ultra Adventures Pokemon The Series Sun amp Moon Ultra Legends Pokemon Journeys The Series Pokemon Master Journeys The Series Pokemon The First Movie film originally licensed by Kids WB Pokemon The Movie 2000 film originally licensed by Kids WB Pokemon 3 The Movie film originally licensed by Kids WB Pokemon Lucario and the Mystery of Mew film Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea film Pokemon The Rise of Darkrai film Pokemon Giratina amp the Sky Warrior film originally licensed by Universal Studios Pokemon Arceus and the Jewel of Life film Pokemon Zoroark Master of Illusions film Pokemon the Movie Black Victini and Reshiram film Pokemon the Movie White Victini and Zekrom film Pokemon the Movie Kyurem vs the Sword of Justice film Pokemon the Movie Genesect and the Legend Awakened film Pokemon the Movie Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction film Pokemon the Movie Hoopa and the Clash of Ages film Pokemon the Movie Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel film Pokemon the Movie I Choose You film Pokemon the Movie The Power of Us film Pokemon Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution film Pokemon the Movie Secrets of the Jungle film The Prince of Tennis First 50 episodes with original dub Funimation has current streaming and home video rights with new dub Ranma Ranma Big Trouble in Nekonron China film Ranma Nihao My Concubine film Reborn streaming only Discotek Media has the home video rights Sailor Moon The first two seasons were originally licensed by DIC Entertainment and ADV Films while the third and fourth seasons were originally licensed by Cloverway Inc and Pioneer Entertainment Sailor Moon Crystal Sailor Moon R The Movie film originally licensed by Pioneer Entertainment Sailor Moon S The Movie film originally licensed by Pioneer Entertainment Sailor Moon SuperS The Movie film originally licensed by Pioneer Entertainment Terra Formars Terra Formars Revenge Tiger amp Bunny Tiger amp Bunny The Beginning film Tiger amp Bunny The Rising film Vampire Knight Vampire Knight Guilty Yashahime Princess Half Demon Zetman Not currently dubbed or released outside of streaming Viz only has home video rights Formerly licensed Edit Adieu Galaxy Express 999 film now licensed by Discotek Media Boys Over Flowers now licensed by Discotek Media Ceres Celestial Legend now licensed by Discotek Media Corrector Yui Cross Game streaming only 51 Deko Boko Friends Doraemon 52 Eyeshield 21 now licensed by Sentai Filmworks Fatal Fury Legend of the Hungry Wolf film now licensed by Discotek Media Fatal Fury The Motion Picture film now licensed by Discotek Media Fatal Fury 2 The New Battle film now licensed by Discotek Media Flame of Recca now licensed by Discotek Media Full Moon o Sagashite Galaxy Express 999 film now licensed by Discotek Media Grandpa Danger Great Dangaioh Grey Digital Target Hamtaro Honey and Clover now licensed by Discotek Media Honey and Clover II now licensed by Discotek Media Hunter Hunter 1999 I s I s Pure Jin Roh with Bandai Entertainment now licensed by Discotek Media Kekkaishi now licensed by Discotek Media Key the Metal Idol now licensed by Discotek Media Lagrange The Flower of Rin ne Maison Ikkoku MAR First 52 episodes only MegaMan NT Warrior First and Second Axess season only Mega Man Star Force First 13 episodes only Mermaid s Scar Mirmo Monster Moribito Guardian of the Spirit now licensed by Sentai Filmworks originally licensed by Geneon and later by Media Blasters Nana now licensed by Sentai Filmworks Neuro Supernatural Detective streaming only Night Warriors Darkstalkers Revenge now licensed by Discotek Media Ogre Slayer One pound Gospel Please Save My Earth Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva film Project ARMS now licensed by Discotek Media Saikano now licensed by Sentai Filmworks Sanctuary Strawberry 100 streaming only Trouble Chocolate Ultra Maniac Originally licensed by Geneon now licensed by Discotek Media Video Girl Ai Zatch Bell now licensed by New Video Zoids Chaotic Century Zoids Genesis Live action films Edit Previously distributed Edit Death Note now licensed by Funimation Death Note 2 The Last Name now licensed by Funimation Densha Otoko Detroit Metal City Funky Forest The First Contact Honey and Clover Kamikaze Girls L Change the World Love Com Nana Nana 2 Ping PongWebsite EditFor 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 EditCrunchyroll EMEA formerly known as Viz Media EuropeReferences Edit a b About VIZ Media Viz Media Retrieved 2016 10 09 Magulick Aaron October 8 2017 Viz Manga Sales are Destroying DC Marvel in Comic Market GoBoiano Archived from the original on October 10 2017 a b c 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 Shueisha Buys Equity Interest in Viz ICv2 2002 08 02 Retrieved 2006 09 30 Random House Preps Manga Releases ICv2 2004 06 23 Retrieved 2006 09 30 a b Japanese Newspaper Talks with Viz Founder Horibuchi Anime News Network 2008 02 22 Retrieved 2008 03 12 WHV to Distribute Viz Media Anime ICv2 2008 12 17 Retrieved 2008 12 17 News Viz Media Restructures with Some Employee Layoffs Anime News Network News PW Viz Media Lays Off Up to 60 Closes NY Branch Updated Anime News Network News Viz No Product or Business Line Cancellations Planned Updated Anime News Network Viz Media Names Ken Sasaki President and CEO Anime News Network Retrieved 2012 04 02 Viz Media to Offer Print Manga in India Publishers Weekly 2014 02 20 Retrieved 2020 06 10 a b Lopez Matt July 3 2019 Crunchyroll and VIZ Media Partner on Home Video and EST Distribution Exclusive TheWrap Retrieved July 4 2019 Believe It Naruto Is Officially Coming to Funimation Funimation July 3 2020 Retrieved July 9 2020 Friedman Nicholas July 27 2020 The First 75 Episodes of Hunter x Hunter Arrive Subbed and Dubbed on Funimation Funimation Retrieved August 5 2020 Friedman Nicholas August 1 2020 Sailor Moon R The Movie and Two Berserk Films Join the Funimation Catalog Funimation Retrieved August 5 2020 Friedman Nicholas September 9 2020 Funimation amp VIZ Media Partnership Brings Legendary Anime Catalog to Funimation Funimation Retrieved September 28 2020 Antonio Pineda Rafael September 9 2020 Funimation Adds Terraformars Coppelion Gargantia Megalobox Anime Anime News Network Retrieved September 28 2020 VIZ com VIZ com Retrieved 2015 02 24 Viz Wins Two 2007 Gem Manga Awards from Diamond Anime News Network 2008 04 07 Retrieved 2008 04 07 What Manga Right to Left Will It Fly ICv2 2002 03 08 Retrieved 2006 09 30 Viz Unleashes Uncensored Dragon Ball ICv2 2001 03 11 Retrieved 2006 09 30 Netflix Orders Mexico Set Action Anime Series Seis Manos From Viz Media amp Castlevania Producer Deadline May 9 2018 Bertschy Zac November 30 1999 Seiji Horibuchi Chairman of Viz Media Anime News Network Retrieved July 7 2009 a b Interview With Viz Media s Seiji Horibuchi On Viz Media s Live Action Initiative ICv2 2007 06 13 Retrieved 2008 03 12 NEW PEOPLE San Francisco s Japanese Shopping amp Entertainment Center Newpeopleworld com 1999 02 22 Retrieved 2012 09 26 Patten Fred 2004 Fifteen Years of Japanese Animation Fandom Watching Anime Reading Manga Stone Bridge Press p 43 ISBN 1 880656 92 2 Animerica to Change Format Anime News Network 2005 04 12 Retrieved 2008 10 15 Animerica to Radically Change Distribution Anime News Network 2005 02 17 Retrieved 2008 10 15 Koulikov Mikhail 2005 01 26 2004 Year in Review Anime Magazines Retrieved 2008 10 15 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 a b Viz and Shueisha To Launch Mass Market Boys Magazine in US ICv2 June 10 2002 Retrieved June 30 2008 Shueisha Buys Equity Interest in Viz ICv2 August 2 2002 Retrieved July 1 2008 Shojo Beat Details Anime News Network 2005 02 08 Retrieved 2008 03 07 a b c Viz Media Happy Birthday Shojo Beat Magazine Anime News Network 2007 05 14 Retrieved 2008 03 07 In the Magazine Shojo Beat Online Viz Media Retrieved 2008 03 07 Viz to Publish Novels Anime News Network 2005 06 04 Retrieved 2008 03 07 Viz Launches New Fiction Imprints ICv2 News 2005 06 06 Retrieved 2008 03 07 a b Shojo Beat Media Kit January 2008 PDF Press release Viz Media January 2008 Retrieved 2008 03 07 Shojo Beat Magazine No Longer Accepting Subscriptions Anime News Network 2009 05 19 Retrieved 2009 05 19 Viz Confirms Shojo Beat Manga Magazine s End in June Updated Anime News Network 2009 05 19 Retrieved 2009 05 19 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 Viz Launches SuBLime Boys Love Manga Line with Love Pistols Anime News Network 2011 10 22 Retrieved 2012 09 26 a b Balistrieri Emily SuBLime Everything We Know About VIZ s New Boys Love Line Crunchyroll Retrieved 24 October 2011 N Duka Amanda March 23 2016 UTA Teaming With Viz Media To Develop Live Action Anime Content Deadline Viz Media Announces Transformers The Manga Volume 1 Publication in the United States TFW2005 com July 4 2019 Retrieved September 17 2021 Viz Media Announces Publishing Rights for Transformers A Visual History Press release Viz Media March 18 2019 Retrieved September 17 2021 Bryant L B September 28 2015 Review Komomo Confiserie Vol 1 TP Manga ICv2 ComiXology Digital Platform Adds Yen Press Manga Retrieved 30 December 2016 Viz Media to Release Blame Anime Film on Home Video Anime News Network Retrieved October 5 2017 Loo Egan May 10 2010 Viz Confirms Streams of Cross Game Baseball Anime in May Anime News Network Retrieved October 17 2020 Licensing Expo 2014 Exhibitor Details DORAEMON ShoPro VIZ Media Licensing Expo Archived from the original on 24 February 2015 Retrieved 19 June 2014 Viz Relaunches 4 Anime and Manga Websites thedigitalsushi June 17 2019 Retrieved June 17 2019 Viz This Week Viz Media at Anime News Service August 11 2000 Retrieved July 7 2009 Message to Viz Media Give Canadians Their Simulcasts Sitting On An Atomic Bomb Retrieved 2015 02 24 NEON ALLEY The Place for Streaming Anime VIZ com Archived from the original on 2015 02 11 Retrieved 2015 02 24 External links EditWikimedia Commons has media related to Viz Media Official website Official VIZ Media Facebook Fan Page Viz Media at Anime News Network s encyclopedia Viz Video at IMDb Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Viz Media amp oldid 1053141978, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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