Christmas Gift guide: Anime and Manga
Do you have a child/spouse/cousin/significant other who is obsessed with Japan? Do you want to woo your current pursuit who also happens to be in to obscure currently airing anime, or manga series? If you answered yes to any of these, Viz has you covered. From One Punch Man to Tokyo Gohul there’s no end to the fantastic world of Manga and Anime that Viz is bringing to consumers this holiday season. I can only hilight a few, but I promise there are tons more on VIZ.com/holiday
Anime Picks for Holiday Gift Giving
BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO PACK: Rated TV-14 · MSRP: $29.98 U.S. / $34.99 CAN · Available Now!
With Naruto as the Seventh Hokage, Hidden Leaf Village is planning to host the Chunin Exams to train new shinobi from the village and from five of their allied villages. Among the entrants are Sasuke’s daughter, Sarada, who adores Naruto, Mitsuki, an exceptionally talented yet mysterious shinobi… And Boruto, Naruto’s son who shows great potential, but despises his father.
Sasuke, who’s been on a mission, appears before Naruto to warn of a strange impending danger he has sensed. Shrouded with an evil aura, Momoshiki and Kinshiki appear during the Exams and attempt to weaken and kidnap Naruto. Boruto is petrified and unable to do a thing while Sasuke guards him. As Naruto steps in front to shield them, he smiles faintly and disappears in front of Boruto.
JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SET: Rated TV-14 · MSRP: $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN · Available Now!
JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE is set in late 19th century England, where rivals and surrogate brothers Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando discover a mysterious stone mask. The mask is an artifact of an ancient Central American culture and is capable of granting its wearer eternal life, but only at a heavy price. As the dark powers of the Stone Mask are unleashed, the brothers’ actions will define legacies that span generations.
ONE-PUNCH MAN LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO PACK: Rated TV-14 · MSRP: $59.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN · Available Now!
ONE-PUNCH MAN depicts the adventures of Saitama, a young man who only became a hero for fun. But after three years of “special” training, he finds that he can beat even the mightiest opponents with a single punch. Though he faces new enemies every day, it turns out being devastatingly powerful is actually kind of a bore. Can a hero be too strong?
The Limited Edition home media combo pack features the collection on two Blu-ray and two DVD discs. Notable bonus content includes six special ONE-PUNCH MAN OVA shorts, which are being released exclusively on the Blu-ray format, along with premium packaging, six collectible art cards, and a full-color episode guide booklet with summaries, character profiles, and staff and cast interviews.
RANMA ½ OVA & MOVIE COLLECTION BLU-RAY EDITION: Rated TV-14 · $54.97 U.S. / $63.99 CAN · Available Now!
Ranma Saotome, the iconic character created by master artist Rumiko Takahashi, is back for new adventures and more than a few hilarious misunderstandings along the way! From mishaps at a holiday party to casual use of mystical trinkets to possession by cursed dolls, what’s in store for Ranma is anyone’s guess in these original anime adventures. Also included in the new home media set are two feature-length RANMA ½ movies and one special OVA-length movie that brought Ranma to theaters to make some big choices with his heart and not his head…which is usually what starts his trouble in the first place!
POKÉMON INDIGO LEAGUE BLU-RAY EDITION: Rated TV-Y7 · MSRP: $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN · Available Nov. 14th
It’s Ash Ketchum’s tenth birthday, and he’s ready to do what many 10-year-olds in the Kanto region set out to do—become a Pokémon Trainer! Things don’t go exactly the way he planned when he ends up with Pikachu instead of a standard first Pokémon, and winning Gym badges turns out to be much tougher than he thought. Luckily, he’s got former Gym Leaders Brock and Misty at his side, along with a bevy of new Pokémon friends, including Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander.
Notable bonus features include a complete “Pokérap” video and “Who’s That Pokémon?” digital art gallery. A recipe card from THE POKÉMON COOKBOOK: EASY & FUN RECIPES and a POKÉMON ADVENTURES Vol. 1 mini-manga sampler are also included.
SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL SET 3: Rated TV-14 · Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack MSRP: $79.99 U.S. / $93.99 CAN Standard Edition DVD MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $52.99 CAN · Available December 5th
The battle of good versus evil escalates as Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians face a new threat – this time from outer space! When a strange phenomenon starts turning people into monsters, Usagi and her friends learn that a secret organization called the Death Busters is responsible. Led by their all-powerful ruler Pharaoh 90, these alien beings are determined to invade Earth to make it their second home. Will the two mysterious Guardians calling themselves Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune be the key to Sailor Moon’s victory, or her doom? And what is their connection to the prophetic dreams warning of impending destruction? With the fate of the world hanging in balance, Sailor Moon’s resolve to protect all life will be put to the ultimate test!
Holiday Manga Selections:
SPLATOON, Vol. 1· Rated ‘A’ for All Ages MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Available December 12th
The Turf Wars have started in Inkopolis, and the team that inks the most ground will be crowned the winner! Based on the hit Nintendo games!
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: OCARINA OF TIME –LEGENDARY EDITION- Rated ‘A’ for All Ages · MSRP: $17.99 U.S. / $21.99 CAN · Available Now!
Each The Legend of Zelda –Legendary Edition– contains two volumes of the beloved manga series, presented in a deluxe format featuring new covers and color art pieces by Akira Himekawa. In OCARINA OF TIME, the battle for Hyrule and the Sacred Realm has begun! A young boy named Link must defeat evil on his long, perilous quest to find the spiritual stones that hold the key to the Triforce, and deliver them to Zelda, princess of the land of Hyrule.
Also available from VIZ Media: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask / A Link to the Past –Legendary Edition–, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords –Legendary Edition–, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons / Oracle of Ages –Legendary Edition–, and The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap / Phantom Hourglass –Legendary Edition–
CASTLE IN THE SKY PICTURE BOOK: MSRP: $19.99 U.S. / $26.99 CAN · Available December 5th
The legends were true! Somewhere high in the clouds, human beings have again set foot on the floating island of Laputa, for centuries a peaceful, parklike ruin, tended only by its silent, faithful robots. But just behind Pazu and Sheeta are soldiers from the aerial dreadnought Goliath—who have captured Dola and her pirate crew, and are now looting the gold and jewels of the Castle in the Sky for themselves! But the man who guided them there, Muska, has his eyes on power, not money—and he alone knows how to activate the castle’s ancient superweapons that could make him master of the world! Can Pazu and Sheeta stop his sinister plan? Includes scene-by-scene illustrations and character dialogue from the film.
POKÉMON ADVENTURES: RED & BLUE BOX SET: Rated ‘A’ for All Ages · MSRP: $54.99 U.S. / $69.99 CAN · Available Now!
All of your favorite Pokémon game characters jump out of the screen into the pages of this action-packed manga! Set contains PokÉmon Adventures Vols. 1-7 and a color poster!
MY HERO ACADEMIA · Rated ‘T’ for Teens: MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Available Now!
What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks”? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless? Vols. 1-9 are available now!
TOKYO GHOUL: RE, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN · Available October 17th
A direct continuation of the bestselling TOKYO GHOUL! The Commission of Counter Ghoul is the only organization fighting the Ghoul menace, and they will use every tool at their disposal to protect humanity from its ultimate predator. Their newest weapon in this hidden war is an experimental procedure that implants human investigators with a Ghoul’s Kagune, giving them Ghoul powers and abilities. But both the procedure and the newly formed Qs Squad are untested. Will they become heroes…or monsters?!
TOKYO GHOUL ILLUSTRATIONS: ZAKKI
MSRP: $24.99 U.S. / $33.99 CAN · Available November 21st
Tokyo Ghoul Illustrations: zakki features artwork and behind-the-scenes notes, commentary and ruminations from Tokyo Ghoul series creator Sui Ishida. Discover the creative process that brought the hit manga and anime to life, in gloriously ghoulish full color.