VIZ Media detailed a raft of manga publishing acquisitions over the weekend at its official panel held as part of the 2016 Anime Expo in Los Angeles. New series include the continuation of Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball in the new Dragon Ball Super; landmark shojo series Revolutionary Girl Utena (returning in a deluxe complete box set); The Water Dragon’s Bride and mecha-action manga Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt. VIZ also announced Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V and the release of new three-in-one omnibus editions of Rurouni Kenshin.
New Shonen Jump Acquisitions:
DRAGON BALL SUPER – Available Spring 2017. Story by Akira Toriyama, Story & Art by Toyotaro.
Goku’s adventure from the bestselling classic manga Dragon Ball continues in this new series! Ever since Goku became Earth’s greatest hero and gathered the seven Dragon Balls to defeat the evil Boo, his life on Earth has grown a little dull. But new threats loom overhead, and Goku and his friends will have to defend the planet once again!
RUROUNI KENSHIN 3-in-1 – Available Winter 2017. By Nobuhiro Watsuki.
Experience the beloved samurai action series in bargain 3-in-1 omnibus editions! Action, romance, and historical intrigue help make Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin, the tale of a wandering swordsman set against the backdrop of the Meiji Restoration, one of the most popular Shonen Jump titles of all time.
YU-GI- OH! ARC V – Available Spring 2017. Original Concept by Kazuki Takahashi, Production Support by Studio Dice, Story by Shin Yoshida, Art by Naohito Miyoshi, Duel Composition by Masahiro Hikokubo.
The latest series based on the hit collectible card game! Action Duels have become a global sensation, but what is the dark secret behind them that threatens to destroy the world? Exclusive rare card inside (limited to first printing).
New Shojo Beat Acquisitions:
REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA Deluxe Box Set – Available Spring 2017. Story and Art by Chiho Saito, Created by Be-Papas.
The entire series of Revolutionary Girl Utena plus The Adolescence of Utena are collected into two hardcover omnibus volumes with color pages of the original covers and poster in this long-awaited collector’s set. Utena strives to be strong and noble like the childhood prince she yearns to meet again. But when she finds herself seduced into the twisted duels of Ohtori Academy, can she become the prince she’s been waiting for?
THE WATER DRAGON’S BRIDE – Available Spring 2017. By Rei Toma.
The newest fantasy adventure romance by the bestselling author of Dawn of the Arcana (also published by VIZ Media)! In the blink of an eye, a modern-day girl named Asahi is whisked away from her warm and happy home and stranded in a strange and mysterious world where she is sacrificed to a water dragon god! What plans are in store for her, and what will happen when she comes face to face with this god?