Anime distributor VIZ Media has signed a home entertainment distribution agreement with Warner Home Video (WHV) for the United States and Mexico. Effective April 1, 2009, WHV will be the exclusive home entertainment distributor for new and catalog DVD content based on well-known animated franchises such as Naruto, Bleach, Death Note and Inuyasha, as well as the Pok’mon animated television series and catalog features. The first new releases will be Naruto Uncut Box Set 13, Naruto Uncut Box Set 13 Special Edition and Hunter X Hunter Box Set Volume 2 on April 7, 2009.
‘The association between Warner Home Video and VIZ Media demonstrates our continued commitment to the growing sector of anime,’ says Jeff Brown, WHV exec VP and general manager, TV, family and animation. ‘Adding to our previous success with The Animatrix and Appleseed: Ex Machina, we are looking forward to a successful relationship with VIZ Media, one of the top players in the anime genre and children’s animation.’
VIZ Media is one of the largest U.S. studios in the non-theatrical anime DVD segment and has played a major role in helping anime gain widespread mainstream popularity. The company’s content will join such existing Warner Bros. library properties as Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, Hanna-Barbera, Scooby-Doo, Batman, Superman and all of the other DC Comics characters. WHV also distributes productions based on the Peanuts, Dr. Seuss, Popeye, American Girl, Cartoon Network, Leap Frog, Scholastic, and The Wiggles properties.