VIZ Media is heading into the Japanese pop-culture mega-event Anime Expo 2017 with a full slate of activities and con exclusives featuring some of its most popular titles. The largest dedicated anime and manga fan convention in North America will take place July 1-4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (anime-expo.org), where you can find VIZ on the main floor at Booth #2206.
As previously announced, Food Wars! manga co-creator Yuto Tsukuda will be in attendance as a Guest of Honor, appearing in several panels and autograph sessions (for more information: anime-expo.org/how-to-get-an-autograph) through the weekend. Panels will also cover Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Sailor Moon, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations and Weekly Shonen Jump.
Meanwhile, the booth will once again host a must-shop retail section, where you can bundle off your purchases in an exclusive, limited edition tote featuring Sailor Moon, Shonen Jump (with One-Punch Man and Boruto) or Pokémon theme. Read on for details.
VIZ AX events:
Saturday, July 1
1:30pm – 2:30pm: VIZ Media Panel (Petree Hall / Room LP1)
Catch special announcements, exclusive first looks, and prizes.
4:00pm Yuto Tsukuda Autograph Session (Anime Expo Autograph Signing Area)
Meet the Food Wars! co-creator and receive a personally signed shikishi art board.
6:30pm – 7:30pm Weekly Shonen Jump Official Panel (LACC Room 408AB / Room LP3)
Find out about the latest developments on new series, fan favorites, and special guest, Yuto Tsukuda!
Sunday, July 2
11:20am Yuto Tsukuda Autograph Session (Anime Expo Autograph Signing Area)
2:30pm – 4:00pm VIZ Media Food Wars! Panel (LACC Room 408AB / Room LP3)
Join VIZ Media and Warner Bros. Japan in welcoming the co-creator of the saucy culinary manga. Tsukuda Sensei, along with his Japanese and English editors, will discuss the creative process behind the hit series.
5:00pm Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Cast Signing (VIZ Media Booth #2206)
Meet English voice actors Patrick Seitz (Dio) and Matt Mercer (Jotaro) from the legendary series’ Season 2, “Stardust Crusaders,” and get a signed poster.
7:30pm – 9:00pm Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Official Panel (Room LP1 / Petree Hall)
Join the voice cast for a celebration of this epic series with special guests and surprises!
Monday, July 3
11:00am – 1:00pm Sailor Moon Official Panel (Room LP1 / Petree Hall)
Join many members from the staff and cast of Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal for a festive time filled with news and updates from everyone’s favorite Guardians of Love and Justice.
11:30am Yuto Tsukuda Autograph Session (Kinokuniya Anime Expo Booth #3700)
This signing event will be limited to the first 100 customers that purchase a VIZ Media Food Wars! manga at the Kinokuniya booth during Anime Expo.
2:00pm Sailor Moon Voice Cast Autograph Session (Anime Expo Autograph Signing Area)
Don’t miss the chance to meet the English voice cast! The first 100 people will receive a signed personalized poster.
5:30pm Yuto Tsukuda Autograph Session (Barnes & Noble at The Grove)
This off-site signing will be limited to the first 100 customers that purchase a Food Wars! manga title at the Grove location on July 3. **Note – this appearance is not affiliated with Anime Expo.
Tuesday, July 4
1:00pm – 2:00pm Shonen Jump Presents Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Official Panel (Room LP3 / LACC 408AB)
Meet the English voice cast of the hit film! We’ll be talking about the movie, manga and the all-new TV series streaming each week on VIZ.com.
VIZ AX exclusives:
FOOD WARS! Vol. 19 – $10. Latest volume of the series available ahead of street-date. ONE-PUNCH MAN and ONE PIECE Manga Replicas – $15 each. Exclusive from Japan! ONE-PUNCH MAN Oppai T-Shirt – $20. Exclusive VIZ Media color edition.
SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL Season III T-Shirt – $15. 2017 exclusive design!
Pre-street & pre-sales:
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: FOUR SWORDS – LEGENDARY EDITION – $15
POKÉMON ADVENTURES 20TH ANNIVERSARY ILLUSTRATION BOOK – $25
VAMPIRE KNIGHT: MEMORIES, Vol. 1 – $10
JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Season 1 Blu-ray Set – $65. Pre-Order the set at the VIZ Media booth and receive an exclusive bandana as your gift with purchase.
Special bundles/gift with purchase:
ONE-PUNCH MAN Starter Bundle – $60. Includes ONE-PUNCH MAN Limited Edition Blu-ray Set and Vol. 1 manga; also receive an exclusive Hero Association silvertone metal pin.
BORUTO Starter Bundle – $32. Includes BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE Combo Pack and BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS Vol. 1 manga; also receive an exclusive BORUTO postcard set.
Premium WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Annual Subscription – $30. Includes an exclusive WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP hat and YU-GI-OH! trading cards, Apprentice Illusion Magician and Galaxy Eyes Cipher Blade Dragon.
SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL Quest for New Power – Help the Sailor Guardians on their quest and win a special prize from Sailor Moon herself!
ONE-PUNCH MAN – What Hero Rank Are You? – Find out your Hero Association Rank!
Manga sampler, poster and postcard giveaways – Stop by the VIZ Media booth’s front desk for a variety of freebies!