Candice Uyloan, of Viz Marketing hosted the panel. I stepped in late just as she was introducing Toshin (Fighting Spirit) which is Viz’s new merchandise line via Cafe Press. It’s an interesting marketing idea for official merchandise since the concept of Cafe Press is making your own things in your own style. Toshin allows fans to create official Viz products by choosing the design that you wish onto any of their authorized items: cups, shirts, shoes and the like. It’s truly a novel idea, official customizable goods. Currently the line only features Naruto and Bleach products, but will include Death Note.
Neon Alley is a 24 hour streaming channel for the PS3 which will have dubbed anime from various companies (including Blue Exorcist from Aniplex,) as well as live action kung fu movies for $6.99 a month. The CM for Neon Alley is pretty awesome, showing clips for Inuyasha: The Final Act, Zetman and of course Tiger and Bunny.
In simulcast belated news, Viz is streaming Kfrom Studio GoHands of Mardock Scramble fame. Available on both the Viz site and Hulu with new episodes every thursday. It is about a simple highschool boy caught in an epic fight between the seven kings in futuristic Japan. The boy, not quite so simple may have committed a crime he doesn’t remember. The animation is awesome, the music even more so.
For anime releases, Bleach anime boxset 15 will be released on 12/11/12 for $49.95. It will include ep. 218-229 on 3 dvds and include production art and omake clips. The first 13 episodes of Inuyasha: The Final Act will be released on 11/20/12 for $44.82 with the second half next year. It will be a simultaneous BD and dvd release on 2 discs. The dub trailer for the series was shown, a wonderful intro clip that throws us back into the series. Another simultaneous BD and dvd release is of Naruto Shippuden Movie 3: The Will of Fire will be on 10/23/12 for $19.98. A super short teaser for the movie was shown. A special trailer featuring clips from all three Berserk movies was shown. The first movie, Berserk The Golden Age Arc 1: The Egg of the King will be released on 11/27/12 for $19.98. Another movie, Bleach: Hell Verse will be released on 12/4/12 for $19.98. Both the BD and dvd will include production art, illustrations and movie trailers.
Viz is having a special celebration for the 10th Anniversary for the Naruto anime. Already over 500 episodes, the site will feature some giveaways as well as have special downloadable wallpaper and merchandise.
David Eick of publishing took over to make the print announcements beginning with Loveless vol. 9 by Kouga Yun-sensei is available now and the first 2-in-1 omnibus edition will be released soon (if not already by this post. ^_^) Neon Genesis Evangelion vol. 13 by Sadamoto Yoshiyuki-sensei will have a worldwide simultaneous release on 11/2/12 with the first 3-in-1 omnibus edition out on 11/13/12.
The omnibus editions of 3-in-1 are $14.99. More omnibuses released in 2013 include the original Dragon Ball series by Toriyama Akira-sensei and D. Gray Man by Hoshino Katsura-sensei.
Viz’s novel imprint, Haikasoru will be releasing ‘Belka, Why Don’t You Bark?’ by Furukawa Hideo-sensei on 10/16/12 for $25.99 hardcover as well as “10 Billion Days & 100 Billion Nights’ by Mitsuse Ryu-sensei on 11/20/12 for $14.99 paperback. Already announced in Otakon, ‘Street Fighter x Sanrio World View’ with sticker book will be released on 11/13/2012.
Graphic novel, ‘Monsuno’ vol. 1 will be released in spring of next year for $7.99. The Ugly Doll comics will be released in July of next year. There will be 4 volumes at 80 pages each.
New licenses! I totally cheered when Pepita came on. Full title, Pepita: Takehito Inoue Meets Gaudi is a travelogue that Inoue-sensei created for his trip through Spain. It will be released on 4/16/2013 for $24.99 hardcover. Sunny by Matsumoto Taiyo-sensei will be released in spring or summer 2013. Matsumoto-sensei is the Eisner award winner of Tekkonkinkreet. The fans cheered as the Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration manga appeared on the screen. By Watsuki Nobuhiro-sensei, it will be released in spring or summer of 2013. The series is also released in Shonen Jump Alpha, Viz’s new manga platform.
Another new Shonen Jump series, Barrage by Horikoshi Kouhei-sensei will be released in March 2013. What is NYCC 2012 without Tiger and Bunny releases? The first volume by Sukoikibara Mizuki-sensei being released on 4/9/13 as well as the anthology drawn by various mangaka being released in August 2013. *audience cheers*
Digital releases are now going to be out at the same time as print releases! For those that are over 18 years of age will be granted access to many new series. (I’m seriously surprised to see Nana as one of the choices. Definitely a more mature title, the sexual content for that series isn’t that high and it’s marketed as a shoujo in Japan by Shueisha.) I’m definitely excited for Cain Saga by Yuki Kaori-sensei.
Some titles to not that will be released digitally before they’re released in print is Bleach vol. 53, Blue Exorcist vol. 8 and Psyren vol. 7…all for $4.99. Others that are $4.99 is Bakuman vol. 15, Bleach vol. 48, Hikaru no Go vol. 16, Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan vol. 11, A Devil & Her Love Song vol. 5 and Dawn of the Arcana vol. 6.
Released now is Kimi ni Todoke vol. 14, Bokurano: Ours vol. 1 and Kekkaishi vol. 34 with Neon Genesis Evangelion vol. 1, Godchild vol. 5 and Hot Gimmick VizBig edition 2 ($8.99) coming out the following week (now by the time of this release.) The week of 10/23 will feature Dr. Slump vol. 12, Prince of Tennis vol. 17 and Honey and Clover vol. 10 with Hikaru no Go vol. 18, HunterxHunter vol. 21, Shamen King vol. 13, Highschool Debut vol. 12, Sand Chronicles vol. 10 (final volume) and Natsume’s Book of Friends vol. 12 for the week of Halloween.
Barrage vol. 2 will be out on 11/2/12 with a free preview. The vizmanga app is currently available for iOS and Android. For the con only, if fans show they have the app on their phones, they’ll be given a free Halloween Bleach poster.
Eric Eberhardt, the Marketing Manager introduced Shonen Jump Alpha (which was announced at Otakon) their newest platform for digital manga. For $25.99 a year, fans are given a digital magazine. Like the printed Shonen Jump magazines, there will be interviews, freebies (physical Yu-Gi-Oh cards,) oneshot manga specials and of course manga that are released in Japanese Shonen Jump weekly. They will be released weekly with new series always being added from Japan.
For NYCC, there is a physical, printed Shonen Jump yearbook which is a beautifully colored page book filled with specials and oneshots by the plethora of mangaka featured in Shonen Jump, including a rare collaboration with Toriyama Akira-sensei and Katsura Masakazu-sensei for Sachie-chan Good!!. Continuation of the series will be in Shonen Jump Alpha.
For fans who want to try out the app, there is a free Shonen Jump starter pack which has a mixture of manga chapters that range from the newest with Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration chap. 1 to something older like Blue Exorcist chap 166. “For fans who want to just dive in, jump into the story. Whatever story that interests you.”
For subscribers, ‘New Manga every Monday’ will grant fans simultaneous releases with Japan. Not now, but will be very soon. Eberhardt encourage fans to follow Viz on twitter where they will announce new series added as well as the exact date for the simultaneous release.
Another con-only gift is a stamp rally. Including adding the app and doing other things, fans will be given a Shonen Jump bag. Otherwise, there is always the free Shonen Jump yearbook for everyone who visits the booth. ^-^ For subscribers, there will be another edition of yearbook along with the next Yu-Gi-Oh card.
They closed the panel with raffles. They gave out the Street FighterxSanrio sticker book, the Halloween Bleach poster, two Blue Exorcist posters (with sexy Yukio and Rin ^_^), a Nana tote bag, two Shonen Jump bags and a few Neon Alley t-shirts.
I asked them about whether or not they’ll be licensing any of the shonen monthly series, especially Kuroko no Basket. They said that they have no plans in mind for that unfortunately…at least for the time being.