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VIZ 2014 Releases

Round-Up and 3 New Titles

Published: 12/23/2013 05:26pm
VIZ Media has announced several new manga titles for 2014, along with updated info on some previously announced titles.
 
Terra Formars by Yu Sasuga, with illustration by Kenichi Tachibana, is a buzz title in Japan this year (though the series has been running in Weekly Young Jump since 2011), appearing on several Top Titles lists.  The sci-fi horror story follows the crew of the second manned mission to Mars, which humanity has been attempting to terraform (with the help of giant cockroaches).  Terra Formars Vol. 1 releases on July 15, and Vol. 2 will follow on September 16. Both have an MSRP of $12.99.
 
VIZ also plans to release new omnibus editions of Naoki Urasawa’s classic psychological/ medical crime manga Monster, the award winning and critically acclaimed series which was released here by Viz in eighteen volumes from 2004-2008. The series has been adapted into a Madhouse anime series (see “Viz Media Presenting 'Hunter x Hunter' & 'Monster' Anime Series”) and Guillermo del Toro is currently developing a live-action series for HBO (see “Del Toro on 'Monster'”).  Monster, Vol. 1: The Perfect Edition will be released on July 15. The 426-page volume carries an MSRP of $19.99.
 
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VIZ will begin releasing Arina Tanemura’s shojo manga series Phantom Thief Jeanne in March. Tanemura (The Legend of Princess Sakura, The Gentlemen’s Alliance)  is a well-known manga-ka, and “Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne” which ran in Ribon from 1998 to 2000, was adapted by Toei Animation into a 44-episode anime. The fantasy series follows a high school girl who is the reincarnation of Jeanne D'Arc and transforms into a phantom thief-magical girl to recover scattered art works that contain pieces of God’s power to save them from demons.  Phantom Thief Jeanne Vol. 1 will release on March 4, followed by Vol. 2 on May 6, Vol. 3 on July 1, and Vol. 4 on September 2. MSRP on all volumes is $10.99.
 
Other releases already announced include VIZ’s planned U.S. relaunch of the  Ranma ½  property in 2014, with the Ranma 1/2 (2-in-1 Edition): Vol. 1 releasing March 11 (see “Restored 'Ranma ½'”).
 
Dragon Ball Full Color, Vol. 1 by Akira Toriyama was announced back in July (see “Viz Media Adds 'Deadman Wonderland,' 'Gangsta' Mangas “).  Vol.1 will be released on February 4, Vol. 2 on April 1, and Vol. 3: Saiyan Arc on June 3.  MSRP on all three is $19.99.
 
From VIZ’s Haikasoru sci-fi literary imprint, they will release All You Need is Kill, both as an OGN and in novel form as a special movie tie with Edge of Tomorrow (see “The 'All You Need is Kill' Adaptation: Live, Die, Repeat”). The Edge of Tomorrow book will release on April 29 with an MSRP of $7.99 and the OGN will release May 6 with an MSRP of $14.99.
 
 
 
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