VIZ Media announced the American release of the first two story arcs of Hirohiko Araki’s supernatural action-adventure series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, as well as the theatrical premiere of an English dub of Road to Ninja--Naruto the Movie.
VIZ previously published the third manga arc, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 3 – Stardust Crusaders, in 2005, to coincide with the English release of the OVA and prequel series produced by Super Techno Arts (see "'Jo-Jo's Bizarre Adventures' Licensed for U.S." and "Another 'JoJo's Bizarre Adventures' Anime Series").  The company’s Shonen Jump imprint has now acquired Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures Part 1 – Phantom Blood and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures Part 2 – Battle Tendency.  Both stories will release digitally first, followed by print editions of Phantom Blood in February 2015, and Battle Tendency in Fall 2015.
The story follows the descendents of the Englishman Jonathan Joestar, who in the 1880s defeated the vampire Dio.  Now, 100 years later, Dio has returned, and his blood descendents must travel to Egypt to destroy their ancestral enemy.  Each section of the series focuses on a different Joestar descendent as a main character.
VIZ, in conjunction with Eleven Arts, will release a new dubbed version of the sixth Naruto Shippuden movie, Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie, in a limited theatrical release on August 29th.  The premiere will happen in more than 45 U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston and Seattle.  The movie is written and designed by Masashi Kishimoto, the creator of the Naruto manga.