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Anime Boston: VIZ Media licenses Ao Haru Ride, Radiant, Dragon Ball’s Yamcha spinoff and more

VIZ Media is licensing a hilarious Dragon Ball one shot based off a meme and so much more.

“Oh my!”

These were the words uttered by the man next to me no less than 15 times during VIZ Media’s industry panel at Anime Boston today. While I shared my fellow panel attendee’s enthusiasm, I wasn’t as vocal about it due to my struggles in writing down the pile of new content announcements made by Charlene Ingram, Viz’s Director of Animation Marketing.

Without further ado, let’s dive in to the new releases:


From the creator of Blame!, Tsutomu Nihei gives fans yet another dystopian story, coming out just in time for the holidays.

A vast city lies under the shadow of colossal, ancient tombs, the identity of their builders lost to time. In the streets of the city, something is preying on the inhabitants, something that moves faster than the human eye can see and leaves unimaginable horror in its wake. Factory worker Denji Kudou just wants to keep his head down and continue his quiet existence, but he is the key to stopping forces that would bring about an apocalyptic transformation of the world.

Ao Haru Ride

Charlene tells us this is one of the most requested mangas by fans to VIZ. A school romance tale.

Futaba Yoshioka thought all boys were loud and obnoxious until she met Kou Tanaka in junior high. But as soon as she realized she really liked him, he had already moved away because of family issues. Now in high school, Kou has reappeared, but is he still the same boy she fell in love with?

Dragon Ball: That time I got reincarnated as Yamcha

Coming out this November, a one and done spinoff story based off a meme. Yeah I want it too.

A DRAGON BALL fan dies and is reincarnated as Yamcha–DRAGON BALL’S biggest punching bag and total internet meme. Knowing this character’s bleak future, he strives to make Yamcha the strongest DRAGON BALL character ever!

Dr. Stone

Badass science meets the Stone Age. Coming out in graphic novel format this September.

What if every human on earth turned to stone?! A taste of the latest from Shonen Jump Japan!


A story about an aspiring wizard with pacing, characters and a design that makes it stand out. Coming out this September.

Seth is an aspiring wizard living in a pastoral village under the watchful eye of his mentor. Like all wizards, he is an “infected”–one of the few people that has survived contact with a Nemesis, creatures that fall from the sky and contaminate all they touch. His encounter gave him powers and led him to choose a path that seemed to be perfect–to become someone who hunts and fights the Nemesis. But Seth longs for a quest that goes beyond the simple hunt for monsters. He wants to find the place they come from, Radiant, and destroy it. Along with other wizards, he travels the world in search of Radiant, under the sinister eye of the Inquisition…

Ran and the Gray World

Published under VIZ’s Signature imprint, this story has incredibly detailed and beautiful artwork. Akin to Studio Ghibli’s art style, this engrossing story is filled with magic and wonder.

Little Ran Uruma can’t wait to grow up and become a sorceress like her mother, so with the help of a magical pair of sneakers, she transforms into an adult and sets off! Her father and older brother Jin try to keep her safe at home, but Ran is determined to advance her powers and have adventures of her own!

Record of Grandcest War

A high fantasy story coming this November from the author of hit anime/manga Record of Lodoss War.

In a world where the noble elite are supposed to fend off the threat of terrifying Chaos but instead engage in pointless petty squabbles, young mage Siluca Meletes dreams of bringing justice to the land. She finds an ally in Theo, a young knight with a bright future. But as Theo soon finds out, despite her righteous goal of world peace, her methods are more than a little unorthodox!

Lastly there’s some content that’s not necessarily new, but it’s all getting some new media for your eagerly awaiting hands. Dragon Quest is one of the greatest RPGs of all time and now you can get your hands on Dragon Quest Illustrations: 30th Anniversary Edition. There’s 30 years of artwork from 1986-2016, with lots of stuff that’s never been published in the US. We Never Learn a story about a kid and his journey to get to college and is coming to print this December.

Two notable box sets are also on their way. First there’s all 14 volumes of Tokyo Ghoul and an exclusive double sided poster is included inside. Bleach is finally ending (yes, finally) and you can get your hands on the third and final box set this November.


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