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Viz Media, LLC, headquartered in San Francisco, is an anime, manga, and Japanese entertainment company. It was founded in 1986 as Viz LLC. In 2005, Viz LLC and ShoPro Entertainment merged to form the current Viz Media LLC, which is jointly owned by Japanese publishers Shogakukan and Shueisha, and Shogakukan's licensing division Shogakukan Productions (ShoPro Japan).

ReceptionEdit

Viz Media was awarded the Manga Publisher of the Year Gem Award by Diamond Comic Distributors in 2007. Viz also received an award for Manga Trade Paperback of the Year for its release of the fourteenth volume of the Naruto series.

Publication styleEdit

By 2002 Viz Communications kept some publications in the original right-to-left format, while in other publications it mirrored pages from Japan's right-to-left reading format to fit the Western left-to-right reading style. During that year Dallas Middaugh, the senior marketing manager of Viz, stated that the left-to-right version of Neon Genesis Evangelion outsold the right-to-left version of Neon Genesis Evangelion on a three to one basis; Middaugh concluded that readers wanted "an easy reading experience." Akira Toriyama, creator of Dragon Ball, requested that his work, labeled as Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z in the Viz versions, be published in the original right-to-left format. Vagabond was printed in right-to-left to preserve historical accuracy. Middaugh said that younger readers of Dragon Ball adapted to the right to left format more easily than their parents.

Viz has censored some of its titles. Some titles, such as Dragon Ball, were published in both censored and uncensored forms.

PublicationsEdit

Shonen JumpEdit

Shonen Jump is a shōnen manga anthology that debuted in November 2002, with a January 2003 cover date. Based on the popular Japanese anthology Weekly Shōnen Jump, published by Shueisha, Shonen Jump is retooled for English readers and the American audience and is published monthly, instead of weekly. It features serialized chapters from seven manga series, and articles on Japanese language and culture, as well as manga, anime, video games, and figurines. In conjunction with the magazine, Viz launched new imprints for releasing media related to the series presented in the magazine, and other shōnen works. This includes two new manga imprints, an anime DVD imprint, a fiction line for releasing light novels, a label for fan and data books, and a label for the release of art books.

Prior to the magazine's launch, Viz launched an extensive marketing campaign to promote the magazine and help it succeed where other manga anthologies in North America have failed. Shueisha purchased an equity interest in Viz to help fund the venture, and Cartoon Network, Suncoast, and Diamond Distributors became promotional partners in the magazine. The first issue required three printings to meet demand, with over 300,000 copies sold. It was awarded the ICv2 "Comic Product of the Year" award in December 2002, and has continued to enjoy high sales with a monthly circulation of 215,000 in 2008.

Published seriesEdit

MangaEdit

TV seriesEdit

Title Eps. Viz Start Viz End Original Start Original End
Ranma ½ 161 November 2, 1993 August 19, 2003 April 15, 1989 September 25, 1992
Maison Ikkoku 96 April 1996 July 4, 2006 March 26, 1986 March 2, 1988
Ceres, Celestial Legend 24 July 31, 2001 March 26, 2002 April 20, 2000 September 28, 2000
Zoids: Chaotic Century 67 February 18, 2002 January 4, 2003 September 4, 1999 December 23, 2000
Hamtaro 103 June 3, 2002 June 25, 2003 July 7, 2000 July 5, 2002
InuYasha 167 August 31, 2002 October 27, 2006 October 16, 2000 September 13, 2004
Project ARMS 26 October 8, 2002 May 4, 2004 April 7, 2001 September 29, 2001
Trouble Chocolate 20 October 22, 2002 June 10, 2003 October 8, 1999 March 24, 2000
Great Dangaioh 13 November 12, 2002 May 20, 2003 April 5, 2001 July 5, 2001
MegaMan NT Warrior 52 May 17, 2003 August 21, 2004 March 4, 2002 March 31, 2003
Corrector Yui 18 July 1, 2003 February 24, 2004 April 9, 1999 August 6, 1999
Boys Over Flowers 51 September 9, 2003 July 5, 2005 September 8, 1996 August 31, 1997
Saikano 13 April 27, 2004 November 9, 2004 July 2, 2002 September 24, 2002
Project ARMS: The 2nd Chapter 26 August 24, 2004 November 15, 2005 October 6, 2001 March 30, 2002
Flame of Recca 42 October 26, 2004 January 9, 2007 July 19, 1997 July 10, 1998
MegaMan NT Warrior: Axess 45 November 22, 2004 December 9, 2005 October 4, 2003 September 25, 2004
Zatch Bell! 104 March 5, 2005 December 6, 2008 April 6, 2003 April 24, 2005
Naruto 220 September 10, 2005 September 22, 2009 October 3, 2002 February 8, 2007
Deko Boko Friends ? September 2005 ? April 1, 2002 ?
Grandpa Danger ? ? ? April 4, 2004 ?
Full Moon o Sagashite 28 June 27, 2006 December 18, 2007 April 6, 2002 October 12, 2002
The Prince of Tennis 52 July 14, 2006 December 3, 2007 October 10, 2001 October 9, 2002
MÄR 52 July 14, 2006 March 10, 2008 April 3, 2005 April 2, 2006
Hikaru no Go 72 July 14, 2006 December 22, 2008 October 10, 2001 March 5, 2003
Bleach 366 September 8, 2006 November 1, 2014 October 5, 2004 March 27, 2012
Mega Man Star Force 25 July 23, 2007 December 10, 2007 October 7, 2006 March 31, 2007
Zoids: Genesis ? October 8, 2007 ???? ???? ????
Death Note 37 October 21, 2007 July 6, 2008 October 3, 2006 June 27, 2007
Blue Dragon 51 March 28, 2008 July 2009 April 7, 2007 March 29, 2008
Buso Renkin 26 April 29, 2008 October 7, 2008 October 5, 2006 March 29, 2007
Hunter x Hunter 62 December 9, 2008 December 1, 2009 October 16, 1999 March 31, 2001
Nana 47 September 8, 2009 April 13, 2010 April 5, 2006 March 28, 2007
Naruto Shippūden . September 10, 2009 . February 15, 2007 March 23, 2017
Honey and Clover 26 September 22, 2009 December 15, 2009 April 14, 2005 September 26, 2005
Honey and Clover II 12 March 16, 2010 June 29, 2006 September 21, 2006
InuYasha: The Final Act 26 October 3, 2009 March 29, 2010 October 3, 2009 March 29, 2010
Monster 74 October 12, 2009 September 13, 2010 April 6, 2004 September 27, 2005
Kekkaishi 52 May 29, 2010 May 28, 2011 October 16, 2006 February 11, 2008
Cross Game 50 May 2010 May 2010 April 5, 2009 March 28, 2010
Blue Dragon: Trials of the Seven Shadows 51 June 7, 2010 August 17, 2010 April 5, 2008 March 28, 2009
Vampire Knight 13 July 20, 2010 November 16, 2010 April 7, 2008 June 30, 2008
Vampire Knight Guilty 13 March 15, 2011 July 26, 2011 October 6, 2008 December 29, 2008
Reborn! 203 June 1, 2011 June 1, 2011 October 7, 2006 September 25, 2010
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan 26 October 2, 2012 August 20, 2013 July 6, 2010 December 21, 2010
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan - Demon Capital 25 January 28, 2014 May 20, 2014 July 3, 2011 December 25, 2011
Hunter x Hunter . April 16, 2016 . October 2, 2011 September 24, 2014

OVAsEdit

Title Eps. Viz Start Viz End Original Start Original End
Ranma ½ 11 December 1993 June 1996 October 21, 1993 January 19, 1996
One-Pound Gospel 1 July 1995 December 2, 1988
Ogre Slayer 4 October 1995 February 1996 September 9, 1994 July 21, 1995
Mermaid's Scar 1 November 21, 1995 September 24, 1993
Please Save My Earth 6 March 1996 July 1996 December 17, 1993 September 23, 1994
Sanctuary 1 October 1996 April 1996
Key the Metal Idol 6 April 1997 2000 December 16, 1994 June 18, 1997
Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge 4 2000 2000 March 21, 1997 March 27, 1998
I"s 2 March 24, 2009 December 9, 2002 March 25, 2003
I"s Pure 6 March 24, 2009 November 1, 2005 July 23, 2006

Anime filmsEdit

Title Viz Release Date Original Release Date
Ranma ½: Big Trouble in Nekonron, China April 1994 November 2, 1991
Ranma ½: Nihao My Concubine September 1994 August 1, 1992
Fatal Fury: Legend of the Hungry Wolf March 1995 December 23, 1992
Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle May 1995 July 31, 1993
Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture September 1995 July 16, 1994
Ranma ½: Team Ranma vs. the Legendary Phoenix February 1996 August 20, 1994
Galaxy Express 999 September 1996 August 4, 1979
Adieu Galaxy Express 999 May 1997 August 1, 1981
Grey: Digital Target July 4, 1997 December 13, 1986
InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time September 7, 2004 December 15, 2001
InuYasha the Movie: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass December 28, 2004 December 21, 2002
InuYasha the Movie: Swords of an Honorable Ruler September 6, 2005 December 20, 2003
InuYasha the Movie: Fire on the Mystic Island August 1, 2006 December 23, 2004
Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow June 6, 2007 August 21, 2004
Bleach: Memories of Nobody June 11, 2008 December 16, 2006
Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel June 12, 2008 August 6, 2005
Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom November 8, 2008 August 5, 2006
Naruto Shippūden the Movie November 10, 2009 August 4, 2007
Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion December 5, 2009 December 22, 2007
Naruto Shippūden the Movie: Bonds October 25, 2011 August 2, 2008
Bleach: Fade to Black November 15, 2011 December 13, 2008

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