Viz Media Picks Up New Series From ‘Death Note’ Creators And More At Anime Boston
Though overshadowed by all the DC Comics shenanigans, Anime Boston also took place this past weekend, and the event saw US manga publisher Viz Media announce a promising crop of new releases and reprints that will roll out over the rest of the year, including the latest shonen series from the creators of one of the most popular manga series around, and a new edition of the early work of one of the true masters of horror manga.
Perhaps the most eye-catching item on the Viz Media slate is Platinum End, from Death Note and Bakuman creators Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. Available digitally right now, and coming to print in the fall, the series has been running in Weekly Shonen Jump monthly since last November, and focuses on troubled middle schooler Mirai, who meets his guardian angel and "is pitted against 12 other chosen humans in a battle in which the winner becomes the next god of the world."
Viz also announced a hardcover omnibus edition of horror icon Junji Ito's debut series Tomie, to be published this winter. Out of print for many years, Tomie focuses on the immortal Tomie Kawamaki, a succubus who drives every man around her into a murderous frenzy.
Viz also announced a third deluxe box set of One Piece, by Eiichiro Oda, collecting volumes #47-70 of the adventures of everyone's favorite pirates, and the deluxe hardcovers of Stardust Crusaders, the third and most-famous arc of the long-running, absolute craziness that is Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, both due in the fall.