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VIZ Media LLC. is an American manga publisher, anime distributor and entertainment company headquartered in San Francisco, California. 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 owned by Japanese publishing conglomerate Hitotsubashi Group, which includes Shueisha, Shogakukan and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions (ShoPro). In 2017, Viz Media was the largest publisher of graphic novels in the United States, with a 23% share of the market.


Early history


Seiji Horibuchi, originally from Tokushima Prefecture in Shikoku, Japan moved to California, United States in 1975. After living in the suburbs for almost two years, he moved to San Francisco, where he started a business exporting American cultural items to Japan, and became a writer of cultural information. He also became interested in publishing Japanese manga in the United States, though he himself was not a fan of Japanese comics until a visit to Japan in 1985 exposed him to Katsuhiro Otomo's single-volume title ''Domu: A Child's Dream''. His idea came to fruition after he met Masahiro Ohga, then managing director of Shogakukan, in 1985 and shared his vision. Shogakukan provided Horibuchi with $200,000 in startup capital, which Horibuichi used in 1986 to found VIZ Communications. VIZ Communications released its first titles in 1987, which included ''Legend of Kamui'', however sales were mediocre due to the specialist comic market being averse to venturing into new territory. To counteract this problem, VIZ expanded into the general publishing business and began publishing various art related books in 1992. Into these titles, Horibuchi began publishing manga, calling them graphic novels so they would be carried by mainstream bookstores. The plan worked and after several years, leading booksellers began to have dedicated shelves for manga titles. Sales also picked up when VIZ Communications acquired the license for the comedy series ''Ranma ½'', which became an instant hit. The company continued to see success when it expanded into the anime distribution market, began publishing ''Shonen Jump'', an English adaptation of the popular Japanese magazine ''Weekly Shōnen Jump''. It also acquired another huge selling title, ''Inuyasha''. In the late 1990s, VIZ began making the push to move into the European and South American markets.


Shueisha co-ownership and mergers: 2000 to present


When Shueisha became a joint owner of Viz Media in 2002, both Shogakukan and Shueisha began to release manga exclusively through Viz. Shueisha's deal with Viz may have been prompted by competition with Raijin Comics, a rival manga publisher created in 2002 by editors and artists who had split off from Shueisha, taking their properties with them. Some exceptions to this exclusivity exist, however: Shueisha permitted DC Comics's subsidiary CMX Manga to license ''Tenjho Tenge'' (although it was later re-licensed and re-released by Viz Media) and ''Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne'', permitted Dark Horse Comics to license ''Gantz'', ''Lady Snowblood'', ''Shadow Lady'', ''The Monkey King'', and recently Yasuhiro Nightow's ''Blood Blockade Battlefront'' and CLAMP's ''Gate 7''. Shueisha also permitted Udon Entertainment to license ''The Rose of Versailles'', Seven Seas Entertainment to license ''Hayate X Blade'' and will later permit Seven Seas Entertainment to license ''Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs'' and ''Super HxEros'', and permitted Tokyopop to license ''Kodocha'', ''Marmalade Boy'' and ''Digimon Next'' and will allow Kodansha USA to license the ''Battle Angel Alita'' manga in America. Shogakukan permitted Tokyopop to license ''Corrector Yui'' (even though Viz Media licensed the anime) and Yumi Tsukirino's Stitch! manga (because Tokyopop had the rights to Disney), Seven Seas Entertainment to license ''Dai Dark'' and the ''Himitsu Sentai Gorenger'' manga, Udon Entertainment to license the ''Infini-T Force'' manga (even though Viz Media licensed the anime), the now-defunct ComicsOne to license ''Wounded Man - The White Haired Demon'', permitted Dark Horse Comics to license ''Crying Freeman'' (even though it was previously licensed by Viz), ''New Lone Wolf and Cub'' (however, this is because Dark Horse has the original series), ''The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword'' and ''Mob Psycho 100'', and permitted Hachette Book Group's subsidiary Yen Press to license ''Azumanga Daioh'', ''Silver Spoon'', ''Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san'', ''My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU'' and ''Cirque du Freak'' (however for ''Cirque du Freak'', this is because their sister company publishes the original novels. For ''Azumanga Daioh'', Yen Press's license of the manga was a month before Shogakukan reprinted the manga in May 2009, resulting in a change of license holders from ASCII Media Works (when Yen Press announced the license) to Shogakukan (when Yen Press released it). The Yen Press edition is a newly translated and lettered version of ADV Manga's edition (taken from ASCII Media Works) as opposed to the 3-volume edition by Shogakukan. Yen Press has expressed interest in releasing the 3-volume edition although editor Kurt Hassler said he is not "sure this will be possible.", possibly because Shogakukan owns Viz and that they almost exclusively license their titles to them). In March 2010, Shogakukan began a partnership with Fantagraphics Books to issue a line of manga to be edited by Matt Thorn. In 2003, possibly in response to Shogakukan and Shueisha's co-ownership of Viz, Japanese publisher Kodansha formed a co-venture with Del Rey. In 2004, VIZ Communications was merged with ShoPro Entertainment, funding company Shogakukan's American distribution division. Horibuchi became the new company's chairman. In 2005, Horibuchi started a related division, Viz Pictures, for releasing selected live-action films in the US to theaters and DVD. On December 17, 2008, Viz Media announced that starting on April 1, 2009, Warner Home Video would be handling the distribution of both its new and existing catalog releases. Viz itself is still the licensor and will do all production, while tapping the distribution powerhouse that distributes the works of other major companies such as BBC, National Geographic Channel, and Cartoon Network. Viz President and CEO Hidemi Fukuhara stated that he believes the partnership will help the company grow its anime holdings more effectively. On February 20, 2009, Viz Media laid off an unknown number of employees in order to help be more streamlined to face the current economic climate. On May 11, 2010, VIZ Media again laid off a number of workers, 60 this time, again in order to try to become more streamlined. This time they released a press release claiming that none of their current product lines would be affected. In April 2012, it was announced that the Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Viz Media Ken Sasaki would be succeeding executive producer Hidemi Fukuhara as President and CEO; Fukuhara will subsequently take up the position of Vice-President at the end of the month. In Fall 2013 VIZ began distributing titles to the Philippines. In 2014 it announced it would do the same in India with 75 Shueisha titles being released in that country; VIZ titles had been distributed unofficially to that country prior to the announcement. On July 3, 2019, Viz Media partnered with Crunchyroll to distribute select Crunchyroll licensed titles on home video and electronic sell-through in the United States and Canada. On July 3, 2020, Funimation announced that they would begin streaming the original ''Naruto'' series on July 6. More content from Viz Media started to launch in their catalog such as ''Hunter × Hunter'', ''Sailor Moon R: The Movie'' and two ''Berserk'' films. On September 9, 2020, Funimation announced that they had reached a distribution partnership with Viz Media, with Viz Media titles being made available to stream on Funimation's website. The deal was made after select Viz titles were previously made available on Funimation.


Manga ratings


In contrast to similar TV and film ratings, Viz also has set up certain "manga ratings" for their products based on their content. A (ALL AGES): May be suitable for readers or consumers of any age. For example, may contain mild language and fantasy violence but no swearing or nudity. T (TEEN): May be suitable for early teens and older. For example, may contain violence, infrequent use of strong language, suggestive themes or situations, crude humor, alcohol and/or tobacco use. T+ (TEEN PLUS): May be suitable for older teens and adults. For example, may contain intense and/or gory violence, sexual content, frequent strong language, alcohol, tobacco and/or other substance use. M (MATURE): Suitable for adults only. May contain extreme violence, mature themes and graphic depictions. Despite its name, Viz's manga ratings were also used on licensed anime titles, though, in the later 2000s, they instead relied on local countries' rating systems.


Reception


Viz Media was awarded the Manga Publisher of the Year Gem Award by Diamond Comic Distributors in 2007. VIZ continues to publish many titles, some of the most popular including: ''Dragon Ball'', ''One Piece'', ''Detective Conan'' (as ''Case Closed''), ''Bleach'', ''Inuyasha'', and ''Naruto'' which results a high success of the company as well as a large amount of the North American readers. Viz also received an award for Manga Trade Paperback of the Year for its release of the fourteenth volume of the ''Naruto'' series.


Publication style


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, which was separated by Viz into ''Dragon Ball'' and ''Dragon Ball Z'', 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.


Divisions





Viz Productions


Based in Los Angeles, Viz Productions coordinates the licenses of Japanese material (manga, books, and film) to American film companies. Their goal is to involve the Japanese creators in the production and facilitate communication between all parties in the US and Japan. VIZ Productions' first film is the live action adaptation of ''All You Need is Kill'', ''Edge of Tomorrow'', starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Their second production was the American live-action adaptation to the supernatural thriller manga series: ''Death Note'', which was directed by Adam Wingard and starred Nat Wolff, as the film's lead. Their third project is ''Pokémon: Detective Pikachu'', starring Justice Smith, and Ryan Reynolds. Viz also has many partnerships with various authors and celebrities, perhaps the most famous being the cosplay film that debuted in the 2013 Tokyo Anime Festival with Kirata Uchiha, played by JadexRoyal. Winning multiple awards for the board including Masashi Kishimoto. Others include Full Moon, and Last Quarter.


Films


* ''Edge of Tomorrow'' * ''Death Note''


Television


* ''Seis Manos''


New People


In November 2005, New People was officially formed as a sister company for releasing live-action Japanese films as theatrical releases in selected markets called Viz Pictures. According to Horibuchi, the company will focus on films that focus on the "Japanese 'kawaii (cute) and cool' pop culture." In 2007, the division released seven films to theaters, including ''Train Man: Densha Otoko'' and ''Honey and Clover''. DVD releases for all VIZ Pictures films are distributed exclusively by its parent, VIZ Media. Viz Pictures renamed themselves to New People and no longer shares office space or employees with Viz Media. Viz Media no longer distributes DVD and Blu-ray releases of their products.


Entertainment complex


In August 2009, Viz Pictures (now known as New People and a separate entity from Viz Media) opened a three-story entertainment complex in San Francisco called New People. The center piece of the complex is a 143-seat movie theater that screens anime and Japanese live-action films. The center also has a cafe, a store selling anime and manga related items, and clothing stores offering Japanese clothing items.


Neon Alley


Established in October 2012, Neon Alley was Viz's online anime streaming service until its shutdown in May 2016.


Publications





''Animerica''


''Animerica'' is a quarterly anime and manga digest that initially started as a monthly magazine featuring reviews of anime and manga titles, as well as related works. After a preview issue was released in November 1992, the magazine's first issue was released in February 1993 with a March 1993 cover date. The magazine originally featured articles and reviews on manga, anime, and related media, as well as manga preview chapters. In 1998, ''Animerica Extra'' was launched as a manga anthology that eventually focused specifically on ''shōjo'' titles. It was canceled in 2004. VIZ changed the magazine's format in April 2005, with the new magazine really being two free publications of the same name. One is advertising-oriented and created specially for distribution at anime and manga conventions while the other is more general in scope and distributed through retail stores. Both versions have fewer and briefer articles and a lower page count. The last monthly issue of the original format ''Animerica'' had a cover date of June 2005 (Volume 13, No. 6). ''Animurica'' was one of the first professional anime and manga magazines released in the United States, and one of the most popular in the 1990s. In 2004, it had a circulation of 45,000 readers, but low sales and high competition from ''Newtype USA'' resulted in the essential cancellation of the original magazine and its reformatting as a free digest.


''Game On! USA''


''Game On! USA'' was a monthly magazine that focused primarily on Japanese-developed video games, with an emphasis on the import scene. It served as the American counterpart to Shogakukan's ''Game On!'' magazine. It was published in May 1996 and ran for 7 monthly issues before being discontinued that same year in November. The magazine had news and reviews and other articles about classic fighting games like ''Street Fighter'', ''Samurai Shodown'' and ''Virtua Fighter''. Two video game-based manga series, ''Super Street Fighter II: Cammy'' by Masahiko Nakahira, and ''Samurai Shodown'' by Kyoichi Nanatsuki and Yuki Miyoshi, were serialized in the magazine. A one shot story based on ''Battle Arena Toshinden'', illustrated by the game's character designer Tsukasa Kotobuki was published in the magazine as well.


''Manga Vizion''


''Manga Vizion'', sometimes misspelled ''Manga Vision'', is a manga anthology introduced by VIZ in 1995. It is believed to be the first manga anthology published in the United States. The premiere issue was dated March 1995 and featured three series: ''The Tragedy of P'', ''Samurai Crusader: The Kumomaru Chronicles'', and ''Ogre Slayer''. It ran for four years until it was canceled in 1999.


''Pulp''


''Pulp'' was a monthly manga anthology introduced by Viz in 1997. The magazine featured more mature titles, marketed at adults rather than teenage readers. Some of titles serialized in the magazine included: ''Uzumaki'', ''Banana Fish'', and ''Dance Till Tomorrow''. The magazine was canceled in 2002.


''Shonen Jump''


''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.


''Shojo Beat''


''Shojo Beat'' was a shōjo manga magazine Viz launched in June 2005 as a sister magazine for ''Shonen Jump''. It featured serialized chapters from six manga series as well as articles on Japanese culture, manga, anime, fashion and beauty. Viz launched related "Shojo Beat" imprints in its manga, light novel, and anime divisions to coordinate with the magazine's contents. Targeted at women ages 16–18, the first issue of ''Shojo Beat'' launched with a circulation of 20,000 copies. By 2007, average circulation was approximately 38,000 copies. Half of its circulation came from subscriptions rather than store sales. In May 2009, the magazine was discontinued after 49 issues, with the July 2009 issue being the last released. Viz stated the "difficult economic climate" was behind the magazine's cancellation, and that it would continue releasing the magazine's titles, as well as others, using the "Shojo Beat" imprint.


Haikasoru


In January 2009, Viz Media announced plans to launch a Japanese science fiction novel line called Haikasoru. The first novels were scheduled to be released in the summer of the same year, with four novels: ''The Lord of the Sands of Time'' by Issui Ogawa, ''ZOO'' by Otsuichi, ''All You Need Is Kill'' by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, and ''Usurper of the Sun'' by Hōsuke Nojiri. In addition, the imprint released an expanded edition of Kōshun Takami's ''Battle Royale''. In 2010, the imprint release Project Itoh's novel ''Harmony'', which later won a Special Citation Philip K. Dick Award. The imprint is distributed to trade by Simon & Schuster.

SuBLime

In October 2011, Viz Media launched SuBLime as an imprint for titles. The imprint was formed in collaboration with the Japanese yaoi publisher Libre and its parent company Animate to publish English-language yaoi manga for the print and worldwide digital market. Although the first slate of books announced under SuBLime are Libre titles, the imprint will potentially offer titles from other Japanese publishers in the future. During FujoCon in July 2020, Viz Media stated that SuBLime had only been partnered with Animate for the first three years after the imprint's initial launch and are currently not partnered with them.


Business partnerships


In March 2016, Viz Media announced that they are collaborating with United Talent Agency on their live action projects based on anime series. On July 3, 2019, Viz Media announced that they had partnered with Crunchyroll to distribute select Crunchyroll licensed titles on home video and electronic sell-through in the United States and Canada, as well as stream selected Viz Media titles on Crunchyroll.


Titles





Manga





Currently licensed


* ''07-Ghost'' * ''20th Century Boys'' * ''21st Century Boys'' * ''7th Garden'' † * ''A Devil and Her Love Song'' * ''A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow'' † * ''Abara'' * ''Absolute Boyfriend'' * ''After Hours'' * ''Afterschool Charisma'' * ''Ai Ore!'' * ''AiON'' †† * ''Aishiteruze Baby'' * ''Akira Toriyama's Manga Theater'' † * ''Alice 19th'' * ''All My Darling Daughters'' * ''All You Need Is Kill'' * ''An Incurable Case of Love'' † * ''Angel Sanctuary'' * ''Anonymous Noise'' * ''Ao Haru Ride'' † * ''Arata: The Legend'' † * ''Asadora!'' † * ''Assassination Classroom'' * ''Astra Lost in Space'' * ''Baby and Me'' * ''Backstage Prince'' * ''BakéGyamon'' * ''Bakuman'' * ''Banana Fish'' * ''Baron: The Cat Returns'' * ''Barrage'' * ''Basara'' * ''Beast Master'' * ''Beastars'' † * ''Beauty is the Beast'' * ''Beauty Pop'' * ''Behind the Scenes!!'' * ''Biomega'' * ''Black Bird'' * ''Black Cat'' * ''Black Clover'' † * ''Black Lagoon'' † * ''Black Torch'' * ''Blank Slate'' * ''Bleach'' * ''Bloody Mary'' * ''Blue Exorcist'' † * ''Blue Flag'' † * ''Blue Spring'' * ''Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo'' †† * ''Bokurano: Ours'' * ''Boruto: Naruto Next Generations'' † * ''Boys Over Flowers'' * ''Burn the Witch'' † * ''Buso Renkin'' * ''Butterflies, Flowers'' * ''Cactus's Secret'' * ''Call of the Night'' † * ''Calling You'' * ''Captive Hearts'' * ''Case Closed'' † * ''Castle in the Sky'' (film comic) * ''Cat Eyed Boy'' * ''Cats of the Louvre'' * ''Ceres, Celestial Legend'' * ''Chainsaw Man'' † * ''Cheeky Angel'' * ''Chibi Vampire'' * ''Children of the Sea'' * ''Children of the Whales'' † * ''Chocolate Cosmos'' * ''Clamp School Detectives'' * ''Claymore'' * ''Cowa!'' * ''Crazy For You'' * ''Cross Game'' * ''Cross Manage'' * ''Crown of Love'' * ''Crown of Thorns'' * ''D.Gray-man'' † * ''D.N.Angel'' †† * ''Dawn of the Arcana'' * ''Daytime Shooting Star'' † * ''Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction'' † * ''Deadman Wonderland'' * ''Death Note'' * ''Demon Love Spell'' * ''The Demon Prince of Momochi House'' † * ''Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba'' † * ''Dengeki Daisy'' * ''Descendants of Darkness'' †† * ''Deserter: Junji Ito Story Collection'' * ''Detroit Metal City'' * ''Dinosaur Hour'' * ''Dogs'' * ''Dolls'' * ''Dorohedoro'' * ''Doubt!!'' * ''Downfall'' * ''Dr. Slump'' * ''Dr. Stone'' † * ''Dr. Stone Reboot: Byakuya'' † * ''Dragon Ball'' * ''Dragon Ball Super'' † * ''The Drifting Classroom'' * ''Duklyon: Clamp School Defenders'' * ''The Earl and the Fairy'' * ''Earl Cain'' * ''Eureka Seven'' * ''Everyone's Getting Married'' * ''Excel Saga'' * ''Eyeshield 21'' * ''Fairy Cube'' * ''Fall in Love Like a Comic!'' * ''Fate/stay night'' †† * ''Fire Punch'' * ''Firefighter! Daigo of Fire Company M'' * ''Fist of the North Star'' † * ''Flame of Recca'' * ''Flower in a Storm'' * ''Flower of the Deep Sleep'' * ''Fluffy Fluffy Cinnamoroll'' * ''Fly Me to the Moon'' † * ''Food Wars!'' * ''Fragments of Horror'' * ''Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection'' * ''Frieren: Beyond Journey's End'' † * ''From Far Away'' * ''Full Moon o Sagashite'' * ''Fullmetal Alchemist'' ††† * ''Fushigi Yûgi'' * ''Fushigi Yûgi Byakko Senki'' † * ''Fushigi Yûgi Genbu Kaiden'' * ''Future Diary'' †† * ''Gaba Kawa'' * ''Gangsta'' † * ''Gangsta: Cursed'' * ''Genkaku Picasso'' * ''The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross'' * ''Gente'' * ''Gestalt'' * ''Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence'' (film comic) * ''Gintama'' †† * ''The Girl Who Leapt Through Time'' * ''Girls Bravo'' * ''Glass Wings'' * ''Godchild'' * ''GoGo Monster'' * ''Golden Kamuy'' † * ''Golgo 13'' †† * ''Goodnight Punpun'' * ''Goth'' * ''Grand Guignol Orchestra'' * ''Grenadier'' * ''Guardian Hearts'' †† * ''Gun Blaze West'' * ''Gyo'' * ''Haikyu!!'' † * ''Hana-Kimi'' * ''Hanako and the Terror of Allegory'' * ''Hands Off!'' * ''Happy Happy Clover'' * ''Happy Hustle High'' * ''Happy Marriage!?'' * ''Haru Hana'' * ''Hayate the Combat Butler'' † * ''Heaven's Will'' * ''The Heiress and the Chauffeur'' * ''Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku'' † * ''Here is Greenwood'' * ''Hibiki's Magic'' †† * ''High School Debut'' * ''Hikaru no Go'' * ''Homestuck'' * ''Honey and Clover'' * ''Honey Blood'' * ''Honey Hunt'' * ''Honey So Sweet'' * ''Hoshin Engi'' * ''Hot Gimmick'' * ''House of Five Leaves'' * ''How Do We Relationship?'' † * ''Howl's Moving Castle'' (film comic) * ''Hunter × Hunter'' † * ''Hyde & Closer'' * ''I''s'' * ''Idol Dreams'' * ''I'll Give It My All... Tomorrow'' * ''I.O.N'' * ''Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit'' * ''Imadoki!'' * ''Inuyasha'' * ''Itsuwaribito'' * ''Jaco the Galactic Patrolman'' * ''JoJo's Bizarre Adventure'' † * ''Jormungand'' * ''Judas'' * ''Jiu Jiu'' * ''Jujutsu Kaisen'' † * ''Juni Taisen: Zodiac War'' * ''Kaguya-sama: Love Is War'' † * ''Kaiju No. 8'' † * ''Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits'' † * ''Kamikaze Girls'' * ''Kamisama Kiss'' * ''Kamiyadori'' * ''Kannazuki no Miko'' * ''Kare First Love'' * ''Kaze Hikaru'' † * ''Kekkaishi'' * ''Kenka Bancho Otome: Girl Beats Boys'' * ''Kiki's Delivery Service'' (film comic) * ''Kimi ni Todoke'' * ''The King's Beast'' † * ''The Kingdom of the Gods'' * ''Kingyo Used Books'' †† * ''Kiss of the Rose Princess'' * ''Knights of the Zodiac'' * ''Komi Can't Communicate'' † * ''Komomo Confiserie'' * ''Kuroko's Basketball'' * ''Kurozakuro'' * ''Kyo Kara Maoh!'' †† * ''La Corda d'Oro'' * ''Lagoon Engine'' * ''La Quinta Camera'' * ''The Law of Ueki'' * ''Leave it to PET!'' * ''The Legend of Zelda'' † * ''Levius'' * ''Levius/est'' † * ''Library Wars'' * ''Little Battlers Experience'' * ''Love Com'' * ''Love Me, Love Me Not'' † * ''Loveless'' † * ''Lovesickness: Junji Ito Story Collection'' * ''Lucky Star'' †† * ''Mad Love Chase'' * ''Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic'' * ''The Magic Touch'' * ''Maid Sama!'' * ''Maison Ikkoku'' * ''Man of Many Faces'' * ''MAO'' † * ''Maoh: Juvenile Remix'' * ''March Story'' * ''Mashle: Magic and Muscles'' † * ''Master Keaton'' * ''MÄR'' * ''MegaMan NT Warrior'' * ''Mermaid Saga'' * ''MeruPuri'' * ''Metamo Kiss'' * ''Meteor Prince'' * ''Midnight Secretary'' * ''Mikansei No. 1'' * ''Millennium Snow'' * ''Million Tears'' * ''Mistress Fortune'' * ''Mixed Vegetables'' * ''Miyuki-chan in Wonderland'' * ''Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt'' † * ''Momogumi Plus Senki'' †† * ''Monkey High!'' * ''Monster'' * ''Moriarty the Patriot'' † * ''Mouryou Kiden'' * ''Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation'' * ''Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams'' * ''My Hero Academia'' † * ''My Hero Academia Smash!!'' * ''My Hero Academia: Team-Up Missions'' † * ''My Hero Academia: Vigilantes'' † * ''My Love Mix-Up!'' † * ''My Love Story!!'' * ''My Neighbor Totoro'' (film comic) * ''Nana'' (hiatus) * ''Naruto'' * ''Naruto: Chibi Sasuke's Sharingan Legend'' * ''Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring'' * ''Natsume's Book of Friends'' † * ''Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind'' * ''Neon Genesis Evangelion'' * ''Nightmare Inspector: Yumekui Kenbun'' ††† * ''Nisekoi: False Love'' * ''No Guns Life'' † * ''No Longer Human'' * ''No. 5'' † * ''not simple'' * ''Not Your Idol'' † * ''Nora: The Last Chronicle of Devildom'' * ''Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan'' * ''O-Parts Hunter'' ††† * ''Oishinbo'' †† * ''The One I Love'' * ''One Piece'' † * ''One-Punch Man'' † * ''One-Pound Gospel'' * ''Ōoku: The Inner Chambers'' † * ''Oresama Teacher'' † * ''Otomen'' * ''Ouran High School Host Club'' * ''Persona 5'' (manga) * ''Phantom Thief Jeanne'' * ''Phoenix'' * ''Ping Pong'' * ''Platinum End'' † * ''Please Save My Earth'' * ''Pluto'' * ''Pokémon'' † * ''Pokémon Adventures'' † * ''Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!'' * ''Ponyo'' (film comic) * ''Portus'' * ''Pretty Face'' * ''Prince Freya'' † * ''The Prince of Tennis'' * ''Princess Mononoke'' (film comic) * ''The Promised Neverland'' † * ''Psyren'' * ''Punch!'' * ''QQ Sweeper'' * ''Queen's Quality'' † * ''Radiant'' † * ''Ral Grad'' * ''Ran and the Gray World'' * ''Ranma ½'' * ''Rasetsu'' * ''Ratman'' †† * ''Real'' † * ''The Record of a Fallen Vampire'' ††† * ''Record of Grancrest War'' * ''Red Hot Chili Samurai'' †† * ''Red River'' * ''Remina'' * ''Requiem of the Rose King'' † * ''Revolutionary Girl Utena'' * ''Revolutionary Girl Utena: After the Revolution'' * ''Rin-ne'' † * ''Ristorante Paradiso'' * ''Rizelmine'' * ''Rosario + Vampire'' * ''Rosario + Vampire: Season II'' * ''Rosen Blood'' † * ''Rurouni Kenshin'' * ''Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration'' * ''RWBY'' * ''S · A: Special A'' * ''Saber Marionette J'' * ''Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura'' * ''Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru'' * ''Samurai Girl: Real Bout High School'' * ''Sand Chronicles'' * ''Sand Land'' * ''Saturn Apartments'' * ''Saving Life'' †† * ''School Judgment: Gakkyu Hotei'' * ''Seiho Boys' High School!'' * ''Sensor'' † * ''Seraph of the End'' † * ''Sexy Voice and Robo'' * ''Sgt. Frog'' †† * ''Shirahime-Syo'' * ''Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Stories'' * ''Short-Tempered Melancholic'' * ''Shortcake Cake'' † * ''Shuriken and Pleats'' * ''Skip Beat!'' † * ''Slam Dunk'' * ''Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle'' † * ''Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection'' * ''Sneeze: Naoki Urasawa Story Collection'' * ''Snow White with the Red Hair'' † * ''So Cute it Hurts!!'' * ''Solanin'' * ''Someday's Dreamers'' * ''SP Baby'' * ''Splatoon'' † * ''Spell of Desire'' * ''Spirited Away'' (film comic) * ''Spy × Family'' † * ''St. Dragon Girl'' * ''St. Lunatic High School'' * ''Stepping on Roses'' * ''The Story of Saiunkoku'' * ''Strobe Edge'' * ''Suki: A Like Story'' * ''Sugar Princess'' * ''Sunny'' * ''Super Mario Adventures'' * ''Sweet Blue Flowers'' * ''Sweet Rein'' * ''Switch'' * ''Tail of the Moon'' * ''Takama-ga-hara'' * ''Takane and Hana'' † * ''Tegami Bachi'' * ''Tekkonkinkreet'' * ''Tenjo Tenge'' * ''Terra Formars'' † * ''Tesoro'' * ''Tiger & Bunny'' * ''Time Killers'' * ''Time Stranger Kyoko'' * ''That Blue Sky Feeling'' * ''The Secret World of Arrietty'' (film comic) * ''The Third'' * ''Tokyo Boys & Girls'' * ''Tokyo Ghoul'' * ''Tokyo Ghoul:re'' * ''Tomie'' * ''Toriko'' * ''Transformers: The Manga'' * ''Trinity Blood'' * ''Tuxedo Gin'' * ''Twin Star Exorcists'' † * ''Ultimate Muscle'' * ''Ultraman'' † * ''Ultra Maniac'' * ''Undead Unluck'' † * ''Urusei Yatsura'' † * ''Uzumaki'' * ''Vagabond'' † * ''Vampire Knight'' * ''Vampire Knight Memories'' † * ''Venus in the Blind Spot'' * ''Video Girl Ai'' * ''Voice Over! Seiyu Academy'' * ''W Juliet'' * ''Wanted'' * ''Wāqwāq'' * ''The Water Dragon's Bride'' * ''The Way of the Househusband'' † * ''We Never Learn'' † * ''We Were There'' * ''Welcome to the N.H.K.'' * ''What a Wonderful World!'' * ''Whistle!'' * ''Wild Ones'' * ''Wolf's Rain'' * ''World Trigger'' † * ''X'' * ''Yakitate!! Japan'' * ''Yakuza Lover'' † * ''Yo-kai Watch'' † * ''Yona of the Dawn'' † * ''The Young Master's Revenge'' * ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' * ''Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's'' * ''Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V'' * ''Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist'' * ''Yu-Gi-Oh! GX'' * ''Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World'' * ''Yu-Gi-Oh! R'' * ''Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal'' * ''Yukarism'' * ''Yume Kira Dream Shoppe'' * ''Yurara'' * ''Yu Yu Hakusho'' * ''Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead'' † * ''Zombiepowder.'' * ''ZONE-00'' †† * ''Zyword'' † - New volumes currently being released †† - Series not published in entirety ††† - Yen Press has the rights to series' digital release due to being a Square Enix title.


Formerly licensed


* ''2001 Nights'' * ''A, A Prime'' * ''A.D. Police: Dead End City'' * ''Act-Age'' (rescinded) * ''Adolf'' (now licensed by Vertical) * ''The All-New Tenchi Muyo!'' * ''Aqua Knight'' * ''Area 88'' †† * ''Ashen Victor'' * ''B.B. Explosion'' * ''B.O.D.Y.'' †† * ''Baoh'' * ''Bastard!!'' †† * ''Battle Angel Alita'' (now licensed by Kodansha USA) * ''Battle Angel Alita: Last Order'' (now licensed by Kodansha USA) †† * ''Beet the Vandel Buster'' †† * ''Benkei in New York'' * ''Beyblade'' * ''The Big O'' * ''Bio Booster Armor Guyver'' †† * ''Black Jack'' (now licensed by Vertical) †† * ''Black Rose Alice'' †† * ''Blood: The Last Vampire'' * ''Chicago'' * ''ChocoMimi'' †† * ''Cobra'' †† * ''Crimson Hero'' †† * ''Dance till Tomorrow'' * ''Di Gi Charat'' * ''Dinosaur King'' * ''Dragon Drive'' * ''Eagle: The Making of an Asian-American President'' * ''Eat-Man'' †† * ''El-Hazard'' * ''Flowers & Bees'' * ''Galaxy Express 999'' * ''Getter Robo Go'' * ''Gimmick!'' * ''Grey'' * ''Haou Airen'' * ''Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time'' * ''Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs'' †† * ''Kurohime'' †† * ''The Legend of Kamui'' †† * ''Legendz'' * ''Macross II'' * ''Magical Pokémon Journey'' †† * ''Mai, the Psychic Girl'' * ''Marionette Generation'' * ''Medabots'' * ''Midori Days'' * ''Mobile Police Patlabor'' †† * ''Mobile Suit Gundam Wing'' * ''Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin'' (now licensed by Vertical) †† * ''Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter'' * ''Neko Majin'' †† * ''No Need for Tenchi'' * ''Ogre Slayer'' †† * ''Pineapple Army'' †† * ''Pokémon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu'' * ''Project ARMS'' * ''RahXephon'' * ''Read or Die'' * ''Read or Dream'' * ''Reborn!'' †† * ''Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire'' * ''Rumic Theater'' †† * ''Rurouni Kenshin: The Hokkaido Arc'' (rescinded) * ''Saikano'' * ''Samurai Crusader'' * ''Sanctuary'' * ''Sensual Phrase'' * ''Shakugan no Shana'' †† * ''Shaman King'' (now licensed by Kodansha USA) * ''Short Cuts'' * ''Short Program'' * ''Silent Möbius'' (now licensed by Udon Entertainment) * ''Socrates in Love'' * ''SOS'' * ''Spriggan'' †† * ''Steam Detectives'' * ''Strain'' * ''Strawberry 100%'' †† * ''Times Two'' * ''Togari'' * ''Tough'' †† * ''Train Man: Densha Otoko'' * ''Ultimo'' * ''Wedding Peach'' * ''Wild Com.'' * ''Wish'' * ''Xenon'' * ''Zatch Bell!'' †† * ''Zoids: Chaotic Century'' * ''Zoids: New Century'' †† - Series not published in entirety


Anime





Currently licensed


* ''Accel World'' * ''Accel World: Infinite Burst'' (film) * ''Bakuman'' (originally licensed by Media Blasters) † * ''Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I: The Egg of the King'' (film) * ''Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II - The Battle for Doldrey'' (film) * ''Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent'' (film) * ''Blame!'' (film) †† * ''Bleach'' * ''Bleach: Memories of Nobody'' (film) * ''Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion'' (film) * ''Bleach: Fade to Black'' (film) * ''Bleach: Hell Verse'' (film) * ''Blue Dragon'' * ''Blue Dragon: Trials of the Seven Shadows'' * ''Blood Lad'' * ''Boruto: Naruto Next Generations'' * ''Buso Renkin'' * ''Captain Tsubasa (2018)'' * ''Castlevania'' †† * ''Coppelion'' * ''Death Note'' * ''Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet'' * ''The Genie Family (2020)'' † * ''Hikaru no Go'' * ''Hunter × Hunter (2011)'' * ''Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge'' (film) * ''Hunter × Hunter: The Last Mission'' (film) * ''Infini-T Force'' * ''Infini-T Force the Movie: Farewell, Friend'' * ''Inuyasha'' * ''Inuyasha: The Final Act'' * ''Inuyasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time'' (film) * ''Inuyasha the Movie: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass'' (film) * ''Inuyasha the Movie: Swords of an Honorable Ruler'' (film) * ''Inuyasha the Movie: Fire on the Mystic Island'' (film) * ''JoJo's Bizarre Adventure'' (originally licensed by Warner Bros.) * ''JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders'' * ''JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable'' * ''JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind'' * ''K'' * ''K: Missing Kings'' (film) * ''K: Return of Kings'' * ''K: Seven Stories'' (film) * ''Mazinger Z: Infinity'' (film) * ''Megalo Box'' * ''Mr. Osomatsu'' * ''Naruto'' * ''Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow'' (film) * ''Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel'' (film) * ''Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom'' (film) * ''Naruto: Shippuden'' * ''Naruto Shippuden the Movie'' (film) * ''Naruto Shippuden the Movie 2: Bonds'' (film) * ''Naruto Shippuden the Movie 3: The Will of Fire'' (film) * ''Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower'' (film) * ''Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison'' (film) * ''Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie'' (film) * ''The Last: Naruto the Movie'' (film) * ''Boruto: Naruto the Movie'' (film) * ''Naruto SD: Rock Lee and his Ninja Pals'' * ''Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan'' * ''Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan - Demon Capital'' * ''One-Punch Man'' * ''Pokémon: Indigo League'' †† * ''Pokémon: Adventures on the Orange Islands'' †† * ''Pokémon: The Johto Journeys'' †† * ''Pokémon: Johto League Champions'' †† * ''Pokémon: Master Quest'' †† * ''Pokémon: Advanced'' †† * ''Pokémon: Advanced Challenge'' †† * ''Pokémon: Advanced Battle'' †† * ''Pokémon: Battle Frontier'' †† * ''Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl'' †† * ''Pokémon: DP: Battle Dimension'' †† * ''Pokémon: DP: Galactic Battles'' †† * ''Pokémon: DP: Sinnoh League Victors'' †† * ''Pokémon: Black & White'' †† * ''Pokémon: Black & White: Rival Destinies'' †† * ''Pokémon: Black & White: Adventures in Unova'' †† * ''Pokémon: Black & White: Adventures in Unova and Beyond'' †† * ''Pokémon: The Series - XY'' †† * ''Pokémon: The Series - XY: Kalos Quest'' †† * ''Pokémon: The Series - XYZ'' †† * ''Pokémon: The Series - Sun & Moon'' †† * ''Pokémon: The Series - Sun & Moon: Ultra Adventures'' †† * ''Pokémon: The Series - Sun & Moon: Ultra Legends''†† * ''Pokémon Journeys: The Series'' †† * ''Pokémon: The First Movie'' (film; originally licensed by Kids' WB) †† * ''Pokémon: The Movie 2000'' (film; originally licensed by Kids' WB) †† * ''Pokémon 3: The Movie'' (film; originally licensed by Kids' WB) †† * ''Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew'' (film) †† * ''Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea'' (film) †† * ''Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai'' (film) †† * ''Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior'' (film; originally licensed by Universal Studios) †† * ''Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life'' (film) †† * ''Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions'' (film) †† * ''Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram'' (film) †† * ''Pokémon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom'' (film) †† * ''Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice'' (film) †† * ''Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened'' (film) †† * ''Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction'' (film) †† * ''Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages'' (film) †† * ''Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel'' (film) †† * ''Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!'' (film) †† * ''Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us'' (film) †† * ''Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution'' (film) †† * ''The Prince of Tennis'' (First 50 episodes with original dub; Funimation has current streaming and home video rights with new dub) * ''Ranma ½'' * ''Ranma ½: Big Trouble in Nekonron, China'' (film) * ''Ranma ½: Nihao My Concubine'' (film) * ''Reborn!'' (streaming only; Discotek Media has the home video rights) * ''Sailor Moon'' (The first two seasons were originally licensed by DIC Entertainment and ADV Films, while the third and fourth seasons were originally licensed by Cloverway Inc. and Pioneer Entertainment) * ''Sailor Moon Crystal'' * ''Sailor Moon R: The Movie'' (film; originally licensed by Pioneer Entertainment) * ''Sailor Moon S: The Movie'' (film; originally licensed by Pioneer Entertainment) * ''Sailor Moon SuperS: The Movie'' (film; originally licensed by Pioneer Entertainment) * ''Terra Formars'' * ''Terra Formars: Revenge'' * ''Tiger & Bunny'' * ''Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning'' (film) * ''Tiger & Bunny: The Rising'' (film) * ''Vampire Knight'' * ''Vampire Knight: Guilty'' * ''Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon'' * ''Zetman'' † - Not currently dubbed or released outside of streaming †† - Viz only has home video rights


Formerly licensed


* ''Adieu Galaxy Express 999'' (film; now licensed by Discotek Media) * ''Boys Over Flowers'' (now licensed by Discotek Media) * ''Ceres, Celestial Legend'' (now licensed by Discotek Media) * ''Corrector Yui'' * ''Cross Game'' (streaming only) * ''Deko Boko Friends'' * ''Doraemon'' * ''Eyeshield 21'' (now licensed by Sentai Filmworks) * ''Fatal Fury: Legend of the Hungry Wolf'' (film; now licensed by Discotek Media) * ''Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture'' (film; now licensed by Discotek Media) * ''Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle'' (film; now licensed by Discotek Media) * ''Flame of Recca'' (now licensed by Discotek Media) * ''Full Moon o Sagashite'' * ''Galaxy Express 999'' (film; now licensed by Discotek Media) * ''Grandpa Danger'' * ''Great Dangaioh'' * ''Grey: Digital Target'' * ''Hamtaro'' * ''Honey and Clover'' (now licensed by Discotek Media) * ''Honey and Clover II'' (now licensed by Discotek Media) * ''Hunter × Hunter (1999)'' * ''I"s'' * ''I"s Pure'' * ''Jin-Roh'' (with Bandai Entertainment, now licensed by Discotek Media) * ''Kekkaishi'' (now licensed by Discotek Media) * ''Key the Metal Idol'' (now licensed by Discotek Media) * ''Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne'' * ''Maison Ikkoku'' * ''MÄR'' (First 52 episodes only) * ''MegaMan NT Warrior'' (First and Second (Axess) season only) * ''Mega Man Star Force'' (First 13 episodes only) * ''Mermaid's Scar'' * ''Mirmo!'' * ''Monster'' * ''Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit'' (now licensed by Sentai Filmworks, originally licensed by Geneon and later by Media Blasters) * ''Nana'' (now licensed by Sentai Filmworks) * ''Neuro: Supernatural Detective'' (streaming only) * ''Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge'' (now licensed by Discotek Media) * ''Ogre Slayer'' * ''One-Pound Gospel'' * ''Please Save My Earth'' * ''Project ARMS'' (now licensed by Discotek Media) * ''Saikano'' (now licensed by Sentai Filmworks) * ''Sanctuary'' * ''Strawberry 100%'' (streaming only) * ''Trouble Chocolate'' * ''Ultra Maniac'' (Originally licensed by Geneon, now licensed by Discotek Media) * ''Video Girl Ai'' * ''Zatch Bell!'' (now licensed by New Video) * ''Zoids: Chaotic Century'' * ''Zoids: Genesis''


Live-action films





Previously distributed


* ''Death Note'' (now licensed by Funimation) * ''Death Note 2: The Last Name'' (now licensed by Funimation) * ''Densha Otoko'' * ''Detroit Metal City'' * ''Funky Forest: The First Contact'' * ''Honey and Clover'' * ''Kamikaze Girls'' * ''L: Change the World'' * ''Love*Com'' * ''Nana'' * ''Nana 2'' * ''Ping Pong''


Website


For a period, Viz offered an e-mail service called Viz Mail. In the first two weeks of service, it had 1,000 members. The service allowed users to use stationery and letterheads decorated with characters from Viz Media properties. Despite the fact that Viz Media's licensed distribution territory includes Canada, the company has been criticized for not providing online anime simulcasts to that country.


See also


* Viz Media Europe


References





External links


*
Official VIZ Media Facebook Fan Page
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