VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, announced the acquisition of several notable new manga properties this past weekend during its official panel event at the 2017 Comic-Con International.
New titles to be published in print and digital under the Shonen Jump imprint include BLACK TORCH, a supernatural action series about a boy who can talk to animals and is dragged into a secret battle to defend humanity against hostile spirits, KAGUYA-SAMA: LOVE IS WAR, a romantic comedy featuring the hilarious antics of a pair of geniuses in love, and DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA, a paranormal adventure about a young man’s quest to reverse his sister’s hideous transformation into one of the very monsters he fights. The first of these new titles will launch in early 2018.
VIZ Media also announced plans to publish DEAD DEAD DEMON’S DEDEDEDE DESTRUCTION by acclaimed creator Inio Asano. VIZ Media also publishes his Eisner-nominated titles SOLANIN and GOODNIGHT PUNPUN, as well as his WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD.
Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.
BLACK TORCH, Vol. 1
Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Debuts Summer 2018
Jiro Azuma is descended from of a long line of shinobi, and he also can talk to animals. Although he may appear rough and tumble, his compassionate side emerges when it comes to furry critters. But Jiro’s soft spot for animals gets him in major trouble when a suspicious stray cat fuses with him, granting him exceptional power but also dragging him into humanity’s hidden battle against powerful, menacing spirits.
DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA, Vol. 1
Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts Summer 2018
Since ancient times, rumors have abounded of man-eating demons lurking in the woods. Because of this, the local townsfolk never venture outside at night. Legend has it that a demon slayer also roams the night, hunting down these bloodthirsty demons. For young Tanjiro, these rumors will soon to become his harsh reality.
KAGUYA-SAMA: LOVE IS WAR, Vol. 1
Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts Late Spring 2018
Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane are two geniuses who stand atop their prestigious academy’s student council, making them the elite among elite. But it’s lonely at the top and each has fallen for the other. There’s just one huge problem standing in the way of lovey-dovey bliss – they’re both too prideful to be the first to confess their romantic feelings and in doing so become the “loser” in the competition of love! And so begins their daily schemes to force the other to confess first!
DEAD DEAD DEMONS DEDEDEDE DESTRUCTION, Vol. 1
Rated ‘M’ for Mature · Debuts Spring 2018
Three years ago the aliens invaded Tokyo. Nothing is ever the same. But after a while, even impending doom starts feeling ordinary. The Japanese Self Defense Forces are still looking for a way to combat the looming alien threat, but so far conventional weapons have had no effect on the mothership. Maybe it’s time to try something unconventional. Meanwhile, Kadode Koyama is in high school. She and her best friend avidly track the aliens’ movements on social media and less enthusiastically study for college entrance exams. When the end of the world is overhead, you learn to take things one step at a time.