Viz Adds Dawn of the Arcana, Pokemon B&W Manga
posted on by Gia Manry
The North American manga distributor Viz Media has announced the acquisitions that it intends to release in the latter half of 2011. Among these is a new manga license, Dawn of the Arcana (Reimei no Arcana) by Rei Toma. The fantasy series follows a princess who must leave home to marry a prince in order to seal the peace between their countries. Along with her half-beast servant, she must survive the intrigue-laden court and the whims of her new husband. Viz will release the first volume in December with a suggested retail price of US$9.99. The series has appeared four times on Japan's top-selling manga list — first for its first volume in 2009, then for volumes four, five, and six.
Additionally, Viz announced that it will sell the first two volumes of the Pokémon Black & White manga, based on the upcoming videogame series, in July for US$4.99 per volume. A Pokémon Travel Activity Kit with an activity pad, stickers, and crayons is also on the schedule for May for US$11.99.
Also announced in Viz's press release is a compilation of early short stories by Natsume Ono (House of Five Leaves, Ristorante Paradiso) titled Tesoro and an ongoing 3-in-1 omnibus release for CLAMP's manga X. Viz will release X volume 1 in October for US$19.99 and Tesoro in November for US$12.99.
The press release contains the release date for the first volumes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's (July, US$9.99) and Psyren (October, US$9.99) , which Viz confirmed the acquisition of last November.
Finally, the press release confirmed that Viz will release Mameshiba: On the Loose! and Meet Mameshiba (originally reported as Mameshiba Character Guide) in July 2011 for US$7.99 each.
Update: Viz Media corrected the US$9.99 price of Dawn of the Arcana in its press release.
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