Viz Confirms D.Gray-Man, Naruto Spinoff Books
posted on by Gia Manry
The North American anime and manga distributor Viz Media has confirmed with ANN that it plans to release two manga-related spinoff books currently listed by the online retailer Amazon. The first is D.Gray-man Illustrations, which will ship for a US$21.99 (C$25.99) suggested retail price (SRP) on December 6. The second is Naruto: The Official Character Data Book, which will ship with a US$14.99 (C$16.99) SRP on January 10, 2012. Both books are listed as paperback releases.
A Viz representative also informed ANN that the D.Gray-Man volume will include a double-sided poster and transcripts from question-and-answer sessions in which D.Gray-Man creator Katsura Hoshino speaks with two manga creators who has inspired her work: Takeshi Obata (Death Note, Hikaru no Go) and Osamu Akimoto (KochiKame).
Viz also confirmed today that it will release the Pokémon Black and White manga series. The company will also publish original graphic novels based on Voltron Force and the Mr. Men and Little Miss franchises, and the Mameshiba: On the Loose! graphic novel and Meet Mameshiba character guide. Viz will also act as distributor for the American cartoon seires Hero: 108, with DVD releases starting in May and digital episodes launching in June.
Hoshino's D.Gray-Man manga is set in an alternative fantasy version of the early 20th century and revolves around Allen Walker, a young man who becomes an exorcist for a group called the Black Order. The group attempts to protect mankind from the evil Millennium Earl. Naruto is Masashi Kishimoto's popular manga about the titular young ninja-in-training; Viz Media releases both the anime and manga in English in North America.
Thanks to Rachel S. for the news tip.
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