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Viz Acquires Accel World Mini Shorts, Master License for K

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Super-deformed comedy shorts to be dubbed; Viz to host K guest at Anime Expo

North American anime licensing company Viz Media announced at its panel at Anime Central on Saturday that it has acquired the rights to the Accel World mini shorts. Viz will dub the shorts with the same cast used in the television series.

The super-deformed vignettes were included in the Blu-ray Disc and DVD volumes in Japan. The shorts adapt Akariryuryū's four-panel gag manga spinoff that re-imagines the cast in new comical adventures. Viz Media announced its status as master licensee for Accel World earlier this month. The rights include videogram, television, online distribution, home video and all merchandising.

Viz also announced that it has become the master licensee for the K television anime. Rights include the domestic home video, television rights, online rights and distribution, and merchandising. The anime premiered in October and Viz streamed the series as it aired in Japan. A sequel was green-lit in December.

Viz describes the story:

K is set in a world where history has taken a slightly different course from the one we're familiar with and follows the story of a young boy whose life is caught in a supernatural war between seven kings. Yashiro Isana, also known as Shiro, is wanted for a crime he has no recollection of committing. He finds himself being hunted by the groups HOMRA, led by Mikoto Suoh, “The Red King,” and SCEPTER 4, led by Reisi Munakata, “The Blue King.” While on the run, another young man named Kuroh Yatogami helps him. Will this fated encounter change Shiro's life forever?

Viz will host a K-related guest at Anime Expo in Los Angeles from July 4 to 7.

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