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Viz Media to Release Rumiko Takahashi's Urusei Yatsura Manga

posted on 2018-07-19 18:00 EDT by Jennifer Sherman

Viz Media announced at its Comic-Con International: San Diego panel on Thursday that it has licensed Rumiko Takahashi's Urusei Yatsura manga.

Viz Media will begin releasing the manga in 2-in-1 omnibus editions in spring 2019. The books will have new translations. Viz describes the series:

Revisit the acclaimed romantic comedy about an unlucky human boy who meets a beautiful space alien princess in this large trim size edition with all-new translations and new cover designs. In the series, Ataru Moroboshi's supernatural encounters with the feminine kind all start when he's chosen to play tag with an alien princess named Lum who invades the earth on her UFO. Ataru has ten days to touch Lum's horns or aliens will take over the earth! As it turns out, the game of tag is only the beginning of Ataru's troubles, as he continues to attract strange encounters with otherworldly beings like beautiful snow spirit Oyuki and the sexy crow goblin Princess Kurama!

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the series, which ran in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine from 1978 to 1987. Viz Media previously released part of the series in English under the titles Lum and The Return of Lum in the 1990s. The manga inspired a television anime series in 1981, various anime films, and an original video anime (OVA) series.

In addition, Viz Media will release Hayao Miyazaki's The Art of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind book and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Picture Book in spring 2019.

Viz Media describes the books:

The Art of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, based on his own manga, was released in 1984 and has been a cult classic ever since. In a long-ago war, humankind set off a devastating ecological disaster. The earth is slowly submerging beneath the expanding Sea of Corruption, an enormous toxic forest that creates mutant insects and poisonous spores. Beyond the sea lies the Valley of the Wind, a kingdom of barely 500 citizens and home to Nausicaä, who risks everything to save her people and bring peace and health to the valley. Includes sketches, developmental water colors, cel animation, and more.

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Picture Book
In a long-ago war, humankind set off a devastating ecological disaster. The earth is slowly submerging beneath the expanding Sea of Corruption, an enormous toxic forest that creates mutant insects and releases a miasma of poisonous spores into the air. At the periphery of the sea, lies the Valley of the Wind, a kingdom of barely 500 citizens; a nation given fragile protection from the decaying sea's poisons by the ocean breezes; and home to Nausicaä, who risks everything to save her people and bring peace and health to the valley. Includes scene-by-scene illustrations and character dialogue from the film in a double-length picture book.

Viz Media will also release The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Ravnica in winter 2019.

Sources: Email correspondence, Viz Media's panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego (Thanks, Deb Aoki)


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