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Viz Media Licenses Dr. Stone Reboot: Byakuya, Asadora!, Beast Complex, Call of the Night Manga

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Also: Lovesickness: Junji Ito Story Collection, Tokyo Fashion: A Comic Book, Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead, The King's Beast

Viz Media announced at its Anime Expo Lite panel on Friday that it has licensed the following eight manga titles:

Title: Dr. Stone Reboot: Byakuya
Creators: Boichi (story and art; original art), Riichirou Inagaki (original story)
Release: March 2021
Summary: Join Senku's father Byakuya on his adventure in space as the world turns to stone! One fateful day, all of humanity turned to stone. Luckily, Byakuya and a group of astronauts were able to escape the petrification process. Can they get back to earth and save humanity?!


Title: Asadora!
Creator: Naoki Urasawa (story and art)
Release: January 2021
Summary: It's 2020 and Tokyo is on fire! A large, mysterious creature rampages through the city destroying everything in its path. Cut to 1959. We meet a spunky young girl, Asa. As one of 11 siblings, Asa is constantly forgotten. Most people can't even remember her name. So, when she is kidnapped for ransom (by a guy who mistakes her for a doctor's kid), no one bats an eye—not even when a typhoon hits! Now Asa and her kidnapper must work together to survive the brutal storm. But there's more to her kidnapper and this storm than meets the eye.


Title: Tokyo Fashion: A Comic Book
Creator: nodoka
Release: February 2021
Summary: An illustrated guide to Japanese style! Building a wardrobe is expensive and time-consuming…but it doesn't have to be! Looking good is easier than ever, and all it takes is a little bit of care. Buying a few simple items in basic colors that you can mix and match in a variety of ways will take you far. This comic book guide to fashion will show you how to introduce a Japanese flourish into your wardrobe with easy tutorials, suggestions for wardrobe essentials, and styling tips on pulling it all together!


Title: Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead
Creators: Haro Aso (story), Kotaro Takata (art)
Release: February 2021
Summary: Surviving a zombie apocalypse beats being a wage slave any day! After spending years slaving away for a soul-crushing company, Akira's life has lost its luster. He lives in a trash-filled apartment, his pay is abysmal, and he can't even muster up the nerve to confess his love to his beautiful co-worker. But when a zombie apocalypse ravages his town, it gives him the push he needs to live for himself. Now Akira's on a mission to complete all 100 items on his bucket list before he...well, kicks the bucket.


Title: Beast Complex
Creator: Paru Itagaki (story and art)
Release: March 2021
Summary: A tiger and a beaver who grew up together defy peer pressure to end their friendship and join forces to fight injustice. A camel journalist who spent his career passing judgment on carnivores spends a life-changing night with a seductive wolf. A saltwater crocodile and a gazelle must find a way to work together as chef and assistant on a cooking show with flagging ratings. A fox and a chameleon wrestle with stereotypes about each other—and themselves. And much more…
Plus the real-life story of the origins of BEASTARS and Beast Complex!


Title: Lovesickness: Junji Ito Story Collection
Creator: Junji Ito (story and art)
Release: April 2021
Summary: An innocent love becomes a bloody hell in another superb collection by master of horror Junji Ito. Ryusuke returns to the town he once lived in because rumors are swirling about girls killing themselves after encountering a bewitchingly handsome young man. Harboring his own secret from time spent in this town, Ryusuke attempts to capture the beautiful boy and close the case, but… Starting with the strikingly bloody “Lovesickness,” this volume collects ten stories showcasing horror master Junji Ito in peak form, including “The Strange Hikizuri Siblings” and “The Rib Woman.


Title: Call of the Night
Creator: Kotoyama (story and art)
Release: April 2021
Summary: Now that Yamori knows Nanakusa is a vampire, the question remains—is it just the delicious taste of his blood that makes her meet him night after night for late-night adventures, conversation and...naps? Or something else? Then, when a cute girl from Yamori's past shows up and competes for his attention, his budding relationship with the undead is truly put to the test!


Title: The King's Beast
Creator: Rei Tōma (story and art)
Release: February 2021
Summary: In this kingdom, Ajin are considered no better than beasts. The men are sent to war, the women serve in brothels. Those who are lucky enough to live to old age spend their last years doing degrading, menial work. Boys who show signs of magical ability must serve the imperial family in the palace. Rangetsu's twin brother is sent to the palace to serve the Prince Tenyou, but he only lasts a short time before he is murdered. Rumors say his master was the one who aimed the blade, and Rangetsu decides to puts aside her femaleness in order seek revenge. After years of excelling on the battlefield, she has finally found her way to Prince Tenyou's side. But he isn't what she expected, and the webs of intrigue in the palace is more tangled and venomous than she imagined. Can Rangetsu find her vengeance before she too falls prey to palace plots, and will her inconvenient feelings for the Prince Tenyou be a hindrance or a help?


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