San Francisco, CA, November 17, 2018 — VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, announced new manga and literary publishing acquisitions during its official panel held at Anime NYC 2018 this past weekend.
The latest titles joining the company’s extensive publishing catalog are scheduled for release beginning next summer. MY HERO ACADEMIA: SMASH!! is a hilarious spin-off that takes a comedic twist on Kohei Horikoshi’s superpowered series. KOMI CAN’T COMMUNICATE offers a heartwarming coming-of-age comedy about the power of friendship while BEASTARS depicts a world much like our own, except that a fragile peace exists between anthropomorphized predators and prey. The action-driven steampunk novel, AUTOMATIC EVE, rounds out the roster of newly acquired titles and will debut under VIZ Media’s Haikasoru literary imprint.
Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.
MY HERO ACADEMIA: SMASH!! · Debuts Summer 2019
The superpowered society of MY HERO ACADEMIA takes a hilarious turn in this reimagining of the best-selling series! Join Midoriya, All Might and all the aspiring heroes of U.A. High, plus memorable villains, in an irreverent take on the main events of the series, complete with funny gags, ridiculous jokes and zany humor!
KOMI CAN’T COMMUNICATE · Debuts Summer 2019
Socially anxious high school student Shoko Komi’s greatest dream is to make some friends, but everyone at school mistakes her crippling social anxiety for cool reserve! With the whole student body keeping their distance and Komi unable to utter a single word, friendship might be forever beyond her reach.
BEASTARS · Debuts Summer 2019
At a high school where the students are literally divided into predators and prey, it’s personal relationships that maintain the fragile peace. Who among them is a Beastar—an academic and social role model destined to become a leader in a society naturally rife with mistrust?
AUTOMATIC EVE (Novel) · Debuts Summer 2019
A mighty shogunate ruling the land from Tempu Castle. An imperial line of strict female succession. Caught between these two immense powers, the sprawling city of Tempu is home to many wonders—not least a superhuman technological achievement in the form of a beautiful automaton known as Eve. When a secret that threatens to shake the imperial line intersects with the mystery of Eve’s creation, events are set in motion that soon race toward a shocking conclusion. A new, astonishingly inventive science fantasy masterpiece of historic proportions.
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About VIZ Media, LLC
Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan’s largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shogakukan Inc., Shueisha Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.