PopLurker’s Viz Media New Release List: Week of 11/12/18

Here at PopLurker, I’m wild about new media! Anime, manga, art, stories– I love it all! And today, we’re officially creating a new segment dedicated solely to the new publications coming soon from Viz Media!

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Under license from The Pokémon Company International, the POKÉMON THE MOVIE: I CHOOSE YOU! manga adaptation of the popular 2017 anime film depicting Ash and Pikachu’s first adventure together is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will carry an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $19.99 CAN. The POKÉMON THE MOVIE: I CHOOSE YOU! manga features story and art by Ryo Takamisaki.

When Ash Ketchum oversleeps on his 10th birthday, he ends up with a stubborn Pikachu instead of the first partner Pokeěmon he wanted! But after a rocky start, Ash and Pikachu become close friends and true partners—and when they catch a rare glimpse of the Legendary Pokeěmon Ho-Oh in flight, they make plans to seek it out together. Trainers Verity and Sorrel join Ash on his journey, and along the way, they meet the mysterious Mythical Pokeěmon Marshadow. When they near their goal, an arrogant Trainer named Cross stands in their way. Can Ash and Pikachu defeat him and reach Ho-Oh as they promised, or will their journey end here?

“The POKÉMON THE MOVIE: I CHOOSE YOU! manga gives fans a whole new way to enjoy the unforgettable story of Ash and Pikachu and how they met,” says Annette Roman, Editor. “We invite Pokémon fans to add this newest release to their personal collections.”



Available November 13th, the latest set presents the second half of Season 4 (Episodes 147-166) of the classic anime series based on Naoko Takeuchi’s original Sailor Moon manga series. TheSAILOR MOON SUPERS PART 2 Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack will carry an MSRP of $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN; the Standard Edition DVD set will carry an MSRP of $39.99 U.S. / $52.99 CAN.

In SAILOR MOON SUPERS PART 2, the hunt for Pegasus heats up after the evil Zirconia enlists the help of the mischievous but deadly Amazoness Quartet to find the mystical creature and the Golden Crystal he possesses for their ruler, the beautiful Queen Nehalennia! From hypnotic stage shows to energy-draining spiderwebs, the Amazoness Quartet seems to endanger even its own members in its attempt to obtain the Golden Crystal. What would they do if they discovered that Pegasus has chosen Chibi-Usa as his host? And why is Queen Nehalennia so obsessed with obtaining the Golden Crystal? The Sailor Guardians are in for a real surprise as they uncover the Queen of Darkness’s secret and her connection to Sailor Moon’s past!

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack contains a deluxe, six-disc collection (three DVDs and three Blu-ray discs) with bonus features that include English voice cast interviews, a digital art gallery, as well as clean opening and closing segments. Episodes are presented in crisp 1080p HD resolution. The Standard Edition DVD Set features episodes on three discs with bonus features that include official series trailers. English dubbed and Japanese subtitled dialogue options are available on both formats.



Available on December 18th, ABARA: COMPLETE DELUXE EDITION is by famed creator Tsutomu Nihei and is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teen readers. The single-volume hardcover edition will be published under the VIZ Signature imprint with an MSRP of $29.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN. A digital edition will also be available for $19.99 via viz.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores.

A vast city lies under the shadow of colossal, ancient tombs, the identity of their builders lost to time. In the streets of the city something is preying on the inhabitants, something that moves faster than the human eye can see and leaves unimaginable horror in its wake. Tsutomu Nihei’s dazzling, harrowing dystopian thriller is presented here in a single-volume hardcover edition featuring full-color pages and foldout illustrations. The volume also includes the early short story, “Digimortal.”

“ABARA: COMPLETE DELUXE EDITION is a collectors’ edition showcasing one of the most visually striking of Tsutomu Nihei’s impressive body of works to date,” says Leyla Aker, Executive Vice President & Publisher. “Featuring color pages, fold-out illustrations, high-quality paper, and more, this hardcover volume will delight horror and action fans with the grotesque and fantastic beauty of the world Nihei has created.”

Tsutomi Nihei is the creator of numerous critically acclaimed manga series, including the bestseller Biomega, the Harvey Award-nominated BLAME!, and Knights of Sidonia, which was adapted into a multi-season TV animation series.

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Gift Ideas For The 2018 Holiday Season Include SAILOR MOON, POKÉMON, CASTLEVANIA, Art Books, Manga Box Sets, And More

 VIZ Media offers anime and manga fans a diverse collection of titles that will make excellent gift selections for all ages and tastes this holiday season. Featured titles include Season 1 the Netflix original series CASTLEVANIA as well as the latest movie and Limited Edition Home Video Sets of SAILOR MOON. Fans of all ages can enjoy both manga and animation offerings from the beloved POKÉMON series.

Holiday Gift Selections:

CASTLEVANIA SEASON 1 · Available December 4th

Blu-ray Edition MSRP: $24.98 U.S. / $29.99 CAN

Inspired by the classic video game series, CASTLEVANIA is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepes himself. In Season 1, Trevor Belmont, embittered and excommunicated, finds himself drawn into a battle for the survival of Europe—a region that has brought doom upon itself by taking away the one thing its greatest monster loved. Fans that purchase CASTLEVANIA in stores at Walmart will receive an exclusive t-shirt while supplies last.

SAILOR MOON Gift Selections:


Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack MSRP: $29.98 U.S. / $34.99 CAN; Standard Edition DVD Set MSRP: $19.98 U.S. / $24.99 CAN    

A sudden snowstorm has hit Tokyo, marking the return of an ancient being named Princess Snow Kaguya! She has a chilling plan to freeze Earth, but it requires the recovery of a missing piece of her ice crystal. After falling ill due to the cold, Luna is rescued by a kind hearted but misunderstood astronomer, Kakeru, who happens to have the remaining shard of the crystal! Called into action to protect Luna and her newfound crush, Sailor Moon and her team of Sailor Guardians are now the only hope the world has of avoiding an eternal Winter!

Also Available!

SAILOR MOON SUPERS SET 1 Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack

MSRP: $79.99 U.S. / $93.99 CAN


MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $52.99 CAN

POKÉMON Gift Selections:


DVD MSRP: $49.99 U.S. / $57.99 CAN

What starts as a summer vacation in the tropical Alola region turns into the next exciting chapter in Ash Ketchum’s quest to become a Pokémon Master! There’s plenty for Ash and Pikachu to explore in this sunny new region, with exciting new Pokémon to discover and interesting people to learn from along the way—including the cool Professor Kukui and the fun-loving Samson Oak. More new faces will help guide Ash’s Alolan adventure, in the form of a group of skilled Trainers—Kiawe, Lana, Mallow, and Sophocles—and a mysterious research assistant called Lillie. Frequent foes Team Rocket have also made the trip to Alola, looking to swipe some high-powered new Pokémon. But they have some heavy competition on the villainy front: the ruffians of Team Skull, who delight in causing chaos and may have more sinister intentions…


Also Available!

 POKÉMON POCKET COMICS: CLASSIC Manga · Available Nov. 13th

MSRP: $10.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN


MSRP: $19.98 U.S. / $24.99 CAN

POKÉMON MOVIES 1-3 Standard Edition DVD

MSRP: $19.98 U.S. / $24.99 CAN


Deluxe Book Gift Selections:


Available Dec. 11th · MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN 

Akira Toriyama brought the world of the renowned Dragon Quest video games to life through his creative, fun and inventive design work. Thirty years of genius are on display in this stunning comprehensive hardcover collection of over 500 illustrations from the Dragon Quest video games, from Dragon Quest (originally released as Dragon Warrior in English) to Dragon Quest Heroes II. Includes fold-out poster of the Dragon Quest timeline.


MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN 

This massive hardcover collection contains all the FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST color artwork by manga artist Hiromu Arakawa from 2001 to 2017, including the series’ entire run and beyond! THE COMPLETE ART OF FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST contains over 280 pages of gorgeous full-color illustrations, including all the original chapter title pages, the graphic novel covers for the single-volume and collected editions, portraits of the main characters, and promotional artwork. Includes an exclusive interview and a special step-by-step illustration creation discussion with Hiromu Arakawa.


MSRP: $16.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN

Breathtaking. Beautiful animals that seem to breathe. Their eyes are majestic and wild, yet they possess an aura of gentleness. This is the amazing world of YOSHiNOBU and the whole creative process he uses to give life to his animal friends. The book features a gallery of the astonishing work of Japan’s top felting artist and also contains step-by-step instructions on how to make these animal friends.


MSRP:  $39.99 U.S. / $53.99 CAN

James Wyatt and the Wizards of the Coast team of storytellers and artists open up the archives to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at how they develop the look and feel of the characters, planes, and creatures of the world’s most popular trading card game. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Magic: The Gathering, this beautiful collector’s hardcover book features artwork, sketches and commentary showcasing the expansive world that has captivated generations.

Manga Box Set Gift Selections:


MSRP: $199.99 U.S. / $259.99 CAN

The third and final BLEACH manga box set. This set completes the series and contains volumes 49-74, along with an exclusive booklet containing a cover art gallery and author interview. The box set also contains a full-color, double-sided poster.


MSRP: $149.99 U.S. / $199.99 CAN

The definitive collection of Sui Ishida’s bestselling manga, which has since spawned spin-off novels and the sequel series TOKYO GHOUL: RE, features all 14 volumes of the original series and includes an exclusive double-sided poster.


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