Viz Media’s New York Comic Con industry panel brought forth joy and excitement by announcing their 7 latest manga license acquirements, which are: Haruichi Furudate’s Haikyu!!, Tadatoshi Fujimaki’s Kuroko’s Basketball, Yuki Tabata’s Black Clover, Mizuho Kusanagi’s Yona of the Dawn, Keiichi Hikami/Shin Yamamoto’s Monster Hunter, Mitsu Izumi's 7th Garden and Izumi Miyazono's Everyone's Getting Married.
All of these manga series will debut in summer of 2016 except Monster Hunter, which will be released in spring of 2016.
Furudate’s Haikyu!! is an on-going manga series that has 18 volumes in print thus far, and the popular manga has spawned novels, two anime series, two compilation films, a Nintendo 3DS game, and a stage play adaptation. Viz Media’s synopsis of the hit volleyball manga is as follows:
Ever since he saw the legendary player known as the "Little Giant" compete at the national volleyball finals, Shoyo Hinata has aimed to be the best volleyball player ever! He decides to join the team at the high school the Little Giant went to – and then surpass him. Who says you need to be tall to play volleyball when you can jump higher than anyone else?
Haikyu!! is perhaps THE manga series I’m most looking forward to due to my immense love for the anime adaptation!
Viz Media’s other sports manga license acquirement is Kuroko’s Basketball or, as its most commonly known, Kuroko no Basuke. Viz Media plans on releasing Kuroko in special 2-in-1 editions starting summer of 2016. Kuroko’s Basketball is widely popular and has a total of 30 volumes. Saying Kuroko is popular is a huge understatement; Tadatoshi Fujimaki’s manga has three anime adaptations, an upcoming anime film, a set of prequel novels which are receiving a manga adaptation, a sequel manga series, and several video games. Viz Media’s synopsis of Kuroko’s Basketball is:
Kuroko Tetsuya doesn't stand out much. In fact, he's so plain that people hardly ever notice when he's around. Though he's just as unremarkable on the basketball court, that's where his plainness gives him an unexpected edge – one that lets him execute awesome moves without others noticing! And now that he's a high school student, he's on a mission to defeat each member of his legendary middle school team, known as the Miracle Generation.
While Kuroko isn’t my favorite sports related manga or anime (Haikyu!! takes precedence), this is definitely exciting news for fans of the sports genre. Now, when will the Free! light novels be licensed?!
The other title I’m most excited for -- besides Haikyu!! and Kuroko -- is Tabata’s Black Clover manga series, which Viz Media describes as:
SHONEN JUMP's breakaway hit of 2015, a fantasy action-adventure about mastering magical powers. Asta is a young boy who dreams of becoming the greatest mage in the kingdom. Only one problem – he can't use any magic! Luckily for Asta, he receives the incredibly rare five-leaf clover grimoire that gives him the power of anti-magic. Can someone who can't use magic really become the Wizard King? One thing's for sure – Asta will never give up! The series is also currently featured in WEEKLY SHONEN JUMPmagazine.
Viz Media will debut Black Clover’s first volume in summer of 2016!
Akatsuki no Yona: Yona of the Dawn is an on-going series with 19 volumes in print in Japan. The fantasy manga series has spawned a 24-episode anime, which premiered in October of last year; Yona of the Dawn has also inspired a stage play that will debut next year. Viz describes the plot of Yona of the Dawn as:
The fantasy adventure shojo manga series that also inspired the fan favorite anime about a princess who's on a quest to reclaim her throne! Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishes the time spent with the man she loves, Soo-won. But everything changes on her 16th birthday when she witnesses her father's murder!
Viz Media’s only announced spring-release series, Monster Hunter, is a 10-volume series whose plot Viz Media describes as the following:
In this new series based off the popular MonsterHunter video games, our heroes live in an age when monsters rule the world: soaring through the sky, treading the earth and filling the seas. Humanity survives on the fringes, relying on a special kind of hero to defend the people from danger – the Monster Hunter!
Mitsu’s 7th Garden series debuted in Shueisha’s Jump SQ magazine in 2014, and the third complied volume of the series was published September 4. Viz Media describes the plot for the action-fantasy romance as:
In this series by Mitsu Izumi, Awyn Gardner will do anything to protect the beautiful mistress of the equally beautiful estate gardens he lovingly tends...even enslave himself to an also beautiful demon bent on world domination! The fight is on between angels and demons and humans for the world…and Awyn's heart!
Last, but not least is Izumi Miyazono’s Everyone’s Getting Married or Totsuzen Desu ga, Ashita Kekkon Shimasu. This upcoming Shojo Beat series’ 3rd complied volume was released on August 10 in Japan; Viz Media’s synopsis of Everyone’s Getting Married is:
In this new Shojo Beat manga series by Izumi Miyazono, successful career woman Asuka Takanashi has an old-fashioned dream of getting married and becoming a housewife. After her long-term boyfriend breaks up with her to pursue his own career goals, she encounters Ryu Nanami, a popular newscaster at PTV. Asuka and Ryu get along well, but the last thing he wants is to ever get married. This level-headed pair, who want the opposite things in life should never get involved, except...
Everyone’s Getting Married is rated “M” and will be available in summer of 2016!
Which Viz titles are you most excited to read? Are there any that you wish had been licensed? Let us know in the comments down below!