New York Comic Con (NYCC) is the largest pop culture event on the East Coast. Cosplay, creators, actors, merchandise, fellow fans, and of course, new announcements and releases fill the four-day event! This year, NYCC lasted from Thursday, October 4th, to Sunday, October 7th. Unable to go? Or maybe you did, but didn’t feel like you got to experience everything? ComicsVerse has the recaps you need to catch up on anything you might have missed. Including, naturally, the latest anime news from the Shonen Jump panel to VIZ Media’s own panel. During New York Comic Con, VIZ made several press releases and announcements about their new material. Check out the best of their anime and manga news below!

Invite CASTLEVANIA Into Your Home

The main cast of Viz's anime version of CASTLEVANIA
The main cast of the CASTLEVANIA anime. | Image: IMDb

VIZ Media announced that they will release season one of CASTLEVANIA on DVD and Blu-ray on December 4th, 2018. Both the DVD and Blu-ray versions include additional storyboards and art galleries. The Blu-ray will also contain animatics showing the sketch art-to-animation process. What’s more, VIZ released their United States pricing: with the DVD at $19.98 and Blu-ray at $24.98. Currently, the series is awaiting its season two release on Netflix, coming on October 26.

CASTLEVANIA is based on the iconic video game series of the same name. To summarize, the dark fantasy story follows vampire hunter Trevor Belmont. Despite having been exiled, he works to save Eastern Europe from the hands of famous vampire Vlad Dracula Tepes. You can watch season one on Netflix.


The main cast of BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS from a VIZ announcement on Twitter
BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS is coming to home video. | Image: VIZ Media

During the Shonen Jump panel, VIZ revealed the release of BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS on home video for Spring 2019. BORUTO picks up after famous series NARUTO, following Naruto’s son Boruto on his adventures with his own ninja team. At the moment, the series is still airing in Japan and on Toonami in the United States. You can also catch simulcasting of the show on Crunchyroll and Hulu on Sundays at 5:30 pm.

YU-GI-OH! Creator’s New Manga THE COMIQ Comes Stateside

In manga, VIZ Media announced that THE COMIQ will be printed in their English digital version of Weekly Shonen Jump starting this Fall. THE COMIQ is the new short manga from famed creator of YU-GI-OH!, Kazuki Takahashi. Significantly, the manga honors the 50th anniversary of Weekly Shonen Jump. As such, it will print there in Japan on October 15. The storyline follows Genko, a young rookie manga creator who has a mysterious secret.


A photo from VIZ Media's announcement of new manga THE COMIQ by Kazuki Takahashi
The main character of THE COMIQ, Kazuki Takahashi’s latest work | Image: VIZ Media

Takahashi’s major work, YU-GI-OH!, lasted from 1996 to 2004. To simplify, it told the story of Yugi, whose talented alter-ego aids him in playing gambling games. Of course, the series received worldwide praise and continues today through its many sequels, spinoffs, and game series.

MEGALO BOX Dub Gets In the Ring at Toonami

On Thursday, VIZ announced an English Dub of MEGALO BOX. The dub will premier on Toonami on Saturday, December 8, 2018. MEGALO BOX centers on the fantasy sport Megalo Boxing, a type of boxing in which the fighters wear metal frames that increase their lethal power. As such, the anime tells the story of a young man from the slums named Junk Dog who fights in illegal Megalo Boxing competitions. Most recently, Crunchyroll streamed the thirteen-episode series as it aired in April. The series pays tribute to boxing manga ASHITA NO JOE in the wake of its 50th anniversary.

VIZ Media Brings New Books and Old Favorites

Also on Thursday, VIZ Media announced two new manga acquisitions. First is THE ART OF NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: 2007-2017. Then, we have shojo manga DAYTIME SHOOTING STAR.

Just as it sounds, THE ART OF NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: 2007-2017 is a comprehensive art book. It contains ten years’ worth of illustration from the famous franchise. The book includes art from movies and collaborations with video games, as well as concept art, fashion spreads, and art from character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. Famously, NEON GENESIS EVANGELION follows Shinji as he pilots mech Evangelion into battle against alien beings. A renowned show, EVANGELION earned several movies and video games over the course of its run. Presumably, the art book will mainly cover these spinoffs due to its focus on the years 2007-2017. VIZ will release the art book in Summer 2019.

The front cover of art book THE ART OF NEON GENESIS EVANGELION 2007-2017.
The front cover of THE ART OF NEON GENESIS EVANGELION 2007-2017. | Image: VIZ Media

In terms of newer books, DAYTIME SHOOTING STAR is a romance manga about a girl named Suzume Yosano. She moves from the countryside to Tokyo after her parents go abroad and attempts to navigate the trials of high school while also having a crush on her teacher. The manga received a popular live-action film adaptation in 2017. VIZ will release the first volume of the 12-volume series in summer 2019.

A Bright Future in Anime

With the summer anime season ending, it’s great to hear about what we have to look forward to during this fall and winter. Many of these new releases sound promising, and the new formats for existing series like MEGALO BOX sound easily accessible. VIZ gave us a lot to work with before the next big East Coast convention, Anime NYC. Taking place from November 16th through November 18th, we’ll see if VIZ has any other updates for us! In the meantime, there’s still plenty of amazing content from the convention to look at. Plus we’ll have the new season of CASTLEVANIA and the start of THE COMIQ to spend our time on.

What NYCC announcement are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments!

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