VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES AND CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES FOR ANIME EXPO 2017
 
Special Events For FOOD WARS!, JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE And SAILOR MOON, Panel Discussions, Retail Exclusives And More In Store For Anime Expo 2017
 
San Francisco, CA, June 20, 2017 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media),a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, announces special guest appearances, panel discussions, autograph sessions, promotional giveaways and a variety of exclusive and pre-street retail items as part of its participation in Anime Expo 2017.

Anime Expo is the largest dedicated anime/manga fan convention in North America and takes place July 1st–4th at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets and full details are available at: Anime-Expo.org. VIZ Media will be located on the main convention floor in Booth #2206.

VIZ Media is excited to welcome FOOD WARS! manga co-creator Yuto Tsukuda as an Anime Expo Guest of Honor. Catch him live in person for several panel discussions and autograph events throughout the weekend. Attendees are also invited to a series of exciting panel sessions on JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE, SAILOR MOON, BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS, and WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP.

The in-booth VIZ Media retail area (#2206) located in the main hall will offer a variety of must-have Anime Expo convention exclusives. Each purchase comes with a special VIZ Media 2017 exclusive limited edition tote bag offered in three designs. Select from SAILOR MOON, Shonen Jump (featuring ONE-PUNCH MAN and BORUTO), or POKÉMON themed tote bags. Notable VIZ Media Anime Expo exclusives and presales include:

·       FOOD WARS! Vol. 19 - $10
o   Latest volume of the series available ahead of street-date
·       ONE-PUNCH MAN and ONE PIECE Manga Replicas - $15 each
o   Exclusive from Japan!
·       ONE-PUNCH MAN Oppai T-Shirt - $20
o   Exclusive VIZ Media color edition
·       SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL Season III T-Shirt - $15
o   2017 exclusive design!

Special Pre-Street & Pre-Order Items:
 
·       THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: FOUR SWORDS – LEGENDARY EDITION - $15
·       POKÉMON ADVENTURES 20TH ANNIVERSARY ILLUSTRATION BOOK - $25
·       VAMPIRE KNIGHT: MEMORIES, Vol. 1 - $10
·       JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Season 1 Blu-ray Set Pre-Order - $65
o   Pre-Order the set at the VIZ Media booth and receive an exclusive bandana as your gift with purchase

Special Bundles And Gift With Purchases:
 
·       ONE-PUNCH MAN Starter Bundle - $60
o   Includes ONE-PUNCH MAN Limited Edition Blu-ray Set and Vol. 1 manga; also receive an exclusive Hero Association silvertone metal pin
·       BORUTO Starter Bundle - $32
o   Includes BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE Combo Pack and BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS Vol. 1 manga; also receive an exclusive BORUTO postcard set
·       Premium WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Annual Subscription - $30
o   Includes an exclusive WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP hat and YU-GI-OH! trading cards, Apprentice Illusion Magician and Galaxy Eyes Cipher Blade Dragon

Other fun activities taking place at the VIZ Media booth will include:

·       SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL Quest for New Power
Help the Sailor Guardians on their quest and win a special prize from Sailor Moon herself!
·       ONE-PUNCH MAN – What Hero Rank Are You?
Find out your Hero Association Rank!
·       Manga sampler, poster and postcard giveaways
Stop by the VIZ Media booth’s front desk for a variety of freebies!
 
VIZ Media Anime Expo Panels & Special Events Include:

Saturday, July 1st

1:30pm – 2:30pm                 VIZ Media Panel (Petree Hall / Room LP1)
Don’t miss it! Catch special announcements, exclusive first looks, and prizes.
 
4:00pm                                 Yuto Tsukuda Autograph Session (Anime Expo Autograph Signing Area)
Meet FOOD WARS! co-creator Yuto Tsukuda and receive a personally signed shikishi art board. For more information, please visit: Anime-Expo.org/how-to-get-an-autograph.

6:30pm – 7:30pm                 WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Official Panel (LACC Room 408AB / Room LP3)
Find out about the LATEST developments on new Shonen Jump series, fan favorites, and special guest, Yuto Tsukuda!

Sunday, July 2nd

11:20am                               Yuto Tsukuda Autograph Session (Anime Expo Autograph Signing Area)
An encore opportunity to meet Yuto Tsukuda, and receive a personalized shikishi art board!

2:30pm – 4:00pm                 VIZ Media FOOD WARS Panel (LACC Room 408AB / Room LP3)
Join VIZ Media and Warner Bros. Japan in welcoming the co-creator of the saucy culinary manga FOOD WARS! Tsukuda Sensei, along with his Japanese and English editors, will discuss the creative process behind the hit series.

5:00pm                                 JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Cast Signing (VIZ Media Booth #2206)
Meet English Voice Actors Patrick Seitz (Dio) and Matt Mercer (Jotaro) from the legendary series’ Season 2, STARDUST CRUSADERS and get a signed poster.

7:30pm – 9:00pm                 JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Official Panel (Room LP1 / Petree Hall)
Join the voice cast of JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE for a celebration of this epic series with special guests and surprises!

Monday, July 3rd
 
11:00am – 1:00pm               SAILOR MOON Official Panel (Room LP1 / Petree Hall)
Join many members from the staff and cast of SAILOR MOON and SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL for a festive time filled with news and updates from everyone's favorite Guardians of Love and Justice.
 
11:30am                                Yuto Tsukuda Autograph Session (Kinokuniya Anime Expo Booth #3700)
This signing event will be limited to the first 100 customers that purchase a VIZ Media FOOD WARS! manga at the Kinokuniya booth during Anime Expo. Please see the Kinokuniya booth for more information.

2:00pm                                 SAILOR MOON Voice Cast Autograph Session (Anime Expo Autograph Signing Area)
Don’t miss the chance to meet the English voice cast of SAILOR MOON. The first 100 people will receive a signed personalized poster.

5:30pm                                 Yuto Tsukuda Autograph Session (Barnes & Noble at The Grove)
This off-site signing will be limited to the first 100 customers that purchase a FOOD WARS! manga title at the Grove location on July 3rd. Contact the store directly for more information. **Note – this appearance is not affiliated with Anime Expo.

Tuesday, July 4th
 
1:00pm – 2:00pm                 SHONEN JUMP Presents BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS Official Panel (Room LP3 / LACC 408AB)
Meet the English voice cast of the hit film, BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE! We'll be talking about the movie, manga and the all-new TV series streaming each week on VIZ.com!

For additional information anime and manga titles distributed and published by VIZ Media, please visit VIZ.com.

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, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at VIZ.com.