VIZ Media made big announcements during their official panel held this past weekend at Otakon 2017 by detailing its new publishing acquisitions for 2018.
The titles set for publication beginning in early 2018 include the shojo series Takane & Hana, “a hilarious romance about a courtship of opposites”, as well as The Young Master’s Revenge, a “shojo romantic comedy featuring a conniving boy who schemes to make a troublesome girl fall in love with him”, and The Art of the Secret World of Arrietty, a print-only hardcover edition set for release next Spring that will feature an “extensive collection of production and concept art and other insights into the acclaimed film by Studio Ghibli”.
VIZ Media also revealed plans to publish a volume of RWBY prequel stories based on the RWBY animated series from Rooster Teeth. Previously available in the digital magazine Weekly Shonen Jump , the RWBY manga is written and illustrated by Shirow Miwa.
Here’s a more in-depth look at those new titles:
TAKANE & HANA
Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts February 2018
After her older sister refuses to go to an arranged marriage meeting with Takane Saibara, the heir to a vast business fortune, high schooler Hana Nonomura agrees to be her stand-in to save face for the family. But what happens when Hana meets Takane is the sparking of a bitter rivalry and the stirrings of an even stronger romance!
THE YOUNG MASTER’S REVENGE
Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts March 2018
When Leo was a young boy, he had his pride torn to shreds by Tenma, a girl from a wealthy background who was always getting him into trouble. Now, years after his father’s successful clothing business has made him the heir to a fortune, he searches out Tenma to enact a dastardly plan – he’ll get his revenge by making her fall in love with him!
THE ART OF THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY (Hardcover Edition)
Debuts March 2018
Co-founded by the legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli films have enthralled and enchanted audiences across the world. THE ART OF THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY gives fans the opportunity to follow this landmark film from initial concept to the silver screen, thanks to hundreds of sketches, concept drawings, and animation cels, plus in-depth interviews with the creators.
Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts January 2018
An action-packed prequel story to the global hit animation series from Rooster Teeth. When the people of Remnant aren’t fighting monsters, they still find conflict among themselves. Now they are at fierce odds. Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long are Team RWBY. Together they are learning the deadly craft of hunting the monstrous species known as the Grimm.
You can find out more about these titles and Viz’s publishing plan at VIZ.com.