Viz Media’s New Manga & Anime Releases For June

by Gary Catig

Viz Media regularly brings entertaining manga and anime to the U.S. and the month of June is no exception. They will have a good variety of new home media and books that fans can consume.

Naruto fans can pick up the final set of the long running ninja saga, Naruto Shippuden, on DVD. It will be released on June 11.

It’s the final NARUTO SHIPPUDEN box set! The Fourth Great Ninja War is over, and now the Hidden Leaf Ninja return to their daily lives. Some tackle dangerous work—like Sasuke, who tries to uncover the truth about mysterious exploding humans. Others, like Shikamaru, face the difficulty of adjusting to a post-war life. And for Naruto and Hinata, it’s wedding bells!

Out on June 18, will be Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Part 1. The series is available in a standard and limited-edition Blu-ray and also a DVD set.

Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians are about to face their greatest challenge yet—high school! But as the girls take their next big step in life and Chibi-Usa prepares to return to the future, a mysterious force frees the evil Queen Nehalennia! While the struggle to contain her old enemy will be difficult, it may be Mamoru’s year of studying abroad that hurts Usagi the most. But there’s even more to take Usagi’s mind off of long-distance love with the arrival of the villainous Sailor Anima Mates and the heroic Sailor Star Lights! Who could be behind this new wave of evil? And why are the Star Lights resistant to working with Sailor Moon? Usagi has her hands full, but she’ll always make time to write a love letter to her beloved Mamo.

The following week, June 25, the complete series of the acclaimed boxing anime, Megalobox will be released. Like Sailor Moon, it can be purchased as a DVD, standard edition or limited-edition box set.

Bored, resigned, and unfulfilled, a young man with neither name nor past survives by fighting in underground matches of a sport called “Megalobox,” a form of boxing that utilizes powered exoskeletons. Calling himself JNK.DOG, he feels trapped in a world of crime, poverty, and ecological collapse. All that changes when he has a chance encounter with Yuri, the reigning king of Megalobox. Now, obsessed with proving himself, JNK.DOG becomes a man driven to do whatever it takes to fight his way to the top of the rankings and take on the champion.

On the publishing front, Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z manga boxed sets will be reissued on June 4. Each set, by Akira Toriyama, will come with a special bonus booklet and poster along with Son Goku’s most memorable adventures.

DRAGON BALL COMPLETE BOX SET by Akira Toriyama

The DRAGON BALL COMPLETE BOX SET contains all 16 volumes of the original manga that kicked off the global phenomenon. Also includes an exclusive double-sided poster and collector’s booklet featuring fun DRAGON BALL trivia and guides as well as an interview with its legendary creator.

DRAGON BALL Z COMPLETE BOX SET by Akira Toriyama

The DRAGON BALL Z COMPLETE BOX SET contains all 26 volumes of the manga that propelled the global phenomenon that started with DRAGON BALL into one of the world’s most recognizable and best-selling manga. Also includes an exclusive double-sided poster and collector’s booklet featuring fun DRAGON BALL Z trivia and guides as well as an interview with Akira Toriyama.

On June 11, fans of Neon Genesis Evangelion might want to pick up the title, EVANGELION ILLUSTRATIONS 2007 – 2017. It is a book that studies the impact of the beloved anime and manga property.

EVANGELION ILLUSTRATIONS 2007 – 2017

Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most enduring and significant touchstones for anime, manga, and pop culture fans over the past two decades, thanks to the groundbreaking television series and beautifully animated movies. This book collects ten years’ worth of illustrations that showcase the wide effect NEON GENESIS EVANGELION has left on not just the animation industry, but on popular culture in general. Included are illustrations for film posters, CD albums, bullet train designs, video game collaborations, and much, much more.

Also available on June 11, is the prequel companion to the animated film, Pokémon the Movie: the Power of Us. It is called POKÉMON THE MOVIE: THE POWER OF US—ZERAORA’S STORY.

POKÉMON THE MOVIE: THE POWER OF US—ZERAORA’S STORY by Kemon Kawamoto

Ash and Pikachu arrive in Fula City at the start of its renowned Wind Festival and meet Margo, the mayor’s daughter, and Dr. Hawthorn, a scientist. Through the magic of Dr. Hawthorn’s virtual reality technology, our friends experience the history of the city firsthand and meet Mythical Pokémon Zeraora and Legendary Pokémon Lugia. Why did one of them fly off, never to be seen again…? And will it return in the feature film, Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us?!

Finally, there is Komi Can’t Communicate, which will be released on June 11 as well. The story, written by Tomohito Oda, is a coming-of-age high school drama that follows a young girl as she struggles with severe social anxiety and tries to overcome her condition.

KOMI CAN’T COMMUNICATE by Tomohito Oda

Socially anxious high school student Shoko Komi’s greatest dream is to make some friends, but everyone at school mistakes her crippling social anxiety for cool reserve. Luckily she meets Tadano, a timid wallflower who decides to step out of his comfort zone in order to help her achieve her goal of making 100 friends.

Gary Catig

Gary Catig is west coast raised, east coast educated, and has a touch of southern charm. He has spent most of his adult life making science fiction a reality as an engineer conducting research in the military, microprocessor, and biotechnology fields. While currently living in San Diego, he enjoys all facets of pop culture including but not limited to comics, TV, movies, and music.

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