Viz Release Story of Saiunkoku And Genkaku Picasso

By Ishaan . November 6, 2010 . 10:26am


You may know it better as Saiunkoku Monogatari, but the popular shoujo series written by Sai Yukino with artwork by Kairi Yura, is another amongst Viz’s recent aggressive license acquisitions under the name, The Story of Saiunkoku.


Shurei Hong, a descendant of a noble family that has fallen on hard times, has always dreamed of working as a civil servant in the imperial court of Saiunkoku, but women are barred from the position. However, one day she is asked by the advisor to the emperor to become his consort for half a year and teach him to be responsible ruler.


The series is now being published in volumes under Viz’s "Shojo Beat" imprint and is available now for the standard $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN per volume.


The other volume release announce this past week falls more on the shounen side of the genre range. Genkaku Picasso tells the story of Hikaru “Picasso” Hamura, a grouchy teenager with a talent for drawing, who dies in a freak accident.


Gods decide to revive him, but only on the condition that he use his artistic gift for the good of humanity. Picasso soon discovers that by sketching a person’s aura, he can see a surreal portrait of their psyche. Stranger still, Picasso can dive into these dreamscapes and help people by exploring their deepest emotions, memories and perceptions.


Genkaku Picasso by Usamaru Furuya is being published under the Shonen Jump imprint, also for $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN.

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  • MemeticRichard

    Jackasses. They immediately pile on more crap after JUST failing to continue, and ultimately cancel Kurohime?

    Viz. Another company that needs to be neutralized. And I’m just referring to the manga department here… DO NOT get me started on the DVDs…….

    *sics Johan on the corporate heads*

    • In before Viz defence force.

    • mach

      “OMG, how dare they license other, completely unrelated series after they cancel the one I like?!”

      Grow up.

      • MemeticRichard

        Maybe you’re not paying attention, but these assholes don’t really finish the crap they start.These days, it’s pretty godamn safe to assume once THEY license something, you won’t get to finish it. That is, of course, unless it has “Bleach” or “Naruto” in the title.

        In which case, it’ll never end, and…you’ll never get to finish it.

        • mach

          Really? Pretty sure the list of title Viz has canceled (during their entire history) is actually very small. You’re just being bitter, and it’s annoying.

    • ZeroBlitz

      The Viz Signature line is awesome. VizBig releases are good value. They’re taking a risk and releasing the awesome Cross Game. They now release a lot of Japanese novels under the Haikasoru line. The Shoujo Beat line has some fantastic stuff if you’re open minded enough to read all genres (eg Dengeki Daisy, Nana, Kimi ni Todoke, Skip Beat, Natsume Yuujinchou, Honey & Clover, Ouran and Hana Kimi).

      • Roses4Aria

        Totally agree with the above. :)

    • Arcm

      I agree I’m not to fond of them for canceling Kurohime as well as Bastard! WHY!!!! I love Bastard! : ( Now I’m a sad panda….. again

      But their signature line is full of win with Biomega, Bokurano, and Jormungand. Not to mention the sexy VIZBIG editions of Vagabond and Kenshin I have that just look too bad ass sitting on my self.

  • Genkaku Picasso has been in the monthly Shonen Jump for the past three issues. I think it is pretty cool so I will definitely check out the full volume release once pay day comes (oh and Bakuman vol 2, as well)!

    • Aha, you’re right. I should have specified that they’re releasing them in tank form now. Fixed. :)

  • I will give it a shot.

  • ZeroBlitz

    ? Viz have had Genkaku Picasso for a while now.

  • Roses4Aria

    Yay! So glad to see they are adding Saiunkoku. I loved the anime, though I hated how they left things hanging with the emporer and Shurei. We definitely need another season!

    I have to wonder, however, what happened to Kaze Hikaru. That’s another great historical series that I love, but volume 19 mysteriously disappeared from Amazon a few weeks ago when it was supposed to be released on November 2. Has anyone here heard anything? Is this one of the series that got dropped? I hope not. :(

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