Viz Announce New Manga Licenses For Second Half Of 2011

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Viz announced their new license acquisitions for the second half of the year this past week, and while a lot of it is rated “All-Ages” or “Teens,” there is a little bit of variety in the line-up.


From Viz’s press release, since they provide price details and a short summary of each series:


Pokémon Black/White Vols. 1-2 • Rated ‘A’ for All Ages

MSRP: $4.99 US each / $5.99 CAN each • Available July 2011
Meet Pokémon Trainers Black and White! White has a burgeoning career as a Trainer of performing Pokémon. Black is about to embark on a Training Journey to explore the Unova region and fill a Pokédex for Prof. Juniper. Who will Black choose as his first Pokémon? Who would you choose…? Plus, meet brand-new Pokémon Tepig, Snivy, Oshawott, and many more never-before-seen Pokémon from the unexplored Unova region!


Mameshiba: On the Loose! • Rated ‘A’ for All Ages

MSRP: $6.99 US / $7.99 CAN • Available July 2011
It’s a BEAN! It’s a DOG! It’s…BOTH?! Meet Mameshiba, the cute little bean dogs with bite! Starring in their first-ever adventures, they rescue friends, explore outer space and offer interesting bits of trivia when you least expect it! Hold on tight–Mameshiba are on the LOOSE! And don’t miss the Mameshiba Shorts!


Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Vol. 1 • Rated ‘T’ for Teens

MSRP: $9.99 US / $12.99 CAN • Available July 2011
In New Domino City, the hottest game in town is the Turbo Duel, fought on blazingly fast motorcycles called Duel Runners. On the outskirts of New Domino City, in a district known as Satellite, a new Turbo Duel hero emerges named Yusei Fudo! On his custom-built Duel Runner, Yusei takes on all challengers, fighting for his friends and the future of Satellite! Also included in first print-run editions is a bonus Dark Highlander collectible trading card!


Psyren Vol. 1 • Rated ‘T’ for Teens

MSRP: $9.99 US / $12.99 CAN • Available October 2011
Ageha Yoshina just got transported to a warped alternate dimension where you’ve got to fight your way back to our world – or die trying. “Save me!” Those were Sakurako Amamiya’s last words to her friend Ageha Yoshina before she mysteriously went missing. Now Ageha’s on a quest to find her. He’s convinced that the mythical Psyren Secret Society has something to do with the recent rash of disappearances. And now he seems to be caught up as a player in their very deadly game…


X 3-In-One Vol. 1 • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens

MSRP: $19.99 US / $22.99 CAN • Available October 2011
X, the epic fantasy series from Clamp, will be released in deluxe collector’s editions. The pages have been recomposed in the original right-to-left reading format and restored to their highest quality. Each volume contains three of the original graphic novels, along with gorgeous, full-color illustrations never before published outside Japan!


Tesoro • Rated ‘T’ for Teens

MSRP: $12.99 US / $14.99 CAN • Available November 2011
This is an engrossing manga treasure trove containing 14 charming stories about family, friends, couples and unexpected bonds. Written by Natsume Ono over ten years, here is the long-awaited collection of her early work, including numerous illustrations and previously unpublished stories!


Dawn of the Arcana Vol. 1 • Rated ‘T’ for Teens

MSRP: $9.99 US / $12.99 CAN • Available December 2011
To end the conflict between the warring kingdoms of Senan and Belquat, Princess Nakaba of Senan is sent to Belquat to marry Prince Caesar. Accompanied solely by her half-beast attendant Loki, Nakaba must learn not only how to survive the intrigues of a hostile court but also how to handle the mercurial Caesar. And in the swirl of secrets and treachery, there could be one thing greater than all: the mysterious power of the Arcana.


Do note that the Pokémon Black/White manga isn’t the same as the Pokémon RéBurst manga that debuts in Shounen Sunday this month.

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Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.