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22 Facts About Viz Media
Viz Media's idea came to fruition after he met Masahiro Ohga, then managing director of Shogakukan, in 1985 and shared his vision.
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Shueisha's deal with Viz Media may have been prompted by competition with Raijin Comics, a rival manga publisher created in 2002 by editors and artists who had split off from Shueisha, taking their properties with them.
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On December 17,2008, Viz Media announced that starting on April 1,2009, Warner Home Video would be handling the distribution of both its new and existing catalog releases.
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On February 20,2009, Viz Media laid off an unknown number of employees in order to help be more streamlined to face the current economic climate.
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On May 11,2010, VIZ Media again laid off a number of workers, 60 this time, again in order to try to become more streamlined.
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The deal was made after select Viz Media titles were previously made available on Funimation.
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In contrast to similar TV and film ratings, Viz Media has set up certain "manga ratings" for their products based on their content.
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Viz Media was awarded the Manga Publisher of the Year Gem Award by Diamond Comic Distributors in 2007.
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Viz Media received an award for Manga Trade Paperback of the Year for its release of the fourteenth volume of the Naruto series.
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In conjunction with the magazine, Viz launched new imprints for releasing media related to the series presented in the magazine, and other shonen works.
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Shojo Beat was a shojo manga magazine Viz Media launched in June 2005 as a sister magazine for Shonen Jump.
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Viz Media launched related "Shojo Beat" imprints in its manga, light novel, and anime divisions to coordinate with the magazine's contents.
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Viz Media stated the "difficult economic climate" was behind the magazine's cancellation, and that it would continue releasing the magazine's titles, as well as others, using the "Shojo Beat" imprint.
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In January 2009, Viz Media announced plans to launch a Japanese science fiction novel line called Haikasoru.
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In March 2016, Viz Media announced that they are collaborating with United Talent Agency on their live action projects based on anime series.
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