VIZ Media, LLC, headquartered in San Francisco, California, is a major American anime, manga and Japanese entertainment company formed by the merger of VIZ, LLC, and ShoPro Entertainment. The company is commonly referred to as "Viz", the same name used in previous incarnations of VIZ LLC.
Viz also produces a manga and anime review magazine, Animerica; as well as an English language version of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump (shōnen manga) magazine, and formerly a shōjo manga monthly called Shojo Beat which has recently been discontinued.
It formerly published Animerica Extra, a monthly manga anthology (which was converted to shōjo partway through its run), and PULP magazine, an adult-oriented monthly manga anthology that featured story lines inappropriate for younger readers, though not pornography (see seinen, josei).
It is jointly-owned by Japanese publishers Shogakukan and Shueisha, and licensing house Shogakukan Productions (ShoPro), a Shogakukan subsidiary.
Shonen Jump And Volume ReleasesEdit
In January 2003, Viz began publishing One Piece in the first issue of Shonen Jump, a monthly anthology magazine compiling manga chapters from Weekly Shonen Jump. Viz's English localization of Volume One followed on September 2, 2003. On July 3, 2009, Viz Media announced that they would be speeding-up the release of the manga, reducing the delay between American and Japanese releases: Volumes 24 to 53 were released throughout the first half of 2010, at a rate of 5 volumes per month, and the Shonen Jump magazine skipped ahead to the Impel Down Arc. In April 2012, VIZ officially discontinued publication of their Shōnen Jump magazine and would no longer focus on older One Piece chapters in a magazine format.
Following the cancellation of their Shōnen Jump print magazine, VIZ adapted to a more digital format and instead focused on releasing the latest One Piece chapters (alongside the latest chapters of other Jump series) in their new Weekly Shōnen Jump digital magazine, which are released simultaneously with those in Japan and sold on their official website for $0.99 per issue. VIZ also sells a one-year subscription to the magazine (48 issues) for $25.99, reducing the effective cost to $0.54 per issue and allows back issues to be sold for up to 3 months after original publication. Like their digital volumes, issues can be read on various devices using the Viz Manga app. On September 1, 2015, ComiXology gained the rights to Weekly Shōnen Jump for their website and ComiXology app, but does not include the one-year subscription purchase price (though users can still subscribe but only pay at the regular price). They are also sold at Amazon's Kindle Store as well.
In addition Viz has also been releasing their One Piece volumes digitally which are currently sold at $6.99 per volume alongside most of their other properties. Initially each of the latest volumes become available for purchase and download at some point after the release of the physical copy, but are now released together simultaneously. The One Piece digital manga can also be viewed on other devices such as Android or Kindle Fire by downloading the VIZ Manga or ComiXology app. The digital volumes are also sold at Amazon's Kindle Store.
Viz released the artbooks Color Walk One and Two in 2005 and 2012, respectively. In July 2018, the third Color Walk was released exclusively in Color Walk Compendium: East Blue to Skypiea, a single-book compilation of the first three releases.
From December 2009, Viz began re-releasing older volumes in 'Omnibus' format: a large book compiling three volumes. The paper quality used in these editions received some criticism for being too thin and easy to tear. Omnibus 24, covering volumes 70-72, is scheduled for release on June 5, 2018.
Three box sets, East Blue and Baroque Works (Volume 1-23), Skypeia and Water Seven (Volume 24-46) and Thriller Bark to New World (Volume 47-70) were released in November 2013, 2014 and 2016 respectively; These contain the regular Volumes and at least one bonus chapter written by Oda and previously published in Viz's Shonen Jump: Romance Dawn V1 (Box 1), Chapter 0 Strong World (Box 2), Cross Epoch and Taste of The Devil Fruit (both Box 3).
Viz's English adaptation of the One Piece manga is, for the most part, accurate to the original Japanese version. Aside from re-drawing Japanese sound effects in English, the original artwork is unaltered. One dialog alteration is translating Okama Kenpo as "Oh Come My Way Kenpo"; The kanji for Okama on Mr. 2's cloak is translated as "Oh Come My Way" via an editor's note, but is not actually altered.
Viz has occasionally used 4Kids dub names; For example, changing Cocoyashi Village to "Coco Village" and Loguetown to "Rogue Town", while Smoker and Ace are kept (as opposed to "Chaser" and "Trace"). While Zoro was referred to by his original name early on, it was changed it to "Zolo" after the 4Kids dub had begun airing. In December 2004, Viz co-owner Shueisha trademarked the character name "Roronoa Zolo"  (three months after the 4Kids dub premiered, and between Viz's fifth and sixth volumes), and abandoned the trademark in August 2007. In February 2008, Funimation began releasing their uncut dub using the name 'Zoro'. Viz had released sixteen volumes at this point, and has continued to use "Zolo" in all volumes and chapters since.
With the release of Volume 24 (and in later re-prints of earlier volumes), Viz categorized the series into story arcs, which are displayed as part of the series' logo: East Blue (Volumes 1-12) Baroque Works (12-24), Skypea (24-32), Water Seven (32-46), Thriller Bark (46-50), Sabaody (50-54), Impel Down (54-56), Paramount War (57-61) and New World (61 onward).
In addition to the manga, Viz acquired the home video rights to the One Piece anime in 2005. As Viz themselves were not involved in the series' localization, their DVDs contained the edited TV versions only. Viz released eleven DVD Volumes (totaling 52 episodes) between February 2006 and October 2007. Viz lost the rights prior to February 2008, when FUNimation acquired merchandising rights to the franchise and confirmed that they held the home video license from the first episode onward.
- ↑ Review: Shonen Jump, Volume 1 - Anime News Network
- ↑ https://www.viz.com/read/manga/one-piece-volume-1/product/139/paperback One Piece, Vol. 1 - Viz Media]
- ↑ ComiXology Adds Kodansha Manga, Viz's Shonen Jump
- ↑ Viz Media Adds 500 Manga Volumes on ComiXology
- ↑ One Piece Color Walk Art Book - Viz
- ↑ One Piece Color Walk Compendium: East Blue to Skypiea - Viz
- ↑ 'One Piece (Omnibus Edition), Vol. 1' - Viz
- ↑ 'One Piece 1-3 (Omnibus)' - Slightly Biased Manga
- ↑ 'One Piece (Omnibus Edition), Vol. 24' - Amazon
- ↑ One Piece Box Sets - Viz
- ↑ Viz's DVD license is announced
- ↑ Viz confirms no uncut DVDs
- ↑ Funimation Acquires One Piece Merchandising Rights
- VIZ Media Official Site
- VIZ's Official One Piece site
- Confirmation of One Piece volume speed up by VIZ
- ComiXology's One Piece page