Viz Media sent us the following press release:
San Francisco, CA, June 1, 2016 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, has announced several notable new product licensing partners for the hit anime/manga action property, ONE-PUNCH MAN.
The announcement comes ahead of VIZ Media’s participation at the upcoming 2016 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, NV later this month and positions ONE-PUNCH MAN for penetration into the substantial North American consumer market. The manga series is widely read and featured regularly on literary bestseller lists such as the New York Times and Nielsen BookScan, while the anime counterpart is watched by millions of fans online.
The new product partners cover a diverse array of consumer categories including apparel, collectible figures, posters, and other personal accessories. Partners include Ata-Boy, Inc., Bioworld Merchandising, Inc., Great Eastern Entertainment, Isaac Morris Limited, and Trends International LLC. Products from these companies are carried by some of the nation’s leading retailers including Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, FYE, Game Stop, Hot Topic, JC Penny’s Target, and Walgreens.
Product Description: Magnets and Buttons
Bioworld Merchandising, Inc.
Product description: Underwear, Loungewear, and Apparel Accessories (headwear, bags, gloves, knit headwear, scarves, hosiery, wallets)
Great Eastern Entertainment
Product Description: Assorted Accessories and Novelties
Isaac Morris Limited
Product Description: Apparel and Accessories Including Men’s, Juniors, and Ladies T-shirts, Tanks, Hoodies, Fashion Tops, Swimwear, Scarves, Key Chains, Hats, Backpacks, Plush Wallets Mugs, and Bedding
Trends International LLC
Product Description: Collectible Full-Color Posters
“ONE-PUNCH MAN is a riveting anime and manga series that has become extremely popular with audiences and we are very happy to build upon this success with an array of new licensed product partners that will give fans plenty of fun ways to celebrate their love of this property,” says Kensuke Mase, Director, Consumer Products, VIZ Media. “We look forward to ONE-PUNCH MAN continuing to captivate audiences and to announcing additional product licensing news very soon.”
In ONE-PUNCH MAN, nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem – he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on! Every time a promising villain appears, he beats the snot out of ’em with one punch! Can Saitama finally find an opponent who can go toe-to-toe with him and give his life some meaning? Or is he doomed to a life of super-powered boredom?
For additional information on ONE-PUNCH MAN and other anime and manga titles distributed and published by VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.
About VIZ Media, LLC
Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the field of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan’s largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.
Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at www.VIZ.com.