In conjunction with their industry panel at Anime Expo this weekend, Viz has announced their continuation of the Dragon Ball “Full Color” manga release. Picking up where the Saiyan arc left off after three volumes, the Freeza arc will see its release beginning in Spring 2016.
VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES EXCITING NEW MANGA AND NOVEL ACQUISITIONS
Six New Titles Announced For 2016 Release Include Action And Shojo Titles
San Francisco, CA, July 6, 2015 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has detailed a wide array of brand new manga (graphic novel) and prose novel acquisitions that include several notable titles to be launched during the Winter and Spring 2016 seasons.
The highly anticipated post-series spin off to the world’s most popular ninja comic, NARUTO: THE SEVENTH HOKAGE AND THE SCARLET SPRING joins the Shonen Jump catalog. Also joining the lineup will be SCHOOL JUDGMENT: GAKKYU HOTEI, a high school litigation series with story by Nobuaki Enoki and artwork by Takeshi Obata, the acclaimed artist of DEATH NOTE, ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, and BAKUMAN. With the debut of DRAGON (sic) FULL COLOR: FREEZA ARC, fans can experience Akira Toriyama’s bestseller in a whole new way.
New Spring 2016 Acquisitions
DRAGON (sic) FULL COLOR: FREEZA ARC · Rated ‘A’ for All Ages·
Debuting Spring 2016
Akira Toriyama’s original, bestselling series is now available in a full-color version! After his epic battle with Vegeta, Son Goku must obtain the wish-granting Dragon Balls in order to resurrect their fallen allies! Their search will take them all the way to the planet Namek where the evil Freeza and his minions are slaughtering the Namekians in order to fulfill Freeza’s wish for immortality. What will it take to defeat this great evil?
The “Full Color” version of the Dragon Ball manga began back in June 2009. Over a five-month period, Shueisha released — for free, in both Japanese and in English with Viz’s existing translation — the first 23 chapters of the series. After this abrupt end, things fell silent for nearly three years. In late 2012 the company released the original black-and-white/monochrome version of the manga to digital retailers, and then a print version of the Saiyan arc in the “Full Color” format. Soon after, the full digital strategy was laid out with them going back to the beginning as digital-only, and eventually they released the entire series in a colorized digital format, with the “Z”-portion also receiving a print release.
Viz initially released the Saiyan arc in their digital Weekly Shonen Jump publication before exclusively moving to print for the series. The three-volume Saiyan arc has been the only release thus far from Viz.