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Viz Media Announces April Release Lineup: Includes Boruto, My Hero Academia, and More

Time to bring home some of your favorites

 

 

Eager to expand your collection of anime and manga even further? Well you’re in luck, because Viz Media has announced that several highly anticipated new home media and publishing releases will soon be available to bring to a home near you (preferably your own home, though). For more information, on what’s in store, as well as information on pricing, you can check out the official descriptions below:

 

New Home Media for April:

 

BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS SET 1

 

Release Date: April 9

Blu-ray MSRP: $44.98 U.S. / $52.99 CAN

DVD MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN

 

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

 

Meet Naruto’s son! His name is Boruto and he’s just like his dad – unfortunately. He’s rambunctious, rebellious, and more than a handful! He’s joined by the next generation of the Hidden Leaf Village – including Sarada, the daughter of Sasuke, and Mitsuki, a shinobi of mysterious lineage! Boruto and his friends have their hands full when they investigate a dangerous entity known as “The Ghost.” Can Boruto save the village just like dad? Dive into all of the action of Episodes 1-13 of the hit anime series in its first home media release. Special features include a BORUTO OVA, storyboards, art gallery and more!

 

New Publishing Releases for April:

 

MY HERO ACADEMIA: SCHOOL BRIEFS, By Anri Yoshi; Original Story by Kohei Horikoshi

 

Release Date: April 2

MSRP: $10.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN

 

My Hero Academia School Briefs

 

The U.A. High School Hero Course teaches young hopefuls everything they need to become heroes. Between killer events like the Sports Festival and internships, there’s even Parents’ Day! That’s when all the kids get the chance to show their parents what they’re made of!

 

NIER:AUTOMATA: SHORT STORY LONG, By Jun Eishima and Yoko Taro

 

Release Date: April 9

MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $19.99 CAN

 

NieR:Automata: Short Story Long

 

When alien forces invade with an army of Machines, the remnants of humanity must depend on Androids of their own design—the placid 2B and the excitable 9S—to survive.

 

SMASHED: JUNJI ITO STORY COLLECTION, By Junji Ito

 

Release Date: April 16

MSRP: $22.99 U.S. / $32.00 CAN

Rated ‘T+’ For Older Teens

 

Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection

 

Try not to be noticed when you eat the secret nectar, otherwise you’ll get smashed… What horrific events happened to create the earthbound—people tied to a certain place for the rest of their short lives? Then, a strange haunted house comes to town, but no one expects it to lead to a real hell… Welcome to Junji Ito’s world, a world with no escape from endless nightmares.

 

THE ART OF NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, By Hayao Miyazaki 

 

Release Date: April 16

MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN

 

 

Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, based on his own manga, was released in 1984 and has been a cult classic ever since. In a long-ago war, humankind set off a devastating ecological disaster. The earth is slowly submerging beneath the expanding Sea of Decay, an enormous toxic forest that creates mutant insects and poisonous spores. Beyond the sea lies the Valley of the Wind, a kingdom of barely 500 citizens and home to Nausicaä, who risks everything to save her people and bring peace and health to the valley. Includes sketches, developmental water colors, cel animation, and more.

 

NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND PICTURE BOOK, By Hayao Miyazaki 

 

Release Date: April 30

MSRP: $29.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN

 

Nausicaa Of the Valley of the Wind Picture Book

 

In a long-ago war, humankind set off a devastating ecological disaster. The earth is slowly submerging beneath the expanding Sea of Decay, an enormous toxic jungle filled with mutant insects and poisonous spores. At the edge of the sea lies the Valley of the Wind, home to Nausicaä, who risks everything to save her people and bring peace and health to her people. Studio Ghibli picture books capture the magic of the legendary studio’s animated films with easy-to-read text, full-color pictures direct from the film, and a family-friendly oversized hardcover format.

No matter how you slice it, if you’re into anime and manga then Viz probably has something in store for you in the coming month. Has anything caught your eye? Let us know in the comments below!

Starting out with nothing more than a Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Kenny has happily been gaming for almost his entire life. Easily-excitable and a bit on the chatty side, Kenny has always been eager to share gaming-related thoughts, opinions, and news with others and has been doing so on Hey Poor Player since 2014 and has previously worked with both PKMNcast and SCATcast. Although his taste in gaming spreads across a wide number of companies and consoles, Kenny holds a particular fondness for Nintendo handheld consoles. He is also very proud of his amiibo collection. You can also find him on Twitter @SuperBayleef talking about video games and general nonsense. Some of his favorite games include Tetris Attack, Pokémon Black Version 2, The World Ends With You, Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, Yo-kai Watch, Donkey Kong Country 2, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Kirby's Dreamland 3, Mega Man X, and Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (among many others).

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