Viz Licenses Hit "Shonen Jump" Manga "Assassination Classroom"

"One Piece" box sets, "Jaco the Galactic Patrolman" and "Resident Evil" also announced

 Assassination Classroom, about a middle school class who have one year to learn how to assassinate their alien teacher or he'll annihilate Earth, was the break out hit of 2012 from Shonen Jump. Finally, the critically well received manga best seller is coming to North America with Viz scheduling the first collection for December release.


Also newly licensed is Naoki Serizawa's five-volume manga prequel to theResident Evil 6. Meanwhile, Jaco The Galactic Patrolman, by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, will be getting print and digital collections.


From Viz's descriptions


New Shonen Jump Manga Titles



MSRP: $185.99 U.S. / $185.99 CAN · Available November 2014

Catch all the high seas pirate adventure in the second premium manga box set of ONE PIECE, one of the most beloved and bestselling manga series of all time! The new set includes Volumes 24-46, which comprise the third and fourth story arcs of the series, Skypiea and Water Seven. Also included are the "Strong World" mini-comic and a full-color double-sided poster.


ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM · Rated ‘T+’ For Older Teens ·

MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Print & Digital Available December 2014

A humorous and action-packed story about a class of misfits who are trying to kill their new teacher – an alien octopus with bizarre powers and super strength! The teacher has just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth – unless his students can destroy him first. What makes things more complicated is that he's the best teacher they've ever had! The bimonthly ongoing series will also be available digitally.



JACO THE GALACTIC PATROLMAN · Rated ‘T+’ For Older Teens ·

MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Print & Digital Available January 2015

Akira Toriyama, manga legend and creator of DRAGON BALL and DRAGON BALL Z, is back with the quirky comedy JACO THE GALACTIC PATROLMAN! Retired scientist Omori lives alone on a deserted island while continuing his research into time-travel. His quiet life is interrupted when galactic patrolman Jaco crash-lands and decided to move in with him. Can Jaco get along with the old man long enough to save the earth from a dangerous threat? The debut volume features new, bonus DRAGON BALL Z content related to the parents of Goku, the hero of the best-selling manga.


New VIZ Signature Manga Titles


RESIDENT EVIL · Rated ‘M’ For Mature Audiences ·

MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN · Available in Print November 2014

The highly virulent C-virus became a global disaster, but where did the outbreak start? In this five-volume manga prequel to the hit Resident Evil 6 game with story and art by Naoki Serizawa, the terrifying origins are revealed. At the prestigious and elite Marhawa High School in Singapore, a female student suffers a horrifying transformation. Called in to investigate, Professor Doug Wright and his nephew Ricky find themselves caught up in a deadly and growing tragedy. As things get rapidly out of hand, Chris Redfield and his team from the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance arrive on the scene, while behind it all a mysterious figure looms.





Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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