MONSTER MANGA SERIES RETURNS TO PRINT

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San Francisco, CA, June 24, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, is proud to announce the release of the ultimate collection of creator Naoki Urasawa’s acclaimed manga (graphic novel) suspense masterpiece. MONSTER: THE PERFECT EDITION, Vol. 1 will debut on July 15th. The new print-only oversized release will be published under the VIZ Signature imprint, is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens, and will carry an MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN.

MONSTER: THE PERFECT EDITION is the ultimate version of the acclaimed psychological crime thriller. This new release features a new translation, re-mastered pages, and a generous amount of full-color content.  Future volumes of MONSTER: THE PERFECT EDITION will be released four times a year in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand for a total of nine volumes covering the entire series.

In Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER, Johan is a cold and calculating killer with a mysterious past, and brilliant Dr. Kenzo Tenma is the only one who can stop him! Conspiracy and serial murder open the door to a compelling, intricately woven plot in this masterwork of suspense.In the first volume of the new PERFECT EDITION, everyone faces uncertainty at some point in their lives. Even a brilliant surgeon like Kenzo Tenma is no exception. But there’s no way he could have known that his decision to stop chasing professional success and instead concentrate on his oath to save peoples’ lives would result in the birth of an abomination. The questions of good and evil now take on a terrifyingly real dimension. Years later, in Germany during the tumultuous post-reunification period, middle-aged childless couples are being killed one after another. The serial killer’s identity is known. The reasons why he kills are not. Dr. Tenma sets out on a journey to find the killer’s twin sister, who may hold some clues to solving the enigma of the “Monster.”

“Naoki Urasawa grabbed the world’s attention with MONSTER, and the series firmly established him among the highest echelons of the manga genre,” says Mike Montesa, Editor. “The definitive MONSTER: THE PERFECT EDITION offers fans that have never read the original version a compelling new way to enjoy this riveting and wonderfully twisted psychological thriller. With its larger trade paperback size, new cover design, and bonus color pages, this new release is also a great way for familiar fans to revisit the renowned series. We look forward to unleashing MONSTER once again upon readers across North America this summer!”

Naoki Urasawa’s career as a manga artist spans more than thirty years and has firmly established him as one of the world’s true manga masters. Born in Tokyo in 1960, Urasawa debuted with BETA! in 1983 and hasn’t stopped his impressive output since. Well-versed in a variety of genres, Urasawa’s oeuvre encompasses a multitude of different subjects, such as a romantic comedy (YAWARA! A Fashionable Judo Girl), a suspenseful human drama about a former mercenary (Pineapple ARMY; story by Kazuya Kudo), a captivating psychological suspense story (MONSTER), a sci-fi adventure manga (20TH CENTURY BOYS), and a modern reinterpretation of the work of the God of Manga, Osamu Tezuka (PLUTO: URASAWA X TEZUKA; co-authored with Takashi Nagasaki, supervised by Macoto Tezka, and with the cooperation of Tezuka Productions).

Many of Urawasa’s works also spawned popular animated and live-action TV programs and films, and 2008 saw the theatrical release of the first of three  Japanese live-action films based on 20th CENTURY BOYS. In North America, VIZ Media has published a variety of Urasawa’s manga works including, MONSTER, NAOKI URASAWA’S 20TH CENTURY BOYS, NAOKI URASAWA’S 21st CENTURY BOYS and PLUTO: URASAWA × TEZUKA.

No stranger to accolades and awards, Urasawa received the 2011 and 2013 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia, and is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award, a two-time recipient of the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize, and has received the Kodansha Manga Award. Urasawa has also become involved in the world of academia, and in 2008 accepted a guest teaching post at Nagoya Zokei University, where he teaches courses in, of course, manga.

For more information on MONSTER: THE PERFECT EDITION, or other manga titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

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