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VIZ Media, LLC (previously known as Viz Communications, Inc. and Viz Comics) is an anime and manga company founded in 1986. It is headquartered in San Francisco, CA and is owned by Shogakukan and Shueisha. VIZ Media publishes Pokémon manga, anime, and other media in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa.
The 1998 logo of Viz Video with the red triangle next to the gold text. This can be seen in Pokémon VHS tapes and DVDs from 1998-2001.
In the past, VIZ Media published their manga left-to-right with reversed artwork. Pokémon titles which were published this way are The Electric Tale of Pikachu, Magical Pokémon Journey, the first printing of Pokémon Adventures, and The Best of Pokémon Adventures.
Some time after these series were published, the manga industry has shifted to publishing all manga in the original right-to-left format. Therefore, starting with Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team, all of VIZ Media's Pokémon titles have been published right-to-left.
In their early years, VIZ Media often published manga in American-style monthly issues before they were published in collected volumes. These issues would often include letters and fan artwork as bonus content. The Electric Tale of Pikachu, Pokémon Adventures, and Magical Pokémon Journey were published in this way.
As collected manga volumes have been accepted as the preferred format of manga releases and manga magazines (such as Shonen Jump and Yen Plus) have become more widespread in North America, VIZ Media and its competitors no longer publish these American-style monthly issues.
Pokémon titles published by VIZ Media
Other Pokémon books
- Arceus and the Jewel of Life - this Ani-Manga adaptation of the 12th Pokémon movie was advertised on VIZ Media's website for a short time as forthcoming, including ISBN information. However, the announcement was later taken down from the website, and the book's English release has since been cancelled.