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VIZ Media is an anime and manga distribution company, co-owned by Japanese publishers Shogakukan, its licensing division Shogakukan Productions (ShoPro for short) and Shueisha. Founded in 1986 by writer Seiji Horibuchi, VIZ Media is one of the oldest American anime distribution companies. It is a primary distributor of many popular shonen-oriented manga series (such as Dragon Ball, Naruto, Bleach and Death Note), which have also been serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump manga anthology.

An American version of the magazine, referred to by fans as "Shonen Jump USA", was published monthly between 2003-2012 before it was replaced by a weekly digital version. From 2005-09, VIZ Media also published Shojo Beat, a monthly shojo manga anthology. The folks at VIZ also managed to achieve linguistic immortality by coining the term "glomp" for use as a sound effect in their translations of Ranma ½ and Urusei Yatsura.


VIZ Media also distributes Anime on DVD and Blu-Ray as well with home video distributors Warner Home Video and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (beginning in 2021) backing them up in North America. In 2009, they launched, a Hulu-supported website for streaming anime from Viz's catalog. In 2012, VIZ launched Neon Alley, their very own 24/7 linear anime channel for game consoles and PCs. Neon Alley would eventually merge with in 2014, after VIZ consolidated all its streaming anime under the "Neon Alley" brand.

In 2019, VIZ Media announced the VIZ Originals imprint, to help shed more light on the non-Japanese manga market. The imprint focuses on Animesque works by non-Japanese creators, much like Radiant, giving creators of the genre a better platform outside of Japan.


Not, repeat not, to be confused with British humour anthology comic Viz.

Shonen Jump (and Shonen Jump Advanced) titles:

Shojo/Shojo Beat titles:

Shonen Sunday titles:

Other anime and manga released by Viz Media include:


Alternative Title(s): VIZ