Viz Media has announced that they have licensed the rights to release an English version of the Pokémon Black and White manga. They will also release various other select merchandise based on the Pokémon Black and White brand including a travel activity kit. The first two volumes of the manga will be released in July. Below is part of the press release.
VIZ MEDIA EXPANDS VIZ KIDS IMPRINT WITH A FULL SLATE OF NEW ACQUISITIONS
San Francisco, CA, April 11, 2011 – VIZ Media, the largest distributor of anime and manga in the United States, announced a full slate of acquisitions for its kids imprint, VIZ Kids. The acquisitions include DVD, Download-To-Own, and graphic novel licenses for a wide range of well-established global franchises.
“VIZ Media is excited to expand our kids imprint to include a variety of fun new properties,” said Elizabeth Kawasaki, Senior Editorial Director of VIZ Media. “These new titles use strong storytelling, eye-popping graphics and empowering themes to engage a younger generation of fans.”
POKÉMON BLACK AND WHITE:
VIZ Kids will release manga, a travel activity kit, and other select merchandise based on the most recent incarnation of the juggernaut POKÉMON™ video game franchise, Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version. Meet all-new Pokémon from the fastest-selling Pokémon video games in history. The travel activity kit will be available in May 2011; Volumes 1 and 2 of the manga will be available in July 2011.