VIZ Media has been named the North American master merchandise licensee for Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. The anime and manga company will oversee the licensing and development of a wide and comprehensive range of products based on Hirohiko Araki’s shonen manga. The first of these new products are slated for later in 2015.

“We are extremely pleased to enhance the Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure legacy with the licensing and development of a range of new products that will be a highlight of fans’ collections,” says Daisuke Aoki, VIZ Media’s Vice President of Licensing. “In Japan, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is one of the country’s longest running and popular properties. The dynamic adventure also enjoys substantial popularity in North America and similarly spans multiple generations of fans. We look forward to supporting the brand with a notable array of officially licensed products from a variety of manufacturing partners beginning this summer.”

In JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, although Jonathan Joestar died to defeat the megalomanical vampire Dio in 1880s England, Dio returns a century later and Jonathan’s descendants must find a way to destroy their ancestral enemy forever.

To read Nerdspan’s coverage of VIZ Media’s launch of English language Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure print and digital manga, follow this link.

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