VIZ Media and Partners Announce Multi-Territory Media Rights for One-Punch Man Anime
Announced earlier this year, the One-Punch Man anime is based on a bestselling manga series, created by writer ONE and artist Yusuke Murata, about an average-guy-turned-superhero who packs quite the punch. Three content distribution companies will join force to manage the digital distribution, home media, merchandise, and TV rights to the newly produced anime series for their respective territories.
VIZ Media will manage the master license for One-Punch Man in North America, Latin America and Oceania, as well as stream the series in the U.S. VIZ Media Europe will oversee and stream the property for EMEA, including Russia. In addition, Anime Consortium Japan will stream the subtitled version of the program in all above territories. Additional details about availability will be forthcoming.
“One-Punch Man is a beautifully produced, action-driven series, and we will leverage our expertise in developing anime content across all major consumer formats with a savvy combination of proprietary and partner distribution channels to bring this series to audiences on the widest possible range of media devices and platforms,” says Brad Woods, Chief Marketing Officer, VIZ Media.
“We are very excited to bring One-Punch Man to European audiences. Our extensive distribution and licensing infrastructure across the region will ensure that fans will be able to catch every episode localized for their countries and across an array of multimedia platforms and a variety of licensed goods ” says Pascal J. Bonnet, Senior Director TV Sales and Licensing, VIZ Media Europe.
“We are very pleased to add One-Punch Man to our anime digital media streaming service, and look forward to delivering this extraordinary superhero action series to our users around the world,” says Ririko Kubo, Sales Promotion Division, Anime Consortium Japan Inc.
One-Punch Man was animated by the renowned Japanese studio, Madhouse, and helmed by famed anime director, Shingo Natsume, and features character designs by Chikashi Kubota.
In the series, Saitama is a hero who only became a hero for fun. After three years of “special” training, though, he’s become so strong that he’s practically invincible. In fact, he’s too strong—even his mightiest opponents are taken out with a single punch, and it turns out that being devastatingly powerful is actually kind of a bore. With his passion for being a hero lost along with his hair, yet still faced with new enemies every day, how much longer can he keep it going?