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Japanese Entertainment EMEA Leader
VIZ Media Europe rebrands as Crunchyroll

Paris, April 2nd 2020  - VIZ Media Europe SAS, one of Europe’s most established licensors and distributors of Japanese content, has been renamed Crunchyroll SAS.

The leading company is in the process of transitioning the VIZ Media Europe brand to Crunchyroll, and all brands are starting to be communicated as Crunchyroll brands (KAZÉ, Anime on Demand, Anime Digital Network as a partnership between Crunchyroll and Citel, and Eye See Movies) and companies (AV Visionen in Germany, Ellation in Moldova).

Crunchyroll - a WarnerMedia company - and VIZ Media Europe Group announced on December 4th the closing of a transaction that brings together Crunchyroll’s popular anime brand and global platform with VIZ Media Europe Group’s EMEA wide network of partners, distributors, and licensees.

Crunchyroll, the world’s most popular anime brand, connecting anime and manga fans across 200+ countries and territories with 360-degree experiences, is now the majority owner in VIZ Media Europe Group, which encompasses VIZ Media Europe, VIZ Media Switzerland, AV Visionen, KAZÉ, Anime on Demand, and Anime Digital Network (in partnership with Citel, a subsidiary of Média-Participations).

John Easum has been appointed in the new role of Head of Crunchyroll EMEA. He will steer the expansion of Crunchyroll’s international efforts.

“Now that we are under the Crunchyroll brand - I am even more excited to be given the opportunity to lead a very talented team that is uniquely positioned to grow the passion and engagement of anime and manga across the EMEA region.  Our teams in Berlin, Paris, and Lausanne will continue to expand our mission which is to bring to our fans 360-degree experiences around the content they love, wherever they may be, through streaming, broadcast, home video, publishing, consumer products, events, gaming, and much much more!”

Crunchyroll is headquartered in San Francisco, with additional offices in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Chisinau - and now - Paris, Berlin, and Lausanne through the acquisition. 

“We’ve admired VIZ Media Europe Group’s expertise in reaching and delivering quality experiences to anime and manga fans for many years”, said Brady McCollum, Crunchyroll’s head of international. “Together, our teams represent a stronger, global front and will be focused on finding ways to engage with current fans in meaningful ways, while also creating new fans along the way.” 


About Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll, a WarnerMedia company (as a subsidiary of Otter Media) and the world’s most popular anime brand, connects anime and manga fans across 200+ countries and territories with 360-degree experiences. 

Fans have access to the largest collection of licensed anime through Crunchyroll, Anime Digital Network (in partnership with Citel, a subsidiary of Média-Participations), and Anime on Demand video streaming services, translated in multiple languages for viewers worldwide. Viewers can also access simulcasts — top series available immediately after Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll's services also extend to licensing of theatrical, TV, home video, and consumer product rights. 

Fans engage further with events (including owned events Crunchyroll Expo, Anime Awards, Crunchyroll Movie Nights, KAZÉ Anime Nights), consumer products through eCommerce and retail partners (Crunchyroll, KAZÉ, AV Visionen), Crunchyroll Games, KAZÉ Games, and manga (KAZÉ Manga, Crunchyroll Manga app, Crunchyroll Manga Store).

Crunchyroll was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Paris, Lausanne, Berlin (AV Visionen) and Chisinau (Ellation). VRV (U.S.) and Eye See Movies (Germany) are also Crunchyroll brands.


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VIZ Media Europe is bringing
'Dragon Ball Super: Broly' to theaters in 2019     

Paris, November 29th 2018 — VIZ Media Europe, leader in Japanese Entertainment content in Europe, is thrilled to announce Theatrical, TV, Digital and Home video rights acquisition of the movie 'Dragon Ball Super: Broly'for French speaking territories.

The Latest 'Dragon Ball Super: Broly' movie goes Back To The Origins Of The Series

The European expert in Anime, VIZ Media Europe, will distribute the twentieth film of the Dragon Ball saga for the delight of anime fans and give them a chance to meet up with Son Goku once more on the big screen!

The new film will be based on an original story, character designs by Akira Toriyama. Featuring the powerful Saiyan Broly, who made his original debut in the film Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan.

To support the movie launch, VIZ Media Europe announced a 360-degree integrated global marketing campaign including a full-scale promotional campaign featuring consumer engagement activations, in partnership with the distributor (whose name will be announced soon) and TOEI Animation Europe.

December will be a key moment for Dragon Ball new movie, with the Japanese release on the 14th and many more surprises for the fans to come. Stay tuned!

Paris, November 28th 2018 - VIZ Media Europe, leader in Japanese Entertainment content in Europe, is thrilled to announce the release of the first My Hero Academia movie in French cinemas from January 22nd, in association with CGR Events.


After a successful launch last summer in Japan and USA, the movie has already hit major box office milestone, with more than 14M$ revenue up-to-date!

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes will be released in both French-dubbed and subtitles versions, in 150 movie theaters across France.

The film will also be previewed at Le Grand Rex in Paris on January 21st.



The climactic finals are over, and U.A. is getting ready for the summer training camp. Deku and All Might receive an invitation from a certain person to go overseas to a giant artificial moving city called I-Island.

This island, a kind of “science Hollywood” that gathers the knowledge of scientists from around the world, is holding an exhibition called I-Expo showcasing the results of Quirk and hero item research.

In the midst of all this, Deku meets a Quirkless girl named Melissa and remembers his own Quirkless past.

Out of the blue, the impregnable security system the island boasts is hacked by villains, and all the people on the island are taken as hostages!

Now, a plan that could shake hero society has been put into motion! The man who holds the key to it all is the number one hero and Symbol of Peace, All Might.


My Hero Academia is the subject of many news these days in France, with the TV broadcast of the animated series on TFX channel (TF1 Group) that started on November 18th, and the launch of the multiplatform video game "My Hero: One's Justice" by Bandai Namco on October 26th.

The series is also broadcasted on Toonami and J-One, and available on Anime Digital Network (ADN) platform and in DVD/Blu-ray at Kazé.

The publisher Ki-oon, which has already sold more than 1,5 million copies of My Hero Academia manga in France, is about to launch in January a series of novels based on this title phenomenon.


VIZ Media Europe, leader in Japanese Entertainment in Europe, partners up with TF1 Group to broadcast two major Anime shows: Captain Tsubasa and My Hero Academia.

Captain Tsubasa, the most popular football animated TV series in the world will return in early 2019 with a new version and the ambition to rally the original and recruit a new generation of kids.

TF1, the historical Captain Tsubasa French broadcaster during 80/90’s in France with its mythical program “Le Club Dorothée”, will air the series reboot from beginning of next year. With a double broadcasting strategy by targeting a diversified audience, the show will appear on the kids program TFOU (on TF1) and the channel TFX.

 My Hero Academia, the new superhero phenomenon from Japan will also be broadcasted at the end of this year on TFX. This promising license, welcomed as the new Naruto, has already reached some record figures. The manga, published by Ki-oon, has already sold more than 1,5 million copies in France. A video game based on My Hero Academia universe will be released on next October 26th. Launched by Bandai Namco Entertainment, “My Hero: One’s Justice” will be available on many platforms (Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC Digital via STEAM).

"20 years after the end of the Club Dorothée, we are glad to bring back Anime on TF1 Group channels. Captain Tsubasa and My Hero Academia are long awaited series, we are convinced they will reach a large audience thanks to this partnership.” affirms Aâdil Tayouga, Executive Manager at VIZ Media Europe.

"We are thrilled about the acquisition of these series, to bring back Captain Tsubasa which has left its mark on an entire generation under the name Olive et Tom on our channels, and to welcome My Hero Academia for the great satisfaction of our public.” adds Xavier Gandon, TF1 Director TV broadcasting and digital







VIZ Media Europe, leader in Japanese Entertainment content in Europe is thrilled to announce TV, Digital, Home video and Merchandise rights acquisitions from Shueisha Inc., covering all European territories including Russia.

VIZ Media Europe teams up with Shueisha to bring back The Legendary Football anime series in Europe.

Broadcasted on more than 40 TV channels across Europe and leading worldwide broadcasters, the most popular Football anime in the world is going to return on screen by the hands of its creator, the Japanese Yoichi Takahashi. Launched in 1981, Captain Tsubasa has become the idol of an entire generation. The strong determination of the hero Tsubasa and his incredible technics have inspired many kids, playing today in top European Football teams. The new series is set to premiere in Japan this April on TV Tokyo.

“We are very proud to expand one of the most iconic franchises that resonates with an incredible fanbase” said Aâdil Tayouga, EMEA Senior Licensing Manager. “We are very excited to introduce Captain Tsubasa to a new generation of kids!”

To celebrate 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, VIZ Media Europe and its unique 360° licensing strategy expertise will continue the fantastic story of Captain Tsubasa, supported by a robust retail and marketing program.

The new anime recounts the events of the original manga series that was originally serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shounen Jump comic book magazine between 1981 and 1988, with 37 volumes. Captain Tsubasa has sold over 82 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling manga series. The manga triggered a huge football boom in Japan and inspired three previous television anime series, four anime films, mobile and console video games, and even a stage play.

About the new animation series of CAPTAIN TSUBASA
Centered on a young football prodigy named Tsubasa Ozora, the new series is from David Production (JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE), with Toshiyuki Kato (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Diamond is Unbreakable, Level E) directing. Each episode is characterized by dynamic and stylish football moves, while the characters are fleshed out through Tsubasa’s friendships and rivalries as he trains and competes.
The leader in Japanese Entertainment in Europe and Saban Brands partner to expand iconic Power Rangers franchise in France.

, the leader in Japanese Entertainment content in Europe, is thrilled to announce their appointment as the Licensing & Merchandising agent in France for the iconic, 25-year franchise, Saban’s Power Rangers
Created by Haim Saban and launched in 1993, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers quickly became a pop culture phenomenon. Today, Power Rangers is one of the longest running kids live-action series in television history. The series, currently airing on Gulli in France is in its 24th season with ‘Power Rangers Ninja Steel,’ and follows the adventures of a group of ordinary teens who morph into superheroes and save the world from evil. 
In 2018, the global franchise will celebrate its 25th anniversary with never before seen content, promotional partnerships, events and more. The anniversary year will also feature new, must-have collector items for fans of all ages.
“We are very excited to represent Power Rangers in France,” said Pascal J. Bonnet, Executive Director Animation Films/TV Sales & Licensing. “Power Rangers is an impressive, evergreen property and, as the franchise gears up for its 25th anniversary milestone, we look forward to supporting a strong licensing program in France”.
VIZ Media Europe will take advantage of their unique 360° licensing strategy expertise to continue to extend Power Rangers’ incredible community of fans, supported by retail and marketing.
Saban’s Power Rangers has consistently been a top kids action brand and there are more than 50 partners in the EMEA region with many, many more globally.
“Saban’s Power Rangers is an iconic property that resonates with fans of all ages around the world,” said, Leila Ouledcheikl, SVP, distribution and consumer products, EMEA at Saban Brands. “For this incredible fanbase and with the brand’s strong presence in France, we look forward to partnering with Viz Media Europe to continue to expand offerings in the region.”

About VIZ Media Europe
Headquartered in Paris, France, VIZ Media Europe (VME) specializes in managing the development, marketing and distribution throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa of Japanese animated entertainment and graphic novels (manga). Owned by three of Japan's largest creators, publishers and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VME handles the comprehensive distribution, licensing and promotion of some of the most popular Japanese manga and animation properties for consumers of all ages. VME administers an integrated product line including graphic novels, consumer products, DVD and music. Current VME animated properties include: BLUE EXORCIST, BLEACH, DEATH NOTE, DORAEMON, MY HERO ACADEMIA, ONE PUNCH MAN, TENKAI KNIGHTS, VICTORY KICKOFF!!
About Saban’s Power Rangers
Saban’s Power Rangers franchise is the brainchild of Haim Saban, creator and producer of the original, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” hit series that launched in 1993. Following its introduction, “Power Rangers” quickly became the most-watched television program in the United States and remains one of the top-rated and longest running kids live-action series in television history. The series follows the adventures of a group of ordinary teens who morph into superheroes and save the world from evil. It is seen in more than 150 markets, translated into numerous languages and a favorite on many key international children’s programming blocks around the world. The feature film with Lionsgate premiered worldwide in March 2017 and the franchise will celebrate its 25th anniversary year in 2018. For more information, visit
About Saban Brands
Formed in 2010 as an affiliate of Saban Capital Group, Saban Brands (SB) was established to acquire and develop a world-class portfolio of properties and capitalize on the company’s experience, track record and capabilities in growing and monetizing consumer brands through content, media and marketing. SB applies a global omni-channel management approach to enhancing and extending its brands in markets worldwide and to consumers of all ages. The company provides full-service management, marketing, promotion and strategic business development for its intellectual properties including comprehensive strategies unique to each brand, trademark and copyright management and enforcement, creative design, retail development, direct-to-consumer initiatives and specialized property extensions. SB is led by a superior management team with decades of experience in media, content creation, branding, licensing, marketing, digital and finance. SB's portfolio of properties currently includes Power Rangers, Paul Frank, Vortexx,, The Playforge, Julius Jr., Digimon Fusion and Popples. For more information, visit
VIZ Media Europe is pleased to present two Japanese animated hit movies at the 2017 Cannes’ Marché du Film: Annecy-nominated A Silent Voice adapted from the eponymous manga series, and YO-KAI WATCH: THE MOVIE, the theatrical adaptation from the successful kids franchise

A Silent Voice

A Silent Voice is a powerful and captivating full-length feature film that finely encompasses sensitive topics such as school bullying and disability. The film Director, Naoko Yamada, whose work has been awarded on several occasions, is part of this new generation of Japanese Directors who will soon be key-producers on an international level. With this adaptation, she brilliantly connects with the story and cleverly adapts it, resulting in a poetic movie filled with grace, that succeeds in subtly addressing delicate issues. (Studio: Kyoto Animation. Duration: 129’)

Shoya Ishida is a reckless young boy who spends his free time defying his comrades with increasingly extravagant challenges. When deaf Shoko Nishimiya joins their school, some changes are bound to happen in the class’ day-to-day habits. From polite interest to exasperation, Shoya grabs the opportunity to level up: mockery, bullying, persecution... all this under the indifferent gaze of the teachers. But everything changes dramatically when Shoko finally gives in and leaves school while Shoya is considered as responsible by everyone: he is singled out and given the same treatment. A couple of years later, Shoya, stricken by remorse, starts looking for Shoko to apologize for his behaviour.

Screenings: Hotel Gray d’Albion, room Gray 5
May 19, May 22 and May 23, all at 6pm (original version, English subtitles)


Based on the iconic franchise, YO-KAI WATCH: THE MOVIE hit the theaters in Japan on 12/20/2014 and was a hit at the box office, establishing a new record during its opening weekend (¥1.629 billion), as well as being the highest-grossing Japanese movie at the Japanese box office in 2015 (¥7.8 billion). (Level-5. Duration: 97’)

One morning, Nate wakes up to find his Yo-kai Watch has suddenly disappeared from his wrist. Together with Jibanyan and Whisper, he travels back in time -60 years into the past- in order to retrieve his missing watch. 60 years in the past, a group of wicked Yo-kai are trying to stir up trouble between the humans and Yo-kai, who had up until that point been peacefully living together. As Nate, Jibanyan, and Whisper try to find a way to settle the dispute, they solve the mystery of how the first Yo-kai Watch was originally created...

YO-KAI WATCH: THE MOVIE will hit the theaters in France on August 9th!

About Marché du Film
The Marché du Film takes place in tandem with the Festival and is the most important meeting place for film professionals who come from all over the world to buy and sell film rights, find co-producers and network. The Marché du Film fosters exchanges and gives visibility to participants by offering a wide range of services such as meetings, exhibition spaces and screenings.
VIZ Media Europe is proud to announce that Kazuyoshi Takeuchi, previously President at Shodensha Publishing Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, is appointed as the new President of VIZ Media Europe.

After five years in his function as President of VIZ Media Europe, Hyoe Narita has passed the torch on to Kazuyoshi Takeuchi. He was instrumental during the merger of the group that is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2017, while reinforcing its presence in Europe. Narita has worked on implementing the strategy that allowed VME to gain market shares by launching on the European market animation and manga properties such as Yo-Kai Watch, Doraemon, One Piece, Dragon Ball and Beyblade. He will continue to provide services to the VME group as Executive Advisor.

Kazuyoshi Takeuchi has been appointed as his successor and will assume the role of President of VIZ Media Europe. He will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations in Europe. Takeuchi has dedicated his career to publishing in Japan: hired by Shodensha in 1974, he worked his way up to be finally appointed as President in 2002. With this wealth of experience and his passion for cultural exchanges, Takeuchi intends to bring strong support to VIZ Media Europe in the coming years.

"I’m very excited to join VIZ Media Europe Group and work alongside the Japanese Manga and Animation professionals in Europe. I would like to thank Hyoe Narita for his precious contribution in maintaining VIZ Media Europe’s strong leadership position. I look forward to leading the Group into its next phase of success." Kazuyoshi Takeuchi

This change will strengthen not only VIZ Media Europe Group, but also Hitotsubashi Group’s international strategy towards the next decade.

About Kazuyoshi Takeuchi
Born in Hiroshima, Kazuyoshi Takeuchi graduated in Social Sciences from Hitotsubashi University in Japan. In 1974, he joined Shodensha, a company that publishes non-fiction, "light novels", mangas and magazines (Feel Young, Zipper, Nina’s), where he was administrative and financial director, sales, marketing and publishing licensing director, to be finally appointed as president in 2002. Since 2015, he has been an advisor for Shodensha Publishing Co., Ltd. – Hitotsubashi Management Group. As PACE (Publishers’ Association for Cultural Exchange) Chairman, he greatly contributed to the cultural exchanges in the publishing industry. Since 2014, as an editorial writer for France at Shuppan News (a B2B magazine on publishing), he has helped knowledge diffusion on French publishing.
VIZ Media Europe, the European leader in managing rights for Japanese animated movies, is proud to announce that the animated movie A Silent Voice has been selected in the official competition at the Annecy international Animation Film Festival (June 12 to 17).

Adapted from the eponymous manga series created by Yoshitoki Oima, A Silent Voice is a powerful and captivating full-length feature film that finely encompasses sensitive topics such as school bullying and disability. Shoya Ishida is a reckless young boy whose daily life is centered around school and his friends. Bored, he spends his free time defying his comrades with increasingly extravagant challenges. When deaf Shoko Nishimiya joins their school in the middle of the year, some changes happen in the class’ day-today habits. From polite interest to exasperation caused by communication problems, Shoya grabs the opportunity to level up: mockery, bullying, persecution... all this under the indifferent gaze of the teachers. But everythings changes dramatically when Shoko finally gives in and leaves school while Shoya is summoned to the principal’s office. Considered as responsible by everyone, he is singled out and given the same treatment. A couple of years later, Shoya, stricken by remorse, starts looking for Shoko to apologize for his behaviour.

See you at the Annecy international Animation Film Festival from June 12 to 17!
Thursday, 13 April 2017 13:19

My Hero Academia is back at VIZ Media Europe

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VIZ Media Europe, the European leader in managing rights for Japanese animated series, is pleased to announce the acquisition of the second season of the most expected anime this year: My Hero Academia.

VIZ Media Europe has acquired the distribution rights (Simulcast, TV, VoD, DVD, Blu-ray and merchandising) for the second season of My Hero Academia, in Europe (except United Kingdom and Nordic Countries), Middle-East and Africa. Adapted from the eponymous manga series that was created by Kohei Horikoshi and published in France by Ki-oon, My Hero Academia takes place in a society where 80 % of the population possesses super-powers (also known as ‘‘Alter’’). Izuku Midoriya, a student in the Oridera secondary school, has none. His powers have not emerged... and will probably never do. Next year, he will have to go to high-school, and even without an alter, he has decided on joining the esteemed Yuei academy where all the strongest superheroes have been trained...

This second season of My Hero Academia will start to air in Japan on Nippon TV and Yomiuri TV, every Saturday at 5:30pm (local time) starting on April 1st, and will lead to a simulcast in several countries in Europe. For France and Germany, Anime Digital Network and Anime on Demand will respectively broadcast this exciting sequel.

Some figures...
My Hero Academia is currently one of the most expected animated series on the market. Prepublished since July 2014 in the biggest shonen magazine in Japan,
(Weekly Shonen Jump, Shueisha), it has never stopped growing. The franchise is expanding globally with strong sales performances. In France, the first seven volumes of the manga have sold more than 280,000 copies in a few months (source: GFK), while the first anime season has generated more than 4 million views on French streaming platform Anime Digital Network.
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