Viz Media To Publish Little Battlers eXperience Manga In North America
As Dentsu Entertainment prepares for the impending launch of the Little Battlers eXperience anime on Nicktoons in the US, their merchandise partners are slowly being revealed. Anyone who’s followed the franchise should be well aware of Bandai’s model kit lines and it looks like Viz Media wants to get people familiarized with the manga. According to two Amazon.com listings, Viz Media (through their child friendly Perfect Square label) will begin publishing Hideaki Fujii’s Little Battlers eXperience manga this fall. The first two volumes launch on November 4th, with the third expected sometime in January. Those that can’t wait can get a free sample of the series as part of the 2014 Halloween ComicFest on October 25th.
Viz Media describes the first two volumes as:
Welcome to the world of Little Battlers eXperience! In the near future, a boy named Van Yamano owns Achilles, a miniaturized robot made of a new super-strong industrial cardboard. But Achilles is no ordinary LBX. Hidden inside him is secret data that Van must keep out of the hands of evil at all costs!
Van Yamano loves Little Battlers eXperience, also known as LBXs, the hot toy of the future in present day 2050. And it’s kind of cool that his dad invented them! But when the plane his dad is on goes down, everything goes wrong for Van. Until he starts getting hints that his dad may be still alive…and that a secret organization is coming after Van to procure the secrets that might be hidden inside his own LBX robot, Achilles!
Van enters the LBX World Tournament, Artemis, and begins to battle his opponents. He’s trained well, but he’s still a noob. Can he hold his own against the best of the best? His father’s true fate could hang in the balance.
Hideaki Fujii’s original Little Battlers eXperience manga premiered in the February 2011 issue of CoroCoro Comic and ran for 26 chapters over six collected volumes.