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Viz Media, LLC is an anime, manga and Japanese entertainment company.


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Viz Media's San Francisco headquarters

Viz Media, LLC is headquartered in San Francisco, California, United States. The company was founded in 1986 as Viz, LLC.

Starting in November 2002, Viz Media translated and localized the Dragon Ball manga from start to finish. However, starting from what would be volume 17 of Dragon Ball, they began labeling the books Dragon Ball Z for the consideration of the American anime viewers who may not have been familiar with the original Dragon Ball series. Much later, starting in June 2016, Viz Media translated and localized the Dragon Ball Super manga. They have also published a number of other popular Japanese manga, such as Naruto, Death Note, Full Metal Alchemist, Rurouni Kenshin, YuYu Hakusho, and Bleach.

In 2005, the Viz, LLC. and ShoPro Entertainment merged to form the current Viz Media, LLC which is jointly owned by Japanese publishers Shogakukan Shogakukan, Shueisha Shueisha, and Shogakukan's licensing division Shogakukan Shogakukan Productions (ShoPro Japan).


Viz Media has released all the volumes of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z; however, they have edited and changed a few scenes to make it more child friendly. For example, Viz, while keeping some nude pictures in (such as Bulma in the shower, and Goku nude in volume 1), puts a bra over a nude Bulma in Volume 9. Viz also edits out a gun that Android 17 is holding up to a man.

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