After announcing in October that they’d got the rights to release Hunter x Hunter on DVD and Blu-ray, Viz Media began revealing their English dub cast for the 2011 anime at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2). The main players were all announced as follows:
Erica Mendez (1999 anime’s Erica Holt) as Gon Freecss
Cristina Vee (1999 anime’s Annika Odegard) as Killua Zoldyck
Matt Mercer (1999 anime’s Jonathan Love) as Leorio Paradinight
Keith Silverstein (1999 anime’s Brendan Hunter) as Hisoka
Erika Harlacher as Kurapika
Viz also used the expo as an opportunity to confirm that their digital edition of Weekly Shonen Jump will publish the Hunter x Hunter manga’s return as it runs in Japan on April 18th. The good news doesn’t stop there either, as they will publish the new Naruto one-shot and his son’s spin-off Boruto on their respective Japanese debut dates too. These fall on April 25th and May 9th, respectively, and Viz will continue to simulpub Hunter x Hunter and Boruto as new chapters appear.
These publishing announcements were capped off with the reveals of two art books also arriving soon through Viz. The first being Yoshitaka Amano Illustrations, featuring works by the Final Fantasy, Vampire Hunter D and Gatchaman illustrator, it was pictured alongside The Art of Castle in the Sky, which peeks behind the scenes of Studio Ghibli’s first feature-length.
Speaking of the Hunter x Hunter manga, the fans are by no means alone in their celebrations. Megumi Han, who portrayed Gon Freecss, and Mariya Ise who gave her voice to Killua Zoldyck, were recently reunited. Not long after their chance to catch up though, they learned that this first meeting after a long time, by some happy twist of fate, had coincided with the announcement of the manga’s return. Here’s the photo Megumi Han posted of the two of them that day.
Update: After VIZ Media’s previous announcement that they would run Hunter x Hunter‘s return and Naruto‘s one-shot in their English edition of Shonen Jump, the March 28th issue revealed that it would also carry the Assassination Classroom four-chapter side story starring Koro-sensei. They paired this announcement with a look at the short series’ plot, and a quick glimpse of Naruto‘s upcoming chapter.
Jump‘s Japanese edition also ran this two-page preview of Naruto Gaiden ~Michita Tsuki ga Terasu Michi~ (Naruto Side Story ~The Path That the Waxing Moon Illuminates~).