Viz Media is a manga, anime, and entertainment licensing company founded in 1986 by Seiji Horibuchi.

Why They Rock

  1. Along with Funimation, Viz Media dubs anime with talented voice actors who put emotion and love into their roles.
  2. Aside from anime, Viz Media also translates manga, including Fushigi Yugi and the Legend of Zelda Manga series. They even distributed the entire Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past comic series that appeared in Nintendo Power into one big comic book.
  3. Their re-dub of the original Sailor Moon anime is a huge improvement over the atrocious DiC Entertainment/Cloverway dub, which is widely considered to be one of the worst anime dubs of all-time.

Bad Qualities

  1. On most of their Blu-ray releases, they lock subtitles onto place when the audio setting is changed to Japanese. This is intended to prevent Japanese fans from importing their releases (Japan and North America have Region A-coded Blu-rays, and American sets are cheaper than Japanese sets), but is a huge and complete disservice to people who understand Japanese without the need of subtitles. Even Funimation and Sentai Filmworks are guilty of the same practice.