Viz will be publishing translated Japanese science fiction and fantasy novels under the imprint Haikasoru (which means “high castle”). They plan to publish 12 books a year, beginning this July. The first two are The Lord of the Sands of Time by Issui Ogawa, about a time-traveling cyborg who finds love, and All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, at a cover price of $13.99 US.
That second one is described as the story of “one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he finally sees something different, something out of place–a female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch.” Ok, that gives me a pass, right there.
It’s good to see them doing a sensible expansion, though. SF and fantasy are likely to appeal to the audience that already knows them through manga.