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8:00 PM on 04.16.2014

Viz launches All You Need Is Kill rebrand, graphic novel

With the live action adaptation of All You Need Is Kill (rebranded as Edge of Tomorrow) set to release on June 6, Viz's Haikasoru line is preparing to capitalize on the blockbuster film. They'll be dropping an updated version...

Brad Rice

10:00 AM on 11.20.2013

Cower in fear! Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo is out

We may be past the halfway point in November, but that doesn't mean spirit of All Hallow's Eve has left our realm. Taking this knowledge into account, Viz has released Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo on November 19th unde...

Salvador GRodiles

8:00 AM on 05.23.2011

Book GET: Haikasoru printing ICO: Castle in the Mist

I a coup for players of videogames, readers of books, and appreciators of good things everywhere, Viz's imprint Haikasoru have released an excerpt from Miyuki Miyabe's ICO: Castle in the Mist, the novel follow-up to milestone...

Josh Tolentino

3:00 PM on 02.01.2011

Viz licenses Ico novel, Mameshiba books

It looks like Simon and Schuster let the cat out of the bag, spilling the beans on a number of new Viz licenses.The one most of you will be screaming about is a novel adaptation of Ico, entitled Ico: Castle of the Mist. Simil...

Brad Rice

1:00 PM on 08.12.2010

Viz bringing Haikasoru books to the digital world

Viz is hopping on the e-books bandwagon with its sci-fi novel line Haikasoru, debuting their books in digital form within the next few weeks.Over on the Haikasoru blog, Viz folks unveiled the first three titles in their model...

Brad Rice

3:00 PM on 04.14.2010

New Viz titles listed for the end of this year on the net

Don't you just love the Internet? It's got this funny way of spilling secrets that nobody is supposed to know, just because of some little error in databasing or by an automated process, hidden deep in the bowels of some webs...

Brad Rice

Japanator Recommends: All You Need Is Kill photo
Japanator Recommends: All You Need Is Kill
by Jeff Chuang

Sometimes we have to realize our favorite things from Japan, may it be manga, anime, MAD videos, doujinshi, or even video games are made by people, of flesh and blood. Until robots take over the world, the minds of men and women are the source of all that stuff. And those minds are influenced by the same things we are influenced in popular culture.

Viz's new prose imprint, Haikasoru, is bringing over to America translated science fiction books that show their relevance both to what we are familiar with from Japanese pop culture, but also the great science fiction pioneers of the west. These books, while read like light novels in length, are somewhat more serious and provides more substance within its 200-or-so pages.

All You Need Is Kill is one of the first two novels (this being the other) published under that imprint, and it's quite the ride. Written by Yokuwakaru Gendai Mahou's Hiroshi Sakurazaka, this particular piece technically is a light novel, but it's not like any light novel on the shelves right now in the States. Why's that?

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Japanator Recommends: The Lord of the Sands of Time photo
Japanator Recommends: The Lord of the Sands of Time
by Brad Rice

One of Viz's newest ventures has been their Haikasoru line of Japanese pop fiction books. In the sci-fi/fantasy vein, these titles bring us a taste of Japanese culture that we haven't seen much of in the past. Up until now, Vertical has been one of the biggest sources of pop fiction from Japan.

But, the big question is: how does The Lord of the Sands of Time by Issui Ogawa hold up? It's one of Viz's debut titles on the line, and so there's a bunch of pressure riding on it, at least in my mind.

A time traveling adventure where humanity's lives are at stake isn't a bad place to start, really. There's plenty to be done here, so let's just get right into the book.

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12:00 PM on 07.15.2009

'Battle League Horumo' on its way from Viz Pictures

It's unfortunate: we don't get anywhere near enough Japanese cinema over here in the States. Criterion, Media Blasters, and the like can only bring over so much. I'm glad to see Viz Pictures helping out on this end. Most rece...

Brad Rice

8:00 PM on 06.26.2009

Viz announces 'All You Need Is Kill' and 'The Lord of the Sands of Time' for its sci-fi label Haikasoru

Viz has launched a new imprint, Haikasoru, as the "first imprint dedicated to bringing Japanese science fiction to America and beyond." Well, technically they launched back in January, but only now are their first t...

Brad Rice