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7:30 PM on 04.18.2014

Sakura-Con '14: Viz Media announce World Trigger headed to print

This afternoon Viz Media held their own Sakura-Con industry panel and although it could likely be described as brief, they did manage to excite us with an announcement or two. Most notably, that Daisuke Aishihara's action-pac...

Tim Sheehy


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Review: K DVD/Blu-ray Complete Series photo
Review: K DVD/Blu-ray Complete Series
by LB Bryant

Sometimes you come across a series that looks amazing and impresses you with its style from the first moments. Those series are few and far between but when you find them, they tend to stick with you. Sometimes though, you get into the middle of one of these shows and find that they are all flash with no meat; style over substance, as it were. Sadly, K is one of those series. 

While high-school student Shiro is running an errand for his classmates one day, he's forced to go on the run when multiple people show up on the scene intent on taking his life. Apparently there's a video of him out there murdering a "king" in cold blood. Shiro's sure that he didn't do it and convinces one of the people after his life, Kuroh, to spare him long enough to prove his innocence.

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A look at: Phantom Thief Jeanne Volume 1 photo
A look at: Phantom Thief Jeanne Volume 1
by LB Bryant

By day Maron Kusakabe is a normal, everyday high school student. She lives in an apartment by herself, has a best friend who lives next door and she's a member of the rhythmic gymnastics team. What people don't realize, however, is that Maron's hiding a secret: at night she's a phantom thief who steals paintings in which demons reside and seals them away before those demons can eat the hearts of the paintings owner. 

For the most part things have been going well for her and the police have yet to be able to catch her. However, things change when a new phantom thief named Sinbad appears on the scene and starts trying to steal those paintings before she can. What Maron doesn't realize though is that Sinbad is actually the alter-ego of the flirtatious new transfer student named Chiaki who has moved into Maron's apartment building. Will the two learn to co-exist as friends in both of their lives or will they be forced to become enemies? 

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10:00 AM on 03.08.2014

Viz releasing Princess Mononoke: The First Story

Just about everyone is a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki's output, especially Princess Mononoke. But I imagine not as many folks know about the original story (of the same name) that Miyazaki put together. The book was a collection...

Ben Huber

12:00 PM on 03.07.2014

Viz racks up Assassination Classroom, One Piece, and more

Viz has my number, you guys. They've been consistently bringing the noise, bringing down the house, coming here to turn the party out. They're raising the roof to prove they can get loose, y'all, with high-profile releases li...

Brittany Vincent

5:30 PM on 03.04.2014

Viz licenses Naoki Urasawa's Master Keaton manga

Here's an unexpected announcement: Viz Media has licensed Naoki Urasawa's (of Monster, Pluto, and 20th Century Boys fame) Master Keaton manga series. The classic series ran from 1988 to 1994, inspired a TV anime, and a host o...

Ben Huber

10:30 PM on 02.21.2014

Viz to put out K as an A-grade Blu-ray combo pack

Much as I've embraced our digital media future, I still have a soft spot in my heart for sweet physical extras. After all, I did once buy a copy of Sakura Taisen that I didn't have a machine for just to get a hilarious-l...

Josh Tolentino



Perfect Square launches limited time digital manga sale photo
Perfect Square launches limited time digital manga sale
by Kristina Pino

Take advantage of a sale on digital manga being offered by VIZ Media's all-ages imprint Perfect Square, running now until February 28th. Titles such as Hello Kitty: Delicious! (reviewed), Uglydoll: Eat Dat!, and all of their Pokémon books are discounted. Some volumes are brought down by just US$1 from the already reduced digital price, while others are marked all the way down to US$1.99.

If you've been meaning to try any of the awesome books that Perfect Square offer, now's a great time to grab a few. Don't let the "all-ages" rating fool you into thinking you're above enjoying them: VIZ Media have some truly fantastic, talented, and experienced artists, writers, and others working on their PS titles.

For a look at their full catalog, check out Perfect Square's main site. Digital releases for Perfect Square titles are available through their iPad app.

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8:30 PM on 02.12.2014

Neon Alley transitioning to free on-demand

Brace yourselves. Viz Anime's subscription-based digital network Neon Alley has announced plans to transition to an on-demand service on April 1st, eliminating their subscription platform and live programming. Following the t...

Tim Sheehy



Yaoi imprint SuBLime celebrates its anniversary photo
Yaoi imprint SuBLime celebrates its anniversary
by Tim Sheehy

If you're big on boys love, or just feel the occasional urge to stock up on some yaoi, Viz Media has got you covered. Their specialized Yaoi-centric manga imprint, SuBLime -- oh, the BL is capitalized... I see what they did there -- is celebrating their second anniversary and have partnered with the popular online retailer Right Stuf to offer everyone 50% off select bundles for a limited time. The list only extends to certain print editions, and includes titles such as Awkward Silence, His Favorite, Punch Up!, select works from Yaya Sakuragi, and more. Click here for a full list.

The 50% off extends only to the bundled packages, however individual print editions of each of these series are available for just $6.76, each. That's actually 48% off the MSRP, so you're still getting a pretty good deal if you'd rather pick and choose. Just keep in mind that all these titles are rated 'M' for mature, and probably for good reason. To call some of the content questionable would be putting it mildly.

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A Look @ Nisekoi, vol. 1 photo
A Look @ Nisekoi, vol. 1
by Kristina Pino

Nisekoi turned out to be one of those happy discoveries you sometimes stumble upon when you aren't looking for anything particular, read a silly synopsis, and think, "Why not?" I wasn't too sure what to expect from this coming in, except that it was probably a romantic comedy.

And it is.

It's a romantic comedy that's apparently published in Shonen Jump, and the first volume which comprises the first seven chapters had heaps of fighting in it -- between the lead male character and a girl he has to pretend to date in order to appease the rival gangs they belong to.

Let's have a quick look at the copy before I move on with my thoughts:

It’s hate at first sight—or rather a knee to the head at first sight —when Raku Ichijo meets Chitoge Kirisaki! Unfortunately, Raku’s gangster father arranges a false love match between Raku and their rival gang leader’s daughter, who just so happens to be Chitoge! Raku’s searching for his childhood sweetheart from ten years ago, however, with a pendant around his neck as a memento...but he can't even remember the girl’s name or face!

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11:00 AM on 01.11.2014

Hello Kitty is preparing to surprise you in April

This week saw the release of Hello Kitty Delicious!, the second volume in the new Hello Kitty manga series being published by VIZ Media's Perfect Square imprint. And hot on its heels is the listing of Hello Kitty Surprise!, w...

Kristina Pino

3:30 PM on 01.08.2014

Moribito added to Neon Alley's mid-season schedule

Viz Media's streaming network Neon Alley is half way through their fall season of programming. To mark the occasion they'll be adding some new programming to their schedule, starting with the mid-season debut of 2007's M...

Tim Sheehy



Review: Zetman photo
Review: Zetman
by Salvador G Rodiles

Even though I’m the guy at Japanator that watches toku shows, my experience with superhero stories in general is below average. While I’ve kept up with many of the cartoons and films that are based off of DC and Marvel’s characters, I never got around to reading the original comic books that many people grew up with.

Based on my limited experience with the genre, I find the heroes' inner struggles to be one of the most interesting things about their adventures. Since Zetman focuses on two heroes, whose backstories and moral values differ from one another, the premise of this show is right up my alley-- the question was whether or not it could deliver on its promise.

Battling evildoers is a serious occupation, so let's find out if Zetman's main characters have what it takes to become true champions of justice.

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5:00 PM on 12.24.2013

SuBLime Yaoi manga now available for Kindle

I won't pretend to read, or even truly understand the fascination with Boys Love genre, but I know there's a fair amount of you out there who do, so some of you may be really excited by this bit of news. VIZ Media's yaoi mang...

Tim Sheehy

7:00 AM on 12.21.2013

Viz announces date for first Ranma 1/2 Blu-ray

Ranma 1/2 was the second anime that I watched as a teen, after Dragon Ball Z. To say it holds a happy little niche in my heart would be an understatement. I got a full year of enjoyment out of that show and I've always wanted...

Pedro Cortes

8:00 PM on 12.20.2013

Deck out your smart phone display with Bleach and Naruto

VIZ Media have announced that starting Monday, December 23rd you'll be able to get Bleach and Naruto image packs via the CocoPPa app for iOS and Android and totally bling your phone out from icons to wall papers. Actually, I ...

Kristina Pino



VIZ Media announce a big sale and some new additions photo
VIZ Media announce a big sale and some new additions
by Kristina Pino

Viz Media have announced that from now through January 15th, all of the manga titles purchasable at Viz Manga (or on the VIZ Manga app) are 20% off. This includes such titles as Naruto and One Piece, Hana Kimi, Magi, Honey and Clover, Ouran High School Host Club, Boys Over Flowers, Nana, Ruroni Kenshin, and Toriko.

For those who are a few volumes behind, or in other cases, well-stocked except for a few missing teeth on your shelf, this is a nice sale to get all caught up. The store boasts over 2,000 volumes of manga in total, and there's sure to be something for everyone. If nothing else, maybe this is a great opportunity to get that one friend or family member to try starting a new series.

Now, on to the new stuff!

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8:00 AM on 12.12.2013

All You Need is Kill film adaptation looks amazing

When I first heard that Hiroshi Sakurazaka's classic sci-fi light novel, All You Need is Kill was getting the Hollywood treatment, I got a bit worried. It was initially announced that Brad Pitt was attached to the film as th...

Hiroko Yamamura

3:30 PM on 11.21.2013

Luffy gets full page NY Times ad, Viz retrospective

In 2013 terms, newspapers as a medium is passé and becoming a tradition of the past. But it's always really neat to see a crazy stunt pulled off when some giant anime or manga character take up a full page of it, ...

Jeff Chuang

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 G Rodiles



A Look @: Sweet Rein, vol. 1 photo
A Look @: Sweet Rein, vol. 1
by Kristina Pino

Last week saw the release of the first volume of Sweet Rein, a Christmas-themed love story published by VIZ Media. It's a translation of Sakura Tsukuba's Yoroshiku Master, which is finished, and mercifully short (three volumes). Indeed, it's short enough that I decided that for the first time since Kimi ni Todoke I'd be giving one of these cutesy romance-type stories another shot.

Sweet Rein follows the story of Kurumi, a 17-year-old girl who was down in the dumps because she expected to spend Christmas all by her lonesome, when she suddenly encounters the lovable Kaito on the street. He bumps into her and a magical rein appears to bind them together, and thus begins a master and servant relationship in which she is a Santa and he a magical reindeer who can (and will) do anything she commands, including turning into a straight-up reindeer.

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12:00 PM on 11.02.2013

Romance and Christmas spirit abound in Sweet Rein vol. 1

VIZ Media is ready to kick off the holiday season early with the release of a new shoujo series titled Sweet Rein. The first volume will be out on November 5th both in print (US$9.99) and digitally (US$6.99) via the VIZ Manga...

Kristina Pino

11:00 PM on 11.01.2013

Crunchyroll to simulcast One Piece this week

Fans looking for their One Piece-fix will have to look no further than Crunchyroll, as the streaming service is set to pick up the latest season of the on-going series starting Saturday, November 2nd. Episode #619 -- yea...

Tim Sheehy



Viz launches digital manga library on Apple iBooks photo
Viz launches digital manga library on Apple iBooks
by Tim Sheehy

Huge news for digital manga fans -- Viz Media have made their entire digital catalog of graphic novels available via Apple iBooks, with 1,600 volumes of manga spread across 130 titles. That's a LOT of manga to choose from. Better yet, thanks to Apple's cloud technology, iBooks will let you share your manga and bookmarks across each of your favorite Apple devices on the go, such as your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Keeping up with your favorite Viz manga has never been easier. 

To top it all off, Viz plans on keeping your favorite on-going series like Bleach, Naruto and One Piece up to date with the latest installments, but will also be using the service to debut new ones as well, so there's plenty of more to come. Finally, it's important to note that iBooks will allow you to preview each volume of manga before spending your hard earned cash, so you know what you're getting into. I don't know about you guys, but I'm loving the digital revolution so far. Any of you planning on scoping this out?

 

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10:00 AM on 10.25.2013

Have a round-up of VIZ Manga's October e-releases

For those of you folks keeping up with your manga on eReaders (mobile or NOOK), here's a look at VIZ Manga's October releases. Brand-new titles available right now: Aishiteruze Baby (vol.1), Cowa!, a Shonen Jump stand-alone s...

Kristina Pino

8:00 AM on 10.22.2013

Hello Kitty's next target is your stomach

Following the release of Hello Kitty: Here We Go! (reviewed), Perfect Square have updated their site with the listing for the second book in the series, titled Delicious! Delicious! will be released on January 7th with the pr...

Kristina Pino

6:00 PM on 10.18.2013

Neon Alley's new fall season premieres tonight

Just a friendly reminder for those of you who subscribe to Viz Media's streaming network. Neon Alley's new fall season starts tonight with the premiere of Ranma 1/2 at 8 PM EST, followed by Magi at 9 PM, two episodes of ...

Tim Sheehy

9:00 AM on 10.12.2013

NYCC 2013: Viz brings out Terra Formars

Viz certainly didn't slack at New York Comic Con either. Right after Kodansha's deluge of licenses, Viz had some titles of their own to announce. Terra Formars by Kenichi Tachibana My Love Story!! by Kazune Kawahara and Aruk...

Brad Rice



A Look at: Hello Kitty: Here We Go! photo
A Look at: Hello Kitty: Here We Go!
by Kristina Pino

Today is the day that Japanator recommends you buy a Hello Kitty comic. Things sure are goofy around here.

Hello Kitty: Here We Go! is the first volume in a collection of short comics chronicling the many adventures of the world's most famous cat with a pink bow. She travels all over, even through time and space, for all kinds of reasons.

In reading this comic, I've discovered that Hello Kitty wears many hats. She's a friend, first and foremost, but she's also an astronaut, a secret agent, a photographer, an avid reader with a hyper-active imagination, and who knows what else. True to the premise of the character in the first place, Hello Kitty is basically you and me.

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