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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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