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2:30 PM on 05.17.2014

Viz grabs Sailor Moon!

I was tempted just to type the internet equivalent of a long squeal and end it right there, but that wouldn't be professional, so have some sweet details about Viz's latest acquisition. Sailor Moon arrives on May 1...

Josh Tolentino



Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 1 photo
Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 1
by Karen Mead

The wacky ensemble comedy of Ranma 1/2 occupies an interesting niche in Western anime fandom. The show wasn't likely to be someone's "first anime," in the way that contemporaries Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z generally were, but it was very likely to be someone's second, or third anime. Since it was one of the first anime TV series made widely available on VHS in the '90s, a lot of us have fond memories of it that may not be necessarily earned; after all, when a lot of us first saw it, we had almost nothing to compare it to.

I was a typical anime fan in this regard, since my local Blockbuster had a few Ranma 1/2 tapes among its meager anime offerings somewhere around 1997. The store only had the first two volumes of the TV series and a handful of OVAs, but I remember watching them to death back in the day -- especially the TV series episodes. Needless to say, just hearing the original theme song is enough to bring on crashing tidal waves of nostalgia. Going back to watch it in 2014, for the first time in well over a decade, I had to wonder if the show would seem anywhere near as appealing to me now that I'm older and supposedly wiser.

The answer? Imagine a picture of a slightly disgruntled Panda holding up a wooden sign that says "Yup!" This was good stuff then, and it's good stuff now.

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12:00 PM on 04.30.2014

May'N heads to San Francisco's J-POP SUMMIT

Things are heating up this summer with the announcement of May'n as the guest of honor at San Francisco's sixth annual J-POP SUMMIT. Although the Nagoya native has made herself a superstar in the world of Japanese pop music, ...

Hiroko Yamamura

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



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