Archive for December, 2010

ANN Now Streaming Rideback!

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2010 by Pirate

Anime News Network, AKA ANN, has added another anime to their streaming list: Rideback. Rideback is pretty obscure, or so I’ve heard. ANN is streaming all 12 episodes subbed. No dub.

Rideback is based on a Seinen manga series of the same name by Tetsuro Kasahara, which was serialized in Gekkan IKKI from March 2003 to January 2009, and made 10 volumes. The anime ran on Chiba TV from January to March 2009 with 12 episodes, and was animated by Madhouse (Death Note, Gunslinger Girl). The anime was directed by Atsushi Takahashi (Nasu).

In North America, the anime is licensed by FUNimation, who plans to release the series in 2011. The manga is curently unlicensed. The anime and manga follows the story of female student Rin Ogata as she comes across a two-wheeled automobile robot known as a Rideback, and uses it to enter a tournament.

You can view it at Animenewsnetwork.com

Final volume of Shaman King to be released in USA January 2011!

Posted in manga with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2010 by Pirate

Well, fans of Shaman King, the end is almost here. After almost 10 years of being released in America, volume 32, the final volume, will be released in North America in January 4, 2011 by Viz Media under their Shonen Jump label. Viz had licensed the manga back in 2002, and had relased the first volume in September 3, 2003. The series follows the adventures of Yoh Asakura, a boy who can see and interact with ghosts due to his Shamanic powers.

In Japan, the series ran in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1998 untill it was canceled in 2004 with 32 volumes. However, since the ending was very abrupt, later the series was re-released and got an alternate ending (Which I hope Viz licenses). The series was written and illustrated by Hiroyuki Takei (Ultimo, Jumbor).

The series got an anime adaption that ran in Japan from 2001 to 2003 with 64 episodes. The series was animated by Xebec (Buso Renkin, Dai-Guard, To-Love-Ru) and directed by Seiji Mizushima (Fullmetal Alchemist, Gundam 00). It was licensed in North America by 4Kids, and aired on the FoxBox from 2003 to 2005. FUNimation and 4Kids teamed up to give it an uncut DVD release, but it was canceled after only three volumes. Shaman King has also gotten novels and video games.

Anyway, I have been reading Shaman King for awhile, so this news excites but also saddens me. I really hope Viz licenses the “True ending”. And now that I think of it, I still need to read Ultimo…

Viz Media licenses Blue Exorcist (Ao no Exorcist)

Posted in anime, manga with tags , , , , , , on December 26, 2010 by Pirate

Viz Media has just added another manga series to its “Shonen Jump Advanced” lineup: Blue Exorcist, known in Japan as Ao no Exorcist. According to Simon & Schuster, volume 1 will be released April 2011. The supernatural adventure manga series follows Rin Okumura, a boy who discovers that he is the devil’s son, and decides to fight this news by hunting demons.


Blue Exorcist is written and illustrated by Kazue Kato, and has been running in Jump Square since April 2009, and currently has five volumes. It has quickly become a fan favorite.

So much, in fact, that it is getting an anime adaption in April 2011. The anime will air on TBS, and will be animated by A-1 Pictures (Working!). The anime will be directed by Tensai Okamura (Darker Than Black, Medabots, Wolf’s Rain).

Will I read it? Maybe.

News from AnimeNewsNetwork.

Pokemon 13 to air on Cartoon Network in February

Posted in anime, Movies and Films with tags , , , , , on December 23, 2010 by Pirate

It has been over a year since Cartoon Network aired the previous Pokemon film, but next year, the 13th will finally air. Pokemon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions, known in Japan as Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl the Movie: Phantom Ruler: Zoroark. The film will air on February 5th, at 7:00 PM. The film runs at around 120 minutes. The film revolves around a mysterious new Pokemon, Zoroark, that can create illusions.

This film is part of the large Pokemon franchise, which includes a TCG, books, several manga series, including the surprisingly good Pokemon Adventures, which is licensed by Viz Media, differnt anime series, OVAs, various specials and movies, etc. This film will be the fourth and final film in the Diamond and Pearl series. The first three were Pokemon: The Rise of Darkrai, Pokemon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior, and Pokemon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life, all of which aired on Cartoon Network.

The film was released in Japanese theaters in July 2010, and made over US $47 million dollars. The 14th film will be released in Japanese theaters sometime in 2011. This film was animated by OLM (Oriental Light and Magic), who has also done every other single Pokemon anime, film, OVA, and related anime ever. This film was directed by Kunihiko Yuyama (Pokemon: The First Movie, Weather Report Girl). Movie 14 will most likely air on Cartoon Network in 2012.

You can view the official english trailer here.

Marvel confirms X-Men and Blade anime series

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , on December 23, 2010 by Pirate

Yup. I’ll probably watch these. Both anime series will air in Japan in 2011, and will air in America on the G4 channel, along with the Wolverine and Iron Man anime around the spring. Like Iron Man and Wolverine, X-Men and Blade will be animated by Madhouse (Death Note, Cardcaptor Sakura). Both anime are based on characters from Marvel Comics.

News from Marvel’s website.

Cartoon Network picks up “The Problem Solverz”

Posted in Television with tags , , on December 22, 2010 by Pirate

Okay, last week, Cartoon Network (now known to many as CN) acquired a very, um, strange show called The Problem Solverz. It is a very strange, awful looking show. Here is a clip:

Yeah. I am very mad and annoyed and confused at Cartoon Network. Of all the decent shows and anime that they could license, they chose this piece of trippy animation garbage? Ugh.

If you think that this show looks like an Adult Swim original, you are half-right. This shows was gonna be on Adult Swim, but for some reason was moved to CN. Nice. AS gets Kekkaishi, and CN gets this. AS totally suckered CN on this.

News from CartoonBrew.

Hunter X Hunter vol. 27 to be released in North America March 2011.

Posted in anime, manga with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2010 by Pirate

After over a year, Viz Media will finally release the next volume of Hunter X Hunter in March. About time, I say. The previous volume had been released on January 2010. Viz Media releases Hunter X Hunter under its Shonen Jump Advanced lineup.

The serie is written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi (YuYu Hakusho, Level E) and started serializing in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1998. While it is still going with 27 volumes, it is currently on hiatus in Japan, meaning that Viz will be caught up in 2011. HXH is infamous for having had over 7 different hiatuses over the years.

It got an anime adaption in October 1999 on TV Tokyo, and ran untill 2001 with 62 episodes, and covered the first 11 and a half volumes of the manga. In 2002, it got an OVA series to continue the story. The OVA made 8 episodes, and covered volumes 12 and 13. In 2003, it got a second OVA, which made 8 episodes, and covered volumes 14. In 2004, it got a third OVA, which made 14 episodes, and covered volumes 15 through 18. Volumes 19 and onward have yet to get an anime. The anime and OVA are all animated by Nippon Animation. The first anime series was directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Rurouni Kenshin, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn). The first OVA was directed by Satoshi Saga (Green Legend Ran), the second OVA was directed by Yukihiro Matsushita (Blue Dragon), and the final OVA was directed by Makoto Sato.