Archive for January, 2011

Udon Licensed Mega Man Gigamix!

Posted in manga, Video Games with tags , , , , , on January 28, 2011 by Pirate

This week, the American manga publisher Udon licensed that they licensed the Mega Man manga Mega Man Gigamix. I am very excited since I also liked their Mega Man Megamix manga.

Mega Man Gigamix, written and illustrated by Hitoshi Ariga (The Big O), is the sequel series to the manga Mega Man Megamix (also licensed by Udon and written by Ariga) which is based on the video game franchise by Capcom.

Mega Man Megamix ran in Japan in the late ninties with three volumes, and covered the events of the first few Mega Man video games. Mega Man Gigamix, the sequel, ran in Japan from 2009 to 2010 with three volumes, and covers the newer games. The manga follows the advetures of Mega Man, a robot who fights evil robots who work for a diobolical maniac called Dr. Wily.

Udon released Mega Man Megamix in North America 2009 through 2010, and they will release volume 1 of Gigamix in May this year. Other Capcom manga that Udon has licensed in the past include Mega Man ZX and Street Fighter Gaiden.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

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Vertical licenses Princess Knight and Drops of God manga series!

Posted in manga with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2011 by Pirate

Manga company Vertical has licensed two new manga to add to its collection: Princess Knight and Drops of God. Vertical has always been known to make daring licensing choices; will this be different?

Princess Knight is a Shojo fantasy manga by Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy, Kimba) that ran in Shojo Club from 1953 to 1956 with 2 volumes, which Vertical will release soon. A sequel series, Twin Knight, also helmed by Tezuka, ran in Nakayoshi 1958 with one volume. A third series, also by Tezuka, ran in Nakayoshi from 1963 to 1966 with three volumes. An anime series, directed by Tezuka, ran in Japan from 1967 to 1968 with 52 episodes. An anime film opened in Japan in 1994, and was directed by Masayoshi Nishida (Eyeshield 21, Mokke). Princess Knight is credited as being the manga that first popularized Shojo in Japan.

Drops of God, written by Tadashi Agi and illustrated by Shu Okimoto, is a manga series about win which began serializing in Weekly Morning on November 2004, and is still ongoing with 25 volumes. Vertical plans on releasing at least the first two.

I wonder how well these two manga series will do for Vertical?

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

EDIT: Vertical will release volume 1 of Princess Knight in October, and volume 1 of Drops of God in September.

Pokemon: Black & White anime to air in North America this February

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , on January 26, 2011 by Pirate

With Cartoon Network airing the final two episodes of Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl this month, fans were wondering when CN would air Pokemon: Black & White (Known in Japan as Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes). Well, the answer is February 12, with two new episodes at 9:00 AM.

Pokemon: Black & White is the fourth Pokemon anime series based on the best selling video game franchise from Nintendo. The anime franchise has been running in Japan since 1997, and currently has over 660 episodes, 13 anime films, over 15 specials, and a spinoff series, not to mention over 14 manga series and tons of merchandise.

The video games are all licensed in North America by Nintendo. A few of the manga are licensed in North America by Viz Media. The anime was previously licensed by 4Kids and aired on Kids WB, but as of 2008, the anime was re-licensed by The Pokemon Company, and airs on Cartoon Network.

Pokemon: Black & White is animated by Oriental Light and Magic (Berserk, every other Pokemon anime) and directed by Norihiko Sudo (Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl, ToHeart2).

In Japan, Black & White has so far gained better reviews than the former series, with people calling it a breath of fresh air.

Captain Planet being released on DVD in April!

Posted in Television with tags , , , on January 23, 2011 by Pirate

Captain Planet, an infamous 90’s animated cartoon about a group of people who fight against threats to the ecosystem, and when push comes to shove, they can transform into Captain Planet.

The show originally aired on TBS and Cartoon Network from September 1990 to May 1996 and made six seasons with 113 episodes. Captain Planet season 1 will be released on DVD in April, with other seasons expected to follow. The DVDs will be released by Shout! Factory.

ScyFy to air Chrono Crusade!

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2011 by Pirate

Starting February 22, ScyFy Channel will air two episodes of the 2003 anime every Tuesday night on ScyFy’s anime block, Ani-Monday (now jokingly called Ani-Tuesday when it moved from Monday nights to Tuesday nights). The two episodes will air at 11:00 and 11:30 PM, follows by repeats of Gurren Lagann. This will be the first FUNimation anime to air on ScyFy.

The anime is based on a manga by Daisuke Moriyama (World Embryo), which ran in Dragon Age from November 1998 to June 2004 with 8 volumes. The anime series, which was animated by Gonzo (Vandread, Gate Keepers, Gantz) and directed by Yuu Kou (Giant Killing, Loveless), ran in Japan on Fuji TV from November 2003 to June 2004 with 24 episodes.

In North America, the manga was licensed by ADV Manga, and the anime was previously licensed by ADV Films, but then rescued by FUNimation. In 2006, it aired on Showtime Beyond. The anime and manga follows an organization who hunt demons.

Other anime previously aired on Ani-Monday include Dead Leaves, Appleseed, Descendants of Darkness, El-Hazard, Galaxy Express 999, Ghost in the Shell, Kai Doh Maru, Monster, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Macross Plus, Ninja Scroll, Rave Master, Tokko, and X.

Sentai Filmworks licenses Infinite Stratos!

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , on January 20, 2011 by Pirate

Yesterday, Sentai Filmworks licensed a sci-fi/harem anime series Infinite Stratos, AKA IS. This is unique in that Infinite Stratos started airing in Japan less than three weeks ago.  The anime series is about an academy that trains students to use the IS weapons. However, only girls can use these, untill one young man gains the ability.

The anime is based on a based on a light novel series by Izuru Yumizuru which has been running since May 2009, and currently has six volumes. A manga adaption by Kenji Akahoshi began in 2010 in Monthly Comic Alive, and is still ongoing with a single volume.

The anime began in Japan in January 7, and will get 12 episodes. The anime is animated by 8-Bit (Their first solo animation!) and directed by Yasuhito Kikuchi (Macross Frontier). The anime was met with very negative reviews.

MAR to stream on VizAnime and Hulu in January

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2011 by Pirate

MAR (Which is short for Marchen¬† Awakens Romance) will stream on VizAnime (Viz Media’s official online streaming service) and Hulu starting January 17th.

MAR is based on the fantasy adventure manga series by Nobuyuki Anzai (Flame of Recca), which ran in Shonen Sunday from May 2003 to July 2006 with 15 volumes. In 2006, a sequel series titled MAR Omega began in Shonen Sunday, but was written and illustrated by Koichiro Hoshino (Popcorn Avatar). It was canceled with about 38 chapters.

An anime adaption ran in Japan on TV Tokyo from April 2005 to March 2007 with 102 episodes. It was animated by SynergySP (Pichi Pichi Pitch) and directed by Masaharu Okuwaki (Go! Wrestler Gundan, Mermaid Forest). It was also adapted into various video games.

In North America, both the manga and anime series are licensed by Viz Media. MAR Omega has yet to be licensed. The MAR anime aired on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block in 2007, but was removed after only a few months. Viz never finished dubbing the anime, so this will be the first time ever where fans can watch the whole series legally.