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Kodansha to re-publish Sailor Moon manga in North America!

Posted in manga with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2011 by Pirate

After all these years of waiting, Kodansha’s US division has answered many fan’s prayers: the return of cult phenom Sailor Moon! Many fans rejoice! Kodansha will release the first three volumes as one big kazenban this September. Each volume will contain about three volumes. Also, each volume will contain all-new artwork!

Sailor Moon, written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi, ran in Japan in Nakayoshi from 1992 to 1997 with 18 volumes. It was adapted into an anime, which was animated by Toei and directed by Junichi Sato (ARIA) and made 46 episodes. The anime was followed by four anime TV sequels, three films, and a live-action series.

The manga was originally licensed by Tokyopop, which released all 18 volumes, but went out of print around 2003, untill this September. The anime was first licensed by DIC Entertainment, who dubbed the first two series. Series three and four were licensed and dubbed by Geneon. The final series was never licensed in North America. The first four series all aired on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block.

Kodansha will also be releasing the Sailor V prequel manga for the first time ever in North America. I am pretty glad; I read the manga when I was a little kid.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

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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

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.

xxxHolic manga to end in Japan this February

Posted in manga with tags , , , , , , on January 14, 2011 by Pirate

xxxHolic fans were kinda sad (but mostly happy) when CLAMP announced that their dark supernatural manga series will end this February.

xxxHolic is about a high-school student who has the ability to see spirits, which irks him, so he makes a deal with a mysterious lady to remove this power, but he had no idea what he was getting into when he made this bargain!

xxxHolic began February 2003 in the weekly manga magazine Young Magazine, and was created by mangaka group CLAMP (Cardcaptor Sakura, Tsubasa Chronicle, Clover). In 2010, the manga moved to Bessatsu Shonen Magazine, where it will finish its run next month. The manga currently has 18 volumes, and will have an estimated 19 or 20 volumes after it finishes.

xxxHolic was adapted into an anime movie in 2005 titled xxxHolic: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It was animated by Production I.G. (Dead Leaves, Blood: The Last Vampire, Patlabor: the Movie) and directed by Tsutomu Mizushima (Big Windup!). In 2006, it was adapted into a anime series that ran from April to September 2006 with 24 episodes. It was also animated by Production I.G. and directed by Tsutomu Mizushima.In 2008, a second anime series, xxxHolic: Kei, ran on TBS from April to June 2008 with 13 episodes. Than, in February 2009, an OVA, xxxHolic: Shunmuki, was released with 2 episodes. Than, in April 2010, a second OVA, xxxHolic: Ro, was released. A final OVA, xxxHolic: Ro Adayume, will be released this March. All of the above anime are animated by Production I.G. and directed by Tsutomu Mizushima.

In North America, the manga is licensed by Del Rey, who have recently released 16, and the film and first anime series are licensed by FUNimation. The second anime series, and the OVAs are currently unlicensed.

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.

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.