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8th Naruto anime film to open in Japanese theatres summer 2011.

Posted in anime, Movies and Films with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2010 by Pirate

Well, that was fast. TOHO announced that the eighth Naruto anime film, based on the ongoing manga series by Masashi Kishimoto, will open in Japan next summer. This will be the 8th Naruto film, and the fifth Shippuden film. The 7th Naruto film had opened in Japan this spring.

In North America, Viz Media hold the rights to the Naruto manga, anime, and films. Viz released the fourth Naruto film early this year, and is expected to release the fifth film next spring. For the 8th film, voice actress Junko Takeuchi will return as the voice of protagonist Naruto Uzumaki. This film has no title yet.

Info from Anime News Network

Kodansha USA licenses manga galore!

Posted in manga with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2010 by Pirate

Alot of you manga fans are probably annoyed at Del Rey. They delay titles, drop them randomly, sometimes releases are totally erratic, lately they release manga in big packs for more money, etc. Well, a few months ago, Kodansha announced that they would personally release some manga that Del Rey had dropped and delayed. Well, they didn’t lie!

Kodansha USA will publish the next volumes of the following manga that Del had dropped/delayed:

Air Gear

Arisa

Fairy Tale

I Am Here!

Negima

Negima!? Neo

Ninja Girls

Rave Master

Shugo Chara

The Wallflower

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei

Pretty cool, huh? Also, Kodansha USA announced that they have licensed some manga that were previously unreleased in North America. These include:

Phoenix Wright – Ace Attorney by Kenji Kuroda

Monster Hunter Orange by Hiro Mashima

Deltora Quest by Makoto Niwano

Mardock Scramble by Yoshitoki Oima

Animal Land by Makoto Raiku

Bloody Monday by Ryo Ryumon

Cage of Eden by Yoshinobu Yamada

I am personally most excited about Deltora Quest, since I read the original novels and watched the anime, which airs on The Hub every day, and since I like the novels and the anime, I am also looking forward to the manga, which beforehand, everyone thought would never, ever get licensed.

Anyway, I am glad because this gives hope for other manga that Del Rey dropped. Anyway: Thanks Kodansha!

Viz Media gets new manga under “Shonen Jump” and Shonen Jump Advanced” labels

Posted in anime, manga with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2010 by Pirate

With alot of Viz Media’s Shonen Jump manga finishing soon, (Prince of Tennis, Shaman King, Eyeshield 21, Hikaru no Go, ) Viz decided that it needed some new blood. So, Viz got some new manga.

The first is Psyren. Psyren is a supernatural manga series written and illustrated by Toshiaki Iwashiro. It started in Japan in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2007, but due to low popularity, was cancelled in 2010 and currently has 14 volumes, and will soon have up to an estimated 17 volumes. Viz will publish the first volume in 2011.

The second is Yu-Gi-Oh 5D’s. 5D’s is a fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Satou. It began serializing in V-Jump in August 2009, and is still running with one volume. It is based on the anime series of the same name, which is a spin-off from the original Yu-Gi-Oh Duelist anime.

The anime is animated by Studio Gallop (Yu-Gi-Oh, Initial D) and directed by Katsumi Ono. The anime series started in Japan on April 2008, and is still going with 138 episodes. The anime was licensed by 4Kids. Viz has no date yet for volume 1 of the manga.

The third is Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan. Nura is a supernatural manga series written and illustrated by Hiroshi Shiibashi. It began serializing in Weekly Shonen Jump on March 2008, and is still going with 13 volumes. An anime adaption started on July 2010, and is still going with 25 epsiodes. The anime is animated by Studio Deen (Fate/Stay Night, Soul Hunter, Samurai Deeper Kyo) and directed by Junji Nishimura (Soul Hunter, MARS). Viz has already licensed the anime, and Viz will release volume 1 in 2011.

FUNimation to re-release YuYu Hakusho on Blu-Ray in 2011.

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , on December 12, 2010 by Pirate

Yes, you heard right. After almost a decade, one of FUNi’s first anime series will be getting a Blu-Ray release in season box sets. The first set will be released on March 2011, according to Right Stuf. About time, I say. I may have to finally buy the anime, since I really enjoyed the manga.

Yu Yu Hakusho is based on a manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi (Hunter X Hunter, Level E) and was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1990 to 1994 and made 19 volumes, which Viz Media published under their Shonen Jump line-up. To this day, YuYu Hakusho remains known as one of the best Shonen Jump manga around.

The anime series ran from 1992 to 1995, and made 112 episodes. The series was animated by Studio Pierrot (Naruto, Bleach) and directed by Noriyuki Abe (Bleach, Flame of Recca). The anime, which was very popular, spawned two OVA from 1994 to 1996, and two films. The first was released in 1993, and the second in 1994. FUNimation has licensed the anime series, but the films were licensed by another company.

The series has also gotten novels, video games, CD’s, and art books.

ANN now streaming Romeo X Juliet, Project Blue Earth SOS, and Moeyo Ken (OVA)

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2010 by Pirate

ANN, AKA Anime News Network, has added more anime series to their online streaming sites. ANN is streaming all 24 subbed episodes of Romeo X Juliet, and the first 4 dubed, all 6 dubbed episodes of Project Blue Earth SOS, and all subbed and dubbed 4 episodes of Moeyo Ken.

Romeo X Juliet is a historical romance anime based on the classic play by Shakespeare. Animated by Gonzo, it ran in Japan from April 2007 to September 2007. It also spawned a manga series by Reiko Yoshida, which began running in Monthly Asuka magazine in 2007, and is still going with over two volumes.

In North America, the anime is licensed by FUNimation. The manga was recently licensed by Yen Press.

Project Blue Earth SOS is a sci-fi anime series. It ran in Japan from July 2006, to December 2006. All the episodes were an hour. It was animated by A.C.G.T., whom also animated Koi Kaze.

In North America, it was licensed by ADV Films, but is now licensed by FUNimation.

Moeyo Ken is fantasy OVA based on the PC game. In Japan, it was released November 2003, and animated by Trinet Entertainment. Later on in 2005, it was remade into an anime series, which ran from July 2005 to September 2005 with 13 episodes, and was also animated by Trinet Entertainment.

In North America, the OVA is licensed by ADV, and the anime series is licensed by FUNimation. The PC game has yet to be licensed.

ANN is also now streaming more episodes of other anime:

One more subbed episode of Naruto Shippuden from Viz Media

Three more subbed episodes of One Piece from FUNimation

Two more dubbed episodes of Monster from Viz Media

ANN now streaming Birdy the Mighty DECODE and Phantom – Requiem for the Phantom

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2010 by Pirate

ANN, AKA Anime News Network has added some more subbed anime to their online streaming site: All 26 subbed episodes of Birdy the Mighty DECODE and all 26 subbed episodes of Phantom – Requiem for the Phantom.

Birdy the Mighty DECODE is a sci-fi anime that is a remake of an OVA, which is based on the manga one-shot by Masami Yuki. The manga ran in Shonen Super Sunday from 1985 to 1988, and was canceled. In 1996, it was turned into a four-episode OVA, animated by Madhouse. In 2003, the author remade the manga, which ran in Weekly Young Sunday and Big Comic Spirits from 2003 to 2008 with 20 volumes. Then in 2008, the anime was remade to this one, animated by A-1 Pictures. Then, in 2008, the author made a third manga, which premiered in Weekly Young Sunday, where it is still going with over 4 volumes.

In North America, the OVA is licensed by Central Park Media. The new anime is licensed by FUNimation. The manga has yet to be licensed.

Phantom – Requiem for the Phantom is a action/drama anime series based on the OVA which is based on the Nitroplus video game Phantom of Inferno. Phantom of Inferno was released in Japan on February 25, 2000 for the PC and Playstation 2. It was adapted into a three-episode OVA, Phantom – The Animation,  in 2004, and was animated by KSS. It was remade into an anime series 2009, and finished Fall 2009, and was animated by Bee Train. It was also later turned into a manga series.

 

In North America, the OVA is licensed by Media Blasters, and the anime series was licensed by FUNimation. The video game was never licensed.

ANN is also now streaming:

One more subbed episode of Cross Game from Viz Media

One more subbed episode of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan from Viz Media

Two more subbed episodes of Hikaru no Go from Viz Media

One more subbed episode of Kaasan – Mom’s Life from Crunchyroll

Bandai licensed Turn A Gundam and Tales of the Abyss

Posted in anime, Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2010 by Pirate

Today, Bandai announced that they had licensed two more anime: Turn A Gundam and Tales of the Abyss. This announcement made many fans happy.

Turn A Gundam is yet another anime in the Gundam franchise. In Japan, it aired from April 1999 to April 2000 with 50 episodes. It was animted by Sunrise, who has animated pretty much every single Gundam anime. It spawned three manga series, two of them in 1999, and the third in 2004. It also made two anime films, both in 2002.

As of today, no one has licensed any of the manga or anime films. No one had licensed the anime before Bandai.

Tales of the Abyss is a fantasy anime based is based on the Namco Bandai video game for the PS2. The game came out in Japan on 2005, and in the US the next year. The anime series ran in Japan from October 2008 to March 2009 with 26 episodes. It was also animated by Sunrise. It also spawned three manga.

The game has been released in North America, but none of the manga have been licensed yet.

ANN now streaming Digimon Adventure 02 and Pumpkin Scissors

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2010 by Pirate

ANN, AKA Anime News Network, has added two more anime to their streaming site: Digimon Adventure 02 and Pumpkin Scissors. ANN has added al 50 subbed episodes of Digimon Adventure 02, and the first 4 dubbed episodes of Pumpkin Scissors out of 24.

Digimon Adventure is the second anime series based on the Digimon franchise. The first anime, Digimon Adventure, ran in Japan from March 1999 to March 2000 with 54 episodes. It also spawned a manga and two anime films. Digimon Adventure 02 ran in Japan from April 2000 to March 2001. It spawned a manga and two anime films. Both series are animated by Toei Animation, famous for Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon.

In North America, both series were licensed by Disney, and aired on Fox Kids, Toon Disney, and Disney XD. Recently, FUNimation re-licensed Digimon Adventure 02, and is now streaming it. The manga are licensed by Tokyopop.

Pumpkin Scissors is drama war anime series based on the manga by Ryoutarou Iwanaga. The manga started in Japan in Magazine GREAT on 2002, but when Magazine GREAT was cancled in 2006, it moved to Monthly Shonen Magazine, where it is still going with over 10 volumes. The anime ran in Japan from October 2006 to March 2007, and was animated by AIC and Gonzo.

In North America, the manga is licensed by Del Rey. The anime was licensed by ADV Films, and was re-licensed by FUNimation.

ANN is also now streaming:

one more subbed episode of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan from Viz Media

One more subbed episode of Hikaru no Go from Viz Media

One more episode of Kaasan – Mom’s Life from Crunchyroll

14 more subbed episodes of Bleach from Viz Media

ANN now streaming dubbed Ouran HS Club, Guyver, Red Garden, and Shakugan no Shana

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2010 by Pirate

ANN has just gotten more dubbed anime for those who prefer dubs to subs. They include the first 4 dubbed episodes of Ouran High School Host Club, the first 4 dubbed episodes of Guyver, the first 4 dubbed episodes of Red Garden, and the first 4 dubbed episodes of Shakugan no Shana.

Ouran High School Host Club is a 26-episode comedy anime series based on the manga by Bisco Hatori. The manga started in 2003 in LaLa magazine, and is still going. The anime ran in Japan from April 2006 to September 2006, and was animated by BONES, also known for animating Fullmetal Alchemist.

The manga is licensed in America by Viz Media, who have released the first 14 volumes. The anime is licensed by FUNimation. It follows the misadventures of a bunch of rich, kinda snobbish students who force a female student to be a host in exchange to pay off her debt. ANN is already streaming all 26 episodes subbed.

Guyver, AKA Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor, is a 26-episode sci-fi anime series, based on the manga by Yoshiki Takaya. The manga series began in Shonen Captain magazine in 1985, and when the magazine closed on 1997, it moved to Shonen Ace magazine, where it is still going with 27 volumes. The manga has spawned a 1986 anime film, a 12-episode OVA, two live-action films, and the 2005 anime series that ANN just got. It is animated by Oriental Light and Magic, famous for Pokemon and To Heart.

The manga was licensed by Viz Media, but was canceled after about 10 volumes, and the anime is licensed by FUNimation. It follows the adventures of a high-school student who finds a mysterious armor that bonds with him, and now he is the target of an evil organization.

Red Garden is a 22-episode supernatural anime series based on the manga, which ran in Comic Birz from August 2006 to January 2009 with 4 volumes. The anime ran in Japan from October 2006 to March 2007, and was animated by Gonzo, also known for Gate Keepers. There was also in OVA in August 2007, also animated by Gonzo.

The anime and OVA are licensed in America by FUNimation. The series is about four girls who get amnesia, and then discover that a friend was found dead. It turns out that they are all dead, and that if they don’t do what a mysterious lady says, they’ll vanish!

Shakugan no Shana is a 24-episode fantasy anime series based on the manga series by Yashichiro Takahashi, illustrated by Ayato Sasakura, which in turned is based on the light novel series by Yashichiro Takahashi, illustrated by Noizi Ito. The light novel series began in 2002, and is still going, and the manga began in Dengeki Daioh on February 2005, and is still going with 8 volumes. The manga spawned an anime series, which ANN just got, some video games, an anime film, two OVAs, a second anime series, and a spin-off manga series.

The anime series ran in Japan from 2005 to 2006, and was animated by J.C. Staff, also known for doing Azumanga Daioh and Ghost Hunt. The second anime, also animated by J.C. Staff, ran in Japan from 2007 to 2008 with 24 episodes. The anime film, also by J.C. Staff, was released in Japan on April 2007. The two OVAs were also animated by J.C. Staff, and the first was released on December 2006, and the second on October 2009. The spin-off manga started in 2007, and is still going.

In America, the manga and light novels are licensed by Viz Media. Both anime series, both OVAs, and the film are licensed by FUNimation. The franchise is about a red-haired girl who hunts what she calls “Denizens of the Crimson Realm”. The franchise is very popular.

In addition, Anime News Network also added to their video player:

one more subbed Hikaru no Go

two more subbed One Piece

Reborn is a comedy turn action.

Posted in anime, manga with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2010 by Pirate

I’ve been reading the Japanese manga Reborn! known in Japan as Kaktekyo Hitman Reborn. It is written and illustrated by Akira Amano, and serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump. In the US, it is licensed by Viz Media under their Shonen Jump Advanced lineup.

The plot is fairly simple at first. High-schooler Tsuna Sawada is about as hapless and useless as a kid can get. One day, a mysterious baby named Reborn arrives at his house and informs the youth that it is his mission to train Tsuna to become a mafic boss. With the help of a magic bullet, Reborn begins his crazy and unpredictable tutoring on poor Tsuna, who wants nothing to do with this. And thus, crazieness starts!

This series is pretty wird at times. Along his path to become a mafia boss, Tsuna meets super-babies, poison-cooking experts, shape-shifting chameleons, and other weird things. Those who cannot tolerate weirdness should stop reading now. Also, it should be noted that in volume 8, the series comedic nature suddenly becomes a serious, more violent mafia action series that feels more in-place as a Shonen Jump manga.

 

 

I am enjoying the series very much so far (I am currently up to volume 16) and anyone who likes Shonen Jump manga won’t be dissapointed. If you like comedy, thats here. If you like tourneys, thats here. Gun and fist fights? Check. Mafia and gangster content? Yeah. Big Shonen fights? Totally!

 

In Japan, this manga started its serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump on April 4, 2004, and is still going with 28 volumes. Volume 15 just came out in North America. An anime version, animated by Artland, premiered on TV Tokyo on October 7, 2006, and is still going with 180 episodes.

This manga is a very fun read, and I reccomend it.

This manga is rated OT, and contains language and graphic, realistic violence involving guns, knives, and other gangster things.