Archive for Shonen Jump Advanced

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.

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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.

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.