Archive for Shonen Jump

VizAnime now streaming Neuro

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2011 by Pirate

Majin Tantei Nogami Neuro, or as Viz is naming it, Neuro, is now streaming on their anime website, VizAnime, for free, subbed. The first five episode are currently up, with new episodes every week. Neuro is a fantasy/supernatural Shonen Jump anime. The anime is licensed by Viz Media.

The anime is based on a manga series of the same name by Yusei Matsui, which ran in Weekly Shonen Jump from 2005 to 2009 with 23 volumes. The manga is currently unlicensed in North America as of early 2011.

The anime adaption ran in Japan from October 2007 to March 2008 with 25 episodes on NTV. The anime was animated by Madhouse (Death Note, Black Lagoon, Birdy the Mighty, Kiba) and was directed by Hiroshi Koujina (Kiba, Grenadier). Some video games were also made.

So: Will you watch Neuro?

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 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.

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Strawberry 100%, and Cross Game now streaming on VizAnime.

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

Viz Media has added three new anime on their VizAnime site, a place to watch subbed anime online for free. The site is a cool place to watch Viz Media anime.

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, known is Japan as Nuraihyon no Mago, is a new anime series based on the Shonen Jump manga by Hiroshi Shiibashi. VizAnime is simulcasting the series- the same night it airs on Japan. In fact, the anime series just started today! The anime is animated by Studio DEEN (of Fate/Stay Night and Vampire Knight fame) and the manga began serializing in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2008, and is still running with currently 10 volumes. Neither the anime or manga have been licensed in the US yet.

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan a demon who, not wanting to be a demon, tries to do good deeds, despite his grandfather’s wishes for him to become head of his family in the future. The anime is rated TV-14.

Strawberry 100%, known in Japan as Ichigo 100%, is a romance harem anime series based on the Shonen Jump manga by Mizuki Kawashita. VizAnime is currently streaming the first out of 26 episodes. In Japan, the anime ran from April 2005 to June 2005, and also got an OVA released in late 2005. The anime is animated by Madhouse (of Death Note, Black Lagoon, Claymore, and Monster fame) and the manga ran in Weekly Shonen Jump from 2002 to 2005, and made 19 volumes, the first 12 of which have been released in the US by Viz Media.

Strawberry 100% follows the misadventures of high-schooler Junpei Manaka, a boy who is in search of a mysterious girl he met on the roof at school. All he knows about her is that she wears straberry-imprinted panties! The anime is rated TV-MA-S,D.

Cross Game is an romance/comedy baseball series based on the Shonen Sunday manga series by Mitsuru Adachi. VizAnime is currently airing the first 12 out of 50 episodes. The anime ran in Japan from April 2009 to March 2010, and is animated by SynergySP which also animated the Shonen Sunday series MÄR. The manga ran in Weekly Shonen Sunday from 2005 to 2010, and made 17 volumes. The manga was just licensed by Viz Media, and the first volume will come out later this year.

The series is about a boy and his female neighbor who encourages him to play baseball. After a tragic accident, the protagonist must become a baseball player to fullfill a friends wish. The series is rated TV-G.

 

VizAnime is also currently streaming Bleach, Buso Renkin, Death Note, Hikaru no Go, Honey and Clover, Honey and Clover 2, Inuyasha, Inuyasha: Final Act, Kekkaishi, NANA, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden, One Piece, Prince of Tennis, and Vampire Knight.

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.

Anime I like: Naruto

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2010 by Pirate

Well, I might as well say now, Naruto may just be my favorite anime ever! A cool combo of ninjas, action, fantasy, and even comedy is what helps make this anime special. Even the musical score is great, and I never really care about music, but I just couldn’t help noticing.

All rarin to go!

The anime, based on the manga series by Masashi Kishimoto, follows the adventures of a young ninja named Naruto, who is shunned and teased by his peers because inside of him is an evil fox demon that once destroyed the village. Eager to prove himself, Naruto strives to become the greatest ninja ever, and become hokage of his village.

This series starts out simple, but like all good Shonen Jump anime, it becomes very complex later. The author really knows what he’s doing, as the plots never really stumbles on itself. The animation is the standard Shonen animation, which means its pretty good, with fast movement, and nice enviormental eye-candy. The character designs are original, and most people won’t look alike.

"I'm gonna be hokage one day! Believe it!"

Viz Media did a good job with the dub, and most of the VA’s really do their job. Naruto’s VA starts out kinda rocky, but by the end of arc one, has nailed Naruto, espeacilly with those emotional scenes. The fight scenes are vibrant and exciting, with most of them not getting old and boring.

"Hey, what?"

This is a long series though, so you’ll need to have alot of time on your hands to watch it. But its worth it, trust me. Believe it!