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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

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 MarchenĀ  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.