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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?

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Pokemon: Black & White anime to air in North America this February

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , on January 26, 2011 by Pirate

With Cartoon Network airing the final two episodes of Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl this month, fans were wondering when CN would air Pokemon: Black & White (Known in Japan as Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes). Well, the answer is February 12, with two new episodes at 9:00 AM.

Pokemon: Black & White is the fourth Pokemon anime series based on the best selling video game franchise from Nintendo. The anime franchise has been running in Japan since 1997, and currently has over 660 episodes, 13 anime films, over 15 specials, and a spinoff series, not to mention over 14 manga series and tons of merchandise.

The video games are all licensed in North America by Nintendo. A few of the manga are licensed in North America by Viz Media. The anime was previously licensed by 4Kids and aired on Kids WB, but as of 2008, the anime was re-licensed by The Pokemon Company, and airs on Cartoon Network.

Pokemon: Black & White is animated by Oriental Light and Magic (Berserk, every other Pokemon anime) and directed by Norihiko Sudo (Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl, ToHeart2).

In Japan, Black & White has so far gained better reviews than the former series, with people calling it a breath of fresh air.

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 Marchen¬† 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.

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.

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