Archive for Weekly 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…

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.

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 Fist of the North Star

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

Anime News Network is now streaming the first 54 subbed episodes of the Fist of the North Star anime series for free.

Fist of the North Star is a 109 episode series based on the manga by Buronson, and drawn by Tetsuo Hara. The manga ran in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1983 to 1988 with 27 volumes. The manga spawned a whole franchise, including this anime series by Toei Animation, also popular for animating Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon.

The anime ran from 1984 to 1987. Then it got a sequel anime series, also by Toei Animation, which ran from March 1987 to February 1988 with 43 episodes. It also got some anime films, video games, spin-off manga from other authors, an OVA, a manga and anime prequel, and a side-story manga.

In North America, the original manga was licensed by Viz Media, but was then canceled, and re-licensed by Gutsoon! Entertainment, who also canceled it midway. The anime was never licensed in America!

ANN is also now streaming:

five more subbed episodes of Nobody’s Boy, Remi by Sony

two more dubbed episodes of Monster by Viz Media

three  more subbed episodes of One Piece by FUNimation.

One more subbed episode of Cross Game by Viz Media

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.