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NYCC 2015: VIZ Media Announces Plans & Activities

NYCC15-VIZMedia-Giveaway-SailorMoonRVIZ Media prepares a full slate of fun activities, insightful panel discussions and special promotional giveaways for the upcoming 2015 New York Comic Con.

New York Comic Con takes place October 8th – 11th at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan and is the East Coast’s biggest pop culture convention. The annual event plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television.

VIZ Media will exhibit at New York Comic Con in Booth #1346

This year, attendees are invited to join VIZ Media as it welcomes famed NARUTO manga creator, Masashi Kishimoto, for his first-ever official U.S. professional appearance. Fans can catch the legendary creator for a unique NYCC panel discussion about his smash hit series and his evolution as a manga artist on Thursday October 8th. Kishimoto also will offer opening remarks to introduce the hot new BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE anime feature film, on which he served as the Executive Producer, at a very special premiere screening on Saturday, October 10th.

To help celebrate the unprecedented visit, the VIZ Media booth will be the host of the NARUTO Ninja Mission. Fans pick up a headband from the booth, and must use ninja stealth and speed to complete a special mission; only a true ninja can collect an NYCC exclusive reward. The booth will also have a special display of two costumes from the recent Live Spectacle Naruto stage adaptation, courtesy of Nelke Planning, the company that produced the show.

Manga and anime fans are also invited to attend the VIZ Media official company panel discussion happening on Friday, October 9th to glean the latest news on new title acquisitions and exciting developments on other current properties. Fans also will not want to miss a VERY special premiere screening event on Friday October 9th that will present the debut of brand new VIZ Media anime title. Stay tuned for more details on this title!

SAILOR MOON fans can join VIZ Media’s official SAILOR MOON panel on Sunday, October 11th for all the latest news on the legendary anime adventure as well as the new SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL series.

Stop by the VIZ Media Booth (#1346) for an array of show exclusive products in the retail area, and also take part in a variety of fun convention activities and special promotional product giveaways of manga samplers, full-color posters, postcards, and more! Attendees can try their luck at the VIZ Media prize wheel for a chance to win exclusive goodies from many fan favorite series, or get a SAILOR MOON tiara and show off each person’s inner Guardian.

VIZ Media 2015 New York Comic Con Events & Panel Discussions:

VIZ Media Presents: An Evening with Masashi Kishimoto

Thursday, October 8th, 5:30PM – 6:30PM   

Main Stage 1-D

The creator of the global phenomenon known as NARUTO makes his first appearance outside Japan! The legendary Kishimoto Sensei will discuss his career and creative process and answer questions about his work. Attendees will also have a chance to win some very special prizes. This panel of a lifetime is brought to you in partnership with the Japan Foundation.


VIZ Media Official Panel

Friday, October 9th, 12:15PM – 1:15PM   

Room 1A24

Hang out with the VIZ Media crew as they talk about your favorite titles, make exciting announcements and show off exclusive first looks!


VIZ Media Special Premiere Screening

Friday, October 9th, 6:45PM – 7:45PM   

Room 1A05

Join VIZ Media for a very special surprise from the world of anime that’s so fresh, we can’t even tell you what it is yet!


VIZ Media Presents: BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE Premiere

Saturday, October 10th, 11:30AM – 2:00PM       

Hammerstein Ballroom – 311 W. 43th St.

Masashi Kishimoto, creator of Naruto, makes his Executive Producer debut and will introduce the North American English-subtitled premiere of the most anticipated Naruto movie yet! Naruto Uzumaki protects the Hidden Leaf Village as the 7th Hokage, while Boruto, his troublesome son resents his father’s responsibilities that take his time away from him. Seeing this, Sasuke takes Boruto under his wing, while Sasuke’s only daughter, Sarada, dreams of being Hokage one day. This Panel of a lifetime is brought to you in partnership with the Japan Foundation.

Come early – the first 100 attendees in line for BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE will get to attend a special Saturday signing session at 10am with Masashi Kishimoto!


VIZ Media SAILOR MOON Official Panel

Sunday, October 11th, 2:30PM – 3:30PM   

Room 1A18

Everyone’s favorite Guardian of Love and Justice is back! The VIZ Media SAILOR MOON team brings you all the can’t-miss news on the legendary anime series, as well as the all-new SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL.

Dark Horse to Debut Danganronpa Manga

Dark Horse has announced the publication of a four-volume series of the critically acclaimed Danganronpa.

Inspired by the Danganronpa video game series and based on the anime of the same name, the Danganronpa manga is a quirky, fun, weird, and dynamic take on the high-school battle royal genre.

Each year, the elite Hope’s Peak Academy selects only the most gifted and talented students to enroll…plus one ordinary student, chosen by lottery. Makoto Naegi is that lucky person—or so he thought! When he shows up for class, he finds the elite students are a bizarre cast of oddballs under the ruthless authority of a robot teddy bear principal, Monokuma. The bear lays down the school rules: the only way out of Hope’s Peak is to not only murder another student…but get away with it, as every murder is followed by a tribunal where the surviving students cross-examine each other!

Danganronpa is in stores March 16, 2016.


Dark Horse to Release I Am a Hero Manga in April

Kengo Hanazawa’s award-winning zombie-survival manga I Am a Hero begins at Dark Horse in early 2016. This nail-biting page-turner is sure to leave readers on the edge of their seats!

This realistically drawn international bestseller takes us from initial small battles for survival to a huge body-horror epidemic that threatens all of humanity. Each Dark Horse omnibus volume will collect two of the original Japanese books.

The zombie apocalypse has never been more surreal. A mentally unhinged manga artist witnesses the beginning of a zombie outbreak in Tokyo, and he’s certain of only two things: he’s destined to be the city’s hero, and he possesses something very rare in Japan—an actual firearm!

I am a Hero Omnibus Volume 1 is in stores April 6, 2016. You can pre-order it now.

I Am a Hero 2



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VIZ Media’s New Fall Pokemon Manga Releases

PokemonAdv-BoxSet-FireRedLeafGreenEmerald-3DVIZ Media expands its Pokemon manga (graphic novel) catalog with several notable new releases forthcoming this Fall.

Set for publication under the company’s Perfect Square imprint, the Pokemon Black and White Box Set Vol. 3 is now available, and will be quickly followed by the October publication of Pokemon Black and White Pocket Comics Vol. 2 along with the Pokemon Adventures Manga Box Set Vol. 4.


MSRP: $25.99 U.S. / $29.99 CAN · Rated ‘A’ For All Ages · Available Now! 

Meet Pokémon Trainers Black and White! His entire life, Black has dreamed of winning the Pokémon League! Now he embarks on a journey to explore the Unova region and fill a Pokédex for Professor Juniper. White has an exciting career as the Trainer of a talented troupe of performing Pokémon. She dreams of making her Tepig Gigi a star! Together, Black and White continue on their journey… What surprising new Pokémon – and people – will they meet next?!

In the latest BLACK AND WHITE box set, which features art by Satoshi Yamamoto and story by Hidenori Kusaka, Team Plasma leader N shakes Black’s faith in his relationship with his Pokémon. Then, just when Black is about to call it quits and go home, he gets a last-minute chance to earn the final Pokémon badge he needs to be eligible to compete in the Pokémon League! How will Black regain his confidence in time to win this crucial gym battle…? Box set features the concluding manga editions – Vols. 15-20 – of the POKÉMON BLACK AND WHITE series along with a collectible mini poster.



MSRP: $54.99 U.S. / $69.99 CAN · Rated ‘A’ For All Ages · Available October 6th  

These volumes containing the FireRed & LeafGreen story arc feature art by Satoshi Yamamoto and story by Hidenori Kusaka. It starts off with Green about to meet her long-lost parents, but then they are sucked into a vortex created by a mysterious Pokémon! Red and Blue want to help, but first they must improve their battle skills. Then, the Three Beasts of Team Rocket are up to their old tricks again! In the EMERALD story arc, Gold and Crystal are back! Professor Oak sends the two friends to help rescue Red, Yellow, Blue and Green – who have all been turned to stone! But first, the pair must fight a fearsome creature that Archie, the former leader of Team Aqua, wished into existence using the powers of the Wish Pokémon Jirachi! Box set contains all of the POKÉMON ADVENTURES FireRed & LeafGreen and EMERALD manga series – Vols. Pokemon-PocketComics-0223-29 – along with a collectible mini poster.



MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Rated ‘A’ For All Ages · Available October 6th  

A pocket-sized book jam-packed with four-panel comic strips featuring POKÉMON Black AND WHITE characters, Pokémon vital statistics, Pokémon trivia, Pokémon puzzles, and Pokémon fun quizzes! To the forest! To the sea! To Legendary Island! Join our Pokémon pals on a quest through Unova for the Legendary Joke – while testing your Pokémon knowledge and laughing all the way!

Kodansha Comes to comiXology

ComiXology has announced a digital distribution agreement with Kodansha Comics. The manga publisher is known for its bestsellers Sailor Moon, Akira, Fairy Tail, and current global phenomenon Attack on Titan. The agreement with Kodansha Comics sees the immediate addition of more than 350 manga titles to comiXology’s offerings, with several new series to be added in the coming months.

Today’s digital debut of Kodansha Comics on comiXology makes fan-favorite series such as A Silent Voice, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Inuyashiki, and more, available through the comiXology apps on Fire tablet, Android, iOS, and the web at comixology.com. ComiXology fans will have access to new releases the same day as print as well as some digital-only debuts.

This is the second manga announcement in two days for the digital platform. Yesterday they announced the addition of Weekly Shonen Jump to their store.


Weekly Shonen Jump Debuts on comiXology and Amazon

VIZ Media, comiXology and Amazon announced today the debut of Weekly Shonen Jump across the comiXology platform as well as Amazon’s Kindle Store. The English language digital manga magazine comes out weekly and is published simultaneously with the print version in Japan. This debut gives comiXology and Kindle fans a taste of the latest manga from Japan, on the same day, now accessible to English speakers across North America, the U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Today’s magazine contains chapters of such hit ongoing manga series as One Piece, Bleach, Blue Exorcist, My Hero Academia, and Food Wars! Shokugeki No Soma.

Weekly Shonen Jump is published digitally each week by VIZ Media and features the latest installments of some of the world’s most popular manga series released to English readers across North America, the U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand on the same day as the magazine’s general print release in Japan. Currently featured series include Black Clover, Bleach, Blue Exorcist, Food Wars! Shokugeki No Soma, My Hero Academia, Nisekoi, One Piece, One-Punch Man, Seraph Of The End: Vampire Reign, Toriko, World Trigger and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V.

weekly shonen jump comixology

VIZ Media Launches Sweet Shojo Manga Series Komomo Confiserie

VIZ Media has announced the release of its latest shojo manga series with the launch of Komomo Confiserie on September 1st.

The romantic comedy, created by Maki Minami, about a sheltered but determined girl finding her way in the world after her family goes bankrupt is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Komomo Confiserie also launches digitally on September 1st via VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and GooglePlay stores. The series will be published under the company’s Shojo Beat imprint with new volumes scheduled for release in print and digitally on a quarterly basis.

As a little girl, Komomo Ninomiya delighted in picking on Natsu Azumi, the son of her family’s pastry chef. Ten years later, when the family fortune is lost and she has no place to live, Komomo encounters Natsu again in her hour of need. Now that Natsu is a master pastry chef in his own right, he’ll help Komomo – but only if she works for him at his new confiserie!


Giganto Maxia Debuts this Winter from Dark Horse

From the immense imagination of Berserk creator Kentaro Miura comes Giganto Maxia, a science-fiction/fantasy manga of titanic proportions!

100 million years after the Great Destruction, life hangs on in the wastelands, with humans, demihumans, and massive creatures fighting for survival. With the Empire of Olympus using colossal beasts to crush their adversaries, only gladiator Delos, mystic Prome, and the titan Gohra can hope to stem genocide and heal the shattered Earth!

Giganto Maxia is Miura’s first new original work in over twenty years. Dark Horse Comics began publishing Miura’s Berserk in 2003. It has become an international sensation, inspiring wildly popular TV and film anime, and is currently up to the thirty-seventh volume.

Giganto Maxia is in stores February 3, 2016.

Giganto Maxia

Dark Horse Set to Release Fate/Zero

Expanding on the hit anime, novel, and game series Fate from Type-Moon, Gen Urobuchi and Shinjiro’s Fate/Zero is a faithful manga adaptation that also offers extended scenes and never-before-seen content!

The Fourth Holy Grail War has begun, and seven mages must summon heroes from history to battle each other to the death. Only one mage-and-hero pair will remain to claim the Grail and have their wishes granted! Kiritsugu Emiya was once an assassin but now fights in this war to save the world from those who would destroy it with the Grail’s power.

Fate/Zero Volume 1 is in stores February 10, 2016.

Fate Zero

Review: xxxHolic

xxHolic-1Brought to you by the women who wrote the adorable series Cardcaptor Sakura and Tokyo Revelations, CLAMP now presents an interesting story line with… Very noodle inspired people. I’ve referenced this series before, in terms of art execution, often in a negative light, but you all should know that actually the series itself is quite good, if not a bit complicated and possibly convoluted. It’s a series that actually goes hand in hand with another series by CLAMP that was being published at the same time Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles. I’m not really sure that if this series ever quite got the popularity other works by Clamp did, but I do think it was quite deserving of it, to a point. It is still currently ongoing, though its companion piece has come to an end. Now CLAMP has been doing work for a very long time and are quite well known for not only heart wrenching stories, but also for their love of usually forbidden romances.

So our main protagonist is Kimihiro Watanuki, a high school student who can see spirits, much to his discomfort. As typical stories like this go, he just wants to be normal. This goes about as well as expected. He, by magic force, is taken to a wish granting shop owned by the mysterious Yuuko, who promises to grant his wish if he works for her. Of course, begrudgingly, he says yes, and the adventures begin. With his friends and new employer he begins to see the world of humans and ghosts around him in a new light. It’s mostly a series of one-shot adventures that all later add up to the bigger picture which coincides with its sister manga, though later chapters are sort of an offshoot from that storyline.

As stated above, our main character is Watanuki, who is excitable to the point of screaming and screaming and… Listen, he screams a lot, he’s very excitable, and its fits with his personality and how he deals with what happens to him. Like that’s a majority of his dialogue, screaming things because he’s upset or happy. It’s… I guess endearing. He’s an orphan who is very… ‘Mature’ for his age. He’s good at cooking and not so good at making friends, despite have two very good friends. He’s able to see ghosts and it’s plagued him for most of his life, as he often is unable to stop himself from looking strange in front of people. He realizes this and wants it to stop, even if it means doing things that he doesn’t really feel comfortable doing. He grows a lot over the course of the story.

Next is the time witch Yuuko, who is able to grant wishes. That is for a price. It’s sort of like an equivalent exchange type of situation, but often for the betterment of others rather than stealing a limb from them for a faulty thing that has never worked. She solves many a problems under the fact that one must want their wish to come true for them to become better, she is unable to act directly, and she tries to teach that lesson. She is a voice of reason for people who normally are unable to really change who they are. She sort of is like a big sister and mother to Watanuki, but doesn’t coddle him, rather prepares him for what she knows is coming but the reader and Watanuki don’t.

Shizuka Doumeki is a fellow high school student alongside Watanuki, sort of becoming a best friend/confidant. He appears as our straight man who is there to contrast against the loudness of his friend. He is popular whereas Watanuki struggles to connect, which is hilarious as Doumeki is practically emotionless when it comes to connecting with people. Archery star and raised in a shrine, Doumeki is there, unable to see spirits, but able to help Watanuki despite the latter’s grumbling. He also is able to do something very specific that makes him quite useful to his friend.

There is a whole slew of other characters who play an important role in the story of Watanuki, but there’s a lot of story with each that can lead to confusion for later chapters and the ultimate storyline. So for now we will go onto the art style.

If you couldn’t tell, I have a certain history and set of feelings for the art style in this series, and it’s both admiration and pure rage. CLAMP has its very developed style over the years and are often celebrated, this however doesn’t disregarded the fact that the anatomy is a whole level of its own hell. Part of me wants to say it’s for the style of the story, but another part of me doesn’t believe that. I’m willing to forgive though, as in the long run it’s more amusing than anything else, well… Depending on who you ask. However, it works in the long run for the manga. The anime was produced by Production I.G, better known for Psycho-Pass and Ghost in the Shell. There’s also a live action TV series that ran for 8 episodes, I don’t know too much about it, but if you want to check it out no one’s going to fault you.

Sound wise, this series is actually quiet pleasing despite the constant screaming of Watanuki’s character. In the dub, done by Funimation, we have Todd Haberkorn as the lead and Colleen Clinkenbeard as Yuuko. Both are well known voice actors, both working in multiple big series, such as Ouran Highschool Host Club for Todd and Ghost in the Shell for Colleen. The opening theme of the first series is 19Sai by Skikao Suga, who is known for his work in Boogiepop Phantom. The second series was never dubbed, though the movie A Midsummer’s Night Dream did reach American audiences. It’s a series that you can watch in English or Japanese, though if you dislike a lot of screaming… Maybe stay away from the anime and stick to the manga? Which may be best considering the anime only covered maybe 40% of the actual story. The manga also is still going with a few offshoots.

The series, despite my back talking, is enjoyable. It’s a supernatural ride that takes you as a viewer all over and CLAMP clearly loves the series. It shows in the way they continue it and keep presenting new things with the characters and storyline to keep it relatively fresh. The unfortunate downside is that with this story is that you’re going to probably have to read Tsubasa, its sister manga, to get the full effect and feel for it. It may also not be for people who don’t like episodic adventures, because that’s what makes up a majority of the anime. Still, I think this is a series many should like or at least a group of creators’ people should look into.

xxxHolic: 7/10

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