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VIZ Media’s Anime and Manga Releases in July 2019

The home media debut of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Set 4: Diamond is Unbreakable will be available as a special Limited Edition Blu-ray set and DVD set; Diamond is Unbreakable continues the multigenerational tale of the Joestar family with Josuke Higashikata. In partnership with The Pokémon Company International, Pokémon The Series: Diamond and Pearl Complete Season also arrives on DVD and includes all 51 episodes of Ash’s adventures in the Sinnoh region.

New manga publishing debuts for July include the indie darling Beastars, a high school drama in which animal students grapple with the very human issues of prejudice and discrimination. The new Shojo Beat series Daytime Shooting Star centers around a love triangle that develops when a high school girl is torn between a boy in her class and her teacher.

New Home Media Releases for July:

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE SET 4: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE Part 1

Limited Edition Blu-ray & Standard Edition DVD Sets
Blu-ray MSRP: $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN · DVD MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN
Available July 2nd

It’s 1999, and Jotaro Kujo has just arrived in the idyllic Japanese town of Morioh—only this time, he’s not hunting DIO and his henchmen. His search for the illegitimate child of Joseph Joestar has brought him face-to-face with Josuke Higashikata, a Stand-wielding, butt-kicking high schooler who happens to be afraid of turtles. But behind Morioh’s tranquil facade is an invisible evil slowly eating away at the peace and well-being of its residents. Bizarre happenings are becoming commonplace, and the Joestar clan must rise to the occasion if they and the town of Morioh are to survive.

POKÉMON THE SERIES: DIAMOND AND PEARL COMPLETE SEASON

DVD MSRP: $44.98 U.S. / $52.99 CAN · Available July 30th

If Gary Oak is headed for the Sinnoh region, then Ash Ketchum won’t be far behind! Ready to take on the Sinnoh League, Ash brings along Pikachu and meets up with Brock in Sinnoh, where the pair of Trainers are soon joined by a third—Dawn, a novice Pokémon Coordinator determined to follow in the footsteps of her mother. Both Ash and Dawn struggle with their respective paths, but it’s easy for them to make new friends, gaining new Pokémon like Turtwig and Piplup.

New Publishing Releases for July:

BEASTARS

by Paru Itagaki
MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN / $8.99 Digital · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
Available July 16th    

At a high school where the students are literally divided into predators and prey, friendships maintain the fragile peace. Who among them will become a Beastar—a hero destined to lead in a society naturally rife with mistrust?

DAYTIME SHOOTING STAR

by Mika Yamamori
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN / $6.99 Digital · Rated ‘T’ for Teens
Available July 2nd   

After arriving in Tokyo to live with her uncle, Suzume collapses in a nearby park when she remembers once seeing a shooting star during the day. A handsome stranger brings her to her new home and tells her they’ll meet again. Suzume starts her first day at her new high school sitting next to a boy who blushes furiously at her touch. And her homeroom teacher is none other than the handsome stranger!

VIZ Announces New Anime and Manga Releases for May

VIZ Media has announced three new home media and manga publishing titles scheduled for May release.

POKÉMON THE SERIES: SUN & MOON—ULTRA ADVENTURES COMPLETE COLLECTION

Blu-ray MSRP: $49.99 U.S. / $57.99 CAN · DVD MSRP: $44.98 U.S. / $52.99 CAN
Available May 21st 

When Ash sees the Legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and Lunala in a dream, he makes a promise to them. But when he wakes up, he can’t remember what it was! Will the strange Pokémon called Nebby help jog his memory? Along with their new friend and the rest of the students at the Pokémon School, Ash and Pikachu explore the Aether Foundation, an organization dedicated to Pokémon conservation and care. But it may not be as innocent as it seems, and Ash and his friends will have to work together to protect the people and Pokémon they care about as they face a mysterious power like nothing they have ever seen.

POKÉMON THE SERIES: SUN & MOON—ULTRA ADVENTURES COMPLETE COLLECTION

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: PART 4 – DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE

By Hirohiko Araki
MSRP: $19.99 U.S. / $26.99 CAN · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
Available May 7th 

In April 1999, Jotaro Kujo travels to a town in Japan called Morioh to find a young man named Josuke Higashikata, the secret love child of his grandfather, Joseph Joestar. Upon finding him, Jotaro is surprised to learn that Josuke also possesses a Stand. After their strange meeting, the pair team up to investigate the town’s proliferation of unusual Stands!

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: PART 4 – DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE

SNOW WHITE WITH THE RED HAIR

By Sorata Akiduki
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Rated ‘T’ for Teens
Available May 7th 

Shirayuki is an herbalist famous for her naturally bright-red hair, and the prince of Tanbarun wants her all to himself! The prince from the neighboring kingdom, Zen, rescues her from her plight, and thus begins their love story.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is Getting a Twitch Livestream

VIZ Media has announced the debut of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure anime streaming event on Twitch, the world’s leading social video service and online community for gamers.

The first three seasons of the acclaimed multigenerational action adventure property begin streaming today through August 25 on VIZ Media’s Twitch channel. The 113 episodes on Twitch constitute the first three seasons and multiple story arcs of the series (PHANTOM BLOOD, BATTLE TENDENCY, STARDUST CRUSADERS, and DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE). Fans can enjoy the subtitled stream and interact with the vast online community starting at 10AM PST each day with an encore broadcast of the stream at 3PM PST. The stream will only be available for audiences in US and Canada.

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Twitch Air Dates:

Season 1, PHANTOM BLOOD

  • August 13th – Episodes 1-9

Season 1, BATTLE TENDENCY

  • August 14th – Episodes 10-18
  • August 15th – Episodes 19-26

Season 2, STARDUST CRUSADERS

  • August 16th – Episodes 1-9
  • August 17th – Episodes 10-18
  • August 18th – Episodes 19-26
  • August 19th – Episodes 27-35
  • August 20th – Episodes 36-44
  • August 21st – Episodes 45-48

Season 3, DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE

  • August 21st – Episodes 1-5
  • August 22nd – Episodes 6-13
  • August 23rd – Episodes 14-22
  • August 24th – Episodes 23-31
  • August 25th – Episodes 32-39

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is based on Hirohiko Araki’s critically acclaimed Shonen Jump manga series that depicts the multigenerational exploits of the heroic Joestar family and their never-ending battle against evil. In the anime series, the Aztecs – the people of the sun – once prospered in ancient Mexico. They had a bizarre stone mask that brought eternal life and the power of a domineering ruler to he who wore it, but at some point, the mask disappeared without a trace. Years later, in the late 19th Century, when men’s lifestyles and outlooks on life were quickly changing, Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando meet, and the stone mask binds them to a rather curious fate…

For additional information on JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE and other anime and manga titles published by VIZ Media, please visit viz.com.

VIZ Media and Verizon Announce Anime Content Distribution Deal

VIZ Media and Verizon Communications Inc. have announced a content distribution agreement to feature some of VIZ Media’s renowned anime content on Verizon’s go90 streaming platform.

The following fan-favorite VIZ Media anime series are available now to stream for free from the go90 app on iOS, Android or at go90.com:

  • Accel World –  24 episodes, subtitled and dubbed
  • Death Note – complete 37-episode series, subtitled and dubbed
  • Hunter X Hunter – 104 episodes, subtitled
  • Infini-T Force – complete 12-episode series, subtitled
  • Inuyasha – 54 episodes (Seasons 1-2), subtitled and dubbed
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – 113 episodes (Seasons 1-3), subtitled
  • Naruto (classic) – 220 episodes (Seasons 1-5), subtitled
  • One-Punch Man – complete 12-episode series, subtitled
  • Vampire Knight – 26 episodes (Seasons 1-2), subtitled and dubbed

Verizon’s go90 is a free social entertainment platform that makes it easy to discover, view and share content from the most beloved networks, distributors and brands in digital entertainment across every screen. Viewers can stream original shows, live sports and more, with over 1,500 hours of go90 originals and 25,000 of live and linear programming.

VIZ Media Announces Pre-Orders For JoJo’S Bizarre Adventure Home Media Debut

VIZ Media excites anime and action/adventure fans as it announces preorders for the JoJo’S Bizarre Adventure Season 1 Limited Edition Blu-ray Set.

The set is scheduled for retail release on July 25th and features the entire first season, Episodes 1-26, of the acclaimed multi-generational fantasy action series. The anime is based on the Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency arcs of the renowned long-running manga series created by Hirohiko Araki (and also published by VIZ Media; rated ‘T+ for Older Teens). The Limited Edition Blu-ray Set for JoJo’S Bizarre Adventure Season 1 will carry an MSRP of $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN.

Fans that order the set from online retailer The Right Stuf will receive a “Word Effects” print, deep-purple cotton bandana as a special gift with purchase.

Blu-ray episodes will be presented in full 1080p HD, 16×9 video and stereo audio featuring English and Japanese dialogue options. Notable bonus content includes a 168-page booklet, a digital character art gallery and collectible art cards.

The opening season of JoJo’S Bizarre Adventure is set in late 19th century England, where rivals and surrogate brothers Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando discover a mysterious stone mask. The mask is an artifact of an ancient Central American culture and is capable of granting its wearer eternal life, but only at a heavy price. As the dark powers of the Stone Mask are unleashed, the brothers’ actions will define legacies that span generations.

VIZ Media Expands Digital Manga Offerings On Overdrive Reading Platform

onepunchman_gn01_coverVIZ Media has announced that it has expanded its relationship with the digital reading platform, OverDrive. An impressive collection of newly added digital manga titles by some of the genre’s most popular and renowned creators are now available at participating public and school libraries in the United States and Canada on the platform.

OverDrive is a leading digital reading platform, supplying the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, streaming video and periodicals to 36,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide, including 90 percent of all public libraries in the U.S.

New VIZ Media / OverDrive series debuts for January 2017 include a genre-spanning collection of more than 48 titles, comprising over 650 volumes.

New VIZ Media /Overdrive manga series include:

  • Blue Exorcist
  • Dragon Ball
  • One-Punch Man
  • Tokyo Ghoul
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – Parts 1, 2, & 3
  • Rurouni Kenshin
  • My Love Story!!
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!

And scores more!

Additional manga titles will continue to be added throughout 2017.

JoJo’S Bizarre Adventure & TerraFormars Digital Anime Announced

Jojo'sBizarreAdventure-Season3-DiamondIsUnbreakable-KeyArtVIZ Media opens the Spring 2016 anime viewing season with a brand new digital anime update and exciting premieres for April.

This month audiences are invited to catch the exciting streaming premiere of two new additions to VIZ Media’s anime roster. The supernatural action adventure, JoJo’S Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable Episode 1 will be available to stream subtitled on April 8th. The sci-fi action horror series, TerraFormars also debuts on April 8th, with Season 2 Episode 1 (subtitled). Subsequent new episodes of both JoJo’S Bizarre Adventure and TerraFormars will be added every Friday.

This month anime fans will also be treated to a double dose of new interstellar action with the digital simulcast premiere of the brand new subtitled season of Sailor Moon Crystal as well as the continuing exclusive premiere of English dubbed episodes starting with Episode 21 available now with episodes added every Friday.

Naruto Shippuden ninja action progresses during April with newly added weekly episodes every Thursday beginning on April 14th.

Anime fans will not want to miss the official North American premiere of a trio of new episodes from the final climactic season of the original SAILOR MOON anime series – SAILOR MOON SAILOR STARS (Season 5).

New anime content for April includes:

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE

  • In the year 1999, Jotaro Kujoh travels to a town called Morioh to meet Josuke Higashikata, the secret love child of his grandfather, Joseph Joestar. The two JoJos soon discover that new Stand users are appearing all across town, threatening the lives of the innocent. Swearing to protect his hometown, Josuke must now stand against the evil that lurks within Morioh.
  • Catch the JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Season 3 subtitled premiere! Episode 1 will be available to stream on April 8th, with new episodes added every Friday.

 

TERRAFORMARS

  • In the far future, humanity seeks to resolve Earth’s growing overpopulation problem by terraforming Mars as their second home. Five hundred years later, the United Nations Aeronautics and Space Administration sends out an expedition team to explore this new world. But an unintended side effect of the terraforming process has unleashed a horror no one could ever have imagined: the planet has become infested with Terraformars, man-sized cockroaches that prey on humans. Now humanity must bring together all its scientific resources and power to counter this monstrous threat, or face total extinction.
  • The premiere of TERRAFORMARS Season 2, Episode 1 (subtitled) begins on April 8th, with a new episode available to stream each Friday!

 

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN

  • Brand new weekly simulcasts of the latest action packed NARUTO SHIPPUDEN episodes are scheduled to take place every Thursday throughout March.
  • Catch Episode 455 on April 14th, followed by Episode 456 on April 21st, and Episode 457 on April 28th.

 

SAILOR MOON

  • The final climactic season of the original SAILOR MOON anime series – SAILOR MOON SAILOR STARS (Season 5) concludes with the North American premiere of 3 subtitled episodes this month.
  • Season 5, Episodes 198 & 199 are available on April 4th, followed by Episode 200 on April 11th.

SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL

  • Enjoy the subtitled streaming simulcast of brand new SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL Season 3 episodes during April with a premiere every Monday starting with Act 27: INFINITY 1 PREMONITION – PART 1 – available now.
  • Fans can also catch brand new, English dubbed episodes added every Friday starting with Act 21: COMPLICATION – NEMESIS, available now!
  • Act 22: HIDDEN AGENDA – NEMESIS debuts on April 8th, followed by Act 23: COVERT MANEUVERS – WISEMAN on April 15th, Act 24: ATTACK – BLACK LADY on April 22nd and Act 25: SHOWDOWN – DEATH PHANTOM – on April 29th.

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Review: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3: Stardust Crusaders

maxresdefaultDo you like 80’s music? 80’s American Music? Well Hirohiko Araki sure does! And that’s what helped inspire his manga that started in 1982 and is still ongoing. Now, as the title suggests, we’re talking about part 3, ignoring Part 1: Phantom Blood and Part 2: Battle Tendency, and this is merely because the recently released David’s Production of Part 3 is ending soon. It also, at times, appears to be the most popular arc, or at least the most well-known. This part consists of volumes 12 to 28.

So the plot of Jojo’s all happens around the Joestar family, part three centers around Jotaro Kujo, lovingly called Jojo by those around him, grandson to part 2 Joseph Joestar. He’s a delinquent in high school whose story opens with him in jail, saying that his is possessed by an evil spirit. Holly Kujo, his mother, calls for her father, Joseph, to come and help get Jotaro to his senses. Through the altercation, with the help of Joseph’s friend Abdul and his STAND, they are able to make Jotaro understand there is something bigger going on. The evil spirit is actually Jotaro’s stand Star Platinum and it is best known for its screams of ORA! When tragedy hits, he and his crew must travel to Egypt to find and stop the evil Dio! On the way they must fight other stand users hired by Dio to stop them and this leads to both wacky and sad adventures.

The characters, minus a select few, all have Stands.

Jotaro Kujo as stated above is a delinquent who all the girls love. He has a bad attitude, but really he cares a lot. His stand is Star Platinum, named after the Star taro card. Jotaro is a hulking 17 year old who looks like he’s 30. Still he is a pretty stoic great guy, who is crazy strong. Underneath his touch demeanor he really loves his friends and really grows into himself through the journey.

Joseph Joestar is Jotaro’s grandfather and actually the main character of Part 2. His stand is called Hermit Purple which allows him to create vines that he can use to create phantom photos through cameras and also swing from building to building. He is easy going and just a general blast. He has a robot hand and also has the power of Hamon, which is controlled through breathing, it’s also called a Ripple. Altogether though, Joseph is a personal favorite of mine.

Mohammed Avodol, referred to as Abdul, is our calm and centered character from Cairo. His stand is called Magician’s Red. He is also the first character we meet who was born with his stand. He’s pretty cool, though he probably stands out much more later on the more he interacts with characters like Polnareff.

Noriaki Kakyoin is, probably, the character people have seen before. If anyone here has heard of this specific anime, they definitely know of the scene of this guy rolling a cherry in his mouth, rerorerorero echoing in your ears. Besides that he is the same age as Jotaro and actually a schoolmate of his. He is the second person we meet born with a stand, his being Hierophant Green. Kakyoin is also best known for being a bit of a know it all. He joins the group with no real intention, but perhaps to get back at Dio.

Jean Pierre Polnareff is also a familiar character, with his straight pole of a hair style he hails from France. His stand is called Silver Chariot, which fights with a rapier. Polnareff though is serious comic relief, like toilet jokes and ‘I’m better than all of you’ jokes. He joins the team to search for the man who killed his sister, a man with two right hands who may be employed by Dio.

There is one more character but we don’t really meet him till later in the series.

In terms of art style, Hirohiko Araki is very well known for his exaggerated art style and ridiculous ‘Jojo’ poses, however this creates a very nice staple for each new installment. Currently in part three you can already see a dramatic change in art style that continues to adapt with each new Jojo. However in terms of anime animation we have two different sources to look at both a 1993 OVA and the current 2014-2015 David’s Production two season anime. I would say, considering both have drastically different animation styles, that both are good. While the OVA sometimes leaves something to be desired, its monotone colors really speak to me for some reason. It also over exaggerates in a way that isn’t as jarring as the David’s Production. However the new anime has everything in terms of better color and just really works well with Araki’s own style.

So in terms of sound I’m going to mainly focus on the new anime, as there isn’t a whole lot that shines in terms of the OVA. Daiskue Ono voices Jotaro and if you don’t know who that is well, Erwin Smith in Shingeki no Kyojin. We also have Daisuke Hirakawa as Kakyoin, currently known for his role as Rei in Free! We also have Walk Like an Egyptian by The Bangles as the ending theme, which really enforced the importance as well as the fun for this anime. The opening theme is Stand Proud by Jin Hasimoto. Later on in the second season things do change, but the only music that really stands out is Last Train Home by Pat Metheny Group for the ending theme. For the English dub, which is currently in the works from what I’ve seen last, I would say go to the subtitles. This anime, at least personally, only seems to work in its native language. A lot of the dialogue becomes stunted in English that really flows in the Japanese.

This anime is very popular and continues to be one of the most popular ongoing mangas to date. It is violent and has some childish humor, but doesn’t lose its overall story. While completely silly at times, when taking into account Araki’s inspiration, I can’t help but say that this series is a lot of fun. And that’s what it needs to be, fun. Without that this series would be too serious and hard to get through, but it has the right amount of light and dark moments that we as viewers don’t lose track of the meaning. I hope that with the success of Part Three that we will get anime adaptations of the next few parts, as we do have 26 episodes dedicated to the first two parts of the series. This doesn’t mean it doesn’t have problems, there are art issues as well as just general things that weren’t needed in a series like this, and however it doesn’t fully detract from an overall enjoyment level.

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3: Stardust Crusaders: 8.5/10

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