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Weekly Shonen Jump Manga Magazine Launches On Google Play

wsj-nov-21-2016-coverVIZ Media adds a new way for readers to access the latest issues of Weekly Shonen Jump as it announces the launch of the popular weekly manga (graphic novel) publication on Google Play.

Previously, readers could only access Weekly Shonen Jump on the Google Play store via the VIZ Manga App or through the Android-based Weekly Shonen Jump App. Manga fans can now purchase single issues of Weekly Shonen Jump directly from Google Play/Google Books for $0.99 (USD) each. A backlist catalog offering 1 month of previously released issues will also be available.

Manga series currently featured in Weekly Shonen Jump include One Piece, My Hero Academia, One-Punch Man, Boruto, Black Clover, Blue Exorcist, Food Wars!, The Promised Neverland, Red Sprite, Seraph of the End, World Trigger and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V. Weekly Shonen Jump also regularly gives readers an advance peek at other hot new series debuts in Japan with special Jump Start features throughout the year.

Weekly Shonen Jump is published digitally each week by VIZ Media and features the latest chapters of some of the world’s most popular manga series released to English readers across North America as well as the U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, India, the Philippines and Singapore on the same day as the magazine’s general print release in Japan. International issues debut each Monday at 10:00am (PST) and monthly subscriptions are available across all territories.

VIZ Media’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday Digital Manga Deals

OnePunchMan_GN01_cover_DIGITAL.inddVIZ Media has been celebrating the holidays this year with the launch of special Black Friday/Cyber Monday digital manga promotions.

Already running and going through Cyber Monday until Tuesday, November 29th, the promotion discounts the digital MSRPs on a variety of popular and acclaimed VIZ Media manga series to only $3.99 per volume. Readers also can find the titles with special holiday pricing on the NOOK, Kindle Fire, and Kobo eReaders, as well as in the ComiXology, iBooks and Google Play Stores.

Manga readers are invited to explore the following Volume 1 digital manga editions at this special price:

  • Food Wars!: Shokugeki no soma
  • Kimi ni Todoke
  • My Hero Academia
  • yona-of-the-dawn-gn01My Love Story!!
  • Nisekoi
  • One-Punch Man
  • Skip Beat!
  • The Demon Prince of Momochi House
  • Twin Star Exorcists
  • Yona of the Dawn

The free VIZ Manga App is the top application for reading digital manga and features a massive library of the most popular series in the world. Through the innovative VIZ Manga digital platform registered users are able to use one account to view their purchased manga across more devices than ever. Fans can also find these titles and more for the NOOK, Kindle Fire, and Kobo eReaders, as well as in the ComiXology, iBooks and Google Play Stores.

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Creepy Horror Manga Masterpiece Tomie Debuts From VIZ Media

tomieVIZ Media delivers a chilling treat for readers with the release of creator Junji Ito’s horror masterpiece, Tomie, on December 20th.

Tomie: Complete Deluxe Edition will be published as a special hardcover release under the VIZ Signature imprint with a suggested reader rating of ‘T+’ for Older Teens and a print MSRP of $34.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN.

Tomie also will be available digitally from VIZ.com/read and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and GooglePlay stores.

Tomie Kawakami is a femme fatale with long black hair and a beauty mark just under her left eye. She can seduce nearly any man, and drive them to murder as well, even though the victim is often Tomie herself. While one lover seeks to keep her for himself, another grows terrified of the immortal succubus. But soon they realize that no matter how many times they kill her, the world will never be free of Tomie.

Manga creator Junji Ito made his professional debut in 1987 and since then has gone on to be recognized as one of the greatest contemporary artists working in the horror genre. His acclaimed titles include TOMIE and UZUMAKI, which have been adapted into live-action films; GYO, which was adapted into an animated film; and FRAGMENTS OF HORROR, all of which are available in hardcover Deluxe Editions from VIZ Media. TOMIE was adapted into a live-action film and also into a TV series in Japan. Ito’s influences include classic horror manga artists Kazuo Umezu and Hideshi Hino, as well as authors Yasutaka Tsutsui and H.P. Lovecraft.

Review: Seraph of the End

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Listen, there is a level of bait that is great in small doses, but this is taking it to a whole different plane of existence on top of the whole vampire apocalypse business. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you obviously haven’t heard of Serpah of the End or Owari no Seraph or Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign. Originally published by Shueisha and Viz Media, it is a series written by Takaya Kagami, drawn by Yamato Yamamoto, and storyboarded by Daisuke Furuya, the first two having previously worked mostly with light novels. It started 2012 and is currently still on going, mostly drawn out of the last few years with the last update being around the 11th of October at a total of 50 chapters. The anime series by Wit Studio aired 2 seasons throughout 2015, and like many series is just on hiatus while more chapters are added. The series also has 6 light novels under the title Owari no Seraph- Ichinose Guren, 16-sai no Hametsu or Serpah of the End: Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen. They have also recently released the Serpah of the End: The Story of Vampire Mikaela in 2015. Wow, that’s a lot of really long titles…

Like many recent stories, Seraph of the End is centered around the end of the world, but after a virus ravages the world and allows for… Vampires to appear and decide to take over the planet since the virus won’t affect them? Listen, I know it sounds dumb, but this is the actual plot. It’s like Attack on Titan in a way only… Maybe a lot less convoluted. Anyway, the story specifically follows Yuichiro Hyakuya and his journey for vengeance against the vampires, who killed his family and rule over them. He does this by joining the Japanese Imperial Demon Army alongside a few other kids who slowly become his new-found family, all while mourning his best friend Mikaela who sacrificed himself for Yuu (as he is affectionately called by other characters). The way to join the army, I know you’re all wondering, is to make a pact with a demon. So, these kids are literary risking being possessed to fight vampires. Again, I know how this plot sounds, but it’s a lot of fun. This also isn’t including all the twists and turns that the story takes with hidden agendas and who the real villains are.

There’s a lot of things happening in this series that are hard to cover and explain without spoilers.

As stated, Yuichiro Hyakuya is the main character of the story, and boy does he play the part. He is literally all the things a main character is, hot headed a to name one. He has feels strongly about family and friends, wanting to protect anyone he considers family. Since he was 12 he has wanted to destroy all vampires for the violent murder of his family, the Hyakuya Orphanage, whether this blinds him sometimes or not, well that’s open for interpretation. To do this he joins the Demon Army and makes a pact with Asuramaru, a katana that is possessed by a demon, but he has another source of power. All I will say is he is The King of Salt.

Next is Mikaela Hyakuya and if you’re upset about spoilers… The dude is literally in the opening as teenager next to Yuu. When he sacrificed himself for his friend he was instead taken by a vampire and turned. However, he has yet to become a full vampire, as he has never drunken the blood of a human. Something has happened to him that has caused him to detest both vampires and humans, allowing to focus on one goal only: Find Yuu. That is his motivation. He also is extremely worried about meeting Yuu again, since you know… Vampire.

Literally, I cannot stress this enough. The two main characters are so incredibly devoted to each other that I can’t handle it. They go from staring at each other in the first opening credits to literally cradling each other’s faces in the second. It’s so bait filled that it’s glorious, but it also hurts me. It hurts so much.

Anyway, the next character is Shinoa Hiiragi, Yuu’s commanding officer in their specific squad. She acts much older than she is and is related to the most powerful human family in the series. She has a scythe called Shikama Doji, which apparently means Four-Scythe Child. She, like Yuu, considers her squad her family as she begins forming relationships with them. She also is the character that gets to develop feelings for Yuu, as most main female characters do.

Finally, the last character I want to cover is Guren Ichinose, who is a lieutenant colonel in the Demon Army. He also leads his own squad while being the leader of the company Yuu is a part of. He seems strict and uptight, finding weakness in many places, especially in how Yuu carries himself alongside his squad. His sort of the stand in father figure for Yuu. His demon weapon is Mahiru-no-Yo or Midday’s Night, a katana.  He was around before the fall of humanity and watched it destroy so many, including people very important to him.

There’s a lot of other characters I could cover, but there is a lot. A lot on both sides, humans and vampires and we’d all like to avoid as many spoilers as we could if possible.

This is a beautiful series; it also has a great attention to color and detail in facial expressions. I would say that the anime is a bit prettier than the manga and that’s only because you can watch the action happen fluidly. Much like a series like Haikyuu you get a feel of everything that’s happening. The series was licensed by Studio Witt, also known for Attack on Titan… which explains a lot. My AoT complaints aside the color on this series is gorgeous, certain color combinations to not be acknowledged. Blood comes off as actually thick and sort of gooey, all in good ways that show the sort of brutality in the show’s world. Hair seems thick and fluidly move in wind and action. Trust me, I’m all about that hair action and how it moves during actions, and this show delivers. It also has scenes that are genuinely painful because of how well it’s animated, like a character is dying and it legit looks awful to go through. The series was directed by Daisuke Tokudo and had episodes personally drafted by the manga’s writer for story that now goes past the manga’s current chapter. This is a good-looking show and easy to enjoy visually. It was licensed for America by Funimation and that leads us straight into how good the dub is.

This is a great dub, but it does have some interesting moments in how it was directed. I’ve only seen the full dub and a few select scenes in Japanese, but overall I think you could go for either and be happy with what you heard. As stated earlier, the dub was done by Funimation, so you know it’s a good one for the most part. It has Micah Solusod as Yuichiro, a voice actor also known for his role as Soul Eater Evans in Soul Eater or more recently as Yuri Plisetsky in Yuri!!! On Ice (which you should all go watch). Solusod has a very Johnny Young Bosch feel sometimes and I found myself wondering which one it was sometimes. It also has Jerry Jewell, as Shinya Hiiragi, who is known for many roles but perhaps best as Kyo in Fruits Basket or Russia in Axis Powers Hetalia, he’s also currently in Yuri!!! On Ice as Victor Nikiforov. I don’t think I need to go on about how good the dub is, but what about the original? It does have Miyu Irino, as Yuichiro, who is probably known best for his role as Sora in the Kingdom Hearts video games or as Todomatsu recently in Osomatsu-san. But, and I know someone’s asking, what about the music? Well, it has a pretty sweet soundtrack. The soundtrack was produced and composed by Hiroyuki Sawano, also known for his work on the Blue Exorcist series and the Attack on Titan series. Overall, I think it has a great sound that works for everything that’s happening, though it does remind me of AoT a lot at times. Sawano also helped compose the opening and ending themes to the first series, though X.U., sung by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:Gemie, is probably a stand out personally. It says everything that Mika and Yuu are feeling toward each other, though you could probably read into it differently than I did. I think you could check out either and be pretty pleased with what you heard.

This series is a lot like Attack on Titan, but I, and don’t get angry, think it’s better than its predecessor. There something about it that pulls more emotions from me; I feel like I actually get to know characters before their untimely demise. I also think that this show definitely plays up the relationships characters are building a lot more fluidly.  However, I can’t ignore that it is a lot like AoT at times and many other post-apocalypse stories. It is a bit distracting when I think of certain things and how convoluted it can be at times. I’m also worried that it’s going to fall into the same political arc that AoT did, something that stagnated the series tremendously for me. Ultimately though, I enjoyed this series and all of its faults. If anything, you could check it out and see if you end up enjoying yourself.

Seraph of the End: 8/10

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Out November 15th

mobilesuitgundamthunderbolt-gn01VIZ Media unleashes a fresh take on the classic Gundam universe with the release of Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt on November 15th.

The new manga series created by Yasuo Ohtagaki delivers an action-packed, character-driven story set in the distant future where the forces of the Earth Federation fight to quell an uprising by the rebellious Principality of Zeon. The preeminent weapons in this struggle are massive robots with human pilots called Mobile Suits.

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt will be published in print under the VIZ Signature imprint and is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens. Volume 1 will carry an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $19.99 CAN. Future volumes will be published on a quarterly basis.

In the Universal Century year 0079, the space colony known as Side 3 proclaims independence as the Principality of Zeon and declares war on the Earth Federation. One year later, they are locked in a fierce battle for the Thunderbolt Sector, an area of space scarred by the wreckage of destroyed colonies.

As the first volume opens, two veteran Mobile Suit pilots leap into this maelstrom of destruction: the deadly Zeon sniper Daryl Lorenz, and Federation ace Io Fleming. It’s the beginning of a rivalry that can end only when one of them is destroyed. The lightning-streaked debris fields are about to become the stage for an epic duel where death is the only true winner.

Manga Series RWBY Joins VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump

rwby-manga-shirowmiwa-wcopyVIZ Media adds a riveting new title to its Weekly Shonen Jump lineup with the launch of RWBY in this week’s issue of the world’s most popular manga magazine.

RWBY is an action-driven adventure inspired by the popular online anime series created by Monty Oum and produced by Austin, TX-based Rooster Teeth Productions. The manga is set in the future-fantasy World of Remnant and introduces readers to a group of four young adventurers who train at Beacon Academy to become Huntsmen and Huntresses in order to protect their world from monsters. The RWBY manga is written and illustrated by Shirow Miwa, who is widely acclaimed for his series Dogs: Bullets and Carnage.

A special FREE Chapter 1 of RWBY is available in the SHONEN JUMP section of the VIZ website. New RWBY digital chapters will be available exclusively to Weekly Shonen Jump subscribers every Monday.

In RWBY, humans and beasts once coexisted peacefully in the magical World of Remnant. Now they are at fierce odds. Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long are Team RWBY, classmates at the Beacon Academy, learning the deadly craft of hunting the monstrous species known as the Grimm.

VIZ Media Announces November’s New Digital Manga Titles and Debuts

haikyu-gn01VIZ Media kicks off November with a notable digital manga update that features the debut of RWBY in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, several new series premieres as well as updates to more than a dozen other popular continuing titles.

Weekly Shonen Jump readers can look forward to RWBY joining the magazine’s lineup this month. From the creator of Dogs, Shirow Miwa, new RWBY chapters will be available in Weekly Shonen Jump every week! The latest additions to the world’s premier manga magazine’s free section include My Hero Academia and Seraph of the End. Fan-favorites, One-Punch Man, Hunter X Hunter, Dragon Ball Super and more are also currently available in Weekly Shonen Jump’s free section.

Manga fans and readers are invited to dive into the launch of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 3 – Stardust Crusaders, Vol. 1 and the latest Naruto novel, Itachi’s Story – Daylight, on November 1st. Fumi Yoshinaga’s acclaimed shojo collection of manga short stories All My Darling Daughters makes its digital debut on November 8th and will be followed by the launch of Vols. 1-12 for Yoshinaga’s current series, Ôoku: The Inner Chambers, on November 15th. Flower in a Storm rounds out the debuts with Vols. 1 and 2 on November 22nd.

ooku-gn01Other notable digital additions for November include the latest volume for the smash hit sports series, Haikyu!!, the conclusion of the shojo drama, Shuriken and Pleats, and the hard hitting action of One-Punch Man. All currently available volumes of Haikyu!! (Vols. 1-4) will also be available as part of a manga flash promotion that opens the month and runs for a limited time. A special Black Friday digital manga sale is also scheduled.

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: PART 3 – STARDUST CRUSADERS, Vol. 1

Available November 1st!

The beginning of the Stardust Crusaders Arc! A fiendish villain once thought to be dead has resurfaced and become even more powerful! To fight this evil, the aging Joseph Joestar enlists the help of his hot-blooded grandson, Jotaro Kujo. Together they embark on a perilous adventure that will take them around the world!

NARUTO: ITACHI’S STORY – DAYLIGHT

Available November 1st!

The latest NARUTO novel focuses on Uchiha Itachi. With the hell of war burned into his eyes, the boy makes a resolution: he will rid this world of all violence. The birth of Sasuke, meeting his friend Shisui, the academy, genin, chunin, and then the Anbu—Itachi races down the path of glory toward his dream of becoming the first Uchiha Hokage, unaware of the darkness that lies ahead…

ALL MY DARLING DAUGHTERS (Complete in One Volume)

Available November 8th!

Creator Fumi Yoshinaga weaves together the disparate lives of Yukiko and her friends in five short stories, exploring the women’s various relationships with the skill and elegance she is famous for. Yukiko, a salarywoman in her thirties, still lives with her mother Mari. But their relationship suffers a sudden change when Mari announces that she’s getting married – to an ex-host and aspiring actor who’s younger than Yukiko. Yukiko, convinced he’s out to fleece her mom, can’t stand to stay in the house and decides to move in with her boyfriend.

ÔOKU: THE INNER CHAMBERS, Vols. 1-12 (Series Debut)

Available November 15th!

In Edo period Japan, a strange new disease called the Redface Pox has begun to prey on the country’s men. Within eighty years of the first outbreak, the male population has fallen by seventy-five percent. Women have taken on all the roles traditionally granted to men, even that of the shogun. The men, precious providers of life, are carefully protected. And the most beautiful of the men are sent to serve in the shogun’s Inner Chamber…

FLOWER IN A STORM Vols. 1-2 (Complete Series Debut)

Available November 22nd!

An imaginative romantic comedy from creator Shigeyoshi Takagi. Riko Kunimi is trying to lead a normal high school life when Ran Tachibana bursts into her classroom carrying a gun and tells her that her life is now his. Ran, who is the richest and most powerful 17-year-old in Japan, wants her as his wife, and he’s not taking no for an answer!

HAIKYU!! Manga Flash Sale

Created by Haruichi Furudate, HAIKYU!! depicts the on and off the court drama of a driven young volleyball player.

  • HAIKYU!! Vols. 1-4 Digital Volume Flash Sale: All available volumes of HAIKYU!! on sale for $4.99 per volume. Available Nov. 1st–3rd on all digital platforms.

Check VIZ.com each week throughout the rest of November for additional manga titles to be featured in this month’s digital sales as well as a special Black Friday promotion later in the month!

 

New November 2016 Digital Manga:

Digital manga updates for November include new volumes for ten additional continuing VIZ Media series. Notable new releases this month include not-to-be-missed volumes for BLEACH (Vol. 68), DRAGON BALL FULL COLOR FREEZA ARC (Vol. 4), MAID-SAMA! 2-in-1 (Vol. 6), MY HERO ACADEMIA (Vol. 6), NISEKOI (Vol. 18), ONE PIECE (Vol. 80), TERRA FORMARS (Vol. 15), TORIKO (Vol. 36), ULTRAMAN (Vol. 6) and the final volume of SUNNY (Vol. 6).

New series and volumes are added every Tuesday. Fans can also find these titles and more for the NOOK, Kindle Fire, and Kobo eReaders, as well as in the ComiXology, iBooks and Google Play Stores.

Most manga volumes are available for purchase and download in the U.S. and Canada within the VIZ Manga application starting from only $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) each. Readers can also explore free Chapter 1 previews of most series.

Loot Anime Episode 12 “Delicious” Unboxing

Loot Anime is a geek box by Loot Crate and Crunchyroll focused on the anime fans. This month’s box has a theme of “Delicious“! There’s lots of items that fit the food theme.

We open up the box to show off what’s inside and what we think of the box.

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Around the Tubes

20161014060201watch_dogs_2It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What are you all excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Boing Boing – RIP Jack Chick, father of the Satanic Panic – Such an interesting person.

Kotaku – Watch Dogs 2 Makes Fun Of Donald Trump – And the reaction by gamers was?

Kotaku – Marvel Comics Needs to Do Way Better With Its LGBT Representation – Yes it does.

Tulsa World – Jimmie Tramel: Oklahoma once waged war on comics, but looks like comics won – Some interesting history.

The Boston Globe – To fight bullying, Watertown man pens graphic novel – That’s cool to see.

Newsarama – Spider-Man 2099 Artist Wants To Teach You How To Draw – For FREE – This is really cool to see.

The Beat – Manga About A British Explorer Wins the German Children’s Literature Award for Nonfiction! – Didn’t even know about this one. Need to check it out!

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