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VIZ Media Plugs in With Super Mario Adventures and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

SuperMarioAdventuresVIZ Media at Otakon announced that they’re preparing to deliver two fresh doses of video game-inspired manga excitement as it announces the acquisition of the publishing rights for the classic series Super Mario Adventures, as well as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, the latest manga title inspired by the beloved ‘80s-era video game title.

Super Mario Adventures is set for release in October of this year; The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is scheduled to launch in March 2017.

New VIZ Media Manga Publishing Acquisitions:

SUPER MARIO ADVENTURES · Available October 2016

Long out of print, this stunning, full-color graphic novel features a story by Kentaro Takekuma and art by Charlie Nozawa, and will become available once again for the first time in more than 20 years!! Super Mario Adventures, inspired by the bestselling Super Mario™ video game franchise, is a collection of comics that originally ran in Nintendo Power™ magazine in 1992-93.

The peril-plagued Princess Toadstool is kidnapped by the diabolical deadbeat Bowser™ but super plumbers Mario™ and Luigi™ hatch a plan with their new friend Yoshi™ to rescue her. Are the Super Mario Bros’ plans a pipe dream? Can they stop the Koopa King before he forces the Princess to be his bride?!

 

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS · Available Spring 2017

The newest series from THE Legend of Zelda manga creator Akira Himekawa continues the fantastic adventures inspired by the video game of the same name and is set for an English debut in March 2017.

Once upon a time, wizards tried to conquer the Sacred Realm of Hyrule. The Spirits of Light sealed the wizards’ power within the Shadow Crystal and banished them to the Twilight Realm beyond the Mirror of Twilight. Now, an evil menace is trying to find Midna, Princess of the Twilight Realm, and the fragments of the Shadow Crystal to gain the power to rule over both the Twilight Realm and the World of Light.

VIZ Media also publishes the bestselling The Legend of Zelda manga series and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

Preview: Sherlock: A Study in Pink #3

SHERLOCK: A STUDY IN PINK #3

Concept by: Steven Moffat & Mark Gatiss
Writer: Steven Moffat
Artist: Jay.
Cover A: Jay.
Cover B: Photo
Cover C: Simon Myers
Cover D: Question No 6
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: Aug 10

The three-patch problem of A Study In Pink continues to unravel, in this thrilling manga adaptation of the smash-hit SHERLOCK TV series! John is pulled into a web of deceit, as he comes face-to-face with the man who describes himself as Sherlock’s “arch-enemy” – and Sherlock sets a trap for a serial murderer!

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Loot Anime Episode 9 “Squadron” 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 “Squadron”!

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

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SDCC 2016: Making a Living in Manga: From Fan to Pro and Manga Publishing Pros Industry Roundtable Panels

Jamie Coville of TheComicBooks.com has posted and shared two more panels from San Diego Comic-Con 2016. Check them out below!



Making a Living in Manga: From Fan to Pro (53:31, 49mb)
[Panel Recording and Picture by Deb Aoki of MangaComicsManga.com]
It’s one thing to cosplay at a con and draw fan art, but how can you turn your passion for manga, anime, and cosplay into a real career? Get the real deal on what it takes to make the leap from fan to pro from people who know what it takes to succeed, as well as the common pitfalls to avoid. Join Lillian Diaz-Pryzbyl (head of comics, Sparkler Monthly), Christopher Butcher (director, Toronto Comic Arts Festival), Mark DeVera (publishing sales manager, VIZ Media), Misaki C. Kido (marketing director, Kodansha Advanced Media), Mari Morimoto (translator, Naruto), Marlene First (editor, VIZ Media), Erik Ko (director, Udon Entertainment) and Maria Victoria Robado (artist/letterer/ colorist, Jem) as they talk about how they turned their passion for manga, anime and cosplay into a career and what they look for when they’re hiring artists, writers and editors. Discussion and Q&A session moderated by Deb Aoki (Publishers Weekly, Anime News Network)


Manga Publishing Pros Industry Roundtable (56:14, 51.4mb)
[Panel Recording and Picture by Deb Aoki of MangaComicsManga.com] After a few years of fading fortunes, manga publishing is catching its second wind. More manga and light novels are hitting the shelves in bookstores and comic shops, and more titles than ever are available in digital formats the same day/date as in Japan. So have things truly turned around for Japanese comics in North America? Get a taste of what’s hot, what’s not, and what’s next for manga in North America and Japan from top publishing pros, including Kurt Hassler (publisher and managing director, Yen Press), Michael Gombos (director of international publishing and licensing, Dark Horse Comics), Ben Applegate (associate director, publisher services, Penguin Random House), Erik Ko (chief of operations, Udon Entertainment) and Stu Levy (TOKYOPOP). Moderated by Deb Aoki (Publishers Weekly, Anime News Network).

Review: Cardcaptor Sakura

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A magical girl that fights using magical cards to fight even more magical cards while also dealing with her 6th grade nonexistent love life? Well, if that isn’t a CLAMP storyline then I don’t know what is. Yes, everyone, today we’re covering CLAMP’s Cardcaptor Sakura, one of the groups most famous and influential series. It definitely shows in the group’s later work considering Tsubasa and xxxHolic, as well as the new series that follows Cardcaptor’s lead in middle school. The original manga ran from 1996 to 2000 under the Japanese publisher Kodansha and the English Publishers Madman Entertainment and Dark Horse Comics. The anime under the same name ran from 1998 to 2000 and was made by Studio Madhouse. Recently, this month actually, the sequel series Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Edition began serialization in the magazine Nakayoshi.

Now the story follows Sakura Kinomoto who accidentally releases the magic cards, called Clow Cards, across the city when she’s messing around in her basement. After this, she is chosen by the mascot character and guardian of the cards to find them. And all she wanted to do was work up the courage to confess her feelings to a boy and get by in school alongside her best friend. Along the way she goes through some over the top adventures and grows up, I guess? It’s a show that started with the monster of the week vibe before going into long arcs in the span of like 70 episodes. It’s also a genre that CLAMP had never tried out before and it shows.

The main character Sakura, as stated above, who is a ten-year-old school girl who is just too sweet to be real. She tries super hard despite struggling to understand all the magic and adventure going on around her. In the beginning of the series she pretty openly has a crush on her older brother’s best friend Yukito, this is important I swear. Altogether, Sakura isn’t really anything beyond a strong willed girl doing her best? And that’s not bad, not at all, but it feels like they never let her really be more. She’s there to smile and be sweet because the plot demands for it. She’s always trying her best and stays positive in almost every situation, which is endearing but somewhat unrealistic.

Kero or his formal name Cerberus is the mascot character who is the guardian of the Clow Cards and ends up making Sakura find them again. You’d think he’d be this cool and mature figure cause of the whole guardian thing, but he’s just… Not? Mascot character syndrome I swear. He likes eating and playing video games and is sort of annoying as most mascot characters are. He does genuinely care about Sakura though and wants to help her get the job done. In his true form he looks like a lion with wings while his fake form looks like a stuffed animal with wings.

Then there’s Tomoyo Daidouji, Sakura’s best friend. She’s a kind rich girl who grew up around maids and bodyguards. She is someone who just wants to be with Sakura forever as a friend or something more, anything really. She also ends up filming most of Sakura’s adventures while supplying cute magical girl outfits for the other to wear. She mostly does that for her own enjoyment, but she genuinely cares for Sakura and wants the other to be happy.

Finally, there’s Syaoran Li who is a lot different from the character he is in Tsubasa. In this series, Syaoran is a descendant of the creator of the Clow Cards, which makes him believe he’s the only one who should be hunting for them. This makes him initially volatile towards Sakura as he forces his way into her business and life. Along the way though, he does begin to respect her as a cardcaptor and friend. He is originally from China, but moves to Japan in response to the cards being released to gather them. Basically, he’s a mean little kid who starts to get nice because friendship fixes everything.

There’s a whole lot of other character’s but for spoiler’s sake I’ll leave them be. The one thing I will say is that CLAMP does a lot with characters here, things you’d expect and things you wouldn’t. For instance, the group really likes writing forbidden or “taboo” relationships, something that shows up in many of their series. They do this in multiple ways in Cardcaptor, some that are really interesting and beautifully done, such as the openly LGBTQ+ relationships that we can see in the background and characters who are deeply connected to Sakura. And all of this is being viewed through Sakura who loves everyone no matter how they identify. This was something that I really enjoyed about the series, that CLAMP was giving representation and showing it to a young audience and presenting the LGBTQ+ in such a positive way to said audience. Plus, they continue to do that with much of their later work, they keep giving representation in their own way and helping many young people see themselves in popular media.

But then it gets to the relationships that are actually… Really questionable? Like, very young underage girl with a 20+ teacher questionable, which they end up romanticizing. I’m not gonna get into it though, because most of these relationships or subjects don’t really appear in the anime, instead they’re mildly hinted at compared to being out and open in the manga.

Animation wise this is an older series, but it’s actually not that bad. It holds up pretty well in comparison to a lot of other series that were produced at the time. It was produced by Madhouse, known also for Chobits and One Punch Man, a company that only got better with time. I would say that it really is similar a lot of series that were produced at the same time. It has a similar line style to that of many other magical girl series being produced at the time or even series like Battle Athletes that had heavy outlines on characters. It has extremely thick lines and for the anime was very subject to the “moe blob” face. You know the one, where the mouth is a little too close to the eyes, but honestly proportion wise, compared to other CLAMP series, it’s well done. This is a visually appealing series. It’s bright and full of color. I would say that the manga seems a lot softer in art style comparatively, everything seems softer or more gentle in how it appears. Which really works with a lot of the underlying themes in the series, because the characters stay soft despite everything that is thrown at them. The manga itself was serialized in Nakayoshi then collected in 12 books by Kodansha which would then be licensed by Tokyopop here in America. I will say that the manga has gorgeous art. CLAMP does beautifully in this genre, especially when you inspect each separate Clow Card and see the detail. Which, is something compared to how lackluster the sound of the anime is.

Sound wise, the anime is a bit forgettable. I wouldn’t say any of the opening or ending music is iconic or that the voice acting is outstanding, I’ve also only seen the Japanese version. Still, the shows score was composed by Takayuki Negishi alongside Masafumi Mima. The score itself works really well for the shojo genre and is pretty to listen to. It just isn’t… That notworthy? It doesn’t have the same feel that other CLAMP scores have, at least not for me personally, but that could be because it is such a specific genre. For voice acting, like I said it’s a good, but it’s not outstanding like many people like to claim it is. Every actor does a good job, especially Sakura Tange as Sakura, who hasn’t done much other work and Motoko Kumai who plays Syaoran, know also for her work in Chobits as Sumomo and MAR as Ginta.  I haven’t seen the English dub and from what I’ve heard I don’t want to.

You see, this series was also dubbed during the day and age of localizing the character’s name and taking huge liberties with their characters. Tomoyo became Madison for instance. They got rid of a lot of things that they felt would be inappropriate or not reach the English audience. Ocean Studios did the English dub in works with the series American licensor Nelvana and actually got rid of the original musical score and replaced it with their own. There was another dub done by Omni Productions that was a lot more faithful to the Japanese version. This series was also aired out of order to appeal to male viewers more than the intended female audience. So basically, this series was butchered when it aired here in America originally and everything I’ve heard and looked up implies that the dub and editing of said dub was panned universally with how bad it was.

I would say Carcaptor is maybe worth a watch, despite anything I said above, or maybe even worth a read? I personally have only read a few chapters of the manga, after watching the entirety of the anime in like the span of two weeks, because magical girl as a genre is not my personal favorite. It is a series that tries to do a lot of fun things with the genre itself! If you like this type of storytelling or even are just looking to try something out, I would completely suggest looking into this show. I may not have enjoyed the series to its fullest, but someone else out there might adore it. What matters is that the series is fun and tries new things but remains true to CLAMP as a group of creators.

Cardcaptor Sakura: 7/10

SDCC 2016: Titan Reveals Assassin’s Creed: Awakening

At San Diego Comic-Con, Titan revealed Assassin’s Creed: Awakening – a new mini-series of Assassin’s Creed manga – collected for the first time in English! The series is written by Yano Takashi, and brought to life by artist Oiwa Kenji.

Jump back into the world of Edward Kenway, lead character of the best-selling fan favorite game, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, in this beautiful manga adaptation. Return to the Golden Age of Pirates is this swashbuckling adventure set in the time period featured in the hit Ubisoft video game Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag!

Assassin’s Creed: Awakening joins the growing slate of popular comics based in the Assassin’s Creed universe including: Assassin’s Creed: Assassin’s, Assassin’s Creed: Templars and the incoming Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants – Locus series, which ties in to the Scholastic Last Descendants novels.

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Preview: Sherlock: A Study in Pink #2

SHERLOCK: A STUDY IN PINK #2

Concept by: Steven Moffat & Mark Gatiss
Writer: Steven Moffat
Artist: Jay.
Cover A: Jay.
Cover B: Photo
Cover C: Claudia Iannicello
FC – 32PP – $3.99 – ON SALE: Jul 13

The Japanese SHERLOCK Manga continues in an all-new English edition, adapting the episodes of the smash-hit BBC America/Hartswood Films TV show! As Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and John (Martin Freeman) move in to 221B Baker Street and begin their tentative crime-solving partnership, the mystery of a citywide spate of ‘serial suicides’ remains – and Sherlock is dragged deeper into the depraved world of the killer!

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Dragon Ball Super, Revolutionary Girl Utena, The Water Dragon’s Bride, and Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt come to VIZ

VIZMedia-RectLogo-NoTMVIZ Media detailed a bevy of publishing acquisitions during its official panel event held this past weekend at the 2016 Anime Expo in Los Angeles, CA.

VIZ Media delighted manga readers as it detailed a host of upcoming new titles to be published under the company’s various imprints. The new series include the continuation of Akira Toriyama’s seminal series, Dragon Ball, in the new Dragon Ball Super. The landmark shojo series Revolutionary Girl Utena returns in a deluxe complete manga box set. Shojo readers also will not want to miss The Water Dragon’s Bride, a brand new work by the creator of Dawn of the Arcana. Delighting sci-fi fans, VIZ Media announced the debut later this year of the mecha action manga Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt. The company also announced Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V and the release of Rurouni Kenshin in new 3-in-1 omnibus editions.

New VIZ Signature Acquisition:

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THUNDERBOLT · Available Fall 2016

Story & Art by Yasuo Ohtagaki, Original Concept by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino

An epic story of war and survival set in the legendary Gundam universe! In the Universal Century year 0079, humanity is divided between Earth and huge space colonies known as Sides. The colony known as Side 3 proclaims independence as the Principality of Zeon, and declares war on the Earth Federation. As the conflict nears the one-year mark, the Earth Federation and the forces of Zeon are locked in a fierce battle for the Thunderbolt Sector, an area of space scarred by the wreckage of destroyed colonies.

 

New Shonen Jump Acquisitions:

DRAGON BALL SUPER · Available Spring 2017

Story by Akira Toriyama, Story & Art by Toyotaro

Goku’s adventure from the bestselling classic manga DRAGON BALL continues in this new series! Ever since Goku became Earth’s greatest hero and gathered the seven Dragon Balls to defeat the evil Boo, his life on Earth has grown a little dull. But new threats loom overhead, and Goku and his friends will have to defend the planet once again!

 

RUROUNI KENSHIN 3-in-1 · Available Winter 2017

By Nobuhiro Watsuki

Experience the beloved samurai action series in bargain 3-in-1 omnibus editions! Action, romance, and historical intrigue help make Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin, the tale of a wandering swordsman set against the backdrop of the Meiji Restoration, one of the most popular Shonen Jump titles of all time.

 

YU-GI-OH! ARC V · Available Spring 2017

Original Concept by Kazuki Takahashi, Production Support by Studio Dice, Story by Shin Yoshida, Art by Naohito Miyoshi, Duel Composition by Masahiro Hikokubo

The latest series based on the hit collectible card game! Action Duels have become a global sensation, but what is the dark secret behind them that threatens to destroy the world? Exclusive rare card inside (limited to first printing).

 

New Shojo Beat Acquisitions

REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA Deluxe Box Set · Available Spring 2017

Story and Art by Chiho Saito, Created by Be-Papas

The entire series of Revolutionary Girl Utena plus The Adolescence of Utena are collected into two hardcover omnibus volumes with color pages of the original covers and poster in this long-awaited collector’s set. Utena strives to be strong and noble like the childhood prince she yearns to meet again. But when she finds herself seduced into the twisted duels of Ohtori Academy, can she become the prince she’s been waiting for?

 

THE WATER DRAGON’S BRIDE · Available Spring 2017

By Rei Toma

The newest fantasy adventure romance by the bestselling author of DAWN OF THE ARCANA (also published by VIZ Media)! In the blink of an eye, a modern-day girl named Asahi is whisked away from her warm and happy home and stranded in a strange and mysterious world where she is sacrificed to a water dragon god! What plans are in store for her, and what will happen when she comes face to face with this god?

VIZ Announces Kaikyu!! and Kuroko’s Basketball

VIZ Media has announced to new manga English releases. Haikyu!! will see release on July 5th and Kuroko’s Basketball sees its first volume on shelves August 2nd.

Created by Haruichi Furudate, Haikyu!! depicts the on- and off-the-court drama of a driven young volleyball player. Ever since he saw the legendary player known as “the Little Giant” compete at the national volleyball finals, Shoyo Hinata has been aiming to be the best volleyball player ever! Who says you need to be tall to play volleyball when you can jump higher than anyone else?

In the opening volume, after losing his first and last volleyball match of his middle school career against Tobio Kageyama, “the King of the Court,” Shoyo Hinata swears to become his rival. But what happens when the guy he wants to defeat ends up being his teammate?!

In 2015 the manga won the Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shonen category.

Created by Tadatoshi Fujimaki Kuroko’s Basketball has become a global sensation. In Kuroko’s Basketball, when incoming first-year student Taiga Kagami joins the Seirin High basketball team, he meets Tetsuya Kuroko, a mysterious boy who’s plain beyond words. But Kagami’s in for the shock of his life when he learns that the practically invisible Kuroko was once a member of “The Miracle Generation” – the undefeated, legendary team – and he wants Kagami’s help taking down each of his old teammates!

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