VIZ Media has announced the return of one of the most celebrated manga and anime properties – RANMA ½.
Today VIZ Media launches the Ranma ½ (subtitled, rated TV-14) anime series on its VIZAnime.com streaming service as well as on Hulu. The series will debut on its Neon Alley anime channel this fall (dubbed), and will be available on DVD and, for the first time ever, Blu-ray box set editions next year.
Ranma ½ is a renowned martial arts action-adventure manga (graphic novel) series created by Rumiko Takahashi. The manga series was a staple of the VIZ Media catalog for over 14 years and remains one of the company’s longest-running titles and one of the longest-running manga series in North America. VIZ Media plans to begin publishing the Ranma ½ manga series (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens) in new 2-in-1 omnibus editions featuring the original right-to-left reading format for the first time ever in early 2014. Check out the press release after the jump.
Haikasoru’s Melancholy of Mechagirl, by Catherynne M. Valente, is the imprint’s first from a non-Japanese author – but between the book’s Japan-inspired stories and poems, and the author’s award-winning pedigree, it seems a natural choice.
With subjects like a woman who dreams of machines; a paper lantern that falls in love and the most compelling videogame that you’ve never played – and that nobody can play twice, Melancholy of Mechagirl definitely fits the profile of Haikasoru, the first U.S.-based imprint to dedicated to publishing translations of fine Japanese science fiction and fantasy. The book includes stories that were nominated for Hugo and Locus Awards – and Valente is a three-time Locus Award winner.
Melancholy of Mechagirl is available now. Valente has also been nomineted (twice) for World Fantasy Awards. Haikaoru is an imprint of VIZ Media.
Kaya Satozuka is one terrific secretary; a consummate professional. So, how will she react when she’s reassigned to the office of the company’s prickly – and hot – director when she discovers he’s a vampire?
That’s the premise of VIZ Media’s Midnight Secretary, a new manga series by Tomu Ohmi that will debut under the Shojo Beat imprint on September 3rd. Check out the press release, after the jump, for more details.
The odd couple of superheroes of Bild City, Tiger & Bunny have their offscreen lives revealed in VIZ Media’s new manga series Tiger & Bunny Comic Anthology 2-in-1. Eighteen of Japan’s top self-published manga artists take a look at what the superheroes do in their private lives – how they stay in shape; what Saito is saying under his breath; the conundrum of being superheroes invited to a Halloween party! The collection of humorous shorts is the first of a 2-volume homage to the Tiger & Bunny manga/anime series.
Also new this month is Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, a reimagining of the classic tales One Thousand and One Nights (aka The Arabian Nights). Deep in the desert are the Dungeons, a mysterious and dangerous place where many have vanished seeking to find and plunder its hidden troves of treasure. Plucky young Aladdin aims to succeed where so many before him have failed and he just might do it – there’s more to him than meets the eye…
For more details, follow the jump to the official press releases.
The 5th Annual J-Pop Summit Festival will celebrate Japanese, pop culture with Sake tasting, a J-Pop Idol contest, and performances by such artists as: fashion icon/singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (pictured); four-piece girl rock bandLoVendoR; and legendary artist Katsuya Terada, who will create a freehand drawing on a blank wall at San Francisco’s Kinokuniya Bookstore.
The festival, which runs July 27th and 28th, will include other special attractions including anime film premieres of Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, and Naruto The Movie: The Lost Tower – and much, much more. Follow the jump to learn more.
VIZ Media – the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America – will be showcasing digital media, including the Weekly Shonen Jump digital manga magazine, and the Neon Alley Anime Channel at Comic-Con 2013. The company will host a wide array of special events, unique giveaways, panel discussions and more.
For details, follow the jump to the official press release.
Not only is Dark Horse Comics going to be publishing New Lone Wolf and Cub beginning in 2014, the company is bringing the creator of the epic manga, Kazuo Koike – who has been indicted into the Eisner Hall of Fame, to Comic-Con 2013 as part of the company’s celebration of twenty-five years of publishing manga.
For more details – including the series description of New Lone Wolf and Cub – follow the jump.
VIX Media’s new shojo manga release, Demon Love Spell features a shrine maiden named Miko who’s not particularly good at her job and Kagura, the demon whose attention she gains when she actually gets a spell right… sort of…
The supernatural romance series, Volume 1 of which is now available (with digital download coming on December 18th), is from Mayu Shinjo, creator of Ai Orei and Ayakashi Koi Emaki. Details follow the jump.