VIZ Media’s psychological thriller K begins a special limited engagement on both the free, ad-supported Hulu and the Hulu Plus subscription service beginning today. The complete 13-episode series – about a psychic war between seven kings – will run with dubbed English dialogue and be available until January 15th.
Follow the jump to check out the press release for further details
Anime sci-fi/fantasy series Accel World and psychological action thriller K are getting unusually jam-packed home video packages from VIZ Media. Both will be released in Special Limited Edition Blu-Ray/DVD combo packs that include premium art booklets and a host of special bonus features.
In Accel World, a bullied teen finds power and strength in a virtual reality video game, while in K, a case of mistaken identity embroils an easygoing teenager in a deadly war between seven infamous and bloodthirsty clans. Accel World is in stores tomorrow, will K is planned for a February 25, 2014 release. For further details, check out the press releases following the jump.
Syfy’s Face Off returns for its sixth season January 14, 2014 and, for the first time, the competitors will travel to Tokyo where they will create anime inspired characters based on their own alter egos. The season’s first Spotlight challenge, though, is to create an original take on the Beast of Beauty & the Beast. Among other intriguing challenges: a Medieval dragon warrior that breathes fire and other elements (like fire, or poison); Roald Dahl characters that have been seen onscreem and original wizard characters based on a selection of unique wands.
Host McKenzie Westmore, along with judges Ve Neill (The Hunger Games, The Amazing Spider-Man, Pirates of the Caribbean), Glenn Hetrick (CSI: New York, The Hunger Games, Heroes) and Neville Page (Avatar, Prometheus) return, along with world-renowned makeup artist – and McKenzie’s dad – Michael Westmore in his his role as the official contestant mentor. For more details – and a complete list of competitors – check out the press release following the jump.
VIZ Media has announced the launch of Naruto Shippunden – in a dubbed, uncut edition, from the beginning – on Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block in 2014.
The continuing saga of young ninja Naruto Uzumaki is one of the most popular manga titles in the VIZ Media library and the anime was a huge hit in Japan. for more details, check out the press release following the jump.
A new restoration and re-mastering process has made it possible for FUNimation to produce season sets of its popular Dragon Ball Z anime series on Blu-Ray. Each season set will include new triptych art and include new cast interviews, retrospectives and fan submissions. Also, exclusive to the Blu-Ray, a nine-part special features series that spans the entirety of the show’s run.
Dragon Ball Z: Season One will be available on Blu-Ray on December 31st, but fans can pre-order for 45% off regular price today until November 11th.. Check out the press release, following the jump, for details.
It’s not often that a superhero is created by a super-villain, but that’s the case with Japanese superhero series Zetman. The series revolves around two boys – Kouga, born into a wealthy family and in line to inherit his family’s power and fortune, and Jin, poor but living a happy life with his grandfather until tragedy strikes. Both boys seek the real meaning of justice and what it means to be a hero.
Zetman is a gritty, viceral, action-filled 13-episode series that explores what it means to be human. VIZ Media will release Zetman: The complete Series on Blu-Ray and DVD in North America on November 5th. For further details, check out the press release after the jump.
Neon Alley, the first 24-7 anime channel to run English-dubbed anime, has just celebrated its first anniversary. I had the opportunity to conduct an email interview with the channel’s very busy Program Director, Kevin Klienrock about Neon Alley, its goals, its new series, its new online presence, and just being a program director is all about. He also talked a bit about the new additions to the channel’s schedule, including Revolutionary Girl Utena (above, right) and the classic Ranma ½.
Somehow, he managed to fit my questions in in-between the demands of his job and heading up the Neon Alley team at a couple of very busy conventions. The result follows the jump. Check it out.
Adult Swim will begin airing the English dub version of space Dandy in January, 2014. Nothing new about that, right? Well, except for the fact that it will air at the same time as it airs in Japan – and a number of other Asian countries. The North American rights to Space Dandy have been acquired by FUNimation, who will do the series’ English production.
Space Dandy is exactly what it says on the tin – the interstellar adventures of a dandy in space, his mission to locate aliens no one has seen before. He gets paid for every new alien race discovered but competition is intense. Check out the press release, after the jump, for more details and links to the the trailer and the series’ Facebook page.
FUNimation’s Blood-C: The Complete Series has won the 2013 Reaper Award for Best Animation. The Reaper Awards, presented by Home Media Magazine and DreadCentral.com, honor the best horror and thriller titles released between August 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013.
Winners were selected from studio submissions by a panel of judges in conjunction with a consumer vote. Check out the press release, after the jump, for the press release – including a series synopsis.
Neon Alley – the VIZ Media anime service that provides top flight anime dubbed in English 24 hours a day – is celebrating its one year anniversary on October 18th. As part of the celebration, Neon Alley is now available online – great for those of us who don’t have a games system. Current subscribers who sign up for the service at NeonAlley.com will also get a free two-week extension of their subscription.
The channel will be bringing in a host of new series for its second year, including Ranma ½, Magi (pictured), Revolutionary Girl Utena, the live-action Lucha Libre-style wrestling fun of Chikara and more. For details, check out the press release following the jump.
Wolf Children – winner of the 2013 Japan Academy Prize for Best Animated Film – is premiering at the Laemmle Town Center 5 in Los Angeles on September 27th via Tugg, Inc. The film follows Hana, a woman who falls in love with a Wolf Man and has two children with him. After his untimely death, she seeks to find a life for herself and her two half-Wolf children in a new town.
For details, including where to buy tickets, check out the press release following the jump.