With its Jack Kirby-inspired visuals and interstellar adventure, The Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 – all iterations of him – would seem to be a natural for comics and graphic novels. Today VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint has released the first of a series of Ben 10 Omniverse graphic novels written by Cory Levine and drawn by Alan Brown. Ben 10 Omniverse, Vol. 1: Ghost Ship finds Ben Tennyson and his new partner rook investigating a distress call that puts them in the crosshairs of a new foe called Khyber – whose one goal in life is hunting down Ben 10!
Ben 10 Omniverse, Vol. 1: Ghost Ship is available in both print and digital forms. More details can found in the press release after the jump.
The Japanese coastal town of Kurouzu-cho is cursed, not by by demons or evil people, but by a pattern – the spiral, one of nature’s most common and beautiful patterns. Uzumaki, the three-volume horror manga by Junji Ito, about a town’s gradual descent into madness, has been collected in a deluxe hardcover edition that is now available in stores.
For more details, check out the press release after the jump.
As someone whose favorite Hayao Miyazaki movie is, in fact, My Neighbor Totoro, I am pleased to note that in celebration the 25th Anniversary of the release of Miyazaki’s anime masterpiece, VIZ Media is announcing the release of My Neighbor Totoro: The Novel – with illustrations by Miyazaki – as well as a brand new edition of the My Neighbor Totoro Picture Book. Both titles will be in stores on October 1st.
Check out the press release, after the jump, for details.
If you’ve ever wondered how corporate superheroes Tiger & Bunny came to be, VIZ Media has the answer – and, on October 1st, you will, too. That’s when Tiger & Bunny The Movie: The Beginning will be released on DVD and Blu-ray – followed on October 8th by Tiger & Bunny The Movie: The Beginning Side A and Side B, a two-volume manga adaptation of the movie.
Check out the press release, following the jump, for details.
Have you missed the latest episode of your favorite Neon Alley anime? Neon Alley and VIZ Media have just announced a new Catch Up feature for the web-based version of the 24/7 anime channel. The feature gives VOD viewers the option, once they have logged in, to Watch Now and go to the currently running programming, or Catch Up – to choose series and episodes that they might have missed.
Since each episode is accessible for a minimum of one week following its debut, the Catch Up option also allows the VOD viewer to find out how much longer each episode will be available. For more details, check out the press release after the jump.
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.
There are a lot of famous film festivals out there: Cannes, TIFF, Sundance, etc. – but for anime fans there’s the Japan Film Festival of San Francisco. The first of its kind, the JFFSF is dedicated to Japanese live-action and anime film.
This year’s fest, which runs from July 27th to August 4th, features the U.S. premiere of Naruto Shippenden The Movie: The Lost Tower and encore screenings of Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning and Berserk The Golden Arc II – The Battle For Doldrey. The fest includes more than sixteen live-action and anime titles and takes place at the New People Cinema in the heart of San Francisco’s Japantown. All screenings will be in the original Japanese with English subtitles.
For more retails, check out the official press release after the jump.
VIZ Media has just begun making its digital library of manga titles available for KOBO eReaders, with 500 volumes debuting today – and a library of 1500 volumes across 130 titles coming to North America in the near future.
The launch list includes the latest volumes of blockbusters like Naruto (rated ‘T’ for Teens), Bleach (rated ‘T’ for Teens), Blue Exorcist (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens), One Piece (rated ‘T’ for Teens) and Vampire Knight (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens). VIZ Media has also synchronized its digital publishing schedule for future manga titles to have near-simultaneous domestic release of their print counterparts, closing the gap between print and digital manga formats. The complete library of VIZ Media manga titles is available at www.kobo.com/viz.