NEWS!!!Viz Expands iPad App to iPhone & iPod Touch
Viz Media has announced the release of a Viz Manga app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Viz launched its proprietary iPad manga app last November and currently has over 200 volumes of manga available. Now those titles are available for other iOS devices including the iPhone and the iPad Touch. The Viz Manga app is free at Apple?s App Store and the first chapters of several of the Viz Media Manga titles are available to download for free.
In addition Viz Media has a sale on the first volumes of all of its manga series available through the Viz Media manga app. The initial volumes in all the series will be available for just $2.99 versus the regular per volume price of $4.99 in this special promotion, which is good through midnight (PST) May 9th.
House of Blue Leaves
The Viz Manga app for the iPhone appears to be identical with its iPad app. Viewers have to navigate through the panels (there does not appear to be a panel-to-panel feature, at least yet). Customers who purchase Viz Manga for one iOS device will be able to port them across all their compatible Apple devices.
In addition to its popular Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat titles, Viz Media has now released two excellent titles from its sophisticated Viz Signature imprint, The House of Five Leaves and not simple by Natsume Ono.
Yoshinori Natsume Ends Togari Shiro Sequel Manga
Also in Comic Flapper: Makoto Shinkai, Yasuhiro Imagawa, Sasameki Koto's Ikeda
Manga creator Yoshinori Natsume ended his Togari Shiro supernatural action sequel series in the June issue of Media Factory's Monthly Comic Flapper magazine on Monday. In the story, a murderer is given a chance to escape Hell after 300 years — if he can hunt down 108 Toga evil spirits in the 21st century with the Togari sword. Natsume launched Togari Shiro in 2009 as a continuation of the original Togari manga, and Media Factory published the second compiled book volume last October.
Natsume had created the original manga in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine in 2000, but the magazine abruptly ended his work in 2002. In North America, Viz Media published the eight volumes of the original Togari run from 2007 to 2008, and then launched Natsume's Kurozakuro series last November. Natsume also drew the Batman: Death Mask graphic novel for DC Comics.
In the same June issue of Monthly Comic Flapper, Tomoko Mitani launched her manga adaptation of Hoshi o Ou Kodomo: Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below, the latest work by Makoto Shinkai (Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 5 Centimeters Per Second). The film itself will open in Japan this Saturday, and the current manga chapter serves as a prologue.
Also in the June issue, artist Yasuyuki Nekoi (Sōkoku no Garō - Hokuto no Ken: Rei Gaiden) and anime/manga creator Yasuhiro Imagawa (Giant Robo) launched the Kōsoku Otome no Seikatai (Restrained Maidens' Choir) manga. The two other new series are 34-sai Mushoku-san (Unemployed 34-Year-Old) by Takashi Ikeda (Sasameki Koto) and Yura Kouhi's four-panel Sensei to Boku -Natsume Soseki o Kakomu Hitobito— manga, which revolves around the late author Soseki Natsume (Kokoro).
The July issue will ship on June 4 with Asato Mizu's Denki-Gai no Honya-san (Electric Town Bookstore Worker) series, which is set in a manga bookstore.
Full Moon's Tanemura, 4 Others Start Manga in Margaret
New series from Akuma to Love Song's Tomori, Mika Yamamori, Risa Hanano, Rin Mamiya
This year's 11th issue of Shueisha's Margaret magazine announced on Monday that five new manga series will join its lineup over the next five issues, including one series by Arina Tanemura (Full Moon O Sagashite, The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Kamikaze Kaitō Jeanne, I.O.N, Time Stranger Kyoko).
Mika Yamamori will start her Hirunaka no Ryūsei (Daytime Falling Star) with a 34-page chapter and cover illustration in the 12th issue on May 20. In the story, a 15-year-old girl named Suzume lived a carefree life in a town in the countryside — until she has to suddenly move to Tokyo by herself. Risa Hanano will also start her Sayonara, Mata ne series in the same issue.
Rin Mamiya will launch a monthly series in the 13th issue on June 4. Megumi Hazuki (Ojosama wa Oyomesama.) will print a new one-shot story in the 14th issue on June 20. Miyoshi Tomori (Akuma to Love Song) will start her new series in the 15th issue on July 5.
Finally, Tanemura will launch her new series in the 16th issue on July 20. The same issue will also run a one-shot story by Mimi Tajima (Gakkou no Ojikan) and an extended 80-page chapter of the Usotsuki Lily manga by Ayumi Komura (Mixed Vegetables, Joō-sama no Tamago, Hybrid Berry).
Trigun Film Gets North American Theatrical Release
Film based on Yasuhiro Nightow's manga to run subbed & dubbed in theaters this summer
Movie distributor Eleven Arts confirmed on Tuesday that it is partnering with FUNimation Entertainment to release the anime film Trigun: Badlands Rumble in summer 2011.
Funimation has confirmed with ANN that some theaters will show an English-dubbed version of the film, while others will show the film with the original Japanese track. The company also told ANN that the official Funimation Trigun website will be updated with the screening schedule "soon." Funimation originally indicated its plans to release the film theatrically when it announced the license at Anime Expo 2010.
Yasuhiro Nightow's manga Trigun was originally launched in 1995 in Tokuma Shoten's Shonen Captain manga anthology. In 1997 the magazine folded and Nightow switched publishers, releasing Trigun Maximum in Shonen Gahosha's Young King Ours until the series ended in 2008. In 1998, Madhouse Studios animated a television anime based on the series, which Geneon USA licensed in 1999. After Geneon USA closed, Funimation acquired the rights to the original series. Dark Horse Comics acquired the North American rights to both manga series in 2003, and published the series' final volume in 2009.
Plans for an animated Trigun feature film date back as far as 2005, when MADHOUSE's Masao Maruyama told a U.K. anime magazine that his studio was working on the film. However, the movie did not come to fruition until its spring 2010 release in Japan.
Funimation Confirms English Trigun Movie Cast
Johnny Yong Bosch returns as Vash; other characters recast
The North American anime distributor Funimation confirmed the English-language dub cast for its upcoming release of the anime film Trigun: Badlands Rumble via its blog on Wednesday. The partial cast list is as follows:
* Johnny Yong Bosch as Vash The Stampede
* Luci Christian as Meryl Stryfe
* Trina Nishimura as Milly Thompson
* Brad Hawkins as Nicholas D. Wolfwood
* Colleen Clinkenbeard as Amelia
* John Swasey as Gasback
Of this list, only Bosch performed in the English dub of the original Trigun television anime commissioned by Pioneer Entertainment (USA) — the company later known as Geneon Entertainment (USA) — in 1999. In the original dub, Dorothy Melendrez played Meryl, Lia Sargent played Milly, and Jeff Nimoy played Wolfwood. (Amelia and Gasback are new characters for the anime film which did not appear in the original television series.)
On Tuesday, Funimation and Eleven Arts Entertainment confirmed their plans to release the Trigun: Badlands Rumble film in North American theaters this summer. Funimation further confirmed that some theaters will screen the English-dubbed version, and others will screen the film with its original Japanese dialogue.
California's Fanime to Host Voice Actor Tohru Furuya
Voice of 1st Gundam's Amuro Ray, Sailor Moon's Tuxedo Mask, Dragon Ball's Yamcha
The anime convention FanimeCon announced on Wednesday that it will host Japanese voice actor Tohru Furuya as a Guest of Honor at its May 27-30 event in San Jose, California. Furuya will take part in an unspecified number of panels.
Furuya is a prolific voice actor known for such major roles as the first Mobile Suit Gundam story's Amuro Ray, Sailor Moon's Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask, Dragon Ball's Yamcha, and Saint Seiya's Pegasus Seiya. In more recent years, he appeared in Mobile Suit Gundam 00 as Ribbons Almark and the Bleach: Jigoku-hen anime film as Shuren.
FanimeCon will also host voice actor and singer Yūya Matsushita, Petit Evangelion designer Ryusuke Hamamoto, Trigun designer Takahiro Yoshimatsu, Fullmetal Alchemist/Gundam 00 director Seiji Mizushima, and Japanese pop band Flow.
Black Rock Shooter Gets Manga in Young Ace This June
Sanami Suzuki draws Black Rock Shooter ~Innocent Soul~
The June issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Young Ace magazine announced on Monday that Sanami Suzuki (Net Ghost PiPoPa) is launching a manga adaptation of huke's Black Rock Shooter franchise in the next issue on June 4. Young Ace promises that Black Rock Shooter ~Innocent Soul~ will be "a Black Rock Shooter that no one has seen before."
The story follows a girl in Hazama (Threshold), a world beween Heaven and Earth. "Impure souls" — those that could not ascend to Heaven with the burden of their own weight — have drifted to this world of constant warfare.
The franchise has already inspired figures, anime, and games. The artist ringo launched the Black Rock-chan four-panel manga in the inaugural issue of Kadokawa Shoten's 4-Koma Nano Ace magazine in March.
The July issue of Young Ace will bundle a "life-size" poster of the Evangelion character Rei Ayanami, a reversible writing board (shitajiki) of The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, and alternate volume covers for the Blood Lad and Daisuki desu!! Mahō Tenshi Cosmos manga as bonus supplemental extras.
Disney XD to Run Naruto: Shippuden the Movie on May 15
Popular anime's 5th film gets TV showing in U.S.
The official schedule for the American Disney XD cable channel now lists the Naruto Shippūden anime film on Sunday, May 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Disney XD began running the Naruto Shippūden television anime — based on Masashi Kishimoto's ninja manga Naruto — on October 28, 2009. The channel's UK version also aired the Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai anime film last month.
The Naruto Shippūden is the fifth theatrical film based on the Naruto anime franchise. The first four were based on the first television series; the Naruto Shippūden film is the first based on the sequel television anime of the same name, which takes place two and a half years after the final events of the previous series. The Japanese anime Studio Pierrot has released three more Naruto films since Naruto Shippūden.
Voice Actress Kana Asumi Goes on Hiatus Due to Health
Kämpfer/Wagnaria!!/Hidamari Sketch star to appear at May 8 event as condition improves
The staff blog of the entertainment agency 81 Produce reported on Wednesday that voice actress Kana Asumi has been taking a hiatus from her scheduled appearances due to the strain they caused her physically and mentally. The agency apologized to the fans and the people involved for the late notice, as well for the worry and trouble it caused. However, 81 Produce added that Asumi is better and that she is preparing herself to appear in a May 8 event.
Among many other roles, Asumi has played Aira Harune in Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream, Yukikaze Panettone in Dog Days, Mikoto Kondō in Kämpfer, Popura Taneshima in Working!!/Wagnaria!!, Yuno in Hidamari Sketch, Nyaruko (Nyarlathotep) in Haiyoru! Nyaru-Ani, Megumi Kayano in Persona -trinity soul-, and Ran in Shugo Chara!Source: Anime News Network & ICv2