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Word comes from anime nation that Discotek has liscenced Hana Yori Dango Final, which puzzles me why not release the two tv series lest this movie make no sense.

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Yeah, the title pretty much sums it up. Sometime this Summer, Capcom will release through the Online Playstation Store ONLY (so unfortunately there won't be a physical disc version release), the Fate/Stay Night based fighting game, Fate/Unlimited Codes. It'll cost only $30, so I guess that's sort of a plus and retain all of the same material as the original game release, but it will only be available as a download through the Playstation Store (meaning you will have to keep it on your own data stick).

I don't know about the rest of you, but this has me hyped. This is probably the closest to an official US release of any of TYPE-MOONs original visual novels I've seen yet, and that makes me very happy.
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I think the Vampire girl has this in the bag, depending on the IQ level of Frank Girl. Now if it was a twilight vampire then I am all for it getting its brain bashed in.

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A couple years back I used to go theppn all the time. They had a great wiki, and a great tracker. Eventually their tracker went away, and so did their wiki. They were seriously THE source to go for like any sort of Asian music I needed. Eventually, it went down...then it came back up! Then it went down again.

So when I heard the news there was a new Asian Media Wiki I was pretty stoked. Essentially, the overlords at theppn are officially condoning another place to use their articles to remedy the sadness that is their absence. [You know, copyright and such. When you work on an article, you don't just want it ripped off from you]

So I thought this announcement was pretty cool:

Basically, the guys from theppn are supporting Jpopstop as their spiritual successor. While JpopStop is only about a month old, they already have an impressive amount of content. My only wish is that because of theppn's blessing that this new place will have all of the awesome content theppn used to have.

So if anyone's into Japanese music of any variation, you should check out

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US anime distributor Central Park Media filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy, according to ANN and Crain's New York Business. CMP owes around $1.2 million to creditors and hasn't released anything in 12 months.

CMP, and its divisions like US Manga Corps and Anime 18, have released prominent titles in the US in the past. This includes Grave of the Fireflies, Utena, Patlabor, Record of Lodoss War, Slayers, Project A-Ko and La Blue Girl.

Chapter 7 means that the company has closed down and faces liquidation, as opposed to allowing to restructure. The future of its currently-own titles is unknown. Who wants to bet FUNi saves some?
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Flower Mound, TX - April 28, 2009 - FUNimation(r) Entertainment today announced that it has acquired home entertainment , broadcast, master toy and merchandising rights to the 26-episode action adventure anime series Heat Guy J from CREi.

This sci-fi detective drama is directed by Kazuki Akane (Escaflowne: The Movie).

About Heat Guy J

Super criminals and mafia families have become more powerful than any police force in the oceanic city-nation of Judoh. That's why the government built Android J, a cybernetic crime-fighting machine destined to rid Judoh of the criminal element. Together with his partner, Daisuke Aurora, the most dangerous criminals will soon find themselves on the run. The mob won't take this sitting down, and as the criminals toughen up and the stakes keep rising, J finds himself matched in more than one battle.

FUNimation Entertainment will release the series in a complete series box set later this year.
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This post is a part of a series of Appendixes for an unfinished article dealing with Berserk and Jikan: 

The Anon of the Internet is not happy with 4Chan's Moot being the most infuencial person in the world. That honor belongs to Obama good or ill. I know we put him up there, but still the Anon is bastard who tries to act black but fails...


Anyway, need to talk about the meme called Hope and Change. Hope and Change need to come back into this industry and yeah the changes is something I been talking about since Novid was Ronixis and before that Ronin way back when.

The US anime business needs to work together with the US Animation Industry and learn how to live together in peace or both will suffer and the former will die a even worse death.

Why do i keep saying this? Because when they did work together, you had Astro Boy, Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, Battle Of the Planets/G-Force, Tranzor Z and Pokemon all have major successes.  Much to the chagrin of the Unions (who Hate DiC, Saban and 4Kids  because of certain stances they have with the US Unions, and the Anime dubbers because they do not pay the editors of the anime or allow them to join Unions)

But when they work together they are unbeatable. Somebody who worked in both industries - Fred Ladd helped in the production of Sailor Moon and one of the principle people who brought Astro Boy and Kimba To the states. 

But of course, with working together there comes problems. Kimba was going to be a serial but ABC balked. Princess Knight was dubbed, but Taft (the owners of Hanna Barberra at the time) couldn't get the syndicators. As soon as people moved to color - anime was still in black and white and the FCC started to feel powerful and the war in Vietnam (along with the societal changes in the 1960's) forced the industry to trust one source: Taft and Hanna Barbarra. So the industry contracted, and only one or two cartoons because successful (that were not from DC nor Marvel) Fat Albert and Scooby Doo. It wasn't until 1978 that anime came back ( It started in the Christian Stations first they aired the most) with Tranzor Z and Battle of the Planets. You should know the history now...

But there is a problem. Crunchyroll. Online Video. The whole Huluwood deal. Its utter nonsense to me. It only worked during the dot com boom and the promise of Fiber Optic Cable lines all over the US. Well only Verizon got the lines and despite rumors of Cable Lines going faster than Fiber - its not possible with a derogation of quality on the other end. And then you know That Obama is keeping some of the Bush rules about the Internet - you know wiretapping and all the rest. Not a good time to be in 4Chan and all the rest... Not really a good time being a fan of the Genre. Your looked at like strange looking hick folk. Its almost sad to see that High School has become a real life Musical and your losing.

But today, I give you the change you been looking for.

Its time to change the perceptions. Its time to look more towards like Kanye West's style then the style that is making you look stupid hicks. Anime needs to be democratized to be more urban than some boonie geek game. It needs to be Amazing like the video and Hardcore like Original ECW. It needs to more Led Zep in appearance and to be able to Reconquer The Throne as the alternative. 

My problem is there isn't a US Dubber willing to use every damn trick in the book to get the best of our culture to dabble in the couture of Anime. They get the Japanese stars, sure thats fine and what not. But Naruto doesn't have the mainstream power that DBZ has and yet Hollywood or at least some of the Ten-presenters and many of  the superstars of Hollywood do and have worked in the Dubbing Industry have for the Genre. The Dubbing Industry needs to respect the past when it doesn't do it there its a massive disconnect. One of the reasons why Avatar was success in my book - they had Serena Williams guest voice act for the series. Johnny Depp has done for Spongebob. The only one close has Been Kiether Sutherland of 24 fame for Armatage Three, Sam Jackson on Afro Samurai and the only major anime movies that have these stars were the Miyasaki films.

And now the Hollywood TenPresenters (and some of the CEO's and Actors) see weakness in the dubbing business and want to start raiding product since Hollywood needs jobs fast after other states have taken business away from Hollywood and they need these movies on the cheap (outside of Leo Decapro's Production Company who has hired Gary Witta to write the Live Action series and Warner Brothers). 

Its time for a company to act, not unlike RocFella Records who changed the Rap Game to do the same with anime. A great idea is to copy the Providence RI convention. Use the Gossip Girl model of high fashion and high society. But we got to keep it to the streets. We should not be against how other folk view anime. We need them and not these Crunchyroll fools. The other issue is the DVD issue - lets be honest. The DVD's era is about to end. It time to take the next step with Blu - Ray and do things with the tech that Sony, Blu Ray Consortium and Sun MicroSystems has given us. Its time to use the Internet and the Disk as ONE entity the same Warner Brothers did with Batman Beyond and the Dark Night. The Company need to get the best series, just like Kanye West shows cool shit on his blog - design, models etc. There also needs to be anime that are close to the problems that exists and will exist in this era. Humanity is going through things that are amazing and dark and there needs to be manga and anime that captures that feeling. 

And the the two most important of these things. There needs to be TV deals. LOTS of them. They need to change the way they talk to the TV networks. They may have to talk with some of the tenpersenters. They need to see what works and what doesn't. They also need to talk to the advertisers and see what works for other niche brands because the way its working isn't working. It needs to get both stars from theaters and Hollywood to complement those VA's that have been apart of the game for a while. 

Once thats done, they will get money like never before even in bad times because historically Anime has done well in certain times (mostly economic problems.) But as long as Viz thinks its Lionsgate and doesn't work with Lionsgate - Debar Mercury the same way Tyler Perry has done with House of Payne - then anime will never get respect, those people will till be called names at Best Buy, jail time and censorship for those that are not "regular or mutual" because of the "wrong comic book" and so on and so on.

Its long since time both the Unions, the executives of both industries and the fans of both industries to stop fighting and at least complement each other. Until then you gonna have these Pirates will win and not go to jail just like the Pirate bay did.

But If Funi and Viz and all the rest will not get off there ass and start changing, then somebody will and when it does I dont want to hear people crying over Funi or Viz going through "bad times"
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Funimation announced on their blog (through Pictionary, fun choice!) that they have picked up Heat Guy J. This is another old Geneon title and one I had seen an episode or two at Anime-Expo and wanted to check out but never got the oppertunity to purchase.

Thankfully it looks like I'll have the oppertunity to pick up this title :)

More details about the aquisition are forthcoming, such as release date I'm sure. Following their current trend though, I assume we'll be getting to 1/2 season box sets that they have used for most of their Geneon titles.

UPDATE: Funimation released a full press release and the show will be released sometime this fall.
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thats right according to capcom unity Fate/unlimited will be released for digital download for the PSP. so thank you capcom

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They will both be defeated by an amnesiac loli and her robot maid.
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NEW YORK, NY – April 28, 2009 – Del Rey Manga, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group, in collaboration with Cartoon Network Enterprises, today announced two brand new graphic novels based on the hit Cartoon Network action-adventure series, The Secret Saturdays. This deal follows on the heels of the successful debut of the Ben 10 Alien Force and Bakugan Battle Brawlers film-comics in Fall 2008.

Christina Miller, vice president, Cartoon Network Enterprises says, ”The Secret Saturdays features great animation and action, two qualities that lend themselves to a rich publishing program. As a key part of the brand’s consumer products launch this fall, we look forward to building on the success we have had to date with Del Rey Manga to create a strong The Secret Saturdays publishing program.”

The first Secret Saturdays film-comics will release in September 2009 with a second volume to follow. In the same format as both the Ben 10 Alien Force and Bakugan Battle Brawlers film-comics, the book will feature detailed, full-color stills straight from the animated series and will be rated for all ages.

The Secret Saturdays series, which debuted in October 2008, found its home on Cartoon Network’s “Action Fridays” animation block, and its combination of family life, fantastical creatures and action-packed adventures appealed to a large audience. The Saturdays, a family of cryptozoologists, dedicate themselves to protecting secret artifacts and mysterious, hidden monsters, cryptids, across the world. Their adventures—which take them from ancient ruins to bottomless caves—have lead to encounters with some of the weirdest and wildest creatures on the planet. 

“With its rich characters and intriguing stories, The Secret Saturdays is the latest Cartoon Network series to achieve widespread international popularity,” says Mutsumi Miyazaki, director of licensing and acquisitions for Del Rey Manga. “We believe that this new film-comic will bring new fans to The Secret Saturdays, and we look forward to building further success for the franchise while expanding our strong partnership with Cartoon Network.”


Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE), the global branding and merchandising arm of Cartoon Network, is charged with building consumer product franchises for Cartoon Network, its brands and characters from the channel's growing library of award-winning original programming. CNE also works to secure and support long-term licensee partnerships across all key merchandising categories. The division currently offers consumer product programs for an array animation franchises including Ben 10, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Chowder, The Secret Saturdays, The Powerpuff Girls, [adult swim] and more, as well as serves as licensing agent for Nelvana Enterprises and Spin Master’s Bakugan brand.

Cartoon Network (, currently seen in more than 97 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service offering the best in original, acquired and classic animated entertainment for kids and families. Overnight from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

Del Rey Books ( was founded in 1977 as an imprint of Ballantine Books, a division of the Random House Publishing Group, under the guidance of the renowned Judy-Lynn del Rey and her husband, Lester del Rey. Del Rey publishes the best of modern fantasy, science fiction, and alternate history. Ballantine Books is an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, which is a publishing group of Random House, Inc, the U.S. publishing company of Random House, the trade book publishing division of Bertelsmann AG, one of the world's leading international media companies. In 2004 it expanded by launching Del Rey Manga (, which has grown to be a major force in the U.S. graphic-novel field. Bestselling titles include Tsubasa, Negima, xxxHolic, and The Wallflower.

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I remember those days like if was yesterday, the glory days of Cartoon Network's Toonami.It began back in the summer of 2000,I was about twelve-years-old and the Dreamcast was at its prime; and I was enjoying the system & its software. But then I discovered a action block on Cartoon Network known as "Toonami". The first show that I got into that Toonami aired was Dragon Ball Z but it didn't stop there, they were other great anime shows that Toonami aired such as Outlaw Star,Gundam Wing,all three of the Tenchi Muyo series,Dragon Ball,etc.And after that, I became interested in anime.But it wasn't just the great anime shows that Toonami aired, Toonami also had a great presentation.

The presentation of Toonami & its host was somehting special.All of the promos that Toonami aired for all of their shows and the block its self were well done; all of the editing of the footages for the promos were very well constructed, but my favorite promo has to be is "Broken Promises [Dreams]". The music for the promos were also great as well, Joe Boyd Vigil did an great job as music composer for Toonami. Tom 2.0 was an awsome host, cool personality & cool design; he gave off a good vibe.Judging by Toonami's presentation I knew the people behind Toonami were also fans of all the shows they've aired.

Stay Gold.
Stay Gold.
But after the glory days have ended, things were starting go down-hill for Toonami.All of the anime shows that Toonami aired were no longer around and the focus for Toonami was shifting from anime to American shows but Dragon Ball GT finally made its debut, but turn out to be disappointing.And then things got worse for Toonami, Cartoon Network annouced that Toonami was going to aired on Saturdays because the shows that Toonami was airing was too "volient" for prime time. I didn't think the shows or the shows that Toonami aired in the past was too volient;or even Trigun; an show that was suppose to air on Toonami but aired on Adult Swim because of heavy gun use [Does Cartoon Network even remember Outlaw  Star?]. But finally, Toonami came to a close; on September 20, 2008, Toonami aired its final broadcast.Cartoon Network obviously wanted to put more focus on Adult Swim.

Fuck Tim & Eric.
Fuck Tim & Eric.
I will admit, the first couple of years of Adult Swim was okay;Adult Swim had aired some great anime shows but the people behind Adult Swim wanted to put more focus on their dumbass originals and don't really want nothing to do with anime anymore; by now only airing the anime shows on Saturdays now. Hell Adult Swim barely even promotes their anime shows but they have no problems promoting their crappy originals--like Tim & Eric--so what the fuck?

Possible revival of the original?
Cartoon Network has this other channel known as Boomarang.Its a show that airs most of the shows that Cartoon Network aired like some of the Batman series, Powerpuff Girls, and many others. Then it got me thinking, could Cartoon Network air the original Toonami on Boomarang? Some of those shows that Boomarang is airing are licenses; so Boomarang could bring back Dragon Ball Z and some other anime shows that Cartoon Network maybe still have the rights to.So could the classic Toonami return?
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(disclaimer: take the following blog postage with a grain of salt, as my brain may not be 100% there at time of writing)

In between stressing about upcoming finals in a couple weeks and trying not to act like a total dingus outside of these walls I've been catching up on some of the new shows that have been going. Perhaps I should share some thoughts about them with you all? Ohohohoho...

Let's start off with the most recent one I've seen: Shangri-La, a world ravaged by global warming so badly that it seems Japan (Atlas?) is now ruled by lolis and the adults are forced to fight each other for the leftover scraps. Also, that Lady Ryoko chick seems like a sexier version of Futurama's Mom: a ruthless businesswoman who will abuse her wussy, masochistic servant boy for the slightest inconvenience. On the other hand, I gotta say that you don't often see trannies in such main character positions. I find that kinda amusing. Also, a slight possibility that *SPOILER* the main loli princess might be the daughter of Momoko *SPOILER*.

Moving on down the list...Asura Cryin': It's got ghosts who may or may not be dead, an overly powerful student council that might be the current Knights Templar vs. an overly powerful science club led by an evil(?) cyborg woman with an undetermined relationship with the main hero's brother and a Yakuza princess who can shoot fire from her hands. Also, there's ghost-y mechs. Y'know, a lot of shows and movies come to mind where they talk about some variation of the Knights Templar. How about a show where they have a modern-day incarnation of the Hashishin? Well, I guess the Japanese equivalent would be the ninja. Never mind, then. What was I talking about? Oh yeah...anyways, Asura Cryin' looks good, and I think it'll get better as the series goes on. But if it starts turning into another "mons" series ("your White Ghost type is weak against my Green Lancer type!") then I'm tossing this laptop out a window.

Valkyria Chronicles: Considering that I'll probably never play the game unless it gets ported to the 360 and we invent a tie made out of veggie bacon (or "Facon"), this series will have to do. Apparently, they made a tank that can (briefly) go underwater and kill the Naz--er, the Imperial Army, all thanks to the genius of the Jewi--er, Darcsen engineer who built it. Of course, Isara still takes a bunch of shit from her new teammates during that mission for her heritage based on a stupid unproven myth. I guess it was inevitable when you're setting something in a faux-1940's Europa that racism would pop up. The series looks good so far, but episode 4 looks like it's going to be mostly filler.

Eden of the East: Apparently, there are two tropes prevalent with the main characters in almost all animu I stumble across--either they have amnesia, or their parents are dead/missing. Akira seems to fit both pretty well. It didn't sound that interesting at first, but I've kinda warmed up to it as it's been going on. Also, it seems that Akira may or may not have massacred a few thousand NEETs by himself. I'm tempted to ask something like, "How did he get them out of the house? Promises of free lolis and catgirls?" but that would be bad taste. Plus, Oasis does the opening theme, which is awesome but I'm sure you've all heard of that by now.

Queen's Brade: I don't know why I keep watching this thing. I guess it's to see how far they can keep pushing the bar with the pantsu and oppai. Episode #2 was kinda lame, featuring a ninja girl and shinto priestess vs. evil ninjas who morphed into some kinda perverted toad creature. #3 upped the ante with Reina, mud/oil wrestling and the tit-biting snake. #4 seemed more oriented towards those with a fetish for vomit and electric torture, though Aya Hirano got a few more lines in than the past episodes and I couldn't help but laugh when her angel character got sprayed with her own milk (I think that was milk?). #5 looks like it will feature a large-breasted Japanese Cleopatra. You think they would've saved the tit-biting snake for that one. Or maybe Brendan Fraser will be looking for Imhotep in that pyramid and get distracted. Who knows?

Phantom: looks to be kinda like Noir (according to the credits, Bee Train is behind part of the show and Ein does seem to be a dead ringer for Noir's Kirika). Though it's starting to get a little boring to follow when the main characters are supposed to be emotionless killing machines. Admittedly, it was because of this that Ep. #4 threw me for a loop when Ein and Zwei showed actual emotion, but apparently it was all just an act for the cameras. I'm just hoping someone (friend or enemy) goes batshit insane in the next couple of episodes to throw in some spice to the otherwise bland flavor of this series. If they start having to fight an army of blue-suited soldiers with impeccably bad aim (*cough* LES SOLDATS *cough*), then I'm dropping this from my list of "to watch."

I'm starting to get the feeling I should set up a mic and go all Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw up in this piece, but I don't think I'd be able to fake an English accent that well. Feel free to agree with me or bitch about some trivial thing I wrote in the comments.
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Definitely vampire. Most vampires are intelligent and quick, the traditional Frankenstein tend to be ignorant (usually because they were just created) and slower. Obviously there are exceptions, but I still say vampire.
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Vice Squad Ep. 4
We are back, a little behind but none the less here. This time on Vice Squad we greet a new podcast the Squadcast. Vicesquad, Are we out of the job?
Next up new and updates on shows, what do you want licensed, should we be in more despair, and what up with the new DBZ.
We get dirty with How to get laid, and a vary dirty show.
We'll talk about if K-on rocks or not and a 'nice boat'.
A bit of game new with the Sexy bikini Zombie Killer.

Also cover the Future of anime industry, and Userday good job Kuro.

  • Some forums stuff, Mmmm… I want eat their plus do I have free will.

  • After the the ED song Duran Duran - Girls on film.  We talk to see what it take to buy a loli dress.
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JapanFiles announces LM.C full digital catalog plus two USA CD releases

April 27, 2009 - JapanFiles partners with Pony Canyon to present the full digital catalog of LM.C, plus two USA CD releases in May 2009.

The USA CD releases of SUPER GLITTER LOUD BOX and GIMMICAL IMPACT!! are available now for pre-order at the online CD store. Both CDs will include the original Japanese-language booklet and artwork (GIMMICAL IMPACT!! will also include a LMC sticker).

SUPER GLITTER LOUD BOX and GIMMICAL IMPACT!! will be available at Hot Topic stores nationwide and online at at the end of May (individual store dates will vary).

LMC.'s digital tracks are available on at 320 kbps (DRM-free).

LM.C will perform live in May 2009 at A-Kon in Dallas, TX.

Official profile (from Pony Canyon):

LM.C is a "New Century Electrock" unit that consists of two members: maya (vocalist) and Aiji (guitarist). LM.C is widely known for the songs called, “Rock the LM.C” and “OH MY JULIET.”, as ending theme songs for the popular Japanese animation series, “RED GARDEN”.

On October 4th, 2006, their debut singles, "Trailers[Gold]" and "Trailers[Silver]" were released simultaneously and were followed with appearances on the covers of several music and other magazines. In the same year, tickets for their very first live performance, "the Release Party" at Shibuya O-EAST, completely sold out. In the summer of 2007, they were invited to perform at the "2007 FORMOZ Festival", the biggest rock festival in Taiwan. In the fall of the same year, their mini album "GLITTER LOUD BOX (overseas special edition)" was released in Europe. In February 2008, LM.C successfully finished their own concert tour in Korea and Taiwan as part of their "Club Circuit" tour.

In June 4 2008, their newest single “88” was released in Japan and first appeared on the ORICON weekly charts at #3. Also, the song was played as one of the opening theme songs for the popular Japanese anime series “Katekyo Hitman REBORN!” This was the second time they created the theme song for this anime series. The first one was “BOYS&GIRLS” from their 3rd single.

In July, they performed at Anime Expo® in Los Angeles, followed by a show at Crash Mansion (downtown Los Angeles, US). Also in July, they rocked the house completely at their first hall concert at C.C. Lemon Hall (Shibuya, Japan); the tickets were sold out in 2 minutes! Closing on July, they were again invited to perform at the "FORMOZ festival" in Taiwan as a main act for the second consecutive year. In November 2008, LM.C’s first album “SUPER GLITTER LOUD BOX” and the second album “GIMMICAL IMPACT!!” were released worldwide


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Ten New Manga Series – Something For Everyone


San Francisco, CA, April 27, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced ten new manga series set to debut throughout the Second Quarter of 2009.


Science fiction, fantasy action/adventure, romance, feudal Japan, dinosaurs and even rock and roll provide an array of story backdrops and themes for an exciting Q2 filled with new manga series. Mature readers will be riveted to the page with the new gritty action series DOGS, while IKIGAMI: THE ULTIMATE LIMIT offers an alternate take on the future of crime deterrence and DETROIT METAL CITY screams tongue-in-cheek heavy metal fun. GESTALT takes readers on an amazing fantasy quest, while shojo fans will delight in the romantic debuts of HONEY HUNT, RASETSU, and a special Tail of the Moon Prequel: The Other Hanzo(u). Younger manga readers also have plenty of new titles to enjoy with the debuts of DINOSAUR HOUR and LEAVE IT TO PET! by the popular VIZKIDS imprint, as well as a special second edition of PokÉmon Adventures.


New VIZ Media Manga Titiles for Q2 Include:


DOGS PRELUDE, Volume 0 · Rated ‘M’ for Mature Audiences ·

MSRP: $12.99 US / $15.00 CAN · Available Now!

Boasting furious action, switchback plotting, magnetic characters and dazzling art, DOGS is a series created by Shirow Miwa that tells the story of four individuals struggling to survive a bleak dystopian urban future with a mix of gun, sword, courage and luck.


Heine, the “Stray Dog,” is a cipher of a young man with a mysterious metal collar bolted to his neck and a disturbing talent for mayhem. Badou is a hired gun for petty jobs, both legal and not, whose reckless facade hides a serious intent. Naoto, a preternaturally skilled swordswoman, is searching for the assassin who cut down her family and mentor. And Mihai, a middle-aged former hit man, has been trying to live a quiet life but is continually haunted by the deaths of his lover and protégé. Driven by their ghosts, both dead and alive, and a desire for truth, all of them are inexorably drawn to the “Underground,” the dark and dangerous sector below the city that holds all the secrets--ones that can only be had for a price. DOGS, originally published in Ultra Jump magazine in Japan, weaves a dramatic tale of an alternate future reminiscent of great thrillers like Blade Runner and Battle Royale.


IKIGAMI: THE ULTIMATE LIMIT, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘M’ for Mature Audiences ·

MSRP: $12.99 US / $15.00 CAN · Available May 12

Congratulations! You have been randomly selected by the government…to DIE in 24 hours! Please enjoy your final day and take pride in the fact that your death will inspire others to live life to the fullest!


Welcome to the world of Ikigami, the Death Notice, where to keep citizens on the straight and narrow path of productivity and prosperity, citizens are randomly selected by the government for termination!


IKIGAMI was created by Motoro Mase and originally debuted in Young Sunday. The manga presents a wicked slant on crime deterrence as readers see the last 24 hours through the eyes of the very people slated to die for their country with no hope of reprieve. What happens when people have no hope of survival will shock readers to the core in this new frighteningly dark series! IKIGAMI has sold more than a million copies and recently debuted in Japan as a live-action film. An acclaimed artist and manga creator, Mase was also nominated for Shogakukan’s 43rd Grand Prize for best comic by a new artist.


DETROIT METAL CITY, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘M’ for Mature Audiences ·

MSRP: $12.99 US / $15.00 CAN · Available June 9

Prepare to have your mortal soul devoured by the demonic Johannes Krauser II, front man for Detroit Metal City, the most outrageous death metal band on the Japanese indie rock scene! Soichi Negishi dreamed of moving to Tokyo and starting a bubblegum pop band, but now he’s fronting the most scandalous and demented metal band in Japanese rock! Deep down, Soichi still dreams of acoustic guitars and trips to Paris, but when the makeup comes on and he transforms into his alter ego, Krauser II, not even the denizens of hell are safe from his soul-devouring death metal sound. Can Soichi reconcile his sensitive inner yearnings with his wild on-stage persona – the vilest hard rocker in Japanese (and possibly world) history?


DETROIT METAL CITY takes the zany rock antics inspired by films like Spinal Tap to hilarious new extremes in this witty series created by Kiminori Wakasugi. A live action version of the film was recently released in Japan featuring cameos by Gene Simmons (KISS) and Marty Friedman (Megadeth). The DETROIT METAL CITY animated counterpart has also gained a major following across North America and the debut of the manga promises to be the most outrageous, profane, and funny rock and roll adventure ever!


GESTALT, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·

MSRP: $8.99 US / $10.50 CAN · Available June 16

In the legendary past the gods battled for supremacy and cast out a demon whose name cannot be spoken. Banished to earth, the demon found refuge on the mysterious and dangerous island known only as “G.” After experiencing a crisis of faith, Father Olivier of the Valaria Order decides to go there and find out the truth behind the legends. But Olivier’s journey is unsanctioned and the head of the Order engages the dark elf Suzu to stop him at any cost. As he begins his quest, Olivier encounters Ouri, a young girl from the south who cannot speak. When Suzu catches up to them, Ouri reveals herself as a powerful sorceress and quickly disposes of Suzu, at least for the moment. The pair continues their journey south, dodging the agents of Olivier’s order, the considerable native dangers of the island of G, and Ouri’s secret past.


GESTALT was created by Yun Kouga, one of the biggest names in manga, and incorporates many visual facets from computer and tabletop role-playing games to give the series a video game-like ambiance. 


New SHOJO BEAT Manga Include:


HONEY HUNT, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·

MSRP: $8.99 US / $10.50 CAN · Available Now!

Life's not easy when you're living in the shadow of your famous parents. Can shy Yura, the daughter of an award-winning composer and a world-renowned actress, find the courage to step out on her own when her super-celebrity parents get divorced? Already accustomed to the daily pressures of being the child of celebrities, Yura's frustration explodes in a rant against her parents – and to make things worse her emotional tirade is broadcast live on national TV! But when a powerful talent scout hears her impassioned declaration, he actually offers to represent her. The doors to showbiz are suddenly flung open for this timid wallflower. Will Yura step from out from the shadows to assume her place in the spotlight? Find out in this fascinating look at the crazy side of Japanese show business.


HONEY HUNT was created by Miki Aihara, one of the most popular shojo manga artists in Japan. Her popular series HOT GIMMICK and TOKYO BOYS AND GIRLS (both published domestically by VIZ Media) have gained her a significant following in North America.


RASETSU, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·

MSRP: $8.99 US / $10.50 CAN · Available June 2

A fantastic supernatural spin-off to the hit shojo manga series YURARA (also published by VIZ Media), RASETSU is about a girl named Rasetsu Hyuga who works for an exorcist agency where she uses her special powers to banish evil spirits. But there's a story behind the mysterious red flower mark on her chest. It's a memento left by a powerful spirit that vowed to claim her on her 20th birthday. Unless Rasetsu can find true love by then, she’s fated to become his. Yako Hoshino, a young man with spiritual powers and a past of his own, comes to the agency one day seeking help with a possessed book. He's seen a lot of strange phenomena in his day, but the last thing he expects to see is Rasetsu bearing a striking resemblance to his old love Yurara! Fans of Chika Shiomi’s popular shojo series YURARA won’t want to miss this exciting debut.


TAIL OF THE MOON PREQUEL: THE OTHER HANZO(U) · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $8.99 US / $10.50 CAN · Available June 2

This is the one-shot prequel to the critically acclaimed romantic melodrama TAIL OF THE MOON and also serves as an addition to the popular shojo series created by Rinko Ueda. Set in feudal Japan, a young woman is found with a huge scar on her back and has no memory of who she is. She’s given the name "Kaguya" and taken in by a local brothel where she's put in charge of babysitting and housekeeping duties. Hanzou Hattori, the head guard of the nearby castle, starts to pursue her romantically. He eventually realizes that they’ve met before in the past...under very surprising circumstances! Later, a case of mistaken identity leads Kaguya to the village of Iga where she meets the high-ranking ninja leader Hanzo Hattori. Things get complicated when she figures out she’s gotten her Hanzo(u)s mixed up!


New VIZKIDS Manga Include:


DINOSAUR HOUR!, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘A’ for All Ages ·

MSRP: $7.99 US / $9.50 CAN · Available April 7

Journey back in time to an age when dinosaurs ruled the earth, fierce – and funny! In this world, dinosaurs are just regular dudes who may try to eat each other, but still have social foibles like the rest of us. With some of their antics, its no wonder dinosaurs went extinct. In each installment, DINOSAUR HOUR! introduces younger readers to exciting dinosaur species through fun and easy-to-read educational factoids mixed with wacky humor. Kids will also delight in dinosaur puppet cut-outs in the back of the book that readers can use to create fun dino-ramas. Educational and captivatingly illustrated, the humorous vignettes in DINOUSAUR HOUR! create the universal appeal of these creatures to make a captivating choice for even the most reluctant young reader.


LEAVE IT TO PET!, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘A’ for All Ages ·

MSRP: $7.99 US / $9.50 CAN · Available May 5

One day, nine-year-old Noboru does the responsible thing and recycles a plastic water bottle, but little does he know that the bottle will come back to him as PET, a robot with a mission to pay Noboru back for recycling him! The only problem is that PET’s sense of "helping" isn't quite in touch with reality. LEAVE IT TO PET! combines the visual appeal of manga with episodic comedy, adorable characters, and a few gentle lessons about protecting the environment. The manga also features color pages and related activities and cut-outs, giving it strong all-ages appeal. This series an excellent candidate for book clubs and fairs, schools and libraries.


Pokémon Adventures, Vol. 1 (2nd Edition) · Rated ‘A’ for All Ages · MSRP: $7.99 US / $9.50 CAN · Available June 2

Go back to where the adventures of Ash and Pikachu all began in this new edition of the very first POKÉMON saga!


About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at

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Rankings Summary, week ending 5 April 2009

Yes, the charts have expanded, and yes, that’s pretty much why I had to take a month off; in hindsight I should have sent out an email update to my subscribers, but—I’m playing a lot of this by ear. ;)

The next scheduled email will be for the rankings of the week ending 3 May.  All apologies for the gap, and I hope you like the expanded data set.



last posted rankings: Manga 500 week ending 29 March

About the Charts
Analysis and Commentary Posts

The Weekly Charts:
Your Executive Summary and Index
Week ending 5 April 2009

Graphic Novel Top 500

1. Watchmen [763] ::
2. Batman The Dark Knight Returns [705.6] ::
3. V for Vendetta [705.6] ::
4. Batman The Killing Joke [692.4] ::
5. Fruits Basket 22 [668.8] ::
6. The Joker [658.3] ::
7. Batman RIP [612.9] ::
8. Naruto 38 [605.2] ::
9. Naruto 40 [595.9] ::
10. Sandman 1 [590.2] ::


Top 50 Series/Properties
[see note]

1. Naruto [2268.7] ::
2. Batman [1818.29] ::
3. Fruits Basket [1242.43] ::
4. Sandman [1207.91] ::
5. Bone [1151.47] ::
6. Watchmen [1147.68] ::
7. Y The Last Man [1098.91] ::
8. Bleach [1064.78] ::
9. Vampire Knight [1059.81] ::
10. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen [1009.45] ::


Manga Top 500

1. ↑13 (14) : Fruits Basket 22 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [668.8] ::
2. ↓-1 (1) : Naruto 38 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [605.2] ::
3. ↑27 (30) : Naruto 40 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [595.9] ::
4. ↑24 (28) : Naruto 39 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [588.3] ::
5. ↑19 (24) : Naruto 41 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [582.7] ::
6. ↔0 (6) : Vampire Knight 6 – Viz Shojo Beat, Apr 2009 [566.9] ::
7. ↑1 (8) : Naruto 36 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [556.3] ::
8. ↓-4 (4) : Naruto 37 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [518.4] ::
9. ↓-7 (2) : Naruto 35 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [518.2] ::
10. ↓-7 (3) : Naruto 34 – Viz Shonen Jump, Feb 2009 [513.8] ::


Manga Top 50 Series

1. ↔0 (1) : Naruto – Viz Shonen Jump, Jul 2003 [2268.7] ::
2. ↑1 (3) : Vampire Knight – Viz Shojo Beat, Jan 2007 [1059.81] ::
3. ↑1 (4) : Fruits Basket – Tokyopop, Feb 2004 [1008.91] ::
4. ↓-2 (2) : Rosario+Vampire – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Jun 2008 [904.93] ::
5. ↔0 (5) : Bleach – Viz Shonen Jump, Jun 2004 [785.07] ::
6. ↑14 (20) : Negima! – Del Rey, Apr 2004 [592.76] ::
7. ↔0 (7) : Death Note – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Oct 2005 [581.4] ::
8. ↑13 (21) : Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – Yen Press, Oct 2008 [496.34] ::
9. ↓-1 (8) : Ouran High School Host Club – Viz Shojo Beat, Jul 2005 [488.86] ::
10. ↓-4 (6) : Warriors – HC/Tokyopop, Apr 2007 [479.39] ::


Top 25 Manga New Releases and Preorders

1. ↑13 (14) : Fruits Basket 22 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [668.8] ::
2. ↓-1 (1) : Naruto 38 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [605.2] ::
3. ↑27 (30) : Naruto 40 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [595.9] ::
4. ↑24 (28) : Naruto 39 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [588.3] ::
5. ↑19 (24) : Naruto 41 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [582.7] ::
6. ↔0 (6) : Vampire Knight 6 – Viz Shojo Beat, Apr 2009 [566.9] ::
8. ↓-4 (4) : Naruto 37 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [518.4] ::
11. ↔0 (11) : Bleach 26 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [508.5] ::
12. ↑25 (37) : Naruto 44 – Viz Shonen Jump, Apr 2009 [490.2] ::
13. ↓-8 (5) : Rosario+Vampire 6 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Apr 2009 [461.1] ::
14. ↑108 (122) : Naruto 43 – Viz Shonen Jump, Apr 2009 [456] ::
20. ↑176 (196) : Negima! 21 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [370] ::
21. ↑106 (127) : Naruto 42 – Viz Shonen Jump, Apr 2009 [363.5] ::
26. ↓-10 (16) : The Twelve Kingdoms (novel) 3 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [336.8] ::
40. ↑186 (226) : xxxHolic 13 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [293.9] ::
51. ↑266 (317) : Junjo Romantica 9 – Tokyopop Blu, Apr 2009 [243.3] ::
53. ↓-9 (44) : Skip Beat! 17 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [234.1] ::
54. ↑475 (529) : Warcraft Legends 3 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [231.5] ::
60. ↑385 (445) : Kitchen Princess 9 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [219.8] ::
69. ↑768 (837) : Negima! Neo 1 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [206.3] ::
79. ↓-1 (78) : Black Cat 19 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2009 [184.1] ::
82. ↑151 (233) : Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 2 – Yen Press, Mar 2009 [182.2] ::
88. ↑new (0) : 07-Ghost 2 – Go! Comi, May 2009 [176] ::
91. ↓-36 (55) : Gentlemen’s Alliance† 9 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [174.6] ::
92. ↓-51 (41) : Wild Ones 6 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [169.8] ::
94. ↓-10 (84) : Captive Hearts 3 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [167.1] ::

[Please Note: the Emerging Trends and Full list of ranking New Releases and Preorders reports are suspended while I take time to digest the new graphic novel data. I hope to resume posting these reports soon.]

Manga Midlist 500
What’s the Midlist?

1. (15) : Maximum Ride 1 – Yen Press, Jan 2009 [408.5] ::
2. (16) : In Odd We Trust – Koontz, Chan – Del Rey, Jun 2008 [402] ::
3. (20) : Negima! 21 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [370] ::
4. (26) : The Twelve Kingdoms (novel) 3 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [336.8] ::
5. (33) : Death Note 1 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Oct 2005 [310.5] ::
6. (35) : Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 1 – Yen Press, Oct 2008 [304.8] ::
7. (37) : Death Note 3 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Jan 2006 [301] ::
8. (40) : xxxHolic 13 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [293.9] ::
9. (41) : Death Note 2 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Nov 2005 [287.3] ::
10. (43) : Yu-Gi-Oh! GX 2 – Viz Shonen Jump, Nov 2008 [281.7] ::
11. (44) : Chibi Vampire 12 – Tokyopop, Jan 2009 [281.2] ::
12. (46) : Dark Hunger – Feehan, Zid – Berkley, Oct 2007 [274.8] ::
13. (50) : Death Note 4 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Mar 2006 [245.2] ::
14. (51) : Junjo Romantica 9 – Tokyopop Blu, Apr 2009 [243.3] ::
15. (52) : Ouran High School Host Club 1 – Viz Shojo Beat, Jul 2005 [238.3] ::
16. (53) : Skip Beat! 17 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2009 [234.1] ::
17. (54) : Warcraft Legends 3 – Tokyopop, Mar 2009 [231.5] ::
18. (56) : Warriors 3 – HC/Tokyopop, Apr 2008 [224.4] ::
19. (57) : Death Note 10 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Mar 2007 [223.4] ::
20. (58) : Vampire Kisses 2 – HC/Tokyopop, Sep 2008 [222.3] ::
21. (60) : Kitchen Princess 9 – Del Rey, Mar 2009 [219.8] ::
22. (61) : Kingdom Hearts 1 – Tokyopop, Oct 2005 [216.3] ::
23. (62) : Death Note 11 – Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, May 2007 [215.9] ::
24. (63) : Warriors 1 – HC/Tokyopop, Apr 2007 [213.9] ::
25. (64) : Fullmetal Alchemist 17 – Viz, Oct 2008 [213] ::


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