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A Slew of Naruto, Bleach and Vampire Knight DVDs Coming At You!

Viz has provided us with release dates and details for all the DVDs hitting this month and next.

  It really is kind of requisite that all vampires should be androgynous, isn't it?
 It really is kind of requisite that all vampires should be androgynous, isn't it?

So a little raven pecked on the windows of the Anime Vice fortress release recently. In its talons, it clutched a scroll with some news of dire importance…

Which is a more poetic way of saying that we received a press release in our e-mail letting us know about the bevy of DVD’s Viz will be releasing throughout the rest of this month and into the next.

In short, it breaks down like this…

As it happens, I just recently picked up the third NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Box Set while I was up at Whiskey’s offices last week. Would you Anime Vice lunatics want me to take a look at the show for Watch & Learn? I’ve never seen a single episode of NARUTO - - not one - - but I have seen the legions of kids wearing metal-plated headbands at conventions. Maybe it’s time to experience the ninja phenomenon first hand? Believe it? Should I believe it, Anime Vice community? 

Anyway, here are the details in full...  
  
VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced several new DVD releases scheduled for September and October that expand the company’s popular BLEACH, NARUTO and VAMPIRE KNIGHT animated series.

New BLEACH Releases Include:

BLEACH Volume 32 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens · MSRP: $24.92 U.S. / $35.99 CAN · Available September 21  

Captain Hitsugaya’s advance Soul Reaper troops get involved in some unexpected sidelines during their stay in the World of the Living. When Karin Kurosaki agrees to go up against a tough group of middle school students in a game of soccer, Hitsugaya himself steps in to lend a hand. Then all the top members of Karakura First High School’s kendo team are injured, and Ikkaku is brought in to put the remaining team members through a training regimen from hell!   Contains episodes 132 thru 135.

BLEACH UNCUT BOX SET SEASON 6 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·

MSRP: $49.95 U.S. / $71.99 CAN · Available September 28   

Back in the World of the Living, Ichigo Kurosaki has been officially recognized as a Substitute Soul Reaper by the Soul Society. But trouble soon comes to Karakura Town in the form of Visoreds, a group of ex-Soul Reapers that have crossed over into the realm of the Hollows. As they try to recruit Ichigo to their side, it is revealed that former Captain Sosuke Aizen is attempting to create an army of Hollows with Soul Reaper powers called Arrancars. It will take Ichigo and his friends, along with a detachment of Soul Reapers, to keep them from destroying the town. Contains episodes 110 thru 121 (Original and Uncut)

For more information on , please visit www.BLEACH.viz.com.

New VAMPIRE KNIGHT Releases Include:

VAMPIRE KNIGHT Volume 2 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·

MSRP: $19.97 U.S. / $28.99 CAN · Available September 28   

A new teacher arrives at Cross Academy with a hidden identity and possibly deadly connection to Zero, whose suffering is driving him to desperation. Yuki's feelings are torn between Zero and Kaname, and her determination to help Zero may lead her to betray the one she loves most.   Contains episodes: 5-8

For more information on VAMPIRE KNIGHT, please visit: www.ShojoBeat.com

New NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Releases Include:

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN BOX SET 4 SPECIAL EDITION · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $69.97 U.S. / $99.99 CAN · Available October 19    

Team Kakashi's spying mission brings them face to face with the Leaf's most deadly enemy, Orochimaru. Naruto's rage brings forth the Nine-Tailed Fox, but at great risk to both himself and those he cares for the most. With Naruto's rampage quelled, the team continues on to Orochimaru's lair to find Sasuke, but the mysterious Sai has disappeared. Could one of their own be planning the ultimate betrayal?

The Special Edition Box Set contains 14 episodes (episodes 40-53) on 3 discs, and a special limited edition collectible Sasuke figure.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN BOX SET 4 STANDARD EDITION · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $49.95 U.S. / $71.99 CAN · Available October 19    

DVD-only collection featuring 14 episodes on 3 discs. Limited edition collectible figure not included.

NARUTO UNCUT SEASON 4, PART 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $49.95 U.S. / $71.99 CAN ·Available October 26      

In the Hidden Leaf Village there are few things that Naruto and Choji love more than a steaming bowl of Ichiraku ramen. But when the daughter of the noodle shop owner is kidnapped, they’re on the case. Then, missions for the Leaf ninja lead them to the Land of Bears after a fallen meteorite and on to the Land of Greens where the team must protect a princess. When an evil ninja who’s after the princess gets in their way, Naruto puts his life on the line to save her! Contains episodes 164-191.

For more information on NARUTO and , please visit www.NARUTO.com 

WarlordPayneon Sept. 16, 2010 at 10:24 p.m.
Eh, Naruto is okay(assuming you skip the filler episodes).  Considering that you were intimidated by the 50 or so episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist and there are around 400 episodes of Naruto I'd recommend you skip it.  You should probably just check out a couple of the movies like you did with Bleach.  That way you'll have a good idea of what makes the show tick without the ridiculous time investment.
No_name_here staff on Sept. 17, 2010 at 12:32 a.m.
@WarlordPayne: Selection's mostly an issue of what I have access to. Now that I have these DVDs, I might just watch some random episodes just to get a taste for it.
FoxxFireArt moderator on Sept. 17, 2010 at 3:42 a.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk: 
You could also skip these altogether since they are VIZ Media productions. Until VIZ ceases their editing and censorship of manga or start offering alternatives; nothing they do is worth supporting. There are fansubs sites where you can watch this stuff.
 
In all honesty, why is it always VIZ, VIZ, VIZ with Anime Vice? I enjoy the site, but the projects that are discussed as news are almost always about this one publisher. It's not even the highest quality. 
In some volumes of Fullmetal Alchemist, they can't even keep names straight. Sometimes they spell Riza Hawkeye's name with a R For Riza, and sometimes a L for Liza. A ninth-grade drop out could proofread better than the people VIZ pays to edit. 
 
Was it 100% necessary to quote this press release verbatim and link to their website?
 
Thank goodness the Fullmetal Alchemist anime is done by FUNimation. Though they may make alterations to series. They offer alternatives.

" VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, "

LOL!! Innovative!? You have to be kidding! By innovative do they mean censoring manga and removing as much Japanese culture as possible? Sometimes changing entire casts from Japanese to European.
WarlordPayneon Sept. 17, 2010 at 3:58 a.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk: Ah, okay.  If that's the case then it's definitely worth watching a few episodes so you have some idea of what the show is like, considering how popular it is.  It may not make much sense since you'll probably be jumping in the middle of a storyline but I'm sure you'll get the gist of it.
Dream moderator on Sept. 17, 2010 at 4:01 a.m.
@FoxxFireArt:  Not to mention releasing the later episodes of Monster to a disc format or any of their other older titles not a shounen anime franchise for that matter.
devilleonxon Sept. 17, 2010 at 4:46 p.m.
Naruto has its ups and downs, if you just skip the fillers then your in for a good show.
Om1kronon Sept. 18, 2010 at 10:39 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt said:

" VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, "

LOL!! Innovative!? You have to be kidding! By innovative do they mean censoring manga and removing as much Japanese culture as possible? Sometimes changing entire casts from Japanese to European. "
You probably haven't taken the time to consider that they might be in some kind of kahootz with this website... MMM Just saying, not the first time I've read the name VIZ thrown around here. Although I know the anime and manga purists like to throw their fits of convoluted trash being passed off as translated and made available for us.  
 
Subscribe to cruncyroll,  
watch non filtered anime 
???? 
Profit. 
 
or something like that. 
FoxxFireArt moderator on Sept. 18, 2010 at 11:39 p.m.
@Om1kron said:
" You probably haven't taken the time to consider that they might be in some kind of kahootz with this website... MMM Just saying, not the first time I've read the name VIZ thrown around here. Although I know the anime and manga purists like to throw their fits of convoluted trash being passed off as translated and made available for us.   Subscribe to cruncyroll,  watch non filtered anime ???? Profit.  or something like that.  "
I'll never make that sort of claim. That's because such an accusation is downright rude and uncalled for. I'm not about to go around questioning a person's ethic just because I disagree with the level of coverage they give a particular publisher.
 
It's not about being a purist. They censor manga and censorship is wrong. They often remove or alter things from manga to remove religious symbolism. They can't even keep some of their own alterations straight, showing that they can't even proofread and edit their own publications.
In Naruto, Rock Lee got accidentally drunk when he took some saki. It turned out he is a mater of the "Drunken Fist" technique. It's a real world fighting style. For the VIZ publication, thet changed the saki into Tsunade's "private potion", and Rock Lee was a master of the "Potion Punch". That sounds like a Koolaid flavor.

When VIZ does the Naruto anime, they call all the teachers "sensei", but the manga calls all the teachers "master". They are from the same company, but still aren't consistent. Why is it that the anime audience gets a more authentic experience than the manga audience?
It's even more peculiar when there are some manga that VIZ publishes that are hardly even touched, but some stories are utterly butchered.

Watching on Crucnhyroll is still supporting the anime since VIZ does the anime. Only watch fan subs for VIZ animes. That way not even change goes to VIZ. I watch Crunchyroll for any other anime.
 
VIZ doesn't want users to go to scanlations for the manga, but refuse to stop censoring the series. To use an example, they changed the whole cast of Detective Conan(Case Closed in the US) from Japanese to Europeans. Forgetting that the whole series takes place in Japan and stories often revolve around Japanese culture. They even changed the names of two villains from "Gin and Vodka"(two simple English names) to "Melkior and Kaspar". They have never explained any of this, and for some reason no one is asking them. 
The only way to get the story the way the author intended in an English format is to go to scanlations. There are no scanlation groups out there that are taking the Japanese manga and giving them the US version names. They can't complain about people using scanlations when they wont provide the product that the scanlation audience is looking for. It's supply and demand, and they are refusing to meet the demand.
 
People who are defenders of companies such as VIZ mock the scanlation audience when they say scalations are more accurate. The pro-VIZ crowds say that it's a misconception. That the scanlation are actually getting the facts wrong and they think it's accurate since they saw that first. Far more often the scanlations get facts right more than VIZ, such as with Detective Conan.
 
How is VIZ about "innovation" when all they do is be the most prolific in censorship and alterations? By paying VIZ, you only encourage their censorship. You make them think it's perfectly fine not to translate accurately. You don't get anything out of companies by just asking them really nicely.
Om1kronon Sept. 18, 2010 at 11:51 p.m.
I could've sworn i've read the exact thing in another post made on this site somewhere, downright almost literally about the Gin and Vodka thing and it ends up fucking up a joke because of a drink that requires to ingredients or something or other.  
 
As far as watching crunchyroll = supporting viz... Are you saying that Cruncyroll's staff isn't providing the translations and it's still the butchering from VIZ at hand, because I've watched all of the original naruto and shippuuden and I didn't notice those potion punch changes. The drunken fist episode is one of my favorites actually.  
 
I mean I'm not arguing with you in a sense or trying to be a smart ass by using the word purist. I watch anime because I draw, I like animation, I don't speak japanese I don't know their customs, culture to a science, go to anime cons or anything of the like. So I don't know if we're white washing something or not unless I read that we are. When I found out onemanga was getting rid of all their manga I was searching the web for where I could buy actual volumes of Katekyo Htiman Reborn and Naruto so I could read the hard copies and was super excited when I saw VIZ offered these services.  
 
Then I come to Anime Vice and see everyone complaining about viz and hating everything they're about mainly because of all of their fuck ups. And my dreams of buying the manga to support the creators and publishers go down the shitter. It really sucks and until I hear Viz is turning things around for the better I'll continue to due what I do. Cruncyroll has been great for me to get into other anime's as I have only seen a lot of old school stuff and manga.com was the only place I could buy anime when I started watching it. Cartoon Networks Adult swim introduced me to cool shows that I eventually could get from blockbuster every now and then but that's the limit of what was available to me so I never really got into it.  
 
So Crunchyroll and Viz are at least trying to get us into the overseas action, I cannot fault them for that. 

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