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At Anime Expo 2014, Viz Media had announced Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet's dub cast and its premiere in October 2014 via Neon Alley. What's strange is that I found that HULU (see link) has all of the dubbed episodes.

*I will post the dub trailer.


Editor's Note

I cannot find an English dub trailer on Youtube from Viz Media or other sources. I caught this news late. I thank for informing me about the dub news today. I found out the series has been dubbed and available on HULU.


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One of the top manga series in Anime Vice's Top 20 Manga Series of 2013 is getting an anime adaptation. The anime studio is Lerche, the director is Seiji Kishi, the writer is Makoto Uezu, and the character designer is Kazuaki Morita.

The anime is announced to hit 2015.


For those who are new to the series, here is a synopsis by Viz Media who had acquired the license to the manga series:

A humorous and action-packed story about a class of misfits who are trying to kill their new teacher – an alien octopus with bizarre powers and super strength! The teacher has just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth – unless his students can destroy him first. What makes things more complicated is that he's the best teacher they've ever had! The bimonthly ongoing series will also be available digitally.

Shout out to , wiki editor of the series.


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At Anime Central 2014, Viz Media had announced the English dub cast of Blood Lad at its panel.


Blood Lad follows Staz, a vampire that is obsessed with the human world, and Fuyumi, a human girl that was killed and turned into a ghost after wandering into the demon world. Staz promises to help Fuyumi regain her humanity by bringing her back to life, as it means that he would be able to visit the human world.



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Hello, everyone! And welcome to another blog by DHK. Today, I'll be talking about two of the Simulcast Manga sites, Viz's Shonen Jump and Crunchyroll's Simulpub. This isn't a verses match, it more of a review (not really a big one) of them. I feel both sites do a good with the Manga they are translating. Also, I doing a Shonen Jump's giveaway. I'll be giveaway a year of Shonen Jump, the details will be at the end of the review. Here we go

Shonen Jump

My Prayers Have Been Answers
My Prayers Have Been Answers

Shonen Jump is a digital magazine of the one in Japan, it doesn't have all the series that run in Shonen Jump. But it does have One Piece, Bleach, Naruto, World Trigger, Nisekoi and Toriko. But Viz isn't limit to just Shonen Jump's title, they can get other Jump's titles like One-Punch Man, Blue Exorcist, All You Need is Kill and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. Giving our Shonen Jump a little more range, then the one in Japan

The Price

The magazine is pretty cheap, it only cost you $0.99 for an issue that you keep on your Viz account. For 12-Month, will cost you $25.99 (a steal). Those are great prices for ten to thirteen chapters a week for a year and some free Yugioh cards (meh). The downside to it, you won't be able to get any of the back issues if you didn't start from the beginning. Also, it only available in Canada, US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. But, here hoping they will go global in the future

The Quality

Great Quality
Great Quality

The magazine have good quality, there no watermarks, advertising or anything that mess up the art on the page. The two page spreads are done nicely, but sometime they not perfectly a line (But Viz do go back and fix it). The translation is pretty great, I haven't seen any hiccup with it. But the downside (if you really call it) they still use the English names like Zolo and Soul Reaper. But, I kind of gone over it, and it doesn't bug me anymore.

The Manga

Most People Miss This Part
Most People Miss This Part

At the moment Viz have twelve Manga running in Shonen Jump, they are One Piece, Bleach, Naruto, World Trigger, Toriko, Nisekoi, Blue Exorcist, One-Punch Man, All You Need is Kill, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal and the new Manga called Stealth Symphony. A big line up, some old and some new. Some of the Manga run on bi-weekly (like Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign and One-Punch Man) and others run monthly (like Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal and Blue Exorcist). The downside, some of the Manga are in the middle of an arc and hard to jump on if you not familiar with the Manga

The Extras

Viz sometime put extras things in the magazine, like color chapters of One Piece and Naruto or a One-Shot by Masashi Kishimoto. They also do interviews with the Mangaka and have an Author Comments at the end of the magazine. They also did a year of Dragon Ball in color, I have nothing really bad to say about the extras


Simulpub is a little different from Shonen Jump, it not a digital magazine. It work kind of like their anime stream, you don't have to paid to read a chapter. Their range of Manga is greater then Shonen Jump, they have series like Space Brothers, Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, The Seven Deadly Sins and Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

The Price

Both Racer and Cobra Are Surprise At The Low Prices
Both Racer and Cobra Are Surprise At The Low Prices

It's free! For the current chapter, to read the past chapters you have to have an All-Access Membership or Manga Membership. Which will cost you around 4.95 a month and 39.95 a year (or you can get a guest pass from your friend). The downside, you have to have an All-Access Membership to have both Anime and Manga. You can't have them both without the J-Drama (which I'm not a fan of). Simulpub almost global, I think it missing some counties

The Quality

Need To Be A Little Closer
Need To Be A Little Closer

I haven't gone through all of the Mangas yet, but what I saw it was pretty good quality with little hiccups in them. The downside, a lot of the two page spreads are not line up correctly (and they haven't fix them yet). And some chapters don't have the color page in color. It really noticeable, I hope they will fix it. The other problem I have is the they also have the English sound effect as big as the the Japanese one. That really bug, I like when the English sound effect is small, being big kind of take away the scene. Last but not lease, is the little boxes on the sides that tell you about the characters, it just bug me

The Manga

More Like It
More Like It

At the moment, Simulpub have Twenty Seven (somewhat up to date) Mangas to read online. The titles are Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, The Seven Deadly Sins, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Mysterious Girlfriend X, Space Brothers, Coppelion, A Town Where You Live, As the Gods Will - The Second Series, Fort of Apocalypse, My Wife is Wagatsuma-san, UQ Holder!, Sun-Ken Rock, Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru, Silver Nina, Inside Mari, Love Theory, Orange, Star Light Woman, Is this Girl for Real!?, Okitenemuru, King's Game: Origin, ReCollection, Action Mask, Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Spirit Circle and Shindo. The good having so making Manga, is that you have a wide selection. But the downside is that most of them are still running and Simulpub is taking it time translating the past chapters

Simulpub don't have any extras

My final thoughts, are they both are pretty good with some downsides (that I hope they will fix). I hope in the future their be more official Simulcast of Manga, I would love to have Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Magi, Vinland Saga and Silver Spoon. Thanks for reading and remember to support the Anime/Manga industry

Ok, time for the SJ giveaway. You have to comment on my blog about the the topic and I'll write all your names down (once) and go to a randomizer site to see the win. This giveaway will end in the end of the month

Here are the rules:

  1. No double accounts
  2. You have to comment on my blog (about the blog)
  3. Have to live in Canada, US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa
  4. Need a Viz account

Sorry if their was any typo.

Also here some awesome blogs to check out

katmic - Coppelion: Aesthetically Beautiful &..Nothing More

Dream - Adult Swim: Ani-Crap Review - Reign the Conqueror

takashichea - Trying out New Anime Recommendations

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Welcome everyone! This is to inform folks in Anime Vice who are heading to New York Comic Con that takes place on October 10-13, 2013. Though, this news article might be a tad late.

If I miss anything, leave a comment. I rushed this blog a bit.


FUNImation posted a New York Industry panel video if you're interested.

Oct. 11

  • Evangelion 3.33 English Dub Premiere at 8PM

Here's the dub cast

  • SHINJI - Spike Spencer
  • KAWORU - Jerry Jewell
  • ASUKA - Tiffany Grant
  • REI - Brina Palencia
  • MISATO - Allison Keith-Shipp
  • RITSUKO - Colleen Clinkenbeard
  • MARI - Trina Nishimura
  • FUYUTSUKI - Kent Williams
  • GENDO - John Swasey
  • KITAKAMI - Tia Ballard
  • SAKURA - Felecia Angelle
  • AOBA - Phil Parsons
  • TAKAO - Greg Dulcie
  • TAMA - Aaron Roberts
  • HYUGA - Mike McFarland
  • NAGARA - Krishna Smitha
  • IBUKI - Caitlin Glass


Mike McFarland (ADR Director for the movie) and Spike Spencer (English Voice of Shinji Ikari) are available at these times:

  • Saturday @ 4:30pm - Autograph 6
  • Sunday @ 12pm - Autograph 7

Viz Media

Panels and Special Events

Oct. 11

  • Weekly Shonen Jump Podcast (3-4PM)
  • Viz Media Panel (4:15-5:15PM)
  • Ranma 1/2 panel with Rumiko Takahashi (5:30-6:30PM)

Oct. 12

  • UglyDoll Signing and Photo OP (2:30-3:30PM)
  • Writing for Kids of All Ages: Perfect Square (4:15-5:15PM)
  • Viz Anime and Neon Alley panel (8-9PM)

Oct. 13

  • All you Need is KIll: Adapting an Adaptation (12:15-1:15PM)

Anime News Network

They hosting a 15th Anniversary Contest Stamp Rally.

  1. Pick up a Stamp Rally card at the booth at the exhibit hall (Booth #1813).
  2. Get your card stamped at the four booths listed on the back of the card (, Viz Media, FUNimation Entertainment, Vertical Inc.)
  3. Write down this special code [ANN15YEARSRALLY] on the back of the card in the space provided.
  4. Fill out the card with the name that appears/will appear on your passport (see main contest page for fine print), an e-mail address where you can be reached, and a valid phone number. This information will only be used to contact you in the event that you are picked as the winner.
  5. Return the completed card to the booth (during normal operational show floor hours).

The deadline is Oct. 13. For more info, check this link.


New York Comic Con's Exclusive English Dub Screening of Magi

See link above.

Anime Vice

I see Tom posting an article. I post a link to the article. For those who are heading to the con, meet up with Tom Pinchuk.

Perfect Square is dedicated to delivering “squarely perfect storytelling” for kids and kids at heart. That means any age comics reader can enjoy new content with beloved characters starting with the youngest readers to the most seasoned true comics fan. Discussing the importance of what it means to make age-appropriate comics that everyone can enjoy are the highly-acclaimed writers for Perfect Square including Brian Smith (writer VOLTRON FORCE, MONSUNO, MAX STEEL; former DC & Marvel editor), former Marvel editors Sebastian Girner (writer MONSUNO) and Cory Levine (writer MONSUNO, BEN 10: OMNIVERSE), B. Clay Moore (writer MAX STEEL, BEN 10: OMNIVERSE), Jacob Chabot (writer/artist HELLO KITTY), Corin Howell (writer/artist BEN 10: OMNIVERSE) and Tom Pinchuk (writer MAX STEEL). The panel will be moderated by Perfect Square's editorial team: Beth Kawasaki, Joel Enos and Traci Todd.

He's a cool guy. I met him at Anime Expo 2013 in Lost Angeles.

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K is set in a world where history has taken a slightly different course from the one we're familiar with and follows the story of a young boy whose life is caught in a supernatural war between seven kings. Yashiro Isana, also known as Shiro, is wanted for a crime he has no recollection of committing. He finds himself being hunted by the groups HOMRA, led by Mikoto Suoh, “The Red King,” and SCEPTER 4, led by Reisi Munakata, “The Blue King.” While on the run, another young man named Kuroh Yatogami helps him. Will this fated encounter change Shiro's life forever?



Editor's Note: This is pretty late news about a month or so.

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Quick Picks

Welcome to the Quick Picks! I'm covering last month since we're behind. I don't have partner here since he's busy. Don't worry, he'll finish the anime merchandising, and you'll be seeing his commentary on the front page.

As for manga releases, we got a few omnibuses for classic series such Trigun, Negima, and Love Hina. In the Viz Media department, we got all of the Holy Shonen Trinity titles, One Piece, Bleach, and Naruto, with some 3 in 1 editions. They're like omnibuses. Fans of the recent fall anime 2012 series, Btooom, we got the first Btooom volume 1 coming to North America on February 26.

Please enjoy the blog and support the mangakas and their staffs.

Note: This is a temporary blog. I'm behind in posting Quick Picks on the front news with my partner. I'm sorry about that.

ImageName & VolumePublisherSRPAmazon.comRightStuf.comRelease Date
A Devil and Her Love Song Vol. 7Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
Ai Ore! Vol. 8Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
Stepping On Roses Vol. 9Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
Bleach Vol. 55Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
Bleach [3-in-1 Edition] Vol. 4Viz Media$14.99$8.62$11.2402/05/13
Dawn of the Arcana Vol. 8Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
Deltora Quest Vol. 10Kodansha Comics$10.99$6.85$8.2401/29/13
Hiroaki Samura's Emerald and Other StoriesDark Horse Comics$12.99$8.15$9.7402/06/13
Fairy Tail Vol. 23Kodansha Comics$10.99$6.43$8.2401/29/13
Gantz Vol. 26Dark Horse Comics$12.99$7.98$9.7402/05/13
GTO: 14 Days in Shonan Vol. 7Vertical$10.95$7.02$7.3401/29/13
Haganai: I don't have many friends Vol. 2Seven Seas Entertainment$12.99$7.54$9.7402/05/13
Kamisama Kiss Volume 12Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
Knights of Sidonia Vol. 1Vertical$12.95$7.88$9.7102/05/13
Naruto Vol. 60Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
Naruto [3-in-1 Edition] Vol. 4Viz Media$14.99$8.60$11.2402/05/13
Negima! Magister Negi MagiVol. 37Kodansha Comics$10.99$6.25$8.2401/29/13
Nura: Rise of the Yokai ClanVol. 13Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
One Piece [Omnibus] - Baroque Works Vol. 5Viz Media$14.99$8.56$11.2402/05/13
Pokemon Adventures: Platinum Vol. 7Viz Media$7.99$7.99$5.9902/05/13
Redakai Vol. 2Viz Media$7.99$7.99$5.992/05/13
Sailor Moon Vol. 9Kodansha Comics$10.99$6.12$8.2401/29/13
Skip Beat! Vol. 30Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
Slam Dunk Vol. 26Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee Vol. 12Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
Tenjo Tenge [Full Contact Ed] Vol. 11Viz Media$17.99$10.34$13.4902/05/13
Toriko Vol. 14Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
Voltron Force Vol. 6Viz Media$7.99$7.99$5.9902/05/13

Note: Rightstuf listed I Don't Like You At All, Big Brother!! Omnibus 3-4, Jack the Ripper: Hell Blade, Gunslinger Girl Omnibus 6, and Girl Friends Complete Collection's releases on January 31, 2013 while ANN listed both at January 8, 2013.

Rightstuf releases Haganai Vol. 2 on February 28.

2nd Part

ImageName & VolumePublisherSRPAmazon.comRightStuf.comRelease Date
Ayako Vol. 1Vertical$24.95$14.70$18.7102/12/13
Cage of Eden Vol. 9Kodansha Comics$10.99$6.03$8.2402/12/13
Hayate the Combat Butler Vol. 21Viz Media$9.99$9.39$6.6902/12/13
Inuyasha VIZBIG ED Vol. 14Viz Media$17.99$10.27$12.0502/12/13
The Book of Human InsectsVetical$16.95$12.37$12.7102/12/13
The Wallflower Vol. 30Kodansha Comics$10.99$6.36$8.2402/12/13
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Comic TributeDark Horse Comics$10.99$6.03$8.2402/13/13
Air Gear Vol. 27Kodansha Comics$10.99$6.27$8.2402/19/13
Battle Angel Alita: Last Order Vol. 17Kodansha Comics$10.99$6.03$8.2402/19/13
Kitchen Princess Omnibus 3Kodansha Comics$19.99$10.99$11.2402/19/13
Lizzie Newton: Victoria Mysteries Vol. 2Seven Seas Entertainment$11.99$9.02$8.9902/19/13
Love Hina Omnibus Vol. 5Kodansha Comics$14.99$10.98$11.2402/19/13
Trigun Maximum Omnibus Vol. 2Dark Horse$19.99$12.25$14.9902/20/13
Btooom! Vol. 1Yen Press$11.99$9.59$8.9902/26/13
HeroMan Vol. 3Vertical$10.95$8.49$8.2102/26/13
Nabari No Ou Vol. 13Yen Press$11.99$8.74$8.9902/26/13
Negima! Magister Negi Magi Omnibus 6Kodansha Comics$19.99$11.42$14.9902/26/13
Pandora Hearts Vol. 14Yen Press$11.99$7.38$8.9902/26/13
The Betrayal Knows My Name Vol. 5Yen Press$18.99$10.98$14.2402/26/13
The Misfortune of Kyon & KoizumiYen Press$11.99$9.59$8.9902/26/13
Triage X Vol. 2Yen Press$13.99$10.98$10.4902/26/13
Umineko WHEN THEY CRY Episode 1: Legend of the Golden Witch Vol. 2Yen Press$18.99$10.95$14.2402/26/13
Until Death Do Us Part Vol. 3Yen Press$18.99$10.43$14.2402/26/13

Note: ANN doesn't put Omnibus in The Betrayal Knows My Name volume 5 like how Right Stuf did.

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Viz Media of North America has announced that Shinobu Ohtaka's manga series, Magi - The Labyrinth of Magic will be part of the Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine. It will premiered in the 16th issue on February 18. Furthermore, Viz Media will be releasing the first volume in the U.S.A. and Canada on August 13, 2013.

Jan 2013 Issue
Jan 2013 Issue

For those who are new to the Magi series, here is a synopsis from Crunchyroll:

Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy

The story follows the travels of a boy named Aladdin around a strange land in which mysterious ruins called Dungeons are said to house priceless treasures. Together with Alibaba, a friend he met during his travels, Aladdin strives to conquer all of the Dungeons and obtain their treasures. Through all the meetings and partings he experiences along the way, Aladdin will also learn of his own fate...


Pokemon Black and White Looks Delicious in Motion

First video of a Pokemon battle in Black and White.

Comment & Win: One Piece Vol. 52, 53

Time for a giveaway folks! Now, act civil, we don't want anyone to get hurt in the mad rush to win.

Beginner's Guide to FLCL

Gainax's madcap, surrealist anime, broken down for new viewers.

Ballz Deep

Steve gets intimately close to Dragon Ball Z, for science!

Top 3 Awful Anime Dubs

Grit your teeth and get your ear plugs ready cause this week we're taking on the three most amazingly bad dubs of all time!

Live-Action GHOST IN THE SHELL Starring Scarlett Johansson?

Black Widow turns her aim on dolls?

MYSTERIOUS JOKER #1 -- Special Review

Not since the 80's has anime been fun like this...


Anime for fans of 50 SHADES OF GREY...?

Fall 2014 Anime Simulcast Guide

What's flipping off the stream this season?

PARASYTE - THE MAXIM #2 -- Watch & Learn

This ain't your daddy's cartoons... again!

ONE PIECE #666 -- Special Review

Bad filler.


It's not about big swords anymore...

ONE PIECE Ch. 763 Review

Apparently even the devil can have nightmares.

Live-Action GHOST IN THE SHELL Starring Scarlett Johansson?

Black Widow turns her aim on dolls?


In the heart, or in the brain?


Anime for fans of 50 SHADES OF GREY...?

PARASYTE - THE MAXIM #2 -- Watch & Learn

This ain't your daddy's cartoons... again!

Community Spotlight 10/17/2014

The AV Community brings you news and information on a wide number of series. This is a spotlight on some of the best.

Fall 2014 Anime Simulcast Guide

What's flipping off the stream this season?


It's not about big swords anymore...

Anime Caption Contest! -- 10/21/14

I usually try to write something clever or snarky here but the Parasyte screencap is creeping me out too much... caption contest!

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