VIZ Media Makes Holiday Shopping for Your Favorite Anime and Manga Fan Easy With New Comprehensive Gift Guide

VIZ Media presents a specially curated selection of anime releases and manga titles to suit a wide array of tastes this holiday season. Fans can review the entire list of suggested titles at: www.viz.com/holiday.

In addition, members of the VIZ Media team created a video spotlighting a few of their top holiday picks at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFXHPWcySwo.

Fans can highlight wish lists with a variety of anime releases, including Limited Edition Box Sets available on DVD and Blu-ray, such as:

SAILOR MOON Season 1 Part 1 Limited Edition DVD & Blu-ray Combo Pack Box Set

(PRE-ORDER) SAILOR MOON Season 1 Part 2 DVD & Blu-ray Combo Pack Box Set – Releases in February 2015

RANMA 1/2 Sets 1-4 – Limited Edition Blu-ray and/or DVD and/or Blu-ray Limited Edition Box Sets

BLOOD LAD: THE COMPLETE SERIES – DVD and/or Blu-ray Box Sets

GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET COMPLETE SERIES – DVD and/or Blu-ray Box Sets

NARUTO THE MOVIE: ROAD TO NINJA – DVD and/or Blu-ray Set

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: BLOOD PRISON – DVD and/or Blu-ray Set

NARUTO TRIPLE FEATURE DVD Release – Features NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW, LEGEND OF THE STONE OF GELEL, and GUARDIANS OF THE CRESCENT MOON KINGDOM

BLEACH DOUBLE FEATURE DVD Release – Features BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY and BLEACH THE MOVIE 2: THE DIAMONDDUST REBELLION

Manga fans have a wide variety of titles and series box sets that add plenty of excitement to the holiday reading season, including:

Pokémon Adventures Ruby & Sapphire MANGA Box Set

Pokémon Adventures Diamond & Pearl/Platinum MANGA Box Set

Pokémon Black & White MANGA Box Set 2

THE LEGEND OF Zelda Box Set

Voltron From Days of Long Ago: A 30th Anniversary Celebration

Hello Kitty, Hello 40

The Art of Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke: The First Story

Bakuman。 MANGA Box Set

Black Bird MANGA Box Set

Death Note MANGA Box Set

Ouran High School Host Club MANGA Box Set

Vampire Knight MANGA Box Set 2

One Piece MANGA Box Set 2

Fullmetal Alchemist MANGA Box Set

Readers that prefer to enjoy their manga digitally are invited to take advantage of special bundles and holiday pricing on entire story arcs of several popular series. VIZ Media’s digital story arc promotion is available on VIZManga.com, until January 1, 2015.

ONE PIECE, East Blue Saga Vols. 1-11
Rated ‘T’ for Teens
Cost: $44.00 for the entire bundle at $3.99 per volume, usually $6.99 each

NARUTO, The Test of a Ninja Vols. 1-16
Rated ‘T’ for Teens
Cost: $64.00 for the entire bundle at $3.99 per volume, usually $6.99 each

BLEACH, Reaper’s Road Vols. 1-21
Rated ‘T’ for Teens
Cost: $84.00 for the entire bundle at $3.99 per volume, usually $6.99 each

SHAMAN KING, Spirit Voyage Vols. 1-15
Rated ‘T’ for Teens
Cost: $60.00 for the entire bundle at $3.99 per volume, usually $6.99 each

ZOMBIE POWDER, Vols. 1-4
Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
Cost: $8.00 for the entire bundle at $1.99 per volume, usually $6.99 each

THE EARL AND THE FAIRY, The Journey to the Fairy Kingdom Vols. 1-4
Rated ‘T’ for Teens
Cost: $8.00 for the entire bundle at $1.99 per volume, usually $6.99 each

DEATH NOTE © 2003 by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata/SHUEISHA Inc.

New Anime Releases: September 2, 2014

Here are the new anime releases for September 2, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Baka & Test – Summon the Beasts: Season 1 Collection S.A.V.E. Edition [DVD]
Baka & Test – Summon the Beasts: Season 2 + OVA Collection S.A.V.E. Edition [DVD]
Black Widow [DVD] (18+)
Blood Lad: The Complete Series [DVD]
Blood Lad: The Complete Series [Blu-ray/DVD Combo Limited Edition]
Demon Warrior Koji [DVD] (18+)
Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya [DVD]
Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya [Blu-ray]
Gatchaman Crowds Complete Collection [DVD]
Gatchaman Crowds Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
HAL The Movie [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
Junjo Romantica Season 1 [DVD]
Love Live! School Idol Project Season 1 [Blu-ray]
Stella Women’s Academy Complete Collection [DVD]

Viz Media Announces the Release for the Blood Lad Anime

Viz Media has announced that the company will be releasing the Blood Lad anime series as a special Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, and also as a Standard Edition DVD set, on September 2, 2014.

The 10-episode paranormal action comedy about a nerdy vampire that is obsessed with the human word is rated ‘TV-14’ and will be offered as a Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with an MSRP of $69.99 U.S. / $89.99 CAN. The special set comes packaged in a full-color chipboard box featuring 4 discs containing the entire series as well as the BLOOD LAD “BLOOD LAD-EX” OVA short film and a 96 page premium art booklet featuring episode guides, art, interviews and more. Other combo pack bonus features include an interactive art gallery, nearly a half-hour of English dub session outtakes, an Anime Central convention chalk art video along with series trailers and clean opening and ending segments.

The Standard Edition 2-disc DVD set for Blood Lad features the complete series and OVA film and will be offered at an MSRP $44.82 U.S. / $43.24 CAN. The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and standard DVD set both feature English dubbed and original Japanese stereo audio selections (with English Subtitles).

The Demon World: a place where it’s good to be bad. Werewolves, zombies, and even the Abominable Snowman fight day and night for the title of Territory Boss. The vampire Staz, however, finds the whole thing to be a serious pain. He spends his time watching anime, playing video games, and daydreaming about going to the Human World. That all changes when he meets Fuyumi, a human girl who instantly wins Staz’s heart but subsequently loses her life to a man-eating plant. Staz refuses to give up on the girl of his dreams and travels across the Demon and Human Worlds in search of a way to bring Fuyumi back to life by any bloody means necessary.

The English dub cast for Blood Lad notably stars Bryce Papenbrook as Staz and Xanthe Huynh as Fuyumi and also features talented voice actors such as Johnny Yong Bosch, Kyle Hebert, Cristina Vee and Wendee Lee in key supporting roles.

“BLOOD LAD was adapted from Yuki Kodama’s bestselling manga series and offers a hilarious, action packed story featuring plenty of adventure and laughable situations, and fans won’t want to miss the chance to own the complete series as a special Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack,” says Charlene Ingram, Senior Animation Marketing Manager. “The combo pack also features a wealth of entertaining bonus material including the BLOOD LAD OVA which picks up right after the series’ final episode and follows Staz and Fuyumi as they journey to the Demon Acropolis. Don’t miss this special release coming next month!”

©2013 Yuuki KODAMA /Kadokawashoten / BLOOD LAD Partners

Viz Media Posts English Dub Clip for Blood Lad

Viz Media is now streaming the first English dub clip for the Blood Lad television anime series. The company will be releasing a limited edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on September 2, 2014.

I am embedding the clip below, and I apologize in advance to any of my readers who are unable to view the video due to region blocking.

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: July 27-August 2, 2014

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of July 27-August 2, 2014, according to the New York Times.

1. Black Butler Volume 17 by Yana Toboso
2. Soul Eater Not! Volume 3 by Atsushi Ohkubo
3. Blood Lad Volume 5 by Yuuki Kodama
4. Soul Eater Volume 21 by Atsushi Ohkubo
5. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
6. Naruto Volume 66 by Masashi Kishimoto
7. Omamori Himari Volume 12 by Milan Matra
8. No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! Volume 4 by Nico Tanigawa
9. Attack on Titan Volume 3 by Hajime Isayama
10. Attack on Titan: No Regrets Volume 1 by Gun Snark, Hikaru Suruga and Hajime Isayama

New Manga Releases: July 22, 2014

Here are the new manga releases for July 22, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Battle Angel Alita: Last Order Omnibus GN 4
Black Butler GN 17
Blood Lad GN 5
In Clothes Called Fat GN
Inu X Boku Secret Service GN 4
Is This A Zombie? GN 8
No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular GN 4
Omamori Himari GN 12
Pandora Hearts GN 21
Soul Eater GN 21
Soul Eater Not! GN 3
Umineko: When They Cry GN 7: Alliance of the Golden Witch 1

Viz Media Premieres Blood Lad on Neon Alley and Hulu

Viz Media has made the English dub of all 10 episodes of the Blood Lad television anime series available for a limited time on Neon Alley and on Hulu.

Blood Lad will launch on NeonAlley.com, Viz Media’s consolidated online destination for FREE streaming anime content in the U.S. Episodes will also be available on the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service, where users can watch on a variety of devices including Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 (PS3) or PlayStation 4 (PS4) systems, Roku, Chromecast, and mobile devices.

Viz Media is the North American master licensor for the Blood Lad (rated TV-14) anime property. The company also plans to release the entire series for home media in a special Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo-pack, as well as a Standard Edition DVD set on September 2, 2014. Both editions are available now for pre-order from leading retailers. The Blood Lad Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo-pack MSRP will be $69.99 U.S. / $89/99 CAN; the Standard Edition DVD MSRP will be $44.82 U.S. / $43.23 CAN.

Adapted from Yuki Kodama’s bestselling manga, Blood Lad introduces Staz, who is one of the toughest vampires in the demon world. But unlike his ancestors, he finds being a vampire to be a serious pain and prefers to spend his time watching anime and playing video games instead. When a Japanese girl named Fuyumi wanders into his territory, Staz cannot hide his excitement at finally meeting a living human from his favorite culture. Unfortunately, Fuyumi dies after being swallowed by a monster, leaving her bare soul behind. Staz vows to Fuyumi that he will bring her back to life by any bloody means necessary.

Charlene Ingram, Senior Manager, Animation Marketing, says, “A nerdy vampire’s obsession with the human world collides with a girl that becomes lost in the demon world after wandering into a portal that suddenly opens in her bedroom, and the stage is set for plenty of thrilling supernatural action and laugh out loud comedic hijinks. Anime fans will not want to miss this special premiere of BLOOD LAD, which features an amazing English dub cast including Bryce Papenbrook and Xanthe Huynh in the lead characters’ roles and supported by other top voice talents including Cristina Vee, Wendy Lee, Johnny Yong Bosch and Kyle Hebert. Catch the premiere of BLOOD LAD on Neon Alley and Hulu ahead of its special home media release this September!”