New York Times Manga Best Seller List: July 20-26, 2014

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of July 20-26, 2014, according to the New York Times.

1. Naruto Volume 66 by Masashi Kishimoto
2. Attack on Titan: No Regrets Volume 1 by Gun Snark, Hikaru Suruga and Hajime Isayama
3. Black Butler Volume 17 by Yana Toboso
4. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
5. Fairy Tail Volume 40 by Hiro Mashima
6. Soul Eater Volume 21 by Atsushi Ohkubo
7. Soul Eater Not! Volume 3 by Atsushi Ohkubo
8. Sword Art Online: Aincrad by Reki Kawahara and Tamako Nakamura
9. No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! Volume 4 by Nico Tanigawa
10. Deadman Wonderland Volume 2 by Jinsei Katoka and Kazuma Kondou

Weekly Shonen Jump Volume 129 (July 28, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for Naruto, Bleach, World Trigger, Nisekoi: False Love, One Piece, Toriko, and Hunter x Hunter. There’s also a series review for Psyren and a one-shot manga titled, Shikigami Twilight Days.

For the series that carried over from previous issues I’ve read, I tried to put a little more focus in my write-ups about the progression of the story from the previous chapter. I will warn you that these write-ups will more than likely contain spoilers.

Of course, you can always check out Weekly Shonen Jump for yourself by subscribing to the digital publication at VIZManga.com.

Naruto CH:686

In this chapter, we see the Sage of Six Paths talking with the Hokage that have been reincarnated. Meanwhile, Kaguya is attacking Naruto’s shadows clones in an attempt to find the real one. Kakashi laments that he can’t do anything to help Naruto, but he hears Naruto declare that it’s not over yet. Suddenly, Sakura, Obito, and Sasuke arrive in the time-space that Naruto is in. With Naruto and Sasuke reunited, Kaguya unleashes a heavy gravity plane. Kaguya launches an attack on Naruto and Sasuke, and Kakashi and Obito go to act as shields…

So this battle continues on. While it had been exciting at first, I found myself thinking by the end of this chapter is that it feels like it’s beginning to drag on. The part right at the end with Kakashi and Obito was good, though. But most of the chapter did feel like the story is starting to bog down a little. Hopefully Kishimoto will be able to progress the battle soon and keep it from bogging down too much more.

Bleach CH:590

In this chapter, Mayuri arrives on the scene during the battle between the Soul Reapers and the Quincies. Mayuri talks down to the Quincy that he’s talking to, and she sends her companion Bambi to take on Mayuri. Bambi shoots some bombs, but they don’t go off when they’re supposed to; it turns out Mayuri has a reishi looking device that can halt the activity of spirit energy that in comes in contact with for a preset amount of time. The Quincy who can create zombies has created some from officers of the 13 court guard squads to attack. Right at the end of the chapter, Mayuri summons some Arrancars to fight the zombies…

Here’s another battle that’s starting to feel like it’s dragging out. And now there’s at least two or three different storylines going on, and one storyline will go for a while and then suddenly switch to the other briefly, just to return to the first storyline. While I like Bleach, I’m hoping that Kubo will work at trying to get this story progressing a little faster.

World Trigger CH:069

In this chapter, Chika is turned into a cube. Osamu blames himself, because he attacked instead of running away like Izumi told them to. Izumi tells Osamu that he can rescue Chika when he gets to the base. Osamu grabs the cube that’s Chika and starts heading for the base. Osamu is chased by the enemy, and Osamu has to figure out how to protect himself. At one point, Osamu is sent flying and loses his hold on the cube. Fortunately, he’s able to distract the enemy enough to be able to retrieve the cube. Replica arrives and says it’s come to escort Osamu and Chika. Just as they’re about to go, a Rabit appears in front of them…

Well, the story finally seem to advancing somewhat compared to previous chapters. Yes, we’re still in the middle of the same battle that we’ve been reading about for a few months now, but the event of Chika being turned into a cube finally forces Osamu to not only try to get back to the base, but he also has to really try to use the skills he’s learned to protect himself and Chika. Hopefully with this turn of events, the story of this battle can truly start going somewhere.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:132

In this chapter, the beauty contest for the school festival gets underway. Haru believes that she’ll be eliminated in the first round. We see that Shu is serving as the emcee for the event. When it’s Haru’s turn, she’s so flustered that she starts mispronouncing words when she’s interviewed. As she continues, she accidentally gives a shameless plug for her family’s shop, but the audience seems to think that Haru’s being cute. The contestant after Haru ends up being Paula. She goes on stage but doesn’t say anything before her turn is over. Marika is the next contestant after Paula. Marika takes off her outfit to reveal a bikini, but this causes her to be disqualified because overexposure is strictly forbidden at a high school festival. The five finalists are announced, and Haru advances. Right at the very end, the older Onodera is brought on stage as a special final contestant…

As I expected, this chapter focused on the beauty contest. It ended up focusing primarily on the first round of the contest. And since the contest didn’t end in this chapter, it will continue on into the next chapter. This puts focus on most of the members of the harem that attend the high school, because a lot of them are participating in the event as contestants. Chitoge is part of the competition, but she’s serving as a judge rather than as a contestant. Hopefully after this story’s done, we might see a little more progress on the overarching story of the locket…

One Piece CH:754

In this chapter, the focus is first on Team Kin’emon, which is located below the former royal plateau. The group decides that they want to leave where they are go up above. After this, the story returns to the second step of the new royal plateau, where Luffy and his group are, and they find themselves embroiled in another battle. As they’re about to get to the fourth step, their way is blocked by giant puppets. And then the story moves to the top of the Pica statue, where Zoro is in the middle of a battle…

And this chapter yet again does some jumping around. While it’s not quite as bad as the jumping around that’s been taking place over the past couple of chapters, it’s still jumping around. But near the end of the chapter, I was happy to see Zoro because I hadn’t seen him in a while. It was awesome to see Zoro acting so badass. Hopefully we’ll see more of Zoro in the upcoming chapters!

Toriko CH:286

This chapter sees a flashback of Toriko and the others each receiving one vial of curing water. We also learn in this flashback that Toriko actually has two demons inside of him instead of just one. Then we see the continuation of where the previous chapter ended, with Toriko lying on the ground after being knocked down by Heracles. A small air tree begins increasing its production and letting off a fragrant smell. We then see the blue demon inside of Toriko taking over his body. The awakened Toriko grabs the fruit from the air tree and consumes it. With the power of the blue demon, Toriko attacks Heracles…

Well, then, this revelation of the two demons makes it feel like Toriko is trying to outdo Naruto. And ultimately, not a lot happens in this particular chapter. It’s basically just the air tree getting ready to bear fruit and the awakening of the blue demon that’s inside Toriko. Hopefully there will be an epic fight between the blue demon and Heracles in the next chapter.

Hunter x Hunter CH:348

This chapter opens with a Hunter final exam test taking place. They’re discovering there’s still a number of spies mixed in with the applicants, even though they thought that had weeded a lot of them out in the first round. Meanwhile, we see some guy who talks about him and his brothers, who are trying to get guards through the Hunter exam; all of these brothers hope to become the next king. Back at the Hunter exam, there’s a discussion going on as to whether or not someone could circumvent the double-layer trap. They also talk about the potential for Pariston to have already put a spy in place. Mizai then meets with the other Hunters and expresses that there’s a chance that there’s a mole among them. Right at the end of the chapter, we see that they have figured out who the informant is.

Ultimately, not a lot really takes place in this chapter. It primarily seems to be talking and “info dumping,” with maybe something minor to help move the story along. And hopefully later we can learn a little more about the brothers who are trying to get spies through the Hunter exam, because at this point, I personally don’t know much about them and how they fit into the overall story.

It should be noted that Hunter x Hunter will be off next week.

Series Review: Psyren

This feature is labeled as a “review,” but it feels more like an overview to explain to the reader about the characters and stories in the Psyren manga. The only parts that truly qualify as a review is the last paragraph of the section labeled, “Beginning of the End” and the final section (which is labeled as, “Complete Series”). It’s a very informative piece for readers who are unfamiliar with the series, even though the last little bit is the only part that can truly be called a review.

Shikigami Twilight Days

The story is set at a time when the Gates of Hell between Tokyo and the underworld were just about to open. The police are investigating a mutilation murder case that has just claimed its fifth victim. The victims are blown up, and the murderer leaves a happy face symbol at the scene of the crime; the attacker has become known as the “Smile Bomber.” A woman named Mako is a detective, and she supposedly had a power as a child to find things. Unfortunately, the only cases she gets are for missing cats three times a month. When she sees a report about the Smile Bomber, the case seems to pique her interest. Mako goes to where the investigating is taking place and tries to force her way onto the case, but the officer doesn’t let her. A boy comes by and says there’s weird people nearby. The cop sees them and chases after them. After he’s gone, it’s revealed the boy is Kyosuke, and has a talking fox. Kyosuke enters the crime scene and summons some shikigami to aid in finding anything that gives off a strange spiritual vibe. Kyosuke was sent by the Shikigami Association to investigate the Smile Bomber incidents. The shikigami find something, and it’s a yorishiro; it’s the used shell of the weapon the assailant used. He determines the murderer is someone trained to use shikigami, but that they’re an amateur. Kyosuke advises Mako not to get involved in the investigation, but she follows after them. When Mako picks up the shell, it reawakens her ability she had as a child. They return to the scene of the crime, and they see something there that attacks them. Kyosuke summons something to fight against it while he and Mako try to flee. Another creature that looks like the first one appears, and Kyosuke tries to attack it. A police officer comes and ends up shooting Kyosuke. It turns out the cop isn’t actually a cop…

This was a good one-shot manga, and it works both as a one-shot and as the launching point for a new manga series. It was a well-told for a one-shot, and with the way it ends, it would be possible to continue the story if the author wanted to. Personally, I think there’s an interesting premise here, and I like how the supernatural elements worked within the world that was established in this one-shot. I haven’t read Psyren, another work by this mangaka yet; however, after reading this one-shot, it makes me think that I need to find time to check out Psyren at some point.

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: July 13-19, 2014

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of July 13-19, 2014, according to the New York Times.

1. Naruto Volume 66 by Masashi Kishimoto

2. Attack on Titan: No Regrets Volume 1 by Gun Snark, Hikaru Suruga and Hajime Isayama

3. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama

4. Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance Volume 1 by Reki Kawahara and Tsubasa Haduki

5. Sword Art Online: Aincrad by Reki Kawahara and Tamako Nakamura

6. UQ Holder Volume 2 by Ken Akamatsu

7. Nisekoi: False Love Volume 4 by Naoshi Komi

8. Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama

9. Attack on Titan Volume 3 by Hajime Isayama

10. Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Volume 5 by Shin Yoshida and Naohito Miyoshi

New Naruto Anime Film Being Released in Japan in December 2014

This year’s 35th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing that The Last -Naruto the Movie-, the first Naruto anime film in two years, will open in Japanese theaters on December 6, 2014. The film is part of the larger “Naruto‘s New Era Opening Project” that’s marking the 15th anniversary of the original manga.

Manga creator Masashi Kishimoto is being credited with original story, character designs, and chief story supervisor of the film. The report also says that Kishimoto is drawing new designs for the title character in the movie. The magazine notes on one set of designs, which are labeled as “Ramen Ichiraku”: “Naruto’s body is very toned, his hair is cut short, and his expression is one of an adult.”

Weekly Shonen Jump Volume 128 (July 21, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for World Trigger, One Piece, Nisekoi: False Love, Bleach, Naruto, Hunter x Hunter, Toriko, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, and One-Punch Man.

For the series that carried over from previous issues I’ve read, I tried to put a little more focus in my write-ups about the progression of the story from the previous chapter. I will warn you that these write-ups will more than likely contain spoilers.

Of course, you can always check out Weekly Shonen Jump for yourself by subscribing to the digital publication at VIZManga.com.

World Trigger CH:068

In this chapter, Osamu and his group work at fighting against the Neighbors that are attacking them. They are joined by Izumi, who helps them out. Chika suddenly stops and reacts to the arrival of the humanoid Neighbor we’d seen earlier. He launches an attack with birds; if the birds touch the humans, they will be turned into cubes. As they try t use their weapons on them, their weapons turn into cubes. Unfortunately, the tables have turned, and Osamu is ordered to take Chika and run. As they escape, Osamu tries to attack the humanoid Neighbor. At the end of the chapter, the Neighbor launches an attack that seems to affect Chika…

After how much jumping around the most recent chapters had done, I’m glad to see that this chapter focused exclusively on one area of the battlefield. Specifically, it focused on Osamu and his group. This chapter also saw a little more emphasis being placed on Chika and how much she’s able to assist Osamu with her trion. With this chapter, it finally feels like the story may be starting to progress. Hopefully this progression will continue in the next chapter.

One Piece CH:753

In this chapter, Doflamingo is meeting with Bellamy. At the same time, we see the gladiators fighting against the Don Quixote family. Then, the action moves to Sevio in South Dressrosa, where some of the people decide to take King Riku and Usopp hostage. Then, we move to the inside of Smile Factory, where the workers are being forced to work by Doflamingo’s men. Then we go to Luffy and his group trying to make it to the flower field on the fourth step…

Wow, this chapter jumps around quite a bit! With some of the scenes, it feels like I’m just starting to get my bearings and then it changes to a completely different scene. There’s a lot of action going on, but because of how often the story is changing locations, it’s starting to get harder for me to truly follow what’s going on with anyone anymore. Reading One Piece right now is starting to get quite dizzying!

Nisekoi: False Love CH:131

The focus of this chapter is on the school festival. It appears that Onodera’s younger sister’s class is putting on a haunted house. Some of the girls have been plotting to get Onodera and Raku inside and scare them in the dark in order to bring them together. When Haru goes to invite the two of them, she runs into Chitoge, who is wearing an Alice in Wonderland costume. Raku’s class is doing a cosplay cafe. After seeing the various costumes, Haru invites Onodera and Raku to their haunted house. They go through the haunted house together, and Haru makes sure to throw out everything she knows her sister is afraid of. Onodera gets so scared that she starts clinging to Raku. By the end of the chapter, Haru realizes that she still harbors feelings for Raku. Haru then learns her friend signed her up for the beauty contest without her permission. She sees who the judges are: Raku and Chitoge.

Well, it looks like this chapter was basically written to accomplish three things. First, an attempt at trying to get Onodera and Raku to be closer. Second, to show that Haru hasn’t given up on her feelings for Raku. And third, it’s a chapter to set up the beauty contest story; with the way this chapter ended, it’s obvious the beauty contest will have to be the next one. I’m predicting that at least some members of Raku’s harem will find themselves in the beauty contest, which will make it hard for him since he’s one of the judges.

Bleach CH:589

In this chapter, we see Ichigo, Chad, and Orihime with Urahara. It turns out Urahara built Kukaku’s cannon below Squad 12’s barracks. Ichigo is embarrassed when Chad asks him what he thinks of Orihime’s outfit; he says he thinks she’s revealing too much. Yoruichi shows up and smacks Ichigo and lectures him; she’s only wearing it because a perv tricked her into it. It turns out Yoruichi was investigating the distortion the Quincies were causing at the boundary between the world of the living and the Soul Society. With what Yoruichi has brought with her, preparations are made to launch the cannon. The chapter then returns to the battle between the Soul Reapers and the Quincies. Just as it looks like there could be trouble, someone unexpected shows up on the battlefield…

This chapter places most of its emphasis on Ichigo, Chad, Orihime, and Urahara. And quite a bit of that section had a focus on the “fanservice” being provided by Orihime’s outfit. This scene helps us to learn a little bit of what’s going on, but ultimately doesn’t really move the story forward. And what little bit of the battle we see between the Soul Reapers and the Quincies doesn’t seem to truly progress the story, either. Right now, it’s kind of feeling like Kubo is trying to do everything in his power to stretch the story out. Hopefully we’ll start seeing some meaningful progression sooner rather than later.

Naruto CH:685

In this chapter, Obito instructs Sakura and one of Naruto’s shadow clones to keep a hand on him so they can teleport elsewhere at any moment. They successfully teleport, but Kaguya and Zetsu are on to them. Obito tells Sakura and the Naruto clone to hide while he draws their attention. It turns out Kaguya destroyed one of Naruto’s clones. Sakura provides her chakra to Obito in order to help him search the time-spaces for Sasuke. They succeed in finding him, although it looks uncertain as to whether or not he’ll make it to where Sakura and Obito are…

There’s not a lot of focus on Naruto and Kaguya in this chapter. Instead, the focus is more on Sakura and Obito as they search the time-spaces for Sasuke. Obito’s done a lot of work in this chapter, so I can only imagine what his Sharingan and chakra must be like at this point. How much longer will he be able to help out in the battle? And hopefully the next chapter will return to focusing more on Naruto and what he’s up to.

Hunter x Hunter CH:347

In this chapter, Ging and Pariston are attacked by the three guys who declared at the end of the previous chapter that their real boss is Beyond. The two of them have to flee and work together to try to get out of this predicament. Ging is able to imitate a punching ability that he’s been hit with in the past to help take down the three guys that are chasing them. Later, Ging tells Muherr that their act about this could’ve been much better, and gives his evaluation of the troops. Ging is also shown one of their weapons. When the discussion turns to how the mercenaries don’t like talk of money, Ging says he’ll make a deposit in the Norwell Fund, which is a relief fund for the family of fallen soldiers.

This chapter focuses exclusively on Ging, and has some focus on Pariston as well. We finally get an explanation as to why Ging has acted the way he has, and as for why he was offering the mercenaries money. I thought the idea of the Norwell Fund was kind of interesting, although the three-generational tier to it definitely has its disadvantages. I’m wondering if later in this story arc, Ging will come to regret his decision to create a “grandchild account,” since this now makes him a mercenary and he has to follow orders from very specific people. Now that I’ve been learning more about what this story arc entails, I’m starting to become a little more interested in the Hunter x Hunter series.

Toriko CH:285

This chapter focuses on various battles. The first battlefront is at Stardust Hill, where Team Zebra and Brunch are. Brunch uses his full-body charge magnet which allows him to magnetize his whole body; by doing this, he is able to attract a torrential downpour of meteors to him. Zebra uses voice eruption to blow the meteors away. Next it’s Team Sunny and Nosh at the Plains of the Bees’ Nest. Nosh creates an impenetrable shield by pushing the muscle fibers of his entire body to the plate on his head. The action then moves to Team Coco and Dinner at Poison Rain Prairie. Then we see Komatusu and Mappy west of Nightmare Hill. Then it’s off to the heart of Nightmare Hill where Toriko is facing off with Heracles of the Eight Kings, and this is where the chapter ends…

This chapter ended up jumping all over the place. Just as I was getting use to one battlefront, it would suddenly switch to a different one. Over the course of this chapter, we see five different locations, and it was almost dizzying just how often the scenes would change. The chapter was a relatively fast read, but I’m not truly sure just how much of it I actually absorbed as I read it. Oh well. Hopefully the next chapter will slow down its pacing a little bit.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal CH:44

In this chapter, Yuma, Astral, and the others from the duel find themselves near a black hole from another world, which is pulling the their world and the Astral World together so that they’ll crash; they also discover that they’re being pulled toward the black hole. Astral wants to prevent this from happening, and he materializes a huge boulder out of thin air. Only a duel can open the barrier, and Astral tries to get into a duel with Yagumo. Yuma stops him, and Shark and Kaito say they want to take on Yagumo. Yuma says he’ll team up with them in order to bring Yagumo down. Yagumo declares that he is the chosen one by the Dark God. Since he has three contenders, Yagumo declares that he gets triple life points. And a duel begins. Yagumo goes first and does a lot to power up his monsters on his first turn. As the duel is getting underway, allies of Yuma, Kaito, and Shark are in a bubble that’s above them and can see what’s going on. Ryoga is the first to battle Yagumo…

This was definitely a long chapter, and once it finally hits a duel, the manga is back to the typical explanations that make the story start sounding like a player’s manual for playing the game. To me, that’s always been a weakness of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. It can be bad enough hearing them saying all this stuff in the anime, but to have to sit and read through these explanations in the manga can be even worse. And with how much both Yagumo and Ryoga do in order to level up their various monsters, it gets even worse than usual in that regard. But with how the story is progressing, it’s clear that this particular story arc is getting closer to an end.

One-Punch Man CH:035.3 V2

This is a re-worked version of the chapter that appeared in the July 7, 2014 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump. The first 23 pages are mostly the same, except that two brand new pages were added. From page 198 to the end, it’s all brand-new content that includes the climax to the fight.

Since I started reading Weekly Shonen Jump, this is the second time that a re-worked version of a previously published chapter of One-Punch Man has appeared in the publication. The first time was bad enough, but to see this happen again… *shake my head*. But we see that during the battle, the power sphere is now broken and is crashing. It appears that Saitama is the actual victor of this fight. Well, at least that fight is FINALLY over. So now where is the story of One-Punch Man going to head in next?

Viz Media Announces Plans for Comic-Con International

Viz Media is delivering anime and manga content at the 2014 Comic-Con International. Attendees are invited to join a fun weekend in San Diego with special events, in-booth giveaways, informative panel discussions, and other fun activities and convention exclusives.

Viz Media is hosting an array of panel discussions detailing a host of forthcoming releases, new acquisitions and other surprises from the company’s animation and publishing teams. Fans will not want to miss a very special appearance by Junko Takeuchi, the Japanese voice actress who provides the original voice for Naruto in the popular anime series. She will join the staff of Viz Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump for a special panel discussion on Naruto on Thursday, July 24th. Fans are also invited to attend the official Sailor Moon panel, which will offer new information on the return of the legendary animated series to North America.

Viz Media’s Booth 2813 on the Main Show Floor will be a continual hub of activity with special in-booth photo opportunities with an Uglydoll on Thursday, July 24th and everyone’s favorite cat-type robot from the future, Doraemon, on Saturday July 25th. Fans can also catch freebies and promo item giveaways throughout the convention including posters, temporary tattoos, posters, postcards, buttons and more for popular series such as Blood Lad, Deadman Wonderland, Sailor Moon and One-Punch Man. And don’t miss the return of the Viz Media convention tote bag, which is free with any purchase, available in four amazing designs while supplies last.

Collectors also can browse an array of limited edition items and special convention exclusives that will be offered for sale in the Viz Media booth throughout Comic-Con while supplies last. Notable items include One Piece Exclusive Replica Manga Art ($15.00); Limited Edition Bravest Warriors: The Search for Catbug ($35.00), with foil-accented slipcover and gilded page edges only 250 made – don’t miss the chance to have it signed by the artists at the exclusive in-booth signing; Bravest Warriors: Catbug’s Treasure Book ($15.00); Hello Kitty, Hello 40 Commemorative Art Book (50.00) only 250 printed with foil-accented slipcover and gilded page edges – don’t miss the chance to have it signed by Hello Kitty artists at the exclusive in-booth signing; exclusive Gecco Naruto Shippuden figure ($150.00); and Cryptozoic’s Naruto Shippuden Trading Card Game Presale ($50.00).

Also catch special advance pre-sales of several forthcoming new Viz Media titles including Food Wars Volume 1 ($10.00), Black Rose Alice ($10.00) and The Art of Princess Mononoke ($35.00) ahead of their street date releases later this summer. Don’t miss the latest Weekly Shonen Jump Jump Pack ($20.00) that contains more than 100 pages of the world’s most popular featured series and a limited edition Yu-Gi-Oh! card “Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Evening Twilight,” as well as a special bonus exclusive game mat free with purchase while supplies last.

Viz Media’s Comic-Con Panels and Special Events

Thursday, July 24, 2014

10:00AM and 4:00PM UGLYDOLL PHOTO OPPORTUNITY at VIZ Media Booth #2813
Drop by the VIZ Media booth for a photo with an UGLYDOLL pal!

10:00AM – 11:30AM SHONEN JUMP PRESENTS: NARUTO in Room 8
NARUTO is one of the world’s most popular manga series, with over 60 best-selling volumes published. Get all the latest news and more at this super-sized panel, featuring guests from VIZ Media, Bandai Namco Games (Daisuke Koumoto, producer of the upcoming NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM REVOLUTION) and a special guest Junko Takeuchi, Japanese voice of Naruto!

4:00PM – 5:00PM VIZ MEDIA PANEL in Room 7AB
Get the latest updates & exciting news from VIZ Media staff on your favorite manga and anime! There will be free manga for attendees while supplies last.

Friday, July 25, 2014

10:00AM – 1:00PM CATBUG VOICE ACTOR SAM LAVAGNINO In-Booth Signing & Personal Appearance at VIZ Media Booth #2813
Meet the voice of Catbug, the breakout star of YouTube hit Bravest Warriors, and get a signed art card!

10:00AM – 11:00AM VIZ MEDIA ANIMATION PANEL Feat. NEON ALLEY in Room 25ABC
Find out all that’s new and awesome with the VIZ Media animation team and the free streaming site Neon Alley! Bring all your anime questions because they will be there to answer them!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

12:30PM – 1:30PM OFFICAL SAILOR MOON PANEL in Room 5AB
VIZ Media is releasing the complete classic SAILOR MOON series for the first time on Blu-ray and with an all-new English dub! Join members of the VIZ Media animation team and learn all about this legendary anime series!

12:30PM DORAEMON PHOTO OPPORTUNITY at VIZ Media Booth #2813
Get a hug and take a picture with everyone’s favorite cat-type robot from the future, DORAEMON!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

2:00PM – 3:00PM PERFECT SQUARE PRESENTS – MAKING KIDS COMICS AWESOME in Room 32AB
Bring your kids along, or just your inner child, and join an eclectic group of creators and editors for a lively roundtable that will get you laughing, learning and looking at the craft of all-ages comics in a whole new way!

Other Notable VIZ Media In-Booth Events:

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Deck Building Game Demo
Check the daily booth schedule for a chance to try out the new card game debuting from Cryptozoic at SDCC!

In-Booth Signing and Photo-Op: HELLO KITTY
Join Hello Kitty herself and graphic novel artists for a special signing and photo opportunity!
Saturday, July 26th at 10AM: features Jenni Holm, Matt Holm, Art Baltazar, Franco Aureliani, Lark Pien
Sunday, July 27th at 10AM: features Brianne Drouhard, Stephanie Gonzaga, Martin Hsu, Chynna Clugston Flores, Susie Ghahremani. Jacob Chabot will also be available Sunday July 27th at 1PM!

In-Booth Signing: BRAVEST WARRIORS
Meet the talented contributors for the brand new books based off of the YouTube smash-hit series and get your VIZ Media BRAVEST WARRIOR book or comic sampler signed!
Friday, July 25th at 4:00PM: features Stu Livingston, Tom Warburton, Jon Chad, Ian McGinty
Sunday, July 27th at 1:00PM: features Corin Howell and Inori Fukuda Trant

In-Booth Signing: NARUTO Figure Sculptor Shin Tanabe
Thursday, July 24th & Friday July 25th at 2:30PM
Meet Gecco figure Sculptor Shin Tanabe, creator of the Comic-Con exclusive NARUTO SHIPPUDEN figure and get your limited edition figure signed!

RANMA 1/2 Plinko
Available Throughout Comic-Con
Try your luck at our RANMA 1/2 Plinko board for a chance to win a limited edition Comic-Con only RANMA 1/2 water bottle! Check the daily booth schedule for times to play!

Comic-Con International is taking place July 23-27, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center, in San Diego, California.

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: July 6-12, 2014

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of July 6-12, 2014, according to the New York Times.

1. Naruto Volume 66 by Masashi Kishimoto
2. Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Volume 5 by Shin Yoshida and Naohito Miyoshi
3. Nisekoi: False Love Volume 4 by Naoshi Komi
4. Attack on Titan: No Regrets Volume 1 by Gun Snark, Hikaru Suruga and Hajime Isayama
5. Pokémon Adventures Volume 23 by Hidenori Kusaka
6. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
7. UQ Holder Volume 2 by Ken Akamatsu
8. Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance Volume 1 by Reki Kawahara and Tsubasa Haduki
9. Seven Deadly Sins Volume 3 by Nakaba Suzuki
10. Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama

Attack on Titan Is #1 Selling Graphic Novel in the United States for June 2014

Nielsen BookScan has announced the top 20 selling graphic novels in the United States for June 2014, and Attack On Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama is the number one selling graphic novel for the month.

The manga in the top 20 graphic novels list for June 2014 include:

  • Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama (#1)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama (#2)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 12 by Hajime Isayama (#5)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 3 by Hajime Isayama (#6)
  • Naruto Volume 65 by Masashi Kishimoto (#7)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 9 by Hajime Isayama (#9)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 4 by Hajime Isayama (#13)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 10 by Hajime Isayama (#14)
  • One Piece Volume 71 by Eiichiro Oda (#15)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 11 by Hajime Isayama (#18)
  • Sword Art Online: Aincrad Volume 1 by Reki Kawahara (#19)

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: June 29-July 5, 2014

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of June 29-July 5, 2014, according to the New York Times.

1. Naruto Volume 66 by Masashi Kishimoto
2. Attack on Titan: No Regrets Volume 1 by Gun Snark, Hikaru Suruga and Hajime Isayama
3. Nisekoi: False Love Volume 4 by Naoshi Komi
4. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
5. Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Volume 5 by Shin Yoshida and Naohito Miyoshi
6. Pokémon Adventures Volume 23 by Hidenori Kusaka
7. Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance Volume 1 by Reki Kawahara and Tsubasa Haduki
8. Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama
9. Sword Art Online: Aincrad Volume 1 by Reki Kawahara and Tamako Nakamura
10. Fairy Tail Volume 39 by Hiro Mashima