Viz Media’s Neon Alley Launches Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet

Viz Media has announced that the company has added the subtitled version of the Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet television anime series to its new Neon Alley free online streaming platform. For $7.99/month, U.S. fans can also access the series on mobile and digital devices through the subscription-based Hulu Plus Video-on-Demand service. The premiere of the dubbed version will follow later in 2014.

In the distant future, Ledo, a young soldier from space wakes up and finds himself marooned on an ocean planet. Growing up in space, and knowing nothing but battle, he is a stranger in a strange land, full of odd customs and a foreign language, but he’s not alone. Starting a new journey on this verdurous planet, Ledo must find a way to survive and reconcile the fact that he may never be able to return home!

Charlene Ingram, Senior Manager, Animation Marketing, says, “GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET is a gorgeous story charting young pilot Ledo’s journey of self discovery as he visits a strange and nature-filled planet ‘Earth’ for the very first time. The evocative adventure delivers a substantial plot, intriguing characters and beautifully rendered animation created by Japan’s most famous anime studios. With the flexibility of the free Neon Alley streaming platform, fans can dive in and marathon the entire series at their leisure!”

Viz Media’s Neon Alley Begins a New Era for Digital Anime and Delivers the Best in Free Dynamic Programming

Viz Media is officially relaunching NeonAlley.com on April 1, 2014 as the new home and consolidated online destination for FREE streaming anime content in the U.S. The new NeonAlley.com will deliver subbed and dubbed digital series, simulcast world premieres, exclusive on-demand access, and a massive legacy catalog of new as well as classic favorites (in HD when available).

The new Neon Alley streaming destination will be available on demand to U.S.-based fans for FREE at NeonAlley.com. It will also be available anytime, anywhere across many different devices, including PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Roku, Chromecast, and a variety of other mobile devices through the subscription-based Hulu Plus Video-On-Demand service. Additional details on Hulu Plus-enabled devices can be found at http://www.hulu.com/plus/devices. For a limited time, fans who visit NeonAlley.com can receive a free 2-week trial to Hulu Plus.

Neon Alley will host over 1,200 subtitled and dubbed episodes of smash and fan-favorite shows, including BLEACH, BLUE EXORICIST, RANMA 1/2, MAGI, VAMPIRE KNIGHT, with new episodes added each week. Don’t miss the Neon Alley subtitled debut of GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET on April 15, 2014. The premiere of the dubbed version of the sci-fi action adventure anime will follow later in the year. April is also a great time to watch the subtitled versions of BLOOD LAD and COPELLION in preparation for the forthcoming dub episode debuts. The new Neon Alley will also bring fans entire seasons of dubbed series on-demand at the same time – perfect for marathoning at your leisure – starting with the April 1st launch of Season One of both BLEACH and INUYASHA, with subbed options available as well.

Each month, fans can look forward to limited time, specially curated Neon Alley selections of full-length anime feature films, and April kicks off with an exciting double feature. BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC 1 – THE EGG OF THE KING and BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC 2 – THE BATTLE FOR DOLDREY will be available on Sunday, April 6, 2014 for one-week-only, until April 12, 2014, presented with easy-to-use selections for dubbed and/or subbed dialogue options.

VIZ Media invites anime fans to join the Neon Alley launch celebration with a special “Raven’s Watch and Win” contest running from April 1-6, 2014. Sign up for a FREE NeonAlley.com membership (current members are also eligible) and watch each day’s “Raven’s Pick of the Day” episode. Just leave a comment after the show ends and be automatically entered to win fun anime prizes that include Neon Alley gift bags, DVDs, assorted collectables and other premiums. The previous day’s winners will be announced each day. For full details and rules, please visit: viz.com/na_sweepstakes.

Brian Ige, VIZ Media Vice President of Animation, says, “VIZ Media begins a new era for fans across the U.S. as we present the all new free Neon Alley online destination, focused on delivering the best in compelling digital anime content. Supported by our media partner Hulu, Neon Alley offers a variety of rich programming combined with the ease and flexibility of on-demand access, with web and mobile device interoperability across all major platforms. We look forward to delighting new and veteran fans alike with even more exciting new programming announcements in coming months!”

Viz Media Announces Changes for Neon Alley

Viz Media has announced significant changes for its Neon Alley service as the company moves to consolidate all of its digital streaming anime content offerings under the Neon Alley brand.

On April 1, 2014, Viz Media will transition its weekly episodic anime programming to the free ad-supported Hulu and subscription-based Hulu Plus Video-on-Demand services.

U.S. fans will be able to catch a wide variety of brand new anime, as well as classic content distributed and/or licensed by VIZ Media, for free at www.NeonAlley.com. The site will also become the new home for all free streaming anime content previously available on VIZAnime.com, including first-run simulcasts for hit series such as Naruto Shippuden. Titles will be presented with easy-to-use selections for dubbed and/or subbed content (when available).

Neon Alley will reach an expansive on-demand audience on the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service, which enables viewers to watch shows anytime, anywhere across devices, including the PlayStation 4, the PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Roku, Chromecast, and a multitude of additional mobile devices that already support the app. VIZ Media will continue to make programming decisions for Neon Alley, and will release additional news on Neon Alley availability for Canadian users in the near future.

Brian Ige, Vice President of Animation, says, “Neon Alley’s mission has always been to offer an innovative way for domestic fans to access and enjoy dubbed high-quality anime content legally, and as a content partner for Hulu and Hulu Plus, the Neon Alley brand makes a big stride to fulfill this objective and expand our audience substantially across the most widely used digital platforms and devices. Viewers will have more free ways than ever to access and watch their favorite shows, and we look forward to fans joining us for a new era of anime enjoyment!”

Neon Alley Debuting English Dub of Naruto Shippuden: Blood Prison

Viz Media’s Neon Alley service is debuting the English dub of the Naruto Shippuden: Blood Prison anime film on January 26, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

Viz Media will be releasing Naruto Shippuden: Blood Prison on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on February 18, 2014.

Kids on the Slope Coming to Neon Alley

Sentai Filmworks has announced on their Facebook page that the Kids on the Slope television anime series will be premiering on Viz Media’s Neon Alley service on January 17, 2014.

The series will be airing on Neon Alley at 9:30 p.m. PST.

Neon Alley Debuts On-Demand Web “Catch Up” Feature

Viz Media has announced a “Catch-Up” feature for the web-based version of its Neon Alley service. With this feature, Neon Alley members can either choose a “Watch Live” or “Catch Up” option when logging onto the service. The “Catch Up” option allows users have the flexibility to watch shows at their convenience, and it also allows users to search for content by individual series or by latest additions.

Every episode carried by Neon Alley will be available for a minimum of one week after its initial premiere. Other “World Premiere Neon Alley Exclusives” will remain available for a minimum of two weeks during a series’ initial run. Accessing the details of a selected episode will allow users to know how long that particular episode or movie will be available as part of the “Catch Up” service.

Viz is planning to integrate the “Catch Up” feature for Neon Alley for the Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE and the PlayStation 3 gaming system and the PlayStation Network later in Fall 2013.

Neon Alley Streaming Revolutionary Girl Utena in Fall 2013

Neon Alley has announced it will begin streaming the Revolutionary Girl Utena television anime series on its service in Fall 2013.

At this time, there is no further information as to when the series will begin appearing on Neon Alley.

Gurren Lagann to Stream on Neon Alley

Viz Media announced during the company’s Viz Animation panel at Otakon that the Gurren Lagann television anime series will begin streaming on the company’s Neon Alley service in Fall 2013.

All Neon Alley shows are streamed uncut and with an English dub.

Viz Media’s Anime Announcements at Anime Expo

Viz Media announced at its Neon Alley panel at Anime Expo that it has acquired the license for the Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet television anime series and the Blood Lad television anime series.

Viz will stream Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet on its website and on Hulu. The company said its license for this series includes streaming, home media, and merchandise rights. At this time, Viz is planning to release the series, with OVAs, on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in 2014.

The company will also be streaming Blood Lad on its website and on Hulu. Viz’s license for this series includes home media, download-to-own, and streaming rights. The series will be streamed on Neon Alley in 2014, and will also be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in 2014.

Viz also announced that its Neon Alley service is now available online for PCs and Macs. The service will soon have a new feature to allow subscribers to catch up on episodes they’ve missed either on the Xbox 360 or PS3 app or online.

It was also revealed that Puella Magi Madoka Magica will begin streaming on Neon Alley in Fall 2013. In addition, more One Piece episodes will begin streaming on Neon Alley on July 12, the Naruto Shippuden: The Lost Tower anime film will begin streaming on July 28, and the Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning anime film will begin streaming on August 11.

Viz also announced that Naruto Shippuden: The Lost Tower will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on September 17, 2013.

Magi – The Labyrinth of Magic to Stream on Neon Alley

Aniplex of America announced during the company’s panel at Anime Expo that the Magi – The Labyrinth of Magic television anime series will be shown on Viz Media’s Neon Alley service.

At this time, there is no information as to when Magi – The Labyrinth of Magic will begin airing on Neon Alley.