VIZ Media Announces New Sailor Moon Crystal Anime Episodes on Neon Alley

VIZ Media has announced that two new subtitled episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal are making their debut on the Neon Alley service. On January 3, 2015, the Sailor Guardians headed into their epic showdown with Queen Beryl in “Act.13 REINCARNATION.”

The Black Moon story arc makes its debut on January 17, 2015 with “Act.14 CONCLUSION AND COMMENCEMENT – PETITE ÉTRANGERE.” New Black Moon story arc episodes will continue their premiere in February 2015 with “Act. 15 INFILTRATION – SAILOR MARS” on February 7, 2015. The Black Moon arc follows the Sailor Guardians as they are reawakened with stronger powers as an enemy force comes from the past to destroy Usagi and her friends’ future. New Sailor Guardians also appear to help Sailor Moon face her toughest foe yet.

Sailor Moon Crystal reboots the Sailor Moon anime series, and VIZ Media debuts new subtitled episodes simultaneously in North America at the same time as their online streaming premiere in Japan on the first and third Saturdays of each month.

VIZ Media Begins 2015 With a New Digital Update for Their Neon Alley Streaming Platform

VIZ Media opens 2015 with a brand new digital update for its Neon Alley anime streaming platform.

New Sailor Moon Crystal episodes for January 2015 include the Season 1 finale, English subtitled Episode 13, “Final Battle – Reincarnation,” which is available now. The second story arc, The Black Moon Arc, begins on January 17, 2015.

Fans of the classic Sailor Moon anime can watch two subtitled and uncut episodes premiering every Monday. Episode 71 and 72, “For Friendship: Ami vs Bertheir” and “Rubeus the Heartless: The Tragic Sisters” debut on January 12, 2015.

The January 2015 Neon Alley update includes episodes from the following series:

BLEACH

Neon Alley adds new English dubbed Bleach Season 19 Episodes 268-279, which are available to stream now.

Viewers can now check out a total of 279 English dubbed episodes, as well as the complete subtitled Bleach anime series (366 episodes).

NARUTO

Neon Alley also kicks off 2015 with the addition of English dubbed Episodes 79-91 of the original Naurot anime series, which are all available now.

With the newest addition, viewers can enjoy a total of 91 English dubbed episodes as well as the complete subtitled Naruto anime series (all 220 episodes).

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN

Don’t miss three simulcasts of the latest subtitled episodes of Naruto Shippuden with Episode 394 on Thursday January 15, 2015, followed by Episode 395 on Thursday January 22, 2015 and Episode 396 on Thursday, January 29, 2015.

Also catch the latest addition of Naruto Shippuden English dubbed Episodes 277 – 281, with new additions uploaded every Saturday.

RANMA 1/2

Fans of the Ranma 1/2 anime series can enjoy two new English dubbed episodes of the classic martial arts comedy every single Friday throughout January, beginning with Episodes 127-130, which are available to stream now.

ROCK LEE AND HIS NINJA PALS

Catch new English dubbed Episodes 14-26 of the spin-off Naruto action series on January 15, 2015.

Fans can now watch Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals in its entirety (26 episodes) both subbed and dubbed.

2014 In Review: Notable Anime and Manga Headlines From 2014

While there was a lot of news to come out during 2014, this post will focus on the most notable headlines, and they are listed chronologically by month. The only headlines missing will be deaths of people involved in the anime and manga industries, because those will be covered in special “In Memoriam” posts that will be posted on December 31, 2014.

January 2014:

Speed Racer Licensing Lawsuits Settled: Tatsunoko Productions announces that the suits have been settled by mutual agreement of all parties and being discussed in full. According to the settlement, the Speed Racer rights terminated in their entirety on May 31, 2011; at that date, the rights automatically reverted back to Tatsunoko. With this settlement, Tatsunoko alone now owns and controls the rights to Speed Racer intellectual property rights worldwide.

New Sailor Moon Anime to Debut in July 2014: It was announced that a new Sailor Moon anime would debut in July 2014.

FUNimation Adopts Elite Subscriber Model for Its Streams: FUNimation Entertainment announced that its Elite Video subscribers will get first access to most of its latest streamed episodes as they air in Japan. Free users will gain access to new episodes a week later.

Two Anime Receive Oscar Nominations: Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises was nominated for Best Animated Feature, while Shuhei Morita’s “Possessions” from Katsuhiro Otomo’s Short Peace anthology was nominated for Best Animated Short Film. Unfortunately, neither anime won the Oscar that they were nominated for.

Cross Media International Bringing Osamu Tezuka’s Animated Properties and Characters to North America: Cross Media International announced that the company has entered into an agreement with Tezuka Productions to develop distribution opportunities for Tezuka’s portfolio of popular properties and characters within North America.

Winners of the Second Manga Translation Battle Announced: Mangapolo announced the winners of the second official Japanese-to-English manga translation battle. Sarah Kim Perry was the grand prize winner. First prize winners were Ami Ross, Nina Matsumoto, and Emily Balistrieri and Juri Ishikawa. D.M Akie won the audience award.

Nippon Television Network Corporation Acquires Tatsunoko Productions: Nippon Television Network Corporation has announced the acquisition of 54.3% of anime production company Tatsunoko Productions from Takara Tomy, who will continue to hold a 20% stake in the company.

February 2014:

Wandering Son Named on ALA’s Rainbow List for Children & Teens: The American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) has selected Takako Shimura’s Wandering Son manga for its Rainbow List.

Strobe Edge in YALSA’s Top 10 Graphic Novels for Teens: The American Library Association’s (ALA’s) Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) released its 2014 list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens. 10 manga titles are on the list, and includes Io Sakisaka’s Strobe Edge, which also ranked in the Top Ten graphic novels overall this year. The  10 manga titles include Strobe Edge, No. 6, The Heart of Thomas, Tropic of the Sea, Sunny, Kitaro, Knights of Sidonia, Tiger & Bunny, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, and Vinland Saga.

Hayao Miyazaki Wins Annie Award for Writing The Wind Rises: Hayao Miyazaki won the Annie Award for Writing in an Animated Feature Production for The Wind Rises.

Anime Limited Launches Kickstarter for U.S. and UK Release of Mai Mai Miracle: Anime Limited launched a Kickstarter campaign to release the Mai Mai Miracle film in the United States and the United Kingdom. The Kickstarter ended up being fully funded in one day. The Kickstarter reached its stretch goal for an English dub on February 11, 2014.

VIZ Media Announces Changes for Neon Alley: VIZ Media announced significant changes for its Neon Alley service as the company moved to consolidate all of its digital streaming anime content offerings under the Neon Alley brand. On April 1, 2014, VIZ Media transitioned its weekly episodic anime programming to the free ad-supported Hulu and subscription-based Hulu Plus Video-on-Demand services.

March 2014:

Kadokawa’s “ComicWalker” App to Offer Manga in English: Japanese publisher Kadokawa announced that its web comic service “ComicWalker” would launch on March 22, 2014, and that the service would include manga in Japanese, English, and traditional Chinese.

Taiyo Matsumoto’s Sunny Manga Wins Cartoonist Studio Prize: The online magazine Slate Book Review and Vermont’s Center for Cartoon Studies announced the winners of their second annual Cartoonist Studio Prize. The first two volumes of Taiyo Matsumoto’s Sunny manga series received the Best Graphic Novel prize.

Ghibli Co-Founder Toshio Suzuki Retires as Producer: Producer Toshio Suzuki voluntarily stepped down from his position at Studio Ghibli, although he will be assuming the new title of “general manager.” Yoshiaki Nishimura will be serving as the producer of Studio Ghibli’s films going forward.

GKids to Release The Tale of the Princess Kaguya in North America: GKids announced that it will be releasing Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya anime film in North America in 2014.

Ranma 1/2 Reissued With New Manga and Home Video Releases: VIZ Media began reissuing the Ranma 1/2 manga as omnibus editions with two volumes included in March 2014. These releases are also the first Ranma 1/2 manga to be released in an “unflipped” version. The anime also began being reissued in March 2014, on both DVD and Blu-ray. These new home video releases present the episodes in their original Japanese series order, and the Blu-rays featured the episodes in full 1080p High Definition, taken straight from the original Japanese Blu-ray masters.

April 2014:

Attack on Titan to Air on Toonami: Adult Swim announced that its Toonami block would begin airing the Attack on Titan television anime series on May 3, 2014 at 11:30 p.m. PT.

New Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Film Announced: It was announced that the Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Star-Voyaging Ark film was scheduled to be released in Japan on December 6, 2014.

Hunter x Hunter Returning to Weekly Shonen Jump: The English and Japanese editions of Weekly Shonen Jump announced that the Hunter x Hunter manga would be returning to the magazine on June 2, 2014. Unfortunately, after only a short amount of time back in the magazine, Hunter x Hunter went back on hiatus.

Oldest Surviving Anime Short by Kon Ichikawa Found: Anime News Network reported that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the United States discovered the oldest known surviving anime short by director Kon Ichikawa. “Yowamushi Chinsengumi” (Cowardly Samurai Squad) is a five-minute animated short dating back to 1935.

NIS America Licenses Cardcaptor Sakura Anime Series: NIS America has announced that the company would release the Cardcaptor Sakura television anime series in a Blu-ray Premium Edition and a DVD Standard Edition in North America.

May 2014:

DisneyXD to Air Doraemon Anime: Digital cable and satellite television channel DisneyXD began airing the Doraemon television anime series in the US in Summer 2014.

Attack on Titan Draws More Than a Million Viewers on Toonami: Attack on Titan debuted on the Toonami programming block of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim with 1,341,000 viewers and ranked as the night’s top non-NBA original with a 0.6 in adults 18-49.

VIZ Media Licenses Original Sailor Moon Anime: Viz Media announced after its Anime Central panel that it licensed the original Sailor Moon television anime series, which include streaming, digital and home video rights for all 200 episodes from the five television series, the three feature films, and the assorted tie-in specials. This will include the first North American release of the final television series, Sailor Moon Sailor Stars.

Tenchi Muyo to Return in a Series of Anime Shorts: The Okayama-based Sanyo Shimbun reported that Takahashi City has presented plans to invest in the production of a Tenchi Muyo revival. The new production, called Ai Tenchi Muyo!, was planned as a 50-episode run of 5 minute shorts, which were scheduled to debut in October 2014.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods to Have Limited Theatrical Release in the U.S.: FUNimation announced that the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods anime film would have a limited theatrical release in the U.S. According to their announcement, the film would be screened on August 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, 2014.

June 2014:

Digital Manga, Inc. Launches Kickstarter for Osamu Tezuka’s Captain Ken: Digital Manga, Inc. launched a project on Kickstarter to translate and publish the two volumes of Osamu Tezuka’s Captain Ken manga in English for the first time. The company reached its goal on June 18, 2014. Kickstarter backers are scheduled to receive their copies of the manga in February 2015.

VIZ Media Comes to Comixology: ComiXology and VIZ Media announced a digital distribution agreement to bring fan-favorite manga series to comiXology’s entire platform across North America.

CLAMP to Launch New Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Manga in August 2014: The July issue of Kodansha’s Magazine Special announced that CLAMP will debut their newest manga series in its August issue. The new manga was a miniseries with “another story.”

Hayao Miyazaki to Be Inducted Into the Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame: The Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame announced that it is inducting Studio Ghibli co-founder and Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki this year, alongside artist Frank Frazetta, author Leigh Brackett, author Olaf Stapledon, and director Stanley Kubrick.

July 2014:

Harmony Gold Announces Kickstarter for New Robotech Series: Harmony Gold announced at Anime Expo that the company had launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new Robotech series called Robotech Academy. The company cancelled the Kickstarter campaign six days before the deadline, since it was readily apparent that the project would not succeed. The company says it will “continue to explore its options with Robotech Academy” and further updates will be made on the project’s official website.

VIZ Media Announces the Return of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Manga to North America: VIZ Media announced at the 2014 Anime Expo that Hirohiko Araki’s manga series, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, is making a return to North America.  JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 – Phantom Blood will launch in print beginning in February 2015, with JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2 – Battle Tendency scheduled to debut Fall 2015.

New Dragon Ball Z Anime Film Scheduled for 2015: The September issue of V Jump magazine announced that the new Dragon Ball Z anime film is scheduled to debut in the 2015 Golden Week block of spring holidays (April 29-May 5, 2014). It was later announced that the film will be titled, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of ‘F,’ and will premiere in 2D and 3D in Japan on April 18, 2015.

Leiji Matsumoto to Launch New Captain Harlock Manga: The September issue of Akita Shoten’s Champion RED magazine announced that Leiji Matsumoto would launch the Captain Harlock ~Jigen Kōkai~ in the issue released on August 19, 2014. Koichi Shimahoshi illustrates the series.

Anime Sols Tries New Crowdfunding Approach: Instead of focusing on crowdfunding money in order to release DVD sets of series, the company decides to try crowdfunding various series in order to continue subtitling them and streaming them to site visitors. The first two series launched under this new approach were Dororo and Gordian, The Warrior. As of this writing, Dororo reached its first crowdfunding goal. A second goal has been launched for Dororo, but as of this writing, it’s still $2,220 short of succeeding.

New Naruto Film Being Released in Japan in December 2014: This year’s 35th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced that The Last -Naruto the Movie-, the first Naruto anime film in two years, would open in Japanese theaters on December 6, 2014.

Osamu Tezuka’s The Mysterious Underground Men Wins an Eisner Award: Osamu Tezuka’s The Mysterious Underground Men won this year’s Best U.S. Edition of International Material-Asia award at the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony at San Diego Comic Con.

Hayao Miyazaki Inducted Into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame: Hayao Miyazaki was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame during the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony at San Diego Comic Con.

August 2014:

Studio Ghibli Is Not Closing Down at This Time: Rumors swirled on the Internet about Studio Ghbili shutting its doors after Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki appeared on the TBS program Jonetsu Tairiku to discuss the studio’s future after Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement from directing feature films. Anime News Network clarified Suzuki’s comments with an article of their own, and the information below came from that article. During the interview, Suzuki discussed the changes that the entire studio is undergoing at the studio’s shareholders meeting; he mused that some of these changes could include dismantling the production department. While there has been some talk of dissolving the studio outright, Suzuki said the studio is considering “housecleaning” or restructuring for now. The end result would be “rebuilding” the studio in order to create an environment for the next generation. Suzuki also said during the interview: “On what to do with Studio Ghibli’s future, it is by no means impossible to keep producing [movies] forever. However, we will take a brief pause to consider where to go from here.”

Kickstarter Campaign for the Under the Dog Sci-Fi Anime: A Kickstarter campaign was launched for an original 24-minute anime titled, Under the Dog. If funded, the project would be in Japanese with English subtitles, and will also include the original soundtrack and behind-the-scenes diaries and interviews. The campaign reached its goal on September 4, 2014.

Hayao Miyazaki to Receive Honorary Award From Oscars’ Academy: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to award anime director and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki with an Honorary Award at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards on November 8, 2014.

September 2014:

Star Blazers Live-Action Film Has Been Green-Lit: The Sports Nippon magazine is reporting that that a Hollywood live-action adaptation of the Space Battleship Yamato anime (which was released in North America under the title, Star Blazers) has been green-lit. According to the report, the film will be released as Star Blazers as soon as 2017. Skydance Productions will be producing the project, and Christopher McQuarrie will direct as soon as he finishes 2015’s Mission: Impossible 5.

VIZ Media Announces “Jump Start” Initiative to Deliver English Premieres of Brand New Weekly Shonen Jump Manga Series on the Same Day as Japan: VIZ Media will simultaneously premiere the first three chapters (one chapter per week) of every brand new, first-run manga series that appears in the Japanese Weekly Shonen Jump in its digital English language edition on the same day of that issue’s general print release in Japan. The first title in the initiative was Judos, which launched on September 8, 2014.

Attack on Titan Wins a 2014 Harvey Award: The Harvey Awards announced its winners for 2014 at a banquet on September 6, 2014. Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan series won an award in the “Best American Edition of Foreign Material” category.

VIZ Media to Reprint Yu Yu Hakusho Manga: VIZ Media announced on Twitter that the company will be reprinting all 19 volumes of the Yu Yu Hakusho manga series.

AnimeNation Retailer Closes After 20 Years: AnimeNation.net’s Gene Field announced on both the company’s site and social media accounts that the online retail company would be closing shop after 20 years.

VIZ Media Announces the Finale of Matsuri Hino’s Vampire Knight: VIZ Media announced that the company would be releasing Vampire Knight Volume 19, the final volume of the series, on October 14, 2014.

Pony Canyon Launches North American Anime Distributor: Japanese distributor Pony Canyon announced that the company is making a leap into the North American anime market by launching a new brand called PONYCAN USA. The first two titles being released by PONYCAN USA are Denki-Gai no Honya-san and Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru. In addition to worldwide streaming, PONYCAN USA plans to release new anime titles on Blu-ray and DVD throughout North America in 2015, and promising the same high standard of quality as the Japanese editions.

The CW Brings an End to the Vortexx Programming Block: The CW’s Vortexx Saturday morning programming block came to an end on September 27, 2014. As of October 4, 2014, the block will be airing a live-action E/I block. Vortexx replaced the CW’s former Saturday morning block, Toonzai, on August 25, 2012. This change took place after 4Kids Entertainment, the original North American rights holder for the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise that programmed Toonzai, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Saban Entertainment acquired 4Kids’ Toonzai assets, and the company renamed the block to Vortexx. The occasional anime appeared on the Vortexx block, and this included B-Daman Crossfire, Sonic X, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Digimon Fusion, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal.

October 2014:

Naruto Manga to End: The official website for Weekly Shonen Jump announced that Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto manga would end in this year’s 50th issue of Shonen Jump on November 10, 2014.

Sunrise Partnering With Right Stuf to Release the Gundam Franchise in North America: Sunrise announced during the company’s panel at New York Comic Con that the studio is partnering with Right Stuf, Inc. to release the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise in North America. The company will release the first Mobile Suit Gundam television series and the Turn A Gundam anime series next spring. In a press release, Right Stuf also mentioned that the company will be releasing Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ for the first time in North America.

LINE Service to Offer Digital Manga in English and Chinese This Year: LINE Corp., the operators of the voice-chat/messaging app LINE, has announced that the company will launch a new subsidiary called LINE Book Distribution; this new subsidiary will be releasing manga internationally. LINE Book Distribution will release properties from Kodansha, Shogakukan and other Japanese publishers in English and Traditional Chinese globally via the LINE manga app. LINE Corp. plans to launch the LINE Manga Global Version app later in 2014.

Digital Manga Planning Kickstarter to Cover Six Tezuka Titles: Digital Manga has announced that the company planned to launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund six Osamu Tezuka manga for a total of 31 volumes. While Digital Manga managed to launch this massive Kickstarter campaign, it ended up not reaching its goal.

Anime Director Keiichiro Kimura Launches Kickstarter Campaign: Awesome Japan launched a Kickstarter campaign for an animated short film created by anime director Keiichiro Kimura titled, “Go! Samurai.” Kimura’s son will be directing and editing the work. The campaign reached its goal during November 2014.

FUNimation Announces Broadcast Dubs Initiative: FUNimation announced a new initiative called “Broadcast Dubs,” which features English dubbed episodes of select shows that are currently broadcasting in Japan. FUNimation’s Broadcast Dubs will be available exclusively for FUNimation subscribers. With this new initiative, select series are dubbed into English using the broadcast/simulcast materials from Japan just weeks after broadcast. Following the release of the Broadcast Dub, FUNimation will continue to produce a final English dub for the DVD/Blu-ray release, using materials from Japan’s DVD/Blu-ray release. This final version can be different from the broadcast version, including uncut footage not seen in the broadcast. The first two shows to be included in this initiative were Laughing Under the Clouds and Psycho-Pass 2.

Crunchyroll Acquires the Rights to Simulcast Case Closed: Crunchyroll announced that the site acquired the rights to simulcast the Case Closed anime as it airs in Japan. As of right now, only the most recent episodes of the series are available for streaming on the service.

November 2014:

Naruto Manga Mini-Series to Launch in Spring 2015: This year’s 50th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced that a new, tentatively titled Naruto manga mini-series will launch in Spring 2015. According to the announcement, the mini-series will tell “a newly budding Konoha story.”

Nozomi Entertainment’s Lucky Penny License Rescues Looking Up At the Half Moon: Nozomi Entertainment announced that its Lucky Penny imprint has license rescued the Looking Up At The Half Moon anime and plans to release the six-episode series in Spring 2015. Crimson Star Media had held the license for this title until legal troubles caused the company to not release it.

Digital Manga Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Osamu Tezuka’s Ludwig B Manga: Digital Manga, Inc. has launched a new Kickstarter campaign for Osamu Tezuka’s two-volume manga, Ludwig B. If the campaign succeeds, the company plans to release this title in July 2015. The campaign reached its goal on December 26, 2014, with only four hours to spare before the deadline.

December 2014:

19th Detective Conan Film Opening in Japan in April 2015: The first 2015 issue of Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday announced that the 19th Detective Conan film, Detective Conan: The Hellfire Sunflowers, will open in Japanese theaters on April 18, 2015. The film will tell the story of Conan trying to track down Kaito Kid, who has supposedly stolen a replica of Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” during an auction.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Nominated for Three Annie Awards: Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya received three nominations: Best Animated Feature, Isao Takahata is up for “Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production,” and Joe Hisaishi is up for “Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production.”

Streaming of SHIROBAKO Episode Six Suspended Due to Rights Issue: Niconico has announced that “streaming of SHIROBAKO episode 6 has been temporarily suspended due to circumstances regarding rights.” The site also added that the return date of the streaming has not been determined, but the service will announce it as soon as it is confirmed. Crunchyroll is also streaming SHIROBAKO in the Americas and several countries in Europe as well as other regions, and it also no longer lists episode 6 “Idepon Miyamori: On the Move.” The episode reappeared on Crunchyroll later in December 2014.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Film Scheduled for 2016: The third issue of 2015 of Shueisha’s Shonen Jump magazine announced that a new Yu-Gi-Oh! film will premiere in 2016 and will focus on Yugi Muto and Seto Kaiba. The magazine also says that the film will have an original story.

Kodansha Temporarily Suspends Vinland Saga Manga in the U.S.: Kodansha USA has stated that its Vinland Saga manga releases are “temporarily suspended.” Volume Six was supposed to be released on January 6, 2015. However, Amazon is now listing a 2017 release date for this volume.

Crunchyroll Streaming Service Down Amid DDoS Attack: The Crunchyroll streaming service announced on December 30, 2014 that it is currently down due to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack “of the same magnitude” as those recently targeted towards Sony and Microsoft consoles. The Crunchyroll service went down at approximately 4:00 a.m. EST on December 30, 2014.

VIZ Media Adds Exciting Anime Content for the December Update to the Neon Alley Free Anime Streaming Platform

VIZ Media moves into December and prepares to round out the year with its latest digital anime content update for Neon Alley. The free digital streaming platform experienced significant growth and programming expansion in 2014 and is preparing several noteworthy content and series premiere announcements for 2015.

New episodes of widely loved series such as Bleach, Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, Ranma 1/2, and Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal figure prominently in December’s programming update. These augment the Thanksgiving debut of the full series of Coppelion (dub) and the world premiere of the first 13 dubbed episodes of Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals.

Catch the exciting digital continuation of Sailor Moon with the English dubbed premiere of Episodes 37-46, available to stream beginning on December 6, 2014 for a limited time on Neon Alley and Hulu. Two new subtitled episodes of Sailor Moon Season 2 will be added to the current series library every Monday throughout December. Sailor Moon Crystal fans also will not want to miss brand new episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal throughout December. Sailor Moon Crystal subtitled Episode 11, “Reunion – Endymion,” premieres on December 6, 2014, followed by Episode 12, “Enemy – Queen Metalia,” on December 20, 2014.

With the latest addition, Neon Alley now features over 30 series, and has a over 1,000 English dubbed episodes and 2,400 subtitled episodes for fans’ viewing pleasure! The 2014 update is augmented by scores of additional episodes from top-rated VIZ Media anime series including:

BLEACH

Neon Alley adds English dubbed Bleach Season 18 Episodes 256-267 available to stream beginning on December 1, 2014.

Viewers can now check out a total of 267 English dubbed episodes, as well as the complete subtitled Bleach anime (366 episodes).

NARUTO

For ninja fans, Neon Alley adds dubbed Episodes 66-78 of the original Naruto anime series, which will all be available beginning on December 3, 2014.

With the newest addition, viewers can check out a total of 77 English dubbed episodes as well as the complete subtitled Naruto anime (all 220 episodes) series!

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN

Don’t miss simulcasts of the latest English subtitled episodes of Naruto Shippuden every Thursday in December beginning with a special double premiere of Episodes 389 and 390 on December 11, 2014. Single episode simulcasts of the next 3 Naruto Shippuden episodes will take place every Thursday for the remainder of the month.

Also catch the action-packed addition of Naruto Shippuden English dubbed Episodes 19-23, bringing the total number of available dubbed episodes of the series to over 100.

RANMA 1/2

Ranma 1/2 fans can enjoy the addition of 2 new dubbed episodes of the classic martial arts comedy each week throughout December beginning with Season 6, Episodes 119-120 on December 5, 2014 and every Friday thereafter.

Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals Debuts Dubbed Episodes on Neon Alley

The Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals television anime series has some English dubbed episodes debuting on VIZ Media’s Neon Alley service.

As of this writing, 13 episodes of the series are available on the service with an English dub.

VIZ Media Delivers Substantial November Update for Neon Alley Anime Free Streaming Platform

VIZ Media opens November with a new update for its Neon Alley free anime streaming platform that features a wide array of exciting new additions and episodes.

Notable new additions this month include the complete post-apocalyptic sci-fi action series Coppelion (Episodes 1-13), English dubbed for the first time, which will join the already available subtitled complete series on November 27, 2014 and will be available in the U.S. via Neon Alley, Hulu and Hulu Plus for a limited time. Coppelion takes place in the not-so-distant future as a catastrophic event has turned the old capital of Japan into a wasteland, forever changing the lives of its people. Decades later, three schoolgirls set foot into the now forsaken city. They are the Coppelion, genetically engineered humans created by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces to operate under the lethal conditions of the contaminated city. Trained since birth, the girls must use all of their skills and resources to carry out their one and only mission: to rescue those left behind.

Also making its exclusive Neon Alley English dub debut will be the Naruto Shippuden anime spin-off comedy series, Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals (Episodes 1-13), available on November 28, 2014 to join the already available subtitled complete series consisting of 13 episodes. Welcome to the Hidden Leaf Village, home to the famous Naruto Uzumaki, star of NARUTO/NARUTO SHIPPUDEN. Here, ninja train day and night to be able to carry out important missions. But wait! This show isn’t about Naruto, the mightiest ninja! It’s about Rock Lee, the one who can’t use ninjutsu at all!

Ninja action fans are also invited to catch the simulcasts of the latest subtitled Naruto Shippuden episodes every Thursday. Visit www.NeonAlley.com for complete episodic details and airdates.

Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal fans can look forward to new episodes throughout November. Sailor Moon Crystal subtitled simulcast Episode 9, “Serenity Princess,” premiered on November 1, 2014, followed by Episode 10, “Moon,” on November 15, 2014. Two brand new subtitled episodes of Sailor Moon will be added every Monday!

The latest Neon Alley monthly update is also augmented by nearly 100 additional episodes from other top-rated VIZ Media anime series including:

Accel World

  • Season 1, Set 2 (Episodes 13-24) of the edgy series launches on Neon Alley beginning on November 1, 2014 and blends a highly imaginative online game with real world impact that adds a new twist to one teen’s solution to being bullied.
  • The entire series, Episodes 1-24, is also available subtitled on Neon Alley.

Bleach

  • English dubbed episodes 243–255 will be added to the current library of episodes of this action-packed series!
  • Fans also can catch the entire series subtitled on Neon Alley (366 episodes total)!

Naruto

  • Neon Alley adds dubbed Episodes 53-65 of the original Naruto anime series.
  • With the newest addition, check out a total of 65 English dubbed episodes and the complete subtitled anime (all 220 episodes) series!

Naruto Shippuden

  • Don’t miss simulcasts of the latest subtitled episodes of Naruto Shippuden every Thursday in November beginning with Episode 385 on November 13, 2014.
  • Also enjoy the action-packed additions of Naruto Shippuden English dubbed Episodes 13-18 bringing the total of available dubbed episodes of the series to over 100.

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan

  • Catch Season 2, Episodes 14-26 available beginning on November 20, 2014, which now means you can watch the entire series dubbed!
  • The entire series comprising of two seasons with a total of 52 episodes, is now available subtitled on the streaming platform.

Ranma 1/2

Enjoy the addition of 2 new dubbed RANMA ½ episodes each week throughout November beginning with Season 5, Episodes 111-112 on November 7, 2014, and every Friday thereafter.

VIZ Media Details October 2014 Update for Its Neon Alley Service

VIZ Media opens October and the Fall 2014 anime season on its FREE Neon Alley media-streaming platform with the announcement of a new monthly update that will add more than 80 exciting episodes for a host of best-loved series to the programming roster throughout the month. Among these are several special simulcast premieres that will stream brand new first-run episodes domestically on the same days as their Japanese counterparts’ broadcast airdates.

Anime fans will not want to miss the subtitled simulcast premiere of two brand new Sailor Moon Crystal episodes (subtitled) on October 4 and 18, 2014, as well as a brand new Naruto Shippuden episode (subtitled) simulcast happening every Thursday. Also don’t miss the premiere of 8 classic uncut and remastered Sailor Moon episodes (subtitled). Two exciting episodes launch each Monday (“Moonday”) throughout October.

Viewers can also look forward to enjoying newly added English dubbed episodes of Naruto (original series) Season 1, Bleach Season 16, and MORE Season 5 episodes of Ranma 1/2, with the English dub version.

All of the special simulcast premieres will be available in the U.S. via Neon Alley, Hulu and Hulu Plus. Please visit NeonAlley.com for details.

The latest Neon Alley monthly update features English dubbed as well subtitled episodes and anime feature film premieres from top-rated anime series, including:

BLEACH

English dubbed Episodes 230-242 of the 16th Season of Bleach will be added on October 1, 2014 to the current cache of 217 episodes of the popular supernatural action series.

Fans also may catch the entire Bleach anime series subtitled on Neon Alley (366 episodes total)!

NARUTO

Neon Alley welcomes the addition on October 1, 2014 of new English dubbed Episodes 39 – 52 of the original Naruto Season 1 anime series.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN

Don’t miss special simulcasts of the latest subtitled episodes of Naruto Shippuden every Thursday in October, which continue to expand the massive library of 380 subtitled episodes. New simulcast episodes will be available to stream for a limited time only!

Neon Alley also will launch Naruto Shippuden Season 1, Episodes 1–12, English dubbed, on October 10, 2014.

RANMA 1/2

Catch 2 newly added English Ranma 1/2 English dubbed episodes each Friday throughout October, beginning on October 3, 2014 with Episodes 101–102 and available for a limited time only.

A total of 10 new English-dubbed episodes will debut throughout October.

Enjoy the entire re-mastered series (161 episodes) subtitled on Neon Alley now!

SAILOR MOON

Don’t miss the premiere this month of 8 new classic Sailor Moon episodes. Two exciting episodes launch every Monday throughout the entire month, beginning with Episodes 43 & 44 on October 6, 2014.

SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL

Be sure to catch very special simulcast premiere of the newest Sailor Moon Crystal adventures with Episode 7’s debut on October 4, 2014 followed by Episode 8 on October 18, 2014.

Neon Alley is VIZ Media’s consolidated online destination for FREE streaming anime content in the U.S. with over 3,300 subtitled and English dubbed episodes and movies from more than 36 series! Neon Alley also reaches an expansive on-demand U.S.-based audience on the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service, which enables viewers to watch shows anytime, anywhere across devices including Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation®3 (PS3®) or PlayStation®4 (PS4™) systems Roku, Chromecast, and mobile devices.