Nominees for the 46th Seiun Awards

The 54th Japan Science Fiction Convention (Nihon SF Taikai) has revealed the list of nominees for the 46th Seiun Awards. The awards this year are separated into nine categories: Japanese Long Story, Japanese Short Story, Translated Long Story, Translated Short Story, Media, Comic, Art, Nonfiction, and a “Free” category. Each category has between 4-10 nominees. The nominees were chosen among works that were released between January 1 and December 31, 2014.

The attendees of “Comecon” in Yonago in Tottori prefecture will vote on the winners. The 54th Japan Science Fiction Convention will take place during the convention, and the staff will announce the winners on August 29, 2015.

The nominees of the Media and Comic categories include:

Media Category

  • Expelled from Paradise film
  • Space Dandy TV anime series
  • Interstellar film
  • Uchu Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshi-Meguru Hakobune> (Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Star-Voyaging Ark) film
  • Big Hero 6 film (called Baymax in Japan)
  • Kill la Kill TV anime series
  • Nazo no Tenkosei (Mysterious Transfer Student) television drama

Comic Category

  • Gainax, Khara, and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s Neon Genesis Evangelion (all 14 volumes)
  • Masayuki Ishikawa’s Moyashimon (all 13 volumes)
  • Kosuke Fujishima’s Oh My Goddess! (all 48 volumes)
  • Tamiki Wakaki’s The World God Only Knows (all 26 volumes)
  • Kazuhiro Fujita’s Moonlight Act (all 29 volumes)
  • Riichi Ueshiba’s Mysterious Girlfriend X (all 12 volumes)

Source: ANN

Weekly Evangelion Chronicle Magazine Is Returning for a Third Time

Publisher DeAgostini is relaunching the Weekly Evangelion Chronicle magazine for a 20th anniversary edition.

The magazine initially premiered in 2006 and ran for 30 issues, and it was revived as a “new and revised edition” in 2010 with a planned 40 issues, but ultimately went on to publish 50 issues. With this new revival, the plans is for the magazine to have 60 issues.

The first issue will ship with an exclusive binder, and two more binders will be sold as a set. When the magazine was revived in 2010 there were four planned binders, but this time there will be six. Subscribers will also receive a 30-magnet set in a paper frame.

Each new issue’s 32 all-color pages will be split into different sections, including some new sections: mechanic, character, timeline, storyboards, design, gallery, petit Eva (super-deformed characters), story file, tactics, installation (a guide to locales), technology, and extra.

Source: ANN

New Manga Releases: February 10, 2015

Here are the new manga releases for February 10, 2015. If you see any errors or omissions, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Ajin: Demi-Human GN 3
Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar’s Game GN 7
Blade Dance of Elementalers GN 1
Dragonar Academy GN 5
Freshly Licked GN (18+)
Hayate the Combat Butler GN 25
I Am Alice: Body Swap in Wonderland GN 3
Magi GN 10
Neon Genesis Evangelion GN 14
Prophecy GN Part 02
Ring x Mama GN 3 (18+)
Samurai Executioner Omnibus GN 4
Say, I Love You. GN 6
Tiger & Bunny GN 6
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle Omnibus GN 3
Twittering Birds Never Fly GN 2 (18+)
Yellow Work GN (18+)
Ze GN 10 (18+)

FUNimation Comments on the Status of Evangelion 3.33

FUNimation Entertainment has commented on the status of the release of Evangelion 3.33 in the FAQ section of their website.

The entry reads:

What is the status of the home video release of Evangelion 3.33?

We are working directly with the Japanese studio and the original creator on the upcoming Evangelion 3.33 home video release. This is a unique opportunity that presented itself to us, and since the plot for Evangelion 3.33 is so different from previous story lines, we are thrilled that the creator has asked to be so heavily involved in this project. Studio Khara has even decided that they would like to create their own special subtitle tracks for the release! We thank you for your continued patience as we work to confirm a release date. Please keep an eye on our social channels and our website for more updates!

Source: Crunchyroll

VIZ Media’s Top 10 Selling Digital Manga for the Week of November 25, 2014

VIZ Media has announced the company’s top ten selling manga for the week of November 25, 2014.

1. Neon Genesis Evangelion Volume 14
2. Food Wars! Volume 4
3. Future Diary Volume 8
4. Bleach Volume 62
5. Kyo Kara MAOH! Volume 3
6. Nisekoi: False Love Volume 9
7. Trinity Blood Volume 10
8. Naruto Volume 67
9. Naruto Volume 1
10. One-Punch Man Volume 5

Toonami Announces Plans for Movie Month in December 2014

Toonami has announced the schedule for its “movie month” in December 2014. The schedule includes the final two episodes of Hellsing Ultimate, which Toonami had said previously that it would not be able to get.

December 6: Hellsing Ultimate 9 and Summer Wars
December 13: Hellsing Ultimate 10 and Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos
December 20: Dragon Ball Z: The Legendary Super Saiyan and Akira
December 27: Evangelion 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone and Evangelion 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance

VIZ Media Announces Substantial November Digital Manga Update and Special Pricing on Several Popular Series

VIZ Media continues the drive into fall with the announcement of an array of digital manga updates and new series debuts for November 2014.

Fans and readers can catch the launch of two new series debuts including creator Aya Shouoto’s paranormal shojo drama, Kiss of the Rose Princess and the final volume of Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Other notable new digital series kicking off throughout the rest of the month include 3 titles from the VIZ Select imprint. Return to the world of Chibi Vampire with Chibi Vampire Airmail on November 11, 2014, savor the dark, demonic suspense of Zone-00, which launches on November 18, 2014, and former CLAMP artist/creator Tamayo Akiyama’s fantasy adventure series, Mouryou Kiden: Legend of the Nymph, follows on November 25, 2014.

Fans are invited to take advantage of a limited time promotion running until November 30, 2014, offering up to 80% of on digital manga volumes from several acclaimed series from VIZ Manga and the VIZ Manga App. Check other partner sites for similar special pricing. Catch Nauto Volumess 1-2 for only $1.99 each and Volumes 3-67 for only $4.99 each. Savor undead gothic manga drama with Vampire Knight Volumes 1-2 for only $1.99 each and Volumes 3-19 for only $4.99 each. Rosario + Vampire Season I Volumes 1-2 are $1.99 each and Volumes 3-10 are available for $4.99 each; the series sequel, Rosario + Vampire II, Volumes 1-2 are also offered for only $1.99 each and Volumes 3-13 for only $4.99 each. Also dive into the mafia comedy adventure Nisekoi with Volumes 1-2 for only $1.99 each and Volumes 3-9 for only $4.99.

VIZ Media is also pleased to announce a new addition on ComiXology from fellow publisher Kadokawa. Don’t miss exciting series including Deadman Wonderland and Neon Genesis Evangelion as well Ai Ore, The Story of Saiunkoku, and X that are accessible worldwide and/or wherever ComiXology is available. Also dive into more than a dozen additional manga titles also offered on ComiXology and published under the VIZ Select imprint such as Chibi Vampire, D.N. Angel, Fate/Stay Night, Future Diary, Lucky Star, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Lagoon Engine, Suki and more.

Catch the rest of the November digital updates to more than 20 other VIZ Media continuing titles including the exciting series finales of Phantom Thief Jeanne (Volume 5), Million Tears (Volume 2) and Suki (Volume 3), as well as the latest additions to a variety of other popular series such as Bleach (Volume 62), Blue Exorcist (Volume 12), Food Wars! (Volume 4), JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 1 – Phantom Blood (Volume 2), Lucky Star (Volume 5), One-Punch Man (Volume 5), Trinity Blood (Volume 9) and scores more.

Readers can enjoy all of these new manga titles that are available on and the VIZ MANGA App for the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, Android-powered smart phones and 7” tablets. The titles may also be purchased through the Nook, Kindle, Kobo, ComiXology, iBooks and GooglePlay stores. These dynamic digital platforms offer fans the opportunity to explore and enjoy a massive catalog of new and classic manga titles that spans more than 2,300 volumes across over 200 different series.

New November Digital Manga Series Debuts:

KISS OF THE ROSE PRINCESS, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens · DIGITAL MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available Now

Anise Yamamoto has been told that if she ever removes the rose choker given to her by her father, a terrible punishment will befall her. Unfortunately she loses that choker when a bat-like being falls from the sky and hits her. Anise is granted four cards representing four knights whom she can summon with a kiss. But now that she has these gorgeous men at her beck and call, what exactly is her quest?!

CHIBI VAMPIRE AIRMAIL · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · DIGITAL MSRP: $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available November 11, 2014

Return to the world of Chibi Vampire in this special collection of short stories!

ZONE-00, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · DIGITAL MSRP: $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available November 18th, 2014

In a world where humans and demons coexist under a fragile peace, change is coming…A mysterious drug, known only as “Zone-00,” seems to be causing demons all over Tokyo to lose control and revert to their old, violent ways. Enter two young students who stand on opposite sides of an ageless conflict. One a demon, the other an exorcist, they must now join forces to uncover the secret of “Zone-00″ before it’s too late! From the artist of Trinity Blood comes a dark, suspenseful tale in which two centuries-old enemies must fight together to save humanity!

MOURYOU KIDEN: LEGEND OF THE NYMPH, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens · DIGITAL MSRP: $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available November 25th, 2014

In a land submerged in a thousand years of fog, demons and nymphs do battle. Until one day, the fated meeting of sworn enemies unravels an intricate love story, and hurls Ayaka, the daughter of the deity, Reiki, into a voyage of discovery, and maddening love. Originally a member of CLAMP, the world’s bestselling manga studio, Tamayo Akiyama delivers and unforgettable fantasy adventure!

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, Vol. 14 (SERIES FINALE!) · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · DIGITAL MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available November 25th, 2014

Catch the grand finale to this groundbreaking sci-fi action series. The Third Impact has come. As the unbelievably massive form of Ayanami towers over the Earth, the Instrumentality Project enters its last stages. While the world shudders in terror as it is engulfed in a sea of LCL, Shinji’s consciousness merges with Lilith’s, and he searches his memories for a final understanding of himself and the fate of humanity. Digital edition also includes a special chapter not previously published! Print edition will be released in early 2015.