VIZ Media Acquires the Supernatural Action Manga Twin Star Exorcists

VIZ Media expands its publishing roster as it announces the acquisition of the supernatural action manga series, Twin Star Exorcists.

Created by Yoshiaki Sukeno, Twin Star Exorcists is set to launch in the Summer of 2015 and will be published in print and offered digitally under the company’s Shonen Jump imprint. Twin Star Ecorxists is rated ‘T’ for Teens. The series, which has released 3 volumes to-date, is ongoing in Japan.

In the series, beings from the dark realm of Magano creep into our world and can only be expelled by talented exorcists. Rokuro is from a family of exorcists, but after a terrible disaster, he’d rather be a singer, a soccer player or anything else! He’s forced to own up to his incredible potential by the arrival of Benio, an exorcist who’s more than his match and stirs his competitive spirit. When neither can top the other in supernatural combat, they earn the title of “Twin Star Exorcists” – two supreme fighters fated to marry and birth the ultimate spiritual warrior. Will these rivals fall in love? The fate of two worlds hangs in the balance!

“We’re very excited to announce TWIN STAR EXORCISTS as a new manga series set to join our Shonen Jump publishing roster next summer,” says Hope Donovan, Managing Editor. “In Japan, it has become one of the most popular series in the Shonen Jump line of manga and the series scored very high among readers. We are looking forward to launching TWIN STAR EXORCISTS for a new legion of English-language fans around the world!”

VIZ Media’s Top 10 Selling Digital Manga for the Week of November 18, 2014

VIZ Media has announced their top ten selling digital manga for the week of November 18, 2014.

1. Food Wars! Volume 4
2. One-Punch Man Volume 5
3. Naruto Volume 2
4. Naruto Volume 1
5. Naruto Volume 67
6. Bleach Volume 62
7. Blue Exorcist Volume 12
8. Mad Love Chase Volume 2
9. Zone-00 Volume 1
10. Dengeki Daisy Volume 15

VIZ Media Previews Forthcoming New Bleach and Naruto Manga Box Sets

VIZ Media announces details for a pair of forthcoming manga box sets that are sure to capture the attention of die-hard readers and fans of the popular Bleach and Naruto series.

Scheduled for release in the Summer of 2015, the Bleach Manga Box Set 2 and Naruto Manga Box Set 2 each contain 20 or more individual manga volumes, at a substantial savings over buying them individually. Exclusive bonus premiums, such as special mini-comics and full-color posters, are also included in each Box Set.

In addition, due to continuing fan demand, Bleach Manga Box Set 1 and Naruto Manga Box Set 1 will be available again January 2015. The Bleach set contains the beginning 21 volumes of the first story arc, and the Naruto set contains 27 volumes. Both sets are housed in sturdy corrugate display boxes, and also include a full color double-side poster and collectable booklet.

BLEACH MANGA BOX SET 2 · Rated “T” for Teens · MSRP: $214.99 U.S. / CAN · Available July 2015

The second Bleach Manga Box Set offers fans the chance to own Volumes 22-48 at a substantial savings over buying them individually. Fans purchasing the Box Set will also receive an exclusive mini-comic containing the pilot story of the bestselling series along with a full-color, double-sided poster.

Ichigo Kurosaki never asked for the ability to see ghosts–he was born with the gift. When his family is attacked by a Hollow–a malevolent lost soul–Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper, dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured spirits themselves find peace. In the latest Box Set volumes, after finally rescuing their friend Rukia, Ichigo and friends return to their quiet lives in the world of the living. However, the peace is short-lived as new enemies arrive from the world of the Hollows. Aizen is back, and Ichigo may be the only one who can stop him for good!

NARUTO MANGA BOX SET 2 · Rated “T” for Teens · MSRP: $174.99 U.S. / CAN · Available July 2015

Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He’s got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world’s greatest ninja! In the second NARUTO Manga Box Set, featuring Volumes 28-48, it’s been more than two years since Naruto left to train with Jiraiya. Much has happened while he has been away, and new threats to the ninja world have emerged. Can Naruto prove his worth and rescue his friend Sasuke? The new box set also will feature an exclusive mini-comic containing the NARUTO pilot story and a full-color, double-sided poster.

“These new box sets each receive a deluxe treatment and will become noteworthy additions to even the most discriminating fan’s manga collection,” says Alexis Kirsch, Editor. “Fans can catch the opening of the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN story arc and also dive into electrifying supernatural adventures with the gang from BLEACH. Hours of manga reading fun and excitement are guaranteed with these new manga Box Sets. Don’t miss their release next summer!”

English Dub Cast for Coppelion

VIZ Media has announced the English dub cast for the Coppelion television anime series, and the dubbed version will premiere on Neon Alley and Hulu on November 27, 2014.

The English dub cast includes:

  • Erica Lindbeck is Ibara Naruse
  • Cassandra Lee Morris is Aoi Fukasaku
  • Shelby Lindley is Taeko Nomura
  • Max Mittelman is Haruto Kurosawa
  • Cherami Leigh is Kanon Ozu
  • Sarah Anne Williams is Shion Ozu
  • Keith Silverstein is Onihei Mishima
  • Sean Chiplock is Ibuse
  • Kirk Thornton is Mitsuo Kawabata
  • Karen Strassman is Yukiko Kawabata
  • Taylor Henry is Denjiro Shiba
  • Michael Sorich is Kamata
  • Barbara Larsen is Granny Ayame
  • Richard Epcar is Foreman Kurobe
  • Geoffrey Chalmers is Gennai Ishikawa
  • Marc Diraison is Gojiro Kajii
  • Amanda C. Miller is Ibuki Kajii
  • Spike Spencer is No-sense
  • Steve Kramer is Kunikida
  • Joe Ochman is Natsume
  • Joe J. Thomas is Ougai
  • Kaiji Tang is Taro

Manga Review: “Pokemon Adventures” Volume 25

Pokemon Adventures Volume 25 is a manga based on the Pokemon FireRed and Pokemon LeafGreen videogames. The manga is written by Hidenori Kusaka and illustrated by Satoshi Yamamoto. This manga volume was originally published in Japan in 2007; however, it wasn’t released in North America until VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint released this volume in 2014. This portion of Pokemon Adventures focuses on Red, Blue, Gree, Yellow, and Silver.

Volume 25 sees Deoxys tracking down where Silver is for Giovanni. Carr, meanwhile, is upset about Silver being found, since being Giovanni’s son would make him next in line to lead Team Rocket; apparently. Carr’s been coveting that position for a while. Carr rebels and causes problems for everyone later in the volume.

This volume includes several surprises for the characters. Silver finally learns who his father is; the way his reaction is drawn to learning this, I swear it looks as if poor Silver’s brain broke. This volume also sees Red not only learning how Deoxys came to be, he also learns that the two of them share a connection. Mew also makes a surprise appearance during Volume 25.

There’s also quite an epic battle between Deoxys and Mewtwo. I really liked how Kusaka kept changing which side seemed to have the upper hand for a while, so it left me guessing as to which Pokemon would ultimately prevail.

And when Carr takes over Team Rocket’s airship with the intent of crashing it into Vermilion City, it’s up to Red to try to save the day. I have to say that not only this portion of the story, but the whole volume in general, ended up being a rather intense read. I was getting so engrossed in what was going on that I didn’t want to put the volume down. At a little over 250 pages, it was a longer read for a Pokemon manga, but it had a lot going on in it. The story just moves so much over the course of this volume that there really was no good way to split it into two volumes. It’s very action-packed, and a lot happens to progress the story. But that ending… oh my God, what a cliffhanger!

There’s also some very powerful art in Volume 25, and this is especially true for the panels that include close-ups of characters’ reactions. As I’ve read more and more Pokemon Adventures volumes that feature the art by Satoshi Yamamoto, I feel that I can say with a lot of certainty that close-ups are a strong point for him as an artist. My only real complaint with the art is the top panel on page 258. Red has his back to us and he isn’t wearing a shirt; with how he’s drawn here, he looks so thin and scrawny that it almost looks like he could easily be snapped in half.

From what I understand, Volume 26 will be introducing a new character but will ultimately continue the story in this portion of Pokemon Adventures. But when it comes to that cliffhanger, all I can say is, what a way to end the volume!

If you’ve read the various volumes of the Pokemon Adventures series and enjoyed them, I expect that you’ll also enjoy reading the story that’s presented in this story arc. And I think that long-time readers of this series will enjoy seeing Silver finally learning the truth, as well as reading some of the revelations that appear in Volume 25.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Pokemon Adventures Volume 25 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

VIZ Media Announces Home Media Release of Ranma 1/2 Anime Series Set 4 Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set

VIZ Media delivers a fresh installment of action-packed Ranma 1/2 anime episodes as it announces the home media release on December 9, 2014 of Set 4 in the continuing series of High Definition Limited Edition Blu-ray and HD Standard Edition DVD Box Sets.

VIZ Media is releasing the revered gender-bending martial arts action comedy, based on the popular manga series created by Rumiko Takahashi, in the original Japanese series order across seven Limited Edition Blu-ray and DVD Box Sets. Ranma 1/2 is rated TV-14.

Arriving in time for the holidays, the Ranma 1/2 Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set 4 carries an MSRP of $54.97 U.S. / $63.99 CAN. The set contains Episodes 70-92 on 3 discs, presented in full 1080p High Definition resolution with the series’ original, un-cropped 4:3 aspect ratio. Bonus features include clean openings and endings as well as series trailers. The set comes in a gorgeously illustrated chipboard box with embossed foil stamping.

The Ranma 1/2 Standard Edition DVD Set 4 also features 23 episodes presented in crisp HD with the original, un-cropped 4:3 aspect ratio, and bonus features that include clean openings and endings and trailers. The Standard Edition DVD set is available with an MSRP of $44.82 U.S. / $51.99 CAN.

The mayhem continues in the latest Ranma 1/2 home media release. Shampoo visits Ranma, bringing a souvenir bell from China along with a Phantom Cat, who’s in search of a bride! Ranma will have to endure his fear of felines in order to defeat the Phantom Cat. Then, after a series of certain events, Ryoga becomes the strongest martial artist in the world. After that, Kuno gets his hands on a secret sword call the “Mangamaru,” which grants the user three wishes, and one of them is to have a date with the Pigtailed Girl! Finally, a mysterious foursome has come from China in search of the legendary Dragon’s Whisker and will stop at nothing to get it. But what is the Dragon’s Whisker and what does it have to do with Ranma?

RANMA ½ © Rumiko Takahashi / Shogakukan