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Aniplex of America Announces English Dub and Product Release Details for Charlotte and The Asterisk War at A-Kon

June 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Key’s Second Original Anime to Receive English Dub and Home Release
SANTA MONICA, CA (June 4, 2016) – At their industry panel at A-Kon in Dallas, Texas today,
Aniplex of America announced their plans to dub and release the popular anime series Charlotte on
Blu-ray this August. The all-star creative team of Jun Maeda (Original Story/Screenplay), Na-Ga
(Original Character Design), and P.A. Works (Animation) reunited five years after making the hit anime
“Angel Beats!” to create this completely original anime series. Volume 1 is scheduled for release on
August 16th and Volume 2 on November 15th. Pre-orders for both SKUs will begin next Monday (June
6th) on the official Charlotte U.S. website (www.charlotteanime.com).

Aniplex of America also debuted the English dub trailer confirming their cast members for the English
version of the show. Under the direction of Tony Oliver, the dub will star Ray Chase (Magi,
Durarara!!x2) as Yu Otosaka, Lauren Landa (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Sword Art Online) as Nao
Tomori, Lucien Dodge (Fate/Zero, Magi) as Jojiro Takajo, Ryan Bartley (Your lie in April, Fate/stay
night: Unlimited Blade Works) as Yusa and Misa Nishimori, and Kira Buckland (Blue Exorcist,
Aldnoah.Zero) as Ayumi Otosaka.
Much like Angel Beats!, this second collaborative effort from Maeda, Na-Ga, and P.A. Works has been
widely praised by fans and critics alike. In their review of Charlotte, Fandom Post remarked, “From the
creators of perhaps one of the greatest anime of all-time, Angel Beats! comes this highly entertaining
and refreshing look at superpowers and the misuse of them.” Kotaku added, “Charlotte is an anime that
has all the pieces needed in its world of superpowers and the children that have them to be both a
comedic and emotional masterpiece.”

About Charlotte:
One day, a small percentage of adolescents start to experience an onset of special abilities. Yu Otosaka is
one of these ability-wielders and he decides to use his power – the ability to take over any target’s body
for five seconds, to get accepted into a prestigious high school. Just when he is about to start his dream
high school life as the popular honor student, a girl named Nao Tomori appears before him. Little does
he know, this encounter reveals the cruel fate awaiting the special ability-wielders.
For details on Charlotte, please visit: www.charlotteanime.com
Charlotte Blu-ray Volume 1 features:
*Art subject to change
<BD Features>
Spoken Languages: Japanese & English
Subtitles: English & Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 widescreen
Episodes: #1-7
Number of Discs: 2 Blu-ray Discs
Total Run Time: Approx. 170 min.
Rating: 13UP
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VIZ MEDIA EXPANDS THE POKÉMON HOME MEDIA CATALOG WITH THE RELEASE OF POKÉMON: JOHTO LEAGUE CHAMPIONS SET

May 31, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Substantial New Set Features 6 DVDs Containing 52 Action-Packed Anime Adventures With Brock, Misty, Ash And Pikachu In The Johto Region

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San Francisco, CA, May 31, 2016 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, delivers fresh new POKÉMON home media to fans with the release today of the POKÉMON: JOHTO LEAGUE CHAMPIONS – THE COMPLETE COLLECTION.

The hefty set includes 6 DVDs, featuring a total of 52 episodes, of the massively popular anime adventure property. POKÉMON: JOHTO LEAGUE CHAMPIONS – THE COMPLETE COLLECTION is rated ‘TV-Y7,’ for viewers ages 7 and older, and will carry an MSRP of $49.99 U.S. / CAN.

In the latest episodes, from the sprawling metropolis of Goldenrod City to the icy peak of Snowtop Mountain, the Johto region presents Ash, Misty, and Brock with exciting new adventures—along with a few familiar faces like their old friends Todd, Duplica, and Suzie! Johto’s rich past means plenty of Pokémon mysteries for our heroes to solve, and its exciting present means some tough challenges—Ash tackles three more Gyms, while handling competitions like the Pokémon Sumo Conference along the way.

POKÉMON is one of the most successful international entertainment franchises of all time. More than 275 million POKÉMON video game titles and over 21.5 billion Pokémon Trading Cards have been sold in more than 74 countries in addition to substantial publishing and merchandise sales. VIZ Media is the official North American distributor for a wide variety of POKÉMON home media releases including animated series and films and also publishes a variety of POKÉMON manga graphic novel series including POKÉMON ADVENTURES, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: FireRed & LeafGreen, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: EMERALD, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: DIAMOND & PEARL/PLATINUM, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: HeartGold & SoulSilver, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: BLACK & WHITE and POKÉMON ADVENTURES X•Y.

For more information on other POKÉMON manga and anime titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the field of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan’s largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at www.VIZ.com.

 

VIZ MEDIA CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY

May 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Leading Entertainment Company Looks Ahead To Forging New Paths In Global Pop Culture And Multimedia Content Development

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San Francisco, CA, May 4, 2016 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the premier publisher, distributor and licensor of Japanese and global content in North America, proudly announces its 30th Anniversary. To celebrate, VIZ Media will soon detail exciting activities for fans to commemorate 30 years of telling stories that resonate with audiences the world over.

Founded in San Francisco in July 1986, VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the finest in manga, anime and global entertainment to English-speaking audiences around the world. The company’s success reflects the massive and enduring popularity the genres enjoy among fans of all ages. VIZ Media has the largest library of any English publisher, and is focused on diversifying its award-winning catalog with licensed properties outside of the manga and anime sphere, as well as developing its own original content.

“VIZ Media has been at the forefront of the manga and anime industry for 30 years,” says Ken Sasaki, President and CEO, VIZ Media. “Throughout its history, the company has pioneered new paths to bring the best in popular entertainment to as wide an audience as possible. We look forward to continuing our ceaseless commitment to developing high quality, unique content for fans across the globe.”

To complement the 30th anniversary milestone, an all-new official website has been launched at www.VIZ.com. Completely refreshed in partnership with design studio, Mule Design, the interactive web destination offers increased functionality, seamless interoperability and a host of easy-to-use new content features that are accessible across all platforms, including mobile devices and tablets.

“The website delivers a whole new level of user interaction and direct fan engagement for the online anime and manga communities,” adds Ken Sasaki.

For more information on titles available from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the field of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan’s largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at www.VIZ.com.

 

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES A SUBSTANTIAL DIGITAL ANIME UPDATE FOR MAY

May 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Catch The Latest Streamed Episodes Of All New JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE And TERRAFORMARS, HUNTER X HUNTER Subs, As Well As New SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL And NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Simulcasts

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VIZ Media moves into May with a brand new digital anime update highlighted by a variety of exciting new premieres and simulcast episodes.

This month offers new Season 3 episodes from BAKUMAN, new Season 1 adventures of HUNTER X HUNTER, the continuing supernatural action of Season 3 of JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE as well as newly added Season 2 episodes of the tense sci-fi horror drama, TERRAFORMARS REVENGE.

New SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN simulcast premieres round out the latest digital content update.

New anime content for May includes:

BAKUMAN
· The creators of DEATH NOTE return with this inspiring tale about the power of dreams. Students Mashiro and Takagi aspire to become professional manga artists. As they team up to pursue their goal, the pair learns what it takes to make it in the manga industry, sharing laughs, tears, romance, the devastation of failure and the glory of success along the way.
· BAKUMAN’s final season concludes with the addition of subtitled Episodes 51-75. Enjoy the entire series, Episodes 1-75, now!

HUNTER X HUNTER
· The supernatural action adventure of HUNTER X HUNTER Season 1 continues throughout May with newly added Episodes 40-52. Episodes are available to stream in their entirety featuring brand new subtitles that are true to VIZ Media’s original translations of the manga series by Yoshihiro Togashi.

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE
· This new story arc sees Jotaro Kujoh traveling to a town called Morioh to meet Josuke, the secret love child of his grandfather, Joseph Joestar! The two JoJo’s soon discover that new Stand users are appearing all across town, threatening the lives of the innocent!
Don’t miss the JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Season 3 subtitled premiere with new episodes added every Friday.
· Season 3, Episode 5 premieres on May 6th, Episode 6 on May 13th, followed by Episode 7 on May 20th and Episode 8 on May 27th.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN
· Brand new weekly simulcasts of the latest action packed NARUTO SHIPPUDEN episodes are scheduled to take place every Thursday throughout May.
· Catch Episode 459 on May 12th, followed by Episode 460 on May 19th, Episode 461 on May 26th and Episode 462 on June 2nd.

SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL
· Don’t miss the dubbed premiere of Episode 26 on May 6th!
· Enjoy the all-new SUBBED streams of SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL throughout May with a brand new simulcast episode every Monday.
· SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL Season 3 action continues with Episodes 31-35 available to stream this month.
· Watch Episode 31 on May 2nd, followed Episode 32 on May 9th, Episode 33 on May 16th, Episode 34 on May 23rd and Episode 35 on May 30th.

TERRAFORMARS REVENGE
· Based on the hit manga sci-fi series, TERRAFORMARS REVENGE takes place in the far future where humanity terraforms Mars in order to resolve Earth’s growing overpopulation problem… But an unintended side effect of the process has unleashed a horror no one could ever have imagined!
· Catch the streaming premiere of Season 2, Episodes 5-8 this month.
· Episode 5 will premiere on May 6th, followed by Episode 6 on May 13th, Episode 7 on May 20th and Episode 8 on May 27th.

VIZ Media’s consolidated online destination for FREE streaming anime content in the U.S. has over 4,200 subtitled and English dubbed episodes and movies from more than 36 series! VIZ Media’s streaming content also reaches an expansive on-demand U.S.-based audience on Hulu, which enables viewers to watch shows anytime, anywhere across devices including Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and mobile devices. A full list of Hulu -enabled devices can be found at http://www.hulu.com/plus/devices.

 

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE PREMIERE OF HUNTER X HUNTER ON ADULT SWIM

April 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Reboot Of Fantasy Adventure Anime Series Based On Bestselling HUNTER X HUNTER Manga Launches With A Brand New English Dub Cast On Leading Animation Network April 16th

San Francisco, CA, April 14, 2016 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, excites action/adventure fans as it announces the launch of the all new HUNTER X HUNTER anime series on Adult Swim’s Toonami.

The first episode of the action-packed, supernatural adventure series will premiere on Saturday, April 16 at 1:00 a.m. EST/PST, with future episodes to air each Saturday. Toonami is the anime programming block on Adult Swim, Turner’s network offering original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults.

This latest anime property to join the VIZ Media catalog was produced in 2011 by the famed animation studio, MADHOUSE, and was broadcast in Japan on Nippon TV. The series reboots the popular HUNTER X HUNTER manga series created by Yoshihiro Togashi. For the North American debut, VIZ Media has assembled a fresh cast of talented voice actors that includes Erica Mendez as Gon Freecss, Cristina Vee as Killua Zoldyck, Matthew Mercer as Leorio, Keith Silverstein as Hisoka, and Erika Harlacher as Kurapika.

In the original HUNTER X HUNTER manga series, which is also published in print and digitally by VIZ Media (rated ‘T’ for Teens), Hunters are a special breed, dedicated to tracking down treasures, magical beasts, and even other people. But such pursuits require a license, and less than one in a hundred thousand can pass the grueling qualification exam. Those who do pass gain access to restricted areas, amazing stores of information, and the right to call themselves Hunters.

In the HUNTER X HUNTER anime series, abundant riches, hidden treasures, fearsome monsters, and exotic creatures are scattered around the world… Gon departs on a journey to become a Pro Hunter who risks his life in search of the unknown. Along the way, he meets other applicants for the Hunter exam: Kurapika, Leorio, and Killua. Can Gon pass the rigorous challenges of the Hunter exam and become the best Hunter in the world!? His wild and epic journey is about to begin!!

“HUNTER X HUNTER is a fast-paced fantasy adventure beautifully animated by studio MADHOUSE and we are pleased to debut the series on Adult Swim’s Toonami with a first-ever English dub that adheres very closely to the storyline depicted in the original manga series,” says Charlene Ingram, Senior Marketing Manager, Animation. “We invite audiences to immerse themselves in this action-filled anime series and catch a new episode broadcast premiere each week!”

VIZ Media is the official North American distributor of the HUNTER X HUNTER anime series and holds the broadcast rights, digital streaming rights, home video rights and merchandising rights to the series.

For more information on HUNTER X HUNTER and anime titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan. Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and ONE PIECE, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family- friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages. VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products. Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.

About Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV)
Since becoming Japan’s first commercial broadcaster in 1953, Nippon TV has become the country’s undisputed ratings champion and finest producer of all genres of programs. One of the biggest successes for Nippon TV is its format Dragons’ Den, which has been sold in over 26 countries and regions. With well-established companies that deal in a broad range of businesses from movies, animation, events, to fitness clubs, Nippon TV is leveraging its ideal platform to expand into new realms. Recently launching a channel in Southeast Asia named GEM through a joint venture with Sony Pictures Television Networks, and taking a stake in the SVOD market through wholly-owned subsidiary Hulu Japan, Nippon TV is steadily solidifying its presence and brand as a global media powerhouse.

 

SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “Hakuoki ~ Demon of the Fleeting Blossom: Warrior Spirit of the Blue Sky”

April 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

HOUSTON, APRIL 14, 2016 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, Hakuoki ~ Demon of the Fleeting Blossom: Warrior Spirit of the Blue Sky. As the second feature film based on the successful game and anime series, this title continues the story of Chizuru Yukimura’s search for her father. The famed Shinsengumi are combating the dangerous beings within Kyoto’s shadows, and it won’t be easy. As Chizuru and the men of the Shinsengumi fight for their city, and for their lives, the battle may draw closer than any of them ever imagined.

The film was directed and scripted by Osamu Yamasaki (Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East). Atsuko Nakajima (Get Backers, Ranma ½) handled animation direction and character design, with original character designs provided by Yone Kazuki (Kamigami no Asobi, Nobunaga the Fool).

Hakuoki ~ Demon of the Fleeting Blossom: Warrior Spirit of the Blue Sky will be available through select digital outlets, with a home video release to follow.

For Sentai Filmworks’ latest announcements regarding this and other great titles, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About Sentai Filmworks, LLC
Sentai Filmworks is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Offering thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms, Sentai is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include Parasyte –the maxim–, No Game, No Life, Food Wars!, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and Akame ga Kill!. Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Himouto! Umaru-chan and Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit www.sentaifilmworks.com.

 

J!-ENT is covering AnimeJapan 2016 in Tokyo and Sakura Con in Seattle this weekend

March 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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It’s a busy coverage weekend as J!-ENT will be covering AnimeJapan 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight and Sakura Con in Seattle this weekend.

 

Aniplex of America Announces Product Release Details for NISEKOI 2

March 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Can Raku and Chitoge’s False Love Finally Bring an End to this
Gang Warfare?

SANTA MONICA, CA (March 25, 2016) –Aniplex of America announced release details for NISEKOI
2 at their industry panel at Anime Boston today. The second season of this fan-favorite romantic comedy
series will be released in two Blu-ray sets. Volume 1 will be available starting June 21st and Volume 2
will be available starting August 23rd. Pre-orders for both sets will begin today on Aniplex of America’s
official NISEKOI 2 homepage (www.NisekoiUSA.com).

NISEKOI 2 is the second installment of the popular anime series based on the manga series with the
same name written by author Naoshi Komi and serialized in Weekly Shounen Jump magazine. The
animation production was done by the critically acclaimed studio, SHAFT (Madoka Magica,
MONOGATARI Series). The story of NISEKOI 2 picks up after the incidents of season 1. Raku and
Chitoge must continue their fake relationship, but, there is a change in Chitoge’s feelings toward Raku.
Initially, Chitoge is unsure what those feelings are but she soon comes to realize that it is in fact love.
How are Chitoge’s new emotions going to affect her relationship with Raku and the other girls? Will Raku notice
the changes in Chitoge’s behavior or will he end up sustaining severe injuries? There’s
never a dull moment in this romantic comedy.

 

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