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Kiznaiver (a J!-ENT Anime on Blu-ray Disc Review)

January 10, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

If you are looking for an anime series that is short but yet has a solid storyline with cool animation, definitely give “Kiznaiver” a chance!

Image courtesy of © TRIGGER, Mari Okada. All Rights Reserved.


TITLE: Kiznaiver

DURATION: (12 Episodes) 300 Minutes

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (16×9), Japanese and English Linear PCM, Subtitles: English

COMPANY: Aniplex of America Inc.

RATED: Suggested 13 and Up

Release Date: December 26, 2017


Originally Created by Mari Okada

Original Character Design by Shirow Miwa

Directed by Hiroshi Kobayashi

Series Composition: Mari Okada

Music by Yuuki Hayashi

Character Design: Mai Yoneyama

Art Production by Masanobu Nomura

Anime Production: Trigger


Featuring the following voice talent:

Hibiku Yamamura/Natasha Strickey as Noriko Sonozaki

Yuuki Kaji/Ryland Strachan as Katsuhira Agata

Junichi Suwabe/Michael Adamthwaite as Kazunao Yamada

Kōtarō Nishiyama/Hans Wackershauser as Yoshiharu Hisomu

Mie Sonozaki/Jennifer Cameron as Mutsumi Urushibara

Misaki Kuno/Katrina Salisbury as Nico Niyama

Nobunaga Shimazaki/Scott Roberts as Tsuguhito Yuta

Rina Satou/Lori Bachynski as Honoka Maki

Tomoaki Maeno/Lucas Gilbertson as Hajime Tenga

Yuka Terasaki/Caitlynne Medrek as Chidori Takashiro


An original TV anime series by acclaimed animation studio TRIGGER (Kill la Kill) and the renowned writer Mari Okada (Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, The Anthem of the Heart).

The story is set in Sugomori-city, built in a reclaimed land, which was once prosperous as a futuristic city. Katsuhira Agata, a high school boy who is living in the city, has a strange body which can feel no pain at all and he doesn’t know why. Before summer vacation, by the guidance of a mysterious girl named Noriko Sonozaki, he is chosen as a member of “Kiznaiver,” a group of people who share pain. Then he finds his classmates who are also connected as “Kiznaiver,” however, they originally belong to different groups that never got along.

Sonozaki says, “This is an experiment to guide the world filled with wars to peace.” Following her words, they have to face various trials.

One summer story of boys and girls who have to share each other’s wounds begins.


From Trigger (“Kill la Kill”), Aniplex and Crunchyroll comes a collaboration that would lead to the anime series “Kiznaiver” written by Mari Okada and features the directorial debut of Hiroshi Kobayashi.

The 12-episode anime series aired on April – June 2016 and now the series will be available on Blu-ray courtesy of Aniplex of America Inc.

“Kiznaiver” begins with an introduction to Katsuhira Agata, an apathetic and emotionless person who suffered something in his past, which changed him for the worst.  He is often bullied and beaten up because he doesn’t care, and because he shows no emotion when being hit, it angers his bullies even more.

He often gets an earful from his childhood friend Chidori Takashiro, who had loved Katsuhira when he used to smile and show emotion but she has been concerned for him since he had changed.

Meanwhile, while getting beaten up, he is rescued by Hajime Tenga.  An impulsive person, who bullies the bullies and protects people he cared about.  But even when rescuing Katsuhira, Hajime is shocked by the lack of emotion from Katsuhira, especially when he was getting beaten and bullied.

One day, a mysterious girl named Noriko Sonozaki, who lacks human kindness and also is emotionless appears to Katsuhira and tells him that his high tolerance to pain and his submissive nature is what leads to him being bullied.  Noriko pushes Katsuhira down a flight of stairs.

When Katsuhira awakes, he is inside an underground hospital facility along with Chidori, Tenga and several others.

Noriko appears and tells them the true nature of the city they live in, Sugumori City and how it was actually created to test a large-scale experiment known as the Kizna system, which connects people through shared pain and suffering, both physical and emotional.

Those who are connected to the Kizna system are known as Kiznaivers.  And Katsuhira and his classmates that they have been selected to become Kiznaivers.  And sharing each other’s pain which allows them to build relationships and bonds with other different people.

But will these individuals, who are very different from each other, actually bond with one another?  And what is the mysterious connection that Noriko has with the other Kiznaivers?


VIDEO:

“Kiznaiver” is presented in 1080p High Definition (16:9). Colors are vibrant and backgrounds are extremely detailed. Character designs are well-done and I like the overall look and style created by Trigger. I didn’t notice any banding issues while watching the series.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Kiznaiver” is presented in Japanese and English Linear PCM.  Voice acting are well-done on both soundtracks and dialogue is crystal clear through the front channels.

Subtitles are in English.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Kiznaiver” comes with the opening and ending credits.

EXTRAS:

“Kiznaiver” comes with a slipcase and six collectible pin-up cards.


For those who are looking for an entertaining, sci-fi and short anime series, will no doubt want to check out “Kiznaiver”.

A series about a group of people who find out they are Kiznaiver and were experimented on for world peace via the Kizna System, which connects people through shared pain and suffering, both physically and emotionally.

And we start to see how each of these individuals are suffering through some sort of pain.

The series main protagonist, Katsuhira Agata, is apathetic and barely has any emotions.  While others have certain issues which each episode slowly tries to deconstruct each person and show how they tried to hide their pain, but learn that they need to confront the inner struggle that they deal with, head on.

As one would expect, these individuals are all different in background and style, if I have to make any comparisons, I would like to think of it as a sci-fi “Breakfast Club”, where people are annoyed by each other but slowly become friends.  In the case of “Kiznaiver”, they have a shared pain that they feel from other individuals and are forced to endure it.

As the first eight episodes focuses on the main kiznaiver group, it’s episode 9-12 that explores the mysterious connection that Noriko has with Katsuhira and the others.

For the most part, the anime series is fascinating, as anime series don’t solely focus on character emotions and inner pain as a collective, especially when their pain somehow affects the city they live in. But I did enjoy the series for having a refreshing storyline, cool voice acting (for both Japanese and the English dub) and overall art design.

While the series looks and sounds great in HD, unfortunately the Blu-ray set is lacking when it comes to the special features (just the opening and ending theme only).  But you do get a slipcase and collectible pin-up cards.

Overall, if you are looking for an anime series that is short but yet has a solid storyline with cool animation, definitely give “Kiznaiver” a chance!

CRUNCHYROLL AND WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT, JAPAN PRESENT EXCLUSIVE “TERRAFORMARS” ANIME SCREENING AT NEW YORK COMIC CON

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Event to be held on Saturday October 11, 2014

San Francisco, Calif. (October 1, 2014) – Crunchyroll, Inc., the leading global Anime and Asian drama streaming service, will co-host an exclusive English subtitled screening of the uncensored version of the new Terraformars anime in conjunction with Warner Bros. Entertainment, Japan Inc. at the New York Comic Con on Saturday October 11, 2014 from 7:15 pm to 8:00 pm in room 1A14

This special event will also include the world premiere of a new extended Terraformars trailer, and a free giveaway for all attendees. A short panel presentation by Crunchyroll will follow the screening. The New York Comic Con will be held at the Javits Center from October 9-12. Please consult the New York Comic Con website at www.newyorkcomiccon.com for more information.

Based on the manga series written by Yu Sasuga and illustrated by Kenichi Tachibana, Terraformars makes its anime debut as a startling work of science fiction and adventure. With Earth becoming increasingly overpopulated, an ambitious plan has been put into place to terraform Mars using mold and cockroaches. Nearly 500 years after the plan, a mission to Mars, Annex 1, is under way to accomplish crucial research into the Virus currently plaguing mankind with the crew members who’ve been injected with various DNA of life on Earth in order to combat the Terraformars, giant humanoid cockroaches.

CRUNCHYROLL LAUNCHES “CRUNCHYROLL MANGA” DIGITAL COMIC PLATFORM

October 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

ATTACK ON TITAN, FAIRY TAIL, and SPACE BROTHERS among the titles to be simultaneously published with Japan release to readers in 170 countries

San Francisco, Calif. (October 30, 2013) – Crunchyroll, Inc., the leading anime and Asian drama streaming video service, announces the official launch of its digital comic service. The Crunchyroll Manga service is accessible online at http://www.crunchyroll.com/manga, with iOS and Android applications to be released today.

Starting today, both free and premium members can enjoy an exclusive selection of the latest and most popular manga on Crunchyroll at the same time it is released to newsstands in Japan, beginning with 12 titles licensed from Kodansha, the largest publisher in Japan.

The manga available at launch include hits such as ATTACK ON TITAN, FAIRY TAIL, MYSTERIOUS GIRLFRIEND X, SPACE BROTHERS, UQ HOLDER!, A TOWN WHERE YOU LIVE, YAMADA-KUN AND THE SEVEN WITCHES, MY WIFE IS WAGATSUMA-SAN, and COPPELION.

Kodansha’s Executive Director of International Business, Osamu Yoshiba, says of the launch of Crunchyroll Manga, “We are very excited for readers worldwide to have access to our manga faster and more conveniently than ever before.”

Crunchyroll Manga will simultaneously publish (“simulpub”) the latest issues at the same time as these issues are released in Japan, meaning that readers will be able to follow their favorite stories with no time delay. All simulpub chapters will be available to both free and premium users in approximately 170 countries localized in English initially.  The service offers a selection of catalog volumes at launch with more to be added weekly after launch.

The latest simulpub chapters of each manga title will be available for free with limited advertisements at the same time as Japan release. Additionally, the Crunchyroll All-Access membership ($11.95 USD/month), which includes premium access to anime, drama, and discounts on merchandise, will also be able to access all Crunchyroll Manga content, including supplemental catalog, no ads and additional premium features. A manga-only premium membership is also available ($4.95 USD/month) with access to all Crunchyroll Manga content including supplemental catalog, no ads, and additional premium features.

Crunchyroll’s CEO, Kun Gao, says of the launch of Crunchyroll Manga, “We are truly excited to bring manga to all Crunchyroll viewers. We hope to give our users the fastest access to some of the most popular manga properties in Japan across a wide range of platforms. With a large variety of content from different genres, we hope that fans who currently enjoy Crunchyroll’s anime and Asian drama content will also find new manga titles to enjoy. We look forward to working with more publishers to bring all of Japan’s manga titles to the worldwide audience as soon as they hit newsstands in Japan.

More information about Crunchyroll’s membership plans can be found at: http://www.crunchyroll.com/freetrial.

About Crunchyroll, Inc.

Crunchyroll is a leading global destination and platform for Japanese anime and Asian content. Through applications like Crunchyroll for iPhone, iPad, Android, Xbox LIVE®, Apple TV ®, Internet-enabled TVs, set-top boxes, affiliate websites and its own streaming website, Crunchyroll delivers over 25,000 episodes and 15,000 hours of officially-licensed content from leading Asian media producers direct to viewers translated professionally in multiple languages within minutes of TV broadcast.

Crunchyroll has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Tokyo, and is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and Licensing International Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA). Officially launched in 2009, Crunchyroll is funded by leading venture capital firm, Venrock, Japanese entertainment giant TV TOKYO, and a group of angel investors representing some of the brightest and most successful entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. More information can be found at http://www.crunchyroll.com.

TWIN ANGEL: TWINKLE PARADISE WILL SHINE ON CRUNCHYROLL

July 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Female-crime-fighting duo takes on the world as Twin Angel

San Francisco, Calif. (July 8, 2011) – Crunchyroll, Inc. continues its title acquisition trend with the streaming of Yoshiaki Iwasaki’s directorial piece: TWIN ANGEL: TWINKLE PARADISE, which will air every Friday starting on July 11 at 10:30 am PST for premium and free members. More information can be found on www.crunchyroll.com/twinangel .
TWIN ANGEL: TWINKLE PARADISE will be available in the following territories: North and South America, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Africa and the Middle East.

Crunchyroll Brand Manager Michelle Hwang said, “We see a lot of male protagonists and heroes, however we rarely see a female fighting duo. With TWIN ANGEL: TWINKLE PARADISE, I know that it will mix things up this summer and show the shonen crowd the shojo team can put up an equally powerful fight.”

“Haruka Minazuki and Aoi Kannazuki are not your ordinary high school freshman. While during the day they are active in school activities and studying hard, outside of that they fight the forces of evil and injustice, as the Twin Angel team!”
Episodes can be accessed from Crunchyroll.com, the free iPad and iPhone application, the Android application, Roku, Boxee, Vizio VIA, WD TV Live and additional set-top channels, and affiliate partners.

Crunchyroll premium members will have access to the largest anime and drama selection, same-day access for simulcasted titles, no advertisements and can be viewed in 480p-to-720p quality on selected titles. More information about the Crunchyroll membership plan can be found at: http://www.crunchyroll.com/freetrial/

About Crunchyroll, Inc.

Crunchyroll is a leading global video network and developer of social media applications for Japanese anime and Asian media. Through applications like Crunchyroll for iPhone, iPad, Android, TV set-top boxes, affiliate websites and its own streaming website, Crunchyroll delivers officially-licensed content from leading Asian media producers directly to consumers.

Crunchyroll has offices in San Francisco, Calif. and Tokyo, Japan, and is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and Licensing International Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA). Founded in 2006, Crunchyroll is funded by leading venture capital firm, Venrock, Japanese entertainment giant TV TOKYO, digital publishing leader Bitway and a group of angel investors representing some of the brightest and most successful entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. More information can be found at http://www.crunchyroll.com.

CRUNCHYROLL PROVIDES PROMOTIONAL SNEAK PEEK OF TOKYOPOP’S PRINCESS AI: ENCOUNTERS

September 15, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

San Francisco, CA (September 15, 2008) – Online media distributor leader
Crunchyroll will host a promotional sneak peek of the latest edition of
TOKYOPOP¹s celebrated Princess Ai manga franchise, co-created by DJ Milky
and rock star Courtney Love. In a groundbreaking move, the Princess Ai:
Encounters volume will be available in its entirety for two (2) entire weeks
(September 16-30, 2008) FOR FREE for fans!  More information can be found on
the website www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com> .

TOKYOPOP Senior Vice President Mike Kiley states that ³this opportunity to
promote our titles to the Crunchyroll community is an exciting new way for
us to branch out and extend our reach to a much wider audience that we hope
will enjoy getting into the Princess Ai experience.²

Princess Ai: Encounters (ISBN: 1-4278-1310-8; EAN: 978-1-4278-1310-7; MSRP:
$9.99) features a Œmixtape¹ approach to the TOKYOPOP universe. ³The volume
showcases the incredible diversity of writers and artists that we work with
by allowing them to mash up their characters with Princess Ai and her
friends,² Kiley reports. Whether Ai is rocking out with Ein from A Midnight
Opera, playing at the high school prom for the cast of Rhysmyth, or visiting
Pamela at The Tarot Cafe to solve a mystery, TOKYOPOP¹s beloved rock
sensation shows up in some very cool new surroundings.

About Crunchyroll
Headquartered in San Francisco, California ­ Crunchyroll is hailed as a
leading online entertainment brand with the largest international online
community and destination focused on Asian entertainment including anime,
drama, music in addition to electronic entertainment and auto content.
Crunchyroll¹s distribution channel and partnership program delivers content
to over four million passionate fans worldwide. Crunchyroll is funded by the
premiere group Venrock.  More information can be found at its website
http://www.crunchyroll.com.

About TOKYOPOP
TOKYOPOP is hailed as a leading youth-oriented entertainment brand and an
innovator of manga creation, with a revolutionary artistic vision that
transcends countless platforms. From the introduction of the first-ever
extensive manga publishing program in North America, to the development of
its manga-originated intellectual properties into film, television and
digital entertainment, TOKYOPOP has changed the way teens experience pop
culture. The company¹s global reach has expanded to Europe and Asia, with
recent offices opening in the UK and Germany and upcoming partnerships in
Australia and China, in addition to its original Los Angeles and Tokyo
operations. With millions of fans logging onto the new social networking
site www.TOKYOPOP.com <http://www.TOKYOPOP.com> , reading its books, which
are licensed in 41 countries in more than 20 languages, and watching its
DVDs and television programs, TOKYOPOP¹s award-winning catalogue of licensed
and original properties has made the company a visionary in an ever-growing
teen entertainment marketplace. Visit www.TOKYOPOP.com  for additional
information.

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