Archive for the ‘Anime’ Category

Movie Haiku

By Ezra Stead

Akira is the greatest animated film of all time. Let’s stray from the beaten path for awhile, shall we? Instead of a review in the usual format, today I’d like to offer up thoughts on over 25 films, mostly some of my favorites, but with a few that I love to hate thrown in for good measure. Only a few of these actually work as reviews; most are free-form poetic interpretations of the feelings they brought up in me. Some are just plain silly. At any rate, all are written in the form of the ancient Japanese art of haiku. For those who don’t know, that means five syllables in the first line, seven in the next, and another five in the last, preferably with some sort of twist in the last line or, failing that, at least a sense of poetry throughout. Almost all of these were written sometime in 2005, which explains why there are three inspired by Frank Miller’s Sin City, my favorite film that year. Let’s begin with a couple of actual Japanese films:


The net is vast and / infinite. Now that we two / have merged, where to go?
Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Tetsuo – not the / Iron Man, but a bike punk / transcends earthly life.
Akira (1988)  Read More

VIZ Manga App Adds Six Digital Titles for the iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch

Posted 22 Jun 2011 — by contributor
Category Anime, Essay

By Rachel Menendez

Daisuke Igarashi’s riveting manga series CHILDREN OF THE SEA is an intriguing aquatic adventure that also delivers a strong message about preserving the world’s oceans. Viz is making it even easier for you to keep up with your manga reading with the latest apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod released throughout June.

VIZ Media, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, will launch six new manga (graphic novel) series during June that will be offered for digital download within the Viz Manga App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

Scheduled to make their North American digital debuts in June are the shojo dramas of BACKSTAGE PRINCE and THE STORY OF SAIUNKOKU. More shojo fun follows on June 20th with the launch of DENGEKI DAISY and AI ORE!, along with the critically acclaimed CROSS GAME.

Finally, June 27th sees the debut of the lush and contemplative CHILDREN OF THE SEA. Updates to 22 other popular VIZ Media digital manga series are also scheduled. Read More

Download Takehiko Inoue Portraits for Japan Earthquake Recovery

Posted 21 May 2011 — by Nicole P
Category Anime, Essay

By Rachel Menendez Viz Media has just announced that Takehiko Inoue’s newest Smile series of illustrations is available for download on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad with all profits going towards the Japan Earthquake disaster relief.

Viz Media has just announced that Takehiko Inoue’s newest Smile series of illustrations is available for download on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad with all profits going towards the Japan Earthquake disaster relief.

The lifelike portraits were drawn by legendary manga creator in the days following the earthquake and tsunami are now available, with the cooperation of Viz Media, on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad in the US.

All VIZ Media proceeds from these purchases will be donated directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society to aid victims in the areas ravaged by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

Fans of manga can enjoy these breathtaking and touching illustrations on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. SMILE: PRAY FOR JAPAN Volume 1, contains Inoue’s illustrations numbered 34 through 100 and will be available for $9.99. Read More

VIZ Media Delivers Exciting Sports Action With Prince of Tennis Anime

Posted 16 May 2011 — by Nicole P
Category Anime, Essay, Film Industry News

By Rachel Menendez “The Prince of Tennis” is available from May 18 on Amazon Instant Video.

Viz Media seems to be on fire lately, with a number of great releases coming out of their headquarters. Next up out of the blocks is “The Prince of Tennis”, which is available from May 18 on Amazon Instant Video.

Season one of the sports anime hit, including episodes 1-13 is available for purchase at 1.99 each. The Prince of Tennis series is based on the smash hit manga (graphic novel) series created by Takeshi Konomi that has sold more than 30 million copies in Japan, and is also published exclusively in North America by VIZ Media (Rated ‘A’ for All Ages).

The dubbed series follows the on and off court adventures of Ryoma Echizen, the 12-year-old son of a famous tennis player and a prodigy in his own right. Looking to make a mark, he joins his junior high school tennis team, known as one of the most competitive in Japan. Read More

Naoki Urasawa’s Monster Is Unleashed On VIZAnime.Com

Posted 09 May 2011 — by Nicole P
Category Anime, Essay, Film Industry News

By Rachel MenendezNaoki Urasawa's Monster is unleashed on

Anime fans have yet another reason to log onto this week with the release of Naoki Urasawa’s animated series “Monster” on the website.

“Monster” is an anime crime thriller that is based on an acclaimed manga series and boasts political intrigue, conspiracy and murder aplenty. With suspense layered at every turn, this is a must see for all anime enthusiasts.

The series was launched uncut on May 6th, with episodes 1-15 available immediately for free. Each week there will be a further 15 episodes released for all you anime fans out there with the concluding episodes 61-74 streaming on June 3rd. In addition to being made available on, the episodes will also be made available on streaming content provider Read More

VIZ Media Announces Season Finale Of Nura: Rise Of The Yokai Clan

Posted 22 Dec 2010 — by Jason A. Hill
Category Animation, Anime, Film Industry News

By Jason A. Hill

NURA: RISE OF THE YOKAI CLAN Movies i didnt getVIZ Media has announced that the season one finale of the online streaming anime hit series NURA: RISE OF THE YOKAI CLAN will conclude on, the company’s premier website for anime, on December 27, 2010. Also announced is the manga (graphic novel) version of NURA: RISE OF THE YOKAI CLAN, which the anime is based upon. Created by Hiroshi Shiibashi, Vol. 1 will have its North American debut under the Shonen Jump imprint on February 1st 2011, is rated “T”™ for Teens and will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN.

While the day belongs to humans, the night belongs to yokai, supernatural creatures that thrive on human fear. Caught between these worlds is Rikuo Nura. He’s three-quarters human, but his grandfather is none other than Nurarihyon, the supreme commander of the Nura clan, a powerful yokai consortium. So, Rikuo is an ordinary teenager three quarters of the time, until his yokai blood awakens. Then he transforms into the future leader of the Nura clan, leading a hundred demons.

Hiroshi Shiibashi debuted in Japan in Business Jump magazine with the series, Aratama. NURA: RISE OF THE YOKAI CLAN is his breakout hit. He also worked as an assistant to manga artist, Hirohiko Araki, the creator of JOJO’s BIZARRE ADVENTURE (also published in North America by VIZ Media). Read More

VIZ Media Releases New Death Note: Black Edition

Posted 15 Dec 2010 — by Jason A. Hill
Category Animation, Anime, Film Industry News

By Jason A. Hill

death note black edition movies i didnt getNew Edition Of The Riveting Supernatural Crime Mystery Features A Larger Size And Added Full Color Pages

San Francisco, CA, December 13, 2010 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the release of DEATH NOTE BLACK EDITION, an oversized version of the acclaimed supernatural crime thriller. Volume 1 hits stores on December 28th and includes the first two editions of the popular manga (graphic novel) series as well as added full-color pages. The DEATH NOTE BLACK EDITION will be offered under the Shonen Jump Advanced imprint, is rated “T+”™ for Older Teens, and will retail for $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN.

Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects – and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal … or his life? Read More