Viz Media Sets Manga Monday Sales For May (PR)

Viz Media Sets Manga Monday Sales For May (PR) VIZ MEDIA OFFERS 40% OFF ON SELECT VOLUME 1 DIGITAL MANGA TITLES EVERY MONDAY IN MAY ON VIZMANGA.COM AND VIZ MANGA APP FOR iPAD, iPHONE AND iPOD TOUCH

Latest Digital Update For The First-Half Of May Also Features The Launch Of HIGH SCHOOL DEBUT, MISTRESS FORTUNE, SEIHO BOYS HIGH SCHOOL And EXCEL SAGA

Manga publisher VIZ Media encourages fans across North America to visit VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch every Monday throughout the first-half of May to take advantage of a special 40% off discount on select Volume 1 digital titles (Reg. MSRP: $4.99, Sale Price: $2.99). Five different opening volumes from various manga series will be offered each week, from the hit debuts of BLEACH and BAKUMAN。, to the non-stop action of DRAGON BALL Z and psychological tension of DEATH NOTE, to the romance of BLACK BIRD and DENGEKI DAISY.

Discount Manga Titles for May 7th Include:

  1. BAKUMAN。 Vol. 1 ·Rated ‘T’ for Teens
  2. DEATH NOTE Vol. 1 ·Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
  3. DRAGON BALL Z Vol. 1 ·Rated ‘A’ for All Ages
  4. ROSARIO + VAMPIRE II Vol. 1 ·Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
  5. TORIKO Vol. 1 ·Rated ‘T’ for Teens

Discount Manga Titles for May 14th Include:

  1. ABSOLUTE BOYFRIEND Vol. 1 ·Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
  2. ARATA: THE LEGEND Vol. 1 ·Rated ‘T’ for Teens
  3. BLACK BIRD Vol. 1 ·Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
  4. DENGEKI DAISY Vol. 1 ·Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
  5. HYDE & CLOSER Vol. 1 ·Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens

VIZ Media also delivers a substantial digital manga update during the first-half of May with the announcement of the launch of 4 new series. The new series include the romantic shojo fun of MISTRESS FORTUNE, HIGH SCHOOL DEBUT, and SEIHO BOYS HIGH SCHOOL, as well as the zany sci-fi comedy action of EXCEL SAGA.

The VIZ MANGA APP is available for free through the iTunes Store and all manga volumes are generally available for purchase and download in the U.S. and Canada within the application for $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) per volume. More than 55 series and 500+ volumes are currently available for download.

MISTRESS FORTUNE · by Arina Tanemura ·Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·

Available May 7th

Fourteen-year-old Kisaki Tachibana has psychic powers. She works for PSI, a secret government agency that fights aliens. She’s in love with her partner Giniro, but PSI won’t allow operatives to get involved. Just when Kisaki thinks she may be getting closer to Giniro, she finds out she’s going to be transferred to California!

HIGH SCHOOL DEBUT Vol. 1 · by Kazune Kawahara ·Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·

Available May 14th

Hapless Haruna needs help finding a boyfriend! After failing to win the eye of any guy in high school, Haruna enlists the help of cute upperclassman Yoh to coach her on how to make herself more appealing to the male species. Yoh agrees, with one catch: Haruna had better not fall for him!

SEIHO BOYS HIGH SCHOOL Vol. 1 · by Kaeneyoshi Izumi ·

Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Available May 14th

Remote, lonely and surrounded by the ocean – this isn’t Alcatraz we’re talking about – it’s Seiho Boys’ High School, where the student body is rife with sexually frustrated hunks! How can these young men get girlfriends when they’re stuck in the middle of nowhere? These are the stories of the students of Seiho High and the trouble they get into as they awkwardly pursue all girls who cross their paths.

EXCEL SAGA Vol. 1 · by Rikdo Koshi ·Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·

Available May 14th

Question: What happens when you try to act like an anime character in real life? Answer: EXCEL SAGA. Two groups of neighbors in an apartment building lead secret lives. One thinks they’re trying to take over the city of Fukuoka. The other thinks they’re trying to defend it. Only their bosses, would-be conqueror Lord Il Palazzo and obsessed bureaucrat Dr. Kabapu, know the truth behind this increasingly dangerous private game. Too bad neither lets their underlings in on it!

VIZ Media’s multiple digital manga platforms allow for universal access to read manga from an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and now, on VIZManga.com for desktop/laptop PC-enabled computers as well as Android-powered devices with built-in web browsers. The free VIZ Manga App is the top application for reading manga and features a rapidly growing library of the most popular manga series in the world. For more information, please visit VIZManga.com or http://www.VIZ.com/apps .

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‘Norn9′ Anime Reveals Premiere Season, Additional Casting

‘Norn9′ Anime Reveals Premiere Season, Additional Casting While no firm date or networks have been revealed, the official site for Norn9: Norn+Nonet has announced that the show will be a part of the Winter 2016 anime season in January. Originally announced in March 2014 as getting the green light, we’ve had some casting previously and a good key visual to highlight the project. Now we’ve got some additional casting revealed as well. The series is from the game that came from Otomate which was released by Idea Factory back in 2013. The series is set to be directed by Takao Abo with series composition by Natsuko Takahashi. Yukari Takeuchi is taking on the duties of chief animation director and character designer. It’s being animated at Kinema Citrus x Orange.

Newly announced are:

  • Atsushi Abe as Sorata Suzuhara
  • Mitsuhiro Ichiki as Setsu Takishima
  • Kenji Hamada as Shiro Yuiga
  • Nagi Yanagi as Aion

The previously announced cast for it includes:

  • Koharu: Ayumi Fujimura (Ao no Exorcist)
  • Kakeru Yuiga: Yuuki Kaji (Nanatsu no Taizai)
  • Senri Ichinose: Hiro Shimono (Diamond no Ace)
  • Masamune Toya: Takuya Satou (Cardfight Vanguard)
  • Mikoto Kuga: Ayahi Takagaki (Akatsuki no Yona)
  • Natsuhiko Azuma: Daisuke Ono (Working!!!)
  • Sakuya Nijo: Mitsuki Saiga (Genshiken)
  • Itsuki Kagami: Kouji Yusa (Arcana Famiglia)
  • Nanami Shiranui: Asami Seto (Chihayafuru)
  • Akito Syukuri: Noriaki Sugiyama (Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (TV))
  • Ron Muroboshi: Tomokazu Sugita (Gintama)
  • Heishi Otomaru: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Sket Dance)

Plot concept: The story takes place a little in the future. Guided by one particular song, young elementary school student Suzuhara Sorata, from the Heisei Era, is warped through a time skip to an unfamiliar place that looks much like the towns from the Meiji or Taishou period from his textbooks. In this world, he meets three young ladies and nine young men and joins them on a journey aboard the mysterious Norn ship, a giant globe that floats in midair.

[Source: ANN ]

Diabolik Lovers Episode #05 Anime Review

Diabolik Lovers Episode #05 Anime Review

Diabolik Lovers Episode 5

And further down into despair Yui goes.

What They Say:
Kanato finds Yui in the rose garden as she tries to sort out the new information about who betrayed her and gave her up as a sacrifice. He beckons her to follow him so he may show off a graveyard containing the grave of his mother. Assuming he would like some time alone, Yui attempts to leave which only infuriates Kanato with misplaced anger. Reeling from this experience, Yui wanders through the estate, and becomes worried when she hears groans coming from Reiji’s room. Much to her folly, she enters the room to see if he needs help

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Yui’s descent into darkness continues to be intriguing to watch as we got some hints in the previous episode about what’s going on when it comes to the boys apparent father. Spending most of the episode with a couple of the guys toying with her in different ways follows some of the structure of what’s been established, but it allowed two very different types of young men to have their time with her, though it had an obvious focus on one more than the other. But in the end, it’s still all about Yui as she copes with what they bring to the table with her and seeing her reactions and attempts to hold firm against it has definitely bee interesting to watch.

Kanato had his part in the previous episode, but he was passed over as it went on, which was frustrating as I wanted to see more of him. He obviously has a particular look because of his youthful appearance and the teddy bear, but also because of the childish temper tantrums that he throws. That comes out here again as he pushes and pushes against Yui as she attempts to work in the rose garden, but his frustrations are what dominates here. He’s cruel in the way a child is, but swings back to calm and calculated in a way that’s just as disturbing to watch. While the other boys have a particular style about them as well, they also feel like they’re a little more knowledgeable about the real world. When Kanato goes to have a good bit off of her, he realizes that she requires a kiss before being rough with her, which is just creepy and alluring at the same time.

While Kanato gets to have some good screen time here, we also get some very interesting moments with Reiji later on when Yui makes her way back inside and ends up, in her own way, disturbing him. He’s been the most understanding of her situation overall, but that’s not saying a whole lot. So when pushed, we see that he’s just the same as the others, especially since she has such a particular taste that has drawn pretty much all the other young men in the house to her already. He’s not exactly more respectful here, but he’s less cruel and demeaning than the others are, at least until she starts to push back. Of all the ones she’s had to deal with, it’s amusing that the one that is in his own way trying to be nice is the one that gets her attempt at fighting back against.

In Summary:
Though we don’t get much in the way of new revelations here, there are a few teases that draw us in more and more, especially with Reiji. The focus on him and Kanato works well in giving us contrasts as to who they are while dealing with the same thing, i.e. Yui. She’s continuing to cope as best as she can but there’s not much in the way of hope for her, even if Reiji seems like he might stand and buck the trend a bit. Kanato is the winner here for me as he gets to be truly creepy and disturbing with his style of feeding on Yui, though Reiji isn’t that far behind since he takes a very different approach than most of the others. The series continues to feel like it’s playing by the script in a predictable way most of the time, but there’s still that edge of a feeling that there’s a twist on its way.

Grade: B+

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Sony KDL70R550A 70″ LED 1080P HDTV, Apple TV via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

Crunchyroll Adds ‘Urawa no Usagi-chan’ For Spring 2015 Anime Lineup

Crunchyroll Adds ‘Urawa no Usagi-chan’ For Spring 2015 Anime Lineup Add another series to the spring 2015 lineup from Crunchyroll as the company has picked up the streaming rights for Urawa no Usagi-chan, a new five minute episode series. THe show is set to debut on April 9th, 2015 at 1:30pm ET for premium members and a week later for free members. Availability is strong as it’s open to members worldwide outside of Asia.

The series is directed by Mitsuyuki Ishibashi based on series composition by Yuuichirou Hahamura and character designs by Shintarou Matsushima. It’s being animated at A-Real and is an original work that’s not based on a pre-existing property.

The cast includes Asami Seto as Usagi Takasago, Hisako Tojo as Midori Saido, Keiko Watanabe as Minami Oyaba, Miyu Kubota as Kojika Bessho, Nao Tamura as Misono Mimuro, Rumi Ookubo as Saiko Numakage, Satomi Akesaka Tokiwa Kamikizaki, and Yo Taichi as Sakura Tajima.

Plot concept: Urawa no Usagi-chan features 8 anthropomorphic girls representing the stations in Saitama prefecture, that all have “urawa” in their names. To keep with the local spirit, all of the voice actresses for the show are from Saitama as well. Urawa no Usagi-chan focuses on the daily lives of these 8 high school girls.

Project-H Books Acquires ‘Nametate Apple Pie’ Hentai Manga License

Project-H Books Acquires ‘Nametate Apple Pie’ Hentai Manga License Project-H Books has announced a new license to add to their growing line of books with Ashita Morimi’s title Nametate Apple Pie, which was originally compiled for release in Japan in 2012. The book, which is yet to have an official English language title, is more of the slapstick style comedy and is set for both print and digital availability when it debuts in January 2015.

It’s a hilarious slapstick oneshot comedy. From the cover, it looks like a yuri manga .. but it’s not. There’s lots of tongue action, from start to finish. It’s some-what censored but most are cleverly hidden behind speech bubbles and artistic-sfx’s. If you are looking for a BUWAHAHAHA kind of manga- this is for you! We’ll see you in January 2015!

Plot concept: *Schliiiick*Schliiiiiick* His name is Kaito. He’s a name-shi 舐師 (a tongue therapy master) His profession is to lick. What does he lick, you ask? He licks and licks girls’ body parts. His tongue stimulates girls’ body and corrects postures and gives beautiful shiny skin! *pika!* Yeah- who needs an acupuncturist!? Every idol begs to be licked by Kaito. But wait- when he re-unites with his childhood crush.. could he be one lick away from mixing business with pleasure…!? Hmm…

PR: Sentai Filmworks Announces License Of ‘Ro-Kyu-Bu Fast Break!’

PR: Sentai Filmworks Announces License Of ‘Ro-Kyu-Bu Fast Break!’ Sentai Filmworks today launches a full court press on the anime marketplace with the announcement of their acquisition of the red hot new girls’ basketball series RO-KYU-BU FAST BREAK! Based on the hitseries of seven light novel written by Sagu Aoyama and illustrated by Tinkle, as well as the twin manga series illustrated by Yūki Takami and Futaba Miwa, respectively, the 12 episode series is directed by Keizo Kusakawa (Sekirei, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s,) with character designs by Takayuki Noguchi (Queen’s Blade, Papillon Rose) and script supervision by Michiko Itō (Special A.)

Talk about games being called unexpectedly!  Hasegawa Subaru joined the basketball club at Nanashiba High, only to have his hopes dashed when the teams’ play is suspended after the captain is suspected of having inappropriate feelings for the coach’s underage daughter.  Blindsided and blocked by bad luck, Subaru expectedly finds an opening for his talent with the hoops when his aunt asks him to take on the task of coaching a young girls’ basketball club – a Ro-Kyu-Bu.  But can a superstar wannabe find true satisfaction while playing sixth man to a team of five girls?  Get your scorecards ready and find out in RO-KYU-BU FAST BREAK!

Digital distribution of RO-KYU-BU FAST BREAK! will begin through The Anime Network on Wednesday, July 27 with a video release of the 12 episodes on English subtitled DVD to follow next year.

About Sentai Filmworks:

Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, including hit series like Highschool of the Dead, Guin Saga, Needless, Canaan and Angel Beats.  Sentai Filmworks programs can be found on home video distributed by Ingram Entertainment, Baker & Taylor, Section23Films, The Right Stuf and other good and fine distributors.  Digital product offerings may be found at iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Zune Marketplace, Anime Network, Playstation Network and YouTube.

‘The Ambition Of Oda Nobuna’ Dub Begins Streaming On The Anime Network

‘The Ambition Of Oda Nobuna’ Dub Begins Streaming On The Anime Network Sentai Filmworks released The Ambition of Oda Nobuna back in December 2014, and while we’ve had streaming access for the Japanese language version with English subtitles for a bit, the English dubbed version is now showing up. The full twelve episode run is now available for subscribers on The Anime Network to check out and enjoy. The series has a pretty sizable cast to it, which you can see below.

You can read our review of the series here .

The series was originally directed by Yuuji Kumazawa (Sunday Without God, The Irregular at Magic High School [Assosicate Director]) with series composition by Masashi Suzuki (Kanokon: The Girl Who Cried Fox, Koe De Oshigoto!), music by Yasuharu Takanashi (Fairy Tail, Smile Precure!) and animation production by Studio GOKUMI (A-Channel, Koe De Oshigoto!) x MADHOUSE (Death Note, High School of the Dead).

English Vocal Cast

Emily Neves as Oda Nobuna
Clint Bickham as Sagara Yoshiharu
Caitlynn French as Maeda Inuchiyo
Carli Mosier as Shibata Katsuie
Molly Searcy as Niwa Nagahide
Hilary Haag as Hachisuka Goemon
Tiffany Grant as Ikeda Tsuneoki
Kurt Bauer as Asano Mataemon
Allison Sumrall as Nene
Margaret McDonald as Matsudaira Motoyasu
Leraldo Anzaldua as Hattori Hanzo
Krystal LaPorte as Akechi Mitsuhide
Christopher Ayres as Kinoshita Toukichirou
Nancy Novotny as Imagawa Yoshimoto
Nick Landis as Tomizuka Motoshige
Scott Gibbs as Okazaki Tadami
Christopher Ayres as Saito Yoshitatsu
Nick Landis as Inaba Ittetsu
Rob Nash as Andou Morinari
Scott Frerichs as Ujiie Bokuzen
Luci Christian as Narration
Carl Mastserson as Saito Dousan
Shannon Emerick as Oda Nobukatsu
George Manley as Hayashi Michikatsu
Rob Mungle as Sakuma Nobumori
Allison Sumrall as Sassa Narimasa
Blake Shepard as Asai Nagamasa
Mike Yager as Akao Kiyotsuna
Andrew Love as Amenomori Yahyoue
Nick Landis as Maeno Nagayasu
George Manley as Yoriki no Hanshichi
Mike Yager as Yatsurugi Rokurota
Shannon Emerick as Tsuda Nobusumi
David Wald as Zenki
Brittney Karbowski as Takenaka Hanbe
Luci Chrisitan as Narration
Carl Masterson as Saito Dousan
Kurt Bauer as Asai Hisamasa
Shannon Emerick as Tsuda Nobukatsu
Margaret McDonald as Bontenmaru
Kasi Hollowell as Luis Frois
Luci Christian as Himiko
Rob Nash as Miyoshi Nagayasu
Scotty Fults as Tsuda Sokyu
Rob Mungle as Shoukakuin Gousei
Shelley Calene-Black as Matsunaga Hisahide
Mark X Laskowski as Konoe Sakihisa
Greg Ayres as Asakura Yoshikage
David Matranga as Imai Sokyu
Kasi Holowell as Luis Frois
Scott Gibbs as Miyoshi Masayasu
Andrew Love as Sugitani Zenjubo
Tiffany Grant as Mitsuhide’s Mother
Scott Gibbs as Mizoo Shoube
Allison Sumrall as Od’s Mother
Scott Frerichs as Takayama Dom Justo
Nick Landis as Konishi Joaquim
ClintBickham as Sagara Yoshiharu
Brittany Karbowski as Takenaka Hanbe
Alex Campbell as Akao Kiyotsuna
Nancy Novotny as Magara Naotaka
Tiffany Grant as Magara Naozumi
Scott Gibbs as Asakura Kagetake

Plot concept: Thrust into the past, the young and ambitious Sagara Yoshiharu longs to fulfill an old man’s last wish. Yoshiharu is a curious high schooler who suddenly finds himself making an important promise to a wise elder, Kinoshita Tokichiro, who has just been hit by a stray bullet. Before Tokichiro dies on the battlefield, he describes the glorious world of his dreams to Yoshiharu. His fantasy was to be surrounded by women and living in a giant castle. Luckily, in this version of the notorious Sengoku period where Yoshiharu finds himself, all of the important Samurai lords are cute girls who can help this dream come to life and satisfy those desires. In this world he meets a stunning young girl, Oda Nobuna. Strong-willed and beautiful Nobuna gives him the nickname “Monkey,” while he learns the ropes. During battle, it’s every man for himself, but what if the most impressive warriors are girls.