VIZ at NYCC – Panels, Exclusives and Schedule

VIZ has tons planned for Anime and Manga fans at NYCC this year, bringing Takeshi Obata from Japan to help promote Weekly Shonen Jump and take part in panels and signings during the convention. Those unfamiliar with the name might be able to better associate him to series he’s laid art for including Death Note, Bakuman, Hikaru No Go, All You Need is Kill and RALΩGRAD.

There will also be convention exclusives to keep collectors happy with pre-street copies of All You Need is Kill, Resident Evil and Kiss of the Rose Princess. Could that be all though? Oh no, Princess Mononoke The First Story is also gracing the show in hardcover from Studio Ghibli with watercolor art from Miyazaki.

If books aren’t yoru think there’s a pre-order for the upcoming set for Sailor Moon ahead of the release, those who do pre-order get a special Sailor Moon collectable coin as a free gift for ordering at NYCC. Other media at the event will include recent Blu-Ray and DVD releases.

For gear they’ve brought in NYCC Sailor Moon shirts and replica Bleach sword umbrellas with Ichigo and Rukia hilt variations. They’ll also have their first licensed Doraemon products with some limited One Piece and Naruto replica prints and other goods.

Finally they have the panel schedule, event plans and video room details for NYCC 2014 below.

VIZ Media New York Comic Con Panels:




Thursday October 9th




3:15PM – 4:00PM         Panel: VIZ MEDIA PANEL (Room 1A14)



Join VIZ Media and pull back the curtain on favorite manga and anime series. Be among the first to hear about upcoming releases and new acquisitions and throw questions at staff and grab FREE manga prizes while supplies last!





                                      (Room 1A14)



Join the editors of VIZ Media’s WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and editors from Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine to welcome Takeshi Obata for an enlightening personal discussion on what’s new and what’s next for the long-running manga anthology which launched best-selling titles such as NARUTO, BLEACH, ONE PIECE, DRAGON BALL as well as Obata’s BAKUMAN。and DEATH NOTE series.




Friday October 10th




2:00PM – 2:45PM         Panel: VOLTRON: A 30TH ANNIVERSARY




In 1984, Voltron: Defender of the Universe hit the TV, and the world of giant robots has never been the same. In honor of Voltron’s 30th anniversary, join the staff of VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint for a very special peek behind the curtain at this cultural phenomenon with special guests, new product announcements and much, much more!




5:00PM – 5:45PM         Panel: WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP PRESENTS



Join VIZ Media and the staff of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP to welcome very special guest Takeshi Obata and his editor Koji Yoshida for a conversation about Obata’s beginnings as an artist, his extensive history working in the manga industryand the creative process behind his works. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity!




Saturday October 11th




4:15PM – 5:00PM         Panel: OFFICAL SAILOR MOON PANEL

                                      (Room 1A14)



Come on a journey with the legendary Guardian of love and justice, Sailor Moon! Members of the VIZ Media SAILOR MOON animation team will talk about the impact of this beloved anime series, show footage from the re-mastered episodes and celebrate the long-awaited return of Usagi and her friends!





Scheduled Booth Activities:


The VIZ Media booth will buzz with continual activity throughout New York Comic Con with a host of fun in-booth games and activities.




  • VIZ Media Prize Wheel of Destiny: Take a spin for a chance to win a surprise goodie like t-shirts, posters, stickers and more! While supplies last.
  • DORAEMON Meet & Greet: Drop by for a photo op with everyone’s favorite big blue cat-type robot from the future!
  • SAILOR MOON PHOTO SESSION: Meet Guardian Sailor Moon (official cosplayer) and bring your own camera/phone and take your own “Sailor Selfie”!
  • VOLTRON Mascot Appearance: Become a Defender of the Universe with an official photo.
  • VIZ Media /WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Newsletter Sign-Up: Receive the latest digital news about your favorite anime and manga titles and get a free Takeshi Obata full-color poster!

Convention goers should check the daily master schedule for a complete listing of that day’s confirmed in-booth activities.




VIZ Media New York Comic Con Anime Screenings:


Catch some of VIZ Media’s hottest and newest anime titles with special premieres happening throughout the New York Comic Con. Don’t miss special presentations of NARUTO THE MOVIE: ROAD TO NINJA, SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL & SAILOR MOON (Original Series), BLOOD LAD, RANMA ½, GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET, and TIGER & BUNNY THE MOVIE: THE RISING.


VIZ Manga begins their End of Summer Sale

Everyone seems to be in the middle of a summer sale right now, today VIZ Manga has announced their End of Summer digital manga sale. From now through August 20th the company will blow out digital releases for up to 20% off on all volumes available through the digital platform including titles listed through and the VIZ Manga app.

What does all this madness mean!?!? – Over 80 different series just went on sale for up to 20% off and many of them average about 4.99 before the discount. So you can get caught up on BLEACH, Blue Exorcist, Honey and Clover and more.

For those who haven’t heard, Volume 8 of Blue Exorcist is also in the sale and this digital version is ready 3 months ahead of the print debut. Snatch it up for your collection right now if you wish.

Link: VIZ Manga super sale of the Summer!

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Dark Horse announces a Richardson & Sakai partnership for 47 Ronin

Mike Richardson president of Dark Horse and Stan Sakai the decorated Eisner Award vet are partnering up for 47 Ronin to tell the legendary tale in a new twist. The tale plans to follow the Samurai of Daimyo, a feudal lord who took his own life in seppuku and set these Samurai to avenge his death.

It’s not a project that came on a whim though, Richardson has been at work trying to put together just the right team for this venture and it’s now official. Although it’s a nice twist to see that after all of his travels his ideal setup was already in his home at Dark Horse.

 “I’ve been fascinated with this story from the earliest days of Dark Horse, visiting the significant locations and doing research during my trips to Japan. For years I’ve been looking for just the right artist and it finally dawned on me that he was right here at Dark Horse,” said Mike Richardson. “Stan Sakai is a master storyteller who knows the material, and his artistic interpretation is perfect for the story. What’s more, my friend, legendary manga writer Kazuo Koike (Lone Wolf and Cub), has served as editorial consultant for the project.”

The project plans to go deep into the roots of the era with Stan Sakai even looking to mirror the stylized artwork from the woodblock prints that were so popular in the time, the use of it will be a huge compliment to the story told through the book. Sakai is confident in the project though as noted below.

 “I have known the 47 Ronin story about all my life, and I paid a pilgrimage to their gravesite when I was in Japan in 2009. This is a significant event in Japanese history, and when Mike asked me to illustrate the story I jumped at the chance. I’m known for the research I do, but I was amazed at the research and knowledge Mike already had. I’m having a blast with this,” said Stan Sakai.

The story and art are already in progress and Dark Horse is aiming to have the series kick off in November 2012. Given the enthusiasm there’s no doubt we’ll see more about this project as it comes along.

Dark Horse Comics brings a Manga contest to the masses

It’s time to break out those drawing tablets, sketch pads or anything else you can muster as Dark Horse Comics is bringing a manga contest to the masses. To celebrate the FLCL Omnibus they’re opening the gates to have manga and comic fans to draw their own 2-4 page story inspired by manga in some form (characters,series,styles). It also has to include Dark Horse in some way but it can be simple to include history, logos or just as a subject.

Grand Prize!

  • 7′ Cardcaptor Sakura Banner
  • Blood Blockade Battlefront Vol. 1
  • Gate 7 Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
  • Cardcaptor Sakura Book 3
  • Magic Knight Rayearth 2
  • The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Vol. 11
  • MPD Psycho Vol. 10
  • Oh My Goddess Vol. 14 & 16
  • Berserk Vol. 33
  • Evangelion 1.11 – You are (Not) Alone Blu-ray
  • Afro Samurai Resurrection – Special Edition Director’s Cut Blu-ray
  • Carl Horn – Dark Horse Manga Editor
Check out the Dark Horse Blog for more information and get to work on those entries!

Link: Dark Horse Blog

Bandai Entertainment exits the publishing realm

In the past decade we’ve seen the fall of many anime groups, today Bandai Entertainment joins the ranks of the fallen as they plan to exit the Anime and Manga realm at the end of this month. The focus will cause the company to stop releasing new titles on DVD/Blu-ray and Manga formats and instead look toward digital distribution networks, broadcasting and merchandise efforts.

As  a result we’ll see the following titles cancelled.

  • Turn-A-Gundam
  • Nichijou
  • Gosick
  • Kannagi 4-6
  • Code Geass: Renya
  • Gurren Lagann Vol. 7
  • Gundam 001
  • Lucky Star Boo Boo Kagaboo
  • Nichijou Manga
  • Code Geass R2 Novels
  • Tales of the Abyss : Jade 1 & 2

Also expect to see the Twitter and Facebook groups for Bandai Entertainment closing up shop soon as well. Word is the Current Amazon storefront for Bandai will continue to operate during this time of transition. For those worried about their gaming experience, no word has landed on Namco Bandai being impacted by this change at this point.

MangaGamer brings a Higurashi sale

With the final chapter of the Higurashi series on the way, MangaGamer is striving to bring everyone into the story with a huge sale. From July 15th to July 23rd the current game and all expansions will be on sale.

Here’s the price breakdown:

Higurashi When They Cry – $30.03 (Originally $46.33)
Higurashi When They Cry Kai Meakashi – $18.75 (Originally $25.02)
Higurashi When They Cry Kai Tsumihoroboshi – $18.75 (Originally $25.02)
Higurashi When They Cry Kai Minagoroshi – $18.75 (Originally $25.02)

Give it a go and try your hand at solving the murder mysteries of Hinamizawa. – MangaGamer

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Higurashi: When They Cry Kai: Matsuribayashi coming soon

MangaGamer has developed quite a reputation in the bishojo market, bringing english translations to the masses for many imports that would often rely on fan translations or guides. On July 15th the group plans to release the 8th and final chapter in the Higurashi series for direct download on

From MangaGamer

Title: Higurashi: When They Cry Kai: Matsuribayashi
Manufacturer: 07th Expansion
Genre: Adventure
Price: $25.22 / €19.95
OS: Windows XP(32bit), Windows Vista(32bit)
Text Language: English
Voice Language: No Voice
Age Rating: All Ages

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SDCC 2010 is coming

For those unaware, Comic-Con 2010 is about to arrive, each year the show packs endless interviews /panels and showings from the Comic / Animation / Film / Television industries and more. It’s a showcase for many fan related medias and we’re proud to be there again to dish the latest dirt.

Also it helps to shoot a ton of cool pictures for everyone to see. 😀

SDCC 2009 Gallery 1

SDCC 2009 Gallery 2

Just a taste of what was in store last year when time was a factor and I was running double time. This year should pack a different flavor with actual reports from what goes on over the course of the 5 day event (Wednesday – Sunday).

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Raw cosplay gallery 2 – Anime Expo 2010

Back one last time with another fill of AX 2010 shots, I was only able to attend 2 days so I missed the major gathering days :/

Any thoughts from those wandering around about the show this year? Smaller or reduced exhibit hall, less emphasis on the manga / anime talent from overseas and a bigger focus on the J-Culture as a whole? It’s been a different year for sure, the new management team certainly tried to push out a different approach to the convention.

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Camilla d’Errico bringing STITCH to Anime Expo 2010

Vinyl toys have erupted into the mainstream, artists from all over flock to the medium to develop their latest expressions. Camilla d’Errico has a special twist in store for collectors at Anime Expo 2010 this year by bringing reserve collection STITCH figures to the show. Using a blend of Manga and intense pop color the figure will become a booth vendor treasure, for those with early access exhibit hall passes it should not be a problem securing at least one figure.

For those unfamiliar with the work of d’Errico check out the images below.