VIZ Media Expands OverDrive Offerings With Over 48 New Digital Manga Titles

VIZ Media expands its relationship with the digital reading platform, OverDrive. An impressive collection of newly added digital manga titles by some of the genre’s most popular and renowned creators are now available at participating public and school libraries in the United States and Canada on the platform.

OverDrive is a leading digital reading platform, supplying the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, streaming video and periodicals to 36,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide, including 90 percent of all public libraries in the U.S.

New VIZ Media / OverDrive series debuts for January 2017 include a genre-spanning collection of more than 48 titles, comprising over 650 volumes. New January 2017 additions will enhance the roster of currently available fan-favorites such as Bleach, Death Note, Naruto, Hunter X Hunter and One Piece.

New VIZ Media /Overdrive manga series include:

  • Blue Exorcist
  • Dragon Ball
  • One-Punch Man
  • Tokyo Ghoul
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – Parts 1, 2 & 3
  • Rurouni Kenshin
  • My Love Story!!
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • and scores more

A comprehensive list of all VIZ Media manga titles now available on OverDrive may be viewed at: OverDrive.com/publishers/VIZMedia; additional manga titles will continue to be added throughout 2017.

“OverDrive is enjoyed by an extremely diverse demographic of readers of all ages and interests. VIZ Media’s manga selection offers each of them unique characters and compelling storylines with an industry-leading catalog for graphic novels. We look forward to continuing to work closely with OverDrive to cultivate and deliver some of the best manga content available,” says Kevin Hamric, Senior Director, Publishing Sales & Marketing, VIZ Media.

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: January 1-7, 2017

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of January 1-7, 2017, according to the New York Times.

1. One-Punch Man Volume 10 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 10 enters the list at number one.

2. The Ancient Magus’ Bride Volume 6 by Kore Yamazaki

Seven Seas Entertainment’s release of The Ancient Magus’ Bride Volume 6 enters the list at number two.

3. The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition Volume 1 by Akira Himekawa

VIZ Media’s release of The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition Volume 1 holds steady at number three in its 10th week on the list.

4. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 10 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 10 falls two spots to number four in its third week on the list.

5. Tomie: Complete Deluxe Edition by Junji Ito

VIZ Media’s release of Tomie: Complete Deluxe Edition falls one spot to number five in its third week on the list.

6. Blue Exorcist Volume 16 by Kazue Kato

VIZ Media’s release of Blue Exorcist Volume 16 enters the list at number six.

7. Attack on Titan Volume 20 by Hajime Isayama

Kodansha Comics’ release of Attack on Titan Volume 20 falls six spots to number seven in its second week on the list.

8. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 falls three spots to number eight in its 79th week on the list.

9. One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 1 holds steady at number nine in its 70th week on the list.

10. One-Punch Man Volume 9 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 9 re-enters at number ten in its seventh week on the list.

Source: The New York Times

Anime Producer Yoshihiro Nozaki Passes Away

Anime Yoshihiro Nozaki passed away on January 10, 2017 due to malignant lymphoma. He was 75 years old at the time of his passing.

Nozaki began his career at Mushi Production in 1963 as a production assistant, gathering production and reference materials during the production of such anime as Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Cleopatra, One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, and Moomin.

He also worked as a production manager on Star Blazers, and then found work in Sunrise productions such as Combattler V, Daimos, Voltes V, Armored Trooper Votoms, and Cyborg 009.

Nozaki founded the editing and visual design company Shindosha in 1981, and was the chairman of its board of directors up until his death.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Debuts Pokemon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 Manga Series

VIZ Media adds to its extensive Pokemon collection with the release of the Pokemon Adventures Black 2 & White 2 manga series, which is now available.

The series is written by Hidenori Kusaka with artwork by Satoshi Yamamoto, and is based on the best-selling Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 video games. The Pokemon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 manga series is rated “A” for All Ages and volumes will carry a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN each.

Pokemon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 delivers a brand new adventure featuring readers’ favorite Pokemon game characters that jump out of the screen and onto the pages of this latest action-packed manga series.

“Get ready for tons of action and fun new characters and Pokemon in this special three-volume story arc,” says Annette Roman, Editor. “New adventures of Pokemon Trainers Blake and Whitley continue in this exciting series set after the dramatic events of Pokemon Black & White. We know fans of all ages will not want to miss this fresh story arc set in a Pokemon Trainers’ School!”

Two years have passed since Team Plasma was defeated and Trainer Black was sucked into the Light Stone along with Legendary Pokemon Reshiram. Now Team Plasma is back to its wicked ways, controlling other people’s Pokemon and even wild Pokemon with technology. Luckily, a new young hero and Looker of the International Police are on their trail.

Colress, the new leader of Team Plasma, is attacking the Unova region. His machines control Pokemon, wielding their powers for evil instead of good. Fortunately, a way to jam the signals is stored on a memory card. But who has the card? A girl at the Pokemon Trainers’ School. Maybe that’s why our hero is such a flirt—he’s just doing his job gathering intel. But he’d better stop playing the field and find that card fast before someone beats him to it.

Pokemon is one of the most successful international entertainment franchises of all time. More than 279 million Pokemon video games and over 21.5 billion Pokemon 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 Pokemon home media releases including animated series and films and also publishes a variety of Pokemon manga graphic novel series including Pokemon Adventures, Pokemon Adventures: FireRed & LeafGreen, Pokemon Adventures: Emerald, Pokemon Adventures: Diamond & Pearl/Platinum, Pokemon Adventures: HeartGold & SoulSilver, Pokemon Adventures: Black & White, Pokemon X•Y, and Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire.

My Impressions of Anime I’ve Recently Watched: The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins is an anime series based on the manga by Nakaba Suzuki. The series aired on Japanese television from October 5, 2014-March 29, 2015. Netflix has acquired the license for the English release of the series, and streams The Seven Deadly Sins as a Netflix exclusive.

The Seven Deadly Sins is set in a medieval style world, specifically in a region known as Britannia. The Seven Deadly Sins is a band of knights that disbanded after being accused of plotting to overthrow the Liones Kingdom. Ten years have passed since the disbanding of the Seven Deadly Sins, and the Holy Knights have staged a coup, captured the king, and are now tyrannical rulers of the kingdom. Elizabeth, the third princess, embarks on a journey to find the Seven Deadly Sins so she can ask for their help to take back the kingdom.

Even though from the description it sounds like a completely serious show, it’s actually rather comedic in nature with drama mixed in. The comedic element is very apparent at the end of the first episode, when it’s revealed that a young looking and short guy is actually the leader of the Seven Deadly Sins. Of the six Deadly Sins that we meet in this series, several of them look completely different from what others would have expected of them. Hawk, a pig who accompanies Elizabeth and the Sins, also serves as a source of comedy.

But even with its mix of comedy and drama, The Seven Deadly Sins provides a compelling story with twists, turns, and surprises that keeps the audience interested in what’s going to happen next. The character development that’s presented in the series also adds to the audience’s interest. The pacing and progression of the story also works well. With me, there were episodes where I found myself thinking that it went by faster than I thought it did because I was so engrossed in what was going on. The series has just the right pacing which helps to make it easier to binge watch and lose track of how much time has been spent watching it.

The animation in The Seven Deadly Sins is also pretty decent, and the animators really capture the look and feel of a medieval world. I was also impressed with the distinctive designs for the characters (however, credit for that is definitely due to Nakaba Suzuki, the creator of the manga).

All in all, I was rather impressed with The Seven Deadly Sins. And with the way it ended, it was obviously being set up to make it possible to produce a second season at some point. If a second season ever happens, I will definitely want to watch it when it comes out. The Seven Deadly Sins is also a series I would love to add to my anime home video library, but I don’t know if it’ll ever receive a North American home video release since Netflix holds the exclusive rights to it.

Anime Expo Announces Mari Iijima as Guest

Anime Expo has announced that Mari Iijima will be a guest at their next convention.

Iijima is best known as the voice of Lynn Minmay, the idol singer in The Super Dimension Fortress Macross television anime, The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? film, and The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flash Back 2012 original video anime. She has released 24 studio albums. Iijima’s latest album, Awakening, was released in September 2016.

Anime Expo will be taking place July 1-4, 2017, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Source: ANN