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VIZ Media Announces Preorders for Boruto: Naruto the Movie and the Launch of the Boruto Manga Series

VIZ Media has announced preorders for the home media release of Boruto: Naruto the Movie as well as Volume 1 of the manga series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.

Set to debut on March 28, 2017, Boruto: Naruto the Movie will be released as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and as a Standard Edition DVD. The action-filled anime feature film is based on the Naruto anime and manga series created by Masashi Kishimoto and follows the rebellious son of the legendary ninja who seeks to become an even greater ninja. The film’s English dubbed audio track features the cast just announced for the forthcoming anime series, highlighted by Amanda Miller in the lead role of Boruto, Cherami Leigh as Sarada, and Robbie Daymond as the mysterious Mitsuki. Japanese dialogue with English subtitle options will also be included on both releases.

The Boruto manga series will launch in print and digitally on April 4, 2017 and will be published under the Shonen Jump imprint. The series features story by Ukyo Kodachi and artwork by Mikio Ikemoto. Preorders for the print edition of Volume 1 are now available.

For a limited time, a free collectible mini-poster will be available as a special gift with purchase for Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Volume 1 preorders placed with online anime retailer, The Right Stuf. Purchasers will receive one of three designs randomly selected at the time of fulfillment while supplies last.

BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack
MSRP: $29.98 U.S. / $34.99 CAN · Available March 28, 2017

Catch the home media debut of Boruto: Naruto the Movie, presented in crisp 1080p HD video with DTS-HD audio 5.1 featuring English and Japanese dialogue options. The Combo Pack Set also includes a bonus OVA for Naruto.

BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE Standard Edition DVD
MSRP: $19.98 U.S. / $24.99 CAN · Available March 28, 2017

A movie-only Standard Edition DVD release of Boruto: Naruto the Movie.

In Boruto: Naruto the Movie, an inconceivable foe lies in wait as Sasuke, the Five Kage and Boruto with a determination of steel, charge into another dimension. With Naruto as the Seventh Hokage, Hidden Leaf Village is planning to host the Chunin Exams to train new shinobi from the village and from five of their allied villages. Among the entrants are Sasuke’s daughter, Sarada, who adores Naruto, Mitsuki, an exceptionally talented yet mysterious shinobi… And Boruto, Naruto’s son who shows great potential, but despises his father.

Sasuke, who’s been on a mission, appears before Naruto to warn of a strange impending danger he has sensed. Shrouded with an evil aura, Momoshiki and Kinshiki appear during the Exams and attempt to weaken and kidnap Naruto. Boruto is petrified and unable to do a thing while Sasuke guards him. As Naruto steps in front to shield them, he smiles faintly and disappears in front of Boruto.

BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS Volume 1 · Rated “T” for Teens
PRINT MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Available April 4, 2017

Naruto was a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He achieved his dream to become the greatest ninja in his village, and now his face sits atop the Hokage monument. But this is not his story. A new generation of ninja is ready to take the stage, led by Naruto’s own son, Boruto.

VIZ Media Announces New Officially Licensed Product Partners for Naruto

VIZ Media continues to expand consumer product licenses for its action adventure property, Naruto Shippuden.

The newest products for the franchise are scheduled to be released in 2017 and will encompass a diverse array of consumer categories including collectible figures and ramen and assorted snack foods. The partners include McFarlane Toys, Zag Toys and CTC Food International.

McFarlane Toys
Product Description: Naruto Shippuden Action Figures
Additional Info Available At: https://mcfarlane.com/toys/brands/naruto/

Zag Toys
Product Description: Original Mini’s Domez 2.5” Collectible Figures
Additional Info Available At: http://originalminis.com/

CTC Food International
Product Description: Naruto Shippuden Instant Ramen, Ramune Soft Drinks and Do-It-Yourself Candies
Additional Info Available At: http://www.ctcfood.com/

In the Naruto manga and animated series, Naruto Uzumaki wants to be the best ninja in the land. Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He’s got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world’s greatest ninja. He’s done well so far, but Naruto knows he must train harder than ever and leaves his village for intense exercises that will push him to his limits. Naruto Shippuden begins two and a half years later, when Naruto returns to find that everyone has been promoted up the ninja ranks – except him. Sakura’s a medic ninja, Gaara’s advanced to Kazekage, and Kakashi… well he remains the same. But pride isn’t necessarily becoming of a ninja, especially when Naruto realizes that Sasuke never returned from his search for Orochimaru. Plus, the mysterious Akatsuki organization is still an ever-present danger. As Naruto finds out more about the Akatsuki’s goals, he realizes that nothing in his universe is as it seems. Naruto is finding that he’s older, but will he also prove wiser and stronger?

My Impressions of Anime I’ve Recently Watched: Naruto Shippuden Set 28

I spent three nights watching a copy of Naruto Shippuden Set 28 that I checked out from the library. This set contains episodes 349-361 of the series.

This particular set contains all 13 episodes are focused on the past of Kakashi Hatake, spanning his time as a member of ANBU to when he forms Squad 7 with Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura. However, the episodes don’t solely focus on Kakashi’s backstory. Interwoven with his stories are stories that expand on or fill in the gaps for the backstories of Yamato and Itachi as well.

For Kakashi, I appreciated how the PTSD he experienced after a particular incident in his past was portrayed. The portrayal was realistic, and it also helps to explain some of the attitudes and behaviors that Kakashi exhibited when he was first introduced as a character in the early part of the series. Yamato’s backstory revelations were riveting to me as a viewer. I also appreciated learning that something that we had heard was part of Itachi’s backstory ended up not being how it was portrayed through dialogue earlier in the series. I hate have to “vague post” like this, but going into too much more detail would provide a lot of spoilers for readers who may not have gotten this far into the Naruto franchise.

In some of these episodes, primarily in the section focusing on Itachi, there were some interesting animation choices that were made. The choices made during the Itachi storyline added some interesting effect and layers to the scenes that they appeared in. But the stylized animation for when the Nine Tails attacked the Leaf Village in one of the earlier episodes didn’t work for me.

Even though these episodes didn’t do anything to propel the main story arc of the Fourth Great Ninja War, it provided a lot of necessary and interesting backstory for some of the characters. Unlike many of the actual filler episodes that have appeared in both Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, I didn’t feel as if these episodes were wasting my time.

Even though I really enjoyed all 13 of the episodes that appeared in Naruto Shippuden Set 28, I’m glad to see that when the next DVD set comes out, the episodes will be returning to the main storyline and will hopefully bring about some more progress for the Fourth Great Ninja War. But Naruto Shippuden Set 28 is definitely worth watching for any Naruto fan.

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: November 20-26, 2016

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of November 20-26, 2016, according to the New York Times.

1. 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 one in its fourth week on the list.

2. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 moves back up three spots to number two in its 73rd week on the list.

3. Black Butler Volume 23 by Yana Toboso

Yen Press’ release of Black Butler Volume 23 enters the list at number three.

4. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 9 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 9 moves back up two spots to number four in its sixth week on the list.

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

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 9 falls two spots to number five in its fourth week on the list.

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

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 1 moves back up one spot to number six in its 64th week on the list.

7. Black Butler Volume 1 by Yana Toboso

Yen Press’ release of Black Butler Volume 1 re-enters at number seven in its 46th week on the list.

8. Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring by Masashi Kishimoto

VIZ Media’s release of Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring re-enters at number eight in its ninth week on the list.

9. Blue Exorcist Volume 1 by Kazue Kato

VIZ Media’s release of Blue Exorcist Volume 1 re-enters at number nine in its 20th week on the list.

10. Assassination Classroom Volume 1 by Yusei Matsui

VIZ Media’s release of Assassination Classroom Volume 1 re-enters at number ten in its 21st week on the list.

Source: The New York Times

VIZ Media Announces the Latest Naruto Novel With the Debut of Naruto: Itachi’s Story – Daylight

VIZ Media continues to expand its library of popular Naruto novels with the release of Naruto: Itachi’s Story – Daylight on November 1, 2016.

Naruto’s allies and enemies take center stage in these fast-paced adventures with each book focusing on a particular clan mate, ally, team, or villain. Naruto: Itachi’s Story – Daylight will be available in print and digital editions. The novel was written by Takashi Yano and features original cover art by Naruto creator, Masashi Kishimoto.

NARUTO: ITACHI’S STORY – DAYLIGHT
MSRP: $10.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN / $6.99 Digital · Available November 1, 2016

Uchiha Itachi, four years of age. With the hell of war burned into his eyes, the boy makes a resolution: he will rid this world of all violence. The birth of Sasuke, meeting his friend Shisui, the academy, genin, chunin, and then the Anbu – Itachi races down the path of glory toward his dream of becoming the first Uchiha Hokage, unaware of the darkness that lies ahead…

Also don’t miss the first three books in the series of Naruto novels – Naruto: Kakashi’s Story, Naruto: Shikamaru’s Story and Naruto: Sakura’s Story, available now in print and digital editions.

VIZ Media Announces the Home Media Release of Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 28

VIZ Media delivers anime adventure and ninja action with the home media release of Naruto Shippuden Set 28 on October 4, 2016.

The latest DVD edition of the series contains the “Shadow of the Anbu story arc,” spanning Episodes 349 to 361, and features dubbed English as well as subtitled audio tracks. MSRP for the 2-disc set will be $39.99 US / $51.99 CAN. Naruto Shippuden is rated ‘TV-14.”

In the latest episodes, years before he became Naruto’s teacher, Kakashi served as a member of the ANBU Black Ops team, where his ruthlessness earned him the nickname “Cold-blooded Kakashi.” But despite his reputation, he is haunted by the deaths of his closest friends during the Third Great Ninja War. As he wrestles with his loss, Kakashi must uncover who is behind illegal genetic experimentation, survive threats from within his own organization, escape capture at the hands of Orochimaru’s followers, and battle a young shinobi who possesses formidable and very rare Wood Style Jutsu. And after these trials, another young ninja joins his unit – Itachi Uchiha.

In the Naruto manga and animated series, Naruto Uzumaki wants to be the best ninja in the land. He’s done well so far, but Naruto knows he must train harder than ever and leaves his village for intense exercises that will push him to his limits. Naruto Shippuden begins two and a half years later, when Naruto returns to find that everyone has been promoted up the ninja ranks – except him. Sakura’s a medic ninja, Gaara’s advanced to Kazekage, and Kakashi… well he remains the same. But pride isn’t necessarily becoming of a ninja, especially when Naruto realizes that Sasuke never returned from his search for Orochimaru. Plus, the mysterious Akatsuki organization is still an ever-present danger. As Naruto finds out more about the Akatsuki’s goals, he realizes that nothing in his universe is as it seems. Naruto is finding that he’s older, but will he also prove wiser and stronger?

VIZ Media is the North American master licensor for Naruto and distributes the Naruto and Naruto Shippuden anime series and feature films as well as publishes the bestselling Naruto manga series in print and digital editions.

My Impressions of Anime I’ve Recently Watched: Naruto Shippuden Set 27

I spent the last three nights watching a copy of Naruto Shippuden Set 27 that I checked out from the library. This set includes Episodes 336-348 of the series.

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to truly say this, but this set includes absolutely no filler material. YAY!

There are two themes that run through the episodes that appear in this set: backstory and revelations. The first episode of Set 27 continues the backstory for Kabuto that began at the end of the previous set. Over the course of these episodes, the viewer also learns the whole truth about Itachi and his actions in the past, Tobi’s true identity is revealed, and we also see the history of the Akatsuki. All of the stories presented in the backstories are emotional, but I think the ending of the Itachi backstory affected me the most.

I’ve actually known Tobi’s true identity for a couple of years, thanks to spoilers and reading the later Naruto chapters that ran in Weekly Shonen Jump that led to the series’ conclusion. However, my husband (who I’ve been watching the anime with), hasn’t seen anything beyond this point in any way, shape, or form didn’t know the truth about Tobi. I admit that it was hard not to say anything and provide any spoilers for this whole time. But when Tobi is unmasked in this set, I let out one word: “Finally!”

The episodes in Set 27 are very important not only for the revelations included in them, they’re also important for the audience to start tying together various characters and elements they’ve seen leading up to this point. From the preview for the episode that will open Set 28, it appears that the exposition and backstory will be continuing.