Anime Expo Takes Over Los Angeles July 4th-7th

By Nolan P. Smith Staff Reporter (Victor Valley)– With more than 110,000 expected attendees, Anime Expo (AX) is one of the largest pop culture conventions in the world. With an emphasis on anime, manga, cosplay and more, the convention will once again return to the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 4th-July 7th, with a…Read moreRead more

The Behemoth of Manga Berserk to Receive Deluxe Editions at Dark Horse

By Staff Reports Kentaro Miura’s Berserk has outraged, horrified, and delighted readers since 1989. Now, the champion of adult fantasy manga is presented in a handsome embossed hardcover edition amassing the first three Berserk volumes in Kentaro Miura’s preferred 7×10″ format, with further volumes to come to present the entire series in deluxe matching bookshelf…Read moreRead more

VIZ MEDIA Announces Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition Manga Omnibus

VIZ Media Brings Legend of Zelda Manga with Legendary Edition in November (By Staff Reports)– VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America brings back the celebrated manga (graphic novel) series for THE LEGEND OF ZELDA on November 1st. THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: LEGENDARY EDITION…Read moreRead more

Tsuruta’s “Wandering Island” Soars at Dark Horse

By Staff Reports Dark Horse Comics is thrilled to announce the publication of the first new work by Kenji Tsuruta in English in 20 years: Wandering Island! Wandering Island is a retro flying adventure in the spirit of Hayao Miyazaki. With eight pages in color, this special edition features an extended wraparound cover with French…Read moreRead more

UDON Celebrates the Grandfather of Manga and Anime with the Release of Two Osamu Tezuka Art Books

By Staff Reports Long considered “the grandfather of manga and anime”, legendary illustrator and animator Osamu Tezuka’s enduring legacy can still be felt today in the indelible influence he has had on contemporary manga and anime creators. In an effort to ensure that his timeless work remains easily accessible to as wide an audience as…Read moreRead more

VIZ Media Partners with Generator to Launch Official Naruto Online Store

By Staff Reports VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has announced the launch of the official NARUTO online store for the U.S. and Canada in partnership with digital marketing and eCommerce solutions provider, GENERATOR, a division of Sony DADC. The NARUTO online store…Read moreRead more

VIZ Media Announces Exciting New Manga Series Acquisitions for 2016 Release

By Staff Reports VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, delivered a special sneak preview of forthcoming manga (graphic novel) titles as it announced the acquisition of several notable new series during its official panel held this past weekend at the 2015 New York…Read moreRead more

One-Punch Man Volume 1 Review- All I Need is One Punch

Review by Nolan P. Smith (Victor Valley)– I love coming across new anime and manga: I have been a fan of both art forms for years now. Sometimes, you get titles that are pure action, like Dragonball Z or Naruto, sometimes you get titles steeped in horror, or comedy, romance: any genre you can imagine….Read moreRead more

VIZ Media Announces a Wide Array of Exciting Exclusives and Show Specials for New York Comic Con 2015

By Staff Reports VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, has detailed a comprehensive and exciting collection of show exclusives, advance manga and anime releases and other special items available for purchase at the VIZ Media booth during New York Comic Con 2015. New York…Read moreRead more

Dark Horse to Release “I am a Hero” Manga

By Staff Reports Kengo Hanazawa’s award-winning zombie-survival manga I Am a Hero begins at Dark Horse in early 2016. This nail-biting page-turner is sure to leave readers on the edge of their seats! This realistically drawn international bestseller takes us from initial small battles for survival to a huge body-horror epidemic that threatens all of…Read moreRead more

VIZ Media Debuts New Brainiac Superhero Manga Series MY HERO ACADEMIA

By Staff Reports VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, announces the launch of creator Kouhei Horikoshi’s brainiac action manga (graphic novel) series – MY HERO ACADEMIA – now available. MY HERO ACADEMIA is rated ‘T’ for Teens and print volumes carry an MSRP…Read moreRead more

The Return of an Icon: VIZ MEDIA Launches New ULTRAMAN Manga Series

By Staff Reports VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, announces the brand new ULTRAMAN sci-fi superhero action manga (graphic novel) series, which is set to debut in print and digitally on August 18th. The series, written by Eiichi Shimizu with artwork by Tomohiro…Read moreRead more

VIZ Media Announces a Trio of Exciting New Manga and Art Book Acquisitions

By Staff Reports VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America continues to expand its extensive manga (graphic novel) catalog and gives fans and readers a sneak peek at a trio of notable new titles scheduled to launch during the Spring of 2016. The company’s…Read moreRead more

VIZ MEDIA Returns To Otakon Pop Culture Convention This Weekend

By Staff Reports VIZ Media prepares its return to Otakon, one of the East Coast’s most renowned anime conventions, with a roster of informative panel discussions, interactive booth activities, promotional giveaways, anime screening premieres, and a special selection of retail products available exclusively at the event. Otakon 2015 takes place July 24th through July 26th…Read moreRead more

The 24th Annual Anime Expo Takes Over Los Angeles July 2-5, Brings KISS, Hello Kitty, Evangelion and More Together

By Staff Reports (Los Angeles, CA) – The 24th Annual Anime Expo (AX), presented by The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA), will play host to over 100,000 lovers of Japanese animation and pop culture, July 2-5, 2015, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Sneaking up in attendance right behind Comic-Con, this year’s…Read moreRead more

UDON Entertainment Announces Persona 4: The Manga

By Staff Reports When the original Persona 4 video game was released to universal acclaim in 2008, it delighted players with its engaging murder-mystery storyline, relatable characters, engaging gameplay, and stylish graphics. Persona 4 has since become a multimedia juggernaut, with a remake of the original game, three video game spin-offs, two anime adaptations, and a manga adaptation. That…Read moreRead more

VIZ Media Announces New BLEACH & NARUTO Manga Box Set Editions

By Staff Reports VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, prepares to thrill ardent fans of the BLEACH and NARUTO manga (graphic novel) series as it announces the forthcoming release of the latest box set editions for both titles. Scheduled for release on July…Read moreRead more

VIZ Media's Perfect Square Imprint Releases The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Graphic Novel

By Staff Reports VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga, graphic novels and anime in North America, brings back one of the most iconic video game characters of all time in celebrated graphic novel form with the release of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST on…Read moreRead more

VIZ Media’s Perfect Square Imprint Releases The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Graphic Novel

By Staff Reports VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga, graphic novels and anime in North America, brings back one of the most iconic video game characters of all time in celebrated graphic novel form with the release of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST on…Read moreRead more

An Icon Returns in Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy Omnibus in September

By Staff Reports In September, there’s a whole new way to enjoy Osamu Tezuka’s beloved Astro Boy: in omnibus form! Boasting nearly seven hundred pages of content for only $19.99, Dark Horse Comics’ Astro Boy Omnibus Volume 1 features Tezuka’s most popular and influential work, detailing Astro Boy’s jet-powered, superstrong, evil-bashing adventures. Exciting, whimsical, and…Read moreRead more

Viz Media Kicks Off Class With The Stellar New Comedy Series Assassination Classroom

By Staff Reports VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, delivers to domestic readers today one of the most popular new manga (graphic novel) series currently sweeping Japan – ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM. This high school alien-teacher in the classroom action comedy by creator Yusei Matsui…Read moreRead more

New Definitive Edition Of The Acclaimed Psychological Manga Thriller Delivers A Tense Crime Drama Filled With Conspiracy, Political Intrigue And Murder

By Staff Reports VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, is proud to announce the release of the ultimate collection of creator Naoki Urasawa’s acclaimed manga (graphic novel) suspense masterpiece. MONSTER: THE PERFECT EDITION, Vol. 1 will debut on July 15th. The new print-only oversized…Read moreRead more

VIZ Media Announces The Return of Ranma 1/2 Anime and Manga Series To North America

(San Francisco)– VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has announced the return of one of the genre’s most celebrated manga and anime properties – RANMA ½. RANMA ½ is a renowned martial arts action-adventure manga (graphic novel) series created by Rumiko Takahashi. The manga…Read moreRead more

Manga Review: Rurouni Kenshin-Restoration Volume 1

Review by Nolan P. Smith-Pastrami Nation Writer and Artist: Nobuhiro Watsuki Publisher: Shonen Jump/ VIZ Media Release June 2013 Website: www.viz.com The Rurouni Kenshin franchise has been around for some time now. Fans of anime and manga know the tales of the legendary Battosai the Man Slayer, set in the Meiji Era in feudal Japan. …Read moreRead more

VIZ MEDIA’S HAIKASORU IMPRINT DELIVERS THE LATEST NOVEL IN THE VAMPIRE HUNTER D SAGA WITH THE RELEASE OF NOBLE V: GREYLANCER

San Francisco, CA, May 22, 2013 – VIZ Media’s Haikasoru literary imprint delivers a bloodthirsty new chapter of the legendary Vampire Hunter D saga with the North American release of NOBLE V: GREYLANCER, now available in stores. The new fantasy novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi, carries an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN. The release…Read moreRead more

Anime Expo Takes Over Los Angeles This Weekend

What a way to kick off the summer. Once again, Anime Expo is taking over the Los Angeles Convention Center. running June 29th-July 2nd. For those that don’t know, the Anime Expo celebrates the art forms of Anime, Manga, Video Games, Comics, Cosplay and more. Pastrami will be on hand to cover the event, bringing…Read moreRead more