VIZ Media Announces Panels, Events and Retail Exclusives for New York Comic Con 2019

VIZ Media invites New York Comic Con (NYCC) attendees to catch a fun series of panels, events, autograph sessions and retail exclusives available for purchase at the company’s booth in the Exhibit Hall throughout the weekend.

The Official Shonen Jump panel kicks off VIZ’s events on Friday and presents the latest from Team JUMP. Later that evening, attendees can catch the VIZ Media Panel with special guests from Frederator Studios Castlevania, including Creator, Writer and Executive Producer Warren Ellis and voice actors James Callis (voice of Alucard), Graham McTavish (voice of Dracula) and Alejandra Reynoso (voice of Sypha). Continue celebrating Castlevania on Saturday with an official panel and autograph session featuring the special guests.

VIZ Media’s first original animated property, Seis Manos, debuts at NYCC with an autograph session and special screening of Episode 1 with a cast Q&A on Saturday. Transformers fans won’t want to miss The Evolutionary Art of Transformers, a panel celebrating 35 years of artwork from one of the world’s most beloved franchises. Transformers archivist and author Jim Sorenson will be signing autographs following the panel in the VIZ Booth (#1336).

Meanwhile the VIZ Originals imprint continues its participation in portfolio review sessions at New York Comic Con. Reviews will be conducted by Fawn Lau, Executive Editor for VIZ Originals. For more details please visit: viz.com/originals.

In addition, the VIZ Media booth will offer a wide range of convention retail exclusives available for purchase. Attendees can also catch a variety of special giveaways as well as other fun in-booth activities.

Notable VIZ Media New York Comic Con 2019 Exclusives:

Each purchase comes with a special 2019 limited edition tote bag offered in two distinct designs: Pokemon or Sailor Moon (while supplies last).

  • My Hero Academia & One-Punch Man Manga Replicas – $15 each
  • Naruto 20th Anniversary Poster – $50
  • Naruto 20th Anniversary Skateboard Deck – $60
  • One-Punch Man Enamel Pin – $10
  • Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars T-shirt – $20
  • Shonen Jump T-shirt – $30 ($25 when you show us your SJ app)

VIZ Media 2019 New York Comic Con Panels & Signings:

Friday, October 4, 2019

11:15pm Shonen Jump Official Panel
Room 1A10

Are you a fan of Dragon Ball, One-Punch Man, Naruto, One Piece, or Bleach? Hang out with Team Shonen Jump and get the latest developments on new series from Japan, all-time fan favorites and what we’re doing to bring you the world’s best manga.

5:15pm VIZ Media Official Panel with Special Guests from Frederator Studios CASTLEVANIA
Room 1A06

Join us as we talk about some of your favorite manga and anime. We’ll also be revealing big news, chatting with incredible guests and handing out prizes. The panel will feature Castlevania’s creator and writer Warren Ellis and voice actors James Callis (voice of Alucard), Graham McTavish (voice of Dracula) and Alejandra Reynoso (voice of Sypha).

7:00pm Warren Ellis Signing
NYCC Private Autograph Area*

Meet Warren Ellis, the Creator, Writer and Executive Producer of Frederator Studios Castlevania series for Netflix and receive a free poster.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

1:00pm SEIS MANOS Screening with Special Guest Q&A
Room 1A06

Catch a special screening of Seis Manos, an upcoming Netflix Original Anime Series and a Q&A with special guests Alvaro Rodriguez (co-creator), Jonny Cruz (voice of Jesus) and Angelica Vale (voice of Garcia).

2:30pm SEIS MANOS Voice Cast and Co-Creator Signing
NYCC Private Autograph Area*

Join the cast and crew of Seis Manos, including Alvaro Rodriguez, Jonny Cruz and Angelica Vale in a special signing session and receive a personally autographed Seis Manos poster.

4:30pm Frederator Studios CASTLEVANIA Creator and Voice Cast Signing
NYCC Private Autograph Area*

Meet Warren Ellis, Sam Deats (director), Adam Deats (asst. director), James Callis, Graham McTavish and Alejandra Reynoso in this special signing session.

6:30pm VIZ Media Presents Frederator Studios CASTLEVANIA Panel
Main Stage

Get an in-depth look into Castlevania, the hit Netflix Original Anime Series, with and incredible lineup of guests, including CASTLEVANIA’s creator and writer Warren Ellis, director Sam Deats, asst. director Adam Deats and voice actors James Callis (voice of Alucard), Graham McTavish (voice of Dracula), Alejandra Reynoso (voice of Sypha) and Ade M’Cormack (voice of Isaac).

Sunday, October 6, 2019

11:00am The Evolutionary Art of Transformers Panel
Room 1A06

Join Transformers: A Visual History author Jim Sorenson, Hasbro Global Director of Publishing Michael Kelly, artists Livio Ramondelli and Andrew Griffith, and other special guests as they celebrate 35 years of artwork from one of the world’s most beloved franchises.

1:00pm TRANSFORMERS: A VISUAL HISTORY Writer Signing
VIZ Media Booth #1336

Transformers archivist and author Jim Sorenson visits the booth for a signing session.

*Tickets are distributed via pre-show lottery. Please see New York Comic Con’s Autograph Policy for more information.

Section 23 Films Announces December 2019 Release Slate

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its December 2019 slate of releases featuring Sentai Filmworks’ hit romance series, Bloom Into You. Available on Blu-ray and special Limited Edition Premium Box Set.

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming December 2019

Title: K-ON ULTIMATE COLLECTION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 1135 min.
Street Date: 12/3/2019
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $129.98

SYNOPSIS: The Sakuragoaka Girls’ Academy curriculum traditionally focuses on the three “R”s of reading, writing and arithmetic, but Ritsu Tainaka wants to add two more “R”s: Rock and Roll. To do that, however, Ritsu has to save the Light Music Club from being shut down due to little problems like not having any other members or a faculty advisor. After strong-arming her best friend Mio into joining and convincing Tsumugi Kotobuki to make it a trio, Ritsu’s would-be rockers are soon only one talented guitarist short of the quartet they need for school approval. What they get, unfortunately, is Yui Hirasawa, who’s never held a guitar in her life, but she’s determined to learn. Will the school halls come alive with the sound of music? Find out as four outrageous girls band together in K-ON! The Ultimate Collection.

Title: SEVEN SENSES OF THE REUNION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 12/3/2019
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: Six years ago, Asahi Kuga died while playing the incredibly popular MMORPG “Union” with her friends. Now, after a worldwide scandal that saw the game pulled from the net, a new re-engineered version is back online, and, to the shock of Asahi’s former teammate Haruto, so is Asahi. As impossible as it seems, the virtual version of Asahi that Haruto finds trapped in a treasure chest has all of Asahi’s memories, but with no body to return to, she’s trapped in the game. And that’s not the only mysterious thing going on in Re’Union. Someone is manipulating the players, pitting them against each other and forcing them to develop the games special Sense skills. Who is literally playing with their lives and what is their agenda? To find out, you’ll have to play through Seven Senses of the Reunion.

Title: GAKUEN BASARA
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 12/10/2019
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: It is said that power can corrupt and absolute power often corrupts absolutely, so when Principal Nobunaga of the Basara Academy was distracted by duties elsewhere, student council president Toyotomi took advantage of the opportunity to wage a campaign of terror against other rival schools. Toyotomi was subsequently suspended, but the resulting lack of a strong leader has left a vacuum at the Academy’s center, tearing the student body into opposing factions. Who will show the courage and fortitude required to take the office of council president? Baseball captain Masamune Date? Soccer star Yukimura Sanada? Opposing council members Ieyasu Tokugawa and Mitsunari Ishida? Or any of dozens of other strapping young students? The challenge is on as the best of the best (and a few of the worst) compete to reign supreme over Gakuen Basara: Samurai High School.

Title: SEITOKAI YAKUINDOMO
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 710 min.
Street Date: 12/10/2019
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $79.98

SYNOPSIS: When the all-girl Ousai Private Academy goes co-ed, freshman Takatoshi Tsuda finds himself in a situation that most guys can only dream of – one of only 28 boys in a school of over 500 girls. Unfortunately, that fantasy slams into a hard wall of reality when he runs into Student Council President Shino Amakusa and she drafts him onto the council. That might not be so bad… except for the fact that Shino, council secretary Aria and even faculty advisor Ms. Yokoshima are all seriously sex-obsessed, while tiny treasurer Suzu has rage control issues, and the head of the school newspaper spends her time peddling candid pictures of the council members. Will this lead to Takatoshi becoming a Big Man on Campus? Or will he end up as the council’s whipping boy? Find out in Seitokai Yakuindomo.

Title: BLOOM INTO YOU
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 12/17/2019
Format: BD, PBS
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98, $149.98

SYNOPSIS: Yuu Koito thought love would be something amazing and magical, but when a male friend asks her to date, she feels nothing. She doesn’t even know how to respond until she overhears the student council president of her new high school, Touko Nanami, turning down a similar request. With Touko’s help, Yuu manages to let her friend down gracefully, but then Touko confesses that she, herself, is starting to have feelings for Yuu, leaving Yuu in a quandary. Yuu doesn’t think that she’s in love with Touko, but she does feel something. As Yuu joins the Student Council, and she and Touko become closer, her confusion about her feelings only continues to grow. Because you can’t control who you love, or who falls in love with you. You can only be true to yourself in Bloom Into You.

Title: GOLDEN TIME
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 650 min.
Street Date: 12/17/2019
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $89.98

SYNOPSIS: Getting lost wasn’t how Tada Banri wanted to start his first day of law school, but making a friend of fellow student Mitsuo along the way sort of made up for it until Mitsuo’s childhood friend and arranged future bride Kaga Koko appears and slaps Mitsuo with a bouquet of roses. Awkward. It’s even more awkward to learn that Koko’s now a fellow law student as well. However, “Awkward” is practically Banri’s middle name, as he’s suffering from a form of amnesia that’s erased most of his memory since high school and he’s becoming used to running into uncomfortable situations caused by actions he doesn’t remember. Join one of the most star-crossed group of friends ever as they attempt to make sense of life, love and the legal system in Golden Time.

Title: HAIKYU!! SEASON 3 PREMIUM BOX SET
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 250 min.
Street Date: 12/31/2019
Format: PBS
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $149.98

SYNOPSIS: The Miyagi Prefecture Representative for the Spring High School National Volleyball Championship continues as the Karasuno team advances to take on the undefeated prefecture champions, Shiratorizawa Academy High School. This is the strongest opponent Karasuno has ever faced, and the deck is stacked against them with an extra ace in the form Wakatoshi Ushijima, a powerful wing spiker who’s already played with the National Team. If they want to win, Hinata, Kageyama and the rest of the Crows will have to learn an entirely new playing style in order to counter Ushijima and his seemingly unstoppable spike… and that’s just the first lesson the Shiratorizawa veterans have in store for the Crows. The game is on as the players hit the court in the third pulse-pounding season of Haikyu!!

The Frame Arms Girl Anime Film to Get U.S. Premiere at Anime Fest @ NYCC Event

Kotobukiya has announced that it will screen the United States premiere of the Frame Arms Girl: Kyakkyau Fufu na Wonderland anime film at the Anime Fest @ NYCC event on October 5, 2019. The screening will include a panel with Kotobukiya staff and ProjectNuType founder and CEO NuType Tim. Attendees will receive a Frame Arms Girl Go-rai model kit and an exclusive A4-size clear file.

The screening will be held from 3:00-5:30 p.m. at the Hudson Mercantile building in New York. The Anime Fest @ NYCC event will be held in conjunction with New York Comic Con, which will be taking place at the Javits Center in New York from October 3-6, 2019.

Source: ANN

Several Anime to Compete at the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival

The 52nd annual Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival in Spain has announced that Her Blue Sky (Sora no Aosa o Shiru Hito yo), the original anime film by the Super Peace Busters creative team, is nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film and Official Fantastic Competition awards this year.

In addition, the festival will screen the Human Lost, Ride Your Wave, and The Wonderland anime films in the Anima’t category, and it will also screen Weathering With You and One Piece Stampede in the Anima’t – Special Sessions category. The “Shishigari” short will screen in the Anima’t Shorts section.

The festival will take place from October 3-13, 2019.

Source: ANN

Kyoto Animation Fire Update: September 18, 2019

The Kyodo news service has reported that the 34 people injured in the July 18, 2019 fire at Kyoto Animation’s Studio 1 building are no longer in life-threatening condition. A source close to the investigation told Kyodo that some injured victims with severe burns remain in the intensive care unit, but all of the victims are progressing toward recovery. The fire claimed the lives of 35 other victims.

Authorities have constructed a model of Kyoto Animation’s Studio 1 building. They are using the model in conjunction with the victims’ testimonies about where they were at the time of the incident, how they escaped, and other things they observed on the day of the fire.

Kyodo has also reported that the 41-year-old man who allegedly used gasoline to start the fire has regained speech in the hospital. Police have obtained a warrant for the man’s arrest, but doctors must decide he can tolerate confinement before police are able to arrest him. The man had been in critical condition after receiving severe burns in the fire he allegedly started, but he regained the ability to make simple gestures by the beginning of August 2019. Sources stated that the man received skin graft surgery and is in stable condition, but he still needs a ventilator and is undergoing rehabilitation. Sources expect that the man will remain in the hospital for several more months.

The news service also reported that donations to Kyoto Animation have surpassed 2.5 billion yen (about US$23 million).

The studio’s official website revealed on September 13, 2019 that Kyoto Animation had received an additional donation of 81,034,121 yen (about US$749,000) from the retail chain Animate on September 6, 2019, for a total of 330,064,605 yen (about US$3.05 million) from the company. The retailer made a deposit of 249,030,484 yen (about US$2.3 million) in donations into Kyoto Animation’s bank account on August 2, 2019. Animate began its donation campaign for Kyoto Animation on July 19, 2019 and ended it on September 1, 2019.

Kyoto Animation received a donation of 226,749,396 yen (about US$2.10 million) from Sentai Filmworks’ GoFundMe campaign on August 26, 2019. Sentai Filmworks stated in an update that the transfer represents nearly all of the funds raised in the campaign, after transactional and processing fees. The company plans to disburse the reserved US$100,000 on deposit with GoFundMe for credit card processing and settlement purposes in or around December 2019. Sentai Filmworks will then transfer the remaining balance to Kyoto Animation.

Kyoto International Manga Museum and Kyoto Seika University transferred a donation of 4,249,003 yen (about US$39,000) on August 8, 2019. Visual Art’s/Key revealed in August 2019 that it donated 10 million yen (about US$94,000) to Kyoto Animation. X Japan member YOSHIKI also announced in August 2019 that he donated 10 million yen to the studio.

Kyodo noted that the recovery of Kyoto Animation as a business will likely take much more time because 20 percent of its employees passed away in the fire. According to Daisuke Okeda, Kyoto Animation’s lawyer, personal damages resulting from the fire amount to more than 4 billion yen (about US$38 million), even after workers’ compensation.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Adds the Sorcerer Hunters, Izumo: Flash of a Brave Sword, and Captain Harlock: Arcadia of My Youth Anime

Crunchyroll has added the Sorcerer Hunters, Izumo: Flash of a Brave Sword, and Captain Harlock: Arcadia of My Youth anime to its streaming catalog. The service began streaming all three anime on September 17, 2019 in the United States and Canada.

Discotek released Sorcerer Hunters: The Complete Series on Standard Definition Blu-ray Disc with Japanese and English audio tracks on August 27, 2019. ADV Films previously licensed and released the series and OVA on home video between 2001-2007.

Discotek licensed and released Izumo: Flash of a Brave Sword on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in 2017.

Discotek released the Arcadia of My Youth film on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in 2017.

Source: ANN

Children of the Sea to Compete at the Ottawa International Animation Festival

Studio 4°C’s Children of the Sea (Kaijū no Kodomo) anime film will screen in competition for The Ottawa International Animation Festival’s (OIAF) Grand Prize for Features award. The OIAF will take place from September 25-29, 2019 in Ottawa, Canada.

The OIAF previously revealed that On-Gaku: Our Sound, the anime film adaptation of Hiroyuki Ohashi’s Ongaku manga, will also screen in competition for the festival’s Grand Prize for Features award.

In addition, Maya Yonesho’s Linz Delight, Koji Yamamura’s WildAid ‘Hankograph,’ and Sawako Kabuki’s Takoyaki Story short films will screen for short film competition awards. Hiroyuki Mizoguchi’s Fuwa Fuwa Hour ‘PuiPui & MuuMuu Itsumo Issyo’ (Fluffy Hour ‘PuiPui & MuuMuu Always Together’) short animation film will screen for the Young Audiences Competition: Preschool award.

Source: ANN