VIZ Media to Showcase Netflix’s Live-Action Adaptation of Death Note at Licensing Expo 2017

VIZ Media will be featuring top titles from its broad catalog at the upcoming Licensing Expo 2017. This year, the top highlighted property for merchandising opportunities will be the live-action feature film Death Note, streaming globally Summer 2017 on Netflix. VIZ Media will be located in Booth #J236.

VIZ Media publishes the Death Note manga and anime the film is based on. Both have been continual bestsellers since their debut in the mid 2000’s, captivating millions of fans around the world. The Death Note film will debut globally on August 25, 2017, exclusively on Netflix, and the adaptation is directed by Adam Wingard, starring Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield and Margaret Qualley.

In addition to Netflix’s live action Death Note, VIZ Media will be highlighting the following flagship titles at the show this year:

  • Death Note, the anime inspiration for Netflix’s live action feature
  • Naruto Shippuden, the #1 title in Hulu’s anime category
  • One-Punch Man, the hottest anime debut in 2016
  • Hunter X Hunter, new season coming soon on Adult Swim
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, a multi-generational action-adventure currently airing on Adult Swim
  • Bleach, one of the most successful international multimedia brands

VIZ Media highlights at Licensing Expo 2017 include:

Netflix Original Film Death Note
Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.

DEATH NOTE Anime (Rated “TV-14”)
Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects- and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by Ryuk, a rouge Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal… or his life?

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN (Rated “TV-14”)
Created by Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto was first introduced in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan in 1999 and quickly became one of the most popular manga properties. The manga series (rated “T” for Teens, in print and digital editions) and animated counterpart (Naruto and Naruto Shippuden) are some of VIZ Media’s most successful titles and have captivated millions of fans across North America, Europe and South America.

ONE-PUNCH MAN (Rated “TV-14”)
Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem – he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on. Every time a promising villain appears, he beats the snot out of ’em with one punch. Can Saitama finally find an opponent who can go toe-to-toe with him and give his life some meaning? Or is he doomed to a life of super-powered boredom?

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE (Rated “TV-14”)
The legendary Shonen Jump classic (latest season currently streaming) is a groundbreaking series with multiple story arcs whose creation has already spanned 25 years. It’s famous for outlandish characters, wild humor and frenetic battles. Join the Joestar family as they fight the evil Dio and his legacy across continents and time.

HUNTER X HUNTER (Rated “TV-14”)
Hunters are a special breed, dedicated to tracking down treasures, magical beasts and even other people. But such pursuits require a license, and less than one in a hundred thousand can pass the grueling qualification exam. Those who do pass gain access to restricted areas, amazing stores of information and the right to call themselves “Hunters.” Can Gon, a country boy, follow his father and join their ranks?

BLEACH (Rated “TV-14”)
Ichigo Kurosaki was born with the ability to see ghosts. When his family is attacked by a Hollow – a malevolent lost soul – Ichigo encounters a Soul Reaper and absorbs her powers. Now he has dedicated his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured souls find peace.

Hakubo no Chronicle Manga to End on May 29, 2017

This year’s 25th issue of Shogakukan’s Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine has revealed that Masami Yuuki’s Hakubo no Chronicle manga series will end on May 29, 2017. The series’ 11th and final compiled book volume is scheduled to be released on June 30, 2017.

Yuuki launched the manga in Shogakukan’s Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine in August 2013 as his first weekly series in 10 years.

Source: ANN

Daisuke Yui to Launch New Manga in June 2017

This year’s 25th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing that Daisuke Yui will launch a new manga titled Yumizuka Iroha wa Tejun ga Daiji! (The Process is Important for Iroha Yumizuka) in the Shonen Jump+ app on June 13, 2017.

The manga will be an “archery girl comedy” focusing on a girl who at first glance, seems perfect, but hides the fact that she is always on the brink of losing her cool.

Source: ANN

Kaasan – Mom’s Life Manga to End in June 2017

The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper has announced that Rieko Saibara’s Mainichi Kāsan (Kaasan – Mom’s Life) manga will end in the newspaper’s June 26, 2017 issue, and the manga’s 14th and final volume is scheduled to be released in September 2017. Saibara will launch a new manga in the newspaper in October 2017.

When asked why she is ending the manga, Saibara answered that she had “graduated from being a mother” after raising her children. Her next manga will deal with the “second life of a mother who has moved on,” and will also run in the newspaper weekly.

Mainichi Shimbun Shuppan published the manga’s 13th compiled book volume in October 2016. The manga and the author have received multiple awards, including the Japan Media Arts Festival Award in 2004, the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize short story award in 2005, and the Japan Cartoonist Association’s President of the House of Councilors Award in 2011.

Source: ANN

Four New Cast Members Announced for the Second Season of New Game!

Four new cast members have been announced for the second season of the New Game! anime:

  • Arisa Suzuki is Momiji Mochizuki
  • Hitomi Ohwada is Tsubame Narumi
  • Manaka Iwami is Hotaru Hoshikawa
  • Kaori Nazuka is Wako Christina Yamato

The returning cast members include:

  • Yūki Takada is Aoba Suzukaze
  • Yōko Hikasa is Kō Yagami
  • Ai Kayano is Rin Tōyama
  • Megumi Yamaguchi is Hifumi Takimoto
  • Megumi Toda is Hajime Shinoda
  • Ayumi Takeo is Yun Iijima
  • Madoka Asahina is Nene Sakura
  • Chitose Morinaga is Umiko Ahagon
  • Eri Kitamura is Shizuku Hazuki

The second season of New Game! is scheduled to premiere in Japan in July 2017.

Source: ANN

Two Mazinger Z Manga Have Launched in Japan

The June 2017 issue of Kodansha’s Monthly Young Magazine launched the Mazinger Z Interval Peace manga series on May 20, 2017. Takahiro Ozawa is in charge of the manga’s scenario, Kaoru Osada is drawing the manga, and Go Nagai is credited with the original work. The manga is a spinoff work of the new anime film based on Nagai’s Mazinger Z manga.

Yū Kinutani also launched the first chapter of the Mazinger Z Alter Ignition spin-off manga on Dynamic Planning’s website on May 20, 2017. The manga reimagines the world of the original manga, and features Kōji’s first meeting with Mazinger Z.

Source: ANN

DIVE!! Anime to Stream Exclusively on Amazon Prime

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Eto Mori’s youth novel series DIVE!! has revealed that the anime will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in Japan and foreign countries. The anime will premiere on Fuji TV’s Noitamina block in July 2017, and Amazon has an exclusivity deal with Fuji TV’s Noitamina shows.

Kaoru Suzuki is directing the series at ZERO-G. Suzuhito Yasuda is handling the original character design, and Touko Machida is overseeing the scripts.

Source: ANN