Pluto TV Launches Naruto Anime Channel

VIZ Media announced at its Naruto: 20th Anniversary Celebration panel at Anime NYC that streaming service Pluto TV has launched a channel dedicated to the Naruto anime. The Naruto Channel is the service’s channel 677.

The Naruto franchise includes multiple television anime, anime films, and original video anime. The original Naruto television anime aired from 2002 to 2007. The Naruto Shippūden anime series premiered in 2007 and ended in 2017. The Boruto sequel manga inspired the ongoing television anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, which premiered in April 2017.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media and Anime NYC Host Naruto and Boruto English Voice Actors for Special Year of Naruto Events

VIZ Media presents voice actors Maile Flanagan and Amanda Miller for a series of special live appearances at Anime NYC 2019. Details on Anime NYC are available at: animenyc.com.

Maile Flanagan portrays the English voice of the world’s most popular ninja, Naruto Uzumaki. Amanda Miller voices Naruto’s rambunctious son and prodigy, Boruto. Both will appear at Anime NYC in support of VIZ Media’s Year of Naruto campaign to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the manga series created by Masashi Kishimoto. During Anime NYC, Maile Flanagan and Amanda Miller are scheduled to join a pair of official panels and autograph sessions that take place Saturday and Sunday of the show. More information on Maile’s and Amanda’s appearances please visit: animenyc.com/guests-nyc/2019maileflanagan and animenyc.com/guests-nyc/2019amandamiller.

VIZ Media’s Year of Naruto campaign will continue throughout 2020 and will feature a wide range of yet-to-be announced officially licensed brand activations. These include video games, events featuring pop-up installations, panel discussions and other special live programming, and an array of product activations and collaborations with top global lifestyle brands.

VIZ Media’s Anime NYC 2019 Official Panels & Signings:

Saturday, November 16, 2019

11:00 a.m. NARUTO & BORUTO English Voice Actor Autograph Session
Private Autograph Area*
In honor of the Year of Naruto 20th Anniversary celebration, attendees are invited to meet Maile Flanagan (Voice of Naruto) and Amanda Miller (Voice of Boruto) and receive a personalized poster.

5:00 p.m. NARUTO: 20th Anniversary Celebration Presented by VIZ Media
Room 1E09
20 years of Naruto. Masashi Kishimoto’s ninja epic made its debut in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999, and it has become one of the bestselling manga and anime of all time. Join the VIZ team along with Maile Flanagan (Voice of Naruto) and Amanda Miller (Voice of Boruto) to kick off a party 20 years in the making. Believe it!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

1:00 p.m. VIZ Media’s World of Voice Acting Featuring Voices from SAILOR MOON and BORUTO
Special Events Hall
VIZ Media is bringing you some of the most talented voices behind Sailor Moon, Naruto, and Boruto to Anime NYC, including Maile Flanagan (from Naruto), Amanda Miller (from Boruto), and Erika Harlacher (from Sailor Moon). Join the panel and discuss the creativity behind voice acting, your favorite anime moments and much more.

2:30 p.m. NARUTO & BORUTO English Voice Actor Autograph Session
Private Autograph Area*
A special encore autograph session with Maile Flanagan and Amanda Miller.

*Tickets are distributed via a pre-show lottery. Please see Anime NYC’s Autograph Page for more information: animenyc.com/autographs2019.

FUNimation Entertainment to Stream the Naruto Anime in the United Kingdom and Ireland

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will begin streaming the Naruto anime in the United Kingdom and Ireland on October 15, 2019. All episodes will be available on the streaming service both in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub.

FUNimation announced its acquisition of Manga Entertainment Limited, a distributor of anime including Naruto in the United Kingdom and Ireland, in May 2019. The FUNimation subsidiary is offering more than 900 hours of subtitled and dubbed content, and most of the titles will be available streaming in the United Kingdom and Ireland on FunimationNow.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll to Stream Naruto to Boruto The Live 2019 Event

Crunchyroll has announced that it will stream the NARUTO to BORUTO THE LIVE 2019 event on October 9, 2019 from 9:00 p.m. EDT to October 10, 2019 at 9:00 p.m. EDT. The limited streaming event will be available through the service in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and the Middle East.

The two-day NARUTO to BORUTO THE LIVE 2019 event was held on October 5 and October 6, 2019 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture. The event commemorated the 20th anniversary of Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto manga.

The event featured musical performances of the Naruto anime’s theme songs by FLOW, KANA-BOON, Game-Jikkyōsha Wakuwaku Band, Little Glee Monster, SNOWKEL, DISH//, and FUJIFABRIC. The event also featured anime cast members’ readings of original story episodes. The cast present at the event included Junko Takeuchi (Naruto), Noriaki Sugiyama (Sasuke), Chie Nakamura (Sakura), Nana Mizuki (Hinata), Yuko Sanpei (Boruto), Cocoro Kikuchi (Sarada), Ryūichi Kijima (Mitsuki), and Kensho Ono (Shikadai).

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces Impressive Collection of New Manga, Novels and More for Summer 2020 Release

VIZ Media expands its publishing catalog as it announced a wide range of new acquisitions set for Summer 2020 release during its official panels held this past weekend at New York Comic Con.

New VIZ Signature titles arriving in Summer 2020 include Maison Ikkoku Collector’s Edition, the definitive release of the classic Rumiko Takahashi series, Naoki Urasawa’s Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams, and Ping Pong, the tale of two boys’ passion for table tennis from Eisner Award winner Taiyo Matsumoto. The inspiration for the Netflix Original series Kingdom, The Kingdom of the Gods, was also announced.

Shonen Jump titles announced at the Shonen Jump-dedicated panel include Masashi Kishimoto’s latest series Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru; act-age, a gripping tale of an actor surviving her inner demons and Spy X Family, an action-packed comedy about a fake family that includes a spy, an assassin and a telepath. The official manga adaptation of the hit Rooster Teeth series RWBY: The Official Manga also receives a release as well as new novels from bestselling series Bleach, Naruto and One Piece.

On the Shojo Beat side, new titles include Fushigi Yugi: Byakko Senki, the final installment of the popular fantasy series and Not Your Idol, a thriller about a former idol dealing with a psychotic stalker.

Last but not least, the roster of titles includes How Do We Relationship?, a rom-com about two college women in a “fake” relationship, and the massive, full-color guide Monster Hunter: World – Official Complete Works, a must have for fans of the video game franchise.

Summer 2020 New Acquisitions:

ACT-AGE
Story by Tatsuya Matsuki, Art By Shiro Usazaki

Kei Yonagi must delve deep into her psyche to succeed in the cutthroat world of acting, but can she keep her sanity while doing so? Is there a method to Kei Yonagi’s madness when it comes to acting? The young actor has a family of siblings to feed, but she finds herself struggling with her psychological demons when playing a role. Her desperate acting catches the eye of a famous director, Sumiji Kuroyama, who’s looking for raw talent to mold. Can he help Yonagi navigate the cutthroat world of acting without losing her sanity?

BLEACH: CAN’T FEAR YOUR OWN WORLD
By Ryohgo Narita, Original Concept by Tite Kubo

The bestselling paranormal action adventure manga series Bleach continues in novel form as an all-new threat arises. The Quincies’ Thousand Year Blood War is over, but the embers of turmoil still smolder in the Soul Society. Tokinada Tsunayashiro, elevated to head of his clan after a slew of assassinations take out every other claimant to the title, has a grand plan to create a new Soul King. His dark ambitions soon sow the seeds of a new total war across the realms, but all is not lost. There is one unlikely Soul Reaper who holds the key to defusing the conflict—Shuhei Hisagi, Assistant Captain of the Ninth Company and reporter for the Seireitei Bulletin.

FUSHIGI YUGI: BYAKKO SENKI
By Yuu Watase

The final Fushigi Yugi story in the Universe of the Four Gods begins. The year is 1923. Suzuno Osugi’s father Takao warns her to stay away from The Universe of the Four Gods, telling her it’s a book that only men can touch. Takao worked with late Einosuke Okuda, who translated its text. He knows that in order to enact its story, the book needs one last heroine: the priestess of Byakko.

HOW DO WE RELATIONSHIP?
By Tamifull

A romance of convenience between two college women soon becomes the real thing. Shy Miwa has always dreamed of finding love, but living in small-town Japan made finding the right match difficult—especially since she likes girls. Even going away to college didn’t seem to increase her romantic odds until one day her outgoing classmate Saeko suggests they might as well start dating each other since it’s not like either of them have other options. At first it seems like things won’t work out as their personalities clash and misunderstandings abound. But when their casual friendship starts to become something more Miwa begins to wonder—can a pragmatic proposal lead to true love?

MAISON IKKOKU COLLECTOR’S EDITION
By Rumiko Takahashi

Acclaimed author Rumiko Takahashi’s classic romantic comedy about finding a path in life. Yusaku Godai didn’t get accepted into college on the first try, so he’s studying to retake the entrance exams. But living in a dilapidated building full of eccentric and noisy tenants is making it hard for him to achieve his goals. Now that a beautiful woman has moved in to become the new resident manager, Godai is driven to distraction.

MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD – OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS
Dive into this monstrously massive guide and explore all of the hunting fields, monsters, weaponry and lore that turned Capcom’s beloved Monster Hunter franchise into a global hit. Monster Hunter: World is one of the biggest games to hit shelves in years, and an epic game deserves an epic book. This 560-page tome features all of the lore, myths and monster designs that made Monster Hunter: World such a hit. Get all of the details on the ecosystems of the hunting grounds, find out just what makes a Rathalos such a ferocious predator and explore the New World.

MUJIRUSHI: THE SIGN OF DREAMS
By Naoki Urasawa

From award-winning author Naoki Urasawa comes a tale of crushing debt, a broken marriage, and the painting that can fix it all—if Kasumi and her dad can manage to steal it. Kamoda will do anything to earn a quick buck, even if it means skipping out on his taxes to take his wife on a luxury cruise. But when a random tax audit bankrupts his family, Kamoda soon discovers his wife has taken that cruise after all—only without Kamoda or their daughter Kasumi. Desperate to provide, Kamoda invests in a scheme to mass-produce masks of controversial American presidential candidate Beverly Duncan. But a lackluster election kills their sales potential, burying Kamoda under a mountain of masks and debt. On the verge of despair, Kamoda discovers a sign that leads him to the Director, an art fanatic who vows he can make all of Kamoda and Kasumi’s dreams come true.

NARUTO: NARUTO’S STORY – FAMILY DAY
By Mirei Miyamoto, Original Concept By Masashi Kishimoto

The ninja adventures continue in these stories featuring the characters of Naruto and Boruto. In this first of three new stand-alone tales set in the Boruto timeline, the village of Konohagakure has established a new holiday, Family Day. In an attempt to celebrate, Naruto and his daughter Himawari race around looking for a must-have item that just keeps eluding them. Hinata wants to make the day memorable for her father Hiashi, her younger sister Hanabi and her son Boruto. Even Sasuke makes time to do something special with his daughter Sarada and his wife Sakura. When all is said and done, will the new holiday be considered a success?

NOT YOUR IDOL
By Aoi Makino

A psychological suspense series about a girl who has given up her life as an idol after being assaulted by a fan. In the wake of an assault, Nina Kamiyama, a former idol in the group Pure Club, shuns her femininity and starts dressing as a boy. At high school she keeps to herself, but fellow student Hikaru Horiuchi realizes who she is. What secrets is she keeping? The shocking drama starts.

ONE PIECE: ACE’S STORY
By Sho Hinata, Original Concept by Eiichiro Oda

Get the backstory on Luffy’s brother Ace in this first of two prose stories that continue the high seas adventure One Piece. This volume contains the origin story of Luffy’s adopted brother Ace, and tells of his thrilling quest for the legendary One Piece treasure.

PING PONG
By Taiyo Matsumoto

Ace high school table tennis players push their passion to the limit in this story of self-discovery, told by Eisner Award winner Taiyo Matsumoto and later adapted to anime by Masaaki Yuasa. Makoto “Smile” Tsukimoto doesn’t smile even though he’s got a natural talent for playing ping pong. As one of the best players in school, all hopes are on him to win the regional high school tournament, but winning is not what Smile really wants to do. Will the fierce competition to be number one bring out his best or drive him away from the game? Ping Pong is Taiyo Matsumoto’s masterwork reflection on friendship and self-discovery, presented here in two volumes, featuring color art, the bonus story Tamura and an afterward by the original Japanese series editor.

RWBY: THE OFFICIAL MANGA
By Bunta Kinami, Based on the Rooster Teeth Series Created By Monty Oum

Experience the Beacon Academy arc of the international smash hit animated series RWBY in a whole new way—manga. In the world of Remnant, monsters known as Grimm wreak havoc. They’re kept in check by Huntsmen and Huntresses, highly-skilled warriors experienced in monster extermination who utilize special abilities in battle. Ruby is a ferociously talented young girl who comes to Beacon Academy to hone her skills and serve as a Huntress herself. Alongside her sister Yang Xiao Long, rival Weiss Schnee and newfound friend Blake Belladonna, Ruby leads Team RWBY, the coolest new group at Beacon.

SAMURAI 8: THE TALE OF HACHIMARU
Story by Masashi Kishimoto, Art by Akira Okubo

A futuristic tale of samurai adventure from the creator of Naruto. Becoming a samurai seems like an impossible dream for Hachimaru, a boy who can’t even survive without the help of his father. But when a samurai cat appears before him, his whole life changes. A legendary manga creator and a rising star come together to bring you this science fiction samurai epic.

SPY X FAMILY
By Tatsuya Endo

An action-packed comedy about a fake family that includes a spy, an assassin and a telepath. Master spy Twilight is the best at what he does when it comes to going undercover on dangerous missions in the name of a better world. But when he receives the ultimate impossible assignment—get married and have a kid—he may finally be in over his head.

THE KINGDOM OF THE GODS
Story By In-Wan Youn, Art By Kyung-Il Yang, Original Concept by Eun-hee Kim

Discover the comic that inspired the Netflix Original zombie series Kingdom Years of war and famine and have plunged Joseon into chaos. Young Prince Yi Moon, after losing all his bodyguards to an assassination attempt, has no choice but to turn to the mountain bandit Jae-ha for help. But as the unlikely pair race to find safety in a world gone mad, it becomes horrifyingly clear that humans aren’t the only thing they must fear. In a bonus story, a secluded island becomes a private battlefield as the notorious Japanese criminal Juu and the infamous Korean felon Han face off against each other. But they aren’t the only ones on the island…

VIZ Media Announces Forthcoming Print Releases

VIZ Media announced during its Shonen Jump panel at New York Comic Con that it will release Ryohgo Narita’s Bleach: Can’t Fear Your Own World novel in July 2020, Mirei Miyamoto’s Naruto: Naruto’s Story – Family Day novel in June 2020, and Shō Hinata’s One Piece: Ace’s Story novel in May 2020.

The company also announced that it will begin releasing the act-age and RWBY The Official Manga in July 2020, Spy x Family manga in print in June 2020, and the Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru manga in March 2020.

Source: ANN

Coach x Michael B. Jordan Debut Naruto Manga-Inspired Fashion Line

Coach announces the launch of Coach x Michael B. Jordan, the first-of-its-kind creative collaboration with actor, producer and first global face of Coach menswear, Michael B. Jordan. Inspired by his cultural influences and community, his love of Naruto, and his passion for bringing unique voices to the forefront, this unisex ready-to-wear, footwear and bag collection is Jordan’s first foray into fashion design, guided by the expertise of Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers.

Created in partnership with VIZ Media, the collection combines Coach craftsmanship with Jordan’s affinity for functional fashion and graphic codes from the world of Naruto, a popular Japanese anime and manga. Product ranges from parkas, jean jackets and pullovers to backpacks, utility packs and hybrid sneaker boots. Infused with technical details like removable sleeves, tactical straps and elastic closures, it also features imagery of characters from Naruto, as well as the series’ trademark “eye” motifs reimagined with Coach’s Retro C graphic. These references tie back to the story of Naruto Uzumaki himself, a young ninja who begins his journey as an outsider and earns the respect of his community as he works with his friends to protect it. The Naruto backstory speaks closely to Jordan’s own narrative as an outlier building bridges inside and outside of the Hollywood establishment, and echoes Coach’s commitment to community and courage.

To launch the collection, Coach releases a campaign that fuses its values and craftsmanship with Jordan’s cinematic skill and Naruto‘s mystic iconography. The hero film, conceived by Jordan and directed by Rachel Morrison, who collaborated with Jordan previously as the director of photography on Black Panther, takes place in a neon-drenched Tokyo street, and moves between moments of modern-day grit and magical realism, placing an emphasis on the power of connection.

“Working with Mike is always a great experience,” said Vevers. “He’s a great collaborator because he always puts his heart and soul into everything he does, and because he brought something authentic and personal to the collection.”

“With my name on this collection, it was important to design pieces that represent my cultural influences and my community; pieces that I could see my friends, family and fans wearing with pride,” said Jordan. “As with all aspects of my work, this collection is about bringing fresh perspectives and unique voices to the forefront. Expanding into the fashion design space was rewarding beyond my expectations. I’m grateful to Stuart and Coach for providing me with the opportunity and expertise to execute a collection I’m extremely proud of.”

Coach will also celebrate the collection with global pop-ups in Japan, Malaysia and the United States, a dedicated Coach experience in the VIZ Media booth at New York Comic Con on October 3-6, 2019, and a range of limited-edition T-shirts.

The Coach x Michael B. Jordan collection is now available online at Coach.com and in stores.