VIZ Media Announces Summer 2022 Releases at New York Comic Con

VIZ Media announced its Summer 2022 lineup during New York Comic Con and on its social media. All of the following titles are scheduled to be released during that time period:

Title: The Liminal Zone (Genkai Chitai)
Author(s): Junji Ito
Summary: Three-time Eisner Award winner Junji Ito presents brand-new nightmares. A weeping woman, a forest of death, and more in four new stories in The Liminal Zone.

Title: Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon (Han’yō no Yasha Hime)
Author(s): Story and art by Takashi Shiina with main character design by Rumiko Takahashi
Summary: The hit anime series returns in manga form. The daughters of Inuyasha and Sesshomaru set out on a journey transcending time in Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon Volume 1.

Title: Crazy Food Truck
Author(s): Rokurou Ōgaki
Summary: Zero customers, a naked young lady, and an armed militia—it’s just another post-apocalyptic day for this food truck owner.

Title: The Elusive Samurai (Nigejōzu no Wakagimi)
Author(s): Yusei Matsui
Summary: In war-torn medieval Japan, a young samurai lord struggles to retake his throne, but not by fighting; Hojo Tokiyuki will reclaim his birthright by running away.

VIZ Media is already releasing this title digitally.

Title: Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible (Kubo-san wa Mob o Yurusanai)
Author(s): Nene Yukimori
Summary: In Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible a social butterfly makes friends with a wallflower—whether he’s ready or not.

VIZ Media is already releasing this title digitally.

Title: Rooster Fighter (Niwatori Fighter)
Author(s): Syu Sakuratani
Summary: In Rooster Fighter, giant demonic monsters wreak havoc and level Japanese cities. While the citizens flee in terror, it’s up to one brave rooster to stand his ground.

Title: Ghost Reaper Girl (Ghost Girl)
Author(s): Akissa Saiké
Summary: Chloé’s trading her dreams of taking over the acting world to taking down evil spirits.

VIZ Media is already releasing this title digitally.

Title: The Promised Neverland: Art Book World (Yakusoku no Neverland: Art Book World)
Author(s): Posuka Demizu
Summary: Featuring Posuka Demizu’s incredible artwork, as well as creator commentary and interviews, The Promised Neverland: Art Book World is a beautiful and haunting gaze into one of today’s most popular Shonen Jump series.

Title: Marvel’s Secret Reverse
Author(s): Kazuki Takahashi
Summary: Spider-Man and Iron Man travel to Japan to battle an evil gaming magnate and his deadly new technology in Secret Reverse—a new addition to the Marvel Universe from Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi.

Title: To Strip the Flesh (Tōda Oto Tanpenshū: Niku wo Hagu)
Author(s): Oto Toda
Summary: In a moving collection of six short stories, To Strip the Flesh finds Chiaki setting out to remake himself in his own image and discovers more than just personal freedom with his transition—he finds understanding from the people who matter most.

Title: Death Note Short Stories (Death Note Tanpenshū)
Author(s): Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata
Summary: Kira’s story is over, but the Death Note’s is not. This imaginative complete collection of short stories by the series’ creators explores the impact and influence of the legendary Death Note.

Title: Naruto Retsuden novels:

  1. Naruto: Kakashi’s Story–The Sixth Hokage and the Failed Prince (Naruto: Kakashi Retsuden: Rokudaime Hokage to Ochikobore no Shōnen)
  2. Naruto: Sasuke’s Story–The Uchiha and the Heavenly Stardust (Naruto: Sasuke Retsuden: Uchiha no Matsuei to Tenkyū no Hoshikuzu)
  3. Naruto: Naruto’s Story–Uzumaki Naruto and the Spiral Destiny (Naruto: Naruto Retsuden: Uzumaki Naruto to Neji no Tenmei)

Author(s): Jun Esaka, original concept by Masashi Kishimoto
Summary: A new series of Naruto novels in which Naruto’s allies and enemies take center stage in fast-paced adventures, begins releasing Summer 2022 with Naruto: Kakashi’s Story–The Sixth Hokage and the Failed Prince.

VIZ Media will release the following works digitally only:

Title: Witch Watch
Author(s): Kenta Shinohara
Summary: A VIZ digital exclusive. A teen witch wants to get familiar with her familiar. From the mangaka of Astra Lost in Space comes Witch Watch.

VIZ Media is already releasing new chapters of the manga digitally as they are published in Japan.

Title: Our Blood Oath (Bokura no Ketsumei)
Author(s): Kazu Kakazu
Summary: A VIZ digital exclusive. The Hizuki brothers may not be connected by blood, but they are bound by something stronger—a vampire oath.

VIZ Media already released new chapters of the manga digitally as they were published in Japan.

Title: High School Family (Kōkōsei Kazoku)
Author(s): Ryō Nakama
Summary: A VIZ digital exclusive. High school is rough, but imagine going to school with your whole family.

VIZ Media is already releasing new chapters of the manga digitally as they are published in Japan.

Source: ANN

Naruto Series Music to Stream and Be Available on Digital Platforms Outside of Japan

Milan Records has announced the score music for the Naruto anime franchise will be available to stream and on digital platforms for the first time outside of Japan. The soundtracks will become available through these outlets on September 24, 2021.

The albums that will be available include:

  • Naruto Original Soundtrack
  • Naruto Original Soundtrack 2
  • Naruto Original Soundtrack 3
  • Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow Original Soundtrack
  • Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel Original Soundtrack
  • Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom Original Soundtrack
  • Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack
  • Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack 2
  • Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack 3
  • Naruto Shippuden: The Movie Original Soundtrack
  • Naruto Shippuden: The Movie – Bonds Original Soundtrack
  • Naruto Shippuden: The Movie – The Will of Fire Original Soundtrack
  • Naruto Shippuden: The Movie – The Lost Tower Original Soundtrack
  • Naruto Shippuden: The Movie – Blood Prison Original Soundtrack
  • Naruto Shippuden: The Movie – Road to Ninja Original Soundtrack
  • The Last: Naruto the Movie Original Soundtrack
  • Boruto: Naruto the Movie Original Soundtrack
  • Boruto: Naruto the Movie Original Soundtrack 1
  • Boruto: Naruto the Movie Original Soundtrack 2

Source: FUNimation Entertainment

Pawsonify Producing Officially Licensed Naruto Shippuden, Boruto, and Inuyasha Pet Accessories

Pawsonify, the leader in anime pet wear, has partnered with VIZ Media to develop lines of pet accessories based on the hit manga and anime series Naruto Shippuden, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, and Inuyasha.

Pawsonify’s deal grants them North American and South American rights to create dog and cat collars, leashes, pet ID tags, and waste bag dispensers from these top anime series. They are proud to become the first US pet product licensee for Boruto or Inuyasha, and the first cat product licensee for all three franchises in the Americas.

“Growing up I loved Naruto – the characters, the story, and the whole world that it takes place in,” said Vensy March, the founder and CEO of Pawsonify. “Naruto was some of my earliest cosplays and I always wanted to have something from that anime for my pets. We’re so happy to make pet stuff that animal-loving Naruto fans like us will enjoy!”

Inuyasha has some of the most beautiful, iconic outfits in anime,” said Kevin Cheung, president of Pawsonify.”“We are thrilled to design pet accessories that capture the spirit of the main characters and the traditional Japanese style of the series.”

“We love our pets and they are very important members of our families,” said Laura Takaragawa, Vice President Consumer Products and Promotions at VIZ Media. “Fans of Naruto, Boruto, and Inuyasha will be excited to express and share their love for these anime with their furry friends.”

At launch, products will include forehead protector-style designs for shinobi and rogue animal ninjas, Akatsuki red cloud collars and leashes, and konoha accessories in Naruto and Boruto colors. The Inuyasha line will feature designs focused on Sesshomaru, Kagome, and Inuyasha. Fans can pre-order now on www.Pawsonify.com.

Chainsaw Man Is #1 on the NPD BookScan Adult Graphic Novels List for July 2021

Manga volumes occupied 17 spots on NPD BookScan’s Top 20 adult graphic novels list for July 2021:

  • Chainsaw Man Volume 1 by Tatsuki Fujimoto (#1)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 28 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#3)
  • Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 1 by Gege Akutami (#4)
  • Uzumaki 3-in-1 Deluxe Edition by Junji Ito (#6)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama (#7)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 27 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#9)
  • Death Note Black Edition Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata (#10)
  • Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Volume 1 by Aidairo (#11)
  • Hunter x Hunter Volume 1 by Yoshihiro Togashi (#12)
  • Tomie Complete Deluxe Edition by Junji Ito (#13)
  • My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Volume 10 by Hideyuki Furuhashi and Betten Court (#14)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama (#15)
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 22 by Koyoharu Gotouge (#16)
  • Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 6 by Gege Akutami (#17)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#18)
  • One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yūsuke Murata (#19)
  • Naruto Volume 1 by Masashi Kishimoto (#20)

Source: ANN

Champion Teams Up With Naruto to Launch The Brand’s First Anime Collection Ever

Champion Athleticwear has partnered with Naruto, a Japanese manga, to bring a unique capsule to market celebrating the story’s most well-known characters. Fans can shop the limited edition collection on August 13, 2021 at Champion (in-store and online).

The collection includes Reverse Weave hoodies and Heritage short sleeve tees for men, cropped Reverse Weave and Boyfriend Reverse Weave hoodies and heritage short sleeve tees for women, and hoodies and tees for kids.

Plus, fans can go in any Champion store for an exclusive opportunity to customize their merchandise with hand-picked patches including characters Naruto Sage mode, Gaara, Shikamaru, Tsunade, Hashirama, Tobirama, Hiruzen and symbols Uzumaki Clan, Uchiha Clan, Akatsuki cloud, and Sharingan.

This collaboration celebrates Naruto’ss quest to be his own Champion, a nod to Champion Athleticwear’s “Be Your Own Champion” initiative. The initiative represents the pure joy of playing, the importance of character and the importance of staying true to oneself. It encourages consumers not to try to be another person’s idea of a champion and to win with dignity and lose with grace.

Naruto is the definitive force behind Japanese pop culture in America, its influence and style. With masterful art and epic storytelling, the young ninja who seeks recognition from his peers and dreams of becoming the Hokage, today inspires millions of people across generations on a daily basis. Setting sales records at over 250 million manga copies sold globally, Naruto’s cultural impact is vast; from musicians like Cardi B and Lil Uzi Vert referencing the ninja in their lyrics, to NFL players mimicking Naruto’s actions after making a touchdown, and to the viral sensation and meme that is the Naruto Run – the storming of Nevada’s Area 51, all make Naruto an icon of our time.

Naruto, My Hero Academia, and Sailor Moon Stage Plays to Stream in August 2021

Live Viewing Japan has announced that it will stream three “2.5D” stage play programs from August 6-26, 2021, including Live Spectacle Naruto, My Hero Academia: The “Ultra” Stage, and Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical Nogizaka46 ver. 2019. Tickets are available on the company’s website for viewers in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Singapore.

Live Spectacle Naruto ran in 2015. My Hero Academia: The “Ultra” Stage ran in 2019. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical Nogizaka46 ver. 2019 is a 2019 run of a stage play that originally ran in 2018.

Source: ANN

Anime Soundtrack Review: Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack III

Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack III is a 25-track CD that is completely background instrumental score from the Naruto Shippuden anime series.

Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack III
Publisher: Aniplex Inc.
Release Date: July 6, 2016

This is the third and final background score soundtrack that was released for Naruto Shippuden. The pieces included on this disc are the ones that appeared in the episodes from near the end of the series. The tracks on this disc run anywhere from a minute and forty-four seconds to four minutes and twenty-five seconds.

The first track is titled, “Itachi Uchiha,” but I’m wondering where this title comes from. This is not a piece I associate with Itachi. I recognize this piece, though, especially from the battles of the Fourth Great Ninja War. I love how much this piece rocks, but I still don’t quite get Itachi’s connection with it.

Next is “Unleashing Nine-Tails,” which has a very ominous sound to it. Right at first, I didn’t recognize it from the series, but as it progressed it started sounding a little familiar. “Fourth Hokage” is an upbeat and frenzied track, which works for Minato (aka “Konoha’s Yellow Flash”). This is followed by “Father And Mother,” which is a very downbeat piece of music. However, this is one I recognize from the anime series, and I love the vocal part that appears here. This is a beautiful piece of music, and I associate it with Minato and Kushina’s death scene. This was also a piece of music that VIZ Media used for the menu on one of their Naruto Shippuden home video releases. “Gentle Hands” is another slower piece of music, and it seems to borrow some musical themes from “Father And Mother.”

“Kaguya Otsutsuki” is the theme music for Kaguya, the new “final boss” introduced during the Fourth Great Ninja War. This piece seems to borrow from traditional Japanese music, and it also appears to be using a variation of the male chanting from “Akatsuki.” There’s also a female vocal in here that adds a “mystical” quality to the piece. This is followed by “Zetsu’s Theme,” which is a more bombastic piece than “Kaguya Otsutsuki.” I recognize the piece and can easily connect it with Zetsu. I’ve always liked this piece of score from Naruto Shippuden.

“Ashura – Indra” brings the tempo back down, and it has a similar quality to “Guren,” which appeared on the previous soundtrack disc. Even though the two tracks have a similar quality, “Ashura – Indra” isn’t sharing a musical theme with “Guren.” This is followed by “Scene Of Carnage,” which is more of a midtempo track. Unfortunately, I can’t say that I necessarily recognize this song just from hearing it.

“Cold Ground” has a slower tempo and seems to incorporate some Middle Eastern influences in its musical arrangement. This has an almost desolate feel to it. “Purge Goddess” brings up the tempo and energy immensely. It’s a very frenetic sounding piece. From the title, I’m sure it’s a reference to Kaguya, but sadly, I can’t say this piece is memorable to me when I listen to it. I like it, but I’m just not placing where it would have shown up in the anime. This is the shortest piece on the disc.

This is followed by “Spiralling Hot Wind,” which is an upbeat piece that incorporates some of the male chanting I associate with some of the background score from the first Naruto anime. “Standing Upon Rumbling Ground” has a slow start, but then suddenly explodes and starts rocking out. This is one of the standout pieces for me on this release.

“Those Who Have Courage” is a piece that seems be pulling some musical ideas and themes from the score of the first Naruto anime. It incorporates the male chanting, but there was also a part of this track where musically, it seemed to be borrowing some ideas from the earlier background score. This is another standout piece on this soundtrack.

“Always Watching” slows things down immensely, but it is a very recognizable piece from this portion of Naruto Shippuden. This is a piece I associate with Rin from Obito’s flashbacks to his youth. “Kakashi And Obito” is another downtempo piece, and it has a strong emphasis on piano and strings. Both this and “Always Watching” are beautiful pieces of music. This is followed by “Friend,” which starts out slow but picks up in tempo. In some respects, it seems to share a musical “theme” with “Kakashi And Obito.”

“Eternal Sleep” is a very uptempo track that sounds bombastic. It’s among some of the “harder rock” instrumental pieces to be composed for the Naruto Shippuden franchise. Next is “Obito’s Theme,” which slows the tempo back down again. This piece seems to share musical themes with both “Kakashi And Obito” and “Always Watching.” This would make a lot of sense, though, considering the relationship that these three characters had.

This is followed by “Martyr,” which seems to share a musical theme with “Akatsuki.” It has the same type of choral chanting and the same gothic arrangement musically as the other song. However, after it reaches a climax of these shared elements with “Akatsuki,” it suddenly starts rocking out and becoming a piece unto its own. I really like the sound of “Martyr,” especially after it starts rocking out.

“Nostalgia” slows the tempo of the disc back down, and it seems to share a musical theme with “Reflection,” a piece that appeared on Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack II. Considering there’s a similar theme between nostalgia and reflecting, this shared musical theme makes a lot of sense. This is followed by “To Reach A Person,” and it’s another downtempo track with an emphasis on strings. The woodwinds that appear in this track make me think of a musical theme that appeared in the first Naruto anime. I was noticing this happening a bit in the tracks that appear on this disc. It kind of makes me think that Yasuharu Takanashi, the composer, was trying to bring things back “full circle,” if you will. Considering the emphasis on Naruto and Sasuke at the end of Naruto Shippuden, it makes a lot of sense to me to find ways to incorporate some musical thematic ideas from the first series, which had a strong emphasis on these two characters.

“Waltz of Wind and Fire” has a much more ominous, and nearly gothic, sound to it. It really gives the impression that the stakes have gotten high. Considering the title and where this appears on the disc, it would have to be music from the final battle between Naruto and Sasuke. I really like the sound of this piece, though. “The Road Continues” is a slower piece, and I can definitely hear that it’s borrowing from one of the classic themes from the first Naruto anime. I don’t remember the title of that theme, but it’s one I instantly recognize when I hear it. With a title like “The Road Continues,” it again makes sense to borrow something from the earlier series and incorporate it into the soundtrack for Naruto Shippuden.

The final track on the disc is “Naruto Main Theme ’16,” and this is a new version of Naruto’s theme music from the first Naruto anime. While you can recognize it as Naruto’s theme, you can also tell it’s a different recording. Takanashi took that piece of music and found ways to make it sound like his own. This is the longest track on the disc.

I found this score soundtrack to be just as strong as Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack and Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack II. This release, along with the other two soundtracks, should really be in the music collection of a Naruto fan. The best way to acquire these soundtrack CDs is to look around at sites that sell Japanese import CDs and trying to find the best deal.

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Anime Soundtrack Review: Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack II

Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack II is a 28-track CD that is completely background instrumental score from the Naruto Shippuden anime series.

Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack II
Publisher: Aniplex Inc.
Release Date: December 16, 2009

When it came to the tracks that are included on this release, I recognized quite a few of them when I heard them. The tracks on this disc run anywhere between a minute-and-a-half to a little over five minutes in length.

The title of the first track is translated to “Rising Dragon,” and I instantly recognized it as one the pieces of music VIZ Media used for the menus on their Naruto Shippuden home media releases. It’s also an important piece that shows up at crucial moments in the anime.

The second track, “Critical Point,” is a very upbeat and very recognizable piece of music. It’s usually heard when Naruto or someone else gets to an important point in a fight, and the fight is starting to go in the protagonist’s way. Track three, “Crushing,” is also recognizable since it’s the piece that can be heard when a character is about the make the final blow in a battle.

Track four is titled “Colorful Mist,” and it’s an instantly recognizable piece of music. It’s one that I strongly associate with Itachi Uchiha. I like the female vocal, as well as the harp, that appear during this track, because they help to accentuate the haunting feel that the song has.

“The Prophet” is the first track on here that references a background piece from earlier in the series and starts emphasizing the idea of a theme running through the music. In this case, the track uses elements from “Akatsuki,” a song that appeared on the previous soundtrack that is basically the theme for the Akatsuki. By hearing elements of “Akatsuki,” the listener knows that this piece is connected to this particular group of characters. The next two tracks are “Hidan” and “Kakuzu,” and these are the themes used for these particular two members of the Akatsuki. Hidan’s directly uses elements from “Akatsuki.” Kakuzu, on the other hand, not as much. Kakuzu’s theme sounds more like a hard and “driving” rock song when compared to Hidan’s. I believe this was another piece of music that VIZ Media used for the menus of their home video releases for Naruto Shippuden. “Crimson Flames” is another song associated with Hidan, and again, borrows elements from “Akatsuki.”

“Unkempt Hair” is another harder song, and it’s a piece of music I know I heard a bit in Naruto Shippuden during its run. However, I’m not recalling how the title of “Unkempt Hair” would fit in with where this piece would have first appeared in the series.

“Burial” is a downtempo piece of music. I admit that I don’t recognize the piece as I listen to it, but from where it appears on the soundtrack, I think I can guess where it appears. And if I’m right, that’s why it’s a piece that’s not used much in the series. This is the longest piece to appear on this set.

“White Clover” is another downtempo piece, but it’s one that I recognize because it was used a few times during the series. It’s a beautiful piece of music, and for the sequencing of the disc, it was perfect to put it right after “Burial.”

Track 12 is “Wandering,” and it almost feels like a song that wouls be used to score something set in the American Wild West. But, this is a theme that becomes associated with Sasuke during Naruto Shippuden. Fans of the series will recognize the piece immediately when they hear it. “Impregnable” returns to the hard driving and upbeat score, and it’s an instantly recognizable piece of music from the series. “Foreboding Skies” is another classic piece of score from Naruto Shippuden.

“Trial” is a song that fans of Naruto Shippuden will instantly recognize as being the piece of music that’s used in the next episode previews for the series. I’m sure it also appeared within the actual series itself, but I most recognize it as the new episode preview music.

Next is “Mind Reading,” which has a mystical and Eastern feel to it, and it’s a piece I instantly recognize and associate with Orochimaru. “Guren” relies heavily on woodwinds and was used as the theme music for the character of Guren, who was introduced during a filler arc.

“Black Spot” is a more upbeat track, and it’s another recognizable piece of music. Not only do I recognize it from the series, but it’s also another piece that VIZ Media used for the menus of their Naruto Shippuden home video releases.

“The Scarlet Letter” uses elements that I recognize from another piece, and I think that piece would have appeared on the first Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack. This is followed by “Courtesy,” which is a piece I associate with Pain. It has an almost gothic sound to it and is accompanied by a choir singing. In my mind I have always considered this to be Pain’s theme song.

“Red Rose” is an upbeat track that really rocks out and sounds great. However, I have to admit that it’s one of those songs that doesn’t sound instantly recognizable to me. As it progresses, it starts sounding a little familiar, but I can’t place where it was used. “Mountain Haze” is a much more downtempo number. It sounds beautiful, but I can’t say that I instantly recognize it as a piece of background score from the series. However, as it progresses, I do start recognizing it thanks to certain pieces of instrumentation. It’s a piece that I associate with flashbacks of young Obito.

This is followed by “Many Nights,” which uses elements from “Colorful Mist.” It’s not exactly the same as “Colorful Mist,” because it adds a male choir during it, as well as some other subtle differences. But this is an example of “themes” starting to appear throughout the background pieces that were written and recorded for Naruto Shippuden.

“Vision” uses elements from “Mind Reading,” and has a similar exotic sound to it. This is followed by “Reflection,” a very downbeat piece that focuses on acoustic guitar for its instrumentation. I recognize this piece as one that appears when characters are reminiscing on the past, hence the track’s title. “Fallen Leaves” is another piece that is downbeat and relies on acoustic guitar for its instrumentation. However, there are other instruments that make an appearance in this track. It’s another piece that I associate with flashbacks of young Obito.

“The Crying God” brings the tempo back up, and it’s another piece that appears during a fight scene. In this case, it appears when a battle is building up to its climax. The final song on the disc is “Early Summer Rain,” which is another slower piece. While it has a focus on acoustic guitar, there are also other musical elements that make the occasional appearance in the track. It’s a piece that VIZ Media used for the menus on their home video releases of Naruto Shippuden when they wanted something more laid back and serious. It’s also another piece I associate with flashbacks of young Obito.

Overall, I really enjoyed Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack II. I recognized the vast majority of the pieces that were included on this set, and I really didn’t have any complaints about the sequencing of the tracks on the disc. It’s a very solid soundtrack of background score instrumentals.

If you’re a fan of the Naruto franchise and enjoy the background score music, I would recommend finding a way to acquire Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack II. The best way to acquire this disc is to look around at sites that sell Japanese import CDs and trying to find the best deal.

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Toynk.com Announces New Anime Ramen Bowls

Toynk.com is announcing the release of nine new Ramen-Inspired home goods. The new arrivals include seven pop-culture-themed ramen noodle bowls complete with chopsticks. New Ramen Noodle Bowls feature pop-culture designs inspired by anime and kawaii culture including Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, My Hero Academia, Naruto, Sonic the Hedgehog, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Disney’s Lilo & Stitch, and Sanrio Gudetama.

Enjoy a generous serving of your favorite food from these officially licensed ceramic ramen bowls, which come complete with a pair of wooden chopsticks and a built-in chopstick holder. Durable ceramic material is perfect for daily use while slurping up a large bowl of ramen, udon noodles, pho, miso soup, and more.

Avatar: The Last Airbender Japanese Dinnerware Set

Learning to bend all four elements can work up a big appetite. Fill up on all of your Asian cuisine favorites with the Avatar: The Last Airbender Ramen Dinnerware Set, which comes complete with an 18-ounce ramen bowl and a pair of wooden chopsticks.

This Toynk exclusive ramen bowl features a glossy white finish with adorable chibi styling of “the Gaang,” including Aang, Katara, Sokka, Toph, and their loyal animal companions, Appa and Momo. The wrap-around design also features colorful symbols that represent each of the Four Nations, including the Air Nation, Fire Nation, Earth Kingdom, and Water Tribe.

Sonic The Hedgehog Japanese Dinnerware Set

Blast through every meal with Sonic Speed. After a long day of collecting gold rings and speeding through obstacle courses, you can kick up your red shoes while slurping down a hearty serving of noodles from the Toynk exclusive, Sonic The Hedgehog Japanese Dinnerware Set.

Matching the video game icon’s striking blue color, the large ramen bowl features a close-up of Sonic winking and the classic video game logo on the opposite side. This Japanese-inspired dinnerware set comes with a complete table setting, including a 14-ounce ramen bowl and a pair of wooden chopsticks. Sturdy and durable, these ceramic dishes are built to last through all of your impromptu run-ins with Doctor Eggman.

Sailor Moon Japanese Dinnerware Set

Based on the popular shoujo anime series, the Sailor Moon ramen bowl Japanese Dinnerware Set resembles Sailor Moon’s signature sailor Senshi outfit. The red, white, and blue design features her magical “Moon Prism Power” transformation brooch.

The Japanese dish set includes a 16-ounce ramen bowl and a pair of wooden chopsticks. Fight evil by moonlight, eat noodles by daylight with this cute Sailor Moon dinnerware set.

My Hero Academia U.A. Japanese Dinner Set

Eat Like A Hero: Master your Quirk with this My Hero Academia U.A. Ramen Dinnerware Set. The glossy ramen bowl features a blue-and-white design that matches the student training uniforms, including the stylized “U.A.” letters. Also featured in the design are the My Hero Academia logo and U.A. High School’s motto, “Plus Ultra.”

The dish set includes a 16-ounce ramen bowl and a pair of wooden chopsticks. Made from ultra-premium ceramic material, this sturdy dish is built to last through all of your heroic battles against the notorious League of Villains.

Disney Lilo & Stitch Japanese Dinnerware Set

Outsmart the Galactic Federation with this Lilo & Stitch Ramen Dinnerware Set. Based on traditional Japanese dining, you can enjoy a serving of soba, somen, udon, and other popular noodle dishes with this 2-piece ramen set.

The 16-ounce white ramen bowl features a fun tropical theme inspired by Hawaiian imagery, including a colorful array of orchids. Everyone’s favorite adorable (and chaotic) alien Stitch is also depicted in a variety of playful poses. Say Hiiiiii to out of this world flavor when you eat from this fun dinnerware set.

Naruto “Eating Noodles” Japanese Dinner Set

Eat Like A Ninja: Satisfy your noodle cravings with this Naruto Uzumaki Ramen Dinnerware Set. This 2-piece ramen set is perfect for Naruto Shippūden fans who want to upgrade their mealtime with a geeky flair.

The Naruto Eating Noodles Ramen set features a 16-ounce white bowl with a double-sided design. The printed graphic depicts a black-and-white image of Naruto Uzumaki slurping down a bowl of his favorite ramen noodles. Fuel up for your next battle in style with this fun ramen bowl set.

Dragon Ball Z Karin Japanese Dinnerware Set

Learn martial arts from the wise Master Karin with this Dragon Ball Z Karin Ramen Dinnerware Set. Based on traditional Japanese dining, you can enjoy a generous portion of your favorite noodle dishes with this ramen bowl set.

This 16-ounce ramen bowl features vibrant orange coloring and top-quality print graphics. The wise cat and martial art master Karin is featured in the design, along with his home-grown Senzu Beans.

Sanrio Gudetama Ceramic Soup Mug With Spoon

Take a break from your egg-essential thoughts with this Gudetama soup mug. Inspired by Sanrio’s Lazy Egg, this collectible drinkware makes a “meh” addition to any home kitchen. This kawaii soup mug features Gudetama’s face coming out of a cracked shell on the frontside and his adorable butt on the backside. The included matching spoon shows Lazy Egg in his shell.

The oversized mug holds 24 fluid ounces of your favorite food and beverages, including soup, cereal, ice cream, and more. The easy-grip handle is shaped like a broken egg to give you the full Lazy Egg experience.

Toynk Exclusive Ramen Noodle Throw Blanket

Take your ramen from the kitchen to the living room with our super soft Ramen Noodle Throw Blanket. The Toynk exclusive fleece blanket features a detailed Ramen Noodle design based on the popular uncooked noodle. It measures a large 45 x 60 inches and is made with top-quality polyester fleece. This fun food-inspired throw is a quirky and fun decor piece for any room in your home.

All Ramen Noodle home goods are officially licensed and available for purchase here: https://bit.ly/2T0Z2ZB

VIZ Media Announces August 2021 Manga and Anime Releases

VIZ Media has announced the company’s manga and anime releases for August 2021.

Shonen Jump

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 5—Golden Wind Volume 1
By Hirohiko Araki

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$19.99

Golden Wind is here. The highly-acclaimed fifth arc of Hirohiko Araki’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure shifts the action from Japan to Italy, as Koichi Hirose heads to Europe to find an aspiring gangster named Giorno Giovanna, the secret son of Dio Brando, scourge of the Joestar family. Organized crime meets family drama and unbelievable enemy Stands in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 5—Golden Wind.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 23 (FINAL VOLUME)
By Koyoharu Gotouge

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

In an epic confrontation, Tanjiro and his fellow Demon Slayers have fought on through the night, suffering terrible losses against the King of Demons, Muzan Kibutsuji. Dawn is breaking soon, and if they can keep Muzan at bay just a little longer, it will be the end of the centuries-long struggle. But Muzan will stop at nothing to destroy the Demon Slayers and unleash his most terrible powers. And if he can’t defeat them, he may even be able to cause the Demon Slayer Corps to destroy itself from within. All fates and destines will be decided as the sun begins to rise…

Haikyu!! Volume 45 (FINAL VOLUME)
By Haruichi Furudate

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

With the Adlers and Black Jackals match in full swing and years of rivalry and friendship thrown out into the open, Hinata and Kageyama continue to duke it out on the court. Will Hinata finally get to declare a major victory over Kageyama? Don’t miss the exciting finale.

We Never Learn Volume 17
By Taishi Tsutsui

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Of all the girls Nariyuki Yuiga tutors, Uruka Takemoto is the one who has known him (and had a crush on him) the longest. Despite her outgoing personality, she’s surprisingly shy when it comes to expressing her feelings for Nariyuki. And with her upcoming enrollment at a university overseas, it seems like all hope is lost when it comes to love…

Chainsaw Man Volume 6
By Tatsuki Fujimoto

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

A new girl named Reze has shown up and swept innocent Denji right off his feet. But is Reze exactly what she seems? (Spoiler: Nope.) Is Denji about to find happiness once and for all? (Spoiler: Nope.) Prepare for the storm of all storms when Chainsaw Man looks for true love.

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 11
By Gege Akutami

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

The Shibuya subway station is teeming with civilians and transfigured humans. Despite this dire circumstance, Satoru Gojo defeats the cursed spirits there. However, the cursed spirits possess a special item that can even seal the all-powerful Gojo. Meanwhile, an unlikely ally suddenly contacts Yuji Itadori, who is on his way to the station.

One Piece Volume 97
By Eiichiro Oda

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

The battle for Wano commences for real as the Straw Hats and their allies invade Kaido’s base on Onigashima. Luffy may have gotten stronger, but he’s gonna need all the help he can get against Kaido’s powerful forces.

Black Clover Volume 26
By Yūki Tabata

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

The battle to protect the Heart Kingdom continues. The Clover Kingdom knights may have won round 1, but Vanica and her minions won’t go down quietly. Just what is the secret to her power, and is there a way to counter it?

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Volume 20
By Aka Akasaka

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Will Tsubame tell Yu she returns his affections on graduation day? Unfortunately, Yu’s gaming addiction may have an impact not only on his grades but on how Tsubame views him. Hopefully his ruthless academic coach Kaguya’s diabolical plan will keep him from failing. On the other hand, someone else gets unexpectedly low marks this exam period. Then, on Valentine’s Day, which of the gang will give or receive romantic chocolates, friendship chocolates or obligatory
chocolates?

Fight rumors with rumors.

Shojo Beat

The King’s Beast Volume 3
By Rei Toma

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Rangetsu hasn’t given up on vengeance, but nothing about the imperial palace is simple. Now that she knows and trusts Prince Tenyou, she has come to see that her most important duty is to keep him alive for the sake of all Ajin—even at the cost of her own life.

Yona of the Dawn Volume 31
By Mizuho Kusanagi

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

The Kingdom of Kohka triumphs over Sen Province, but Hak is gravely injured and Yona is unable to speak. Meanwhile, while tending to injured soldiers, Yun shows interest in the Sky Tribe’s medical techniques. Advisor Keishuk invites him to Hiryuu Palace to learn more, but what is Keishuk’s true motive?

Kaze Hikaru Volume 29
By Taeko Watanabe

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

After attempting to seduce Sei, the aristocrat Yoshinobu begins to tell her about his past. With Sei’s support, Yoshinobu makes up his mind to take on the role of shogun. However, his decision to call off the Choshu expedition and request an imperial order to stop the fighting enrages Councillor Ito to the point that he decides to overthrow the Bakufu. Nakamura Goro, who is on Ito’s side, has always had feelings for Sei, and he comes up with his own plans to separate her from troop captain Soji, who is the love of her life.

VIZ Media

Star Wars: Guardians of the Whillis
Adapted by Jon Tsuei, Illustrated by Subaru

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$14.99

The Force is with me, and I am one with the Force.
– Chirrut Îmwe

Presiding over the Kyber Temple on Jedha, the Guardians of the Whills, Baze Malbus and Chirrut Îmwe, had hoped to maintain a peaceful balance despite the growing presence of the Empire in their Holy City. Yet they struggle to stay true to the Force as stormtroopers threaten to take over. When a rebel named Saw Gerrera appears offering them a chance to help Jedha, Baze and Chirrut must decide if they’re willing to compromise for peace, or if Saw’s plan is too dangerous to risk?

Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills introduces Baze and Chirrut before they meet the Rebellion members who turn the tide in the fight against the Empire in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Writer Jon Tsuei and manga artist Subaru bring the origin story of this fan favorite duo to life in a new manga adaptation based on the novel by Greg Rucka.

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Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.

Disney Cruella
Story by Hachi Ishi

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$14.99

You don’t become a legend by being nice,

She wasn’t born Cruella. Gifted with talent, innovation, and ambition, Estella dreamed of becoming a fashion designer, but the world seemed intent on making sure her dreams would never come true.

The life of an amateur thief is hardly a glamourous one, but in 1970’s London, at the crossroads of fashion, Estella has a vision for herself and her designs, if only she can afford it. Witness Estella’s life on the streets with her best friends and partners in (petty) crime, Horace and Jasper, before the infamous diva Cruella emerges to make sure no one gets in her way.

Pokemon: Sword & Shield Volume 1
Story by Hidenori Kusaka, Art by Satoshi Yamamoto

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$4.99

Excitable Casey and easygoing Henry share a dream of participating in gym battles. For Casey it’s a chance to become reunited with her missing Pokemon. For Henry, it’s a chance to search for the legendary Rusted Sword and Rusted Shield.

Radiant Volume 14
By Tony Valente

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Relentlessly hunted by antagonists known as Domitors, Seth tries to fend off his pursuers and ends up discovering a new and surprising ability. Meanwhile, after being rescued by the alchemist Hurlä and the cheerfully oddball kids of the Droplet Gang, Seth’s friends Mélie and Ocoho set out to find him and their other missing friend, Doc, who has been taken in by the Inquisition after being mistaken for a kidnapped child. Unfortunately Doc’s lousy luck lets him down even more when he meets up with an old and not at all welcome acquaintance.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition Volume 14
By Hiromu Arakawa

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$19.99

In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. With long-sought answers in hand, all that remains in the brothers’ quest to restore their bodies and save their country is to prepare for the reckoning looming on the Promised Day.

VIZ Signature

Sensor
By Junji Ito

On Sale Date: August 17, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$19.99

Did she wander in? Or was she drawn in?

A woman walks alone at the foot of Mount Sengoku. A man appears, saying he’s been waiting for her, and invites her to a nearby village. Surprisingly, the village is covered in hairlike volcanic glass fibers, and all of it shines a bright gold. At night, when the villagers perform their custom of gazing up at the starry sky, countless unidentified flying objects come raining down on them, the opening act for the terror about to occur.

Urusei Yatsura Volume 11
By Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: August 17, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$19.99

Once again, Lum has introduced a bizarre menace to Earth, causing her classmates to quake with fear—a judge who “vanishes” performers whose New Year’s Hidden Talent Show acts are deemed subpar. Later, Mendo is shocked by the
sudden announcement of his arranged marriage to a bride so secret even members of her own family don’t know her.

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Volume 3
Story by Haro Aso, Art by Kotaro Takata

On Sale Date: August 17, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$12.99

One by one, Akira has been checking little items like cleaning his room and snagging a new TV off his bucket list. Now, having grown weary of the hotbed of infection that is Tokyo, Akira makes the decision to head to his parents’ home in Gunma. But to get there, he needs to get past his former boss.

Assassin’s Creed: Blade of Shao Jun Volume 2
By Minoji Kurata

On Sale Date: August 17, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$14.99

Shao Jun, the last Assassin in China, has returned to her homeland with vengeance on her mind. The Templar Order’s machinations must be stopped, and only Shao Jun stands ready for the battle to come. As she eliminates her foes one by one, the Templar Order’s plans for the Great Ming Empire begin to come to light.

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Volume 16
Story and Art by Yasuo Ohtagaki
Concept by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino

On Sale Date: August 17, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$14.99

Daryl Lorenz and his support crew have made it back into space, but they’ve got the entire Earth Federation fleet between them and the Nanyang Alliance rendezvous point. Renegade Zeon General Galle can help, but his assistance comes at a price, and getting through the blockade will require an audacious plan that only Daryl Lorenz can pull off-stealing an advanced Mobile Armor equipped with the advanced Psycommu control system right out from under the Federation’s nose.

Shonen Sunday

Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 14
By Tomohito Oda

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Komi and her brother, Shosuke, are in the country visiting their grandmother, and even the company of their younger cousin Akira can’t save them from one dismal fact—they’re bored. The visit is salvaged, however, when they run into Inaka, who knows all about having a good time in the country. It’s friendship to the rescue.

Call of the Night Volume 3
By Kotoyama

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Nazuna isn’t the only one who thinks Ko is a delicious snack. And Ko isn’t the only one who gets jealous. When Ko draws the attention of four other vampire girls with nefarious intentions, he must fight for his life—even though he wants to give it up to become a vampire. But only to a certain special someone. Unfortunately, there’s a time limit on being “turned,” which raises the…uh…stakes. Then, Ko follows some dating advice that backfires. Undeterred, he tries to help another vampire and mortal mend their love/hate relationship.

Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle Volume 15
By Kagiji Kumanomata

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

The sun shines on the Demon Castle… but it’s supposed to be perpetual night in the Demon World. Then Zeus—Poseidon and Hades’ little brother—joins the Demon Castle staff. Everyone is in awe of him except the princess, who quickly finds ways to use the most powerful of the mythological gods to help her achieve her ongoing and current personal goals of sleeping better and opening a cat cafe. Then, in a stunning reversal of fortune, an important castle inhabitant is taken hostage. Will Syalis help the rescue team’s efforts or hinder them? Plus, a very special Sleepy Princess/Doraemon crossover episode.

Home Video

Naruto: Set 4 BD
Shonen Jump

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: TV-14
Price: USA$39.99

There’s a storm brewing and its name is Akatsuki. Sasuke has a chance run-in with the murderer of his entire clan, his brother Itachi. Can he avenge the Uchiha? Meanwhile, young Naruto begins training with Jiraiya to master the powerful Rasengan. Before long a battle among legends erupts when Orochimaru dares to confront Lady Tsunade and Jiraiya, while Sasuke, burning with angst, makes a terrible choice to travel down a path of darkness. Can his friends stop him?

Inuyasha Set 6 BD
VIZ Media

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: TV-14
Price: USA$39.99

No description was available for this set because the press release included the write-up for the Naruto set with this Inuyasha release.