VIZ Media Acquires Rights to Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Anime Series

VIZ Media has announced the acquisition of digital, broadcast, home media and master merchandising rights to Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. VIZ Media acquired the rights for the anime series for the North American and Latin American markets.

In partnership with VIZ Media, the first episode of the new series will make its U.S. simulcast premiere on Hulu beginning April 5, 2017, the same day as its premiere in Japan. New episodes will continue to premiere weekly on Wednesdays.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is the continuation of the famed Naruto anime series and focuses on the adventures of the son of the celebrated ninja. Ahead of the next installment of the Naruto Shippuden franchise, Hulu subscribers can catch up on the entire Naruto Shippuden collection beginning March 23, 2017 by visiting the official show page, and future episodes of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations will become available to stream here: hulu.com/boruto.

As the series opens, the life of the shinobi is beginning to change. Boruto Uzumaki, son of Seventh Hokage Naruto Uzumaki, has enrolled in the Ninja Academy to learn the ways of the ninja. Now, as a series of mysterious events unfolds, Boruto’s story is about to begin.

“We are very excited to announce the acquisition of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations and know that fans everywhere will be looking forward to the debut of these new episodes,” says Charlene Ingram, VIZ Media’s Senior Manager of Animation Marketing. “The stage is set for intense adventures featuring a fresh cast of ninjas from the Hidden Leaf Village!”

VIZ Media plans to create an English dub for series episodes featuring the cast highlighted in Boruto: Naruto the Movie including Amanda Miller in the lead role of Boruto, Cherami Leigh as Sarada, the daughter of Sasuke from the original Naruto series, and Robbie Daymond as the mysterious “synthetic human” shinobi, Mitsuki.

VIZ Media Announces North American Home Media Release of Boruto: Naruto the Movie and the Launch of the Boruto Manga

VIZ Media delivers the home video release of Boruto: Naruto the Movie on March 28, 2017, and will be followed by the Volume 1 launch of the Boruto manga series on April 4, 2017.

Naruto fans are going to love the all-new adventures depicted in the Boruto anime feature film and manga series,” says Candice Uyloan, VIZ Media’s Senior Director of Product Marketing. “As the young and brash Boruto embarks on his quest to uncover and embrace his own destiny, he will face a variety of tests and new foes on his quest to become a strong shinobi. Will he be able to step out of the shadow of his famous father to become an even greater ninja? Find out in these action-packed new releases!”

Boruto: Naruto the Movie will be released as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack as well as a Standard Edition DVD. This exciting anime feature film adventure is based on the Naruto manga series created by Masashi Kishimoto and depicts the rebellious son of the legendary ninja who seeks to become an even greater ninja.

The Boruto: Naruto the Movie Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack will carry an MSRP of $29.98 U.S. / $34.99 CAN; the Standard Edition DVD-only Set will have an MSRP of $19.98 U.S. / $24.99 CAN. The film is highlighted by an English dub cast featuring Amanda Miller (Boruto), Cherami Leigh (Sarada) and Robbie Daymond (Mitsuki). English subtitled with Japanese audio as well as English dubbed selections are available on both formats. Bonus features include clean closing segments and the original Japanese theatrical trailers.

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack will be released as a deluxe, two-disc collection (one DVD and one Blu-ray) that presents the anime feature film in crisp 1080p HD, 16×9 video. Notable bonus combo pack exclusive features include a Naruto OVA (The Day Naruto Became Hokage) and a production art gallery. The Standard DVD Set will present the film in 16×9 video with DTS-HD 5.1 as well as stereo audio.

With Naruto as the Seventh Hokage, Hidden Leaf Village is planning to host the Chunin Exams to train new shinobi from the village and from five of their allied villages. Among the entrants are Sasuke’s daughter, Sarada, who adores Naruto, Mitsuki, an exceptionally talented yet mysterious shinobi… and Boruto, Naruto’s son who shows great potential, but despises his father.

Sasuke, who’s been on a mission, appears before Naruto to warn of a strange impending danger he has sensed. Shrouded with an evil aura, Momoshiki and Kinshiki appear during the Exams and attempt to weaken and kidnap Naruto. Boruto is petrified and unable to do a thing while Sasuke guards him. As Naruto steps in front to shield them, he smiles faintly and disappears in front of Boruto.

VIZ Media follows the release of Boruto: Naruto the Movie with the debut of the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations manga series on April 4, 2017. Currently released monthly in Weekly Shonen Jump, the world leading digital manga magazine, this new series presents the sequel to the internationally bestselling ninja adventure manga created by Masashi Kishimoto. This series is rated “T” for Teens and will be published in print as well as digital editions.

Volume 1 will carry a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations will also be available digitally via VIZ.com/read and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the NOOK, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Subsequent volumes of this ongoing series will be published in English on a triannual basis.

In the manga series, Naruto was a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He achieved his dream to become the greatest ninja in his village, and now his face sits atop the Hokage monument. But this is not his story. A new generation of ninja is ready to take the stage, led by Naruto’s own son, Boruto.

VIZ Media Announces Preorders for Boruto: Naruto the Movie and the Launch of the Boruto Manga Series

VIZ Media has announced preorders for the home media release of Boruto: Naruto the Movie as well as Volume 1 of the manga series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.

Set to debut on March 28, 2017, Boruto: Naruto the Movie will be released as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and as a Standard Edition DVD. The action-filled anime feature film is based on the Naruto anime and manga series created by Masashi Kishimoto and follows the rebellious son of the legendary ninja who seeks to become an even greater ninja. The film’s English dubbed audio track features the cast just announced for the forthcoming anime series, highlighted by Amanda Miller in the lead role of Boruto, Cherami Leigh as Sarada, and Robbie Daymond as the mysterious Mitsuki. Japanese dialogue with English subtitle options will also be included on both releases.

The Boruto manga series will launch in print and digitally on April 4, 2017 and will be published under the Shonen Jump imprint. The series features story by Ukyo Kodachi and artwork by Mikio Ikemoto. Preorders for the print edition of Volume 1 are now available.

For a limited time, a free collectible mini-poster will be available as a special gift with purchase for Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Volume 1 preorders placed with online anime retailer, The Right Stuf. Purchasers will receive one of three designs randomly selected at the time of fulfillment while supplies last.

BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack
MSRP: $29.98 U.S. / $34.99 CAN · Available March 28, 2017

Catch the home media debut of Boruto: Naruto the Movie, presented in crisp 1080p HD video with DTS-HD audio 5.1 featuring English and Japanese dialogue options. The Combo Pack Set also includes a bonus OVA for Naruto.

BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE Standard Edition DVD
MSRP: $19.98 U.S. / $24.99 CAN · Available March 28, 2017

A movie-only Standard Edition DVD release of Boruto: Naruto the Movie.

In Boruto: Naruto the Movie, an inconceivable foe lies in wait as Sasuke, the Five Kage and Boruto with a determination of steel, charge into another dimension. With Naruto as the Seventh Hokage, Hidden Leaf Village is planning to host the Chunin Exams to train new shinobi from the village and from five of their allied villages. Among the entrants are Sasuke’s daughter, Sarada, who adores Naruto, Mitsuki, an exceptionally talented yet mysterious shinobi… And Boruto, Naruto’s son who shows great potential, but despises his father.

Sasuke, who’s been on a mission, appears before Naruto to warn of a strange impending danger he has sensed. Shrouded with an evil aura, Momoshiki and Kinshiki appear during the Exams and attempt to weaken and kidnap Naruto. Boruto is petrified and unable to do a thing while Sasuke guards him. As Naruto steps in front to shield them, he smiles faintly and disappears in front of Boruto.

BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS Volume 1 · Rated “T” for Teens
PRINT MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Available April 4, 2017

Naruto was a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He achieved his dream to become the greatest ninja in his village, and now his face sits atop the Hokage monument. But this is not his story. A new generation of ninja is ready to take the stage, led by Naruto’s own son, Boruto.

VIZ Media Announces New Officially Licensed Product Partners for Naruto

VIZ Media continues to expand consumer product licenses for its action adventure property, Naruto Shippuden.

The newest products for the franchise are scheduled to be released in 2017 and will encompass a diverse array of consumer categories including collectible figures and ramen and assorted snack foods. The partners include McFarlane Toys, Zag Toys and CTC Food International.

McFarlane Toys
Product Description: Naruto Shippuden Action Figures
Additional Info Available At: https://mcfarlane.com/toys/brands/naruto/

Zag Toys
Product Description: Original Mini’s Domez 2.5” Collectible Figures
Additional Info Available At: http://originalminis.com/

CTC Food International
Product Description: Naruto Shippuden Instant Ramen, Ramune Soft Drinks and Do-It-Yourself Candies
Additional Info Available At: http://www.ctcfood.com/

In the Naruto manga and animated series, Naruto Uzumaki wants to be the best ninja in the land. Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He’s got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world’s greatest ninja. He’s done well so far, but Naruto knows he must train harder than ever and leaves his village for intense exercises that will push him to his limits. Naruto Shippuden begins two and a half years later, when Naruto returns to find that everyone has been promoted up the ninja ranks – except him. Sakura’s a medic ninja, Gaara’s advanced to Kazekage, and Kakashi… well he remains the same. But pride isn’t necessarily becoming of a ninja, especially when Naruto realizes that Sasuke never returned from his search for Orochimaru. Plus, the mysterious Akatsuki organization is still an ever-present danger. As Naruto finds out more about the Akatsuki’s goals, he realizes that nothing in his universe is as it seems. Naruto is finding that he’s older, but will he also prove wiser and stronger?

My Impressions of Anime I’ve Recently Watched: Naruto Shippuden Set 28

I spent three nights watching a copy of Naruto Shippuden Set 28 that I checked out from the library. This set contains episodes 349-361 of the series.

This particular set contains all 13 episodes are focused on the past of Kakashi Hatake, spanning his time as a member of ANBU to when he forms Squad 7 with Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura. However, the episodes don’t solely focus on Kakashi’s backstory. Interwoven with his stories are stories that expand on or fill in the gaps for the backstories of Yamato and Itachi as well.

For Kakashi, I appreciated how the PTSD he experienced after a particular incident in his past was portrayed. The portrayal was realistic, and it also helps to explain some of the attitudes and behaviors that Kakashi exhibited when he was first introduced as a character in the early part of the series. Yamato’s backstory revelations were riveting to me as a viewer. I also appreciated learning that something that we had heard was part of Itachi’s backstory ended up not being how it was portrayed through dialogue earlier in the series. I hate have to “vague post” like this, but going into too much more detail would provide a lot of spoilers for readers who may not have gotten this far into the Naruto franchise.

In some of these episodes, primarily in the section focusing on Itachi, there were some interesting animation choices that were made. The choices made during the Itachi storyline added some interesting effect and layers to the scenes that they appeared in. But the stylized animation for when the Nine Tails attacked the Leaf Village in one of the earlier episodes didn’t work for me.

Even though these episodes didn’t do anything to propel the main story arc of the Fourth Great Ninja War, it provided a lot of necessary and interesting backstory for some of the characters. Unlike many of the actual filler episodes that have appeared in both Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, I didn’t feel as if these episodes were wasting my time.

Even though I really enjoyed all 13 of the episodes that appeared in Naruto Shippuden Set 28, I’m glad to see that when the next DVD set comes out, the episodes will be returning to the main storyline and will hopefully bring about some more progress for the Fourth Great Ninja War. But Naruto Shippuden Set 28 is definitely worth watching for any Naruto fan.

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: November 20-26, 2016

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of November 20-26, 2016, according to the New York Times.

1. The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition Volume 1 by Akira Himekawa

VIZ Media’s release of The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition Volume 1 holds steady at number one in its fourth week on the list.

2. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 moves back up three spots to number two in its 73rd week on the list.

3. Black Butler Volume 23 by Yana Toboso

Yen Press’ release of Black Butler Volume 23 enters the list at number three.

4. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 9 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 9 moves back up two spots to number four in its sixth week on the list.

5. One-Punch Man Volume 9 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 9 falls two spots to number five in its fourth week on the list.

6. One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 1 moves back up one spot to number six in its 64th week on the list.

7. Black Butler Volume 1 by Yana Toboso

Yen Press’ release of Black Butler Volume 1 re-enters at number seven in its 46th week on the list.

8. Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring by Masashi Kishimoto

VIZ Media’s release of Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring re-enters at number eight in its ninth week on the list.

9. Blue Exorcist Volume 1 by Kazue Kato

VIZ Media’s release of Blue Exorcist Volume 1 re-enters at number nine in its 20th week on the list.

10. Assassination Classroom Volume 1 by Yusei Matsui

VIZ Media’s release of Assassination Classroom Volume 1 re-enters at number ten in its 21st week on the list.

Source: The New York Times

VIZ Media Announces the Latest Naruto Novel With the Debut of Naruto: Itachi’s Story – Daylight

VIZ Media continues to expand its library of popular Naruto novels with the release of Naruto: Itachi’s Story – Daylight on November 1, 2016.

Naruto’s allies and enemies take center stage in these fast-paced adventures with each book focusing on a particular clan mate, ally, team, or villain. Naruto: Itachi’s Story – Daylight will be available in print and digital editions. The novel was written by Takashi Yano and features original cover art by Naruto creator, Masashi Kishimoto.

NARUTO: ITACHI’S STORY – DAYLIGHT
MSRP: $10.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN / $6.99 Digital · Available November 1, 2016

Uchiha Itachi, four years of age. With the hell of war burned into his eyes, the boy makes a resolution: he will rid this world of all violence. The birth of Sasuke, meeting his friend Shisui, the academy, genin, chunin, and then the Anbu – Itachi races down the path of glory toward his dream of becoming the first Uchiha Hokage, unaware of the darkness that lies ahead…

Also don’t miss the first three books in the series of Naruto novels – Naruto: Kakashi’s Story, Naruto: Shikamaru’s Story and Naruto: Sakura’s Story, available now in print and digital editions.