VIZ Media Announces One-Punch Man Season 2 Premiere Exclusively on Hulu

VIZ Media announces the premiere of Season 2 of the anime series One-Punch Man on April 9, 2019, the same day as the Japanese broadcast.

One-Punch Man will be presented in Japanese audio with English subtitles with new episodes every week on Hulu, the streaming home for Season 2 in the U.S.

Based on the best-selling manga series created by ONE and illustrated by Yusuke Murata, after three years of “special training,” Saitama’s become so strong that he’s practically invincible. In fact, he’s too strong – even his mightiest opponents are taken out with a single punch. Alongside Genos, his faithful disciple, Saitama begins his official hero duties as a member of the Hero Association, while Garou, a man utterly fascinated by monsters, makes his appearance.

“We’re excited to once again partner with Hulu to bring another action-packed season of One-Punch Man to subscribers,” says Brian Ige, Vice President, Animation. “This new addition to the streaming service joins VIZ’s already expansive catalogue of hit series available on Hulu.”

One-Punch Man Season 2 to Air Special on April 2, 2019 Before Its Hulu Premiere on April 9, 2019

The official website for the One-Punch Man anime has announced that a special will air on April 2, 2019. At the same time, VIZ Media has announced that it will start streaming the first subtitled episode as a Hulu exclusive on April 9, 2019, “the same day as Japanese broadcast.”

The anime’s website describes the April 2, 2019 airing in Japan as the “broadcast premiere commemorative special.” VIZ Media stated that “details and availability in the U.S. are currently unavailable” for the April 2, 2019 special announced in Japan.

The anime’s website also lists the streaming services AnimeLab for Australia and New Zealand, Anime Digital Network for France, Anime on Demand for Germany and Austria, and Youku for Mainland China. It will be available streaming in Japan on 24 services, including Nico Nico Live Stream, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video.

The site also announced that Makoto Furukawa, the voice actor for Saitama, will perform the ending theme song “Chizu ga Nakutemo Modoru kara,” (Even Without a Map, I’ll Return).

Source: ANN

Dragon Ball Super Manga Tops the U.S. Monthly Bookscan List in January 2019

Dragon Ball Super is the top-ranking manga on NPD BookScan’s list of the top 20 selling adult graphic novels in the United States for January 2019. A total of twelve manga titles made it onto the top 20 list:

  • Dragon Ball Super Volume 4 by Toyotarō and Akira Toriyama (#1)
  • The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story by Marie Kondo and Yuko Uramoto (#2)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#3)
  • My Hero Academia Vigilantes Volume 3 by Hideyuki Furuhashi and Betten Court (#4)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 16 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#5)
  • One-Punch Man Volume 15 by ONE and Yuusuke Murata (#6)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#7)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 15 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#8)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#10)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 14 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#14)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#15)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida (#19)

Source: ANN

Brazilian Member of Jam Project is the Composer for the New OP Music for the Second Season of One-Punch Man

Singer-songwriter Ricardo Cruz is responsible for creating the song that will be the main theme of the second season of the One-Punch Man anime.

The Brazilian is part of the Japanese super group JAM Project, a dream team of singers who have recorded quite a few theme songs for anime series.

“baptized in the West of Uncrowned Greatest Hero” (“静寂のアポストル” – Seijaku no Apostle in Japan) will be the opening of the second season of One-Punch Man that premieres in April 2019, replacing another song of the JAM Project, “The Hero,” the theme of the first season. The single will be released in Japan on April 24, 2019.

It is the first time that a Brazilian composed a soundtrack for an original anime in Japan.

In Brazil, Ricardo recorded Portuguese versions for the anime Hunter x Hunter, Saint Seiya, and most recently two Dragon Ball Super ending themes, which were screened by Cartoon Network in South America.

The singer also participates in a Brazilian group called Danger 3.

Top 20 Selling Manga on BookScan’s December 2018 List

NPD BookScan has released its Top 20 Manga List for December 2018:

  1. My Hero Academia Volume 16 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  2. My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  3. My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  4. My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  5. My Hero Academia Volume 15 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  6. Attack on Titan Volume 26 by Hajime Isayama
  7. My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  8. Splatoon Volume 5 by Sankichi Hinodeya
  9. My Hero Academia Volume 5 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 4 by Akira Himekawa
  11. My Hero Academia Volume 14 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  12. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida
  13. RWBY Official Manga Anthology Volume 3
  14. Monster Musume Volume 14 by OKAYADO
  15. Tokyo Ghoul:re Volume 8 by Sui Ishida
  16. One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yuusuke Murata
  17. My Hero Academia Volume 6 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  18. RWBY Official Manga Anthology Volume 1
  19. RWBY Official Manga Anthology Volume 2
  20. Splatoon Volume 1 by Sankichi Hinodeya

Source: ANN

My Hero Academia Is #2 Selling Graphic Novel in the U.S. for August 2018

Fourteen manga titles appeared on NPD BookScan’s Top 20 selling graphic novel list for August 2018:

  • My Hero Academia Volume 14 by Kohei Horikoshi (#2)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kohei Horikoshi (#3)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kohei Horikoshi (#5)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 13 by Kohei Horikoshi (#6)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kohei Horikoshi (#8)
  • My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Volume 1 by Hideyuki Furuhashi (#9)
  • Dragon Ball Super Volume 3 by Akira Toriyama and Toyotarou (#10)
  • Tokyo Ghoul: Re Volume 6 by Sui Ishida (#11)
  • RWBY: Official Manga Anthology Volume 2 (#12)
  • One Piece Volume 87 by Eiichiro Oda (#13)
  • One-Punch Man Volume 14 by ONE and Yusuke Murata (#15)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kohei Horikoshi (#16)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 12 by Kohei Horikoshi (#17)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 5 by Kohei Horikoshi (#18)

Source: The Fandom Post

One-Punch Man Is #2 on the July 2018 U.S. Adult Graphic Novel BookScan List

14 manga titles appeared on the NPD BookScan Top 20 Adult Graphic Novel list for July 2018:

  • One-Punch Man Volume 14 by ONE and Yuusuke Murata (#2)
  • Dragon Ball Super Volume 3 by Toyotarō and Akira Toriyama (#3)
  • My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Volume 1 by Hideyuki Furuhashi and Betten Court (#5)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#6)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 13 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#7)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 25 by Hajime Isayama (#8)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#10)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 12 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#11)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#13)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#16)
  • Berserk Volume 39 by Kentarou Miura (#17)
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re Volume 5 by Sui Ishida (#18)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 11 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#19)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida (#20)

The BookScan rankings represent sales at Barnes & Noble and other book chains, independent bookshops, and online purchases. However, sales at comic book stores, Walmart.com, and some other venues are not included.

Source: ANN