Crunchyroll Adds Five More Anime Titles to Its Streaming Catalog

Crunchyroll has announced that the site has added the five following anime titles to its streaming catalog:

  • Ouran High School Host Club – available to Crunchyroll members in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.
  • Noein – to your other self – available to Crunchyroll members in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands.
  • Yū Yū Hakusho – the first 28 episodes are available to Crunchyroll members in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Crunchyroll will release more episodes at a later date.
  • The Galaxy Railways – available to Crunchyroll members in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V – Crunchyroll first streamed the first 40 episodes of the series in November 2016. The site plans to add 4-5 new episodes every week.

Source: ANN

Tubi TV Adds More Anime to Its Catalog

Tubi TV has announced that it has added the following anime titles to its catalog:

  • GANGSTA.
  • Buddy Complex
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • .hack//SIGN
  • Aquarion Evol
  • .hack//Roots
  • Aquarion
  • .hack//Legend of the Twilight
  • Space Dandy
  • Ouran High School Host Club
  • Dance with Devils

All of these titles are streaming on Tubi TV with Japanese audio and English subtitles.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Makes Holiday Shopping for Your Favorite Anime and Manga Fan Easy With New Comprehensive Gift Guide

VIZ Media presents a specially curated selection of anime releases and manga titles to suit a wide array of tastes this holiday season. Fans can review the entire list of suggested titles at: www.viz.com/holiday.

In addition, members of the VIZ Media team created a video spotlighting a few of their top holiday picks at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFXHPWcySwo.

Fans can highlight wish lists with a variety of anime releases, including Limited Edition Box Sets available on DVD and Blu-ray, such as:

SAILOR MOON Season 1 Part 1 Limited Edition DVD & Blu-ray Combo Pack Box Set

(PRE-ORDER) SAILOR MOON Season 1 Part 2 DVD & Blu-ray Combo Pack Box Set – Releases in February 2015

RANMA 1/2 Sets 1-4 – Limited Edition Blu-ray and/or DVD and/or Blu-ray Limited Edition Box Sets

BLOOD LAD: THE COMPLETE SERIES – DVD and/or Blu-ray Box Sets

GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET COMPLETE SERIES – DVD and/or Blu-ray Box Sets

NARUTO THE MOVIE: ROAD TO NINJA – DVD and/or Blu-ray Set

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: BLOOD PRISON – DVD and/or Blu-ray Set

NARUTO TRIPLE FEATURE DVD Release – Features NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW, LEGEND OF THE STONE OF GELEL, and GUARDIANS OF THE CRESCENT MOON KINGDOM

BLEACH DOUBLE FEATURE DVD Release – Features BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY and BLEACH THE MOVIE 2: THE DIAMONDDUST REBELLION

Manga fans have a wide variety of titles and series box sets that add plenty of excitement to the holiday reading season, including:

Pokémon Adventures Ruby & Sapphire MANGA Box Set

Pokémon Adventures Diamond & Pearl/Platinum MANGA Box Set

Pokémon Black & White MANGA Box Set 2

THE LEGEND OF Zelda Box Set

Voltron From Days of Long Ago: A 30th Anniversary Celebration

Hello Kitty, Hello 40

The Art of Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke: The First Story

Bakuman。 MANGA Box Set

Black Bird MANGA Box Set

Death Note MANGA Box Set

Ouran High School Host Club MANGA Box Set

Vampire Knight MANGA Box Set 2

One Piece MANGA Box Set 2

Fullmetal Alchemist MANGA Box Set

Readers that prefer to enjoy their manga digitally are invited to take advantage of special bundles and holiday pricing on entire story arcs of several popular series. VIZ Media’s digital story arc promotion is available on VIZManga.com, until January 1, 2015.

ONE PIECE, East Blue Saga Vols. 1-11
Rated ‘T’ for Teens
Cost: $44.00 for the entire bundle at $3.99 per volume, usually $6.99 each

NARUTO, The Test of a Ninja Vols. 1-16
Rated ‘T’ for Teens
Cost: $64.00 for the entire bundle at $3.99 per volume, usually $6.99 each

BLEACH, Reaper’s Road Vols. 1-21
Rated ‘T’ for Teens
Cost: $84.00 for the entire bundle at $3.99 per volume, usually $6.99 each

SHAMAN KING, Spirit Voyage Vols. 1-15
Rated ‘T’ for Teens
Cost: $60.00 for the entire bundle at $3.99 per volume, usually $6.99 each

ZOMBIE POWDER, Vols. 1-4
Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
Cost: $8.00 for the entire bundle at $1.99 per volume, usually $6.99 each

THE EARL AND THE FAIRY, The Journey to the Fairy Kingdom Vols. 1-4
Rated ‘T’ for Teens
Cost: $8.00 for the entire bundle at $1.99 per volume, usually $6.99 each

DEATH NOTE © 2003 by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata/SHUEISHA Inc.

Manga Review: “Ouran High School Host Club” Volume One

Article first published as Manga Review: Ouran High School Host Club Volume One by Bisco Hatori on Blogcritics.

Ouran High School Host Club Volume One is a manga by Bisco Hatori, and it was published by Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint in 2005. The series is rated “T” for teens; after reading this volume, I would agree with that rating.

Ouran High School Host Club
Written by: Bisco Hatori
Publisher: Hakusensha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: July 5, 2005

The series is set at Ouran High School, which is a prestigious school that teenagers from rich families attend. Haruhi Fujioka, one of the main characters of Ouran High School Host Club, is a smart girl from a lower class family who is able to attend the school through a scholarship. Unfortunately, the scholarship doesn’t cover her school uniform, so she just wears long slacks, polo shirts, and vests. Between her clothes, her large glasses, and her short hair, people tend to mistake Haruhi for a boy.

One day, while trying to find a quiet place to study because students are loitering at all four of the libraries at the school, Haruhi goes into the unused music room and discovers that the Ouran High School Host Club is meeting there. Haruhi becomes flustered, and accidentally knocks over a vase that’s worth $80,000. Tamaki Suoh, the founder of the club, thinks that Haruhi is a boy and tells her that she must join the host club to pay off the debt.

Tamaki is the “prince” of the group, and is rather self-absorbed. Kyoya Ootori is the vice president of the club, and is the “cool and aloof” character often seen in shojo manga series; he’s also in charge of the club’s finances. Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin are identical twins and fall into the “Little Devil” type; they enjoy playing tricks on each other, as well as on Tamaki. Mitsukumi Haninozuka, who goes by “Honey,” may look like a little kid, but he’s actually 17 years old. Honey is the “childish” character, who enjoys sweets and cute thins; he also carries around a plus bunny named Bun-Bun. Takashi Morinozuka, who goes my “Mori,” is tall and stoic, and only speaks when he feels it’s necessary to. Mori is also very protective of Honey.

Ouran High School Host Club can almost be seen as a shojo version of a “harem” manga, except that it’s one girl surrounded by several boys. The boys surrounding Haruhi fall into very particular archetypes; the women who surround the male in the “harem” series also fall into particular archetypes. All of the male leads also have a bishonen (“beautiful boy”) look about them, which is very prevalent in shojo titles.

When I read the first volume of Ouran High School Host Club, I had to remind myself that I’m not in the target market for this series. After reading the volume, it was an enjoyable enough read, although I’m personally not in a rush to continue reading the series. Series creator Bisco Hatori mentions in some of her write-ups that appear in this volume that she intended Ouran High School Host Club to be a comedy. Personally, I really didn’t find it that funny; however, this is probably due to the fact that I’m not in the series’ target audience.

My 14-year-old daughter also read this volume, and said that she loved it and would like to read more; some of my daughter’s friends are also really into this series. Ouran High School Host Club seems to be successful at capturing its intended audience, so I do have to give it some credit for being able to accomplish that. If my daughter were to check out future volumes of the series from the library in the future, I’d be willing to continue reading; but, like I said earlier, this isn’t a series I’d be going out of my way to read.

I would definitely recommend Ouran High School Host Club to female manga readers who are 13 or 14 years of age and older.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Ouran High School Host Club Volume One that I checked out through the King County Library System.

Viz Media Announces November 2011 Digital Manga Releases

Viz Media has announced the November 2011 digital manga releases on VIZManga.com, as well as on the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

The most notable releases are Naruto Volumes 54 and 55, which are being made available in a digital format several months in advance of their print counterparts. These releases are part of the Shonen Jump Digital Warp, which is a speed-up of select titles to bring North American readers up-to-date with Japanese releases, as well as to prepare fans for the debut of the digital Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha in January 2012.

November 7, 2011:
Bleach Volume 32
Dengeki Daisy Volume 6
Naruto Volume 54
Neon Genesis Evangelion Chapter 14
Oishinbo Volume 4
One Piece Volumes 54 and 55
Ouran High School Host Club Volume 12
Ristorante Paradiso Volume 1

November 14, 2011:
Ai Ore Volume 3
Black Bird Volume 11
Bleach Volume 33
Claymore Volume 19
D. Gray-Man Volume 21
Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden Volume 8
Gente Volume 1
Kekkaishi Volume 17
Neon Genesis Evangelion Chapter 15
One Piece Volume 56
Rurouni Kenshin Volume 26

November 21, 2011:
Bleach Volume 34
Gente Volume 2
Naruto Volume 55
One Piece Volume 57
Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 9
Neon Genesis Evangelion Chapter 16
Saturn Apartments Volume 4
The Story of Saiunkoku Volume 5

November 28, 2011:
Bleach Volume 35
Gente Volume 3
Inuyasha VIZBig Volume 6
Kekkaishi Volume 18
Neon Genesis Evangelion Chapter 17
One Piece Volume 58
Rurouni Kenshin Volume 27

Viz Media Announces Digital Releases for October 2011

Viz Media has announced the titles being added to VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA app for the Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

October 3, 2011:
Bleach Volume 26
Dengeki Daisy Volume 5
Kekkaishi Volume 14
Neon Genesis Evangelion Ch. 9
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Volume 5
Oishinbo Volume 3
One Piece Volume 46
Ouran High School Host Club Volume 11
Rurouni Kenshin Volume 23

October 10, 2011:
Bakuman. Volume 7
Bleach Volume 27
Blue Exorcist Volume 4
Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden Volume 7
Grand Guignol Orchstra Volume 4
Hyde & Closer Volume 6 [debuting a day ahead of print]
Neon Genesis Evangelion Chapter 10
One Piece Volume 47
Rosario + Vampire II Volume 6
Saturn Apartments Volume 3