Netflix to Add the Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Film on February 27, 2020

The Pokemon Company International and Netflix have announced that Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution, the 22nd film in the Pokemon franchise, will premiere on Netflix worldwide outside of Japan and Korea on February 27, 2020.

The film’s Netflix release date coincides with Pokemon Day, the day commemorating the original launch of Pokemon Red and Pokemon Green in Japan on February 27, 1996.

Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution is a 3-D CG remake of Pocket Monsters: Mewtwo no Gyakushū, the 1998 film adapted into English as Pokemon: The First Movie.

The film opened in Japan and screened at Anime Expo in July 2019.

Source: ANN

Bluefin Announces a New Line of Pokemon Inspired Model Kits by Bandai Spirits Hobby

Bluefin, a Bandai Namco group company and the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan and Asia, adds the vivid world of Pokemon to its product catalog with the Spring 2020 launch of a series of character model kits from Bandai Spirits Hobby.

“PokePla” (Pokemon Plastic Models) kits blend iconic characters from of one of the world’s most popular entertainment and video gaming brands with the renowned, model kit design and production expertise of Bandai Spirits Hobby. The line launches with kits for Pikachu, Mewtwo and Eevee. Additional kits will be added in 2020.

Each Pokemon Model Kit offers simple, pre-colored, snap-together assembly. A nipper or sprue cutter (sold separately) is highly recommended for assembly, but the kits do not require glue. Completed figures stand between 3-inches and 5-inches tall. Pricing as follows

  • Pikachu $8.00
  • Mewtwo $10.00
  • Eevee $10.00

The Bandai Hobby Pokémon Model Kits will be available from authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from select leading online outlets. Pre-orders are available now.

VIZ Media Supports Halloween ComicFest 2019 With a Pair of Free Manga Samplers

Readers are invited to pick up a pair of free VIZ Media manga samplers in honor of Halloween ComicFest 2019.

Halloween ComicFest 2019 takes place Saturday, October 26, 2019 at scores of comic shops and retailers across North America. During this one-day annual event, participating shops offer comic book fans and visitors free Halloween ComicFest samplers filled with excerpts of all kinds of exciting titles. For additional information and a list of participating retailers, visit: HalloweenComicFest.com.

This year, VIZ Media presents a sampler offering excerpts from two acclaimed Japanese horror masterpieces. The Drifting Classroom: The Perfect Edition, by creator Kazuo Umezz, is available now as a deluxe hardcover print release and digitally. In this classic masterwork, a Japanese elementary school is transported into a hostile world where the students and teachers are besieged by terrifying creatures and beset by madness.

Also featured in the same manga sampler is an excerpt from Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection, a collection of harrowing manga short stories from the renowned creator that is available in print and digital editions. Welcome to Junji Ito’s world, a world with no escape from endless nightmares.

Readers of all ages are also are invited to pick up a Pokemon Adventures Collector’s Edition manga sampler. With story by Hidenori Kusaka and artwork by Mato, all of your favorite characters from the beginning of the Pokemon adventure charm the pages of this classic manga series. The Pokemon Adventures Collector’s Edition will be available in Spring 2020 from VIZ Media in stylish new omnibus editions that present all of the original volumes of the beloved adventure series.

VIZ Media Announces September 2019 Anime and Manga Releases

In September 2019, science fiction fans are invited to dive into the home media release of Infini-T Force, the superhero-action series that unites the four legendary heroes Gatchaman, Polimar, Casshan, and Tekkaman. All twelve episodes of the series will be available in one Blu-ray set.

In partnership with The Pokemon Company International, the Pokemon: Black & White Movie Collection home media release arrives with four feature films that will delight Pokemon fans of all ages.

New publishing debuts for September 2019 kick off with the Assassination Classroom Complete Box Set, which collects Yusei Matsui’s hit action comedy about a tentacled teacher with superpowers and a heart of gold.

VIZ Signature debuts for September 2019 include Cats of the Louvre, the latest masterpiece from Eisner Award–winning creator Taiyo Matsumoto. No Guns Life is a cyberpunk series in which the protagonist’s head is replaced with a giant gun… and his memories erased. In the action-packed comedy The Way of the Househusband, a former yakuza legend desires to walk the straight and narrow. Finally, Levius debuts as a complete hardcover edition of the science fiction action series about cyborg arena fighters.

New Home Media Releases for September 2019:

INFINI-T FORCE: THE COMPLETE SERIES
Blu-ray MSRP: $44.98 U.S. / $52.99 CAN
Available September 10, 2019

When an interdimensional attack plunges the defiant, thrill-seeking teen Emi into a city-wide assault, a band of mysterious heroes from lost worlds appears to save her. But it seems both heroes and villains have their sights on The Case, a magical object with transmutational powers, currently in Emi’s possession. Only the combined strength of Gatchaman, Casshan, Polimar and Tekkaman could be enough to stop the man known as “Z” from destroying not only Emi’s world, but countless others.

POKEMON: BLACK & WHITE MOVIE COLLECTION
Blu-ray MSRP: $24.98 U.S. / $29.99 CAN · DVD MSRP: $19.98 U.S. / $24.99 CAN
Available September 17, 2019

Sets each contain the following four Pokemon animated feature films on two Blu-rays or two DVDs:

POKEMON THE MOVIE: BLACK—VICTINI AND RESHIRAM and POKEÉMON THE MOVIE: WHITE—VICTINI AND ZEKROM

When Ash and his friends enter a battle competition in Eindoak Town, they meet the Mythical Pokémon Victini, who becomes their newest friend. But disaster strikes when the misguided wanderer Damon seizes Victini for his own plans. Can Ash prove himself a hero and earn the help of the Legendary Reshiram—or Zekrom—to rescue Victini and save Eindoak Town? Two legends… and two versions of the story. Follow them both in Pokemon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and Pokemon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom. It’s twice the Pokemon adventure.

POKEMON THE MOVIE: KYUREM VS. THE SWORD OF JUSTICE

Ash and Pikachu, along with their friends Iris and Cilan, are on a train headed to the next stop on their journey. From the train, Ash spots an injured Pokemon they don’t recognize. They’re planning a rescue when the train is attacked by the Legendary Kyurem. The Mythical Pokemon Keldeo is on a mission, to rescue its friends—Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion, the Legendary Pokemon known as the Swords of Justice—from Kyurem’s icy clutches. But Kyurem has other ideas, and when it transforms into Black Kyurem or White Kyurem for greater power, things look grim.

POKEMON THE MOVIE: GENESECT AND THE LEGEND AWAKENED

A vast Pokemon habitat amid the hustle and bustle of the big city seems like the perfect new home for a group of five Genesect. The arrival of these Mythical Pokemon quickly becomes a problem, though: their nest threatens the city’s power supply, and they keep attacking those who approach it. When the Genesect are joined by the Legendary Pokemon Mewtwo—who sympathizes due to its own origins—things only become worse, and the confrontation quickly rages out of control. Can Ash and friends stop these two powerful Pokemon before they destroy the city?

New Publishing Releases for September 2019:

ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM COMPLETE BOX SET by Yusei Matsui
MSRP: $189.99 U.S. / $249.99 CAN · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Available September 3, 2019

The complete bestselling Assassination Classroom series is now available in a boldly designed, value-priced box set. Includes all 21 volumes of this unique tale of a mysterious, smiley-faced, tentacled, superpowered teacher who guides a group of misfit students to find themselves—while doing their best to assassinate him. Action-packed, hilarious, and heartwarming, this title is famous for moving fans to tears through their laughter. Includes an exclusive, full-color, mini “yearbook” filled with images of favorite characters in different art styles and contexts (previously unreleased in the English editions).

CATS OF THE LOUVRE by Taiyo Matsumoto
MSRP: $29.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN · Rated “T” for Teens
Available September 17, 2019

The world-renowned Louvre museum in Paris contains more than just the most famous works of art in history. At night, within its darkened galleries, an unseen and surreal world comes alive—a world witnessed only by the small family of cats that lives in the attic. Until now.

NO GUNS LIFE by Tasuku Karasuma
MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Available September 17, 2019

After the war, cyborg soldiers known as the Extended were discharged. Juzo Inui is one of them, a man whose body was transformed, his head replaced with a giant gun. With no memory of his previous life—or who replaced his head and why—Inui now scratches out a living in the dark streets of the city as a Resolver, taking on cases involving the Extended.

THE WAY OF THE HOUSEHUSBAND by Kousuke Oono
MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Available September 17, 2019

A former yakuza legend leaves it all behind to become your everyday househusband. But it’s not easy to walk away from the gangster life, and what should be mundane household tasks are anything but.

LEVIUS By Haruhisa Nakata
MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Available September 17, 2019

It’s the 19th century, and the world has entered the Era of Rebirth, recovering from the devastating flames of war. The sport of mechanical martial arts has galvanized the nations. Cybernetically augmented fighters turn their blood into steam and their bodies into brutal fighting—and killing—machines. Young Levius is one of those arena battlers, hell-bent on winning in order to simply survive.

VIZ Media Announces New Manga Licenses

VIZ Media announced new manga licenses and releases at its Anime Expo panel:

  • Downfall (Reiraku) by Inio Asano is scheduled to be released in Winter 2020
  • Prince Freya (Itsuwari no Freya) by Keiko Ishihara is scheduled to be released in Winter 2020
  • Pokemon Adventures Collector’s Edition (Pocket Monsters Special) by Hidenori Kusaka, Mato, and Satoshi is scheduled to be released in 2020
  • Kirby: Art and Style Collection is scheduled to be released in Spring 2020
  • The Art of Junji Ito: Twisted Visions is scheduled to be released in Spring 2020
  • Love Me, Love Me Not (Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare) by Io Sakisaka is scheduled to be released in Spring 2020
  • Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku by Yūji Kaku is scheduled to be released in Spring 2020
  • Blue Flag (Ao no Flag) by Kaito is scheduled to be released in Spring 2020
  • Transformers: The Manga by Masumi Kaneda and Ban Magami is scheduled to be released in Winter 2020

The company also revealed that it will release the second season of the Castlevania animated series in Fall 2019.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Delivers New Anime and Manga Releases for July 2019

The home media debut of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Set 4: Diamond Is Unbreakable will be available as a special Limited Edition Blu-ray set and DVD set. Diamond Is Unbreakable continues the multi-generational tale of the Joestar family with Josuke Higashikata. In partnership with The Pokemon Company International, Pokemon The Series: Diamond and Pearl Complete Season also arrives on DVD and includes all 51 episodes of Ash’s adventures in the Sinnoh region.

New manga publishing debuts for July 2019 include the indie darling Beastars, a high school drama in which animal students grapple with the very human issues of prejudice and discrimination. The new Shojo Beat series Daytime Shooting Star centers around a love triangle that develops when a high school girl is torn between a boy in her class and her teacher.

New Home Media Releases for July 2019:

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE SET 4: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE Part 1
Limited Edition Blu-ray & Standard Edition DVD Sets

Blu-ray MSRP: $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN · DVD MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN
Available July 2, 2019

It’s 1999, and Jotaro Kujo has just arrived in the idyllic Japanese town of Morioh—only this time, he’s not hunting DIO and his henchmen. His search for the illegitimate child of Joseph Joestar has brought him face-to-face with Josuke Higashikata, a Stand-wielding, butt-kicking high schooler who happens to be afraid of turtles. But behind Morioh’s tranquil facade is an invisible evil slowly eating away at the peace and well-being of its residents. Bizarre happenings are becoming commonplace, and the Joestar clan must rise to the occasion if they and the town of Morioh are to survive.

POKEMON THE SERIES: DIAMOND AND PEARL COMPLETE SEASON
DVD MSRP: $44.98 U.S. / $52.99 CAN · Available July 30th, 2019

If Gary Oak is headed for the Sinnoh region, then Ash Ketchum won’t be far behind. Ready to take on the Sinnoh League, Ash brings along Pikachu and meets up with Brock in Sinnoh, where the pair of Trainers are soon joined by a third—Dawn, a novice Pokemon Coordinator determined to follow in the footsteps of her mother. Both Ash and Dawn struggle with their respective paths, but it’s easy for them to make new friends, gaining new Pokemon like Turtwig and Piplup.

New Publishing Releases for July 2019:

BEASTARS by Paru Itagaki
MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN / $8.99 Digital · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Available July 16, 2019

At a high school where the students are literally divided into predators and prey, friendships maintain the fragile peace. Who among them will become a Beastar—a hero destined to lead in a society naturally rife with mistrust?

DAYTIME SHOOTING STAR by Mika Yamamori
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN / $6.99 Digital · Rated “T” for Teens
Available July 2, 2019

After arriving in Tokyo to live with her uncle, Suzume collapses in a nearby park when she remembers once seeing a shooting star during the day. A handsome stranger brings her to her new home and tells her they’ll meet again. Suzume starts her first day at her new high school sitting next to a boy who blushes furiously at her touch. And her homeroom teacher is none other than the handsome stranger.

Anime Expo to Screen the Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution Film

Anime Expo has announced that this year’s convention will screen Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution (Mewtwo no Gyakushū Evolution), the 22nd film in the Pokemon franchise. The film will screen at 3:30 p.m. on July 4, 2019.

In addition, directors Kunihiko Yuyama and Motonori Sakakibara, as well as voice actress Rica Matsumoto (voice of Ash) will attend the event. They will also participate in autograph sessions at the convention.

Anime Expo will be taking place July 4-7, 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.

Source: ANN