FUNimation Entertainment Announces Distribution Partnership With VIZ Media

FUNimation Entertainment has announced a distribution partnership with publisher and distributor VIZ Media that will add new anime titles to FUNimation’s streaming catalog, beginning with five titles on September 22, 2020. The first five titles for the partnership are Terra Formars, Terra Formars Revenge, Coppelion, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, and Megalobox.

Megalobox is the newest title in the lineup, and it premiered in April 2018. Crunchyroll simulcast the series as it aired.

FUNimation is already streaming the Naruto, Hunter x Hunter, Sailor Moon R: The Movie, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I – The Egg of the King, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II – The Battle for Doldrey, and Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III – The Advent from VIZ Media.

Source: ANN

Terra Formars Manga to Go Back on Indefinite Hiatus After Three Weeks

This year’s 52nd issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump has announced Yū Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana’s Terra Formars manga will go on hiatus beginning with the magazine’s first 2019 issue, due to Sasuga’s recovery from recent health issues. The magazine will announce the manga’s return in a later issue. The manga only recently returned from another hiatus from September 13, 2018 to November 15, 2018, which was also due to Sasuga’s health issues. The manga also went on hiatus in March 2017 due to Sasuga’s health, and resumed earlier this year on April 26, 2018.

Sasuga and Tachibana launched Terra Formars in 2011. Shueisha. VIZ Media is publishing the manga in North America.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces the Home Media Release of the Terra Formars: Revenge Anime

VIZ Media announces the release of Season 2 of the sci-fi horror series Terra Formars: Revenge on October 23, 2018.

Terra Formars: Revenge will be available as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, with an MSRP of $59.99 U.S. / $69.99 CAN. The set contains all 13 episodes of Season 2. Blu-ray episodes are presented in full 1080p HD, 16×9 video with stereo audio featuring English and Japanese dialogue options. Notable bonus features for the set include clean opening and closing segments and the official series trailers, a digital art gallery, and behind-the-scenes interviews with the English voice cast.

As Terra Formars: Revenge opens, in the mission to find a cure for the deadly A.E. virus plaguing Earth, the Terra Formars are not the only enemy. A squad has turned on the Annex 1 crew, seeking to capture Akari Hizamaru and Michelle K. Davis by any means necessary. As the body count rises, the scattered squads struggle to survive and contact Earth for reinforcements. But can they hold the line in a battle for Mars and humanity on two fronts? In this complete second arc, alliances are shattered, friends turn into enemies, and the mystery of the hyper-evolved cockroaches grows ever deeper.

The Terra Formars anime series features a talented English voice cast including Christopher Niosi (Akari Hizamaru), Erica Lindbeck (Michelle K. Davis), Chris Smith (Shokichi Komachi), Cherami Leigh (Kanako Sanjo), Patrick Seitz (Sylvester Asimov), Cristina Vee (Eva Frost), and Robbie Daymond (Marcos Eringrad Garcia).

VIZ Media is the domestic publisher of the Terra Formars manga series (rated “M” for Mature Readers), illustrated by Kenichi Tachibana with story by Yu Sasuga, and also distributes the anime series counterpart. VIZ Media also holds the exclusive North American master consumer products rights for the property.

Terra Formars Manga to Go Back on Hiatus and Will Return in November 2018

This year’s 41st issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump has announced that Yū Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana’s Terra Formars manga has gone on hiatus and will return in the magazine’s 50th issue on November 15, 2018, due to Sasuga’s health issues. The manga notes that Sasuga is recovering and is willing to write the next chapter, but decided to take no chances and postponed the manga’s return to November 2018. The manga recently resumed on April 26, 2018, after entering a hiatus in March 2017, which was also due to Sasuga’s health.

Sasuga and Tachibana launched Terra Formars in Weekly Young Jump in 2011. VIZ Media is publishing the manga in English in North America.

Source: ANN

Terra Formars Manga to Resume on April 26, 2018

Yū Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana’s Terra Formars manga will resume in the combined 21st and 22nd issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump magazine on April 26, 2018. The manga has been in on hiatus since March 2017 while story creator Sasuga recuperated from unspecified health issues.

Sasuga and Tachibana launched Terra Formars in 2011. VIZ Media is publishing the manga in English in North America.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Releases Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack for the Terra Formars Anime Series

VIZ Media announces the home media release of the sci-fi horror anime series Terra Formars on January 23, 2018.

The Terra Formars Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack contains 13 episodes on two Blu-ray discs and two DVDs and carries an MSRP of $59.99 U.S. / $69.99 CAN. Blu-ray episodes are presented in full 1080p HD, 16×9 video with stereo audio featuring English and Japanese dialogue options. Notable Blu-ray exclusives include a digital art gallery and behind the scenes interviews with the English voice cast and an interview with VIZ Media’s Animation and Manga Staff.

In the deep silence of space, the planet Mars hisses with death. On Earth, a mysterious virus is devastating the human race. To find a cure and give humanity a fighting chance of survival, a multinational team of genetically modified citizens must race to the Red Planet and uncover its secrets. What awaits is the bloody aftermath of a colonization attempt gone horribly wrong–hordes of hyper-evolved cockroaches known as “Terra formars” roam keen to kill. Earth’s chosen stand ready for combat and ready to change the course of human history. The question is which species can unite for victory.

The Terra Formars home media edition features an English voice cast highlighted by Christopher Niosi (Akari Hizamaru), Erica Lindbeck (Michelle K. Davis), Chris Smith (Shokichi Komachi), Cherami Leigh (Kanako Sanjo), Patrick Seitz (Sylvester Asimov), Cristina Vee (Eva Frost), and Robbie Daymond (Marcos Eringrad Garcia).

VIZ Media is the domestic publisher of the Terra Formars manga series (rated “M” for Mature Readers), illustrated by Kenichi Tachibana with story by Yu Sasuga. VIZ Media is also the North American master merchandise licensee for the property.

Terra Formars Manga to Resume in April 2018 After Co-Creator Recuperates

The official Twitter account for Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump magazine has announced Yū Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana plan to resume their Terra Formars manga in April 2018. The manga has been on hiatus since this year’s 15th issue on March 9, 2017, while story creator Sasuga recuperates from unspecified health issues. The Twitter account reports that the creator is back in good health.

Sasuga and Tachibana launched Terra Formars in 2011. VIZ Media is publishing the manga in North America.

Source: ANN

English Cast Announced for the Terra Formars Anime

The English cast has been announced for the Terra Formars anime:

  • Christopher Niosi is Akari Hizamaru
  • Erica Lindbeck is Michelle K. Davis and Sheila Levitt
  • Cherami Leigh is Kanako Sanjo, Yuriko Minamoto, and Nanao Akita
  • Cristina Vee is Eva Frost
  • Robbie Daymond is Marcos Eringrad Garcia
  • Steve Cannon is Alex Kandori Stewart
  • Todd Haberkorn is Joseph Gustav Newton, Emcee, and President Gerald Goodman
  • Peter Lurie is Narrator and Jason Carlos Bourne
  • Chris Smith is Shokichi Komachi, Ivan Perepelkina, and Jet
  • Keith Silverstein is Shichisei Hiruma
  • Kyle Hebert is Ko Honda and Liu Yiwu
  • Doug Erholtz is Adolf Reinhard
  • Patrick Seitz is Sylvester Asimov
  • Max Mittelman is Keiji Onizuka, Johann, and Jared Anderson
  • Erin Fitzgerald is Elena Perepelkina, Yaeko Yanasegawa, and Sakurato Harukaze
  • Neil Kaplan is Kaiki Kouno
  • Ben Diskin is Antonio and Fritz
  • Bryce Papenbrook is Enrique, Hans, and Alexander Asimov
  • Cindy Robinson is Isabella R. Leon
  • Erica Mendez is Sandra Hoffman
  • Kate Higgins is Gina S. Asimov and Rosa Zypries
  • Kirk Thornton is Uaku Ericson and Rokka Hiruma
  • Stephanie Sheh is Nina Yuzik, Erica Nakanojo, Joyce, and Rachel

Suzy Goldish and Ryan Johnston are directing the dub.

Source: ANN

Manga Review: Terra Formars Volume 11

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

Terra Formars Volume 11 is set in the distant future, during a time that Earth is trying to colonize Mars. Cockroaches and mold were sent to help speed up the process, but when the first humans arrived they were attacked by giant mutated cockroaches.

Terra Formars Volume 11
Written by: Yu Sasuga
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: March 8, 2016

Volume 11 sees two groups of humans on Mars, known as Divison 1 and Division 4. Division 4 is composed of traitors, and they are determined to make sure word of their treachery does not reach Earth. The members of Division 1 have infiltrated Annex 1 and are trying to reach the communications room in order to get a message to Earth about what’s been happening on Mars. Unfortunately for them, Division 4 is determined for them not to succeed. But the efforts of both sides are hampered by the arrival of some of the mutant cockroaches, who want to eliminate all of the humans.

With these three factions coming together over the course of Terra Formars Volume 11, it’s really not surprising that a lot of action is involved in the story. However, even amidst all the fighting and the dramatic tension surrounding Division 1 trying to get a message to Earth, Sasuga still finds time to provide backstory for Wolf and Amelia, two of the members of Division 1. These backstories help the reader to not only better understand both of these characters, it also explains their actions and reactions to what’s happening around them. This volume also places some emphasis on Hong from Division 4, but she doesn’t receive as much of a focus as Wolf and Amelia do.

As I read Volume 11, it became abundantly clear that the story is heading closer to its conclusion. I admit that around the halfway point in this volume, I thought that perhaps it could potentially end here. However, a chapter or two later, I realized that there was no way that the story could end in this volume. From what I’ve seen, there’s supposed to be four more volumes left for Terra Formars, so the events depicted here are just setting the stage for the eventual finale.

When it comes to the art, Ken-ichi Tachibana continues using more detail for the mutant cockroaches than for any of the other characters. I also found it interesting that Xi, one of the female members of Division 4, is nude while in what should be an invisible state to most people. Even though Terra Formars has been given an “M” for mature rating, Tachibana didn’t draw Xi in such a way that her being nude was exploitative. I guess this is due in large part to the fact that she was drawn to not look solid, since most of the characters in the story are unable to see her.

Terra Formars Volume 11 should appeal to readers who have been following and enjoying the series. With this volume, readers are treated to the action sequences they’ve come to expect from this series, and also receive a little more character development to help them to better understand a couple of the characters. Fans of the series won’t want to miss out on what happens in Volume 11, since it establishes important plot points that should play an important part to the story in future volumes.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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Terra Formars Revenge Anime to Premiere in April 2016 With New Staff

This year’s 50th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump magazine has announced that the Terra Formars Revenge TV anime sequel series will premiere in Japan in April 2016.

The magazine also announced the staff members for the new season, who differ from the first season’s staff. Michio Fukuda is taking over for Hiroshi Hamasaki as director at the studios LIDEN FILMS and TYO Animations. Cagetzu Aizawa and Atsushi Ikariya are designing the characters, and Naruhisa Arakawa is taking over for Shogo Yasukawa to handle the series composition.

Masanori Shino and Satoshi Kimura had served as main character designer and character designer, respectively, for the previous anime series.

The issue also announced the following returning cast:

  • Yoshimasa Hosoya is Akari Hizamaru
  • Hidenobu Kiuchi is Shōkichi Komachi
  • Shizuka Itou is Michelle K. Davis
  • Kaito Ishikawa is Marcos Eringrad Garcia
  • Kenn is Alex Kandori Stewart
  • Daisuke Ono is Keiji Onizuka
  • Chiaki Takahashi is Kanako Sanjō
  • Aki Toyosaki is Yaeko Yanasegawa
  • Unshou Ishizuka is Sylvester Asimov
  • Kenji Akabane is Ivan Perepelkina
  • Tetsuo Komura is Liu Yiwu
  • Akira Ishida is Joseph G. Newton
  • Tomokazu Sugita is Ichirō Hiruma

Source: ANN