23 Oct 2014

Viz Media's Studio Ghibli Library Imprint Releases Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke: The First Story - Press Release

Oversized Hardcover Storybook Contains Miyazaki’s Watercolor Illustrations And The Original Fable That Inspired The Groundbreaking Animated Feature Film

Princess Mononoke: The First Story
"MONONOKE HIME" (1980 nen Shoki Settei Ban) By Hayao Miyazaki ©1993 Nibariki

San Francisco, CA, October 21, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, delivers a treat to readers and fans of famed director and pioneering creative visionary, Hayao Miyazaki, with the release today of PRINCESS MONOKOKE: THE FIRST STORY.

The oversized (11¾ x 11¾ inch) hardcover release is published under the Studio Ghibli Library imprint and carries an MSRP of $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN. The beautifully illustrated storybook features Hayao Miyazaki’s original watercolor artwork, which complements his thoughtfully written fable about man’s need to maintain ecological balance with nature that became the origin for the 1997 feature film. An afterward written by Miyazaki lends further context and insights to the Mononoke story and its deep and lasting impact upon the director.

This is the original Princess Mononoke story, created by Hayao Miyazaki in 1980 while he was first conceptualizing the landmark animated film that would be released to universal acclaim seventeen years later. As an initial version of the tale, it offers a new and significantly different perspective from the final version presented in the film. After a long, exhausting war, a samurai lost in a forest encounters a giant wildcat – a mononoke. The beast saves his life, but at the price of his daughter's hand in marriage.

“Princess Mononoke was a historic release for Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli and propelled the animation auteur to an entirely new level of international fame,” says Masumi Washington, Senior Editorial Director. “But few know of THE FIRST STORY, the imaginative fable that was the genesis for his groundbreaking film. This premium storybook fittingly presents it for the very first time in English and prominently displays his expressive watercolor characters and landscapes. We look forward to readers discovering Princess Mononoke in a whole new way in this unique release!”

VIZ Media also invites fans to also explore the imaginatively conceived world of Princess Mononoke in THE ART OF PRINCESS MONOKOKE (MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN). The substantial hardcover edition from the Studio Ghibli Library imprint features an all new translation and contains a trove of insightful interviews, original concept sketches, character art and finished animation cels, and a look at the computer graphics technology used in the film’s production.

The Studio Ghibli Library imprint is exclusively devoted to the work of iconic Japanese film director Hayao Miyazaki and his famed animation studio. The imprint has collected a substantial catalog of full-color art books, film comics, children’s picture books and other releases celebrating Studio Ghibli films such as Princess Mononoke, The Wind Rises, Howl’s Moving Castle, The Secret World of Arriety, Ponyo, Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service,  My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind, and Pocco Rosso.

Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's most beloved animation directors. In 2005 he was awarded the Venice International Film Festival's Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement, and his Studio Ghibli received the festival's Osella Award for overall achievement in 2004. Miyazaki's films include Spirited Away, winner of the 2002 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Film, as well as The Wind Rises (nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2014), Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo, all of which have received tremendous acclaim in the U.S.

Miyazaki's achievements also include the highly regarded manga series, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, and a pair of memoirs, Starting Point: 1979-1996, a collection of essays, interviews, and remembrances chronicling his early career and the development of his theories of animation, along with Turning Point: 1997-2008, which details his rise to unprecedented international notoriety. All of these titles are published in English by VIZ Media.

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21 Oct 2014

Viz Media's Perfect Square Announces Special Voltron 30th Anniversary Commemorative Release - Press Release

VOLTRON: FROM DAYS OF LONG AGO – A 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Charts The History And Impact of The Iconic Franchise On Pop Culture

San Francisco, CA, October 20, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, takes readers on an exciting journey to explore the history and legacy of VOLTRON®, the legendary giant robot anime series that marks the 30th Anniversary of its original North American broadcast premiere.

VOLTRON: FROM DAYS OF LONG AGO, A 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION examines the entire VOLTRON universe and the property’s notable impact on pop culture and will be released in-print on October 28th from the company’s Perfect Square imprint. The hardcover oversized edition will carry an MSRP of $29.99 U.S. / $34.99 CAN.

A digital version of VOLTRON: FROM DAYS OF LONG AGO, A 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION also will launch on October 28th for $14.99 U.S. / CAN from the Perfect Square App, which has titles available for the Apple iPad® and iPad® Mini. The Perfect Square App is available from the iTunes store. Readers also will be able to find a digital version for the NOOK, Kindle Fire, and Kobo eReaders, as well as in the iBooks and GooglePlay Stores.

Thirty years ago, Voltron: Defender of the Universe hit the airwaves, and the world hasn't been the same. Now, VOLTRON: FROM DAYS OF LONG AGO chronicles the story of VOLTRON and its cultural relevance, taking a detailed look at the story behind the show and the many related toy releases, the mythology of both Lion Force and Vehicle Voltron (with a nod to Albegas), and concludes the exciting Voltron Force saga. This new book is truly for fans, by fans: authored by Brian Smith, a former Marvel Comics editor and writer for Perfect Square's VOLTRON FORCE® series of original graphic novels, Marc Morrell, co-host of the official "Let's Voltron!" podcast, and Joshua Bernard, founder of CollectionDX, a popular website devoted to covering the world of Japanese toys, action figures and pop culture; with a bonus VOLTRON comic written by Smith and illustrated by Jacob Chabot, artist on the VOLTRON FORCE series; with a foreword by Jeremy Corray, former Creative Director of World Events Productions, the company behind the classic Voltron TV series.

“Voltron premiered on North American television in 1984 and the media landscape changed forever. There are so many VOLTRON fans, and we wanted to both honor their devotion and invite them to be a part of this project,” says Traci Todd, Senior Editor. “VOLTRON: FROM DAYS OF LONG AGO, A 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION offers fans a treasure trove of insights, history, and little-known facts about the evolution of the series and the show’s lasting pop culture impact.”

VOLTRON 30th Anniversary Celebration at NYCC


Voltron: A 30th Anniversary Celebration Presented by Perfect Square

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19 Oct 2014

Yo-kai Watch Film Anime Get New Trailer

A new trailer for upcoming film Yo-kai Watch: Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan! or known as Yo-kai Watch the Movie: It's the Secret of Birth, Meow! began streaming with duration 92 seconds.

This trailer also leak the story that will get theme about time travel.

Yo-kai Watch originally is a Level-5 3DS game that release in Japan in 2013 and the sequel, 3DS Yo-kai Watch 2 that released in July 2014 for Japan region, which developed by Level-5.
The franchise get adaptation into manga, anime tv series and the upcoming film that will be released on December 20, 2014 in Japan theaters.

New Trailer 

First Trailer

Source: ANN
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15 Oct 2014

Naruto Site Begin Final Countdown

Naruto Final Countdown

The official website for Naruto begin final countdown that end on November 10. As we know before, Naruto manga was announced to end on November 10, this is the same day as the countdown ends.
It's still unclear what happen next when the countdown ends, what information will be announced ?

The website also reveal the timeline of Naruto manga history in English and Japanese, which begin in 1999 when Naruto release for the first time. The website also reveal a special page about memorable quotes of Naruto characters complete with scene footage on the manga.

The upcoming project Naruto related which has been published is The Last Naruto the Movie that scheduled to air in Japan on December 6.

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7 Oct 2014

Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto Manga Will End in November

Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto Manga announced by the official website for Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump will end next month, on November 10.

This news is not surprising because in 2012, Kishimoto ever told the manga still go on about a year and a half more to go.

The last chapter of Naruto manga will end Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura journey for 15 years, since it's published for the first time in 1999.

The upcoming Naruto film that get contribution from Masashi Kishimoto, titled The Last -Naruto the Movie scheduled to air in Japan on December 6.

Source: ANN
Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naruto#mediaviewer/File:NarutoCoverTankobon1.jpg
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