[PR] VIZ Media’s NARUTO (Uncut), BLEACH and DEATH NOTE Now Available on the iTunes Store

VIZ Media’s NARUTO (Uncut), BLEACH and DEATH NOTE Now Available on the iTunes Store

Complete Seasons of Action-Packed NARUTO And BLEACH And All 37 Episodes Of DEATH NOTE

Available on iTunes

San Francisco, CA, JULY 15, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced today the availability of action-packed episodes from some of the most anticipated animated series to come to the iTunes® Store (www.iTunes.com). English dubbed versions of NARUTO (Uncut Version) Season 1 (Volumes 1 & 2), two story arcs of BLEACH (The Substitute and The Entry), and all 37 episodes of DEATH NOTE are available for purchase and download on the iTunes Store in the United States.

NARUTO, BLEACH and DEATH NOTE have emerged as three of the world’s most popular Japanese animated series, each attracting millions of devoted viewers with a blend of stylish animation, multi-faceted characters and riveting story lines.

“VIZ Media is committed to giving fans the best in animated entertainment and we are thrilled to have captivating and unique series like NARUTO, BLEACH and DEATH NOTE now available on iTunes to provide the best options in delivering exciting animated content in a high quality digital way,” says David Rewalt, Senior Director of Retail Development at VIZ Media. “For new fans, iTunes also presents a flexible and portable way to view content when and where they want. We look forward to fans visiting iTunes for the latest in Japanese animation.”

NARUTO (Uncut): Rated T+ for Older Teens

NARUTO has become the hottest animated series across North America and is one of VIZ Media’s most successful manga and animated properties in terms of sales. Created by Masashi Kishimoto, the series depicts the adventures of a young boy named Uzumaki Naruto who trains to become a ninja. The boy is cursed with the spirit of a nine-tailed fox demon and is forced to live a bullied life discriminated against by his fellow villagers. Naruto is resilient and undaunted in his quest to become a master ninja and his determination often inspires those around him. Through amazing adventures, the young ninja learns the importance of friendship, teamwork, loyalty, hard work, creativity, ingenuity, and right vs. wrong. Dedicated website at www.naruto.com.

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BLEACH: Rated T for Teens

BLEACH, an animated, hyperkinetic, ghost-busting action series is the story of a 15 year-old named Ichigo Kurosaki who was born with the ability to see ghosts. When his family is attacked by a Hollow – a malevolent lost soul – Ichigo encounters a Soul Reaper and absorbs her powers. Now he has dedicates his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured souls find peace. Dedicated website at www.bleach.viz.com.

DEATH NOTE: Rated T+ for Older Teens

DEATH NOTE is based on the manga series of the same name and is currently one of the hottest animated titles in Japan. The series depicts the adventures of Light Yagami, an ace student with great prospects but who is bored out of his mind. All of that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals mysteriously begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to investigate, and he is soon hot on the trail of Light, who must now reevaluate his one noble goal. Dedicated website at www.deathnote.viz.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages

[PR] BANG ZOOM! ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES NEW VOICE ACTING WORKSHOPS

BANG ZOOM! ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES NEW VOICE ACTING WORKSHOPS BASED ON ROUSING SUCCESS OF ANIME EXPO EVENTS

Unique Workshops Taught By Notable Anime Voice Actors Attracted Standing Room Only Crowds And Spurred Demand For New Workshop On July 19th At Bang Zoom! Studios

Burbank, CA, July 10, 2008 – Bang Zoom! Entertainment, a leading full-service audio post production company and producer of original entertainment content, announced the success of its series of special workshops for aspiring voice actors which took place at the recent Anime Expo® 2008. Anime Expo is the nation’s largest anime and manga convention. Each of the four workshops that took place was standing room only, and in response to overwhelming inquiries and interest, Bang Zoom! has announced a new upcoming workshop to be taught by Tony Oliver on July, 19th 2008 at the company’s studios in Burbank, CA. Only a limited number of open slots remain and details are available at: http://www.adventuresinvoiceacting.com. Future Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced level workshops for the remainder of 2008 are being coordinated presently and more details will be announced shortly

The voice acting workshops are a unique new offering from the audio post production house, well-known for dubbing an array acclaimed anime series. During Anime Expo, fans were treated to insightful personal stories and helpful guidelines from renowned voice actors such as and Philece Sampler (Eureka 7, Last Exile, Bleach) and Tony Oliver (Rick Hunter of Robotech). The pair gave an informative overview of the dubbing process and the technology used in recording as well as an insider’s view of the voice acting business. Future classes will offer a comprehensive curriculum, examining every aspect of voice acting and providing plenty of time for students behind the mic. These classes will also provide attendees with focused one-on-one time with actors like Oliver to discuss and work on techniques and methods.

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[PR] Right Stuf & Nozomi Entertainment New License Announcements

RIGHT STUF & NOZOMI ENTERTAINMENT Announce
GAKUEN ALICE, TOWARD THE TERRA Movie & Upcoming Releases
Anime Expo 2008: New license announcements, preview of 21st year

GRIMES, IA, July 4, 2008 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment started the company’s 21st year with a bang by making several announcements during its July 4th panel at Anime Expo 2008. Right Stuf President and C.E.O. Shawne Kleckner revealed the acquisition of the GAKUEN ALICE television series, the first-ever North American DVD release of the classic TOWARD THE TERRA movie, a remastered re-release of THE IRRESPONSIBLE CAPTAIN TYLOR, and additional details about future releases for several ongoing series, including EMMA: A VICTORIAN ROMANCE, MARIA WATCHES OVER US and ARIA.

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Right Stuf/Nozomi at AX08

Shawne from TRSI is always entertaining, and today’s panel was no exception.  First up, the new licenses -

Gakuen Alice (yay!)

Toward the Terra (you know, the old one, like, from the 80′s)

They showed some trailers:

Aria – Season 1 available Fall 08

Maria Watches Over Us – Season 1 available 7/29/08

Season 2 – Fall ’08

Season 3 – Next year

Emma Season 2 – available 10/28/08

They are releasing a remastered Tylor – hard subs from previous release will be removed.

In Fall ’08, they will be offering some new Haruhi t-shirts, as well as shirts from Ninja Nonsense, Gravitation, and "Otaku" wear. 

ADV at AX08

Dropped in on the ADV panel – wasn’t expecting much info, and didn’t get much.  Here’s the scoop -

They have found another partner – can’t mention who it is, but they should make an announcement by Otakon.

They are actively pursing new licenses.

They would like to finish publishing the manga titles that they have started.  Emphasis on would like to.

Don’t expect any new manga acquisitions for at least 12 months. 

They were pretty tight lipped about giving any solid information about anything, only took 10 minutes of questions, and showed the first ep of Kiba for the rest of the panel.

The End.

[PR] VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES DVD RELEASE OF NARUTO THE MOVE 2: THE LEGEND OF THE STONE OF GELEL

 

Latest Feature Length Animated Adventure Has World’s Favorite Ninja In Training Battling A Mysterious New Threat

 

San Francisco, CA, July 1, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the highly anticipated DVD release of NARUTO THE MOVIE 2: THE LEGEND OF THE STONE OF GELEL on July 29. The 2-disc set continues the exciting saga of a mischievous young boy training to become a ninja and features 60 minutes of special bonus features.  The DVD, rated T for Teens, has an estimated retail price of $29.98.

 

In the latest feature film, Naruto, Shikamaru and Sakura are in the middle of returning a lost ferret to its owner, supposedly the easiest mission ever. Or so they think! When a young knight, Temujin, attacks them out of nowhere, they are drawn into a fierce struggle over a treasure harboring legendary power – the Stone of Gelel. Temujin’s master wants to use the stone’s power to create a utopia, while the last of the clan who once controlled the stone wants to keep it sealed away forever. Naruto and the others, along with help from Gaara and Kankuro, must protect the stone from those who want to misuse its power. When the dream of utopia becomes a nightmare, it’ll take a ninja to set things right!

 

Several never-before-seen bonus segments on NARUTO THE MOVIE 2 include a feature on “Creating the World of Naruto 2” and one on how to “Write and Adapt Like a Ninja,” plus “Words From Japan,” “Production Art Gallery,” “Original Storyboards,” and the “Original Japanese Movie Trailers.” In addition, the disc contains a director’s commentary track and a trailer for the upcoming third NARUTO movie, Naruto the Movie 3: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom, which will be released by VIZ Media in the near future.

 

“NARUTO fans won’t want to miss this exciting latest adventure featuring everyone’s favorite band of young ninja,” says Gonzalo Ferreyra, Vice President Sales & Product Marketing, VIZ Media. “NARUTO THE MOVIE 2: THE LEGEND OF THE STONE OF GELEL will have viewers at the edge of their seats as our hero and his friends face a menacing new threat. The new release also contains an array of insightful bonus features that give a rare behind-the-scenes look at some of the work that went into making the film. This thrilling new release is not one to miss!”

 

First introduced in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan in 1999, NARUTO, created by Masashi Kishimoto, quickly became that country’s most popular ninja manga (graphic novel) targeting tweens and teens and has sold more than 80 million copies to-date. Today, Naruto is considered one of the most popular animated series in Japan’s history and has achieved immense success not only as a manga and TV series, but also in the realm of licensed categories such as toys, trading card games and video games. NARUTO enjoys further widespread domestic success where it debuted as the best selling manga title in North America. The manga series (also published by VIZ Media) has now sold over three million copies to-date in the US and regularly appears on USA Today’s Bestseller list and Bookscan’s Graphic Novel Top 50. NARUTO is one of the most popular animated series in North America and is also distributed domestically by VIZ Media. The show is regularly ranked as the #1 program for boys aged 6-17 on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block of programming.

 

For more information go to www.NARUTO.com.

 

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages.

[PR] BANG ZOOM! ENTERTAINMENT HELPS LUCKY STAR MAKE NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT

BANG ZOOM! ENTERTAINMENT HELPS LUCKY STAR MAKE NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT

Studio Provides English Dub For Highly Anticipated New Anime Comedy From Bandai Entertainment And Kadokawa Pictures

Burbank, CA, June 17, 2008 – Bang Zoom! Entertainment, a leading full-service audio post production company and producer of original entertainment content, recently helped prepare Lucky Star, the latest new anime series from Bandai Entertainment, Inc. and Kadokawa Pictures USA, for its North American release. Bang Zoom! provided critical Japanese-to-English translation, voice casting, scriptwriting, ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement), and final mixing for the 24 episode series which made its North American debut on May 6th.

Lucky Star is based on a popular manga comic by Kagami Yoshimizu and was turned into an anime series by Kyoto Animation, the renowned studio that created the widely acclaimed series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, which was also dubbed by Bang Zoom!. Lucky Star focuses on the lives of four girls attending a Japanese high school. The series’ main character is Konata Izumi, a lazy high school girl who isn’t interested in anything besides anime and video games. The zany comedic situations that ensue evoke comparisons to Seinfeld. The series is often described as the ultimate “otaku anime,” and is notable for a variety of references to popular past and present manga and anime series, which has made its debut highly anticipated by legions of domestic fans.

Having provided the English dubs for Bandai Entertainment’s The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Bang Zoom! was immediately prepared to ready Lucky Star for its domestic debut. Casting included several well-known anime voice talents including Wendee Lee, who played the lead in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and portrays Konata. She is joined by other veteran anime voice talents such as Kari Wahlgren (Kagami Hiiragi), Michelle Ruff (Tsukasa Hiiragi), and Karen Strassman (Miyuki Takara).

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[PR] New York City Bleach Movie Event to Have Special Guests

{Don’t miss your chance to hang out with KON!  Why couldn’t this be scheduled for Metro Detroit – er, never mind, I think I can figure that one out….}

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES UNPRECEDENTED IN-PERSON APPEARANCES FOR JUNE 11 NEW YORK CITY MOVIE EVENT

BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY

Character Designer Masashi Kudo And Producer Ken Hagino To Give Unique Insights On New Feature Film Based On Hit Animated Supernatural Action Series

San Francisco, CA, June 4, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced a special event for its New York City movie event BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY on Wednesday, June 11 at the Regal Union Square Stadium 14 Theatre at 7:00pm. Theatre information follows at the end of this press release.

VIZ Media will welcome rare in-person appearances by BLEACH Character Designer Masashi Kudo and Producer Ken Hagino, who will offer insights to the audience prior to the start of the film. A costumed version of the character KON from the movie will also be on-hand to welcome guests and pose for pictures. The first 100 attendees on June 11, at the Regal Union Square Stadium 14 location, will also receive a special BLEACH armband courtesy of Great Eastern Entertainment, Inc., a leading licensed manufacturer of animation and entertainment merchandise.

Adapted from the wildly popular animated series and best-selling manga series (both distributed and published in North America by VIZ Media) by acclaimed Japanese artist Tite Kubo, BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY will make its North American debut in a special two-night theatre experience in 300 cities nationwide on June 11 and 12. The screening will also include an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the talent behind the characters as well as interviews with the Japanese Director, Noriyuki Abe, Producer Ken Hagino and Character Designer, Masashi Kudo. VIZ Media has partnered with NCM FATHOM, the entertainment division of National CineMedia, to present this epic action anime hit nationwide. For a complete list of theatre locations and prices, please visit the www.FathomEvents.com website (theatres are subject to change).

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