Saturday, September 03, 2005

Anime Craze Revitalization on the Horizon!

Japanese comics are here, and they're here to stay. What's more is on a daily basis we bring more and more Japanese popular culture into our own country. This includes films, music, books, comics, and exciting fashion trends!


For those that don't know, one of the largest publishing companies on the planet, Shogakukan Inc., just aquired the number one publisher of manga, Viz. Entertainment -now known ad Viz. Media.

Viz comics is known for bringing us many wonderful titles in glorious English with minimum censoring or alterations in art. In fact, of all the companies handling major properties Viz. comics has been the most respectable.
It also looks like many of the titles I have previewed here and on my other website will be released state side by Viz media. Including one of my favorite films, "Shimotsuma Monogatari" which is known around the globe under the English title of, "Kami-kaze Girls."

Another title which looks like it may get picked up is "Pluto" by Naoki Urasawa, and originally created by the master manga story teller Osamu Tezuka. "Pluto" takes place in the famed "Astro-boy" universe and focuses on the destructive robot created for one purpose, destroying all robots. The reason I feel this title will be released by Viz in the future is two fold. One, my track record has been flawless, and often a year before any titles are released...which makes me wonder why I'm not working for them? *If anyone at Viz. needs a bi-lingual, Japanese manga fanatic who is interested in all cultural aspects of Japan...*big hint inserted here.

The second reason is that Shogakukan publishing just signed a release allowing "Pluto" to be sold in America. After that I just put two and two together. Wether or not it's being translated now, I can not say, but my bet is that it's highly likely.

In other news, "Naruto," and excellent manga series by Masashi Kishimoto and published by Viz. just got picked up by Shopro for film distribution. It is airing on Cartoon Network this november, and if you haven't seen it... be prepared! "Naruto" will no doubt surpass the popularity of any Anime and Manga title in America. Just wait and see.


Hot Topic has a special liscensing contract with Shopro Entertainment, and the first product to be marketed in a blitzkreg of merchandising is none other than "Naruto." Ever major Hot Topic retailer with distribute clothing, toys, and the "Naruto" manga itself along with other marketable merchandise based off this hot franchise.

The Japanese style of cross-marketing in sales is here! And all the parents and local bus drivers who have never heard of a "Naruto" will be telling you character stats and bios by the end of next year, and reciting them back to you faster than you can say, "Pokemon what?"

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