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Reaping What You Sow

Warning: The following contain spoilers for Nana Volume 8.

This last week I posted a review at Manga Village of Nana Volume 8. In it, I wrote that I wished Viz had waited until after this volume to move Nana to a Mature rating. The manga started serialization in Shojo Beat, and was rated Older Teen (16 and +) to match the magazine’s rating. After 7 volumes, Nana was “graduated” from Shojo Beat to be published straight to graphic novel with the higher Mature rating. Dirk Deppey of Journalista in his Feb. 8, 2008 blog entry was quick to point to a love scene as the reason, which other than one frame, was identical to every other love scene in the previous 7 volumes. Sorry. That doesn’t cut it for me. There has to be more to it than just one frame. I believe the reasons it was taken out was for the very reasons I think I should have stayed in; the subject matter.

With this volume, Nana starts to get into some serious subjects; pregnancy, abortion, having a child out of wedlock and marriage for convenience instead of love. Everything starts out as usual. NanaK. has broken up with Takumi (in her mind) and is now with Nobu, who genuinely cares about her. Her dream of finding someone who loves her as much as she loves them seems to be finally coming true. But then, NanaK.’s past comes back to haunt her. While preparing for work giving away food samples, she gets nauseous. Going on a nana01.jpghunch it seems, she stops at a pharmacy and gets a pregnancy test. It comes out positive. She doesn’t tell anyone at first, and goes to a clinic where her pregnancy is confirmed, and she is told if she wants to abort, she should decide soon. Because NanaK. hasn’t been answering him, Takumi goes to her apartment (he didn’t believe she’d really broken up with him) and discovers the truth. He locks NanaK. in the bathroom and calls Nobu on NanaK.’s phone and tells him despite her protests. Takumi tells Nobu he’ll take responsibility no matter who’s child it is. Not knowing what else to do now, NanaK. goes to Jun’s apartment and has a frank discussion with her. (Basically Jun tells NanaK. off.) NanaK. decides she wants to keep the baby, with Takumi’s support even if it’s only financial, and she’ll be a single mother. Telling Takumi as much, he offers to marry NanaK., as an illegitimate child would be worse for his and Trapnest’s reputations.

So, after seven volumes of watching NanaK. drift around, jumping from bed, to bed, to bed, with no serious direction in her life, we finally get to see the consequences of her lifestyle, and Viz takes the title out of the magazine. Why? Yes, these are mature issues that NanaK.nana02.jpg has to deal with, but does Viz believe that only adults (18+) will be dealing with them? 16 year olds don’t have to face these problems? Viz made the choice to lower Nana‘s rating to Older Teen so it could get it into Shojo Beat and use it as an anchor to hook readers in. But, just like NanaK., Viz should have to face up to the consequences of their choices. For seven volumes, 16 year old (and possibly/probably younger) readers have been watching NanaK. have bad luck with men, take infatuation for love, and generally be irresponsible. And when that house of cards finally comes crashing down, and we see the consequences of her choices, Viz yanks the title from the magazine. I have no doubt they did this to avoid controversy, but by doing so, they keep these things from the very readers who SHOULD be seeing!

Making choices in life and then facing the consequences of those choices is somethingnana04.jpg everyone must deal with in their life. And the choices that NanaK. has made are the same ones that older teens and adults are making everyday. Whether we as parents and adults like it or not, our children (both boys and girls) are facing issues of sex, pregnancy, and whether to keep or abort a baby. Often, they get into these situations because, like NanaK., they aren’t thinking of the consequences, or they are thinking “It won’t happen to me” (as most teens do). What makes both this volume and the whole series of value is the intelligent and matter-of-way that Ai Yazawa approaches the subjects.

When you start reading this series, you have no idea it’s going to go in this direction. You are just watching two girls who meet on a train to Tokyo with the same name, trying to make the dreams that they are going there for, come true. But, just like real life, things get in the way, and their choices affect their path. The characters and the situations they face are very real, so there’s no feeling of the story being preachy or trying to tell girls “Don’t let this happen to you!”. You see it happen to NanaK., and instinctively you think you don’t want that to be you.

I’m not gonna pretend that this is some kind of solution to the teen sex problems in this country. But we, as a society, have a bad habit of burying our heads in the sand whennana03.jpg it comes to talking to our kids about sex and it’s consequences, and an even harder time getting them to listen. So, if there’s a book, that just shows it to them, and sucks them in before they even realize there’s a message in it for them, then I’m all for them reading it. There are particularly three scenes that I think are powerful and older teens should see; when NanaK. figures out she’s pregnant, her visit to the clinic to confirm it, and Jun having the frank conversation with NanaK. These are the scenes that stand out the most, and really drive the point home. I think could do more than any lecture, public service announcement or “after-school special”.

Viz should have let this play through this volume. It not only gets some poignant issues across, but would have made a better cliff hanger to get people to keep buying the series. If this volume of Nana could get just some teens and young adults to think twice, or at least act responsibly, then it’s worth any controversy that could arise.

Jenny's Journal: Dragon Drive Volume 2

Dragon Drive Volume 2

by Keiichi Sakura
Published by Viz Media
Genre: Fantasy, Gaming

Rating: All Ages

Grade B

Storyline

Reiji, recalling the events from last battle, wants to train so he does so in a secret training room that Agent L, the female associate that watches the battles and presents who is in the game, shows him. He trains there, determined not to give up. Soon he starts using class time for naps, and also starts avoiding Yuniko. Yuniko is starting to get worried when she sees Agent L and Reiji walking together down the halls. She gets jealous and follows with Hagiwara being dragged away by her. When they enter, a crazy dragon appears and attacks them. Reiji simply defeats the dragon, leaving his friends in amazement. Later, they’re having Summer Vacation when a mysterious girl comes and takes them from Dragon Drive to some place mysterious.

Review

Reiji and Chibi train and sync together so much, Reiji is able to control Chibi’s power. Then comes a surprise which twists the story up. It keeps the reader going, giving them motivation to read more. It’s happening to me right now. My brain is telling me “Read more Dragon Drive!”I simply CANNOT wait for more.

What I liked about it

I liked how Reiji could easily control Chibi’s power. He could take down a dragon in a few simple hits! Amazing, it was simply amazing.

What I didn’t like

Absolutely nothing. I cannot think of ONE THING that it does not have.

What you could do to make it better?

Look up one statement.

Is this suitable for children?

Yes. The most simple answer, yes.

Love Bites! The Viz Edition

I’m not much of a shojo/romance kind of gal. My first forays into manga was through the Shonen Jump action titles. When my Animerica subscription got converted (after two issues) to Shojo Beat, I was sure there wasn’t going to be anything in there for me. Almost 2 years later, I’ve changed my tune, but that’s because shojo isn’t afraid to have romantic leads with bite! (And I don’t mean vampires…)

In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are some shojo manga where the leads are anything but romantic!

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Random Thoughts

You’ll start to notice reviews in the Kidlette catagory. These are reviews of manga written by my two daughters. I’m not editing them other than correcting typos, so you’re getting what they think. Finally find out if the kids like the kid stuff!

Now, just a bunch of random news items I want to comment on.

Hunter X Hunter is coming back….again. After being put on hold in December with no reason and no date of return. You really have to wonder if Togashi wants to write this series any more. I wonder if he’s lost as much interest in writing it as I have in reading it.

Yahoo Japan Auctions announced it’s top grossing auctions for charity for 2007, and at theThat’s a Big Hammer! top of the list was the “Worlds First Official Tsukasa Hojo ‘Life Size’ 100-ton Hammer”. It’s a replica of one of the hammers that Kaori would pull out to use on Ryo from Hojo’s manga City Hunter. It’s 1.8 meters (5.9 feet) long, but only weighs 50 kilograms (110 pounds). How cool is that? There are time I wish I could whip something like that out. Especially at work.

From the “Dear God, Please No!” Department: Kodansha’s Nakayoshi shojo magazine will be running the manga Disney’s Magical Dance, which is based on a video/card game hybid Magical Dance on the Dream Stage. You collect the cards which have different Disney characters on them, and scan them into the arcade machine. Then, a la Dance Dance Revolution, play a rhythm game against the character. Do we really need another Disney game manga?

There are lots of one-shot manga coming up. Death Note and a Rumic Theater both have katsura_toriyama.pngone-shot stories coming out, with color plates. Hitoshi Iwaaki, the creator of Parasyte from Del Rey also has a one-shot story coming out. And here’s an interesting collaboration: Masakazu Katsura (Video Girl Ai) and Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball). They’re teaming up for a one shot for Jump Square. Not that we’ll ever get to see any of these. Though, the Death Note and Katsura/Toriyama could make it into Shonen Jump USA as specials. And Viz really needs to re-release Rumic Theater UNFLIPPED. Hey Viz! Here’s another VizBIG idea for you!

Shaman King is finally get an ending. The series, which ended abruptly in 2004, is getting a Perfect Edition, and creator Hiroyuki Takei will be drawing the “true ending” specifically for this edition. Think we’ll get this for our run of Shaman King? Or will we have to wait for the VizBIG editions and have to get the series all over again?

From the “I Want This” Department: Bandai has an electronic keychain that simulates the sound and feel of popping bubbles in plastic wrap. Who doesn’t love popping bubbles? It’s a great stress reliever (for me anyway). Someone import this! NOW!!

Jenny's Journal: Dragon Drive Volume 1

Dragon Drive Volume 1

by Keniichi Sakura
Published by Viz Media
Genre: Fantasy, Game

Rating: All Ages

Grade: A

Storyline

This high-schooler, named Reiji, is a video game player. He’s late to his school most of the time and his friend, Yukino, scolds him for it. One day she shows him this awesome game called Dragon Drive, a virtual game where the player is chosen his dragon and will fight other dragons for points to level up their character. His dragon is a sleepy, lazy one. He eventually calls him “Chibi” in a sudden match with this guy named Hagiwara, who seems to love Yukino. When in a situation where he would lose, he links with Chibi and Chibi levels up, and knocking out the opponent. The girl saying who’s in suspects he’s “special” and something will come out from this.

Review

Dragon Drive is a funny manga. The character’s personalities and the drawings are nice. Chibi, the little dragon, is quite funny, not obeying Reiji’s commands. Even though he just wants to be cool, he can’t get his act together. But this is when the cool part happens; he and Chibi can synch together in tight situations. It’s a good manga, I can’t wait to read more.

What I liked about it

The cuteness factor. Chibi is.. well, chibi and the funny scenes with Reiji drooling over the point of being ‘cool’ make me laugh. It’s funny overall and it makes the reader want more. I also like the suspense of when it ends a chapter and the reader will want more. After amazing battles, Reiji wants more out of being cool with Chibi. No one believes him though, which makes it even more funny.

What I didn’t like

In general, nothing. But if I was to get picky, I’d say that Chibi leveled up too quickly, but that’s just me. Other than that, there’s basically nothing wrong about it, from my eyes anyways.

What could make it better?

Let the proccess of Chibi leveling up quickly… go a bit slower. Just a teensy bit. Even though the factor of Reiji losing 30 times levels it.. I still say make it go slower by a bit.

Is this suitable for children?

Yes, there is no mature content, no cussing, no references to sexual content. There isn’t any PG content as far as I can see, if there is, I don’t see it.

Haruka Anime Joins Manga in US

Haruka Manga from VizBandai Visual USA has announced that it will release the anime version of Haruka ~Beyond the Stream of Time. This is both good and bad. The good is that a shojo anime series has been licensed. There aren’t a lot of shojo anime out there, and with the manga version of this story being released in Viz’s Shojo Beat, a tie-in should help sales. Readers who like Haruka should check it out when it comes out. I do encourage people to check out the anime versions of manga they like. Especially a short series like this. Haruka is only 26 episodes long. Seeing the characters move and hearing them speak really adds another dimension to the story. I’ll admit that, while I usually end up preferring the manga to the anime, I have never regretted watching the anime.

The bad thing about this is that Bandai Visual USA got it. If you aren’t familiar with anime, then you should know that Bandai Visual has a reputation for high priced volumes for less Haruka Animecontent. And it looks like this release isn’t going to be much different. According to Anime on DVD, this release of Haruka will be subbed only, and will be spread out over 9 volumes. Each volume will be $29.99. That’s an average of 3 episodes per disk, at $10 an episode. At a time when most anime is coming out at 4-5 episodes per disk, this doesn’t seem like a smart move, especially for a sub-only disk. Why Bandai Visual likes to set themselves up to fail is beyond me.

Now, I don’t want to imply that Haruka is a bad series. From what I’ve read of the manga, it’s seems really good. But, historically, shojo anime hasn’t done very well in the US. And by doing this series as sub-only, they are cutting out a large percentage of their audience. Reading manga and reading subtitles are two different things. Only hard core anime fans (like me) are usually interested in a sub-only release. Casual watchers, and most likely readers of the manga that may be attracted to this release will be turned off by the sub-only. I really would like this release to do well, but it’s already off to a bad start it seems. Hopefully, I’m wrong about all this.

Shojo Beat Finds Its Groove

Shojo Beat, the sister anthology magazine to Shonen Jump has been going through a lot ofsbcover30.jpg changes lately. Of the six manga that started the magazine, only two remain. The rest were graduated out for one reason or another. But, with the line up they’ve got now, I think the magazine has finally found a good balance of titles that really make it shine.

To start off the December issue of Shojo Beat, we are treated to a preview of a new manga; High School Debut. Reading the short description didn’t enthuse me to the title. A girl just starting in high school wants to get a boyfriend, so she finds another guy to coach her. Blah. I really wasn’t interested in another “girl wants boyfriend like in manga” story. But, as usual, I read the preview anyway, and was pleasantly surprised. Haruna, the heroine, wasn’t too annoying in her pursuit to bag a boy. But it was Yoh, the boy who knows just what a boy will like in a girl, that really endeared me to this preview. He has a sharp tongue and really doesn’t care what people think. He reminds me a lot of Kiri from Beauty Pop, another character that I just love. I think if I didn’t already have so many titles to read this would be a good one to pick up.

Haruka – Beyond the Stream of Time – This is chapter 3. I wanted to give it a couple of chapters before making a judgment. After this chapter though, I definitely like it. I love stories set in the past, and this one is in the Heian period. Akane and two of her male friends, Shimon and Tenma have been pulled back in time by a demon, Akram. It seems Akane is the chosen Priestess of the Dragon God, and must lead the people in this ancient time against the Demon Clan that wishes to destroy them. This is a shojo with a lot of bishonen surrounding one girl, though not necessarily because they are infatuated by her. This series is based on a computer game and is part of a genre called Neo Romance. La Corda d’Oro is also from this genre, another series I really like. So, I’m expecting good things from this. The art is nice, and the guys are hot, always a good combination.

Honey and Clover – I heard good things about this series for a while now. Those lucky enough to be able to read Japanese had lots of praise for it. It’s a slice of life mixed with romance. The main characters are all art students at an art college. It begins by introducing a Yuta Takemoto, a sophomore architectural student new to the dorm as well as Hagumi Hanamoto, the cousin of Professor Hanamoto, who is friends with the members of the dorm. Yuta is immediately taken by the small Hagumi, but so is Shinobu Morita, a senior who’s been at the college for 6 years, and still seems no closer to graduating. This story is intended for an older audience, so there isn’t any angsty drama going on. It’s college students dealing with college type problems; classes, homework, work, money, food, and relationships. It’s a good cast, giving a variety of situations. There’s no saving the world or anything. Just a nice slow pace to watch the world go by. I really enjoy this one too.

Sand Chronicles – This series won the 2005 Shogakukan Manga Award for Shojo, so you would have high expectations for it. So far, it’s been living up to that expectation. It’s about a girl named Ann uekusa. The story is told like a flashback, as she is remembering this time in her life. Her father left her and her mother after acumulating a large debt, so they are forced to return to Ann’s grandmother’s home. Ann’s mother, unable to take the pressure of living there and with her mother commits suicide and leaves Ann in her grandmother’s care. Ann, a city girl, now has to get used to life in the country, where everyone knows everything about everyone, and things are done very differently. Like Nana, which is told in the same narrative voice, it’s easy to get sucked into this story. The mangaka really knows how to pull the reader’s emotional strings, making you really start to care about the characters, and feel what they feel. As much as I hate to be seen crying over a manga, this one has succeeded to get some tears out of me so far. It’s a great story.

Of the remaining ongoing titles, only Crimson Hero still holds some interest for me. As much as I don’t care for sports manga or high school dramas, this one is able to balance the two to such a point that I don’t mind reading it and sometimes actually enjoy it. You can check out my review of volume 7 here. Nobara has gone off to learn from Ryo, who she believes is on Central Sokai’s volleyball team. It turns out he’s been playing beach volleyball, but he still takes Nobara in and tries to help her get better. But it’s not her technique that’s the problem. She’s got some heavy emotional baggage that’s keeping her down… Vampire Knight started out a mess and hasn’t improved with time. Intrigues are abound now with Yuki being sucked in (literally some times). Everyone has a chess board and Yuki is their favorite pawn. And now the story ends with a surprise that really anyone could have seen coming from miles away. Read at your own risk. Absolute Boyfriend, besides Crimson Hero, is the only other title left from Shojo Beat‘s debut. This six volume story could have, and should have been told in just 3. Riiko is annoying and wishy-washy. I didn’t like her from the start, and nothing’s changed. She’s finally chosen who she’s in love with (after 30 chapters) and it’s the wrong choice (imho). But, of course, Kronos Heaven has to continue to interfere and try and take Night back. Thankfully, this series is nearly over. Volume 5 is out in January, and Volume 6 will be out in May. Hopefully, this spot will be filled with a decent series that won’t make me go “uhg”. Shojo Beat has been doing good so far, I hope they keep up the trend.

I don’t read a lot of the articles in the magazine, because they aren’t aimed at me. They are aimed at a much younger audience. There’s the occasional article on culture that will catch my interest, or some of the manga spotlights I’ll like. But I really read it for the manga. Being an anthology means there’s going to be some titles I like less than others, but on the whole, Shojo Beat is a great buy. And you never know, you be surprised that something you thought you wouldn’t like actually turns out to be your new favorite!

Golgo 13 in To Love-Ru – Trouble -?

ANN has reported that two new anime series’ for the spring have been announced that are based on manga; Golgo 13 by Takao Saito and To Love-Ru -Trouble- by Saki Hasemi and Kentaro Yabuki.

golgo-13.jpgManly men can rejoice that one of their idols is finally getting his own series. Golgo 13 is about an amoral assassin that takes on assignments from all over the globe. This series started in the 1960’s, and is still published today. It’s 147th volume was published on December 5 in Japan. Duke Togo, code name Golgo 13, is a crack shot and a magnet for the ladies. He can pop off a target in one panel and then score with a beautiful woman in the next. Few men are more manly than Golgo 13. But for all his manliness, Golgo 13 has never had his own series. He’s only had a live action movie and 2 animated movies. Finally, he gets to come into his own. Viz Media has published 12 volumes of Golgo 13’s adventures under their Viz Signature line.

to-love-ru.jpgTo Love-Ru -Trouble- is a sci-fi romance comedy drawn by Kentaro Yabuki, best known here for his Black Cat series, also being published by Viz. It just started publication last year, shortly after the Black Cat series ended and has 5 volumes out. It is about Rito, who can’t get up the nerve to tell Haruna he loves her. So, while he’s in the bath, an alien named Lala appears before him, so begins the classic love triangle of boy, girl he loves, and alien who loves him. This series is slightly risque, so if it were to be licensed by Viz (after Black Cat is complete) it would probably be in their Shonen Jump Advanced line. With an anime coming out for it now, I wouldn’t doubt if Viz started to take a series look at licensing this manga. And being a fan of Urusei Yatsura, I would definitely take a look at this series.

Beginnings and Endings

Five and a half years ago, Viz put out a sampler at the San Diego Comic Con for a new manga anthology; Shonen Jump. Anchored by Dragonball Z and Yu-Gi-Oh!, Shonen Jump introduced us to new titles such as Naruto, Shaman King and One Piece at only $20 for 12 issues. Ah…those were the days.

The December Issue featured some important milestones. Besides heralding in the 5thcover60_new1.jpg year of the magazine, it had the first Naruto story Masashi Kishimoto wrote. This Naruto and his world was very different from the one we know now. A “Proto-Naruto” is you will. Instead of being a ninja-in-training with the spirit of the 9-Tails Fox Spirit in him, Naruto is the son of the 9-Tails Fox. He has been raised by the last living warrior that fought his father, who is also a Yokai. Naruto has not been able to make any human friends, as he has been a mean-spirited trickster to them. The warrior sends Naruto from the mountain temple where they have been living, and tells him he can not return until he has made a human friend and brings him back to the mountain. The rest of the story is following Naruto as he makes his first journey into the outside world, one that is like ours in many ways.

I really enjoyed this story, and this version of Naruto. While I do like the Naruto he became, the 9-Tails fox Naruto was a lot of fun too. The two are very similar, except that the proto-Naruto didn’t have the stigma Naruto has. He bears no grudge, and has nothing to prove to anyone. It seemed if the story had continued it would have been about Proto-Naruto’s journey of discovery as he meets new people, makes friends, and presumably fight some foes. I really like stories like Dragonball by Akira Toriyama and O-Parts Hunter by Seishi Kishimoto (Masashi’s twin brother), which have the same premise. I would have enjoyed following the Proto-Naruto’s adventures. I’m glad Viz gave us this glance into Naruto’s past.

The other big feature in this issue was the final chapter of Yu-Gi-Oh!. While not completely serialized in the magazine, (the entire Duelist storyline was published in graphic novels only), it did run uninterrupted for the 5 years to end here. When Yu-Gi-Oh! was announced for the magazine, I immediately wrote it off. I’d only seen and heard about the Duelist storyline which is the one that animated. Imagine my surprise when I actually started reading it, and found the first arc to be really good! The stories and use of situations to come up with Shadow Games was really entertaining. I will gladly recommend the first 7 volumes of this series.

Admittedly, I wasn’t too happy with the sudden jump to Millenium World, but enough was explained about Duelists’ end that I could still follow along. Millenium World was also good, as it was spent mostly in the Ancient Egypt of “Other Yugi”‘s memory. The final battle of the series pits Yugi against “Other Yugi”, the pharaoh Atem. The Endgame would decide the fate of the Pharoah’s soul; to remain in the real world, or move on to the next. It was hard to chose who to root for in this story. I didn’t want Atem to leave. I liked him better than Yugi. I wanted him to remain undefeated. But at the same time, I wanted to see Atem move on as he should to the next world. It was a satisfying ending anyway. When it’s not only about the Duel Monsters game, Yu-Gi-Oh was a good story with a compelling plot and interesting characters. It’s worth the time to read it.

Other notes; The preview of Slam Dunk was nice, but I think I’m passing on this one. In Hikaru no Go, the pro test is finally over. The nail biting tension that the writer created was intense. It was an excellent read. This series is another must read. Bleach‘s second full issue gives us some background on Ichigo’s dad, and where Ichigo’s powers may have come from. I’m still not happy with it being moved to serialization… In One Piece, Luffy and the others are still on Drum Island, but that arc seems to be wrapping up. Yu Yu Hakusho has felt very tired to me lately. After the long fight tournament, it’s time to jump right into another fight. Fighting manga’s not my favorite. Yu Yu Hakusho has become a prine example of why. With Yu Gi Oh gone, we are left with GX. This series hasn’t done anything to endear itself to me. But it’s still better than Bobobo-bo-bobo. I don’t even want to think about that…

All in all, the December issue of Shonen Jump was a good one for not only the stories, but the milestones that it hit. Here’s hoping for another 5 years.

Viz's Vampire Knight to become Anime

Anime News Network has announced that the latest issue of Hakusensha’s LaLa shojo magazine has announced that the Vampire Knight manga, created by Matsuri Hino and published by Viz Media in the US will become an anime to be shown in Japan.

Vampire Knight, published in Viz’s Shojo Beat magazine, is already very popular with girls here in the US. There are websites devoted to the characters and manga, as well as fans dressing up as characters at anime conventions. The bishonen (pretty) boys that make up most of the series is one reason for it’s popularity. Another is it’s school-horror theme. The story takes place at Cross Academy that has two class; the Day Class and the Night Class. Only a select few know that the Night Class is made up of exclusively vampires. We follow Yuki Cross, the adopted daughter of Headmaster, Zero, a latent vampire who keeps his urges at bay by drinking Yuki’s blood (against the academy’s rules), and Kaname, the vampire that saved Yuki, and considers her his. This is a shojo manga that has all the sexiness of vampires combined with hot boys and high school problems. Expect to see this licensed real fast.

PR: Viz Gets REAL

At the opening of the new Kinokuniya Bookstore in New York, Viz announced the licensing of another of Takehiko Inoue’s manga, REAL, a sports manga with a twist; Wheelchair Basketball. With the mangaka present in a rare appearance, Viz announced that this lastest manga by Takehiko would join Vagabond and Slam Dunk in the Viz library.

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PR: Viz ups Digital Downloads with Naruto

Viz takes another step into the digital domain by offering one of it’s biggest sellers online. Naruto joins Bleach and Death Note on Direct2Drive , IGN Entertainment’s digital retail store, at the reasonable price of $1.99 an episode. It’s for windows users only right now, as it uses Mediaplayer’s DRM, but intel macs with windows emulators can run them too. Apparantly all the shows are also dub only, so if you like the watch your anime in the original japanese with subtitles, you’re going to have to stay with DVDs.

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