I'm Mitsuko, the Co-Producer for Naruto Shippuden. Here's a quick rundown of Naruto Shippuden Box Set 5, which hits stores today. It includes episodes 274~285. It starts with Naruto and Sakura back in the Leaf after their confrontation with Sasuke in Orochimaru's hideout. We also begin a new story arc with Sora, a young monk in training at the Fire Temple who has a something a little too in common with Naruto, making this box set a great starting point for people who are intimidated by over 400 episodes of Naruto, without starting at episode 1.
One of my favorite episodes in this set is episode 285, Lockdown of Darkness. We see the Leaf Village thrown into chaos, and the Leaf ninja quickly regrouping and strategizing to defend themselves against the mysterious Shinobi and their terrifying attacks. Above all you MUST check out the great scene with Shikamaru and Choji in the BBQ Restaurant. Trust me, its awesome.
Hope you guys also check out the Production Art and Omake in the extra features. I had tons of fun working on them.
That's right, the latest Bleach episodes from Japan are now on VIZ Anime following the same "Quick-cast" program that started with Naruto Shippuden & One Piece and which is now continuing with Bleach & Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan. And like all the videos on VIZ Anime, the new Bleach episodes will be available totally FREE to all visitors! Keep watching this space for more announcements in the coming weeks!
Wedged between May Day and Cinco de Mayo, we've hit May's installment of Shojo Tuesday. This happy recurring holiday marks the first Tuesday of the month, when VIZ Media releases new Shojo Beat manga. And this month, we're chock full of goodness.
Flower in a Storm
Check out the new series Flower in a Storm, the debut graphic novel by Shigeyoshi Takagi. The story of this imaginative romantic comedy stars Riko Kunimi, who is trying to lead a normal high school life when Ran Tachibana bursts into her classroom carrying a gun and tells her that her life is now his. Ran, the richest, most powerful 17-year-old in Japan wants her as his wife, and he's not taking no for an answer!
If Ran can't capture her by five o'clock the next day, he'll give up on her, but he has all that money can buy at his disposal. However, Riko has one trick up her sleeve--she has superpowers!
More Shojo Beat Volumes
Plus, we're bringing you the latest volumes of your favorite series.
You saw me at that club last night
And then you got into a fight.
I tried to make it up to you
But suddenly things aren't all right.
I didn't even want to go
And now I hurt more than you know.
You really want to say we're through?
Please tell me that the answer's no!
Despite the constant danger Misao finds herself in, she's determined to stay by Kyo's side no matter what happens. But a chance meeting with one of Kyo's best friends shows her just how hard a human-demon relationship can be.
Tadanobu, heir to the Kitsune clan, gave up everything to be with his human girlfriend. But now he is being forced to take on the clan leadership and abandon his love--and it's all Kyo's fault!
With Hisayoshi as her tutor, Rima attempts to enroll in prestigious Hakuô High. Although Hisayoshi's feelings for her are distracting, Rima needs his help if she's ever going to pass the entrance exam. And when he lands his first job in a commercial, she realizes that he's got the potential to be a star...one bigger than herself!
Princess Fuji informs Akane that the Eight Guardians must find the Four Sacred Talismans if they ever hope to control the Four Gods. That's going to be difficult since the location of these sacred objects is secret. Akane's got to be quick, however--Shirin and Sefle are looking for them too.
Kurumi's got it all--looks, popularity and friends. But underneath Kurumi's friendly exterior is a manipulative girl who'll do anything to get what she wants! And she wants Kazehaya! Will Kurumi's plotting drive Kazehaya and Sawako apart, or will it instead draw them even closer together?
Asuka's protégé Yamato has fallen in love with a girl and needs help winning her over. He pleads with Asuka to go on a practice date with him--and play the role of the girl! Practice makes perfect, but will that be the case for Yamato?
Revisiting scenes and people from earlier days drives Ann to an impulsive act of desperation. Who will stand by her now? And will she ever make peace with her past...and herself?
Do everything you can while you still have the chance.
That's what I think it means...
...to have a "happy heart."
NANA Season 1, vol. 3 and NANA Season 1, vol. 4 hit the iTunes Store today, in all their dubbed glory. While it's great to watch the subtitled episodes on VIZ Anime, it's also awesome to hear the dub. The English-language voice actors put their hearts and souls into their characters, so you can really hear their emotions play out.
In NANA Season 1, vol. 3:
Nana K, is happily involved with Takumi from Trapnest, though she doesn't fully trust him. Nana O. graciously stays away from the apartment for a while, and both Nanas feel the loneliness of their separation. Then in the midst of Blast preparing to sign their first record deal, Nobu makes a surprise confession to Nana K. Now she must make a difficult choice, and someone's heart is bound to be broken.
In NANA Season 1, vol. 4:
As if Blast's debut wasn't causing enough stress, Takumi and Nana K.'s announcement sends everyone reeling, but none more than Nana O. and Reira. While Reira turns to Shin for comfort, Nana O. is drawn to Yasu and his calm understanding, leaving her questioning her relationship with Ren. Nana K. meanwhile is happily nesting in her new home, but her continued estrangement from Nana O. weighs heavily on her heart.
(The NANA anime is rated M for Mature. Please check the VIZ Media Ratings page for more information.)
We launched another update of the vizanime.com site over this past weekend, with improvements in user comment displays, and a new poll function. Stay tuned because we're going to have fun with this new poll system over the next few months. And if you haven't caught up with the One Piece anime, our most recent addition to the site, now's the perfect time as episodes 1-114 are now up, and we continue with the current Impel Down storyline with episode 448 this week. This month also brings some exciting series into the fold, so stay tuned for those as well...
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