VIZ Anime’s newest show K envelopes itself in a world secretly ruled by those who call themselves ‘Kings’. Rather than a monarchy, they are more like Mafioso, some a little more anarchistic and some a little more chivalrous. Central to the story are three elements; the Red King, a stoic and dreary eyed chain smoker, Mikoto Suoh and his posse the HOMRA; the Blue King, suave and sharp Reisi Munakata and his small battalion, SCEPTER 4; and the dreamy-eyed blasé, Yashiro Isana as the medium. Enjoying the serenity he feels in this alternate Japan, Yashiro is dismayed to discover he is the focus of violence for his uncanny resemblance to HOMRA’s latest target.
K does a fine job in setting the mood in its first episode, capturing the science fiction aspect in the power that these characters hold (using psychic powers in the style of fire and force fields). The elements of fantasy do not make the story intangible as the artistic style melds together the sense of city life and system of hierarchy. Music cadence becomes a character in itself with beats provided by Mikio Endo in composition, as well as a mystifying opening theme by the band angela, provide a playful awareness and familiar hip hop aspect during altercations between the HOMRA and SCEPTER 4.
All in all, K is a stunning example of animation with breath-taking visuals and a killer soundtrack; definitely a must watch for this season.
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K comes to VIZ Anime this October! The most anticipated series of the season has just been acquired by VIZ Media. Watch it on VIZ Anime every week!
ABOUT: From GoHands, the studio that brought you the cyberpunk anime film series Mardock Scramble, and the enigmatic writers’ collective GoRA Project comes K, the newest original anime series of 2012. Set in a world where history has taken a slightly different course from the one we’re familiar with, K follows the story of a young boy whose life is caught in a psychic war between seven kings. Yashiro Isana, also known as Shiro, is wanted for a crime he has no recollection of committing. He finds himself being hunted by the groups HOMRA, led by Mikoto Suoh, “The Red King,” and SCEPTER 4, led by Reisi Munakata, “The Blue King.” While on the run, a young man named Kuroh Yatogami helps him. This fated encounter will change Shiro’s life forever.
ATTENTION: Join us for cosplay, exclusive TIGER & BUNNY merchandise and more! Come to the U.S. Premiere of TIGER & BUNNY - The Beginning Sept. 29th at New People San Francisco. Have a TIGER & BUNNY cosplay? Enter our cosplay contest at 5:30-pm, Sept. 29 for exclusive TIGER & BUNNY merchandise. All contestants will recieve a special gift from one of our generous sponsors. Can't make it to the ONE DAY ONLY event? Submit your costume to our TIGER & BUNNY cosplay contest on facebook! Go to facebook.com/tigerandbunny for more information.
TIGER & BUNNY – THE BEGINNING will screen on Saturday, September 29th at 4:00pm and 7:00pm. The film will be presented with original Japanese dialogue and English subtitles. Advanced Tickets are $10.00 and are available online at NewPeopleWorld.com/films/films-9-2012/; advance ticketholders will receive a limited edition Wild Tiger Card at the premiere screening. Day-of tickets (subject to availability) will be available at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema box office.
MORE ABOUT THE MOVIE - TIGER & BUNNY – THE BEGINNING is an exciting feature film that takes audiences on a wild journey to the metropolis of Stern Bild, where there are heroes that wear the logos of sponsors and protect the city from danger. Their exploits are broadcast on the popular HERO TV. Wild Tiger (Kotetsu T. Kaburagi) is a veteran superhero who is past his peak and is ordered by his company to team up with the rookie hero, Barnaby Brooks Jr. Can these two mismatched superheroes overcome their differences to protect the city?
SCHEDULE - Sept. 29, 2012
2 pm - Exclusive TIGER & BUNNY merchandise sales start - pick up the first official U.S. TIGER & BUNNY goods here first.
4pm - Showtime! TIGER & BUNNY- The Beginning
5:30 - Live Streamed Cosplay Contest! Watch via the TIGER & BUNNY Facebook page! Like us today.
7pm - Showtime! TIGER & BUNNY- The Beginning
This event sponsored by
Bluefin Tamashii Nations USA - Fine seller of TIGER & BUNNY Figures nationwide
Animate - The complete shop for anime, comics, and games with over 90 stores in Japan
Yesanime - The largest Japanese anime toys distributor in the San Francisco Bay Area
gaia online - Your online community for discussing anime, games, comics, sci-fi, fantasy and anything else you can imagine
NEON ALLEY - Coming this Fall to PlayStation Network, your 24/7 channel showing the dub premiere of TIGER & BUNNY, NURA: RIse of the Yokai Clan and more.
That's right! We picked up LAGRANGE -The Flower of Rin-ne, the newest title by Studio XEBEC (Broken Blade, Martian Successor Nadesico) and Production I.G.( Ghost in the Shell, Stand Alone Complex) with mecha designs by NISSAN (Yup, the car company). If that’s not enough, Sci-fi mega-minds Tatsuo Sato and Shotaro Suga are teaming up as LAGRANGE’s Chief Director and Screenwriter.
More news to come soon
Wanna catch everything VIZ at New York Comic Con? Follow this schedule and you'll be all set. All events are free, but if you want to give us something we like cake.
Your VIZ-ified NYCC Schedule
1) Go straight to booth #932 say the secret word “Dattebayo” and claim your ticket
to the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: BONDS theatrical screening. While
supplies last, so you gotta do it first!
2) While you’re there pick up some fun goodies like manga samplers, Shonen Jump
screen cleaners (with Luffy, Ichigo and Naruto on it) and more.
3) Friday, October 14th from 1:15pm to 2:15pm in Room 1A22
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN panel featuring Junko Takeuchi, the Japanese voice actress for
4) Friday, Oct. 14th Event Room: 1B01, 8pm
In the mood for some brain busting puzzles, Layton-style? Watch the North
American premiere of Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, with hands-on demos
of the latest game Professor Layton and the Last Spectre, and sweet giveaways with our friends at Nintendo!
5) Saturday, October 15th & Sunday October 16th at 3PM, VIZ Media Booth #932
VOLTRON FORCE head writer Brian Smith, and two of the lead artists, Jacob Chabot
and Dario Brizuela from the upcoming graphic novel series for an in-
person booth appearance and signing session.
6) Saturday, October 15th at 6:00pm at the School of Visual Arts Theatre (SVA),
333 West 23rd Street
Grab your popcorn and soda to experience this can’t-miss theatrical screening of
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: BONDS with a special message from Junko
Takeuchi, the Japanese voice actress for Naruto Uzumaki.
5) Sunday, October 16th from 10:45am to 11:45am in Room 1A23
VIZ Media Panel for all our latest updates on new products, shows and manga
coming out soon.
6) Sunday, October 16th from 1:15pm to 2:15pm in Room 1A03
Then head over to our TIGER & BUNNY panel discussion. See Masayuki Ozaki of Sunrise, the co-creator and Executive Producer of the hit anime TIGER & BUNNY, currently streaming on VIZAnime.com.
7) ENCORE Signing: Sunday October 16th at 3PM , VIZ Media Booth #932
If you missed seeing VOLTRON FORCE head writer Brian Smith, and two of the lead
artists, Jacob Chabot and Dario Brizuela on Saturday now’s your last
8) Take a deep breath and pat yourself on the back for going to all our VIZ events at
this year’s New York Comic Con.
See you next year!
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