PANG Ho-Cheung

PANG Ho-Cheung
With Hong Kong director PANG Ho-cheung after interviewing him in 2012

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sentai FIlmworks has acquired AMAGI BRILLIANT PARK

Sentai Filmworks has announced its acquisition of Amagi Brilliant Park. Adapted from the popular light novel and manga series by Shoji Gatoh, world-renowned creator of the Full Metal Panic! franchise and produced by acclaimed Kyoto Animation, Amagi Brilliant Park tells the story of a languishing amusement park in danger of closing forever, its mysterious inhabitants, and a reluctant hero who is suddenly charged with saving their world.

Yasuhiro Takemoto directed the series, and series composition was provided by Fumihiko Shimo; both are known for their involvement in the popular comedy spinoff of Full Metal Panic!, Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu. Miku Kadowaki handled character design, with Shinkichi Mitsumune in charge of music. Kyoto Animation, best known for their work on such shows as K-ON!, Beyond the Boundary, and Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! handled animation production for the series.

Amagi Brilliant Park will soon be available through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

Friday, April 17, 2015

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST graphic novel due May 5th

TM & © 2015 Nintendo.

The Long Out-Of-Print Comic By Renowned Manga Artist
Shotaro Ishinomori Is Based On The Classic Nintendo Video
Game And Returns In A Special Full-Color Edition

VIZ Media brings back one of the most iconic video game characters of all time in celebrated graphic novel form with the release of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST on May 5th.

The original, widely acclaimed full-color graphic novel by manga legend Shotaro Ishinomori was inspired by the classic Nintendo® game and will be available once again in a special single-volume print edition published exclusively by VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint. THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST carries an SRP of $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN.

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST is based on the beloved, internationally bestselling video game originally released for Nintendo’s Super Nintendo Entertainment System™. The comic book version by Shotaro Ishinomori (Cyborg 009, Kamen Rider) was first serialized in Nintendo Power™ magazine and later collected into a graphic novel. Long out-of-print, this stunning, full-color edition is available once again for the first time in more than two decades!

“THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST was an extremely popular feature of Nintendo Power magazine when it was first serialized in the early ‘90s. Renowned manga and anime artist Shotaro Ishinomori adapted the bestselling game’s storyline and also incorporated new plot elements and characters,” says Beth Kawasaki, Senior Editorial Director, Perfect Square. “The pages are filled with Link’s hard-fought battles on his quest to save Princess Zelda, made even more intense with Ishinomori’s unmistakable art style and captivating storytelling.”

Shotaro Ishinomori was one of Japan’s most prolific and revered comic book creators. Among his most popular works are Cyborg 009, Kamen Rider and HOTEL. In 2008, Guinness World Records named Ishinomori the world record holder for the “most comics published by one author” for creating more than 770 stories collected in a total of 500 volumes of manga. The ISHINOMAKI MANGATTAN MUSEUM in Japan is dedicated to his works and legacy.

Also available from VIZ Media is THE LEGEND OF ZELDA Manga Box Set (rated ‘A’ for All Ages), which collects a separate manga (graphic novel) series created by Akira Himekawa. The set comprehensively collects ten manga adventures featuring Link and the popular video game world of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA, including OCARINA OF TIME, ORACLE OF SEASONS and FOUR SWORDS.

VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint focuses on delivering comics, manga (graphic novels), pop culture and children’s books with an emphasis on strong storytelling, eye-popping graphics, empowering themes, and a dash of irreverence, that captures the imagination of a whole new generation.

Additional information on titles published by Perfect Square is available at

For more information on other manga titles from VIZ Media, visit

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sentai Filmworks acquires WISH UPON THE PLEIADES

Sentai Filmworks has announced its acquisition of Wish Upon the Pleiades, as part of their Spring 2015 anime season acquisitions. A collaborative effort between car maker Subaru and legendary studio Gainax, Pleiades centers around a group of magical girls on the hunt for alien fragments to help an otherworldly visitor return home.

Shouji Saeki will be directing this magical adventure comedy series, with character designs by Mai Otsuka, who also did character work in the recent slice of life comedy Non Non Biyori. Hiroshi Kato will be handling art direction, with Satoki Iida providing sound direction. Wish Upon the Pleiades started as a joint partnership between the car maker Subaru and anime studio Gainax with a series of original net anime shorts and soon spawned a film and anime project, manga, and 4-koma styled 4 panel manga adaptation.

Wish Upon the Pleiades is scheduled for an April 2015 release and will soon be available through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Four day OLD SCHOOL KUNG FU FEST: ENTER THE NINJAS! starts tomorrow in New York

Poster by Jerry Ma

The Old School Kung Fu Fest, a four-day celebration of the rarest, wildest, and most incredible martial arts and action cinema from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s is back at the Anthology Film Archives for its 5th edition, which is dedicated to the deadliest fighter of them all...the ninja!

Since the dawn of time, man’s natural predator has been the ninja. Hiding in your shower, crouching behind your laptop, clinging to your back — the ninja is everywhere. What killed the dinosaurs? Ninja. What battles great white shark? Ninja. Who is buying flowers for your mom? Probably ninja. But ninja is not vampire! Ninja can be filmed! This year’s Old School Kung Fu Fest examines this crazy natural phenomena of ninja with 14 movies that show you this sneaky fighter in the only place where he cannot shoot throwing stars into your eyes: on the movie screen!

There are serious black-and-white ninjas in the original ninja films Shinobi No Mono Parts 1 & 2 (1962 and 1963), super-noir ninjas in 1965’s Samurai Spy, party-colored crazy ninjas from the go-go 80s like American Ninja 1 & 2 and then be entered, revenged, and dominated by Cannon’s essential ninja trilogy: Enter the Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja, and Ninja III: The Domination. Watch brave Chinese people fight ninjas with their guts in Shaw Brothers movies like Five Element Ninjas! See ninjas fly on kites in Duel to the Death! You must see all the ninjas! Because to fight ninja, first you must understand ninja.

The Old School Kung Fu Fest 2015: Enter the Ninjas! is curated by Subway Cinema’s programming team, consisting of Samuel Jamier, Rufus de Rham, and Goran Topalovic.

Complete information about this year's Old School Kung Fu Fest at Anthology Film Archives can be found here.

VIZ's Perfect Square acquires YO-KAI WATCH manga seriews


Japan’s Massive Hit Action Series About A Boy That Can
See Japanese Yo-kai Launches in the U.S. This Fall

VIZ Media has announced the acquisition of a new manga (graphic novel) property – YO-KAI WATCH.

The supernatural comedy adventure series is inspired by the explosively popular YOKAI WATCH video game created by LEVEL-5 for the Nintendo 3DS and launched to wide acclaim in Japan in 2013. The YO-KAI WATCH manga will be published under the company’s Perfect Square imprint, written and drawn by Noriyuki Konishi under the guidance of the LEVEL-5 team. This September, the phenomenal franchise is finally coming to North America with the launch of the YO-KAI WATCH manga series, fueled as well by the debuts of anime and toy products around the same time.

Yo-kai, inspired by the yokai of Japanese folklore, are not ghosts or monsters or creatures. They can’t be seen by the human eye, but they’re everywhere, and whether they're phantoms or everyday objects discovering their higher purpose, Yo-kai personalities are distinctly humanlike!

The YO-KAI WATCH manga will be rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will be available exclusively in print on a bi-monthly basis. In Japan, the series originally appeared in Coro Coro Comic magazine, published by VIZ Media parent company Shogakukan, and won both the 60th Shogakukan Manga Award in 2015 and the 38th Kodansha Manga Award in the Best Children’s Manga category in 2014.

Nathan Adams is just an average kid until the mysterious Whisper gives him a device that allows him to see what others cannot, Yo-kai of all shapes and forms! Now, armed with the Yo-kai Watch, Nathan, Whisper and their new invisible friends embark on an all new supernatural adventure!

“The whole YO-KAI WATCH cast of characters, especially Jibanyan, Komansan and Whisper, already have huge followings in Japan, and now North American fans get to join the fun,” says Joel Enos, Senior Editor. “The manga’s a fun and zany take on traditional Japanese Yo-kai, and the watch that lets Nathan see and summon them is especially fun. The series will appeal to readers of all ages!”

YO-KAI WATCH manga artist Noriyuki Konishi hails from Shimabara City, Nagasaki Pref., Japan. He debuted in 1997 with the one-shot title, E-CUFF, which appeared in Monthly Shonen Jump Original. He is also known for manga adaptations of AM Driver and Mushiking: King of the Beetles, along with Saiyuki Hiro Go-Kū Den!, Chōhenshin Gag Gaiden!! Card Warrior Kamen Riders, and Go-Go-Go Saiyuki: Shin Gokūden.

VIZ Media’s pop-culture centric Perfect Square imprint focuses on delivering comics, manga, graphic novels and other books with an emphasis on strong storytelling, eye-popping graphics, empowering themes, and a dash of irreverence, that captures the imagination of both young readers and the young at heart.

Additional information on titles published by Perfect Square is available at

For more information on other manga titles from VIZ Media, visit