K Anime English Dub Trailers Released

Viz Media has released two English dubbed trailers for the original anime series K. Recorded at Studiopolis, the English dub will premiere on Viz Media’s Neon Alley service on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on 19 July.

Viz Media described the story:

K is set in a world where history has taken a slightly different course from the one we’re familiar with and follows the story of a young boy whose life is caught in a supernatural 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, another young man named Kuroh Yatogami helps him. Will this fated encounter change Shiro’s life forever?

The English cast was also revealed last month:

  • Sam Regal as Yashiro “Shiro” Isana
  • Matthew Mercer as Kuroh Yatogami
  • Patrick Seitz as Reisi Munakata
  • Keith Silverstein as Mikoto Suoh
  • Stephanie Sheh as Neko
  • Erin Fitzgerald as Chiho Hyuga
  • Ben Diskin as Misaki Yata
  • Todd Haberkorn as Izumo Kusanagi
  • Grant George as Akira Hidaka/Ichigen Miwa
  • Colleen O’Shaughnessey as Anna Kushina
  • Tara Platt as Seri Awashima
  • Johnny Yong Bosch as Saruhiko Fushimi
  • Christopher Smith as Ren Goto/Ryuho Kamo
  • Carrie Savage as Kukuri Yukizome
  • Kirk Thornton as Daikaku Kokujoji

Nominations for Eisner Awards Include Six Manga Titles

Nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2013 have been announced, and six manga titles are up for two different awards. Five of these manga titles are nominated for Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia, and Katsuya Terada’s The Monkey King Vol. 2 (Dark Horse) has been nominated for Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art).

The Monkey King is based on the classic 16th century Chinese fantasy adventure Journey to the West. Terada’s take on the Monkey King legend is a barbaric and beautiful tale, which The Portland Tribune called “a Buddhist version of Conan the Barbarian.”








Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia:

Barbara, by Osamu Tezuka (Digital Manga)

A Chinese Life, by Li Kunwu and P. Ôtié (Self Made Hero)

Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys, by Naoki Urasawa (Viz Media)

Nonnonba, by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly)

Thermae Romae, by Mari Yamazaki (Yen Press/Hachette)

Voting is held online, and ballots will soon be open on the website. The voting is open to all comic book industry professionals. Voting will close at midnight on 12 June, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on 19 July at Comic-Con International. A full list of nominations is available here.

Watch Bleach and One Piece Creators Sketch Their Manga Characters

Viz Media have released two videos from the Jump Festa event of Bleach creator Tite Kubo and One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda sketching the main characters of their manga series, Ichigo and Luffy respectively. The videos were initially only available to Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha subscribers, as the videos are promoting the Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha digital magazine, but have now been released to the general public.

Both Bleach and One Piece are published in the Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha magazine, along with many other titles.

Sequel for K Anime Has Been Green-lit

At the end of the 13th episode of GoHands’ anime, which aired in Japan recently, it was announced that production of a sequel to the anime series had been green-lit. 

The series, written by GoRA Project, was directed by Shingo Suzuki (Mardock Scramble), who also handled the character design. The story follows Yashiro Isana, or Shiro, who appears to be a normal high school student; after having an uneventful lunch break, Shiro suddenly finds himself being chased by several factions for the murder of Tatara Totsuka, though he has no recollection of killing anyone.

Viz Media streamed the 13-episode series in North America as it aired in Japan.

Lagrange Anime English-Dubbed Previews

Viz Media has released two English-dubbed previews of Lagrange – The Flower of Rin-ne. An uncut version of the sci-fi mech anime series will be released by Viz Media on the PlayStation 3 streaming service Neon Valley in January 2013

The English dub cast stars Kira Buckland as Madoka, Sophie Roberts as Lan, and Karen Strassman as Muginami.